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Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Vol. 2

Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Vol. 2Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Vol. 2
Art by Hikaru Suruga, Story by Gun Snark (Nitroplus)
Kodansha Comics, 192 pp
Rating: Teen (16 +)

After an impressive first outing Levi and his friends are feeling pretty confident about their skills and their chances at completing the mysterious mission they’ve been tasked with. As Captain Erwin leads the Survey Corps beyond the wall in a test of the Long Distance Scouting Formation, Levi prepares to make his move. Unfortunately for him, this is Attack on Titan and things have a tendency to go horribly wrong very quickly. From Hikaru Suruga and Gun Snark comes the conclusion to Attack on Titan: No Regrets.

Prequels can be tricky to pull off, thankfully Gun Snark and Hikaru Suruga have managed to do a pretty good job with the two volumes of Attack on Titan: No Regrets and they manage to give us several moments throughout the series that not only illuminate bits of Levi’s character, but which also thematically tie into certain events within the main series. As a result, the Attack on Titan: No Regrets ends up feeling like it matters a bit more than you might expect from a two volume spin off. The glimpse into the recent past of the Attack on Titan world shows just how long Erwin’s being playing political games to keep the Survey Corps afloat and during the climax of the volume Levi learns a lesson about teamwork the hard way, a lesson that’s echoed in a speech he gives to Eren during their attempt to capture the Female Titan in the main series. To a lesser degree it also hints at aspects of Levi’s background which are just now being explored within the main series as well. The series does a good job with the characterization of all the established characters, though I was hoping that Levi would be even rougher around the edges than he actually is shown to be here to better highlight the changes that turned him into who he is in the main series.Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Vol. 2

Hikaru Suruga’s artwork continues to be slick and clean. It calls to mind Hajime Isayama’s in places, but without the anatomical anomalies and the thatching that makes his work stand out for better or worse. His Titans are acceptably creepy and his action scenes are pretty easy to follow, though they lack the intensity of the original series. Attack on Titan fans will recognize several familiar faces here, but they don’t really look or feel that much younger or different here. They’re immediately recognizable and their body language and facial expressions feel completely within their established personalities. It’s solid and looks good, but I don’t think it’s terribly striking or memorable. You won’t find many faults with it, but you probably won’t be blown away by it either.

It’s hard not to compare spin off and prequel material like Attack on Titan: No Regrets to the original series. Levi’s presence and the little illumination it gives to his background will probably put this on many Attack on Titan fans reading list though. His presence and the way the actions tie into and reinforce events in the main series helps make it feel a bit more relevant and important than it’s sister series, Attack on Titan: Before the Fall. Exploring the past of one of the franchise’s most popular characters seems like a no brainer and a sure way to produce a hit, but it doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for the twists and turns that make Attack on Titan so popular and addictive. While it does a good job with the story and material it’s given, it never quite rises to the level of a must read or unforgettable tale.

Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Vol. 2 is available now from Kodansha Comics.

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  1. February 24, 2015 at 9:47 pm

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