Here we are with one of the final entries from the 1001 Comics list that doubles up as an adaptation on the anime list. Since the this show is now into its third season and has been able to maintain it’s huge popularity for years. So, I figured it was time for me to give this bestselling manga a go.
In a nutshell, Attack on Titan takes place in an alternate future where humans have been nearly wiped out by the ‘titans’ – mindless human-like giants whole sole goal is to eat humans. As the title would suggest, the main narrative is around the fight back of the humans against the titans, having been penned into their walled city for over a century.
Honestly, I am not sure if I have ever read a comic with so much graphic violence. The titans themselves are so incredibly creepy because their design is near the bottom of the uncanny valley… and they literally eat humans alive. I don’t think I have ever seen so much just relentless slaughter and dismemberment in a comic. Sure, Parasyte had a lot of body horror, but the terror on the faces of the characters as they’re being eaten just makes it that much more freaky.
As much as I was enjoying reading Attack on Titan, I made the choice to quit reading it around Chapter 50. You see I realised just how much better (and in some places disturbing) this would be on the screen. Don’t get me wrong, I thought the Attack on Titan was excellent and I’ll probably start reading this once I’ve watched all the adaptations… but I don’t want everything spoiled before I start watching. How soon will that be… honestly I have no idea at this point.