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The Desperate Battle Begins! For the past century, what's left of mankind has hidden in a giant, three-walled city, trapped in fear of the bizarre, giant humanoids known as the Titans. Little is known about where they came from or why they are bent on consuming humankind, but the sudden appearance of an enormous Titan is about to change everything... The Desperate Battle Begins! For the past century, what's left of mankind has hidden in a giant, three-walled city, trapped in fear of the bizarre, giant humanoids known as the Titans. Little is known about where they came from or why they are bent on consuming humankind, but the sudden appearance of an enormous Titan is about to change everything...


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The Desperate Battle Begins! For the past century, what's left of mankind has hidden in a giant, three-walled city, trapped in fear of the bizarre, giant humanoids known as the Titans. Little is known about where they came from or why they are bent on consuming humankind, but the sudden appearance of an enormous Titan is about to change everything... The Desperate Battle Begins! For the past century, what's left of mankind has hidden in a giant, three-walled city, trapped in fear of the bizarre, giant humanoids known as the Titans. Little is known about where they came from or why they are bent on consuming humankind, but the sudden appearance of an enormous Titan is about to change everything...

30 review for Attack on Titan, Vol. 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anesha †Curious & Obsessive Bookworm†

    Honestly speaking? I didn't think I'd love this manga SO MUCH I dived in because I wanted to watch the anime, but felt the need to read it first... Then it just blew me away. I loved everything about this manga... the rawness, the gore... the action...the mystery... omg am just in awe and am eager continue it~~!!! I havent had a manga hold my attention for a while to such an extent (apart from usual obsession of those I keep up with xD) Ah~!! Honestly speaking? I didn't think I'd love this manga SO MUCH I dived in because I wanted to watch the anime, but felt the need to read it first... Then it just blew me away. I loved everything about this manga... the rawness, the gore... the action...the mystery... omg am just in awe and am eager continue it~~!!! I havent had a manga hold my attention for a while to such an extent (apart from usual obsession of those I keep up with xD) Ah~!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tina Haigler

    This is a really good story, and the art is amazing, but be prepared. This is some dark stuff. It's listed as YA, but in my opinion it probably shouldn't be. It is listed as horror so at least there's that. I mean, people are getting eaten left and right so it's a little rough if you are emotionally sensitive, or get attached to characters easily. If so, I would say this book isn't for you. The characters are fascinating, and I'm hoping we will see more of their backstories in future volumes. I This is a really good story, and the art is amazing, but be prepared. This is some dark stuff. It's listed as YA, but in my opinion it probably shouldn't be. It is listed as horror so at least there's that. I mean, people are getting eaten left and right so it's a little rough if you are emotionally sensitive, or get attached to characters easily. If so, I would say this book isn't for you. The characters are fascinating, and I'm hoping we will see more of their backstories in future volumes. I love how each person is completely different. They all have distinct personalities, and the art is impeccable, so it's easy to tell them apart. For once there weren't any panels I was confused on, or struggled to understand. It was wonderful. As an added bonus, the world itself is intriguing, and from reading the extras, it seems like it's going to get more fleshed out as the series goes on. I highly recommend this series to all of my fellow lovers of the horror genre, however I would stick to ages 16+.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    2nd reading: You know what, I liked this a little bit more after reading it again. It's possible that the crap I read before this made this seem better overall ... but, meh. Not bad. ~ Original review: I don't know man ... I finished this and started on the second volume and I feel like this might be one of those instances where I just don't get the hype. I also don't understand how this is already up to 11 volumes when (some spoilers for volume 2 as well) (view spoiler)[the main character "dies" i 2nd reading: You know what, I liked this a little bit more after reading it again. It's possible that the crap I read before this made this seem better overall ... but, meh. Not bad. ~ Original review: I don't know man ... I finished this and started on the second volume and I feel like this might be one of those instances where I just don't get the hype. I also don't understand how this is already up to 11 volumes when (some spoilers for volume 2 as well) (view spoiler)[the main character "dies" in the first volume, (though I'm guessing, since I've read a bit of volume 2, that he somehow inhabits one of the Titans, so he's not really dead.) (hide spoiler)] I don't think the art is particularly good, and while the story is pretty unique, I was kind of bored, honestly. Everyone is going nuts for the anime and I even started the first episode though got distracted halfway through and stopped watching for some reason and never went back. What I watched though was pretty much scene-by-scene for what happened in the manga, though I'm not sure how long the anime stays like that. I found the main character brash, whiny, and annoying, and the fact that he's prone to shouting and going nuts didn't endear him to me at all. The other characters were practically faceless/nameless to me and completely forgettable, except for Mikasa (thanks, FREEBIRD.) She's a badass and should be the real main character, (view spoiler)[and I suspect this will be the case with the way things end up, and I'm completely ok with that. (hide spoiler)] I guess a part of me wasn't really paying attention that this is dystopia, because I'm not a big fan of the genre at all and would normally just steer clear of it. The fact that this isn't clicking with me could be my own fault, since dystopia almost never entertains me. So many people were talking about the manga and the anime though that I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, and that's not always the greatest idea. I don't know, I might give this through volume 3 before I drop it, just because it's so popular and I'd hate to miss out on something that turns out to be spectacular. No way am I reading all of it though if I just end up feeling the same way after three books. I'm glad it has its fans though and that a series that breaks the mold is doing so well, but I have a feeling this might not be for me.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jan Philipzig

