This is my 1st review for Attack On Titan Volume 1 and I had a blast recording it! Thanks for watching and remember, this is just my viewpoint, yours may be entirely different.
People have strange tastes in pop culture. Vampires, zombies, etc have cornered geek pop culture. However, one of my favorite themes in horror and thriller themed media is survival. Attack on Titan's overarching theme surrounds humanity's drive to survive despite inevitable death and doom. The story is in a dystopian world; there are these giants (labeled "Titans") that have devoured humanity. Humanity now lives in cities enclosed by a wall to keep the Titans from invading. While troops are sent out to discover how to kill off the Titans, it is often unsuccessful.
The first volume opens up on an attack on a city. The story follows Eren Jeager, a young boy that wants to bring down the Titans. Things get personal for little Eren when his mother is killed by a Titan. The manga shows this scene really fast, but the emotion is there. In the recent anime adaptation, it is an emotional rollercoaster that is very hard to watch as his mother accepts her fate. Eren and his friend, Mikasa, escape the city and vow to be on the special forces.
We time skip a few years as Eren and his colleagues in the special forces maneuver a defensive strategy in a recent attack. Without giving too much away, even the secondary characters are very well written and you do feel for them when things happen to them; even if you get to know them for just one chapter.
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