Trying to explain what the Attack on Titan Anthology is can be surprisingly difficult. The short answer, is that it’s an anthology from Kodansha Comics featuring American comic creators telling stories inspired by and based upon Hajime Isayama’s hit franchise, Attack on Titan. That doesn’t quite do it justice though, nor does it really delve into the depth of talent among the roughly 30 creators who contributed stories to it. If that wasn’t enough, the stories run the gamut from comedy strips, to stories placing Isayama’s creation into new and different worlds, to stories set in the world Attack on Titan fans know and which sit neatly alongside the rest of the franchise. Suffice it to say, the Attack on Titan Anthology probably has something for anyone holding even a passing interest in the franchise.
It’s the showdown readers have been waiting for! The Survey Corps attempt to retake Shinganshina district and repair the hole in the Wall Maria, but standing in their way are the two titans who have plagued them since the first volume: The Colossal Titan and the Armored Titan. Add the enigmatic Beast Titan to the mix and the Survey Corps could be facing their last stand. All this ,plus the anime adaption of Levi’s backstory, awaits in Attack on Titan: Special Editions, Vols. 18 + 19 from Hajime Isayama!
After years of teasing, slowly dropped hints, vague suggestions and fan theories, revelations regarding the history of the world, the nature of the Titans and more abound in Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan: Special Edition, Vols. 16 + 17! There’s so much going on within these two volumes that they’re almost exhausting to read. Long held suspicions are confirmed while the Survey Corps have their showdown with Kenny the Ripper’s special Anti-Maneuvering Gear squad. Meanwhile Eren and Krista are confronted with revelations about their families and a choice that could leave one of them dead.
Welcome to the latest midweek manga review here at Sequential-Ink! There was a brief break last week due to finals, but I’m back on track and looking to return to a twice a week schedule for the rest of the month. Despite the fact that I just welcomed you to a midweek manga review, this midweek review is actually a little different as I’ll be looking at The Science of Attack on Titan, which technically isn’t manga! Before we get that though, some news from the past two weeks…
- The Ultraman blitz on America continues! Sci-Fi Japan attended Comicon earlier this summer and was able to interview Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi, the creators of the Ultraman manga soon to be released by Viz!
- Speaking of Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi, the latest issue of Bessatsu Shonen Champion announced that the duo’s new manga, Robot Detective will be premiring in the magazine’s next issue. Robot Detective is based off of Shotaro Ishinomori’s 1970s tokusatsu series of the same name.
- Earlier this month, Last Gasp Publishing opened a Kickstarter to get Barefoot Gen into schools and libraries. If the publisher is able to meet their goal, 4,000 copies of Keiji Nakazawa’s seminal manga will be printed in hardcover for distribution to schools and libraries.
- At long last, all 20 of the Marvel manga variant covers have been revealed!
- Al Jazeera recently posted How Comic Books Helped Fuel Japan’s Love for the Atom, an article about how Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy was used to help change the Japanese public’s perception of nuclear power back in the 70s.
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for August 16th.
And now, onto this week’s review of The Science of Attack on Titan!
The Science of Attack on Titan
Written by Rikao Yanagita, Illustrated by Maru Fujishima, Additional Illustrations and Attack on Titan originally created by Hajime Isayama, Translated by Ko Ransom.
Kodansha Comics, 208
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)
As Attack on Titan mania sweeps the world, leading to spin off series, anime series, OVA’s, action figures, games, moves and more, one man dares to ask the important questions! One man dares to ask just what is the body temperature of a Titan, or just how fast does the vertical maneuvering gear move you through the air. That man is Rikao Yanagita and he’s written The Science of Attack on Titan to address just such issues!
Welcome to another midweek manga review! This time I’ll be taking a look at Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Vol. 4, but first some news…
- The Attack on Titan train keeps on chugging along with Funimation’s announcement that they’ve licensed the live action Attack on Titan movies.
- Earlier today at AX, Viz announced that Haikasoru will be releasing the first three volumes of Yoshiki Tanaka’s Legend of the Galactic Heroes novels in 2016!
- With a panel at SDCC and AX in the offing, Brigid Alverson takes a look at the history of Tokyopop.
- While the next bit is not technically manga related, it is kinda/sorta related to a Japanese franchise. Namely, American comic book publisher, BOOM! has acquired the rights to produce a Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers comic.
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for July 12th.
And now, onto the featured review of Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Vol. 4!
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Vol. 4
Art by Satoshi Shiki, Story by Ryo Suzukaze, “Attack on Titan” created by Hajime Isayama, Character Designs by Thores Shibamoto
Kodansha Comics, 192 pp.
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)
The adventures of Kuklo and company trundle on with Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Vol. 4! Satoshi Shiki’s adaption of Ryo Suzukaze’s light novel continues as Kuklo is sentenced to exile for his purported involvement in the raid on the Innocencio mansion and the death of Dario Innocencio. Once more he finds himself beyond the wall, but this time with none of the protection of the Survey Corps, forcing him and fellow prison Cardina Baumeister, to engage in a desperate nighttime race for safety.
Set some 70 years before the events of Attack on Titan, Attack on Titan: Kuklo Unbound details a turning point in humanity’s struggle against the implacable Titans, a turning point that comes with a most unexpected backstory. Following a rampage by a Titan through Shingangshina district, a lone child emerges from his dead mother’s womb. Dubbed the Titan’s Son, Kuklo, he will go on to create an art that will change the world of Attack on Titan for all time. From Ryo Suzukaze and Thores Shibamoto, comes an untold tale from the history of Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan!
Political maneuvering and plotting dominate Hajime Isayam’s Attack on Titan, Vol. 15, as the Survey Corps find themselves branded as outlaws and rebels. Being hunted down by the rest of the military and the enigmatic and deadly Interior MPs, the group is struggles to find a way out of the corner they’ve been painted into. Meanwhile Eren and Krista find themselves at the mercy of their kidnappers who promise to pull the curtain back on some of series longest running mysteries!