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Attack on Titan


Mangaka: Hajime Isayama 諫山 創
Born: 29th of Aug, 1986
Original Publisher: Kodansha
English Language Publisher:
Published: April 2012
Status: Ongoing
Number of Volumes: 19
Serialized: Bessatsu Shonen Magazine 別冊少年マガジン
Genre: Action, Science Fiction
Demographic: shonen

The last remnants of humanity live behind a concentric series of massive walls. Outside these walls roam the titans, gigantic, humanoid monsters that eat people without remorse or reason. For a hundred years, the titans have not been able to breach the walls, and every human sortie outside has resulted in disaster. The majority of people live peaceful lives without ever even seeing a titan, the government has banned all books on the outside world, and entire religions have sprouted up deifying the enormous walls that protect them.

Only a small group ever venture outside the walls, the Survey Corps. A branch of the military recently created specifically to make excursions into the outside world and discover ways of killing the titans, the Survey Corps faces extreme attrition rates, and is viewed by the general population as only a costly reminder of the dangers of venturing outside.

This status quo is suddenly upended when a colossal Titan appears out of thin air and smashes a hole in the outer perimeter wall. With the wall compromised, hundreds of smaller titans pour in, devouring everyone in sight. Humanity falls back behind the second wall, causing turmoil and famine.

Eren Yeager, a young man who watched his mother get eaten alive by a titan, vows to join the Survey Corps and eradicate the titan threat once and for all.
Background & Impact
Attack on Titan has been an enormous critical and financial success, with over 10 million copies in print before the anime adaption even aired. It won the Kodansha Manga Award in the shonen category in 2011.

The first season of the anime adaption aired in 2013 and was a massive success.

The manga suffers from somewhat crude artwork, especially in the early volumes. The anime corrects this minor fault; however, the manga provides more details regarding the technological and social issues, emphasizing the science fiction aspects of the story, whereas the anime focuses more on the interpersonal relationships between the characters.

Two live action films were released, to mixed reviews.