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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Reader's Diary #1388- Sui Ishida: Tokyo Ghoul 1

I was more than 3/4 of the way through Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul before I began to hypothesize that it was a metaphor. On the surface it's about a college student named Ken who, as a result of an organ transplant, becomes half ghoul. Ghouls, in this version of Tokyo, are human-looking creatures that feed on human flesh. Ken struggles to accept his new identity and to reconcile with his fully human-past.

But was it really about the common, and more real, college experience of realizing that who one has become no longer resembles who he was before, no longer fits into his former world?

As interesting as the theory is, and when I happen upon such ideas it makes the reading more personally satisfying, I was a little late in the game to see decide if the metaphor works throughout and though I did enjoy the story, wasn't about to reread it right away.

The art in the book was decent overall though I didn't enjoy the action sequences. I get that much of it was meant to be quick, but the speed lines and sound effects were overdone and it was hard to see anything and really understand what happened at those moments.

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