English: Attack on Titan
Published: Sep 9, 2009 to ?
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SynopsisSeveral hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by titans. Titans are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by walling themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of titans.
Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a titan in over 100 years. Teenage boy Eren and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a colossal titan that appears out of thin air. As the smaller titans flood the city, the two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Eren vows that he will murder every single titan and take revenge for all of mankind.
BackgroundShingeki no Kyojin won the Kodansha Manga Award in the shounen category in 2011 and was nominated for both the 16th and 18th annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize as well as the 4th Manga Taishou Award.
The series was the second highest selling manga series of 2013, with 15,933,801 copies sold.
Shingeki no Kyojin has been published in English as Attack on Titan by Kodansha Comics USA since June 19, 2012 and in large-size 5-in-1 omnibus editions (subtitled Colossal Edition) since May 27, 2014. Kodansha USA's English release won the 2014 Harvey Award for Best American Edition of Foreign Material. Crunchyroll simulpublishes the manga digitally.
The manga has also been published in French by Pika Édition, in Italian by Planet Manga, in German by Carlsen Comics, in Spanish by Norma Editorial and Panini Comics, in Polish by Japonica Polonica Fantasica, in Chinese by Tong Li Publishing Co., Ltd. and in Filipino by VIVA-PSICOM Publishing Corporation.
It has received several spin-off series—both manga and novel; two guidebooks titled Inside and Outside were released on April 9 and September 9, 2013, featuring concept art, character profiles and interviews, which were combined into one and published by Kodansha USA on September 16, 2014; a drama CD created with the anime's staff was included in the January 2014 issue of the magazine; and a two-part live-action film directed by Shinji Higuchi was released in Japanese theaters on August 1, 2015 and September 15, 2015 respectively.
-Awesome action scenes
-Shounen main character tropes demolition of a protagonist. Epic supporting characters like Levi, Armin, Jean and Erwin.
-Excellent world building and mysterious atmosphere
-You never know what is gonna happen next
-Sometimes slow pace
-Many characters die before being well developed, while others feel like wasted potential (Mikasa)
-Early chapters are not very well drawn
Overall: Attack on Titan is an epic manga that gives you the chills every single time someone screams "Change to 3DMG". There is a good reason why it is such a popular manga both in and outside of Japan. It is an excellent manga if you are starting to read manga, since it shows people that manga is not only for children. The slow pace might turn off some people, but it pays off with nice character development and immense action scenes that will leave you craving for more. read more
Shingeki no kyojin otherwise known as Attack on Titan. This series before the anime wasn't popular in the west, but it was fairly popular in Japan being in the top 15/10 best selling manga in 2011/2012. After the airing of the anime it became a mega hit series.
Now before you give this review a not helpful vote because of the 10/10 score. At least read what I have to say before doing your deed. I'm more interested that you guys read my review than anything else. Now let's begin!
"Spoiler free review!"
Story: 10/10. The plot/story IMO is snk strongest point. "Titans" these monstrous looking creatures that comes in different shapes and size. Their main and only goal is to eat "humans" 100 years ago humans where forced to live Inside the walls which are over 50 meters tall, to stop the titans from getting in. This series is full of mysteries for eg. who or what created the walls? Are titans natural creatures? Who created titan shifters? Why were they created? This is just a small dose of the amount of mysteries in snk. Snk is a mystery series with horror elements in it. The plot/story is snk strongest point, but it can be a disadvantage to the series itself. Why? Because the story is setup in a way where it doesn't spoon feed you answers right away, and if the readers don't pay attention to the story. They will forget things that were earlier "foreshadowed" also the series being a monthly manga doesn't help. A lot of complaint I've heard about the series is that it feels like the author is making up things as it goes or pulling things out of his ass. Now this isn't the case. Snk is one of those series that gets better when you reread it. When you reread the series you will see the amount of foreshadowing/hints the author puts in the early chapters of the series. Things that has been foreshadowed in the very first volume is now being answered currently in the latest chapters of the manga. What does this tells you? It tells you that the author has planned out everything already, and he already knows how the story will conclude. The world building in snk is impressive! The amount of details the author puts in his world building is just great. Thd mysteries of the series and the overall plot is just so engaging. You just want to know the answers. This is one of the reasons snk has a lot of theory threads around the net. You know the TV series called "lost" that's the vibes I get from snk story. Except snk will answer our question and not give us any bullshit....I'm not going to go there. Anyways read over this series at least once. You will have a better understanding of the overall plot. And you will be less likely to ask stupid questions. Sadly not everyone is willing or have the time to read over the series. Sigh.
