|Year Released:||August 30, 2012|
|Young Jump:||Issue 2012-40|
|← Chapter 43||Chapter 45 →|
Incarnation (受肉, Juniku) is the 44th chapter in the manga.
Tsukiyama laments that he has been fasting for the sake of eating Kaneki, and is therefore very hungry. He beats down Nishiki, adding that Nishiki lost to him because he is unable to bring out his kagune. Tsukiyama also compares kagune to engines, and human meat to gasoline, implying that he needs the highest class of human meat, that is Kaneki, so that his powers can elevate.
Touka wakes up, and advises Kaneki that Tsukiyama could take on them both empty-handed and that the only reason for her weakness at this point is Yoriko’s cooking. She suggests that they eat Kaneki for energy, but Kaneki desists. Nishiki stalls Tsukiyama once more, but is brutally battered up by his kagune yet again. Nishiki vows to kill Tsukiyama even if he dies. Kaneki contemplates on consuming Kimi’s meat, and he also finds out that long ago, both Tsukiyama and Touka were an even match at full power. Kaneki comes to a conclusion that since human meat is gasoline for a ghoul’s kagune, Touka must eat his flesh in order to have the strength to stand up against Tsukiyama.
When Touka bites Kaneki’s arm, Tsukiyama gets
ravenous upon seeing this. He charges towards her, and Touka stands at her full
power, telling him that nothing in the room belongs to him.