English: Attack on Titan
Published: Sep 9, 2009 to ?
Score: 8.781 (scored by 30420 users)
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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.
Related MangaSpin-off: Shingeki! Kyojin Chuugakkou, Shingeki no Kyojin Gaiden: Kuinaki Sentaku, Sungeki no Kyojin
Side story: Shingeki no Kyojin: Before the Fall
Alternative version: Shingeki no Kyojin Volume 0
Adaptation: Shingeki no Kyojin
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
I will be concise. This review is based on the manga till the end of volume 3.
Shingeki no Kyojin is a unique manga, in that it is bears more of a resemblance to Western fiction than to Japanese fiction. In some ways, it is similar to Gantz, but overall it borrows heavily from western steampunk and fantasy novels.
Even though I'm only 3 volumes in, it is apparent that the story has immense potential.
The immense world around the small area in which the story is set is shrouded in mystery. Absolutely nothing can be guessed about it at this point. In the future, the manga will most probably involve revelations and discoveries about this world.
Incidents in the protagonists' past are being gradually revealed. The main character seems to have some form of memory loss. While this may seem cliché, so far it has being handled well.
The author appears to have an extensive understanding of the world he has created, in the vein of JRR Tolkien's Middle Earth.
In addition, the steampunk technology used is fairly believable, and even explained at the end of chapters.
I must confess the revelation of the main character's power took me completely by surprise. This leads me to believe that the author will handle plot twists very well.
The art, while not bad by any means, has a tendency to be slightly rough. It is completely hand drawn. The illustrations of the giants are quite impressive, and character design is unique. Backgrounds are some times less detailed, while distant shots of characters tend to be "derpy". None of this takes away from enjoyment.
Note that the art has steadily improved through the chapters.
There is a multitude of characters besides the protagonists that may be important later on.
Character emotions are handled quite well and are very believable.
The main characters all have rather engaging, if somewhat cliché personalities.
So far, there hasn't been too much character development, but this far in, that is only to be expected.
Action scenes well done and never seem drawn-out. There is a fairly large amount of blood and gore. Story pacing is excellent. Never a boring moment.
This is definitely one for the long run. read more
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.
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
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.
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