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Iaculus Pronounced YAK-you-luss from England
Pronounced YAK-you-luss
Aug 31st 2012 at 1:15:15 PM

So, didn't notice a thread on this, which is surprising since it's currently the biggest manga in Japan after One Piece.

Ever want a hybrid of Day Of The Dead, Shadow Of The Colossus, and Neon Genesis Evangelion, with a bit of Spider-Man-inspired action thrown in for good measure? You got one.

Shingeki No Kyojin is the story of the twilight of humanity. Mindless, flesh-eating giants now rule the world, whilst the last remnants of the human race hide in a massive walled city, their few scouting missions to the outside world returning with eighty per cent casualty rates. Then a Titan bigger than any seen before destroys the city's outer gate, and suddenly humanity's safe haven isn't so safe any more.

The manga is bleak, scary, and metal as fuck, with an intriguing and endearing (if often rather short-lived) cast of characters, solid writing, jaw-dropping twists, and spectacular action sequences despite occasionally wonky art.

Oh, and the Titans are creepy as hell.

What's precedent ever done for us?
fillerdude Relationship Status: Getting away with murder
Aug 31st 2012 at 5:49:12 PM

Kinda hard to talk about this since it updates irregularly. That said, love love love this manga.

And the creepiest part about the Titans? Some of them can talk,making them uncomfortably more human.

edited 31st Aug '12 5:51:00 PM by fillerdude

MyssaRei Moderate Haruhiist from Manila Relationship Status: My elf kissing days are over
Moderate Haruhiist
Aug 31st 2012 at 6:39:28 PM

What's worse than the talking titans are the SAPIENT ones who aren't humans who can turn INTO titans that is. The big furry one that looked like a sasquatch really upped the creep factor for me.

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fillerdude Relationship Status: Getting away with murder
Aug 31st 2012 at 6:42:22 PM

[up] Ah yeah, that was freakin' creepy, especially since he was so casual about ripping apart some dude.

Iaculus Pronounced YAK-you-luss from England
Pronounced YAK-you-luss
Sep 2nd 2012 at 2:31:24 AM

One thing I find interesting is how the manga slowly seems to be turning into a mecha series.

Theory: We don't see the 'normal' titans' pilots because they've been fully absorbed, as Eren almost was during his second activation. Hence the blissed-out grins and grotesquely misshapen bodies.

What's precedent ever done for us?
Iaculus Pronounced YAK-you-luss from England
Pronounced YAK-you-luss
Sep 9th 2012 at 2:44:29 PM

New chapter's out, and you can find it in the usual places.

The author took a rather amusing little jab at the standard shonen 'tell the cast the name of an important person, have them act shocked, and don't reveal who it is to the audience until twenty chapters later' delaying tactic there.

What's precedent ever done for us?
Sep 9th 2012 at 8:06:32 PM

So the Deviant Class might well be pilots who are not fully absorbed just yet, but just barely hanging on there.

Sign on for this After The End Fantasy RP.
Iaculus Pronounced YAK-you-luss from England
Pronounced YAK-you-luss
Sep 10th 2012 at 3:39:46 AM

[up]... Maybe. The yeti-Titan referred to 'that thing in the neck' as if it were a foreign intrusion. DID? Or something else?

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Iaculus Pronounced YAK-you-luss from England
Pronounced YAK-you-luss
Sep 15th 2012 at 4:03:07 AM

Also, these two recent chapters certainly serve to make a bit more sense of the Titan incident in Chapter 19. That girl in the Scouting Legion did look rather like Ymir, after all.

edited 15th Sep '12 4:03:24 AM by Iaculus

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fillerdude Relationship Status: Getting away with murder
Oct 10th 2012 at 5:47:08 AM

Chapter 38: Yeeep, humans are turning into Titans. Deliciously disturbing.

MyssaRei Moderate Haruhiist from Manila Relationship Status: My elf kissing days are over
Moderate Haruhiist
Oct 10th 2012 at 5:52:58 AM

[up]

Ah yup, the appearance of the deviant hairy one pretty much announced how things were FUBA Red. The fact that people are spontaneously turning into titans is just the cherry on a bitter cake.

