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In this post-apocalytpic sci-fi story, humanity has been devastated by the bizarre, giant humanoids known as the Titans. Little is known about where they came from or why they are bent on consuming mankind. Seemingly unintelligent, they have roamed the world for years, killing everyone they see. For the past century, what's left of man has hidden in a giant, three-walled city. People believe their 100-meter-high walls will protect them from the Titans, but the sudden appearance of an immense Titan is about to change everything.
Вторжение гигантов (Russian) 进击的巨人 (Chinese) 進撃の巨人 (Japanese) 진격의 거인 (Korean) Angriff der Titanen (German) Atak Tytanów (Polish) Ataque a los Titanes (Spanish) Ataque dos Titãs (Portugese) Attack on Titan (English) L'attacco dei Giganti (Italian) L'Attaque des Titans (French)
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U must re-read it or it will be "pointless"
This manga is just like Berserk. There's tons of small but important details here that you won't be able to grasp the point that the author try to get it through readers. Some people always have sympathy for titan shifters
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Berthold and Reiner
but read it several times and you will be able to understand how Eren feels. Or how most people feel like forgiving Annie because she might have her reasons.
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(in the Famale Titan arc) the mass massacre will hammer how evil of a murderer she is
This manga is no doubt epic! 10/10
... Last updated on March 4th, 2014, 10:00am
I started to read this manga after I watched all the episodes from the anime..I would say that it was entertaining and kind of disappointing at the same time.. I really hope that it gets better..and I also hope that the mangaka doesn't put many mysteries because I'm worried it might result to be disappointing or worse, it is going to ignore that and skip to another..
... Last updated on February 19th, 2014, 6:13am
It's not bad?
I rather enjoyed this manga at the beginning because of the rawness but that was lost and frankly...it doesn't match up to Claymore. There are just so many major things that are similar to Claymore that I can't stop comparing the two as I read and well...I don't like Eren...he's so aggravating!
You just got to roll with it..
I feel like a lot of the lower ratings are from people that were expecting a different turn in the plot.I was fully prepared for just about everyone to die too but the revelations of the main character made the manga 100% more interesting in my opinion.
I admit that the foreshadowing is a little too subtle and it's just one shock after another. But I have yet to see someone accurately prove that the author pulled everything out of his ass. If you read the manga then re-read or watch the anime then the signs are just being flung in your faces.
The art is a little generic and I honestly had trouble recognizing who dies. That takes a lot away from the connections to the characters (the anime amends that flaw though). The ones you need to look at are pretty distinct though, but I guess it's a bit of a problem if I had trouble distinguishing between Christi and Armin in the scenes when they are together.
A little warning though!! Although the manga has a lot of action, the focus shifts more towards politics rather quickly and the pace slows down a bit. But not one chapter has ever made me feel bored. I like that it became a man vs man story but still keeping the importance of titans. And it poses a important question. If the titan's appearances is somehow humanity's fault, do we forgive them for all the pain? Could all of these deaths be avoided? The feelings it incites are a lot more complicated now than it was when it was just a Us vs Them manga but I think that's a good thing
I read the manga because my friend recommended me, at the time even before the anime was out.
It started off with rawness which are extremely rare to be found in any manga, so it attracted me very much, hitting me with the impact of art and 'mangatography'. But then what happened was the author converting the story into quite an Ultraman. Yes, I'm exaggerating, but seriously I didn't want the manga to lose its rawness, as felt in volume 1 and 2--but it did lose.
I continued reading it for a long time before realising that the late chapters were nothing compared to the first chapters. I dropped it with sadness and huge disappointment.
Say, it's not that bad. It's above average; but just disappointing with the deep, sudden downhill. Hajime-sensei, you could have done better.
... Last updated on October 4th, 2013, 8:04pm
for me, this manga and anime are great! The description in 'genre' is pretty accurate, so if you like it, go for it!
manga: The art is a liitle too scatchy and the story is sometimes hard to grasp but it got under my skin right after the fourth chapter. It's a pain to wait for a new one for a whole month, but it's totally worth it!
anime: I liked the anime more than manga. There were two reasons: 1. when I didn't understand something in manga, I did in anime, 2. the art+music+sounds made the story even better!
PS: 24th episode in anime equels to the beginning of chapter 33 in manga
The manga is still Worth it, even if the anime is better!
I started the anime pretty late... I started 2 weeks ago and I am currently waiting for the 2 last episodes of this season. While I'm waiting I started reading the manga and I am waiting for the next chapter!