Art: 8/10. You guys must be saying in your mind. "what!? O.O 8/10 for snk art? fanboy alert!" lol, let me explain why I gave it a 8/10. At first I didn't like the art. But I slowly started to like the art. The main reason is because the roughness in the art fits the horror theme very well In this series, I don't think the series would successfully have the "horror" feel to it if it had something like, the Levi spin off manga. I do have to say I don't think the art is as bad as people are making it out to be. I think the scan is mostly at fault for this, if you buy the actual volume you will notice it looks much better than the online scans. Compare crunchy roll scans with manga panda and mangastream scans you will see a difference in quality.
Characters: 8/10. A lot of people say snk characters are flat/one dimensional. You will also notice that most of the peeps that said it are anime only viewers. Now, the first 30+ chapters which is basically the 1st season of the anime are mostly use to introduce us to the big cast of characters. The author flesh out the 3 main characters which are Eren, Mikasa and Armin. The secondary characters are not shown too often so obviously the readers won't be too interested in them. And I'm not talking about redshirts characters I'm talking about the characters that we will get to grow with during the series. IMO. Armin and jean got the most development in the first 30 chapters, although they are both my least favorite characters. Now around chapter 35 is when the author starts to give focus on the secondary characters. And start to flesh them out more as in making us know their motives and also how they fit in the story/plot overall. There is a few more characters that needs some fleshing out/character development. But overall Isayama is doing a solid job with his character especially in a story driven series. About the female characters, I like how he balance it out as in making both the male and female cast both having important roles in the story.
Enjoyment: 10/10. This series is very enjoyable. Not only it has a great story but also it has plenty of action in it that gives me goosebumps. I also like how strategic the fights are in attack on titan especially when it comes to titan vs titan fight. There is no get angry enough and you will win type of fights. Female titan vs eren is a good eg. And I'm not talking about the anime filler with fire titan eren. Or power of friendship defeat the bad guys. If you don't stay calm and think logically you are going to lose. Finding weaknesses and exploiting them is what attack on titan fights are about. Eren vs armored titan is another good eg to that. overall I enjoy the living hell out of this series. The conspiracy, the mystery, the action/horror it all makes this series a series to remember.
Overall: 10/10. As I said before, if you want full enjoyment for this series. Re read it. If you are caught up and you're lost on the plot or you just feel you're forgetting things. Just reread it, pay attention and analyze everything. When you reread this series you will notice a lot of things you didn't notice the first time. Its also funny when you're rereading the manga and you know all the traitors in the series. You will also see how suspicious they were. Anyways time to wrap things up. Don't breeze through the chapters when reading it, take your time and enjoy the series for what it's. Whoever that has made it this far, thnx for reading! And I hope you have a wonderful day. read more
The problem with most anime is that you often find a different turn of events than the show portrays. Attack on Titan, displayed some minor differences in the manga from the show, but nothing major that would really change the course of the show.
Before i put anything to rest. Don't listen to the ones that say that the story the manga is telling is complete nonsense from the main plot. It isn't. The manga after a certain point moves onto observe the bigger problems that affect the walled city other, and then demonstrates how the events are connected. Though it may be a left turn from the Main plot of "Get to the basement and see what's goin on down there." It notes the problems and other obstacles that get in the way of the scouts before they make their expedition. For example a suspicious new type of titan, and various other things. read more
I was unsure if I would ever find another manga good enough to deserve my reviewing. And after reading volume six of Shingeki no Kyojin I can safely say the wait is over. What a manga!
Throughout the history of action manga there have been hordes of fantastically evil creatures ganging up on any shounen hero that dares get in their way. Whether it be demons, hollows, or demons again one thing was always certain: Even though the characters appeared scared you knew everything would be okay. A main character can't die to one random monster out of the horde. They deserve noble deaths via human vs human fights.
Shingeki no Kyojin abandons decades of stereotypes and does it in remarkable fashion. Never have I been so afraid, so physically frightened by "just another mob of pure evil monsters". In Shingeki the monster of choice happens to be giants. They don't have any special powers and in fact they aren't particularly massive considering they're giants. They walk, run, and even crawl around on the ground with blank, sometimes even silly faces and do nothing but eat and mangle every human in sight. This is something the mangaka has perfected despite the fact that this is the first manga he's ever written. Every single time a giant appears on the page your heart will start racing and your palms will become sweaty. Where do they come from and why do they devour humans despite having no anatomical need for it?