    Trash That Works Formulaic? Crude? Amateurish? Appalling? Yes, definitely, all of the above. Make no mistake, this series falls squarely into the trash category. Not tongue-in-cheek-I-am-actually-so-above-this pseudo trash, but just plain trash. I mean, this guy tries hard but simply isn't the most gifted of artists. And yet - somehow - he has been able to capture the imagination of millions around the world with this story centered around an eerie mystery: Who are those "titans" that have nearly Trash That Works Formulaic? Crude? Amateurish? Appalling? Yes, definitely, all of the above. Make no mistake, this series falls squarely into the trash category. Not tongue-in-cheek-I-am-actually-so-above-this pseudo trash, but just plain trash. I mean, this guy tries hard but simply isn't the most gifted of artists. And yet - somehow - he has been able to capture the imagination of millions around the world with this story centered around an eerie mystery: Who are those "titans" that have nearly wiped out humanity? Where do they come from? What do they want? Apart from eating human beings, that is. People have known for more than a hundred years that the titans are out there, but they have buried their own heads in the sand, barricaded themselves behind high walls. Out of sight, out of mind. Now those walls are crumbling, and the threat can no longer be ignored! Thankfully, our young heroes finally take action - and as it turns out, countless young readers around the world can relate to the desire to restore human dignity and, yes, save the world: "Finally we can be useful," as Krista puts it just before the battle starts. A key element that makes Attack on Titan so popular is its openness, I think: a wide range of meanings can be attached to those all-devouring "titans" that threaten the survival of the human species. Do they represent the processes of globalization? Corporate power? The mass media? The government? Or yet another oppressive development or institution? Once you have made up your mind, you'll probably find yourself cheering for our young heroes.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    In the future overly simplistic stories exploring the Japanese xenophobic mindset will bore you with their complete lack of imagination! The evil Titans (or, “foreigners”) threaten the tiny human population (or, “Japanese”) by eating them (or, “consuming their culture”). The humans live in medieval-type castle structures with multiple layers of walls that don’t work to attempt to protect themselves from the Titans who want to eat them for some reason. Our hero is the perpetually constipated Some In the future overly simplistic stories exploring the Japanese xenophobic mindset will bore you with their complete lack of imagination! The evil Titans (or, “foreigners”) threaten the tiny human population (or, “Japanese”) by eating them (or, “consuming their culture”). The humans live in medieval-type castle structures with multiple layers of walls that don’t work to attempt to protect themselves from the Titans who want to eat them for some reason. Our hero is the perpetually constipated Some Guy who wants to join the ineffectual Something Corps who go out and get eaten by the Titans sooner rather than live as well as they can inside the large walls before getting eaten later. To combat the Titans, the humans have developed grappling hooks and spears that don’t work - this is set in the future! Snore as Some Guy and his sister Some Girl fight to become part of the elite Something Corps so they can fail to defeat the TItans first while swinging from hooks like a fairground attraction! Attack on Titan Volume 1 sucks ostrich balls! Do ostriches have balls? Well, Attack on Titan Volume 1 is sure sucking something! Stop molesting those sexy ostriches, Attack on Titan Volume 1! Marvel as you feel your brain actually punching the inside of your head for subjecting it to this drek and then attempt to escape through your ears! So long, Attack on Titan Volume 1, you were a total waste of time!

  6. 5 out of 5

    farwa⋆

    currently reading it’s about time.Let’s go-

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mario

    I didn't think that this would be as good as anime (because anime is bloody fantastic), but it was. I loved the art style, characters and above all amazing and brutal story. My first manga, but it definitely won't be my last. I didn't think that this would be as good as anime (because anime is bloody fantastic), but it was. I loved the art style, characters and above all amazing and brutal story. My first manga, but it definitely won't be my last.

