Quick disclaimer prior to doing the Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1-2 review, I have watched the current anime up to the extent of everything that has aired so far. As such, there may be a few spoilers within this review. That being said, (as per usual with all source material) the manga is far better than the anime itself. The pacing is a bit different and it really shines a light on why it is so great, spotlighting aspects of the story that were not captured as well within the anime.
In terms of pacing, the manga is far superior. After reading, the anime seems to have jumped around a bit. For instance, the loss of Hinami’s mother came sooner than it did within the anime. The reason I enjoyed the placement of this within the manga is because it seems like the Dove stories are a bit more spread out. This way, Kaneki was able to develop across several different stress points instead of grouping it all together in a rushed culmination of events in the end. This way it goes from ghoul vs. ghoul to ghoul vs. the doves and continues this pattern.
The artwork within these two volumes is phenomenal. Not only does it capture the emotions of all the characters really well, it handles horror absolutely perfectly. The mortified expressions and detail put into the gore make you really feel Kaneki’s hunger and cringe at the various broken bones. Everything is quite clear from one frame to the next. And more often than not, the transitions are done in a captivating and artful way. The action itself is even portrayed in an artful and different way than how it is in the anime. Both are unique and I wouldn’t change that at all.
I also appreciate how the characters are portrayed. We get to see more of Touka’s no-bull-shit attitude and determination, as well as a better insight into emotional transition of Kaneki into a ghoul. I even appreciated the more time and development that Hide received.
On the whole, being that this is the Tokyo Ghoul source material, it certainly lives up to the hype. After reading these two volumes, it is abundantly clear why they chose to adapt it into an anime. So if you have or have not seen the anime and are looking for something with grotesque horror, swift action, a great plot, and have yet to check this manga out, you should change that.
Story/Art: Sui Ishida
Translation: Joe Yamazaki
Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: June 16, 2015 (Vol. 1), August 18, 2015 (Vol. 2)
MSRP: $12.99 (per volume)
Disclaimer: A cope of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 & 2 was provided to BentoByte by the publisher for the purpose of review.Tweet