Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Manga Review: Attack on Titan, Volume 16 Special Edition, by Hajime Isayama

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Volumes: 17+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 15. 17.

Goodreads Synopsis:


Captured by Rod Reiss, the rightful king, Krista and Eren finally have their memories back. What exactly happened to Eren, and what was the crime his father committed? Meanwhile, the Survey Corps desperately hunts for Eren, while at the same time seeking to legitimize their military coup. As the situation inside the walls comes to a head, the mysteries of the world of the Titans seem on the cusp of being solved at last!


First of all, I love the special edition of this book. Not only does it actually come with the regular edition of the book (so I get the best of both worlds) with a dust jacket with the cover by Tony Moore, and with the deck of cards, but that comes inside a box! It’s so pretty! I thought it would be shrink-wrapped together, but it comes in a pretty box. I love it. I can’t wait for the next one.
Now, on to the actual book.
I can’t believe how violent this series has become. And I can’t believe I’m even thinking that. But the graphic violence, the torture that happens in this volume, is just gross and I’m too squeamish for this. Ugh.
Aside from that, we find out what Krista’s father really plans to do with the two of them. And even Erin is feeling sorry for himself enough to agree. And while Levi and Mikasa and the group are fighting to get to him, thankfully Krista does what needs to be done.
There’s a lot of memories mixed in here, Krista remembering things, Eren remembering things, and Krista’s father telling them of past events. And a lot of politics. And then the ending. Which, another cliffhanger.
This series is brutal. It’s intense and amazing. I love it, even if it surprises me and makes me uneasy at times. I love this special edition, and I can’t wait for the next one.

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