  8. 5 out of 5

    CF Dracarys

    Oh my god I loved this!!! The world, the mythology, the mystery! I'm hooked! Oh my god I loved this!!! The world, the mythology, the mystery! I'm hooked!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Magdalen

    This is my second time reading the entire series 'cause season 2 is coming to an end and the waiting for new chapters has become unbearable. Although i know exactly what happens next I can't help the shivers and the tearing up especially when I see characters whom I love and are no longer alive. (view spoiler)[ I am talking about you Marco :'( (hide spoiler)] The artwork is amazing and the plot is phenomenal I mean could I ever say something bad about shingeki? Hell no. The cliffhanger in the en This is my second time reading the entire series 'cause season 2 is coming to an end and the waiting for new chapters has become unbearable. Although i know exactly what happens next I can't help the shivers and the tearing up especially when I see characters whom I love and are no longer alive. (view spoiler)[ I am talking about you Marco :'( (hide spoiler)] The artwork is amazing and the plot is phenomenal I mean could I ever say something bad about shingeki? Hell no. The cliffhanger in the end brings back so many memories. Can a main character die so quickly??? Arghhh the feels <3 Shingeki no kyojin is a manga for those who love to be amazed and shocked and fancy being bombarded with a million twists! The characters are so well written and interesting. Some even steal the show from the supposedly "main characters" One thing I can tell you. Isayama doesn't disappoint. He likes to make us suffer though and to break our hearts I suppose? Plus now I can focus more on different details. 5 stars on goodreads a billion in my heart (yes I' ll be saying that a lot)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bradley

    So I'm finally using my three-dimensional gear to jump on this bandwagon, at long last, and what a wild ride it is! After what seems a slow start but still an interesting world-build, the emotional impact is still severe and bone-crunchingly immediate. There's usually never a warning before someone you love dies, but it's doubly so here. The manga has a very serious tone and it wears its heart on its sleeve. The ending of this volume is very strong, but honestly, I am not entirely certain I like t So I'm finally using my three-dimensional gear to jump on this bandwagon, at long last, and what a wild ride it is! After what seems a slow start but still an interesting world-build, the emotional impact is still severe and bone-crunchingly immediate. There's usually never a warning before someone you love dies, but it's doubly so here. The manga has a very serious tone and it wears its heart on its sleeve. The ending of this volume is very strong, but honestly, I am not entirely certain I like the artwork that much. In full honesty, I already know a lot of the story because I just did a marathon of the Anime, but because of how it left off, I'm now in a tear to know what happens. :) So, just to be clear, the Anime is a top-notch production and deserves tons of accolades. I'm pretty sure this manga will step-up, too, so I'm remaining patient. I might not have continued this manga under other circumstances. :)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Coffee&Quasars

    3.5 stars. Coming in as an anime fan, I think the anime did this a lot better. This seems like a rough sketch by comparison.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lottie Eve

    4.5 Stars! I have always felt that the giants in fiction today are starting to become bumbling, stupid fools that just happen to be oversized and love destroying things, stripped of the fear they held around them a long time ago. So whenever I see this wildly popular manga series online or in the bookstore, I think nothing of it and pass by it. That is, until the anime adaption started airing this year and I saw the opening. And that opening was just so glorious that I just had to at least try ou 4.5 Stars! I have always felt that the giants in fiction today are starting to become bumbling, stupid fools that just happen to be oversized and love destroying things, stripped of the fear they held around them a long time ago. So whenever I see this wildly popular manga series online or in the bookstore, I think nothing of it and pass by it. That is, until the anime adaption started airing this year and I saw the opening. And that opening was just so glorious that I just had to at least try out the first volume of Attack on Titan. After reading the first volume, I couldn’t help but think of myself as an idiot for ignoring this title. Hajime Isayama has completely went above my expectations with his portrayal of the giants, or titans in this manga. These monsters aren’t intelligent but they actually make that up with their extreme brute force and numbers, causing humans to go down in the food chain and become prey. The humans are constantly losing battles against the titans, losing hope, and losing dignity, later retreating inside a wall that is no more than a cage in humiliation, only to have it be broken down one hundred years later, right when the people inside it are starting to feel safe and peaceful . Hopefully the mangaka keeps writing the titans in this way. There are always people who don’t like gore and nudity, so I feel the need to talk about how those things come into play in this manga… There isn’t much gore in this manga so far as I’ve seen in other manga, but there is definitely a lot of dead bodies shown and the necessary gushing of blood whenever a titan slaughters and eats a human. Although, manga is in black and white so I don’t think that this should take away someone’s enjoyment of the series. Also, while the giants are naked, they can’t reproduce sexually, meaning they don’t have sex organs (thank God). So for the people like me who don’t like excessive nudity don’t have to worry… Unless Isayama spontaneously decides to change that… As of this first volume, my favorite aspect is the wonderfully realistic depiction of emotion that Isayama write and draw. Screaming and crying isn’t just inserted, but is executed in a powerful way that made me want to cry also. Like that scene when the only surviving members of the scouting legion that come back from a mission outside the wall and a mother finds out that only her son’s hand is with them, or that scene when Eren finds his mother stuck under a pile of rumble that was their house before the titans broke through the wall, is carried away from her, and watches as she is killed by a titan. Both those scenes and others were beautifully executed in a way that only made it more terribly emotional. The characters are great and I am really invested in their story of fighting back and survival. One of two male leads, Eren, does have the common motive of trying to avenge his mother’s death by crushing and killing all of the enemy and also has a desire to escape from the confines he is currently under, but it doesn’t matter if the motive is common in fiction if it is done well, and it is in this manga. Armin, the other male lead, is very weak and hates himself for that, ignoring all his other good qualities. Again, it has been done before but is written well. I’m really looking forward to reading about his growth. And like Eren, he also has a desire to escape from inside the wall. Mikasa isn’t at all like many other females in the shounen genre. She hasn’t had much page-time yet, but she is clearly a person who is tough and won’t be a damsel in distress. Attack of Titan‘s current side characters are not exactly memorable and really only serve as characters to help out the main three and to get eaten. I’m not exactly a fan of this but it is kind of required as this manga is all about titans and humans battling. But this is the first volume, and If the side characters do get a more important role than their current one, my love for this manga is only going to increase. Isayama also includes a couple of lovely pages that give information on how the wall was constructed and how the equipment the characters use to fight the titans work. It’s all very thought out and I appreciate that a lot. The art is hand-drawn and it shows quite a bit. Not that that is a bad thing. The backgrounds are wonderfully detailed, as well as the characters. I do think that the body proportions are a little off sometimes, especially in the beginning, which is when the characters are children. But the flawed drawings of the humans are immediately made up for with how the titans are drawn. They are incredibly unsettling, many of them having mouths that are set into huge grins, never turning into anything else. The colossal titan is the most remarkable as it is literally only muscle, bones, and teeth. Attack of Titan‘s first volume is an extremely good beginning and introduction to what the mangaka is able to do. If the utter brilliance of this manga continues, well, I dare say that it might be able to tie with Pandora Hearts as my favorite manga and might even beat it. I know that this might be too early to start assuming things, but I am seriously impressed. Also, that cliffhanger is freaking genius.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ivan

