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Shingeki no Kyojin
By: ISAYAMA Hajime
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Super Natural
Serialized In: Bessatsu Shonen Magazine
Shingeki no Kyojin is the hot new action series in Japan, well on it's way to becoming one of the most popular series in the country, surpassing many series better known internationally. Rejected by the editors of Jump, it has become the flagship series of Bessatsu Shonen Magazine. If your a fan of Berserk, Vinland Saga or similar series, you'll like Shingeki no Kyojin.
New raws are posted every month on the 9th. Expect chapters to come out 24-48 hours afterwords.
Last edited by Kaiten; January 21, 2012 at 01:16 PM.
Awww, I was going to start this thread! Too slow, it seems.
Anyway, just got done reading the first volume. I had been hearing a lot about this, the new big thing that was rejected by Jump, so I was very pleasantly surprised to see its first release today. The art leaves a little bit to be desired, but overall I liked it a lot. I find the whole concept of the titans to be really interesting since their motivations are completely unknown at this point. What a cliffhanger ending, too! I can't wait to see how this continues.
I can understand that Jump (or shueisha) rejected this. I have read the first volume and I really don't see the hype. The art isn't the best thing I have seen but oh well, I can accept that. The story itself sounds promising. I like the idea that the titans have taken control and are killing humans. Humans have to hide themselves in cities surrounded by huge walls; AND there it stops.
The characters aren't appealing at all. I can't feel empathy for them at all because the character development is superficial. Flashbacks, dialogues, ideologies only aren't sufficient enough for a good development. All these aspects have to interact with each other and let it be that it is lacking an interaction to create a good character development.
As I said, the setting of the story is promising and has a lot of opportunities but what saddens me is that the story's progression totally fails. The pace is very slow and in a first volume you could at least expect a twist. Even a small turn of events would do enough and let it be that nothing happened except from holding off the titans who finally managed to break down walls after 100 years...
Positive: it can only get better after volume 1. The end of volume 1 is a true cliffhanger and it was probably the best event which relieved my scepticism. Volume 2 can make up things
Volume 1 lived up to my expectations, which were pretty high. I'd seen raws already (there still on my hard drive, actually) and had a pretty good idea what the art and characters would look like. I love the plot, there are so many avenues for great story telling open. I'm particularly interested in the fact that most Titans are male, they can not reproduce sexually, regenerate, and seem to hunt humans for pleasure rather than food. I'm also interested in what Eren's father injected him with.
@Koen - I agree with Kaiten on the subject of character development. I'm not so worried that we didn't get a lot of it in the first volume. Seems to me like he's taking his time with it, which is fine with me. Maybe you felt a bit disappointed simply because of all the hype surrounding it? When you hear such good things about something and then you try it out for yourself with those high expectations, it can often be disappointing if it doesn't grab you right away. I hope the second volume will change your mind, but ultimately it may just not be your cup of tea. I can also see why Jump rejected this, though. It certainly doesn't have the feeling of a typical Jump manga to me. Not that everything in Jump is exactly the same, but you know what I'm talking about. I'm generalizing. The formulaic shounen feel is definitely not there, which is a positive thing, imo.
@Kaiten - I should've been more clear in my previous post regarding the art. I actually quite like the style of the art (definitely see some resemblance to Biomega in there, which I love), but there were some inconsistencies with proportion that bugged me a little bit. I'm sure the mangaka will work out the kinks over the course of the series, though.
The dream of wanting to see the outside world itself is actually from the author's himself. In an interview, he said that as someone who born and raised in countryside that surrounded by mountain, he wanted to get out of the closed world and see how the outside looks like.
I myself like Mikasa and Sasha the most in this manga, and from volume 1, there is really nothing about those two except Sasha stealing meat and a little bit of Mikasa.
his blog, Isayama said that the name of the characters in the manga is based from German names (except Mikasa for an obvious reason). Is Eren a German name? Or Ellen name is not chosen as his name because it's normally name for female?
In the back cover of the tankobon, you can see a pic with unreadable words in it. The trick is to flip it upside down 180° and you'll find that it's actually written in katakana. Don't read if you don't want to get spoiled.
I rendered it as "Eren" because I couldn't think of any Germanic male name even remotely sounding like it. And calling the main char Ellen sounded a bit awkward, so...Quote:
EDIT: That said, the cast does feature a guy who goes by the name of Connie. Changing it to Conny was all I could do to preserve some of his masculinity.
Last edited by Gottheim; January 15, 2011 at 08:39 AM.
I prefer the sound of Eren, a little more manly sounding. He had enough GAR moments that calling him a girls name would have been wrong
Yeah, I was wondering. That is my one complaint too. All of a sudden arms will get skinnier as a giant swings them. He doesn't always struggle with proportion, so it isn't a big deal to me. Shingeki still is better than Dorohedoro where she (more than) occasionally draws there heads to small for their bodiesQuote:
There was almost nothing about Sasha, she looks hawt thoughQuote:
Mikasa really interests me. From what I've seen it seems like she is really strong. She's the one who scared the bullies away, she was the one ordered to the rear guard. Very interesting.
The action scenes are definitely dynamic. I would compare to how Oda or Nihei draw action scenes, where there is a definite sense of motion. One of my favorite panels is when Eren drags himself up after getting his leg bit off to save Armin. Great panel:Quote:
Last edited by Kaiten; January 15, 2011 at 01:28 PM.
I also reread the first volume this week when GWR released their version. I pretty much like this series since the first time I checked it out (June or July last year, I think) and can see why the huge hype is going on in Japan. I generally agree with most posts here so I won't reiterate the general tenor...
And as for Conny, it is a name that derived from Konrad/Conrad. I think one encounters it predominantly in former Eastern Germany... (I don't like the name, it has a certain vibe to it that's just yucky... xD")
Last edited by Mr. Prince; January 15, 2011 at 07:30 PM.
It's about time that a language other than English got butchered by a manga
I kind of figured the author was going for a German or Central European theme. Besides character names like Armin, the design of the city vaguely echos the architecture associated with pre-modern Germany, Austria, and Czech Republic.
Maybe because I'm not a western, so Ellen as male name is not really weird for me, feels like variation of Allan or Allen. I'll call him Eren too for now, unless the mangaka give a different romanization later on.
Volume 2 might be one of the turn-point in the manga, because in that volume the true meaning of the manga title appear for the first time. There may be some who like it, and some who don't.Quote:
Ahaha, for me Sasha is more as a gag character than anything else...Quote:
I'm really looking forward to volume 2. I want to see how the plot unfolds, learn more about the characters, and see who survived volume 1. I figured Sasha is more comedic relief after she showed up with stolen meat. I'm glad there's a character like Mikasa, it's rare to have strong female characters. It's nice to know she's not the type of character to be cheering from the side.
What I am really curious about is what will happen to Eren (no spoilers, I'll be patient ). Did he survive, if he did how and will he ever fight again, if he didn't how his death effects the course of the series. I feel like he did survive, though I am not 100% certain of my prediction.
I want to read this, but I have no idea how to download this series...
Have you been to Gantz Waitingroom's site yet? They require registration before downloads become visible, if that helps.