Finally got around to reading Attack on Titan after a long wait of deciding when I should finally pick it up. I read through volumes 1-3 in next to no time and have volume 4 sitting here waiting for me, figured I should do a reflection before I catch up with the series.
For anyone who may not already know about Attack on Titan, the series takes place in the distant future, 100 years after a giant humanoid creatures known as Titans have begun devouring the human population. The remaining humans erected a series of walls to protect themselves from the titans. The story follows three central characters; Eren Yeager, his adoptive sister Mikasa Ackerman and their friend Armin Arlert.
After about a century of relative ‘peace’, where the titans have been unable to penetrate the walls, a colossal titan suddenly appears and breaches the outermost wall. The story jumps forward to show how the three main characters have joined the army and just as their training ends, this colossal titan reappears at the second wall. This is where everything starts getting a little weird. I won’t go into much more detail here so as not to spoil anything.
*image above shows the layout of the three walls after Wall Maria was penetrated, Wall Rose and Wall Sina intact protecting the remaining human population.
This series has been built-up so much over the last couple of years, and especially since the Anime began. Based on what I have read so far, I think it was built-up too much. Don’t get me wrong, I think Attack on Titan is absolutely brilliant, my issue is that after three volumes, I am yet to be blown away as I was with other series like Dragonball or One Piece. It is a fantastic story, that is really intriguing and I am looking forward to reading on. I’m sure you all know what I mean. I just spent too long listening to everyone go on about it instead of just diving into it myself and as a result it was just too hyped up.
Story-wise, Attack on Titan is really interesting. From the concept to the mangaka’s execution of the story and even the characters back story’s, its all really interesting. On the other hand, I don’t think the illustrations are much to be write home about. That’s all I’ll say about that. Check it out for yourself and we can talk more about it when I have read some more of the series.