Review: A Gathering of Shadows, by V.E. Schwab

A Gathering of Shadows, by V.E. Schwab

Genres: Adult, Fantasy

Rating: ✮✮✮✮✮

“Everyone’s immortal until they’re not.”

(Spoiler-free review for both the first and the second book! There’s a couple of minor things, but for the most part, I have exempted all spoilers.)

Dear Victoria Schwab:

I already thought that A Darker Shade of Magic was fantastic, but A Gathering of Shadows is incredible. It manages to pull off the impossible: it is a middle book that is obviously a middle book, and yet it is still entertaining from beginning to end.

I’m sure many of you have encountered “middle-book syndrome”, when the second book in a trilogy (or perhaps more, depending) suffers due to the fact that nothing monumentally important happens. There isn’t a sense of urgency or danger, and as a result, there’s this sense of idling, and the book suffers from a slow pace. A Gathering of Shadows feels like one of those books, those “spaces between”, as I like to call them, and yet, it is never boring at all.

This is probably due to the fact that in A Darker Shade of Magic, the world is being introduced to us even as the plot moves forward, but in A Gathering of Shadows, we have settled in comfortably, and the pace picks up. It’s still a magnificent world full of magic that continues to surprise and excite, and V.E. Schwab doesn’t let it grow dull. Everything is still developing. We begin to learn about the different countries that neighbor Arnes, about what’s inside of Black London, about magic itself. It’s a world that continues to grow and grow.

The characters are getting more complex as well, and I love it. Kell’s dark side is revealed, showing him a bit more hot-headed and temperamental; Lila, though still reckless, is learning to control her magic; and even Rhy, my precious ray of sunshine, is multiplying, exposing different sides to himself. He’s still the flirty boy that I remember, but he’s darker around the edges, and I didn’t realize how much I needed to see him as a flustered schoolboy until Alucard arrived.

Rhy hesitated, unsure what to say next. With anyone else, he would have had a flirtatious retort, but standing there, a mere stride away from Alucard, he felt short of breath, let alone words. He turned away, fidgeting with his cuffs. He heard the chime of silver and a moment later, Alucard snaked an arm possessively around his shoulders and brought his lips to the prince’s neck, just below his ear. Rhy actually shivered.

“You are far too familiar with your prince,” he warned.

“So you confess it, then?” [He] brushed his lips against Rhy’s throat. “That you are mine.”

Dear Victoria Schwab:

My poor fujioshi heart.

I tend to hate it when books save most of the action for the end, then leave me hanging on until the next book, since it feels like bait, but A Gathering of Shadows did just that – with the best cliffhanger ever, I might add – and yet, it doesn’t feel like it was misplaced, or all shoved into one area. The danger is being built up behind the scenes, and as the ending draws closer, it builds a sense of dread, which is a far more effective method than just having everything blow up in the last few chapters. If I didn’t have A Conjuring of Light waiting for me on my bookshelf, I would be screaming. But I do. So ha.

Dear Victoria Schwab:

Your books are the work of gods.

Manga Review: One-Punch Man, by ONE and Yusuke Murata


One-Punch Man, by ONE and Yusuke Murata

Genres: Shonen, Action-Adventure, Humor

Volumes: 12

Status: Ongoing

Favorite Characters: Genos, Saitama, Speed-o’-Sound-Sonic



“If the heroes run and hide, who will stay and fight?” 

Note: this series was originally published as a webcomic. The edition I am reviewing is the revised one published in volumes, illustrated by Yusuke Murata.

I haven’t written a manga review in a while, and I think it’s due to a lack of inspiration. There hasn’t been one that I’m currently reading that I feel enthusiastic enough to write about – until now.

One-Punch Man crushed Bleach for the most action-packed manga I’ve ever read. Not only that, but its artwork excels in detail, and though the plot floats around a bit with the two main characters picking up odd jobs at the start, it never wavers in entertainment because it doesn’t take itself seriously. With a protagonist that looks like an egg – and a personality to match – how could it?

Saitama was, for a very long time, just an average man. After a while, though, he got sick of his life, and an incident involving a giant crab ended up with him spurning to become a hero for the fun of it. Three years later, he is unfathomably strong, able to defeat any enemy with just one blow.