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fillerdude Relationship Status: Getting away with murder
Oct 10th 2012 at 5:59:26 AM

... FUBARED?

Yeah, I like how they went about it this chapter. Poor Connie.

MyssaRei Moderate Haruhiist from Manila Relationship Status: My elf kissing days are over
EHK Happy Christmas! from EAST ALWAYS EAST
Happy Christmas!
Oct 10th 2012 at 9:59:43 AM

Been reading the series for a while decided to join the thread today because this chapter why?

Seriously what they heck is going on anymore? And then everyone was Titan the end.

A friend is someone you trust to help you move. A best friend is someone you trust to hide the body.
Oct 11th 2012 at 3:46:22 PM

Seriously, what's with Ymir and her people??

Also, just noticed, but don't some titans look like they're sort of ashamed to be all naked, like people who have been forced into stripping...maybe it's some sort of last moment of conscience?

Or maybe they're having the naked dream...we all had these at one point.

Iaculus Pronounced YAK-you-luss from England
Pronounced YAK-you-luss
Oct 12th 2012 at 2:34:22 AM

[up]Actually, I think they might be protecting their necks.

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Iaculus Pronounced YAK-you-luss from England
Pronounced YAK-you-luss
Dec 8th 2012 at 2:46:54 PM

So a trailer for the recently-announced anime just got released, and... hoooly fucking shit.

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EHK Happy Christmas! from EAST ALWAYS EAST
Happy Christmas!
Dec 8th 2012 at 3:09:33 PM

Nice.

A friend is someone you trust to help you move. A best friend is someone you trust to hide the body.
fillerdude Relationship Status: Getting away with murder
Dec 8th 2012 at 10:01:17 PM

[up][up] PUMP IT INTO MY VEINS

Pryun Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
Dec 8th 2012 at 11:37:52 PM

HOLY CRAP!!!

That said, I bet one of the episodes end with Armin being saved by Eren

That's like, a perfect place to end the episode.

When is it starting to air by the way? I totally don't want to miss this.

Dec 8th 2012 at 11:39:57 PM

Some time in April. I wouldn't expect an actual date for another three months or so

Pryun Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
Dec 8th 2012 at 11:59:18 PM

That's pretty long away. TT.TT

On another note, the manga is pretty gripping. Anyone wants to discuss their thoughts here?

I'm of the impression the cowardly guy(I'm horrible at names, the one who heard a giant saying "welcome back home", napping on his house.) might actually be similar to Eren. Also, I'm of the impression those basements may be connected to each other...(as in, the castle basement might lead to Eren's home's basement. maybe. Just a guess on my part)

Iaculus Pronounced YAK-you-luss from England
Pronounced YAK-you-luss
Dec 9th 2012 at 1:36:38 AM

They guy is Connie. Also, a slowed-down gif from the trailer.

What's precedent ever done for us?
Dec 9th 2012 at 1:42:26 AM

Hm, the anime is really highlighting the problems with 3D maneuver gear. It was never terribly plausible in the manga, but now it's really obvious that they're essentially just flying

Pryun Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
Dec 9th 2012 at 3:35:30 AM

Heh, 3d maneuver was essentially flying to me anyway. The only reason for the ropes was to steer... and the grappling, I guess. Although it is kind of odd that in the manga, it can only be used around buildings... and tall trees.

Which means that they are useless where they are needed most: in the field to reconquer lost lands. I find that as odd as the fact that the best of the trainees are the ones allowed to hole themselves up with the king. Unless they think the "Final Battle" is coming and they need to have the cream of the crop there...

[up][up]Thanks for the name, not that I'm gonna remember it for long.grin

Also, most of the buildings would have been badly damaged every time they swing around one...

At least the splatter of blood looks like a splatter of blood...

edited 9th Dec '12 3:36:44 AM by Pryun


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