Ken Kaneki is the protagonist of the very famous manga Tokyo Ghoul, written and illustrated by Sui Ishida. Kaneki is a normal college student. He lives by himself since his parents died and he really only has one friend. The world the story is set in is a place where creatures called “ghouls” roam around. Ghouls blend in with humans in the sense that they look like them and sound like them with one distinct difference: they feast on human flesh. Due to an unfortunate encounter with a ghoul, Kaneki ends up needing an organ transplant. But when he wakes up from his surgery, nothing seems normal; the food doesn’t taste good and everything seems off. Kaneki then comes to the realization that he is now part ghoul. The organs he received were those of the ghoul who attacked him.
I have only recently started reading this series, but I already consider it one of my favorites. As someone who aspires to be able to do art, I have to say that the illustrations in this book really blow me away. There’s something so much more human in Ishida’s art than in most manga I read. The faces portray a lot of emotion, and this is probably the second ever manga to make me cry. I recommend this series to those who aren’t faint hearted, as there is a lot of gore.
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