Review : Attack on Titan series

  • Title: Attack on Titan
  • Author : Hajime Isayama
  • Illustrator: Hajime Isayama
  • Series: Attack on Titan series – 13 Volumes
  • Genre: Manga
  • Available in the library: Yes – Volume 1-12 – Volume 13 out in August
  • Rating: 9/10  – The only thing stopping this from getting a perfect 10 is the visuals. So go read it now without hesitation!
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Review by Karune Walker

Attack on Titan Vol. 1Overview: Death Note has been a long standing must read manga series in recent years, and by all means, still is. However, a relatively new series has gathered the same popularity, if not more than what Death Note has managed to muster. I am talking about Attack on Titan, a series which has been labelled as “Japan’s Walking Dead”. Why is it so good, you may ask? Well, the characters very interesting, the story is addictive and it’s gruesomely violent (unless your queasy, then this is a bad thing). Even though this manga series is fast paced and full of action, it just manages to make you keep coming back for more and more.

Written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama, Attack on Titan is set in a post-apocalyptic where the remnants of humanity have shielded themselves inside giant walls from the monstrous Titans, humanoid giants who eat and devour humans. The main story follows Eren Yeager, Mikasa Ackerman and Armin Arlert as they enlist in the survey corps, a military division that hunts titans, after the appearance of the ‘colossal titan’, which was responsible for their hometown and the death of Eren’s mother six years ago. Things take a turn for the worst however, when one day, the ‘colossal titan’ once again reappears…

Characters: For once, there are only three main characters in this manga, so I get to cover all of them

Eren Yeager Eren Yeager – Hard-headed, passionate and impulsive, Eren harbours a personal vendetta towards all titans after the death of his mother, motivating him to enlist in the military and graduate as one of the top five soldiers. He cares immensely for those who are close to him and always has the desire to protect and keep them safe.

Mikasa AckermanMikasa Ackerman – The unofficially adopted sister of Eren, Mikasa initially appears distant and disturbingly cold at times, but has an overwhelming desire to protect those around her, namely Armin and Eren. Tough and merciless, she is regarded as the best of the best within the military. Also, she is boss.

Armin ArlertArmin Arlert – The childhood friend of Eren and Mikasa, Armin enlisted in military alongside his closest friends. While being physically frail and weak, Armin has shown his capabilities as a tactician and is considered the “brains” of the trio. He has a long lasting dream to one day venture outside the walls and see the outside world, a dream which he shares with Eren.

Art Style and Visuals: If any criticism for Attack on Titan is going to come from me, this is where it will be. Visually, Attack on Titan is not great, which is hugely disappointing. The character designs are average and look like sketches half the time, in fact, nearly everything bar the titans actually look like they were just sketched the first time through and didn’t even get checked over. And then there are the titans. From the neck down they look quite intimidating, but their faces are just so poor that sometimes I just can’t take them seriously enough, which is a problem as it takes away from the actual story. It’s still enjoyable but the art style is just very, very disturbing as you read through it. At least the action sequences look good, with the gruesome violence being very detailed, which at least enhances the fights and makes them more enjoyable. Overall, Isayama, this is hugely disappointing from a visual perspective.

The Verdict: Apart from the art and visuals (which is a major component), Attack on Titan is just absolutely amazing. The story is brilliant, urging you to keep going on and discover what happens next. The characters of the story are very engaging and interesting, making you feel attached to them at one point or another throughout the series. However, the average to poor visuals really detracts from the series and it’s not what it deserves. In light of that, I still give Attack on Titan the highest of praise and recommend that you all go read it

Out of 10, I rate Attack on Titan:  9/10 – The only thing stopping this from getting a perfect 10 is the visuals. So go read it now without hesitation!

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