Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Manga Review: Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Volume 5, by Satoshi Shiki, Ryo Suzukaze, Hajime Isayama, and Thores Shibamoto

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: August 2015
Volumes: 7+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 4. 6.

Goodreads Synopsis:


Saved from exile, Kuklo and Cardina meet the hero Jorge Pikale, the first man ever to defeat a Titan in combat, and they learn how he did it: a mysterious gas-powered grappling machine known only as "the device." Jorge believes Kuklo might just have the agility and reflexes to master this startling weapon and take the Survey Corps to a new level. But Kuklo has his doubts, and what will Sharle think...?


Kuklo is finally reunited with Sharle, and it’s sweet. I like them together, even if it’s not quite romantic between them. They’re important to each other. They spend some time together that night, catching up, and Sharle getting to see Kuklo’s point of view from their past. He’s much more mature about it than anyone expected, not feeling anger for humans or even for Sharle’s family. Sharle isn’t quite so over it, though.
And then they all get to find out more about the devices and materials behind the weapons used to hurt titans, few as there are at this point. Kuklo in particular wants to learn and he wants to fight the titans; Sharle takes a bit to be convinced, but she wants to help Kuklo, even if it’s behind the scenes.
This volume was a little slower, with more talking and a lot of background story, as Kuklo learns and they get settled in this new place.
I’m rather enjoying this series, and don’t mind the wait so much for the next one.

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