The hit comic Attack on Titan is now a 4-panel comic! Eren and Mikasa and Levi and the Titans shrink down and go wild?! So you, who says, "I love 'Attack!'" And you, who says, "I'm scared of 'Attack!!'" Give our "Spoof" a try! It's now a 4-panel comic that will annihilate the sides of anyone who reads it!
Sungeki no Kyojin was simultaneously published in Japanese, Chinese and English (as Spoof on Titan) on DeNA's Manga Box app. Kodansha Comics USA physically published the series from September 13 to December 13, 2016.
I’m not a native English speaker, so please forgive any formal mistakes you may find. This review represents my very own opinion and is free of spoilers.
Story – 8/10
This one is actually a little hard to review because there really is no story. The manga is basically a comedy compilation with very short stories (also known as 4-panel comics) whose are supposed to entertain the reader as a little parody of the main series. There are some connections between the different chapters but nothing really huge. It doesn’t really connect to the main series as well, so don’t be afraid of any spoilers if you’re
not caught up with the main series. The chapters aren’t supposed to be very serious, so don’t be too strict about it. And even though there really is no story I give an eight, simply because the jokes are very creative and connect to the fandom very well.
Art – 8/10
The art isn’t very detailed or special. But it shouldn’t be. Making all the characters chibis kind of reminds of Junior High and brings a special atmosphere – you already know that this manga will not be serious if you look at the cover. The chibis are very cute and they still look a lot like the characters in the main series, so there is no reason to be disappointed here. The only thing I really didn’t like is the fact that this is styled as a 4-panel comic. Sure, it does make a lot of sense in this kind of manga but I personally don’t like to look at those panels for about 250 pages. It simply becomes boring after a while which makes a slow reading process – in my case at least.
Characters – 8/10
Ah, the loveable (and not so loveable) characters of Attack on Titan – many of them appear in this spin-off and the creators really did a great job with showing their personalities. The jokes perfectly fit to the characters and they appeal to the reader, especially if the reader is in the fandom and knows some of the jokes already – seeing the creators using them is even better then. You can’t talk about character development here because there’s no intention to get some development in characters or story. So it’d be better if you already read the main series or watched the anime. But I really like that every important character has some panels and you can laugh about everyone here, especially the ones you don’t like – no need to hate on them in that spin-off.
Enjoyment – 8/10
I really enjoyed it even though it took a long time to read it, simply because of the 4-panel comic style. Besides that this spin-off offers a lot of text – which really is surprising because I would’ve never thought this. It also helps to get a break from everything serious happening in the main series and many characters are more loveable after reading.
If you want to read this, make sure you know some volumes of the manga or the first season of the anime – otherwise it wouldn’t make much sense to read it. Also make sure that you have time to read, because there really is a lot of text. If you just want to read some chapters, they are perfect for some short breaks in school or work and those chapters will even brighten your day a little bit.
Sungeki no Kyojin ("Spoof on Titan") is a yonkoma—a four-panel gag manga—based on the world and characters of the manga Shingeki no Kyojin ("Attack on Titan") by Hajime Isayama. It very loosely follows the events of the main series and builds up on its deep characterization, serving it with some of the most fun and tasteful comedy I've seen in a while. See all of your favorite characters of SnK, most notably the 104th Trainee Squad and the Scouting Legion, play out various scenarios that you (probably) wanted to see but never had the chance to!
Although Sungeki reads and looks like a typical 4koma—i.e., simplistic
in every respect—it is, for the most part, pretty well done! Characters' emotions are all carefully articulated, and feel true to the originals. I actually laughed out loud at some of the strips, which is already more than most comedy/parody manga and anime titles have managed. This, for me, is one of the rare few instances of a well-designed setting and a good light-hearted comedy writing blending into something more than the sum of its parts. Good job, hounori!
Note: I would *very strongly advise* to catch up on the recent Shingeki manga chapters before taking up Sungeki to avoid numerous spoilers.