This is an interesting one because after reading the later parts of the manga I can’t help but feel some of the later deaths are far worse than those we’ve seen in the anime so far. That said, I’m going to use some later manga context to decide my decision – though I won’t say what that is to prevent spoilers.
There are of course loads of deaths to choose from – in the first couple of arcs when the walls fall soldiers and family members die a lot, I mean Eren’s mother, Armin’s whole family, most of the soldiers in Shiganshina, 200 soldiers in Trost.In the second half when the Scout’s go beyond Wall Rose and encounter the Female Titan a lot of people – most notably the majority of the members of the Levi squad.
I didn’t go for any of those though. In episode 13 after the smoke has cleared following the reclamation of Trost, just when the writers allow us to think the death by Titans has finished for an episode or two, we find one final death: Marco. It’s testament to the show that most of the cadets in the opening half that they all have very distinct traits and Marco is one that manages to hold everything together. Unashamedly afraid of fighting the titans and happy to be reliant on people that aren’t particularly strong themselves, he was a pillar of stability in a group of highly strung and frightened people.
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.
This assumption may not be the case, but it seems to me that if you were to spot survey a completely random sample of people who didn’t watch anime which one anime they had watched, they would say Attack on Titan. Buying anime in stores is becoming more and more popular and this has been led by the popularity of Attack on Titan (it has a promo shelf in HMV- jeez). In this article I’ll see if I can shed some light on why that is and why it’s a show that is rated so highly in the anime community as well as, most importantly, what I think of the show myself.
Humanity is trapped. In a pretty sad state of affairs the human race lives within three walled circles in fear of the massive humanoid creatures called titans that appeared around 100 years ago. The creatures which range in size but seem to have an upper limit of about 15 metres, have a fun sport of eating humans. Fortunately, they aren’t very intelligent and since the migration of the remains of the human race behind the walls there has been a degree of safety for people. The show focuses on Eren and his friends Mikasa and Armin who live on the furthest peripheries of the defences. The first episode sees a new titan appear that can reach over the walls. It breaks down the gate letting other titans in which leads to fall of Wall Maria (the outer wall) and the death of Eren’s mother. Eren goes on to swear that he will kill all of the titans..
The show is split into two parts: the training of the characters as cadets as they attempt to join the armed forces and the events immediately afterwards, with most of the characters focused upon wanting to join the scout regiment. The second half of the show follows the scout regiment on a mission beyond the wall. The cadets take five years to fully train. The first few episodes do take a while to get going. In that time there are no attacks upon the walls by the titans. Conveniently enough just as they finish training, the colossal titan reappears and breaks down another gate at the city of Trost. The first arc follows the fall and subsequent recapture of Trost. Eren, who discovers he has the power to transform into a titan is then taken in to the scout regiment and, with his friends, goes out on a scouting mission where they are attacked by an intelligent female titan. The story sorts itself out and in the end they manage to capture the female titan.