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From Kodansha USA:
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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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
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.
I like how this manga doesn't show a happily ever after for everyone. Though some of the ones who died are minor characters, but it proves that the life of being constantly haunted by those giants is real and terrifying. With the deaths of the other characters, it makes me able to better understand what the other characters in the story felt with the deaths of their friends. This makes the story feels real.
i must first that this series dont really take to me. it feel disjointed, the pacing is wrong, the characters uninteresting, the anatomy is out of porpotion, the emotions dont get through, and some of the things here is illogical. however, it still very much interesting and the plot itself can carry this series forward and make you feel breathless for more.
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
Response to Mytskine's Disappointment
@Mytskine: It's not disappointing. If you read carefully, you would notice how the mangaka dropped very good hints about the specialness of Eren very early on. But instead of a "wham!" instant revelation as common in many shoujjo manga, there is still emphasis on the main aspect of life: the survival against the titans. And honestly, a story would be boring if it was merely about a new power after a new power (e.g., Naruto). In here, there are several hints about how the giants came about, how Eren and his father play a role, and suspicions about each of the people, including the giants' backgrounds/history.
And honestly, a story that doesn't have intrigue would make for a boring read. B-O-R-I-N-G. If you want a simple-minded story, go read the easy peasy, oddly popular Naruto, One Piece, Reborn, and (maybe) Bleach.
On an unrelated note, did anyone get the dig against non-asians? Notice how skilled Mikasa is compared to everyone else (maybe Rivaille). It's an obvious bias that Asians are better, and for all we know she could be of Japanese descent.
... Last updated on August 17th, 2011, 4:46pm
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.
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.