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 Deceased (Manga)
Alive (Anime)
Age 41–42 (Tokyo Ghoul:re)
39 (Tokyo Ghoul)[1]
Gender Male
Died April 21, 5 ASBI[2][3][4]
Height 181 cm[1]
Weight 85 kg[1]
Blood Type A[1]
Affiliations CCG
S3 Squad (Formerly)
Kuroiwa Squad - Squad Leader
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][5]
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) was 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 hand. Even so, he has managed to continue serving as an investigator and was greatly admired for his charisma.

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

Yukinori Shinohara used to call him by the nickname Iwaccho (いわっちょ, Iwaccho).[6]

Appearance Edit

He was a large stocky man with a square face, thick eyebrows, and round eyes. Like most CCG investigators, he wore formal clothing.

In :re, Iwao's appearance remained unchanged, but was missing his left hand from fighting Yoshimura which he replaced with a prosthetic.

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

Personality Edit

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

Plot Edit

Past Edit

Ten years before the Steel Beam Incident, 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.[7]

During at least one of the Owl Encounters Iwao served in S3 Squad under Mikito Urie.[8]

Aogiri Arc Edit

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

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

After the battle, he recommended Amon for promotion after having seen him fight first hand.[9]

Owl Suppression Operation Edit

He took part in the Owl Suppression Operation as part of Shinohara's squad. He assisted in bringing down Yoshimura, however, he lost his left arm during the fight[10] and was quickly knocked off the roof by Eto on her arrival.[11]

Post-Owl Suppression Operation Edit

He was seen in Shinohara's hospital room after the battle and was told by Fujishige Iba that he should be grateful it wasn't his dominant arm he lost.[12]

Post-Auction Edit

Kuroiwa appeared during the reception following the Award Ceremony, greeting his son and Kuki Urie. Tooru Mutsuki discussed his amazing ability to continue serving, even after losing a hand.[citation needed]

Clown Siege Edit

Kuroiwa was seen defending the 22nd Ward with Takeomi, Misato Gori and Kuramoto Itou.[13] He brought news of his son's marriage to fellow investigator Kiyoko Aura in the hospital, discussing Akira's disappearance and lamenting the fact that Itsuki Marude and Shinohara were no longer with them.[14] He is later seen killing Clowns during their siege.[15]

Post-Clown Siege Edit

Kuroiwa attended his son's wedding to Yoriko Kosaka, shedding tears of joy alongside his wife.[16] Later on, Kuroiwa was given the news of his daughter-in-law's expected execution and his son's incarceration for attacking another investigator out of rage by Bureau Chief Kichimura Washuu. Clearly at a loss, he stared out into the vast city landscape.[2]

Relationships Edit

Yukinori Shinohara Edit

The two were fellow comrades and good friends with each other. Kuroiwa often went on missions with Shinohara, fighting strong ghouls and the Non-Killing Owl twice.

Takeomi Kuroiwa Edit

Iwao was close with his son and often showed him silent respect, only patting him on the arm as congratulations for his achievements during the Auction. Iwao approved of his son's marriage with Yoriko and was seen shedding a tear of happiness during their marriage ceremony. When his son was incarcerated and expected to be executed, Iwao fought for him and opposed the Bureau Chief, ultimately giving his life in the process.

Yoriko Kuroiwa Edit

Iwao approved of Yoriko marrying his son Takeomi and was seen shedding a tear of happiness during their marriage ceremony. In an omake, Iwao asked Yoriko to take good care of his son and told her that he would like to try some of her bread. When his daughter-in-law was incarcerated and expected to be executed, Iwao fought for her and opposed the Bureau Chief, ultimately giving his life in the process.

Kuki Urie Edit

Kuroiwa served in the same squad as Urie's father, and was among the members to deliver news of his father's fate to him. Urie has never forgiven Kuroiwa for leaving his father behind, and projects considerable hatred onto his son whenever they meet. He expresses the desire for Kuroiwa to die for his sins, thinking that the loss of an arm is not enough to pay for his supposed cowardice.

This all changed when the two of them planned some kind of revolt against Kichimura Washuu. While walking towards his office, Iwao began talking about Yoriko and his son Takeomi, who actually thinks about Urie in a good way. The two confronted Kichimura together and fought against Roma and Shikorae. They were able to cooperate and defeated the two ghouls. Roma, however, revealed her kakuja form and overpowered the two, leaving them in critical condition.

Urie was able to defeat the two ghouls and tended to Kuroiwa's wounds. In tears, Kuroiwa apologized to Urie for not being able to protect his father against the one-eyed Owl, claiming that it was his fault that he died. Urie shouts out that he wasn't at fault. Having finally made up with Urie, Kuroiwa stated that Urie was just like his father before Kichimura stabbed him in the throat with a katana, fatally wounding him. This left Urie in a state of extreme anger and anguish as he screamed for Kuroiwa.

After Kichimura was driven away, Urie and Marude stayed at Kuroiwa's side before he died.

Mikito Urie Edit

Kuroiwa and Mikito were once partners who fought against dangerous ghouls such as Donato. Kuroiwa was guilt-ridden for not being able to save Mikito, who fought against the One-Eyed Owl alone to save his comrades, and blamed himself for his death.

Itsuki Marude Edit

The two were fellow investigators and comrades. Kuroiwa was seen participating the 11th Ward Battle under Marude's leadership. After Marude's apparent death, Kuroiwa and Kiyoko lamented the fact that Marude was no longer with them. When Marude made his reappearance to overthrow Kichimura, he was distraught to see Kuroiwa dying from his wounds and told him that he would always be by his side.

Kiyoko Aura Edit

The two were fellow investigators and comrades. Kuroiwa brought news of his son's marriage to Kiyoko, and was congratulated by her. The two discussed Akira and the loss of Shinohara and Marude together.

Powers and Abilities Edit

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

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

Pain Tolerance: Kuroiwa has shown to have a high tolerance for pain as he was still conscious after having his right arm torn off by Roma.

Prosthesis: Since losing his left hand in the battle against the Owl, Kuroiwa had been fitted with an advanced prosthetic one. This hand was durable and capable of blocking powerful attacks as it was strong enough to block Shikorae's kagune, however, the prosthetic hand could easily break off of the stump if enough force was applied.

Manga Depiction Edit

Anime Depiction Edit

Trivia Edit

  • Kuroiwa served in the S3 Squad when its leader was still Special Investigator Urie.
  • Kuroiwa seemed 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 was implied to be able to equally fight ghouls unarmed as well.
  • In Tokyo Ghoul Trump, he was featured as the "Nine of Hearts" along with Yukinori Shinohara.

Quotes Edit

  • To everyone: "Mm-hmm."[17][10][18]
  • To Urie: "When I look at you, I see Mikito... I see your father."[4]

References Edit

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