Sunday, September 20, 2015

Manga Review: Attack on Titan Vol 1

Title - Attack on Titan Vol 1
Author - Hajime Isayama, Sheldon Drzka
Series - Attack on Titan #1
Genre - Manga Fantasy Horror
Published - June 19th 2012
Publisher - Kodansha Comics 
Format - Kindle

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.

Chapters list:
1. To You, 2000 Years From Now
2. That Day
3. Night Of The Disbanding Ceremony
4. First Battle

Taken from back cover:

The Desperate Battle Begins!

For the past century, what's left of mankind has hidden in a giant, three-walled city, trapped in fear of the bizarre, giant humanoids known as the Titans. Little is known about where they came from or why they are bent on consuming humankind, but the sudden appearance of an enormous Titan is about to change everything... 

Attack on Titan is my first Manga so I’m not exactly sure how to do the review but I’ll try my best.

Attack on Titan is a dystopian horror story that comes from the point of view of Eren. He’s joined with his adopted sister Mikasa and friend Armin.  Three friends who’s world has been ripped apart by the titans who have destroyed their lives. Titans are huge humanoid beings that eat humans but we aren’t really sure why they do it yet or how they exist. The novel starts out with them as children when they encounter a colossal titan that destroys the wall that has protected them from the titans. After losing their home and family to the Titan the children join the military when the time comes. Eren is out for revenge to stop the titans. After years of training the time has come for them to battle the titans that once again are joined by the colossal that had destroyed the wall in the past. Will they all survive this encounter?

I don’t mind Eren he’s hot tempered but that’s because he’s been through the emotional trauma of watching a titan eat his mother. He’s not the only one who has seen the horror of real life even Mikasa has her own story. I’m curious to see how Armin will handle fighting the titans since he seems to be the more relaxed of the trio.

I saw the first few episodes on Netflix but it’s still in Japanese so I decided to read the manga since I was already hooked on the story from the anime. I’m super curious to see what the story is behind the titans because so far we don’t know. I find the concept captivating even if I don’t love the main character it’s still holding my attention and I want to see what’s going to happen next. I like the artwork, it’s not in color but it still very detailed on my kindle fire. Since this is my first manga I don’t really have many to compare it to but I’ve learned I really enjoyed reading it. Attack on Titan vol 1 was a quick read it’s hard to put down and I ended up reading it in my downtime. I’m looking forward to continuing the series and already have the next couple on my kindle ready to go.


  1. I tried reading this volume awhile back, and could not get into it at all. The story was not interesting and I did not care for the artwork, so I DNF'd it. I guess it's just not for some people. Some people have told me it gets better later on though.

    Since I don't know if you prefer shoujo (girls) manga or shounen (boys) manga, I'll recommend you some of each. Shoujo: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Marmalade Boy, Hana-Kimi, and Strobe Edge. Shounen: Nisekoi, Bleach, and Soul Eater. I always think it fun and interesting when more people start reading manga.

    1. I figured just like novels they aren't for everyone. I have a friend who came over and introduced me to the netflix anime but it's subtitled, and only the first season season I think. The art wasn't incredible but it wasn't bad but maybe that's because I didn't have anything to base it off of yet.

      I'm fine with male or female characters. I'll have to add a couple to my to read list to check out!!!
      Thanks so much for sharing!!!