by Hajime Isayama, translated and adapted by Sheldon Drzka, lettered by Steve Wands
Attack on Titan is a relatively new manga and anime series. The manga was first published in Japan in 2010, it hit stateside in 2012 and the series currently is in its eleventh volume, published this month. It is much better known as an anime series, apparently the art is better, but I have yet to figure out how to watch it (apparently you can stream it online) so I decided to start out by reading the manga. I have been hearing a lot of good things about it and I was not disappointed!
The basic storyline of Attack on Titan (summarized from my reading of volumes 1 and 2) is that world has been overrun by Titans. They are scary, ugly, creepy, and destructive giants. They eat humans, though they don’t seem to need to eat humans to stay alive, and the only way to kill them is to attack the back of the base of their neck–hacking away until you have killed them. Trying to kill them any other way only leads to the titan’s regeneration. To survive, the remaining humans have built a large structure of different levels of walls. Think of it like a bullseye–each wall protecting different classes of citizens, and a military force to protect the walls with a lot of high tech gear. In the first volume, we meet Eren, Armin, and Mikasa three teens who have never seen outside the wall. Eren longs to explore the outside world, however, as he is on the verge of leaving the city the three teens are almost killed when a colossus titan destroys the first wall and allows the smaller titans to invade and eat the humans. Narrowly escaping, the teens end up training for military service and the series continues to follow the three as they battle the titans.
I have read the first two volumes in this series, and I can’t wait to read the rest! It is really a fascinating story, and I think the most appealing thing is learning more and more about the Titans, their history, and what the humans can do to try and survive and destroy the titans. Yes, some of the art of this manga is pretty basic, and I have seen some stills from the anime so I can understand why it is the better of the two when it comes to the art. But some of the manga art really makes the titans seem even more creepy. Check out a couple below:
So, if you like manga with high action, some sci-fi and fantasy, some scary elements, and a really good story, then you should definitely check out Attack on Titan! Click here to find the first book in the series at the Library!