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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 50-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) الهجوم على العمالقة (Arabic) ผ่าพิภพไททัน (Thai) 进击的巨人 (Chinese) 進撃の巨人 (Japanese) 진격의 거인 (Korean) 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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I watched the anime and then read the manga.....and god I cried so many times...(just me? ok)
1) Anime Experience Watching the anime, I cried in the very first episode, and then again in 2nd episode,... and again in 3rd. I was a sobbing mess because of how raw the atmosphere of Attack on Titan was. Eren's desire for revenge made me cry even harder because, honestly, I just did not think he stood a chance against those giant muscular monsters. Mikasa was my saving grace.
2) Manga Experience I didn't get quite as emotional reading the manga due to the black/white images and off-beat art style. However, the story is definitely there--so I was drawn to the manga nonetheless. Everything unraveled more quickly in the manga, which made everything a bit more confusing and harder to digest. But the UNFILTERED violence and raging emotions bridges the gap and kept my adrenaline pumped up while I read the chapters.
This manga definitely makes an impact, and now I'm so emotionally invested in so many different characters that I can pretty much guess how much more water I'll need before this manga finishes. Frankly speaking, nobody in this manga is safe. A couple of my favorite characters have already died off in horrifying manners, and I'm just praying for the rest of the cast to live a lil bit longer!
... Last updated on June 26th, 2014, 7:37am
Watch anime first
Art is not the best compared to the other series I'm reading and this manga feels really slow at times. If I was rating the anime I'd say 10, but the manga is an 8 for me because I can't understand everything that is happening in the action scenes. It may be just me though. The plot is excellent and gives you questions that you want to be answered. So far, few of my questions have been answered, but there are hints to every other question I have so I am faithful they will answer them.
This series is GREAT!!! O0O
I absolutely love it and I have been reading it whenever I got the chance. It has a great plot and a lot of unexpected things going around. Usually, I'm not into a lot of shounen manga, but this and a few others are an exception! I honestly don't know why some people don't like it~ ;-; why? The anime is also really good as it is VERY similar to the manga. Even the titans that appear on certain scenes are the same as well as the way random civilians die! I found it surprising at first because of how similar it is. Many anime aren't like that! It is in all a very great read/watch and I love it! It has a storyline you can't forget with lots of action and impact!
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.