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Yup. this is what’s connecting fans’ hearts all over anime and manga land. Move over, the Generation of Miracles! The Generation of Titans can make the girls sweat as much as you guys do!
MangaHelpers recently had another annual manga award competition to see which manga titles totally rocked 2012 in the minds of manga fans everywhere. As you will see, it was a big win of Titan-ic proportions for a series that has come a long way from its non-mainstream beginnings.
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To quote a Tumblr user on the rise of Attack on Titan to the mainstream anime/manga community, how did something so horrifying end up being so hilarious?
As many of you may know, Attack on Titan has become a beloved juggernaut to fans all over the world and some creative folks have responded with great enthusiasm. Social networking feeds became bombarded with wacky pictures and funny video parodies featuring the Titans and the Scouting Legion. One has to wonder if humor truly comes from seeing misery.
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“I have a dream…it’s to exterminate the Titans and leave this cramped walled-up world. My dream is to explore…the outside world.”
We got ourselves a little Martin Luther King, Jr., don’t we?
Stress - it happens to everyone. We all have our moments where things get rough and we groan, sigh, & possibly fall into despair. Stress is inevitable as long as you walk on the road that is life. Yet what if stress needs to be viewed more positively instead of the general consensus view? When you look at a character like Eren Jaeger from Attack on Titan, you witness how a young man takes the stress of his past and channels it in a way to bring him strength to fight for the future.
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After hearing everything that has transpired with the Boston Marathon bombing incident, the incompetence of mass media, and people’s love for revenge, it comes down to this - humanity will always have a high chance of being cruel. Even those who haven’t killed anyone can be sadistic. This song sums up my entire thought process about this tragedy and its possible ramifications.
What a truly beautiful, cruel world we live in today. We can all possess the heart of a Titan.
Let’s really figure out how to shrink ourselves down for a better tomorrow.
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Ever grow tired of the fact that a majority of shonen titles are always about friendship, hard work, and victory? What if the world of “dark” shonen titles takes over the spotlight? In a 2012 manga retrospect at Otaku Champloo, Khursten Santos wonders what direction shonen manga seems to be heading towards to when she talks about the amazingly-written, coming-of-age shonen title, “The Flowers of Evil”. Is it changing for the darker perhaps?
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March 8, 2012 marks International Women’s Day! To celebrate, I want to briefly promote another headstrong female that North American readers will be seeing later this year: Mikasa Ackerman, the lead female of the smash-hit manga, Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin), by Hajime Isayama.
Mikasa is a character who’s driven by her dark past to fight for her adoptive brother (and main character), Eren Jaeger. Mikasa is considered to be a prodigy in the series as she excels in combat. The character is portrayed to be a kick-ass woman who remains calm and efficient in the heat of battle. She truly is a character that doesn’t take crap from anyone and is willing to question authority. Fans have also argued that Mikasa really acts on her actions unlike most female leads.
If you love female characters like Olivier Mira Armstrong, you will love Mikasa. She’s up there on the list of tough female characters. Need more proof? Here’s Mikasa showcasing her desire to protect Eren and her friend, Armin, from ANYONE, even the army that she fights for.
Kodansha Comics will be releasing the first volume of Attack on Titan on June 2012. You can pre-order Attack on Titan at Amazon.
Dare I say Mikasa is the antithesis to the wimpy shonen girl?