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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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New series from a highly anticipated newbie!
Apparently this author originally took this work to Shounen Jump at Shueisha for publishing, but the folks at Shueisha rejected him saying, "This is "manga," bring us back "Jump."" So he then went to Kodansha and was able to get in this monthly serialization magazine Bessatsu Shounen Magazine.
The author's a no-name newbie but the first book apparently sold over 500,000 copies through word of mouth and he's now the one of the most highly anticipated "shinjin mangaka (new author)" in Japan.
That was a bit of background story on this series and the author. I've read about two books' worth of this manga and it really is great at setting a grim & hopeless tone but with a LOT of anxiety and action and anticipation thrown in...It really keeps you on the edge of your seat! It's still a very new series but I'm looking forward to this already-hot series will shape up in the future.
A surprising hit
I have only heard of this series through various reviews, and all my friends were ranting at me about how good this manga was. I thought they were exaggerating, until curiosity got better of me and I peeked into the first chapter. I realized then how wrong I was.
To be completely honest, the artwork itself is below average when compared to today's typical shonen-manga standards. Body proportions are awkward at many different places, and background is simplistic at best. What kept me intrigued, however, was the setting of the story and mind-bending plot twists that will literary make you go 'WTF' at every end of chapter. Not only that, each main character is filled with personality, which is only made better by the author's writing. Character development is incredible as such.
Just like cocolo mentioned, Jump rejected this manga, stating that they wanted 'Jump,' not 'manga'. This makes the clear difference between commercial formulaic manga meant for profit (not including OP, Naruto, Bleach) and manga to which the author is given a creative control.
This time, I think Jump made a huge mistake by rejecting Shingeki no Kyojin. It has already started to sell very well despite being serialized in a non-mainstream magazine. In the future, this manga will only get much better.
WOW... this... is manga
There is a good reason why this isn't published in Jump. It is so gory and the graphic details horrifying. You have been warned by the mature tag. It will also, if ever published like this, make readers lose interest in most of their series.
Despite this, and I usually hesitate at stuff that has gore, this is what every mangaka should be aiming to write. Reading his work is like reading something that has no censorship (a lot of what you read is restrained, to a certain extent for various reasons), faulty plot, nothing. Everything is practically perfect: it is rich, realistic, intuitive. The concept is brilliantly captivating. Art wise, he sure has his anatomy down. His style is very fitting for the 3D maneuvers and swinging blades, and I feel that gore does not require very fine detail. Sometimes it will feel like the development pace is slow, or the author is deliberately hiding something, but keep reading. On the positive note, each chapter has plenty of content. The next volume will always top the previous fabulously. Guaranteed.
I do not see this ending anytime soon.
... Last updated on November 10th, 2011, 12:55pm
I just want to say that you gotta take this slow...it has little hints all over allowing you to know what's going on if you put your mind to it.
I especially love how other than the existence of giants, everything else is perfectly realistic. The exploration of how the impossibility could be overcome is an intriguing read. The development of weapons(more or less detail design! no fantastical blackbox) and realistic tactics to fight against them in the open.
Contrary to what some feel, I do not think the flashbacks are fillers. They serve to understand how can a soldier be trained to battle against giants and to use the specially designed weapons effectively. They also add depth to characters mental makeup and how their perceptions change(or remain unchanged).
This is dark like berserk but unlike it, you can actually ask "why are giants eating humans?". This is non-sensical question in the frame of berserk world. Not so here. You can question and your answers will probably be given: just like in the real world. I hope it can maintain it's realism without resorting to hocus pocus plot elements.
This is RARE
You know manga is good when the plot is so good you don't care about crappy art. I have much to say about this manga and anime I don't even know where to begin. The first time I read this my thought were "Could it be... that this is better than Berserk? Better than Dragon head?" Even though I knew this can't be compared with any manga simply because it's so original. So far I've fallen in love with every character and the story. Like I said I have so much to say and so little time so I'm just going to bomb you with pluses and minuses.
+ Definitely the plot, story teling and its logic + Character growth + Moral lessons and life lessons; How to be strong and idependent (making choises and trusting others) etc. - The art, seriously sometimes I can't tell them characters apart
I give this 9/10 right now. I can't really rate an ongoing manga but I can always update it.