The manga's drawings are messy, yes, but I still like them, it makes it unique and guess in the 2nd season it will be polished.
The manga isn't as bad as some people say, like anything and everything in life, it has it's pros and cons.
I like the theme: how dark and hopeless humanities future seems and there is just enough fluff and I do see that there IS a lack to communication or companionship in the series, it's not really explicit in the romance department but it is a shonen, action and adventure is what counts in that genra.
But I have to say, I learned how to NOT get attached to the characters because they can die anytime! >.<! If Levi were to die, I think I'd fall on the floor and just lay there FOREVVVAAA~!!!
Anyways, I'd say watch the anime first then continue the manga from where you left off from the anime. I won't rate it since it is not finished but I will say I love both manga and anime.
Strengths and weaknesses vary
Some may be confused by the diverging opinions, and I'll summarize it this way: Shingeki no Kyojin has many strengths and weaknesses, except both aren't consistent throughout the series (which is why people will have diverging opinions on the same elements).
The atmosphere: I was initially drawn to the series by the incredibly gritty atmosphere. The whole series was wrapped in despair, the gritty art style just reinforced this feeling. However, you eventually realize that a certain group has a much-below-average death rate. That, coupled with more revelations about the titans, just makes the atmosphere plunge. There's still some tension here and there, but those drawn in by that initial atmosphere may feel that something has disappeared. On the other hand...
The characters: The downside of seeing people die left and right is that you initially treat all the characters as soon-to-die fodders. That, coupled with initially very poor character characterization, meant that you didn't pay attention to them at all. However, as the series nears chapter 40, character development and revelations suddenly shoot through the roof, making the characters Much more interesting as well as more relevant as they reveal their proper roles in the plot. Speaking of which:
The plot: The plot is great, but the execution could be better. The author will constantly surprise you with the twists and revelations. However, the lack of foreshadowing is a weakness. Most people complain about the revelation of certain identities, but amazingly enough, I once saw one guy actually guess that part, using the very same scenes that the series used to explain. Still, the foreshadowing was very weak (even with that guy's in-depth explanation, many people weren't convinced and treated it like a stretch), and not helped by the art (see later). And some revelations really do come out of nowhere, because the characters involved barely do anything (let alone anything suspicious) until the actual revelations. As a result, though the plot revelations are enjoyable, you will also feel robbed of the opportunity to analyze past scenes and deduce the plot by yourself, and the abrupt introduction of new plot threads may make some readers feel like they're being force-fed, as opposed to a gradual build-up. Oh yeah, and some things just really dragged on.
The art: I love the titan art. I found the coarse art style confusing at first, but it quickly grows on you. On the other hand, character art... character art is mediocre at best. I mentioned the lack of foreshadowing before, and part of that is because the characters are so generic-looking that at first, you'll have a hard time remembering who is who (and it's hard to care since you expect them to die off). Also, I found the facial expressions quite poor. The relatively bland facial expressions are perhaps one of the main reasons many readers have a trouble empathizing with most of the cast. The morbid, grinning titan designs do a better job of conveying a sense of dread and horror than than the face of their victims.
In the end, you could enjoy the series more as the initially weak aspects become better executed later on (character development, more complex plot), or you could feel disappointment as the initially strong aspects wane (atmosphere, plot drags on). All said, this remains an extraordinary series. Though it could have been better with some structural adjustments.
Really the most amazing shounen i've ever read. i'm head over heel on this manga. the plot is incredible, it's so mysterious, the art is amazing, the charactere awsome, i usulaly diskile lot of charactere in manga but this one NONE of them di i dislike ! even the girls who are usually anoying were so good i actually liked them. the manga was so good, it filled me with so much emotion, saddness, eciting,happiness, and lot more. i fnished the manga really quick and could'nt wait to see how i'tll end. it was so good that after i've finished it i start the anime with the same exciting i was when reading the manga.; i SOOO recommend the manga. it's really impoissble dislike it if you like mystriouse thing, and if you don't mind it start of with children ( cause that was what almoste stop me from reading it, it's really a shame to stop because of that ! )
It's a nice manga but like jnatsumi said the anime is way better , I read chapter 1 before the anime came out when I was obsessed with horror but I dropped it as the art wasn't that good and the monsters weren't scary , the anime isn't scary either but the amazing action more than makes up for it and the deaths , oh my you'll cry for some characters so don't get attached to any of them.Watch the anime , it's a one in a hundred anime , a true gem