Due to his strength, however, he is also bald and emotionally stunted. He longs to feel the rush of battle again, to go toe-to-toe with a strong enemy. Then Genos, the teenage cyborg, comes along and completely flips his life upside down by becoming his disciple. The two of them end up joining the Hero Association together and face off against a stream of monsters.

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What I love the most about One-Punch Man – besides all of the action, of course – is that it’s basically a long-running gag. It mocks superhero cliches constantly, the biggest one of course being Saitama’s lackluster appearance versus his unmatched strength. No one believes his power. It isn’t helped by the fact that Saitama doesn’t care about fame; as he is constantly saying, he did not do this for glory or for justice. He did it because he thought it would be fun.

Even in the fiercest of battles, jokes are being cracked and tension is being broken, all by Saitama, who refuses to bend to superhero standards. It makes the story refreshing and hilarious.

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The point of One-Punch Man, as the author, ONE, has pointed out, is to not base heroes off of their appearance. Saitama may be quirky, but he’s the strongest of them all, and to top it off, morally sound. There’s corruption in the Hero Association among fellow heroes – after all, being a hero in this story is treated the same as a regular job, with everyone in the figurative building fighting for that big promotion. Saitama doesn’t care. He will fight evil no matter what it is, because that is what a hero is supposed to do.

On another note, I love the master/student relationship with him and Genos. Saitama has absolutely no idea how to train him, since he himself doesn’t know how he garnered his immense strength, and poor Genos takes everything that Saitama says directly to the heart. (Or whatever the hell he has inside of his chest. A furnace?) Genos’s quick temper, badass incineration skills, and affinity for his master are what makes him my favorite character of the series.

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I ship the egg with the toaster.

One-Punch Man may have started off as a webcomic, but it’s quickly surpassed some of the most memorable action-adventure manga/anime out there, including the iconic Dragon Ball series. It’s bound to become legendary. It’s a rocket that shot up to the top of the charts, and at the rate its going, I doubt anything will be able to stop it.

One More Kind-Of Review: The Raven King, by Maggie Stiefvater

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Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Mystery-Thriller

Rating: ✮✮✮✮✮

“The head is too wise. The heart is all fire.”

Part of me wants to squeal. Part of me wants to cry. Part of me wants to flip a table.

Another, very large part of me wants to curl in a ball, because now it’s over and I don’t know what to do.

You know what The Raven King has that the previous books don’t have? A shitstorm. It is the creepiest of the books by far and would make one hell of a horror movie. It also the book where everything starts to come together – meaning everything is falling apart, of course. With a demon awoken, Cabeswater is dying, and that affects everyone tied to it: The Gangsey, Henry Cheng, the women at 300 Fox Way, the Gray Man, everyone.

I honestly didn’t expect it to end like this. I didn’t have an image in my head, but if I had, it wouldn’t have been anything like what happened. Everything ties together perfectly, but with knots that I didn’t know existed – does that make any sense? It does in my head. And the best part is, it still doesn’t feel finished – and it isn’t. The end of The Raven King leads up to another series that is already in the works, based around Ronan and Adam.

You hear that? It’s the sound of thousands of readers shrieking with joy.

His feelings for Adam were an oil spill; he’d let them overflow and now there wasn’t a damn place in the ocean that wouldn’t catch fire if he dropped a match.

Pynch. Is. Everything.

I love this series so much. That’s really all I can write: it’s what draws the line between books that you like and books that you love. You lose all coherency; everything is just emotion. I couldn’t explain it if I tried. Such a delicately structured series should not be tampered with or dissected, just enjoyed. Besides, the writing is beautiful but full of oxymorons, constantly looping around to contradict itself, which although I enjoy, it also makes me extremely dizzy. I think that’s the point, though.

You will never find anything like The Raven Cycle, ever. It is unique, fresh, and alive, full of mystery and unexplainable magic. Describing it doesn’t do it justice. What I thought was another flimsy paranormal romance dug into a deep, deep obsession of mine, full of emotionally complex characters and mystical intrigue. It has left a legacy.

If you have not read The Raven Boys yet, I highly recommend doing it. Now.

