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Attack on Titan (Manga)

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Attack on Titan
SnK - Manga Volume 1
Title Attack on Titan
Author Hajime Isayama
Original Run 2009 – Present
Volumes 18 (77 Chapters)
Genre Action / Shonen / Dark Fantasy / Horror / Drama / Mystery / Tragedy / Dystopia

Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人 Shingeki no Kyojin?) is a manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. It was first published in 2009, and is serialized in Bessatsu Shounen Magazine and is currently in its eighteenth volume. [1]


The original Japanese title "Shingeki no Kyojin" has a dual meaning. The literal meaning is "Advancing Titan(s)" (or more literally "Advancing Giant(s)"). However in Japanese, it can also be taken as "Advance Toward the Titan(s)" which is what the localized title resembles: "Attack on Titan". 

Plot SummaryEdit

The series follows the story of Eren Yeager, his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman, and their friend Armin Arlert. After the outermost Wall is breached by Titans, including the 60-meter tall skinless Colossal Titan and the abnormally intelligent Armored Titan and his mother dying in the resulting destruction, Eren vows revenge against the Titans and later enlists in the military, accompanied by both Mikasa and Armin. Years later during his first battle against the Titans, Eren discovers that he has the ability to transform into a Titan at will. Seen as a threat to mankind by some and as a ray of hope by others, Eren joins his companions in a desperate fight to protect what remains of their society while looking for answers to the mysteries surrounding the Titans, the Walls and his own existence as well.

Chapters and VolumesEdit

Main article: Chapters and Volumes
Main article: Timeline of Events
Main article: Story Arcs


  • Before The Fall 1
  • Before The Fall 2
  • Before The Fall 3

A prequel to the series titled Attack on Titan: Before the Fall has been released in Japan in the form of a light novel. There are three books so far. The first is about a weaponsmith named Angel Altonen and his development of what would become mankind's best weapon against the Titans, Three Dimensional Maneuver Gear. The second and third books chronicle the mysterious origins and life of a boy named Kuklo (meaning "one eyed giant" in greek - "Κύκλωπας") and his struggle to be accepted by the townspeople after being found as a baby in the remains of a Titan.

These novels are also being adapted as a manga.
Kodansha USA has licensed the manga and the first volume is to be released in March 2014.[2]


Since its serialization, it has become a best seller in both Japan[3][4][5], and the United States.[6] The popularity has also inspired a more comical spin-off called Attack on Titan: Titan Junior High.[7] Two live-action films, Attack on Titan, The Movie: Part 1 and Attack on Titan, The Movie: Part 2, were released in 2015.

Attack on titan sold more than 45 million copies worldwide since it was first released.[8] It was the 11th best selling manga in of 2011 in Japan with 3,766,194 copies sold.[9] It became the 15th best selling manga in 2012 with 2,682,504 copies sold.[10] However it became the 2nd best selling manga in 2013 with 15,933,801 copies sold.[11] It still remained the 2nd best selling manga of 2014 with 11,728,368 copies sold.[12] It became the 3rd best selling manga of 2015 with 8,778,048 copies sold. [13]


  1. "Attack on Titan (manga)". Anime News Network.
  2. "Here are our new license announcements from NYCC 2013!". Kodansha Comics USA.
  3. "Manga 2012 Japan"
  4. "Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Volume: 2012 (First Half)". Anime News Network.
  5. "Shingeki no Kyojin ANN
  6. "New York Times Manga Best Seller List, June 24-30". Anime News Network.
  7. "Shingeki! Kyojin Chūgakkō (manga)". Anime News Network.
  8. "Attack on Titan Creator Named Tourism Ambassador of Hometown". Anime News Network.
  9. "Best Selling manga of 2011 in Japan". Anime News Network.
  10. "Best Selling mangas of 2012 in Japan". Anime News Network.
  11. "Best Selling mangas of 2013 in Japan". Anime News Network.
  12. "Best Selling mangas of 2014 in Japan". Anime News Network.
  13. "Best Selling mangas of 2015 in Japan". Anime News Network.

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