Manga Review: Attack on Titan Volume Nine

Attack on Titan Volume 9 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.

Attack on Titan Volume 9
Written by: Hajime Isayama
Publisher: Kodansha Ltd.
English Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: November 26, 2013

Volume 9 focuses very heavily on the Titan invasion after the breach of Wall Rose. One of the biggest surprises was the hairy Titan that can speak. We see this particular Titan on a couple of different occasions, but so far, nothing to explain what’s going on with this particular Titan. I’m very intrigued to find out what’s going with this unusual Titan, and hopefully we’ll find out in one of the upcoming volumes.

We also get to see some character development for Connie Springer, when he returns to his village after the Titans breach the wall. Something very unusual is found when he reaches his house, and if I’ve guessed what caused this is, there could be some very major repercussions in connection to this discovery.

There’s also some backstory and development for Sasha Blouse. I enjoyed seeing the flashbacks of when she was younger, because it definitely explains her obsession with food. It turns out that interest is food isn’t just for comic relief. Sasha gets an important story when she returns to her village and finds a Titan attacking it.

Eren doesn’t make an appearance in Attack on Titan Volume 9 until around halfway through, and even then, he doesn’t play a major role. However, the scenes with Eren and the others he’s traveling with have a couple of important revelations included. I was glad to see the idea of something being hidden in the basement of Eren’s house was mentioned here, and it looks like Eren may finally take some action in regards to getting there. Finally! It was starting to feel as if the plot point involving Eren’s basement had been forgotten. I feel rather confident that something rather important will be discovered there, but at this point, I have no idea how much longer it’ll take Eren to finally be able to make it back to that basement to reveal whatever secrets it holds. It’s also revealed that a character who’s basically been in the background up to this point actually has importance to the story and could have some potentially important information regarding the secret of the walls. So now we also have another potentially big revelation being teased to the audience, and it’ll be interesting to find out what it is when Isayama decides to reveal it.

The art in Attack on Titan Volume 9 is still as strong as it was in the first volume, and it maintains the unique feel that the series has. I especially liked some of the drawings of Sasha in her flashback, because I felt that Isayama took some care with them. Not only does she look a little younger, but Isayama made sure that these drawings grabbed the reader’s attention.

If you’ve read and enjoyed the previous eight volumes of the series, then you definitely won’t want to miss Attack on Titan Volume 9. It’s a strong continuation to the story, and it also includes some much needed character development for Connie and Sasha.

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