Age: Older Teen+
Summary: Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama is set in world where the entire population has to live behind a 50 meter wall to protect themselves from huge human eating giants called titans (their average size seems to be about 15 meters). The manga follows Eren Jaeger and his sister Mikasa Ackerman as they try to fight off a new breed of titan, called the colossal titan (sized about 60 meters).
Story Line:I’m going to start off by saying that the amount of gore this manga has, is way more than I expected. I think the author made a good choice by showing the harsh and bloody side of fighting a seemingly impossible battle. A good summary of what was going on inside my head while reading this manga was; “What? Oh. Wait..what? Gross! Sad….OH GOD WHY? What?” The story line is jumpy between characters and time and I seemed to be confused by it every couple of pages. The main characters themselves are generic and while you do feel sympathy for their situation, I think you would care for them more if they showed more than two emotions.
Art: The art style between characters didn’t feel consistant to me. I didn’t like the way Eren was drawn, but I liked the style of Mikasa. Eren’s face seems to be in a constant state of shock “:-o”. I would probably have the same reaction if huge giants were attacking my town and killing everyone, but his expression never changes! On the other hand, the author did a good job of designing the titans because they scared the poo out of me.
Overall: I liked the plot of this volume. The titans are scary, brutal and almost imposible to kill. As the reader, you will be left wondering how the human population could even win. The volume ends with a cliffhanger and you’ll what the 2nd book immediately.
Attack on Titan will be released on June 19th, you can order it here: