Attack on Titan: What is it?



Attack on Titan: You may have heard this phrase a lot in public, around campus,  and wondered what it was. Attack on Titan or Shingeki no Kyojin, is a manga/anime series by Hajime Isayama about a post-apocalyptic humanity at the mercy of 2-15 meter tall giants called the Titans. The manga series began on September 9, 2009, and the anime began on April 6, 2013. The series was the second anime/manga series to sell over 2 million copies of the twelfth volume, with One Piece being the first.  

Kraemer student Callie G. says, “Attack on Titan is pretty gory, but I would highly recommend it.“

The inspiration for the story comes from when Isayama was working in an internet cafe, where a drunken customer grabbed his collar. That incident showed Isayama “the fear of meeting a person I can’t communicate with.” This was later expressed through making the Titans. While designing *SPOILER ALERT* Eren’s Titan form*END SPOILERS* and the Armored Titan, the martial art
ist Yushin Okami went to Eren’s design, and Brock Lesnar for the Armored Titan. Another example is when the anime’s producer, George Wada, said that the “Wall of Fear” was heavily influenced by the closed-off, secluded nature of Japanese culture.   

The story mainly focuses on Eren Yeager, his friend Armin Arlert, and adopted sister, Mikasa Ackerman. After their home town of Shiganshina was overrun by a Colossal Titan, an Armored Titan, and a horde of regular Titans. After watching his mother be eaten by a Titan, Eren swears vengeance that he will kill them all, which results in him, Mikasa, and Armin enrolled in the 104th cadet corps of the military. 5 years later, the three are stationed in Trost District outside of Wall Rose (there are three walls protecting humanity, Wall Maria, Rose, and Sina, Maria was breached when Eren’s mother was eaten) when the Colossal Titan strikes again, allowing the Titans to enter the wall’s interior.

I don’t want to spoil the rest of the story, so if you want to continue it, try checking out the manga or the anime! I hope that the second season will arrive soon, and will see it then.