Sasha and why she was nicknamed the potato girl... nearly fell out my seat laughing. Yea, overall it's got gore because soldiers are constantly being eaten. I don't like gore and horror and avoid mangas with either. Why did I pick this one then? The plot seemed interesting and I didn't notice the Horror category (fortunately). Although I don't like survival types usually, I like this one because it's more realistic. Yes, you can be put on an island by the government, yes a meteor can fall down to earth, and yes, your car may run off a cliff, but that's all amongst people and it deals with people fighting people. You don't often get a survival story that does not involve zombies (yuck) and icky radioactive creatures. Giants was a nice change and it felt very real. Why should humans not have a predator that feasts on them? What I also liked, was that humanity was trying to survive together, and it's not every man for him/herself with group activity only for survival. This is so much more real than that.
Yea, the art wasn't top notch, but I'm not bashing it. Maybe a 8/10? It goes well with the subplot. Granted, that when the hidden ability (I'm not spoiling the story because it's a category) is revealed, the humanity trial was too much for me... got quite bored and it dragged on...................... but then again that's exactly how humans are: self-serving and self-righteous with no regard for the greater picture other than themselves. Now that the story is about giants again, I'm very much looking forward to a continuation of what's been so far.
Back on the reality of it for one more moment, it makes fear real too. If you're a soldier, you can die as soon as you get on the battlefield before you see any action. No fame, no glory, no anything. The fear made the whole story much more realistic, yet allowed me to get into the soldiers' heads to understand how they think. Everything was initially presented as how worthwhile it is to fight the giants that the aspect is able to engulf the reader, because let's face it: how many of us would sign up for such a suicidal mission?
Overall, I found it an enjoyable passing of time and await its completion. This is the type of story you want to read in one or two seatings. It would be much too confusing to keep up with it chapter by chapter.
... Last updated on August 14th, 2011, 3:05pm
First true psychological manga?
Is this the one we're looking for in the psychological area? Is this this the most suitable for our taste of thriller? I think, from a long-time manga reader perspective as I am, this manga, no, the whole story and its aspects are really perfect for its fancier of the genre. It has everything you need to build the tension and the thrill, all distinguish itself among its peers. I particularly like the dry humour and the reflective, if not contemplative, depiction of the nature, especially of human, as presented in the existence of titans. Although the story still lacks other elements such as economy or politics, like any other fantasy, the mystery is abundant, and the journey to the truth is underway, enough to keep the readers stay up.
I haven't read Claymore or Gantz or any of those other manga, so I will give an unbiased opinion: this one is great. Maybe even epic in the sense that the titans are scary sh*t. I have read many gory manga or manga claiming to be horror, but none of them phased me a bit. The titans in this manga creep me out. You can almost feel the terror with the people in this manga and that is due to a very talented author.
I enjoy the characters in this manga. Eren is complex enough to draw you in and there is a good amount of mystery about him, and I'm not just talking about the obvious things.
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For example, he murders three people as a kid. It was to help Mikasa, but still, I have to wonder if he's completely stable. Guess it runs in the family?
Mikasa is great. She's not one of the cliche pansies that make me cringe.
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Even when she thinks Eren is dead, she goes on and is resolved to fight. She keeps her priorities staight.
As for Armin, he is a bit cliche, but necessary and he compliments the other two nicely.
As a bonus this manga has focus (Thank god). No panties, no huge boobs, no romance, no guys trying to act tough etc. The author portrays people realistically. A guy isn't going to play it cool and give 5 hour speeches or internal monologues when people are getting ripped apart 10 feet away.
Thank you Isayama-sensei for not being a douche.
... Last updated on July 15th, 2011, 2:04am
It's often in a manga, they depict a monster or some kind, which is supposed to be very scary
Those manga show the characters to be very scared, most pissed their pantsu, like those Novas from Freezing
They are supposed to be scary, but, me the readers don't feel scared at all, guess their decision to be in borderline between ecchi and scary made it lost both purposes
But this manga, wew, those giants are terrifying man...., I would've pissed my pants if I encounter any of those, hell, I might've crapped my pants
Those human like yet not being, seeing you full of curiosity, like you would see a rare insect, then they will use that big hands to embrace you... and then snapped you in half and bite your head..
This change my view of giants, I don't even like Guiliver anymore, now that u think about it, by every step he can turn you into a puddle of blood
NO IT'S SCARY!!
... Last updated on April 24th, 2011, 2:55am
Not for everybody
I have read this manga up to chapter 42... and I just can't get tired of it. It is raw, it is gory, it has a different pace, the art is unusual, the characters aren't likeable, and that's what makes it good. If you like prepacked manga, this manga isn't for you. But if you like manga where you can only try to guess where the plot is going (and you don't mind people still screaming while they are half eaten), this manga is for you. If you decide to read it, do it slowly; it takes some time to digest all the information given.