I recently read a manga called Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan), and since then I have done nothing but rave to my friends about it.
The story is based in a fictional version of Earth where the human race has been reduced to a very small population by monsters called Titans.
These Titans range from 3 to 15 meters tall, and they posses no intelligence. 107 years before the story takes place, the Titans attacked and slaughtered the human race, leaving a very small portion of survivors. The humans who survived the attack built a large city surrounded by multiple walls that were far taller than the Titans to defend themselves from future attacks.For years, the humans were able to survive against the Titans’ attacks, until one day a Titan larger than the wall suddenly appears and breaks down the city’s outermost wall allowing the regular sized Titans to enter the outermost ring of the city.
During this attack, the main character Erin and his sister Mikasa watch their mother get eaten by a Titan while being unable to do anything to save her. The story then skips 3 years to the future where Erin and Mikasa have graduated from the military school, allowing them to take part in the war against the Titans. There are 3 different divisions in which soldiers can choose to enter upon graduating: The Garrison Troops who defend the walls, The King’s Private Guard, and the Survey Corps who embark on expeditions outside the city to gather information on the Titans. Both Erin and Mikasa choose to enter the Survey Corps. On the day the graduates are assigned to their units within their chosen division, the giant Titan from 3 years ago appears again and launches another attack on the city.
The manga has a story that really draws you in and makes you want to keep reading, and although the story doesn’t seem all that creative, at least to me there’s something about it that differentiates it from other mangas similar to it. The art in Shingeki no Kyojin is its strongest point; it’s a slightly dark and depressing style of art that really seems to fit the story almost perfectly. The characters are drawn as though they live in constant fear; their figures tend to be somewhat small (you see very few characters that have a very large masculine build, if any at all) and they all look like they have trouble sleeping at night.
I find that the art accurately captures how people might really look if they were living in a situation like this.
I have already put this manga on my list of top five favorite mangas, and greatly recommend reading it if you have the chance!