Don't you just hate spoilers? I do, too. That's why I always try to include warnings. However, I sometimes ramble a bit too much here or there and maybe a few (or many) key plot points slip without me giving proper notice. So I'd like to include a blanket spoiler warning for the weary internet travelers of the world: Here There Be Spoilers. You've been warned.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Attack On Titan Vol. 3 by Isayama Hajime

Damn, this manga is good. It also serves to reinforce the fact that the anime is good, too. In fact, it feels like I am re-reading the manga because the anime is so spot on with the exception of a few differences here and there. 

Now that it has been found out that Eren is a titan (or can at least transform into one), he and his two good friends Mikasa and Armin are more or less put on trial by firing squad. 

But before we get into that we are finally introduced to Captain Levi, all around badass, thanks to a special side story chapter. While this may seem like the manga version of coitus interruptus, this side story is actually pretty good and waiting a few more pages to see what happens to Eren is worth it.

After that side story we are once again whisked back to Eren's story as he wakes up to the sight of frightened soldiers everywhere pointing cannons at him. It's understandable that so many people are frightened of him even though a lot of them did see him whip some serious titan ass while in titan mode. They've just never seen a titan that didn't try to eat people before and I guess I can't blame them because fear makes people do some stupid things.

Eren decides that he can either run away on his own and see what answers he can find out about his condition by himself or somehow convince the soldiers that he isn't a threat and work with them to stop the titans. However, he leaves it to Armin to choose the wiser course of action and he makes the decision that could very well change the future of humanity. But Eren must somehow make it to the basement of his old house in titan territory because he is sure the answers to his condition are hidden there. 

Naturally, this volume ends on a cliffhanger. If I hadn't already seen the anime I would be so much more on the edge of my seat right now because I kind of already know what happens next. It's still awesome, though. 

But if you haven't seen the anime or read the manga (why the hell are you here???) then go into it blind because you'll enjoy the hell out it and there's no sense spoiling it for yourself. 

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