Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) Review

Only the victors are allowed to live. This world is merciless like that.

“On that day, mankind received a grim reminder. We lived in fear of the Titans and were disgraced to live in these cages we called walls”

Hajime Isayama

The Attack on Titan universe is certainly a dangerous one. The story begins with a disaster; One hundred years ago, humans were brought to the edge of extinction by the appearance of giant, humanoid enemies called Titans. Faced with the appearance of an insurmountable foe, mankind erected three walls measuring 50 metres in height in order to protect itself.

In the time since, no Titans have been seen nor heard, and so mankind’s fear has dampened and our senses dulled. However, after the brief introduction of the three main characters: Eren, Mikasa and Armin, the unimaginable happens; a roaring thunder gives birth to a lightning bolt from the sky, and standing in its wake is a Titan. A Colossal Titan. Standing a full 10 metres taller than the walls that were designed to keep them out.

Striking as quickly as it appeared, the Colossal Titan unleashes a devastating kick to the outer wall, breaking the barrier and allowing dozens of Titans to rush through, devouring everyone in sight. The lucky few escape into the shelter of the inner walls and amidst the madness, the Colossal Titan vanishes without a trace.

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So, the story is set, the world is ruined and humanity is endangered once more. When reading that first chapter all those years ago, fans were filled with questions: What were the Titans? Where did they come from? Were they intelligent? And why were they eating people? After sticking with the series, you’ll find the answers to some of those questions, but it seems that for every one answered, two more appear as the ever-expanding universe continues.

As this is a review of the series as a whole, it is obviously worth mentioning both the good and bad points that run through the story, so on to the Pros and Cons! Pros: original storyline; expansive world; not afraid to kill off characters. Cons: stereotypical characters; drawn-out pacing; odd plot holes.

After looking back on the manga, I can easily say that I enjoy the series; I’m not a massive fan of the art and a couple of the characters could stand to be a bit more original but I think the combination of an intriguing storyline, fantastical Titans and gory, well detailed fights make for an overall winner of a series.

It is also worth mentioning that Attack on Titan is Hajime Isayama’s first professional work and while the artistic quality could be called questionable in the first few books, the fact that he has sold over 45 million copies of Volume 1 reflects the quality of the great writing and world-building found in the AoT series.

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Volumes: Ongoing (17 volumes as of September 16th 2015)

Genre: Action / Drama / Fantasy / Post-Apocalyptic

Age Rating: Older Teen (17+ )

Publisher: Kodansha Comics USA

Writer: Hajime Isayama

Artist: Hajime Isayama

So what do you think? Have a think and let us know in the comments section below.

– Isaac



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