Manga Review: Attack on Titan Volume Three

Attack on Titan is set in an alternative middle-ages world that has been attacked by giant humanoid creatures called Titans. The remains of civilization are protected by three concentric walls that are about 50 meters tall. After building these walls, humanity has remained safe for 100 years and has basically become complacent. While there are people who want to go outside of the walls and explore the wall, many are discouraged from doing so.

Eren Yeager and his friends Mikasa and Armin end up enlisting in the military forces after Unusual Titans attacked their city. Five years after that attack, Eren and his friends have to fight more Titans. At the end of Volume One, Armin sees Eren being devoured by a Titan.

Attack on Titan Volume Three
Written by: Hajime Isayama
Publisher: Kodansha
English Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: December 4, 2012

Near the end of Volume Two, it was revealed that Eren possesses an ability to transform into a Titan at will. Early on in Volume Three, we see what happened to Eren after he was swallowed by the Titan in Volume One from his perspective. This appears to be a dream sequence, and he says while he’s still somewhat asleep, “I’ll kill you all.” Unfortunately, this utterance is heard by other members of the Survey Corps, which leads to a lot of people not trusting Eren. Mikasa and Armin have to try to defend Eren. Eren uses his ability in order to protect his friends in return.

In the midst of this, Eren sees the key around his neck and has a flashback of his father giving him the key and that he needs to go to the basement room in order to learn the truth. Eren shares what he remembers with his friends, and declares that he needs to get to that basement room.

Armin is sent to talk with the Survey Corps to convince them that Eren isn’t an enemy of mankind and that if they combine Eren’s Titan piwer with the remaining military force, they might be able to beat the Titans. Commander Pixis arrives and says they should listen to Armin and the others. It’s suggested to Commander Pixis that Eren could turn into a Titan and carry a boulder over to the destroyed gate and plug it up. Pixis agrees to the idea, but when it’s time to put the plan in motion, things start going horribly wrong…

I appreciated getting to see what happened to Eren after being swallowed by the Titan, because it helped me understand what happened with him and how it happened. Before this explanation, Eren’s appearance in Titan form and then transforming back just seemed rather weird and I couldn’t figure out how that could be possible.

Eren’s flashback about the basement room is also rather crucial. At this point, it seems to be that the focus of the story going forward will have to include Eren trying to find a way to return to his home and get into the basement room. From what was seen in the flashback, it appears that Eren’s father had done something that gave him the ability to turn into a Titan, and that the basement room will contain information and answers.

Unfortunately, with how much of a dismal failure Armin’s plan ends up being, Eren’s ability to get to that basement room becomes rather diminished. With more Titans attacking and Eren not being able to get his job done, I don’t think the Survey Corps is going to be in any hurry to let Eren out of their sight.

So far, the story has developed in such a way that it’s keeping me interested in what’s going on and wanting to see where the story will head to next. Admittedly, this series can be a bit on the gory side, but the gore helps to emphasize just how frightening and intimidating the Titans are to the human race.

If you’ve read the first two volumes of Attack on Titan and enjoyed them, then I think you’ll also enjoy reading Volume Three.

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