Even if they pluck our limbs off, we will not be reduced to mere food! Mankind will knock down the titans!!
Attack on Titan is a series about the remaining human population being forced to live inside cities surrounded by enormous walls due to the sudden appearance of the Titans, gigantic humanoid creatures, who devour humans seemingly without reason. Up to 10 volumes of the manga has been released.
Due to the determined cast of the series facing very human situations, this series has become quite popular in various media. The creator of the series has said that it included a homage to Muv-Luv Alternative and was heavily influenced by Saka no Ue no Kumo (Lit. "Cloud over the slope.")
The series won first place in the Kodansha Manga Award in the shōnen category in 2011, regardless of the fact it was submitted anonymously.
The story is about a world is controlled by the titans. Humans have been reduced to simple feed for the titans as they are forced to survive behind 50 meter-tall walls. Behind these walls, the humans who freely travel between the inside and outside, live to defend the inside from these enormous titans.
A young 10 year-old boy, Eren Jaeger, being unable to see the outside world, yearned for freedom behind the wall.
Eren was uncomfortable with the temporary peace inside the walls and was disturbed by the amount of people who gave up trying to reach the outside world. Eren was soon alienated by these people he considered to be mundane livestock.
However, when the Colossal Titan made its appearance, Eren’s dreams and people’s peace were forever destroyed along with the wall that was supposed to protect them.
- Eren Jaeger (Voiced by: Yūki Kaji)
- Mikasa Ackerman (Voiced by: Yui Ishikawa)
- Armin Arlert (Voiced by: Marina Inoue)
104th Trainee Squad Graduates
- Reiner Braun (Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya)
- Bertholdt Fubar (Voiced by: Tomohisa Hashizume)
- Annie Leonhardt (Voiced by: Yu Shimamura)
- Jean Kirschtein (Voiced by: Kishō Taniyama)
- Marco Bodt (Voiced by: Ryōta Ōsaka)
- Conny Springer (Voiced by: Hiro Shimono)
- Sasha Braus (Voiced by: Yū Kobayashi)
- Christa Renz (Voiced by: Shiori Mikami)
- Ymir (Voiced by: Saki Fujita)
- Irvin Smith (Voiced by: Daisuke Ono)
- Levi AKA Rivaille (Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya)
- Hanji Zoe (Voiced by: Romi Paku)
- Mike Zakarius
- Petra Ral (Voiced by: Natsuki Aikawa)
- Auruo Bossard
- Erd Gin
- Gunter Shulz
- Captain Hannes (Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara)
- Dot Pixis (Voiced by: Masahiko Tanaka)
- Ian (Voiced by: Yūya Murakami)
- Kitz Weilman (Voiced by: Tomoyuki Shimura)
- Rico (Voiced by: Michiko Kaiden)
- Grisha Jaeger (Voiced by: Hiroshi Tsuchida)
- Carla Jaeger (Voiced by: Yoshino Takamori)
- Pastor Nick (Voiced by: Tomohisa Asō)
- Keith Shadis (Voiced by: Tsuguo Mogami)
The primary antagonists of the series. A mysterious existence that only seems to live to prey on humankind.
Human living areas are surrounded by these walls to protect them against the Titans. The height of these gigantic walls average about 50 meters and are about 10 meters thick. The outermost wall, named “Wall Maria,” totals about 3200 kilometers in length.
- Wall Maria is the most outer wall protecting the human kingdom. Eren and the others are from Shiganshina District, which is located inside Wall Maria. The first attack was made here.
- Wall Rose is the center wall protecting the human kingdom after Wall Maria. In the year 845, Wall Maria was breached by the titans and Wall Rose then became the most outer wall.
- Wall Sina is the innermost wall protecting the kingdom. It’s where the royal castle and metro area of the city are located.
The military is an organization that deals with military affairs and public order, inside and outside the walls. Candidates for the military are people who trained and graduate from the trainee squad. After graduation, they are assigned to their respective posts.
- The Military Police are like the imperial guards of the King, while also maintaining order within the walls. It’s the safest part of the military but the most corrupted.
- The Stationary Guard strengthen defense by reinforcing the walls and defend those inside the walls. Among the military, this sector has the most units.
- The Scouting Legion is the only sector that is posted outside the walls. Only the most elite are allowed into this sector but the fatality rate is also very high due to constant battles with titans.
- The Trainee Squad consists of future soldiers ages 12 and older. To create independent, strong warriors, these soldiers face rigorous training and graduate to join the military.
- Three Dimensional Maneuver Gear is the standard equipment used by common soldiers against the titans. This allows soldiers to head directly to the weak point of the titans.