These are all questions the mangaka presents early and skillfully hasn't answered yet. He's also created an incredibly thought-out world with paragraphs at the end of most chapters explaining things that would bore readers if squeezed into speech bubbles. Including, but not limited to: three-dimensional flying gear, anatomy of a giant, construction of the cities three walls, battle formations, and a type of strange retractable sword. The world feels rich and thought-out and will almost certainly suck in anyone who gives Shingeki no Kyojin a chance.
I'm going to be perfectly honest and say that the artwork in the first two volumes is as close to shit as it gets. Actions aren't drawn very well, details aren't drawn very well, and its clear the mangaka had trouble drawing body proportions. But when volume three started it was almost like a switch was flipped and the art wasn't nearly as bad anymore. In fact, after having just finished the sixth volume, its among some of the better art I've seen in a manga. Characters are drawn very different from one another and have a crisp yet visibly sketchy feel to them. And the Giants! They slide around with their giant heads, oddly proportioned bodies, and silly facial expressions just creeping the shit out of me. The mangaka is very talented at drawing characters experiencing the scariest moment of their entire lives. What a bonus the art became in volume three, adding fear on top of fear to make one of the most chilling manga experiences even more so.
Everybody is somebody. "What's the point of writing about a character with no personality or back story?" - Is what I imagine the mangaka asks himself before deciding to throw a new character into the mix. You'll find no blank-faced bad asses in this manga. You also won't find too many people with happy child-hoods either. Even though this is listed as a shounen it deals with very dark themes more suited for a seinen. Characters are often showed rattled and sometimes mentally scared from seeing their comrades get their heads bitten off in front of them. Either way, there is plenty of page time devoted to understanding characters and their roots.
The depth of the world is immense.
The art is very good (eventually).
Characters are deep.
The suspense is great.
The giants are TERRIFYING!
It's rare to find a manga that does so many different things so well. Whenever a new volume comes out I always know I'm in for another great experience I can't get anywhere else.
I can't give a perfect score to a manga with so few chapters so early in it's life span. But trust me; if the same amount of enjoyment I've experience in the first six volumes continues throughout the rest of the series it would be a 10 no doubt.
You've gotta give this manga a shot. It's doing things that haven't really been done before, or at least not to this level. I'm setting the standard right now: You can't call yourself a fan of manga without reading Shingeki no Kyojin. Now get reading!
*This review made possible by AironicallyHuman, who recommended this manga to me read more
Dark histories in the world filled with wonders and unknowns. People must stick together during hard times without any thought of selfish desires.
'Claymore' signify friendship and teamwork in the midst of chaos. No matter how strong one is, there comes a time where they need to reach out for a needing hand. 'Shingeki no Kyojin' convey on dominance and total control where the King decides all. What is truth? How do you define good and bad? The answer to those questions are not as simple as it seems.
Both series are relentlessly gory action-series that pit humans in an underdog position against a race of incredibly powerful creatures who are out for human flesh.
Although Claymore is not set during a time period where humans are driven to the brink of extinction by unknown monsters, this manga nevertheless shares some characteristics with Shingeki no Kyojin, a currently rising and largely promising manga: barren rock background, focus on the quality of story rather than art, and the fact that their respective monsters can not be killed using normal human means. While reading Shingeki no Kyojin, I was reminded of Claymore some times, perhaps owing to the potentially gory nature of the monsters' killings.
All of the things other people have said about these two manga being similar are true.
But I just wanted to add: both have extremely strong female characters, and would be enjoyable for those who prefer to read something that can pass the Bechdel Test.
Both manga depict how weak human is up against a powerful predator
Claymore hav women who is half-yoma and half human to fight yoma and awaken being. And there is a plot twist in the story~~~
While in Shingeki no Kyojin there is human armed with different gear and weapon to fight the giant. With amazing background story!
Both of the series have similar artwork; dark, rougher with panel composition that isn't typically seen in shonen manga but seinen itself.
Much like Claymore, Shingeki no Kyojin finds itself on the border of the shonen/seinen genres by being a dark fantasy story which doesn't shy away from multiple deaths, limb loss and gore.
Both series takes place in a medieval like world where there is hell and chaos. That chaos and hell are caused by the monsters that resides in both series.
