A post-apocalyptic setting with giant zombies and some genuine strategy. Sounds awesome and, indeed, it is, with some good plot, decent characterization (save for Eren, who is rather bland)and an original setting which gives off a Bersek-esque vibe, and gore galore. Also, little to no Fanservice
, which is a plus in my book.
The two main drawback are, however, in the storytelling department: namely the flashbacks which are all over the place (with little to no way to see when they change on the original, story-wise) and the art, which, while fitting for the Uncanny Valley
Titans, makes downright impossible in the manga to recognize one character from the other (Mikasa and Sasha's only difference is really in their eyes). As a lesser nitpick, the author has been recently doing his best to tease the misteries and yet pulling back, making fans enrage (Chapter 46 is the most blatant example, with the characters adressing aloud the questions until now... and getting no answer).
The Titans are a mixed bag as villains, due to their Off Model
design and behaviour, they stand the line between Nightmare Fuel
, and, while some might have seen some of the biggest twists from a mile, later a few of them gets a great deal of characterization and genuine wonder of the bigger plots behind the character's (well written, if not generic) struggles, with the only one really bugging me being Mikasa's backstory of (almost) rape when she was a child. A bit too clichéd, in my opinion. But again, my only gripe is with Eren, whose only main trait is his desire of revenge for the Titans and, while he is getting some Character Development
, he is still rather dull.
As of the anime, while i have never seen nothing but the excellent openings, has an excellent animation and, from what I heard, makes small tweaks to the story, which either improved the story or are subject to a Broken Base
Overall, Attack on Titan
is an action packed and clever story with rather genuine twists and very plot driven, although at the expense of most of their characters. Being very plot driven, avoid getting the plot twist spoiled beforehand, or they'll detract from the enjoyment (which is why I avoid saying anything about the plot per se aside from Mikasa's backstory). If you are not adverse to gore and darker plots, check it out, but if you are squeamish, beware.