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Another Kind-Of Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue, by Maggie Stiefvater


Blue Lily, Lily Blue, by Maggie Stiefvater

Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Mystery-Thriller

Rating: ✮✮✮✮✮

Earlier that year, when Blue had first met the boys, there had been a moment when she had suddenly struck by how she was being drawn into their tangled lives. Now she realized that she had never been drawn in. She had been there all along, together with this woman, and all the other women at Fox Way, and maybe even Malory and his Dog. They were not creating a mess. They were just slowly illuminating the shape of it.

I have finished the third book and I am now officially terrified.

I’m having a really hard time finding words. The Dream Thieves might still be my favorite, but Blue Lily, Lily Blue would be next. It’s not at all because Pynch is becoming even more evident the further we go along, I swear.

Yet again, this series mystifies me. Everything is one thing and then it’s another. Things happen, impossible things, like the daughter of a Welsh King is awoken without ever being asleep. Ronan can control his dreams, Adam can communicate with Cabeswater, and Gansey might have a power inside of him that’s going to be revealed in The Raven King.

He also is probably going to die, but I’m trying not to think about that.

In Blue Lily, Lily Blue, it is all about the search for Maura, Blue’s mother, who disappeared underground for reasons that are left unknown. To make matters worse, Greenmantle has arrived in Henrietta as the boys’ new Latin teacher and is lying in wait, waiting for his chance to strike.

I have said from the very beginning that I love how connected this story is. Instead of feeling like separate installments, The Raven Cycle feels like a book that was split into four parts, which really works in its favor. This really draws me in and feels makes me feel even more invested in this series than I already am. (There is a Murder Squash Song t-shirt on Society6 and I swear to god, I’m going to buy it.) Like in Harry Potter, I didn’t feel any shift from book to book; I merely finished one and fell into the next.

This series is dangerously addictive. I think I need help.

“Mirrors,” Gwenllian cooed. “That is what we are. When you hold a candle in front of a glass, doesn’t it make the room twice as bright? So do we, blue lily, lily blue.”

If you’ll excuse me, I will continue to look up massive amounts of fan art, kill myself while I wait to read The Raven King, and maybe or maybe not write a fan fiction that might or might not have Ronan and Adam driving around Henrietta and aggressively listening to Twenty-One Pilots.


Review: Death Note: Another Note – The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases, by NisiOisiN


Death Note: Another Note – The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases, by NisiOisiN

Genres: Light Novel, Mystery-Thriller

Rating: ✮✮✮✮✮

“Naomi Misora, I cannot overlook evil. I cannot forgive it. It does not matter if I know the person who commits evil or not. I am only interested in justice.”


I am never going to read anything related to Death Note without it leaving me completely mind-fucked.

(Spoilers ahead!)

I read Death Note back when I was fourteen. To this day, it stands as my favorite manga. Even so, it never fails to confuse the shit out of me. The logic behind it is completely irrational; how Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata managed to weave it all together is beyond my comprehension. The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases feels just like that. There’s missing books, word puzzles, a body made to look like a clock, locked doors that might or might not be possible, and numbers that are one thing and yet something completely different.

It’s all so ridiculous, yet it all works – because with someone with an intelligence identical to L, it has to be.

I have to clarify something: I knew that BB looked like L. Perhaps not as exact as the fan art claims him to be, but I’ve been inside of the fandom long enough. I knew who BB was, I’d heard of these cases before.

Yet this book still got me.

I am usually pretty good at mysteries. Once I start analyzing something, I can’t leave it alone until I’m one-hundred percent certain I’m correct – and I always have to know why before I can move on. I thought I had this book all figured out, but I made one crucial error: I assumed that L was Ryuzaki.

Those that have read or watched Death Note are very familiar with L: his many oddities, his mannerisms, his startling appearance. When Rue Ryuzaki is introduced in The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases, it is made to look like he is L. Even knowing that BB and L were dopplegangers, I never suspected anything, simply because I didn’t have any reason to – and that’s what the creators wanted. They didn’t want to create any suspicion on that front. Instead, what they wanted was to focus on how Ryuzaki’s behavior affected Naomi Misora. While we all thought that Naomi was being stupid and missing Ryuzaki’s obvious identity, we were being fooled ourselves.

It was pretty genius.

I had a lot of fun reading this little book. I feel a little nostalgic, reading new material on an old fandom of mine, but perhaps this is a chance to dive into it once again.

