The Attack on Titan Japanese manga series was written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. Everything started in 2009 and it is still in progress, new books, anime, and media are coming nowadays. The manga, Attack on Titan, has 34 volumes and 139 chapters. While the spin-offs to the original series exist in manga volumes, novels, and other series of media.
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Classical manga stories
Manga is a style of comic and graphic novel that originated in Japan, first appearing in the 12th century. It is very popular in Japanese culture for centuries.
During the time of occupation by the United States after World War II, it began to take on a Westernized style that continues today. Manga for boys is called shōnen manga, while manga for girls is called shōjo manga.
Attack on Titan falls in the shōnen demographic, marketed toward boys which are main characters from their teens through early 20s.
The Attack on Titan story plot
The story of Attack on Titan is set in a world where humanity lives in fear of giant creatures that look like gigantic man-eating humanoids known as Titans. They are mindless, ferocious creatures that devour humans. The only thing that stands between humanity and extinction is the Scout Regiment, a group of soldiers who risk their lives to fight the Titans. Also, enormous walls protect people from smaller titans.
The series has been immensely popular, both in Japan and internationally. It became one of the best and most well-known manga series of all time with sales of over 100 million copies.
The series has also been adapted into an anime series, which is also hugely popular.
Attack on Titan Season 1, Attack on Titan Season 2, Attack on Titan Season 3, and final season: Attack on Titan Season 4
If you’re a fan of Attack on Titan books, then you’ll be happy to know that there are plenty more to come! The series is far from over, and there are sure to be many more exciting adventures in store for the Scout Regiment.
The books contained in the Attack on Titan manga series
The U.S. branch of Kodansha, Kodansha USA, began releasing English volumes of the series just a few months after the Japanese volumes were released.
At that time, the parent company of Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine, Kodansha, was simultaneously beginning to release volumes in Japan.
Each volume contained about 4-5 chapters and the 34th and final volume was released in Japan on June 2021.
This manga series is a parody of the Attack on Titan manga
Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine published two spin-off series called Attack on Titan: Junior High and Attack on Titan: High School, author Saki Nakagawa.
The two series take place before the events of the original series but are otherwise unrelated to it. Do not think it is the same name book, cause it might sound similar.
Attack on Titan: Junior High ran from April 2012-July to 2016 and had 79 chapters. These were collected into eleven volumes in Japan and five volumes in America.
Attack on Titan: High School ran from June to August 2018 with six chapters, all living up to one volume for publishing purposes.
Kodansha released the Spoof on Titans series on their MangaBox app. Author Hounori was presented in a comic-book style called yonkoma. The series ran from December 2013 to December 2014 and then in 2016 was released as a two-volume book collection. This series is not considered canon and each episode stands apart.
Japanese manga series written novels
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall
Before the Fall by Ryō Suzukaze is a prequel series to Attack on Titan that takes place seventy years before the events of the original series.
The first novel came out in December 2011 and follows a weaponsmith who creates weapons to fight against the Titans.
Two other novels were published in 2011, following Kuklo, a boy living with titan-kin. In September 2014, both volumes 1 and 2 of Before the Fall were released in North America by Kodansha’s Monthly Shōnen Sirius magazine.
When Kodansha collected all of Shika’s chapters into 17 volumes they ran until March 2019 with 64 chapters.
Attack on Titan: Lost Girls
Lost Girl is a novel following two female heroes from Attack on Titan. Kodansha released Lost Girls in December 2014 and followed it up with a manga adaptation in 2016. Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine ran the story in three chapters, which Kodansha collected into two volumes.
Attack on Titan: The Harsh Mistress of the City
This novel takes place as a side story for the original Attack on Titan, written by Ryō Suzukaze. The first book came out in August 2014, followed by the second book in May 2015, which was released in North America in the fall of 2015.
Attack on Titan: No Regrets
You can find what I have to say on the topic of this series because I am a Gun Snark. This prequel graphic novel, written before Attack on Titan, showcases what happened to Levi during his criminal days before he was recruited into the Survey Corps. It was released in 2013 not long after Kodasha printed a manga adaptation.
Garrison Girl: An Attack on Titan Novel
One thing that’s unique about “Garrison Girl” is the fact that it was released first in America, and then in Japan. Originally a novel, Hajime Isayama, and Rachel Aaron collaborated to make sure there were no continuity issues with the original Attack on Titan series.