The Attack on Titan series had, in its inception, a great deal of thematic depth. The titans can be seen to represent sin, and particularly with Eren’s ability to become a titan, the idea of mankind as being the very monsters they fight has a lot to say about morality and humanity. Unfortunately, by volume six, the series has started to rely on that initial setup as a crutch, and fails to add new intrigue to the story.
As Attack on Titan‘s plot develops, the story becomes increasingly political, with social commentary galore. Much of that is positive, but not all of it; especially when the series touches on religion.
The terrifying nature of mankind’s struggle has been well defined by the first three volumes of Attack on Titan. Now, the story takes a step back to look at the training they’ve all gone through, which unfortunately costs the narrative a good deal of momentum.
The people who preceded the coming of the titans thought that a non-human enemy would unite them. But to think so is to misunderstand the human condition – a fact Eren now understands far too well.
In war and horror alike, the meaning of bravery becomes amplified as the danger increases. But perhaps the most tragic question to come from these stories is, how do you keep fighting when your best friend is gone? That’s a question that Attack on Titan tackles in its second volume, with surprising nuance.
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