    This is very hyped but so far I'm unimpressed. I really hope it gets better because volume 1 was just ok-ish. This is very hyped but so far I'm unimpressed. I really hope it gets better because volume 1 was just ok-ish.

  14. 4 out of 5

    nidhi :)

    levi ackerman? rail me please. thank you. 💔 also mikasa and eren? i want ONE kiss. ONE. just ONE. edit 4/11: i'm having a blast re-reading!! time moves way too fast, like i cannot believe 8 months have gone by this quickly. although, reading the first chapters now that the manga has been completed is simply... painful. this series is too beautiful to describe, but too meaningful to forget. edit 12/25: PLS HIS ART STYLE HERE MAKES ME WEAK COMPARED TO THE PRESENT. i deeply miss the nostalgia :,) levi ackerman? rail me please. thank you. 💔 also mikasa and eren? i want ONE kiss. ONE. just ONE. edit 4/11: i'm having a blast re-reading!! time moves way too fast, like i cannot believe 8 months have gone by this quickly. although, reading the first chapters now that the manga has been completed is simply... painful. this series is too beautiful to describe, but too meaningful to forget. edit 12/25: PLS HIS ART STYLE HERE MAKES ME WEAK COMPARED TO THE PRESENT. i deeply miss the nostalgia :,)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michael Sorbello

