Manga Review: Attack on Titan Volume Six

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 world, 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. But it’s revealed during Volume Two that Eren possesses an ability to transform into a Titan at will.

Attack on Titan Volume Six
Written by: Hajime Isayama
Publisher: Kodansha
English Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: August 27, 2013

Right at the end of Volume Five, Armin has a run-in with the first female Titan that’s been encountered, and this continues into the beginning of Volume Six. As Armin has interactions with the female Titan, he comes to the realization that this is a human inside a Titan body, just like Eren. He also believes that the female Titan is trying to locate Eren.

With the hints that are dropped during this volume, I have a suspicion as to who this female Titan is. It feels a little too obvious, though, so I’m hoping that the actual answer isn’t as predictable. I suspect that a future volume will answer the question of who this female Titan is.

Volume Six also sees Levi’s group heading into the Titan Forest, which is a location with many large trees that the Titans like to frequent. The female Titan finds Levi and his group, which includes Eren, and a pursuit begins.

At one point, the chase is interrupted by a flashback sequence, where Eren finds he can’t transform into a Titan at will. But after his arm mysteriously transforms while they’re having refreshment outside, the others except for Levi start giving Eren a hard time and don’t seem to trust him. Hange does some investigating and appears to discover what happened and that it was out of Eren’s control. Fortunately, the others start believing in Eren more. But considering the situation that Eren and the others have found themselves in due to Eren’s ability to transform into a Titan, the reactions he got when his arm accidentally transformed make a lot of sense.

Right at the end of the chapter, it appears that the female Titan has been captured. But why do I have a feeling that this isn’t going to go as smoothly as Levi and his squad believe it will?

Volume Six was a rather intense read, and the intensity is punctuated by the art in some of the panels. This is especially true when the female Titan is pursuing Levi’s squad through the Titan Forest and in the flashback during the chaos of Eren’s arm unexpectedly transforming into a Titan’s arm.

Volume Six also feels very chaotic at times, which works very well when you realize that there’s complete and utter chaos amongst the various flanks in the training mission. One of the flanks has been all but wiped out, and the others seem to have no idea what’s going on, even though various signal flares are being shot off.

Now that I’m getting further into Attack on Titan, I’m finding that I’m starting to enjoy the series better than I did earlier on. Now that a lot of the establishing portions of the story have taken place, Isayama can start putting more focus on the action and progressing the story forward. And the addition of the female Titan has also been a nice change as well. I’m actually looking forward to reading Volume Seven in order to find out what’s going to happen with the female Titan.

And I believe that if you’ve read the first five volumes of Attack on Titan and enjoyed them, then I think you’ll also enjoy reading Volume Six.

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