Gabbing Geek Manga Review: Attack On Titan Volume 5

I haven’t done one of these in a while.

That’s both read/reviewed a volume of Attack on Titan or read/reviewed a manga trade period.

So, here’s Attack on Titan Volume 5.

In the last few trades, new recruit to the Survey Corps discovered a power he didn’t know he had:  he could transform himself into one of the Titans, an intelligent one that was actually mostly helpful and fought over Titans.  Considering most Titans just mindlessly attack and eat any humans they can get their hands on, this would seem to be quite the boon for the beleaguered human race, trapped behind walls that five years prior had been partially breached.

The thing is, Eren has no real idea how he does that, he has no memories of what he’s done after the fact, and may not even be able to completely control himself in Titan form.  But that just means the story is splitting up a bit.  Eren will be taken away to a remote, abandoned castle to conduct experiments and try to figure out exactly what he can do.  The rest of the young cast will throw their lot in with the Survey Corps and given a dangerous mission of clearing out the Titan-besieged town whose invasion kicked the series off, and in particular find the notes Eren’s father may have in his basement.  Why?  Well, Eren’s doctor father may have some experiments down there that could lead to the ultimate defeat of the Titans once and for all.

Writer/artist Hajime Isayama continues the good work he’s done on the previous volumes, and he continues to throw some curve balls out there as he gradually reveals the secrets of this world he’s created.  Into the mix this time, we see that the Titans may be intelligent, or at least some of them are.  A prologue in the opening few pages suggests there is more to the Titans than initially thought, and the concluding pages perhaps confirm that.  As with many manga trades, this one ends in the middle of a storyarc, so I may have to get back to this one again soon.  9 out of 10 facts about horses.

tomk74

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