    This is a review of the entire series. Attack on Titan takes place in a horrifying dystopian fantasy world that somewhat mirrors our own, like an apocalyptic Europe where the last remnants of humanity live behind massive, skyscraper-sized walls to protect themselves from the giant, man-eating monsters known as Titans lurking just beyond them. The walls have successfully protected humanity for a hundred years, yet that short era of false peace comes to an end when a colossal titan bigger and deadl This is a review of the entire series. Attack on Titan takes place in a horrifying dystopian fantasy world that somewhat mirrors our own, like an apocalyptic Europe where the last remnants of humanity live behind massive, skyscraper-sized walls to protect themselves from the giant, man-eating monsters known as Titans lurking just beyond them. The walls have successfully protected humanity for a hundred years, yet that short era of false peace comes to an end when a colossal titan bigger and deadlier than any other of its kind brings judgement to the last survivors of the world. The story follows an ambitious and hotheaded young boy named Eren Yeager, who vows to take revenge on the titans after they break down the walls of his city, killing his mother and thousands of innocent people right before his very eyes. The story begins with Eren having a disturbing nightmare. At first, the nightmare appears to be a senseless series of violent images that don’t seem to mean anything in particular and the images we see are quite easy to forget about when you view them without any kind of context. It’s not until a hundred chapters later that the nightmare and the events that follow it begin to come together. Incredible foreshadowing is a reoccurring thing in Attack on Titan. The most minor and seemingly insignificant characters and events always end up having major significance much later down the road. The further you get into the series, the more you begin to realize that the author had every single plot point, revelation and twist planned out before he ever even published the first chapter. Speaking of which, the name of the first chapter (to you, 2000 years from now) is a huge foreshadowing in itself, but we’ll touch on that later. After Eren wakes up from his nightmare, we are introduced to Armin and Mikasa. Armin is Eren’s best friend and he fills Eren’s head with dreams of seeing the outside world beyond the walls, telling him stories of oceans, deserts, mountains, volcanoes and all sorts of things they could never imagine witnessing with their own eyes if they continue to spend the rest of their lives hiding in mundane safety behind the walls. Armin is frail and timid, but he’s incredibly smart and proves his worth as a brilliant tactician. He’s also very loyal and protects his friends when the going gets tough. Mikasa is Eren’s adopted sister who watches over him and comes to the rescue whenever he’s in trouble using her superhuman combat abilities, a signature trait of the Ackerman bloodline that’s been passed down to her by her warrior ancestors. After their relatively peaceful lives are torn apart by a titan invasion, Eren, Armin and Mikasa enlist themselves in the survey corp, an organization of soldiers and tacticians that are trained in the art of killing titans and defending civilians from their wrath using a pair of swords and a device known as 3D Maneuver Gear. The 3D Maneuver Gear was created to be able to navigate through a three dimensional space. With it, a person can travel from point to point at extremely fast speeds by firing steel wires with hooks attached on the ends so they can latch onto structures and titans. This is a very unique way of portraying tiny humans being able to stand a chance against giant titans in combat. The weakness of all titans is the nape of the neck, and the only way to reach the nape is to perform all kinds of twists and turns in midair with the maneuver gear until you can give yourself an opening. After being put through years of brutal military training, Eren and his friends are prepared to lay their lives on the line to exterminate every last titan in the world and bring freedom to humanity once more. But Eren doesn’t yet realize that he isn’t prepared for the many horrors that lie beyond the walls he grew up in. There’s more than just titans out there that want him and his friends dead. The biggest strengths of Attack on Titan are the numerous plot twists and the layers of mystery that are evident from the very beginning. Some of the twists are so massive, that they literally change the genre of the entire series because of the new perspectives they bring. It can go from survival horror, to psychological mystery, to political thriller at the drop of a hat and none of it is ever done just for shock value. There isn’t a single twist or plot point that wasn’t already planned out from chapter one. All the pieces of the puzzle are right in front of you the moment you begin reading, you just don’t realize they’re there until much later. Because of the amount of planning ahead at play here, Attack on Titan has a truly impressive level of re-readability. The constantly shifting genres and conflicts is what keeps it fresh and exciting. There are human vs titan conflicts, titan vs other titan conflicts, and finally, there’s the tried and true conflict of humans vs humans. That’s always been a recurring theme in most dystopian fantasy and horror stories. Even when the world is destroyed and overrun with monsters, humans will still clash and tear each other to pieces. I’m happy to say that the human vs human conflict in Attack on Titan is extremely different from what you would normally expect from a series like this. It’s not like the average zombie apocalypse movie where people kill each other and cause havoc just because there’s no law and they’re free to do whatever the hell they want, there’s a much bigger twist behind the cruelty of the humans pulling the strings from behind the scenes. I won’t delve too deep into that because of spoilers, but let’s just say that there are no real winners or good guys here, morality is extremely gray in Attack on Titan and it only continues to get more complex and conflicted the longer it goes on. Near the very end of the series, I honestly couldn’t bring myself to root for or against anyone, I just watched helplessly from the sidelines as the chaos unfolded. There are so many good characters on every side that it was making my head spin around in circles because I couldn’t decide what the best outcome could possibly be. And I absolutely loved the ridiculous levels of tension this conflict caused. All in all, I can’t believe how good Attack on Titan turned out to be. Let me just say that the early chapters of the series are extremely misleading and I don’t mean that in a bad way. Just like everything else in this series, the misleading nature of the early chapters is totally intentional. I went into this series expecting a straightforward, action-packed monster movie type of story like Jurassic Park or Godzilla, and it does start out that way to be perfectly fair. But it progresses into one of the most genius stories I’ve ever seen, that’s rich with psychological depth, human morality, countless twists and even quite a bit of intelligent commentary on the unspeakable tragedies of war. Don’t let the simple premise of Attack on Titan fool you, there’s so much more to it than I’m sure anyone could’ve possibly predicted when the series first started being published.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dark Sith Lordette Jennymort ♔

