Warning! Spoilers ahead for Choujin X chapter 7!
Choujin X‘s main protagonist, Tokio, just awoke in a place called Yamato Mori that resembles the purpose of Anteiku from Tokyo Ghoul, also by mangaka Sui Ishida. This connection serves as the latest of a whole slew of similarities between Tokyo Ghoul and Sui Ishida’s newest manga that are sure to excite fans.
In Tokyo Ghoul, a peaceful group of the series’ eponymous carnivorous and cannibalistic humanoid species creates a neighborhood cafe called Anteiku as a front to hide their true purpose, which is to shelter and help other ghouls in need. Because the members of Anteiku don’t believe in feeding on live humans, they store the bodies of those who have committed suicide in Anteiku’s basement for whenever their instincts compel them to feed. The members of Anteiku later provide support for Ken Kaneki after an organ transplant transforms him into a half-ghoul, causing Ken to undergo a great deal of mental distress.
In a similar vein, Choujin X‘s Tokio finds himself in a place much like Anteiku after he transforms into one of his world’s titular super-powered beings and has trouble surviving on his own. At the end of chapter seven, Tokio awakens in a bed after a dangerous face-off with a rather vicious Choujin. There, he meets a man named Hoshi Sandaq who reveals that he’s at a place called Yamato Mori, which is an organization that nurtures good Choujin. Yamato Mori, however, is much grander in scale than Anteiku, which just consists of a few floors in a small building. Yamato Mori lies on a vast campus of multiple facilities including a helicopter pad, complete with its own helicopter. It’s also likely that the true purpose of Yamato Mori is kept as a secret from the general population much like Anteiku.
Other correlations to Tokyo Ghoul abound in Choujin X, most especially, the grisliness as to how both heroes obtain their newfound powers. Tokyo Ghoul sees surgeons perform a transplant on Ken after a deadly encounter with a ghoul, a procedure that involves replacing his human organs with those from his attacker, which causes Ken to become a half-ghoul. In Choujin X, Tokio injects himself with a serum that causes him to transform into a Choujin. Later on, Tokio is lured into a zoo by a beautiful girl who just randomly introduces herself before transforming into a White Snake Choujin and attempting to eat him whole. Ken faces a similar unpleasant situation in Tokyo Ghoul when his date with a woman named Rize turns into a bloodbath after Rize reveals she’s a ghoul and only intended to feast upon his flesh to satiate her hunger.
Unlike these earlier examples, mangaka Sui Ishida has not yet revealed much about Yamato Mori except its purpose, though, it’s impossible not to draw similarities between it and Tokyo Ghoul‘s Anteiku. Both institutions are sanctuaries designed to help their respective super-powered beings and obviously lie on the more good-natured side of the allegiance spectrum as opposed to the Rize’s and White Snake Choujin’s of their worlds. Regardless, it’s exciting to see whether Sui Ishida will continue to indirectly reference his more popular Tokyo Ghoul series in Choujin X, the former of which currently enjoys a devoted cult following. Of course, this isn’t to say that Choujin X is unoriginal. Far from it. Even though Sui Ishida recently borrowed from Fire Force, he’s already proven himself capable of creating a whole new compelling world that is destined to attract fans of both Tokyo Ghoul and new ones alike.