Manga Review: Bleach, by Tite Kubo


Bleach, by Tite Kubo

Genres: Shonen, Action-Adventure, Paranormal

Volumes: 74

Status: Ongoing

Favorite Characters: Byakuya Kuchiki, Ichigo Kurosaki, Yoruichi Shihōin, Ulquiorra Schiffer

Rating: ✮✮✮✮✮

We fear that which we cannot see.

            I think that if this manga were a person and it walked into a crowded room, everyone would stop what they were doing and bow.

Bleach is that manga you’ve heard of even if you’ve been living under a rock. It’s been serializing since 2001, has over 70 volumes in print, and generally just kicks ass.

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I remember that, at the beginning, it was really confusing. I couldn’t grasp what a Zanpakutō was, what the hell bankai met, and where the Soul Society was located. It all came at me in a rush, and around volume 13, I stopped reading it for a long time, simply because I thought I would never understand it.

Then one day, I decided to read volume 14. And I realized, yet again, that I’d been an idiot.

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So trust me, if it seems confusing at first, it won’t for long.

Ichigo Kurosaki, the main character, has been able to see ghosts for his entire life. When he meets Rukia Kuchiki, a soul reaper, he’s accidentally granted her powers in order to protect his family from a Hollow – a malevolent soul – and ends up becoming a soul reaper himself. Not long after, Rukia is arrested and swept back to the Soul Society to be executed for giving her powers to a human, and Ichigo – along with some of his friends – race to save her. Little do they know the plot that brews behind the scenes, one that will blow up and follow them far into the future – putting not only the Soul Society, but the World of the Living at risk.

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When you think about it, 74 volumes seems excessive. Most manga reaches twenty, maybe a little less or more. I once thought, is that really necessary?

It is.

Tite Kubo does not cut out the fat. The battles that take place in Bleach last a volume or more. I think this is brilliant. Not only does it pack action on every page, but it also puts us in the point of view of the people that are fighting. From their eyes, every detail counts; they have milliseconds to think fast or die. Prolonging the fight brings out every part of it, allows the reader to be in their shoes. And honestly, there is nothing more that I love in a story than a grisly, heart-pounding battle.

Tite Kubo is also a master storyteller. He takes the littlest details and spins them back in your face eons later, connecting strings that you didn’t think led to anything. He brings out every aspect of a character, or of a setting, until you know them better than your own name. He knows how to make your heart pound – and especially how to make you scream in terror.

Too many of my favorite characters have been fatally wounded, only to rise again and kick some ass.

This is a detailed, complex world, and it includes quite a few characters. There’s everyone in the World of the Living, the members of the Soul Society, the Arrancars in Hueco Mundo…and probably a whole bunch of other places that I’ve forgotten. I didn’t think it was possible for me to love characters so much when most of the time I can’t even remember their names – but Tite Kubo attaches you to them. Even the villains.

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(*Sobs.* I’m sorry, it’s still too soon.)

My two favorite characters in this series – Byakuya Kuchiki and the main character, Ichigo Kurosaki – have one thing in common, I noticed, and I’m not sure if it’s relevant, but whatever.

They are both older brothers. And they are also both very protective over their little sisters.

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The reason why Byakuya is my favorite, and not Ichigo – or, like the rest of the fandom, Tōshirō Hitsugaya – is because of his evolution. When we first meet him, he’s cold-hearted and is willing to send his own sister to be executed. Later, though, after Aizen lifts his illusion and tries to kill Rukia, Byakuya saves her. After that, we see him become a bit more bendable to the rules of the Soul Society, even though he’d still cut you down without a blink. I’m a sucker for characters who have a cold demeanor, but hide a soft spot – however small. I’ve become really close with my older brother as well, so it brings me warm fuzzies.

Ichigo’s character is another one of my favorites. It’s the kind that others may consider naive, but I treasure. He doesn’t give a shit about laws or orders; he’s going to do what he knows is right. Even if it means he has to do it all by himself. That’s what I treasure the most about him: he is a good person to the very core of who he is. He does not manipulate or lie. He doesn’t want to win if it isn’t fair.

That’s the kind of person I want to be around.

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Bleach is not my favorite manga – but it’s damn close. I kick myself all the time for not getting into it sooner. It has one of the best stories I’ve ever seen, and not just in manga: novels, comics, movies, plays, whatever. Bleach is a king sitting in a throne room full of admirers. It is what perfection would look like if it had a face.

