Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan

Junior High. 1

Comic Book - 2014
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For five years, Eren Yeager has nursed a grudge against the Titans. Now he's about to enter junior high with these massive creatures as classmates, and he won't let his chance for revenge go to waste! Watch as your favorite trainees take on the Titans ... in class, music club, and dodgeball!
Publisher: New York : Kodansha Comics, an imprint of Kodansha USA Publishing, LLC, [2014]
ISBN: 9781612629162
Branch Call Number: YA FIC
Characteristics: 319 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Alternative Title: Junior high. 1


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Nov 16, 2014

I'm one of those people who *has* to finish books, even if I'm not enjoying them. I have made an exception in this case, since this book is so epically stupid.

Jul 16, 2014

To be honest, at first I thought this would be a really, really terrible idea. Humans and titans, going to a co-ed school? It sounded like another stupid spin-off intended to sell copies and make money just because it's related to Attack on Titan.

Only it's not.

This series is actually quite funny. Instead of being a generic shonen hero determined to wipe out every titan from existence, Eren actually comes across as a racist in this world...and it's hilarious. But Eren's not the only one--EVERYONE is made fun of in this series. Jean is forever alone, Armin is a LARPer/occasional hikkikomori, Mikasa is Eren's stalker, Annie is simply tsundere, Hanji is know, let's leave that for another day...), and Levi is....well, Levi.

The art, while not fantastic, is better than the bland artwork I've seen in other spinoffs/adaptations (i.e. every single Puella Magi Madoka Magica manga, the Ace Attorney manga, etc.).

The translation is fantastic. If you're a purist, you might want to read this online, since the English edition changes a few references. I, personally, can't stop laughing at Jean's defense of one of Cameron Diaz's movies. I feel that the changed references make it more palatable to American audiences, and overall simply make it funnier.

The manga itself is rather episodic, and each chapter deals with the main characters as they encounter...fairly standard slice-of-life school activities, actually. From joining clubs, to participating in an athletics festival, there's really nothing you haven't seen before...Except, of course, the addition of titans. This variable makes almost any situation our heroes get into hilariously abnormal. Dodgeball can turn deadly, clubs can turn catastrophic, and...okay, I'll stop using alliterations.

If you didn't read all of the above (and I don't blame you), the summary is: read this. It's not a waste of your time. (I personally prefer it over No Regrets)

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