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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.
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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a Great manga Gem. Thou shall NOT believe in Bad reviews. this manga is GENIUS
I heard of this manga quite a lot before… but I did not bother reading it because I was biased by the mixed review. Some praised it like God, some hated it like shit… But when the anime was released, I then see/hear most of my anime loving friends(onlinefriends) that don’t usually read manga rave about how EPIC shingeki no kyojin anime. So out of curiosity , I tried to watch the first episode. … and then… WHOLY FUCKING SHET ITS EPIC… I don’t usually get impressed on a certain anime/manga even if my friends are raving about it and are forcing me to read/watch it. Im a bit picky… but this one, is a total gem!.. I watched the anime 12 in the midnight,,, and holy fucking shit was the only thing I can say… I watched the ongoing episodes (ep5) and I cant wait for the next episode! Ergo, I ended up reading the manga and forgot the essential word SLEEP.. I immediately finished all the latest manga chapters up to ch.45… and all I can say is ITS BRILLIANT… Believe me… Though when you read the summary, it feels like a generic Hollywood-ish plot. But DON’T BE FOOLED BY THE SUMMARY… the summary stating that the remaining human race is hiding behind a giant wall protecting them from the Titan is just 1% of what really is the story! (not gona spoil you, just read the manga if u wanna know more) I have tried all genre of manga whether its shonen,shojo,seinen,josei,yaoi,yuri.. and ive read a lot of manga ever since the day I remember… and right now, this Shingeki no Kyojin is MY TOP ONE FAVORITE outranking my super generic shitty fave manga BLEACH… I was relieved not to see everything I hated about the generic shonen manga like "I want to save you bec. You are my friend! You are my nakama! I want the ninja world to change! " (except maybe for the main character’s perseverance). there are a lot of MIND BLOWING Revelation that until now I still can digest it properly just like the rest of the characters who also cant believe what they figured out… Every chapter is a cliff hanger… you cant stop reading coz u want to find out as soon as possible how that shit happened. The feel of the story is VERY realistic…the reality of the Survival of the Fittest.. It makes you feel as if you also live behind the walls, and someday you are gonna be a livestock meal for the titans. This feel isn’t present in most of the Generic shonen manga that only depict the repetitive “friendship, camaraderie, save the world” themes.. in this manga, you will reflect that in life ,even the best person you trust can actually be a traitor.. The Technical side of the story (the uniform, 3D Gears, spears, the military…etc) is also very well made.. I especially love their uniform and when they start flying with their 3D gears… Most reviews don’t like the drawing.. Yeah I kind of agree that its too sketchy and not solid… But , I think the sketchy style actually suits the dark feel of the story. .. and the titans are well made.. so you can just get used to the sketchy style ..my only complaint is that some characters look similar.. the mangaka most work out how to draw them with distinction. I read some reviews saying they love the plot but hated the character development. That I do not agree. There is already a development for the MAIN/important characters… yes I agree that most Characters end up dead even before they get developed. But those characters aren’t really that relevant in the main story (except for giving their life to save humanity lol).. I actually have no complaint about it. It was on my benefit coz at least it wasn’t that heart breaking when they die.. and so far my favorite characters are still alive.. and I have been conditioning my brain that someday those soldiers would end up as titan’s meal… About the characters, I fell in love with Mikasa.. she reminds me of my fave character in bleach (Rukia).. and I also like Sasha’s weirdness … the characters are well planned.. the mangaka was REALLY good in hiding their true side.. when I discovered the revelation, I tried to review the previous chapters and realized that the mangaka actually gave out subtle hints .. Read the manga.. trust me you wont regret it.. I for one HATE GORE… but this one did not gross me out… So Far, this is the BEST manga I have read… too bad for some manga that I started reading.. I might not have the interest of finishing them coz im ending up comparing them to shingeki no kyojin… This Manga/anime is now my Gold standard… To the mangaka, I doff my hat to you… you are GENIUS… To those who patiently read this VERY long comment, see for yourself if we might have the same opinion., or not …
... Last updated on May 13th, 2013, 4:04am
brutal deaths - hopes crushed
I still haven't read all the available chapters but I've already formed an opinion about this manga and so I want to write a few words about it. Attack of titans is a very brutal-gore manga. 90% of the pages portray the brutal deaths of people who are either introduced as main characters and their stories are told or are just random citizens, in a very, very realistic way. My guess is the mangaka really likes to draw pointless death scenes and so he made a manga in which the last of humans live in a secluded kingdom and they have to cope with dumb but overpowering, aizen-level enemies. they have little knowledge about the enemy's background, etc and their weapons stand no chance against the titan's physical abilities. In other words, the balance is lost, anyone can guess the end of this thing and I still don't know what kind of statement the mangaka wanted to make by drawing this manga.