It is as beautiful as it is invigorating.

     “If I were rain,

That joins sky and earth that otherwise never touch,

Could I join two hearts as well?”

Review: The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater

176754621The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater

Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Mystery-Thriller

Rating: ✮✮✮✮✮

Once she’d seen his death laid out for him, and seen that he was real, and found out that she was meant to have a part in it, there had never been a chance she would just stand by and let it happen.

Well, I’ll be damned. I actually loved it.

I understand what would put people off of The Raven Boys. For starters, the pace is slower than average, and nothing exciting really happens. It feels like its only purpose is to open up for the next book, where the action really begins. Normally, I hate these sort of books. It feels like a complete waste of my time – but The Raven Boys is an exception.

To enjoy it, you have to have a deep attraction for the characters. Liking one isn’t enough; you have to care about all of them enough to see how the story is going to play out. Otherwise, you are going to be dragged along through churchyards and forests to magical places you don’t give a shit about as these guys try to unravel the mystery behind Glendower.

Something that surprised me was that the romance isn’t heavy at all. Supposedly Blue will kill her true love if she kisses him, which we all know is Gansey. Even so, there’s a lot you can do besides kissing, but Maggie Stiefvater doesn’t test that fact, which I appreciated. Blue’s relationship with Adam, too, is very light and sweet. (Even though I totally ship him with Ronan.) So, really, this wasn’t a paranormal romance like I originally thought; it is much more of a supernatural mystery.

I really love this story arc. It feels wide, like it’s opening up to a big, badass series that you’ll get addicted to and eventually, it will destroy your life. What this book lacks in pace makes up for in its writing style. Plus, Maggie Stiefvater does a great job of keeping you on your toes. There are so many mysteries behind the raven boys, little things that she hints at but never describes, leaving it for the characters to tell later in a more natural element. This means that even after all I’ve learned and loved about them, there are still many things that I have yet to discover. It’s a promise for more to come.

I still have much to read about the raven boys, but I can tell already that I’m going to love it.

Review: Made You Up, by Francesca Zappia


Made You Up, by Francesca Zappia

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary


I didn’t have the luxury of taking reality for granted. And I wouldn’t say I hated people who did, because that’s just about everyone. I didn’t hate them. They didn’t live in my world.

But that never stopped me from wishing I lived in theirs.

This book is beautiful. It’s absolutely beautiful. I love it so much, there’s even a song that reminds me of it.

What Made You Up does is humanize a one of the scariest mental conditions there is—both to people on the outside, and the inside. Naturally, if you saw a person talking to someone that wasn’t there, you would be freaked out—until you take into consideration just how terrified the other person must be, because they can’t tell reality apart from illusion. It has to be horrifying.

Alex is a girl with paranoid schizophrenia. She hears and sees things that aren’t really there, and she’s suspicious of everything, from other people to the food she eats. When she was 7 years old, she met a boy in Meijer that helped her set the lobsters free—or so she thought, because according to her mother, she simply got her arm stuck in the tank. Years later, she’s convinced herself that the boy she met that day, her first friend, was just a hallucination.

Until a boy that looks just like him shows up at her new school. He’s nothing like she remembered, but little pieces of him start to surface that keep reminding her of the boy she met that day, and she yet again has to wonder what was real and what was all inside of her head.

The moment I knew I was going to love this book was right here:

The first thing I noticed about East Shoal High School was that it didn’t have a bike rack. You know a school is run by stuck-up sons of bitches when it doesn’t even have a bike rack.

Alex is a wonderful character. Her narration is very fun and refreshing, and it’s interesting to read from her point of view because we don’t know if what she’s seeing is a hallucination or not. It might be real or it might not be, but we don’t know.

Her relationship with Miles, the boy who looks like Blue Eyes, is also a lot of fun. They start out hating each other, but not in the sort of way that I’m used to. It’s usually a lot of growling or hissing or teasing. Alex and Miles are different: they do stuff like trip each other and throw their backpack on the floor. At one point, Miles severs the bar that connects her desk to her chair. In retaliation, Alex sets a tube of fire ants into Mile’s backpack.

