I have recently dove back into an old interest of mine, anime and manga. They are both much older hobbies that I used to enjoy, and still do on occasion. This New Years, I have been on what only could be called an obsession, very much into all things Japanese. I have picked up a couple of manga to read since all manga is is Japanese comic books. One of the new comics I bought is Attack on Titan, written and illustrated by Hajima Isayama. Attack on Titan is a post-apocalyptic take on Earth two thousand years from present day.Earth has been completely overrun by titans, which is a giant species of monster. These titans have no known origin, and no one knows where they came from or why they are here. The manga gives a brief backstory detailing how one hundred years ago the titans popped up and have been here ever since. These monsters destroy everything in their path and eat every human who crosses paths with them. To combat the ever pending threat that is an attack from the monstrosities, the last survivors of humanity have built walls around the city to protect the survivors. Multiple branches of military exist to help fight. The branch, with the most combat readiness, is the survey crops. They use a device called vertical maneuvering equipment; these devices allow the humans to navigate in three dimensional space freely. This is how the survivors defeat the titans. As their only weakness is to make a large incision on the backs of the titan’s necks, they are impervious to most attacks and have a healing factor.
The first volume of Attack on Titan picks up with an attack on a city near the outer wall. We are introduced to the main characters; Eren Yeagerand, his adoptive sister Mikasa Akerman, and their friend Armin Arlert. The attack is lead by an unknown colossus titan over sixty meters tall and an intelligent titan. The destruction leaves many fatalities and much damage, but none greater than the death of Eren’s mother. This results in him swearing his allegiance to the military one day, joining the survey corps, and to get revenge for his mother’s untimely death. The book gives amazing details into the world. Maps ,weapon designs, and brief explanations into military tactics are all listed in small notes. My favorite thing about the manga is the art. It is phenomenal! At times, it looks like a show on television; the style is unheralded. The shading and lettering is also nice. The use of creative fonts and typefaces keeps the book fresh, fun, and exciting.
The characters seem fun and likable with much emotion. My only complaint about the first book is lack of backstory. I expect this is all part of Volume One, as I am sure we will find the much wanted information later in the series. I look forward to the next volume of Attack on Titan, which I have already ordered, to arrive. I enjoyed how bleak and dystopian the society was and the feeling of helplessness that has become humanity. It has me cheering on the surviving humans in their darkest of hours and their ability to stand up to an almost unbeatable foe.
Look for the next review of Attack on Titan- Volume Two.