Attack on Titan
Cover of the first volume
+2 side stories
Attack on Titan
Shingeki no Kyojin
Reading: Attack on Titan (Manga)
September 9, 2009 – April 9, 2021
Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine
Dark illusion Attack on Titan ( 進撃の巨人 Shingeki no Kyojin ?, fall. Advancing Giant ( s ) ) is a manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. It was first published in September 2009 and is serialized in Kodansha ‘s Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine. The series consists of 34 volumes. An official english version by Kodansha Comics began serialization in the United States in June 2012. [ 1 ] As of October 2013, it was besides made available on-line on Crunchyroll ‘s manga platform, [ 2 ] where it is systematically scheduled to be published on the same day as the japanese release ( “ simulpub ” ). Since April 2016, Amazon simulpubs the serial ampere well on its comiXology [ 4 ] and Kindle Store [ 5 ] platforms. [ 6 ]
The original japanese championship, “ Shingeki no Kyojin “, has a double meaning. The misprint translation of the title is “ Advancing Giant ( randomness ) ” or “ assaultive Giant ( sulfur ) ”, with giants being Titans in the context of the series. In this means, the title can refer to both the advancing threat of the Titans or to a one attack Titan .
- Main article: Timeline
roughly a hundred before the begin of the series, a mysterious race of colossus, man-eating humanoids, known as “ Titans ”, suddenly appeared and about uproot world. In order to protect themselves from this terror, the few survivors built three concentric Walls, called Maria, Rose, and Sheena, and encased themselves in this limited territory, forgetting everything about the outside worldly concern and the history before the construction of the Walls. In the present, a son named Eren Yeager and his childhood friends Mikasa Ackerman and Armin Arlert ambition about seeing the world outside the Walls some day ; but their peace is abruptly interrupted when an strange 60-meter tall Colossus Titan and an Armored Titan breach the outermost Wall, and Eren sees his beget dying in the result devastation. Eren vows retaliation against the Titans and former enlists in the military branch Survey Corps, accompanied by both Mikasa and Armin. As the fib progresses, more mysteries surrounding the true beginning and nature of the Titans, adenine well as the lost history of the world are addressed, and the reader gradually discovers that the Titans may not be the real enemies. Eren and the Survey Corps find themselves as the alone remaining hope for their culture, as they fight to uncover secrets from the past and stop the forces that want to bring about the destruction of world in the present and future .
Chapters and Volumes
Hajime Isayama came up with the mind for the Titans when a intoxicated serviceman grabbed his collar in an Internet cafe. Isayama said he was inspired by the man ’ mho inability to communicate and cause even though they were of the same species. This run into led him to believe that “ the most familiar and chilling animal in the universe is actually the human. ” [ 7 ] This mind is conveyed through the Titans : heavy beings which, despite their human-like appearances, lack any humanity. He besides cited the ocular fresh Muv-Luv and the manga ARMS as primary influences for his bring. [ 8 ] [ 9 ] The scenery for the floor was inspired by Isayama ’ s own hometown in the mountains. He much desired to go beyond the mountains, which influenced Eren ‘s wish to go beyond the Walls in the series. [ 7 ] George Wada, the producer of the anime, said that the concept of being isolated and overcoming a “ Wall of Fear ” was besides inspired by the isolated and enclosed nature of the japanese culture. [ 10 ]
Isayama first drew a 65-page draft of the floor in 2006 [ 11 ] and offered it to the Weekly Shōnen Jump department at Shueisha, but he was advised to modify his dash and floor to be more suitable for the magazine. He declined and rather took it to the Weekly Shōnen Magazine department at Kodansha, where it was accepted and began serialization in the first emergence of its monthly by-product Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in September 2009. [ 12 ] He was 23 years old and that was the first series he had always published. [ 7 ] His monthly schedule consists of one workweek for storyboard and three weeks for drawing. [ 13 ] When designing the Titans, he gets help from a reference book ledger for respective human expressions ; [ 7 ] a well as inhalation from real-life models such as Yushin Okami for Eren ‘s Titan class, [ 13 ] Brock Lesnar for the Armored Titan, [ 14 ] or the anime ‘s voice actors. [ 15 ] He said that he chose giants as the composition for its work because “ they are kind of gross. ” [ 16 ] His early drawings were rocky, and he himself admitted that they were “ amateurish ” and felt that they were “ short-change of the standard required for commercial works ” ; but it has been noted that they have greatly improved over the years. [ 17 ] His narrative puts much concentrate on the individual inner feelings of the characters. [ 10 ] Isayama has revealed that the report is planned far in progress and that he can even mark down in which specific volume a certain site is going to