Their relationship is sort of complicated and hostile at first, but it develops. And while their romance is a big part of this book, the other is Alex’s inner struggle with her mind. And it broke my heart.

Was everything made up? Was this whole world inside my head? If I ever woke up from it, would I be inside a padded room somewhere, drooling all over myself? 

Would I even be myself?

This helped me understand a lot more about schizophrenia. It’s beautifully written and told, and while the story is a little crazy, it reminds us that people like Alex are not.

Manga Review: Attack on Titan, by Hajime Isayama


Attack on Titan, by Hajime Isayama

Genres: Shonen, Dystopian, Horror

Volumes: 19

Status: Ongoing

Favorite Characters: Eren Yeager, Captain Levi, Mikasa Ackerman


On that day, mankind received a grim reminder. We lived in fear of the Titans and were disgraced to live in these cages we called walls.

For this series, I think that on the inside of Volume One there should be a page that says, “Welcome to Hell.”

Attack on Titan will destroy you. You will agonize endlessly over it, until it completely takes over your life and you can’t think of anything else. That’s exactly what happened to me.

The story begins in the year 845 in a dystopian world where giant humanoids called Titans roam the Earth, preying on humans. They don’t need to eat to survive—it’s later revealed that they don’t have a digestive system—so no one knows why they do this, or why they even exist in the first place. Regardless, what’s left of humanity has retreated inside three circular walls, and they have lived peacefully for over a hundred years.

Eren Yeager is 10 years old at the time. He lives in Shiganshina district with his family and, furious at how humans live because of the Titans, is determined to join the Survey Corps—a military branch that risk their lives to venture outside the walls, hoping to gain information that’ll aid humanity’s fight.

On that day, the Colossus Titan breaks a hole in the wall, and Titans rush in.


My favorite thing about Attack on Titan is that it keeps me guessing. After Volume 12, the story branches off and becomes less about the Titans and more about corruption inside of the walls. Characters that I thought weren’t important end up hiding shocking secrets that completely change the game. Tons of new questions arise, and though we’re given a few answers, we never know the full truth, which leaves us desperate to find out what it is.

This is the story that sucked me back into the manga/anime fandom. I had been long gone from it for years, and then one boring April day, I decided to open up Crunchyroll and watch something. I had no idea what I was about to do to myself.

I recommend watching the anime first. I don’t usually say this, but if you enjoy the full emotional experience that comes from being sucked inside of a world, watch the anime first. And hang onto something, because you’ll be losing it.

I feel very protective over every character in the 104th Training Corps, as well as those in Squad Levi and the rest of the Survey Corps. Eren is by far my favorite, and it’s because he’s not special. He’s not highly skilled, he can be kind of an idiot at some points, and at others, he’s kind of worthless—but he has a strong will to survive and that motivates others around him to keep going, even if they do think he’s being stupid. *Stares at Jean*. I guess what I really love about him is that though he’s not the strongest, he’ll still get back on his feet and fight.


Then there’s Captain Levi.


He is one of the most beloved manga characters in the world right now, and chances are, you’ll love him to. He’s Eren’s opposite: he’s crazy strong and fast, surpassing everyone else in the military, and has been nicknamed ‘Humanity’s Strongest Soldier.’ He’s also extremely short (which I love), cold and ruthless, but he still holds humanity’s survival above everything else and has deep, underlying emotions that start to surface as you read on. Plus, he’s a total clean freak, which has become a sort of inside joke in the fandom.



The art didn’t impress me at first. I think Volume One was a little rough, but then Hajime Isayama’s skills showed drastic improvement as the story went on—or maybe I grew accustomed to it? I’m not sure. He’s especially skilled at movement; sometimes in a manga, when a character is doing something like, say, throwing a punch, it looks exaggerated or stiff, but Attack on Titan has a lot of action in it and the characters’ movements are very fluid.

I also love the way he draws Eren’s eyes. I’m just saying.


There are a few translation errors, but that happens. Attack on Titan is at the top of the anime kingdom right now, and with the series coming to a close in Volume 20, a lot of fans are really, really nervous—including me.

To conclude, Attack on Titan is one of my favorite mangas of all time, and I can’t recommend it enough.

You can’t change anything unless you can discard part of yourself too. To surpass monsters, you must be willing to abandon your humanity.