Attack on Titan Volume 1 Review

I have heard so many good things about both the anime and the manga regarding this series, which means I had to try it first and of course I started with the book. Anyway, it is time for a review.

The Story

In this post-apocalytpic sci-fi story, humanity has been devastated by the bizarre, giant humanoids known as the Titans. Little is known about where they came from or why they are bent on consuming mankind. Seemingly unintelligent, they have roamed the world for years, killing everyone they see. For the past century, what’s left of man has hidden in a giant, three-walled city. People believe their 100-meter-high walls will protect them from the Titans, but the sudden appearance of an immense Titan is about to change everything.

Taken from Goodreads

At first I thought that the way that the manga told the story was confusing because it throws you right into the deep end without explaining a single thing, however it is when you start getting through the chapters that you find out more about the Titans and what exactly the humans have done in order to try and survive. About a quarter of the way through the book there is a few years time skip were we see Eren go from being a little boy who’s mother has died in front of him thanks to a Titan to being a man trying to be a Titan fighter. I think they made a good decision doing this as it means that we didn’t have to have a load of filler for no reason and instead took us to more important story.

The art is both good and bad in my opinion, I think when they are in a normal conversation with each other then the art is great as you are able to tell the characters apart instantly as well as be able to see where they are, it is just when the fighting starts that things start to go wrong. They put to much emphasis on how fast moving everything is to the point you can barely tell what is happening until things start to slow down. You can argue that this is a good thing as it would be exactly like real life, but I want to know everything that is happening not have to guess and find out when the fight is over.

One feature I do like is the pages that tell us how the different pieces of equipment that the Titan fighters use both look like and how they work, this allows us to get deeper into the world and make it easier to know more and eventually love the series.

I think the characters are good and really add to the experience of reading the manga, Eren is emotional about being the best he can be in order to save the human species and be able to travel the outside world, his best friend is the same. His sister Mikasa who follows everything Eren does in order to protect him from his own heart. You cant help but love each character as you get to know them more and more.

With a good storyline and okay art I do think this is going to be on of those series that I am really going to enjoy getting into and knowing more about the world. Give it a look as the manga as it is quiet cheap and is worth the read.

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