Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Attack On Titan: A manga review
Info: Kodansha Comic, copyright 2012, 208 pages
A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): Pretty sure I'd be running the other way if giant naked androgynous men were chasing me through the street.
For one hundred years, what's left of mankind has lived in the city on earth, protected by walls that tower over even the Titans. Untouched by the Titans for a century, humanity has become complacent. But Eren Jaeger has had enough. While his fellow citizens are content to hide, Jaeger has the passion to take action to not only protect the city, but to learn what the Titans actually are. But on his first mission he comes face to face with horrors beyond his imagination... and secrets from his own past that could shift the tides of war.
Back to the "this reminds me of" game. This time, it's Warm Bodies. What's left of the human race is living behind a wall. Just on the other side of the wall are these scary monster things that apparently don't have any skin. A kid who dreams of living on the "outside," away from the wall, decides to join the army of sorts to fight these giant scary monster things and hopefully save mankind. Substitute zombies for titans, and it's a very familiar story.
I'm only one volume in, and I'm still debating whether or not I'm going to continue. I'm not a huge fan of the artwork. The titans are adequately terrifying, the the action scenes are difficult to follow and the general population more American manga-ish than Japanese manga-ish. But the titans are coming, and it seems kind of wrong to not find out what happens next...