September 28, 2022

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Gabbing Geek Manga Review: Attack On Titan Volume 2

After a solid set-up, Attack on Titan goes for a largely action-filled second volume.

You know, I’ve been doing this for a while now, but I haven’t hit a second volume of anything yet.  Was there anything I liked enough to keep going?

Yeah, quite a bit of it actually.  For now, let’s look at the second volume of Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan.

After a first volume that introduced us to the main characters of Eren, Mikasa, and Armin, along with the concept of what the man-eating giants called the Titans were, the world these kids lived in, and what happened when the Titans breached the walls thanks to a gigantic figure even by Titans standards getting involved, we have the second volume that, aside from some pages explaining a few more concepts, is basically 200 or so pages of action.  Mikasa is an efficient Titan-killer, but she’s also reckless and uses up the gas that powers her flying harness very quickly. Armin is a coward in a fight, but turns out to be an excellent strategist.  And Eren?  Well, that would be telling.

Complete with a flashback explaining why Mikasa came to live with Eren’s family, why she’s so tough in a fight, and why she’s so devoted to Eren, the fight goes brutally and badly when the supply soldiers are too afraid to venture out of their headquarters to save the others, and it seems to be going worse until the unthinkable happens and one Titan attacks another one for no clear reason.  Titans are generally mindless monsters who walk around, smiling big and eating any human that comes within their reach.  What is going on there?  It’s worth looking into.  Nine and a half out of ten greedy merchants who back down from a hard stare.

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