    Y'all know I love me some Attack on Titan. I just couldn't help myself. Don't look at me like that. One thing I really like about this book was that it pretty much was in line with the show. (I saw the show before reading this.) So that could be why I read this so fast. Might have skipped a bit. #sorrynotsorry This first book was the only one that was free, so I think I will just wait till I have the fucking Colossal Edition before I read more. Cause DAYUMN . Look at those fuckers. They HUGGGGE Y'all know I love me some Attack on Titan. I just couldn't help myself. Don't look at me like that. One thing I really like about this book was that it pretty much was in line with the show. (I saw the show before reading this.) So that could be why I read this so fast. Might have skipped a bit. #sorrynotsorry This first book was the only one that was free, so I think I will just wait till I have the fucking Colossal Edition before I read more. Cause DAYUMN . Look at those fuckers. They HUGGGGE! And they finally went down in price so I can get the first one for like 30 bucks! Like a fucking lottory winner! Oh ... look at this movie adaptation. *lmao*

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    There's a lot of hype surrounding Attack on Titan, though a lot of that is for the anime version. I've never seen it, and after reading the first volume of the manga, I don't know if I'll bother. Attack on Titan is based on a solid premise: a century ago, man-eating giants, called titans, suddenly appeared and attacked humanity en masse. Now, the remaining survivors live inside high, thick walls, and have generally given up on defeating the titans. So far, so good. And what the manga does best i There's a lot of hype surrounding Attack on Titan, though a lot of that is for the anime version. I've never seen it, and after reading the first volume of the manga, I don't know if I'll bother. Attack on Titan is based on a solid premise: a century ago, man-eating giants, called titans, suddenly appeared and attacked humanity en masse. Now, the remaining survivors live inside high, thick walls, and have generally given up on defeating the titans. So far, so good. And what the manga does best is to give you a very real sense of the panic and desperate fear that goes with a titan attack on the city. When the titans were actually attacking, it was a riveting read. But the book doesn't spend all its time detailing attacks. That's probably a good thing, in general, because I just would have gotten tension fatigue. But this is where the problems come in. The characters aren't particularly compelling or likeable, and the dialog isn't convincing. It's possible that the latter could be due to the translation, but Kodansha translations are usually pretty good. And I hate the art. It looks amateurish to me. There are a few panels that are effective, and the titans' designs are chilling, but in general it just looks clumsy. It seems like the anime has a different, and much better, art style. So I don't like the writing, and I don't like the art. The premise is good, but is that enough to keep me reading? Nope.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    “Channel the anger swelling inside you Fighting the boundary 'till you break through Deep in your soul there's no hesitation So make yourself the one they all fear There is a wild fire inside you Burning desire you can't extinguish Your crimson arrow Rips through the twilight This is the moment for war!” I am obsessed. Please send help. “Channel the anger swelling inside you Fighting the boundary 'till you break through Deep in your soul there's no hesitation So make yourself the one they all fear There is a wild fire inside you Burning desire you can't extinguish Your crimson arrow Rips through the twilight This is the moment for war!” I am obsessed. Please send help.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hassan

    BEST. MANGA. EVER. if you're hesitant to pick this up because you think the anime is better, don't be, this is as good as the anime. I LOVE THE HECK OUTTA OF THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BEST. MANGA. EVER. if you're hesitant to pick this up because you think the anime is better, don't be, this is as good as the anime. I LOVE THE HECK OUTTA OF THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    Story I knew I'd enjoy the story coming into it, because I watched this anime already. I decided to check out the manga because the series ended in a terrible place and there is currently no plans for another series/second season. There wasn't really anything I didn't know from this book. The first two stories or line up with the first few episodes of the show. The manga skips over most/all of the training however. I'm not sure if the people who did the show added all that in to give the chara Story I knew I'd enjoy the story coming into it, because I watched this anime already. I decided to check out the manga because the series ended in a terrible place and there is currently no plans for another series/second season. There wasn't really anything I didn't know from this book. The first two stories or line up with the first few episodes of the show. The manga skips over most/all of the training however. I'm not sure if the people who did the show added all that in to give the characters more backstory, or if they pulled that stuff in from flashbacks in later volumes of the manga. As someone who watched the show first, I might be filling in blanks and details in my head that someone who hasn't watched won't have. In a way it's almost like a re-read for me, even though I haven't done the manga before. This volume ends in a terrible spot, and I'd be dying for the next book if I didn't already know what happens next. Despite no real surprises I enjoyed the manga almost as much as I did the anime and plan to continue reading it as I can get copies from my library. Artwork I haven't read much manga, and what I did was back in college. It's hard for me to give a real good opinion on the art as someone who is better read in the stuff. I thought it was pretty good until the action sequences. Those just appear to be a blur of lines that make it difficult to know what's going on. Coming from the anime which I think has absolutely fantastic animation, seeing the action in this way was hard to follow and not very impressive. You don't get a feel for how cool the 3d maneuvering gear really is from. The titans themselves look good when captured in a pose, but again not so much when he's trying portray them in rapid motion. I thought the artwork for the dialogue parts was fine though, making it rather uneven.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Charmel

    this is one of my favorite animes of all time and honestly, i wasn't planning to read this but thanks to minty for hyping me up 😭 I love how Mikasa, Armin, and Eren (especially Eren) were just small innocent beans. I also didn't know how I missed Hannes until I read about him again. I love almost everything from this book! this is one of my favorite animes of all time and honestly, i wasn't planning to read this but thanks to minty for hyping me up 😭 I love how Mikasa, Armin, and Eren (especially Eren) were just small innocent beans. I also didn't know how I missed Hannes until I read about him again. I love almost everything from this book!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mizuki