From the beginning of the story, there has been various foreshadowings and elements leading to the main mystery of this story. Each mystery is solved as the plot develops, but many more enigmas come into play. It allows interactivity from the audience which makes it intriguing for the viewer.
Original Work - Hajime Isayama (Published in Bessatsu Shounen Magazine)
Director - Tetsuro Araki
Series Composition - Yasuko Kobayashi
Character Designer - Kyoji Asano
Titan Setting - Takaaki Chiba
General Animation Director - Kyoji Asano / Satoshi Kadowaki
Art Director - Shunichiro Yoshihara
Color Design - Ken Hashimoto
Photography Director - Kazuhiro Yamada
Editing - Aya Hida
Music Director - Masafumi Mima
Music - Hiroyuki Sawano
Producer - Tetsuya Kinoshita / Kensuke Tateishi / Joji Wada / Shin Furukawa / Tomohito Nagase / Toshihiro Maeda
Animation Production - WIT STUDIO (Production I.G's Subsidiary)
Production - "Attack on Titan" Production Team (Pony Canyon / Kodansha / Production I.G / Dentsu Inc / Pony Canyon Enterprises)
"Guren no Yumiya" (紅蓮の弓矢?, lit. "Crimson Bow and Arrow", stylized as "Feuerroter Pfeil und Bogen" in the opening sequence)
Lyrics, Composition, Editing: Revo
Sung by: Linked Horizon
"Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai" (美しき残酷な世界?, lit. "A Beautiful Cruel World")
Sung by: Yōko Hikasa
|1||"To You, After 2,000 Years: The Fall of Shiganshina, Part 1" Ni-sen Nen-go no Kimi e ―Shiganshina Kanraku (1)― (二千年後の君へ ―シガンシナ陥落①―)|
|2||"That Day: The Fall of Shiganshina, Part 2" Sono Hi ―Shiganshina Kanraku (2)― (その日 ―シガンシナ陥落②―)|
|3||"A Dim Light in the Darkness of Despair: Mankind's Comeback, Part 1" "Zetsubō no Naka de Nibuku Hikaru ―Jinrui no Saiki (1)―" (絶望の中で鈍く光る ―人類の再起①―)|
|4||"Night of the Graduation Ceremony: Mankind's Comeback, Part 2" Kaisan Shiki no Yoru ―Jinrui no Saiki (2)― (解散式の夜 ―人類の再起②―)|
|5||"First Battle: Battle of Trost District, Part 1" Uijin -Torosuto-ku Kōbōsen (1)- (初陣 ―トロスト区攻防戦①―)|
|6||"The World She Saw: Battle of Trost District, Part 2" Shōjo ga Mita Sekai -Torosuto-ku Kōbōsen (2)- (少女が見た世界 ―トロスト区攻防戦②―)|
|7||"The Tiny Blade: Battle of Trost District, Part 3" Chiisana Yaiba -Torosuto-ku Kōbōsen (3)- (小さな刃 ―トロスト区攻防戦③―)|
|8||"I Can Hear a Heartbeat: Battle of Trost District, Part 4" Shinzō no Kodō ga Kikoeru -Torosuto-ku Kōbōsen (4)- (心臓の鼓動が聞こえる ―トロスト区攻防戦④―)|
|9||"The Left Arm's Trace: Battle of Trost District, Part 5" Hidariude no Yukue -Torosuto-ku Kōbōsen (5)- (左腕の行方 ―トロスト区攻防戦⑤―)|
|10||"Answer: Battle of Trost District, Part 6" Kotaeru -Torosuto-ku Kōbōsen (6)- (応える ―トロスト区攻防戦⑥―)|
Tetsuya Nakashima was the director for the 2013 live-action movie, but in 2012, left the production as director. The date has since been pushed back to 2014, though who will be the new director is unclear.
An Attack on Titan spin-off has been released into a light novel, titled "Attack on Titan: Before the Fall," published by Kodansha Light Novel.
It totals at 3 volumes and is written by Ryo Suzukaze, with illustrations by THORES Shibamoto (Trinity Blood.)
It’s an original story which takes place 50 years before the Attack on Titan manga.
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In 2006, a prototype of Attack on Titan was released when the author was 19 years old, at the “Manga Grand Prix” competition. The entry received a prize for its good writing and great panelling, but was heavily criticised for its artwork. When the artist finally debuted this single-story version of Attack on Titan, it was met with great success and instantly became popular. This short segment is included on the first DVD volume of Attack on Titan.
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