A spin-off shoujo manga that centers around Levi's and Erwin's past.
The young Erwin Smith is a rising star in the Survey Corps, humanity's only hope of defeating the man-eating monsters known as Titans. Ruthless and dispassionate, Erwin's mind is devoted to strategies and intrigue. But beneath Erwin's feet is another world, the "Underground," where humans are born and die surrounded by the garbage the Capital throws away. Here, the criminal Levi survives on his wits and agility. But when these two ambitious men cross paths, who will prove himself stronger?
Shingeki no Kyojin: Kuinaki Sentaku is based on the visual novel of the same name. The visual novel was bundled with the first press release of the 6th Blu-ray volume of the anime's 1st season and was supervised by Shingeki no Kyojin creator Hajime Isayama.
The series was published in English as Attack on Titan: No Regrets by Kodansha Comics USA on June 24 and October 28, 2014, respectively. It was also published in Russian by Azbuka in a complete omnibus on March 10, 2017.
The spin-off of one of the most popular characters in Attack on Titan, No Regrets exceeded my expectations as being something written and drawn by people other than Hajime Isayama himself. I was semi-skeptical due to the fact that this was written by someone else other than the original author, but I was rather pleased with what the series has offered.
The story covers Levi, before and during his entry into the Survey Corps. Along with Levi are two of his companions, Farlan and Isabel. These two characters provide a sort of balance with Levi's usual cold and emotionless demeanor. Farlan is the calm and collected
one, whereas Isabel is the energetic and eccentric girl of the group. These two characters are rather likable and Levi is still the same, cold, emotionless badass we knew and loved. And a clean freak to boot. The story also covers Commander Erwin, and his interactions with Levi during this time, and his role in the Survey Corps before becoming commander. The story itself is rather interesting as it delved into information and aspects not mentioned in the original series. The story has been good enough to make me want to continue reading.
The art is very impressive, and if I daresay, may be better than the art of the original series, but that's all a matter of opinion. The backgrounds are what I found the most impressive, especially with the Underground, where Levi and his friends were originally from.
Overall, 8/10. I was pleased with how the story was presented and how it has been going. The art is superb, and if you're a Levi fan or just an Attack on Titan fan in general, I'd suggest you'd pick this up.