Category Archives: The Bookshelf

Attack on Titan chapter 97

In case anyone needs prompting to not read this – this post contains spoilers (images and analysis) of the story post season two of the anime.

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Attack on Titan chapter 95

The final arc of Attack on Titan continued this week, staying in Marley with Reiner and co. we get to see more of the potential future that awaits Eldians on the continent and Paradis. We also get a flashback of Reiner’s group of warriors first arrive on Paradis with some fairly shocking revelations.

Last month we learnt Reiner’s view of Marley and the ‘honour’ of gaining the power of the titans isn’t as great as it perhaps should be. It’s only fitting then that chapter 95 opens with Gabi showing off just why a concerned older brother like figure would be concerned that she might be just a little too keen to gain the power of turning into a world breaking giant humanoid.

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Chronologically in the chapter we also learn about the 9th titan – the Hammer Titan – held by the mysterious Tybur family. It’ll be interesting to see how this new titan and group fits into the story going forward, but hopefully Isayama will plan for enough chapters not to rush this. We also found out that Zeke is going to attempt to conquer Paradis within a year – which seems to put a finite cap on the chronological end for the manga.

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Seraph of the End: Volume 12

I’m not going to lie – despite the big line up from the Spring season of anime that’s just finishing airing at the moment, it’s been a little while since I’ve been able to get really invested in a truly enticing action fantasy series. For me, it’s even more the case with manga as I tend to choose manga that has been adapted into anime – much like the subject of today’s article. However, why I was, and after reading still am, so excited about the 12th volume of Seraph of the End is because it’s a story I really enjoy (whether rightly or wrongly) and still one I don’t know! Attack on Titan is playing on my mind here, because although I was excited to watch the second season, it has lost something now that I know the story from reading the manga (or perhaps that’s just a result of poor season?), which is something Seraph of the End can now deliver on in whole volumes!

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Synopsis (spoilers to follow):

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Attack on Titan chapter 93

It’s been a little while since I’ve done an Attack on Titan chapter review and thought it would make a nice variation from all the other Attack on Titan content that’s been appearing on this blog. Of course, past this point are colossal (see what I did there, eh?) for the series including, possibly, the rest of season two of the anime.

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From the bookshelf: Smokin’ Parade Volume 1

Youkou Kakujou is used to looking after his disabled sister who for all of her life has been restricted to a wheelchair. Everything changes though when the medical organisation, Amenotori develop a way to transplant any part of the human body – including legs. With his sister Mirai able to walk, all seems to have improved in Kakujou’s world. Little did anyone know that a tiny proportion of Amenotori patients suffer from an awkward set of side effects: a desire for grotesque violence, loss/gain of limbs and a creepy animal head – becoming what is simply known as a spider.

It doesn’t take long for Smokin’ Parade to give us all of this information in chapter 1 as the innocent, if haphazard, Mirai Kakujou transforms from bubbly party organiser into demon, limb chopping rabbit.

First though, let’s go back a bit and talk about the protagonist of this sorry affair. Youkou Kakujou enters as a bit of an oddball – jumping from a bridge onto a car only to provide the driver with the trash he dropped moments earlier. This is part of Youkou’s ‘family rules’, of which there appear to be many.

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Attack on Titan chapter 90

It seems as if chapter 90 will be the concluding chapter of the Return to Shiganshina arc as the survey corps finish debriefing with the new government, receive awards in honour of bravery from Krista and, following a extended time skip, travel beyond Wall Maria for the first time since the opening chapters (spoilers for the manga are ahead, if you’re more interested in the second season of the anime, try here instead).

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Chapter Reaction: Attack on Titan 77 [SPOILERS]

As a big fan of the anime, I’ve gradually been making my way through the Attack on Titan manga. As those of you who read the manga will know already, there have been some frankly mind blowing revelations as the manga continues on after the end of the anime.

From this point on there will be big spoilers for chapter 77 and the manga post-season 1 anime – you have been warned.

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Building the Japanese Bookshelf: Battle Royale

It’s often the case that novels that are controversial are also very good. A fantastic example of this is Houshun Takami’s Battle Royale. Released in 1999, the novel was widely criticised for its barbarity and the similarities that were drawn between Takami’s fictional state and Japan. It’s credentials as a cult classic however, were undeniable and within the first few years of it’s release critical opinion in Japan had swung.

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Battle Royale is story that needs little introduction. Every year, a middle school class from each prefecture is taken to a remote, uninhabited area and told to fight until only one of them is left alive. The story is told from a third person point of view, but focuses largely on Shuya Nanahara, a boy popular with the girls who enjoys illegal, foreign rock music. As is not uncommon in each incarnation of the ‘programme’, Shuya and his friend Noriko, harbour hopes of somehow being able to both escape alive. After they meet up with the distant Kagawa, these hopes seem to come closer to reality.

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