The art is so-so (the background is drawn in detail, be it the city or the nature but the people are drawn in a very hasty way), the main characters (those of them who are still alive) have no impressive traits to show and thus i can't really tell what their personalities are like. I don't know why I keep reading this thing anyway.....
I gave this manga several passes before I picked it up. First of the story hadn't sound appealing to me. I mean, fighting against giants, really? However I was really happyt that I gave it try after seeing it on so many recomendations. You could really feel the hopeless of the characters and thier despair when they see their commarades slaughtered one by one, how some would give up in the situation and how much courage it must take to fight against them.
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.
Despair: The Manga
Generally, every arc begins with the heroes having some great plan to fight back against the Titans, only for all the talk of the strength and determination of humanity to come crumbling apart when a Titan appears. Characters are introduced, you learn about their stories and see their little quirks, and then they die horrible, meaningless deaths.
There are very long stroy arcs where the heroes fight a constant battle of attrition against the Titans, only to have any accomplishments they won soon erased in the next arc, and arcs focusing solely on character development are few and far between, so whenever someone does bite the dust, you don't really know much about them aside from how well they fought, and their death doesn't have as much impact as it should have. In the end, half of the characters in this story are expendable extras, and that is the biggest disappointment.
HitlerJugend vs. meatsack cannibals... and then superpowers and change of directions between arcs. ARRRGH.
Like Vinland Saga, WTF-grade arc changes... unlike Vinland Saga, never had a good arc to begin with, just "seemed promising" somehow.
Author took the lot of us for a ride on that seeming promise. The smarter ones bailed out by now. Annoying artstyle anyway.
I just marathoned the manga up to chapter 40 whatever. I wish I had the foresight to drop out when that other reviewer did at volume 3. He was dead on.
After the boring training arc, we have a really long chase sequence in the forest which spans several volumes and ends inconclusively, and from there on the series falls apart. Left-field intrigue, delays, and just ridicolous stuff. All the fights have become godzilla WWF matches now....
I don't even want to waste my time thinking about or satiring this crap. I want to purge my memory of what I read in the last volume. It was awful and I'm quitting.
If you must read this series, stop at the end of the training arc. But do not expect any answers to the mysteries the author has built--he didn't make them with any answers in mind, and is just scrambling to make up answers as he goes along anyway.
The last half of the series has been so awful, and the 10./10 ratings so idiotic I must give this a 3 to balance things out. Maybe a 5 would be more honest, but I'm still too pissed at the writer for drawing out a series he didn't know where to go with... He wasted half a day with this crap. Throw a dart at any shounen and you have a 50-50 chance of getting a better read.
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.
Brilliant and Compelling.
When I first started this manga I thought it would be decent. I was wrong, this manga turned out to be so much more than that. It is still very early in the series but it leaves you wanting more to read with every chapter. The feelings of desperation and urgency are ever present and keep you on the edge of your seat and the fact that things never go according to plan give you a sense of realism. This is a must read!!!
... Last updated on January 21st, 2013, 1:54am
i love the plot and the action scenes, but i never really felt connected to any of the characters, they all have interesting back stories, but none of them really got enough screen time for me to care about them