    I had heard a lot of good things about this series, I also agree that the concepts are refreshing and exciting. I even read *part* of the first few volumes. But I just don't think this series has successfully held my interest. I read one volume...then... I stopped. So it's one of those Read only when it's for free books. I had heard a lot of good things about this series, I also agree that the concepts are refreshing and exciting. I even read *part* of the first few volumes. But I just don't think this series has successfully held my interest. I read one volume...then... I stopped. So it's one of those Read only when it's for free books.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    Since one of the Goodreads Graphic Novel nominees this year was Attack on Titan, Vol. 16 (I think), I thought I would check this out. Fans of this, does it get better, because I would have to say it is not worth my time. A post-apocalyptic story about the remaining human race, confined to a walled area for a century to protect itself from Titans that once devastated the planet. 50 meter walls that the Titans cannot reach, but there's a larger one out there, and folks are going to have to do some Since one of the Goodreads Graphic Novel nominees this year was Attack on Titan, Vol. 16 (I think), I thought I would check this out. Fans of this, does it get better, because I would have to say it is not worth my time. A post-apocalyptic story about the remaining human race, confined to a walled area for a century to protect itself from Titans that once devastated the planet. 50 meter walls that the Titans cannot reach, but there's a larger one out there, and folks are going to have to do something about this. So a group of able young warriors who are sick of being cooped up organize to DO something about it all. What are the Titans? What do they have against humans? Everything at this point is vague and boring and simplistic. But if it gets nominated for awards at volume 16, does it get better and clearer and more interesting? Or is that just a commentary on the typical Goodread nominations and awards?

  24. 5 out of 5

    Elena

    I'm currently OBSESSED with the Anime and I NEED to get my hands on this! I'm currently OBSESSED with the Anime and I NEED to get my hands on this!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Starlah

    coming in as a HUGE anime fan, i couldn't help but to compare it and i think the anime did it a lot better (as far as the first volume goes). The episodes of the anime that correlate with the first volume are just A+, 5 stars, a fav! This first volume seemed like a rough outline in comparison. still loved, will still continue with the series. hopefully, it gets better. coming in as a HUGE anime fan, i couldn't help but to compare it and i think the anime did it a lot better (as far as the first volume goes). The episodes of the anime that correlate with the first volume are just A+, 5 stars, a fav! This first volume seemed like a rough outline in comparison. still loved, will still continue with the series. hopefully, it gets better.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    Attack on my understanding! That's what this is. The buzz and hype around the anime is larger than life itself, so I thought I should get around to catching up on the manga before checking out the anime. It's safe to say that I am confused and staggered by what I just went through. The artwork is horrible. The characters are frustrating. The writing is pretentious and too obvious. The premise of humanity being confined within a concentric city with giant walls in order to protect themselves from T Attack on my understanding! That's what this is. The buzz and hype around the anime is larger than life itself, so I thought I should get around to catching up on the manga before checking out the anime. It's safe to say that I am confused and staggered by what I just went through. The artwork is horrible. The characters are frustrating. The writing is pretentious and too obvious. The premise of humanity being confined within a concentric city with giant walls in order to protect themselves from Titans that are almost just as tall is interesting. The idea of exploring a trapped utopia that fears the unknown (the rest of the world) is after all a nice basis on which to develop a story. But what we get here? It's incomprehensible. I do hope the manga gets better... Otherwise I'll just have to try the anime and decide if I keep on going or pass on this series. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  27. 5 out of 5

    sally ✿

    completed | April 8th, 2021: thank you aot for the nine years of pain and depression. it has been a long road paved with bittersweet sorrow, moments of uncontrollable sobbing, and brief panels of respite. still, I am satisfied with how it all ended. like our lovely and broken protagonist, I have been finally set free of another long manga series. goodbyes are always hard. you will be missed dearly. --- so much shit is going down in the current arc and I am not ready to see how this all ends :( 進撃の巨人, completed | April 8th, 2021: thank you aot for the nine years of pain and depression. it has been a long road paved with bittersweet sorrow, moments of uncontrollable sobbing, and brief panels of respite. still, I am satisfied with how it all ended. like our lovely and broken protagonist, I have been finally set free of another long manga series. goodbyes are always hard. you will be missed dearly. --- so much shit is going down in the current arc and I am not ready to see how this all ends :( 進撃の巨人, or Shingeki no Kyojin, or The Attack Titan, or Attack on Titan, or Monthly Updates with so Many Characters Whom I Forget Every Chapter Oops.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    simply put fam, the anime based on this manga is the very best I’ve ever seen. fucking phenomenal. instant classic. I’m shook to the core. season 3 comes out this july SO here we gooooo 👀

