Attack on Titan: Colossal Edition 1
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Anyway, good shit in this omnibus. Roughly three whole volumes of the five contained are dedicated to the Female Titan, as introduced in the end of Colossal Edition 1, establishing a very firm story arc. The rest of the collection poses the mystery of the Beast Titan, but it is not given as much focus as other things - namely, the mystery of the Walls, the in-pouring Titans who seem to have come from nowhere (there turns out to be no hole in the Wall), the true identities of Ymir and Krista, the true identities of Reiner and Bertolt.... This first bundle of volumes sets things up a little more like a standard story. Eren is our protag, Mikasa is a loyal friend/love interest, and a coterie of friends and rivals exist to push Eren and "make him be stronger" or whatever. Our threats are identified and seem fairly clear, all that's left is to see what Eren's personal growth looks like and who will get off'd in our hero's long march.
Armin Arlelt also uses this ability to wipe out most of, if not all of the Marleyan naval fleet present at the Raid on Liberio in a devastating explosion, sending a tremendous wave of energy inland and destroying the port entirely.  Immense Size [ ] It fills me with joy to see a manga artist improve as much as Mr. Isayama has because while I'll have to wince through the first few issues at least it will slowly change for the better and the story, characters, and action will always keep me pulled in.
🍪 Privacy & Transparency
I do give Isayama huge credit for the mild way with which the Armored and Colossal Titans (re)introduced themselves here. Maybe I was expecting some over-the-top Naruto shit, but I'm glad Isayama handled it with some "maturity." Really digging the sincerity with which Isayama's been writing his story, avoiding blatant cliches... even if I'm mostly excited for the flesh-mecha battles between Titan-shifters. I will say the one weaker point is Sasha's story. Not horrible but just okay. It feels slow but with purpose as to build her character. Same with Connie's storyline but there's SO much underlying moments with Connie's story that it all makes sense. From Vol 3 things definitely start tilting sideways. Eren is a titan..or can transform into one. Ok. So can others apparently too. This society is incredibly corrupt from top to bottom and it is astonishing the titans have not finished them off. There are...titans in the walls??
The way that this universe was created and organized with all the different military corps and battle strategies was super interesting to read about, so I’m excited for more of that to come.
Vinland Saga Book One Review
We follow a world in which humanity has been invaded by these Titans, which eat humans. Humans have been forced to build walls and live behind them. There aren’t many left. These walls are supposed to be titan-proof. Humans seem to have forgotten about the dangers outside. Eren, one of our main characters, wants to go beyond the wall. They do well until the way comes with a Colossal Titan breaking through the wall. A colossal Titan is something that humans haven’t seen before. They are bigger, faster, and meaner. It starts killing people. No one knows what has changed and it sparks fear. Throughout the series, we learn that humans don’t know all that much about Titans, which makes them even scarier. As Reiner's Armored Titan battles Eren's Titan, Bertholdt fights against the Scouts with a partially transformed Colossal Titan. When the soldiers led by Hange Zoë are ready to land a killing blow, Bertholdt once more uses his steam emission control to keep them all at a distance, and their ODM gear is unable to reach him in the continuous gusts of wind. Bertholdt's Colossal remains in this state of emission for a short time until Reiner faces imminent defeat in his struggle against Eren and calls for help. Hearing Reiner's signal, Bertholdt falls to the ground below.  This causes a destructive explosion below, with the Colossal Titan evaporating into a gush of steam. Bertholdt leaves his Titan and joins up with Reiner, who had managed to capture Eren and Ymir in the chaos.  Return to Shiganshina arc [ ] No one is really safe. Yes, there's a set amount of characters who are there that probably won't die right away. BUT the risk of death, watching others getting killed, it's terrifying. Not to mention the action is both vicieral and brutal. Having Eren go head to head with these titans is amazing. But watching a titan vs a titan? Oh so good.