There are resistance against the monsters in both series who tries to eradicate and contain the threat. In fact, the main male and female protagonists from both series are part of such an organization to deal with the threat.
Both series contains graphic violence as well as shounen like battles. They also enforces some psychological and thriller like endings.
The main male and female protagonist from both series also shares a strange relationship but does get along well especially when events calls for it.
Both series also has similar artwork.
Both have gore and are placed at a mediavel world.
Shingeki no Kyojin has more psychological elements.Claymore is more direct.
The human race has to face yet another difficult challenge, a new species harps risen that eats human. The only way to survive is fighting for survival. In both of these manga that is the main theme. The main characters have to fight to keep humanity alive. Both of them also feature battles with sword fighting. If you like manga with a medieval setting and a lots of mysteries that slowly unfold throughout the story, then these manga are perfect for you!
In both manga, the characters are (eventually) pushed until they reach the point where it seems like everybody is just going to die because of some monstrous beasts that never stop reproducing(?).
In addition, the characters are a little bit a like. (Annie and Clare, for example.)
-Both set in Medieval times and involve Swordplay.
-Both involve mosters (Giants/Yoma) which are almost impossible to kill by humans
-Half breeds are created in order to have a close the gap between humans and Monsters.
- While humans close themselves and hide away from Giants, in Claymore, Villages are unaware as yoma's can disguise themselves as human.
- Claymore is more organisation based where Shingeki seems to be more like a apocalypse.
They both fight evil beings they do not know much about
They both have great fights and good drawings
The back stories of the characters are good and similar
Some of the characters may match up and be similar
They have pretty badass female roles
They are both still publishing and have alot of promise
Humans fighting a losing battle against monsters, both titles contain a factor of mystery pertaining to the monsters, and there is plenty of gore and death.
-Humans fighting monsters for land
-In both humans are losing the battle
-Humans use unique ways to kill monsters and turn into monsters
-The monsters in both don't talk and are seemly mindless
-Both like attacking humans
-reasons for killing the humans is just to kill them so far
-Monsters change in weird ways later in show
-Both have the same feel to them
Shingeki no Kyojin and Terra Formars takes place in fictional worlds where there are monsters at war with them that threatens their existence. The main male protagonists also has a dark past with tragedy that made them become whom they are in the present. Among it horror and sci-fi/fantasy elements, both series also explores relationships between comrades on the battlefield. There is a distinctive amount of violence represented in both series to show the grim reality of their war. Both series' main antagonists also has mysterious origins in regards to their psychology, abilities, and motivations.
Humanity is facing it's biggest challenge yet, a threat that might kill all humans on earth. The main theme for both of these series is exactly that. Humanity has to fight for it's survival. Both manga feature a group of main characters that are among the few that fight for the survival of man kind. This is not your ordinary story, the maincharaters are far from indestructible, because the threat they face is beyond most peoples' power. If you like stories where the characters have to fight for survival and are the only hope for savior, than these series are for you!
similar misterious story, with gore and death everywhere
It's the same thing but with roaches, and for me, it's better in the drawings and have a deeper story that goes beyond your spectations. If you liked Shingeki no Kyojin you should read this manga, you wouldn't regreated!
These dark fantasy reads involve large scale fights with powerful, often gigantic, creatures.
Both have rich story telling and pull you into the dark twisted worlds they inhabit. Both stories make you feel as though you were experiencing the events firsthand, including the pain and psychological stress the characters experience.
Both have a dark fantasy setting and contain frequent fights and much gore.
Both have very ugly and horrific monsters that destroys people and splatters blood.
Both are in a medieval world and got gore elements.
Berserk has a higher quality art.
The setting in both of these manga is a similar medieval and dark theme. The main characters have to fight for survival. The fights in both manga are very stunning and the stories have a very mysterious thing to them. If you like mangas with a lot of action and very good and deep stories, then you should give both of these manga a try.
Taking place in a fictional world where monsters exists, Shingeki no Kyojin and Owari no Serpah explores the dark side of fantasy. The main male protagonist also suffers from a tragic past that includes the lost of his friends. Both series focuses on their journey to gain revenge while developing connections with others. There is also military affairs in both series revolving around divisions that fights the mysterious beings in their perspective worlds.
Both are post apocoliptic worlds with humanity being driven to the brink of extinction by monsters. Both have a main character with unique powers due to experiments by other humans. Both have the main characters in groups organizing coup de against the central corrupt government.