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nərmin

    First volume review So, the idea wasn't interesting for me first, but when I gave it a go, I got invested in the story. Now I am wondering that why and from where did the titans come and if only a bunch of people remains. I have seen first episodes of anime and I quite liked calm and clever Armin. Eren shouts a lot and have impulsive and impatient character but I liked his determination and courage. Mikasa has no emotion in her face though she is more rational than Eren. I liked her too. The art First volume review So, the idea wasn't interesting for me first, but when I gave it a go, I got invested in the story. Now I am wondering that why and from where did the titans come and if only a bunch of people remains. I have seen first episodes of anime and I quite liked calm and clever Armin. Eren shouts a lot and have impulsive and impatient character but I liked his determination and courage. Mikasa has no emotion in her face though she is more rational than Eren. I liked her too. The artwork reminds me of Tokyo Ghoul style. I'm going to continue the manga, but I hope the manga finishes before I reach the last volume. I hate waiting. Final review 4.36 stars Phew! Finally finished. Personally, I prefer anime with this one, as anime has gorgeous art. So, let's discuss the positive and negative aspects of "Attack on Titan" manga: Positives: 1. Epicness. The story and world-building is vast, heroic and exciting! Not to mention, suspenseful. I had too little patience to wait for revelations about titans' origins and "what is on that goddamn basement". 2. Enjoyment: It was action-packet and exciting. Apart from some boring parts, overall, I enjoyed it very much. 3. Underlying themes: Human flaws, behaviors at the very stressful situations, what is it to be a hero, saving humanity, friendship and love. 4. Surprise plot-twists! 5. Characters: My favorites were Armin Arlert, Hanji Zoe, Jean Kirschtein, Eren Yeager, Mikasa Ackerman , Levi Ackerman . Other characters were also interesting: Reiner Braun, Berthold Huber, Annie Leonhart, Connie Springer, Sasha Braus, Krista Reiss, Ymir, Erwin Smith and of course Grisha Yeager . They were all useful at some point in the story, some played major part despite being side characters (Reiner, Berthold, Grisha and Krista), some were so complex and with flaws (Erwin, Grisha, Ymir) and even antagonists were a bit likeable. Negatives: 1. Some characters: Actually, I didn't hate Eren like most of people do, even though he is a bit annoying with his anger issues and reckless behaviors. I, on the other hand, found Mikasa a bit boring, despite being badass soldier, she seemed to have lack of personality. Not to mention her obsessive love and protectiveness for Eren, however, Eren seems to be blind to that love. I think, Eren is incapable to form a romantic relationship with anybody, including his childhood friend. Which is, well, a disappointment for romance fans. I also didn't love Levi as much as many people do. He was like Mikasa-badass but boring personality-wise. 2. Art it was mediocre most of the time, but action and battle scenes were hard to distinct. That's why, I loved anime more. Overall, it was a thrilling series to read and there is still more to be published, so the story hasn't ended yet. The final volume was emotional as Armin's childhood dream came true! I am so happy for that, but for a particular reason, also a bit sad. I'll put this manga down for a few months till new volumes come out. In the end, I recommend it to action shounen manga fans. But beware, it is brutal

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shaina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It is very hard to write about a manga like this one. I had first seen the episodes made from the manga a few years ago in Japanese w/ English subs. Then it started to come on anime night on my beloved cartoon channel. I was horrified when I saw this, but I couldn’t turn away. Something about this gets to you in a raw way, like Jack and the Bean Stalk but on Steroids without the golden goose ending. Yes, like that if the process were reversed in the Giant’s favor! If the giant, a bunch of them; It is very hard to write about a manga like this one. I had first seen the episodes made from the manga a few years ago in Japanese w/ English subs. Then it started to come on anime night on my beloved cartoon channel. I was horrified when I saw this, but I couldn’t turn away. Something about this gets to you in a raw way, like Jack and the Bean Stalk but on Steroids without the golden goose ending. Yes, like that if the process were reversed in the Giant’s favor! If the giant, a bunch of them; came down in an endless stream looking for humans; to eat. Unending appetites, some with smiles or really no expression at all. No preference—just humans. Any human. Whole or not. The objective so far; to wipe out the human race. It’s black and white... but just horrifying. Humanity trying to keep itself from extinction from these giants of humanoid shapes and varying sizes with one known weak spot; not much else knowledge to go on.

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