happen ; although it is not by rights fleshed out until he is working on it. [ 9 ] He had besides planned a tragic ending for the series in which everybody would die, similar to that of the film adaptation of Stephen King ‘s The Mist ; but after the manga and anime gained then many fans, he began to worry about the impact that such a stopping point could have on them, and now he is diffident of whether he should go ahead with it. however, he admitted that he calm likes the idea. [ 18 ] In September 2013, he stated that he wanted to end the series in book 20 ; [ 19 ] but in June 2015 he claimed that the manga was “ 60 % finished ” at that point, [ 20 ] and in September of the lapp year his editor Kawakubo Shintaro estimated that there were “ about three years worth of manga chapters left ” ; [ 21 ] which, if true, would mean that the manga would have ended around late 2018 or after 26+ volumes. In December 2019, Isayama stated that he aimed to end the manga in 2020. [ 22 ] In a June 2020 interview, Isayama confirmed that there was lone 5 % of the report left to go, [ 23 ] and belated 1-2 % in November 2020. [ 24 ] In January 2021, it was announced that the manga will end in April 2021. [ 25 ]
Since its serialization, it has become a best seller in both Japan and the United States. Its popularity has besides inspired an zanzibar copal adaptation and a number of spin-offs ; including 5 manga series ( one of which received its own anime adaptation series as well ), 6 novels, 6 ocular novels, 2 live-action movies, a live-action web miniseries and a one-shot crossover voter with Marvel Comics. As of December 2019, the manga has 100 million copies in print cosmopolitan since it was first base released [ 26 ] ; reaching the top 20 of the best-selling manga series in history as the 11th ( tied ) best-selling overall and the 4th ( tied ) however ongoing at that point ( despite being one of only two serial in the top 100 with less than a decade in publication—next to Kuroko’s Basketball —and the youngest of the clear, being merely in its 8th year ). [ 27 ] volume 12 received a first gear print of 2.5 million copies, making the series one of the lone two manga series ever to get an initial print surpassing 2 million, future to One Piece. [ 28 ] volume 13 sold 2,750,000 copies in its first printing and holds the first print run record for its publisher, Kodansha. [ 29 ] Since 2013, after the boost in its popularity following the release of the foremost season of the anime, [ 30 ] it has systematically ranked among the 3 best-selling manga series in Japan per year. In the first half of 2014, it reached the top of the chart, ending One Piece ‘s five-year reign as the highest-selling series in that period. Isayama was surprised about this and thanked the readers. [ 31 ] It finished the year in moment target with about 12 million copies sold. [ 32 ] In the first half of 2016, it ranked 3rd, making it the highest selling monthly manga overall and the highest sell manga by Kodansha, surpassing by more than 1.6 million copies the second most democratic championship by the publisher, The Seven Deadly Sins. [ 33 ] Its numbers since 2011 are as follows :
- 2011 – 11th (3,766,194 copies sold).
- 2012 – 15th (2,682,504 copies sold).
- 2013 – 2nd (15,933,801 copies sold).
- 2014 – 2nd (11,728,368 copies sold).
- 2015 – 3rd (8,778,048 copies sold). 
- 2016 – 4th (6,544,081 copies sold).
- 2017 – 2nd (6,622,781 copies sold).
- 2018 – 3rd (5,235,963 copies sold).
- 2019 – 7th (4,704,234 copies sold).
- 2020 – 10th (4,306,012 copies sold).
- 2021 – 4th (7,332,398 copies sold).
Attack on Titan won the Kodansha Manga Award in the shōnen category in 2011, [ 44 ] and was nominated for the 4th Manga Taishō Award [ 45 ] and both the 16th [ 46 ] and 18th [ 47 ] annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize. The 2012 edition of Kono Manga ga Sugoi! named it the 8th best manga serial for male readers, [ 48 ] while the 2014 edition named it the 6th best. [ 49 ] It ranked # 1 in the Yomiuri Shimbun ‘s Sugoi Japan Awards for front-runner manga series in 2015. [ 50 ] The official English interpretation of the series by Kodansha Comics has besides been met with success in the United States. As of the week for January 17, 2016, volume 1 had been on The Chicago Sun Times Manga Best Seller list for 120 weeks, [ 51 ] 82 of them straight ; [ 52 ] and on the week for October 13, 2013, six of the seven volumes published in the United States at the time reached the top 10 simultaneously. [ 53 ] The same calendar month, book 1 besides topped the chart of Nielsen BookScan ‘s tilt of top 20 graphic novels in american bookstores, [ 54 ] and the previous calendar month the series had 5 volumes in the top, more than any other series. [ 55 ] The Young Adult Library Services Association named it one of its “ Great Graphic Novels for Teens ” in 2013. [ 56 ] The English version besides won the 2014 Harvey Award for Best american english Edition of Foreign Material, [ 57 ] and it was the only manga to be nominated for the 2015 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Graphic Novel/Comic. [ 58 ] Kodansha has credited the series for the company ‘s beginning tax income increase in 18 years, [ 59 ] while Mainichi Shimbun called it a “ once-in-a-decade score. ” [ 30 ]