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Shingeki no Kyojin  
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Description
In a world entirely ruled by giants, the human race, which has turned into their food, has surrounded its residential zones with immense walls, which both prevent their freedom outside the walls and protect them from incursions. However, as a result of the appearance of supergiants who cross the wall, a desperate struggle begins and the young heroes, who have lost their parents, fight the giant as a training corps, with a view to regaining their freedom.

Note: Won the Kodansha Manga Award in the shōnen category in 2011, was nominated for the 4th annual Manga Taishō award and also for the the 16th and 18th annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.

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Manga

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Associated Names
Вторжение гигантов (Russian)
الهجوم على العمالقة (Arabic)
Đại chiến Titan (Vietnamese)
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
L'attacco dei Giganti (Italian)
L'Attaque des Titans (French)

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Latest Release(s)
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Status in Country of Origin
15 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 8, Chap 34

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N/A

Forum
12 topics, 101 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (1782 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.76 / 10.0
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Last Updated
May 27th 2015, 9:30am PST

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Year
2009

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Serialized In (magazine)
Bessatsu Shounen Magazine (Kodansha)
Manga Box (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Kodansha USA (15 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #291 increased(+4)
Monthly Pos #102 decreased(-7)
3 Month Pos #87 increased(+5)
6 Month Pos #69 decreased(-23)

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On 9177 reading lists
On 1368 wish lists
On 157 unfinished lists
On 631 custom lists

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Forum Posts
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Favorite pairing 377 days, 17 hours, 49 minutes ago
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Another Disappointment   
Rating: 6.7 / 10.0
by Fantasier
September 29th, 2013, 1:12am
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
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for me   
Rating: N/A
by mrsseien
September 28th, 2013, 8:31am
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 smile
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The manga is still Worth it, even if the anime is better!   
Rating: N/A
by little1213star
September 20th, 2013, 9:47pm
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.
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Strengths and weaknesses vary   
Rating: N/A
by Mizura
September 13th, 2013, 4:29am
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.
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Awsome   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by GOKI408
August 31st, 2013, 12:58pm
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 ! )
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The anime   
Rating: N/A
by Narufan1st
August 16th, 2013, 12:10pm
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
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Dear Attack on Titan: Get well soon!   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by peterpantsu
August 13th, 2013, 4:12pm
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The whole thing about Reiner and Bertholt being the armored titan and colossal titan does not seem like it was something the author had been planning. It really felt out of the blue and ridiculous. As well as their motivation for suddenly becoming antagonists again.


Attack on Titan is definitely not a 10/10 manga. For all of the great points in the series, it has equally awful points- and vice versa. Many points are interesting, while others seem to have been thought up on the spot with no real planning put into them. Sadly, the awful points in the writing are starting to really out-weigh the great points as of chapter 48 and I think I will be dropping the series soon, unless the author really has something up his sleeve. As of now, I will give it a 5/10. 20 chapters earlier I probably would have given it an 8/10.

... Last updated on August 13th, 2013, 4:52pm
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Not for me   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Mislikelli
August 7th, 2013, 5:28pm
I was very disappointed with this manga. It lacks many things, including a plausible plot and any interesting characters. I began reading because I thought the premise was interesting and had a lot of potential. I soon realized that while the original idea was interesting, the story and characters failed to deliver. The characters are horrible. You won't like them. I understand a story with some unlikeable characters, but when every single one of them is hateful there is no longer a reason for the reader to continue reading the story. Mikasa was the one character that was not painful to read, and even she can only carry you so far. Eren was a whining, pitiful disaster of a main character. His incompetence and rashness causes so many deaths but unfortunately and unbelievably not his own. I literally do not understand how this manga is supposed to be gritty and realistic.

... Last updated on November 23rd, 2013, 1:42am
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I like it so far   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by jptranslator_girl
August 1st, 2013, 7:05am
I was almost lost among the crowd of those who believe that this is a man vs. titan manga rather than a man vs. man vs. titan manga. It wasn't looked in the inner cover of my volume 1 jp copy that I realized that Isayama had actually given is a few more clues that put a completely new twist on this series for me. It basically talks about how...

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...the near annihilation of man was actually largely due to human/human violence rather than titans attacks, how it was mainly the rich and noble that were allowed to flee to the new land/continent in ships once the titans appeared, and how the walls already existed prior to their having arrived.


Then there's wall shifty wall cult and then the little info slip on the secret of the wall. I just believe that there is more to the story than some mindless man versus giant crap. I really didn't want to read another "We are human, hear us roar! Titans, eat my s***!" series. This series is not just black and white. It's distorted with as many grey areas as the world that we live in, and that's what I believe makes this series as great as it is so far. Everything that Eren believed to be "the truth" up until his very first day as an official soldier is constantly being challenged and threatened, and he's struggling with himself--just as many of un tend to do. Isayama more or less admitted that this manga is based on his inferiority complex, and it definitely shows. t'll be interesting to see how everything unfolds. I'll keep reading until I'm satisfied.

As far as the art work, in the beginning, I thought "This is kind of rough and unattractive." But, considering the nature of the story (violent, creepy, and depressing in many ways), I guess the rough style kind of stands to reason.

I'm not shoving my beliefs down anybody's throat, and I'm not here to review other people's reviews and criticize them. This is clearly just my opinion. Let me just recommend that you read a few chapters and see for yourself whether you like this one or not. Quite frankly, I love it.

... Last updated on August 1st, 2013, 7:18am
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A few attack helicopters would do the job   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by cecropiamoth
July 29th, 2013, 4:09pm
This manga and the equivalent anime "Attack on Titan" seek to make us scared that the monsters will really win and destroy humanity. Nothing could be more horrible than that, if you want to tell a powerful story! However, mere GIANTNESS can't really do that job of inspiring existential terror, at least for me and other people who can't forget what era we're in. Humanity now has weapons that could defeat any enemy except maybe a bunch of aliens with technology far in advance of ours. That means that in order to set up any other convincing story of a fight for the survival of humanity, manga/anime normally, as here, starts out by divesting the Good Guys of all weaponry developed by humanity over approximately the last 150 years, and sticks us back in sword-wielding times.

But unfortunately that fictional trope "distances" the reader from the situation presented, since everyone in the real world today knows, I think, that we no longer do any serious fighting with swords. With that distancing comes a diminution in the terror induced by the story.

I suspect that this trope works in Japan because the days of sword wielding are close to the hearts and imaginations of its people. However, that is not the case in the rest of the world, and I bet this kind of thing falls flat much more often in Europe and the rest of the West than we realize.

It certainly did with me.

... Last updated on July 31st, 2013, 8:41am
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