Both have post apocalyptic worlds, and the protagonist a rash, hot headed boy who wants to kill all the (titans, vampires) for revenge for family members.
Of the two, attack on titan is more gruesome, hopeless and exciting. I liked it better than Owari no Seraph, which is relatively new. When I read the first chapter of it though it reminded me of attack on titan, so give it a try! It's good in a different way.
Note: I only read the attack on titan manga till the part the anime stops at (I watched the anime first).
-Both have post apocalyptic worlds
-Both MCs are motivated to exterminate all of a certain creature (Titans in SnK and Vampires in OnS) and want to become strong enough to kill these creatures.
-Both of the MCs lose family early on.
-Both series have a special organization who specializes in killing the series' respected enemies (Scouting Legion in SnK, Moon Demon Company in OnS)
-Both have a female character whose job is basically to tell the MC to chill out and not do something stupid (Mikasa in SnK, Shinao in OnS)
both manga is themed about human being food stock by the enemy race, both are fantasy themed and both MC wants the extermination of the enemy race... if you liked a manga where anyone dies both this title are for you
Both begin with Eren/Yuu essentially unable to enter the 'outside world', yet they yearn to. Something happens that leads both characters through very similar struggles. Eren wishes to kill all the titans/Yuu wishes to kill all the vampires.
However, both take very different turns after this stage -- there are still probably more similarities that could be drawn between the two, yet they remain individual and each deserve a read.
What connects Gantz and Shingeki is their equally brutal, unflinching violence. Gantz offers 'guilty pleasure' elements (namely, huge boobies) not present in Shingeki, but in both titles characters are introduced and then, without warning, murdered in graphic detail. The intensity level of two is high enough to keep one on the edge of their seat throughout.
If the games from Gantz excited you, then the giants raiding the last home of humanity - and ripping humans apart like toys - would also excite you. The quality characterization in the two makes it impossible not to care.
Both these seinen publications revolve around the constant battles between human beings and the creatures who they must kill in order to survive. Lots of graphic brutality that often result in the loss of life.
Both deal with human slaughter on a massive scale. Whenever the enemies show up you never know exactly who is going to die; all you know is that somebody will. If you like how the fights are portrayed in Gantz than you will undoubtedly like Shingeki no Kyojin and vise-verse.
Shingeki no Kyojin is very similar to Gantz, in that the protagonist is an overpowered human forced to fight for his survival by killing other powerful species (aliens in Gantz and giants in Shingeki) about whom he knows practically nothing. The enemies seem to attack humans for no discernible reason.
Both have significant amounts of blood and gore and visceral action, though Gantz has it much more than Shingeki.
Both have gore and psychology elements.
Shingeki no Kyojin is in a medieval world, while Gantz it's in present time.
Gantz has a higher quality art.
Even though the demographic is Shonen, Shingeki feels like a Seinen. Both Gantz and Shingeki share Psychological topics and violent gore aspects. Characters are killed left and right and there's a struggle and feeling of hopelessness in both worlds from all the chaotic events taking place. There's also alot of mystery to both worlds including the enemies they both fight. In the case of Gantz, no one knows what Gantz truly is or why these creatures are attacking them. For Shingeki no one knows what the titans are or where they came from, how they are made, how they function, or why they are attacking humans.
- disturbing scenes
- dark/mature theme
- some sort of romance (although AgK has more)
- unique weaponry
- AgK is a bit more light-hearted (has more comedy)
- assassins in AgK kill other humans and beasts
- in SnK, they kill titans
In Shingeki no Kyojin and Akame ga Kill!, there's a sense of tragedy especially with the past of the main characters. The male protagonist loses their closest loved ones as result of untimely tragedy and they develop a more determined way to change their world. Both series has colossal beasts that threatens humanity's survival. There is also secret organizations that are built with various purposes as the story unravels itself. Both series are also noticeable for its graphic content to portray the brutality of their storytelling.
Well, I'd say the story of these two are pretty different but they both have killing. SnK is more about killing titans/giants. AgK are about assassins trying to get revenge on the capital.
What's similar about them are how the author doesn't care who in the world dies. Have fun reading.
Both stories are about a team that is fighting againist their enemy. The characters have interesting weapons.
Both have great action points with a dark and bloody atmosphere revolving around tyranny. The government and the Titans compare nicely.
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