Iwao Kuroiwa


Iwao Kuroiwa


Name Iwao Kuroiwa
Japanese Name 黒磐 巌 (くろいわ いわお)
Romaji Kuroiwa Iwao
Alias Iwaccho
Species Human
Status Alive
Age 41 - 42 (Tokyo Ghoul:re)
39[1] (Tokyo Ghoul)
Gender Male
Height 181 cm[1]
Weight 85 kg[1]
Blood Type A[1]
Affiliations CCG
Kuroiwa Squad - Squad Leader
S3 Squad (Formerly)
Occupation Ghoul Investigator
Relatives Unnamed Wife
Takeomi Kuroiwa (Son)
Yoriko Kosaka (Daughter-in-law)
Ward 13th Ward
Quinque Arata series: Arata proto, Arata (Koukaku)
Kuroiwa Special (Rinkaku, Rate S)
Division I[1][2]
Rank Special Class
Manga Debut Chapter 59
Anime Debut Episode 10
Novel Debut Void: Chapter 5
Seiyuu Ryūzaburō Ōtomo
English VA R Bruce Elliott
Image Gallery


— Iwao Kuroiwa, Tokyo Ghoul:re Chapter 61

Iwao Kuroiwa (黒磐 巌, Kuroiwa Iwao) is a Special Class Ghoul Investigator and an Investigation Commander in Division I. He served as the Vice Commander of the 11th Ward Special Countermeasures Unit, and Vice Commander of Squad 1 during the Owl Suppression Operation. He was seriously wounded during the battle, losing his left arm below the elbow. Even so, he has managed to continue serving as an Investigator and is greatly admired for his charisma.

His son, Takeomi Kuroiwa, is also a Ghoul Investigator serving in the 1st Ward.

Yukinori Shinohara calls him by the nickname Iwaccho.


He is a large stocky man with a square face, thick eyebrows, and round eyes. Like all of the CCG investigators, he wears formal clothing.

In :Re, Iwao's appearance remain unchanged, but he's currently missing his left hand from fighting Yoshimura.

When he was 29, Iwao was less bulky and is seen wearing the standard CCG suppression armor.


Kuroiwa is mostly silent and stoic, merely grunting as a response many times. Even after losing his arm to Yoshimura he simply grunts and calls it unavoidable. He thinks that more importantly than training, is the nutrients one gets from food. Therefore, he believes a woman who is good at cooking, is the best choice to be a wife.



Ten years before the steel bar accident, Kuroiwa fought during the second attack in the 2nd ward by One-Eyed Owl's faction as part of a special team. He dealt lethal damage to Owl's kakuhou with his quinque, but he was also seriously injured.[3]

During at least one of the Owl Encounters Iwao served in S3 Squad under Mikito Urie[4].

Aogiri ArcEdit

He was appointed vice commander of the 11th Ward Special Countermeasures Unit that is meant to deal with the Aogiri threat in the 11th ward.[1]

During the 11th Ward Battle he, along with Shinohara, uses his Arata proto to fight Yoshimura and is left wounded from the fight.

After the Battle he recommends Amon for promotion after having seen him fight first hand[5].

Owl Suppression OperationEdit

He takes part in the Owl Suppression Operation as part of Shinohara's squad. He assisted in bringing down Yoshimura, however, he loses his left arm during the fight[6] and is quickly knocked off the roof by Eto on her arrival.[7]

Post-Owl Suppression Operation Edit

He is seen in Shinohara's hospital room after the battle and is told by Fujishige Iba that he should be grateful it wasn't his dominant arm he lost.[8]


Kuroiwa appears during the reception following the Award Ceremony, greeting his son and Kuki Urie. The other Investigators discuss his amazing ability to continue serving, even after losing a hand.

Clown SiegeEdit

Post-Clown SiegeEdit

Power and AbilitiesEdit

He is a capable fighter being a Special Class Investigator and was able to wound Eto during her second attack on the 2nd Ward. In addition seems to recover from his wounds at a greater than normal speed.

He also has extremely high grip strength, exceeding that of his son's (who already has more than twice the grip strength of an average man).

Manga DepictionEdit

Anime DepictionEdit


  • Kuroiwa served in the S3 Squad when its leader was still Special Investigator Urie.
  • Kuroiwa seems to be the only person capable of eating Misato Gori's "cooking" without suffering from food poisoning.
  • Since his son Takeomi is one of the few people who can rival a ghoul's strength and Iwao is said to be even stronger than his son, he's implied to be able to equally fight ghouls unarmed as well.
  • In Tokyo Ghoul Trump, he's featured as the "Nine of Hearts" along with Yukinori Shinohara.

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