Manga Mondays: Attack on Titan

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Attack on Titan (also equally well known as Shingeki no Kyojin, its Japanese name) is set in humanity’s distant future. Around a century prior to the story’s plotline, huge humanoid monsters called titans appeared and began eating humans. Somehow, the remnants of mankind managed to build three massive walls to keep the titans out, and lived in relative peace for a hundred years. But then, one day, a giant titan appeared from nowhere and breached the outermost wall, throwing humanity back into chaos.

Anyone tired of post-apocalyptic story settings? Anyone? Bueller? What about manga and anime where teenagers have to save the world and are better at it than adults for some reason?

Yeah, me too, but this is a pretty good story, all told. It follows Eren Jaeger, his childhood friends Mikasa and Armin, and their team of rookies as they join the Scouting Corps, the branch of the military tasked with learning about the titans and regaining lost territory from them. Eren’s father, who disappeared the same day the Colossal Titan broke the wall, was an expert researcher on the titans, and the Corps hopes to somehow get back to his house in the lost territories so that they can unravel some of the mysteries surrounding the monsters. On top of all this, it appears that some of the humans have the ability to change into titans because of ~science~, and in that form they can either greatly help or greatly hinder mankind’s chances of survival.

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