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Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan ‘Attack on Titan’ is a manga series serialized in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine. The battle between Titans and human beings separated from the outside world by huge walls is depicted.

Even if they pluck our limbs off, we will not be reduced to mere food! Mankind will knock down the titans!!


The series first began in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine. It has been collected into 29 seperate volumes. As of April 2019, the manga has issued 84 million copies in Japan.
This is the story that Titans repeatedly attack the Walls in Human's living territory, and the humans fight back against the Titans.

The series first began in Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine on September 9, 2009,
In 2011, it won the first place in ‘This manga is amazing!’ of the men’s edition.
From April to September 2013, the whole 25 episodes of the animation were broadcast.
In 2015, a two-part live-action movie and a live-action drama were released.
From April to June 2017, all 12 episodes in the Season 2 of the animation were broadcast.
From August to October 2018, the first 12 episodes in the Season 3 of the animation were broadcast.
From April to July 2019, the later 10 episodes of the Season 3 were broadcast.
In 2020, the Season 4 will be broadcast as planned.

The persistent desperation and the relationships of the characters attracted much attention, and the feature articles were not only published in the animation magazines, but also in the mainstream papers and media, which caused social phenomena. According to the author, he was greatly influenced by the books like 『Muv-Luv Alternative』 and 『Clouds Above the Hill』.
From the beginning of the story, various mysteries and hidden lines are scattered. As the story progresses, the mysteries would be elucidated, but at the same time, more mysteries would be born, so the readers were actively considering them.


The story took place in a world where Titans dominated everything. The humans that became the prey of the Titan had to build 50-meters-high huge walls, to prevent invasion and protect their lives from the Titans, they chose to sacrifice their freedom of going outside the wall.

The 10-year-old boy named Eren Jaeger wanted to see the world beyond the walls. Eren felt uncomfortable with those who were satisfied with the fake peace and had given up going to the outside world. Eren called them ‘livestock’.

However, Eren's ‘dream’ and the people’s ‘peaceful’ life were destroyed by the Colossus Titan who showed up suddenly...


→ See List of Attack on Titan Characters

Most Important Terms

A mysterious existence that snarls at human and prey on them.

A huge wall with a height of 50 meters and a thickness of 10 meters that surrounds the entire area where humans live and prevents the invasion of Titans. The total length of the outer wall (Wall Maria) is around 3200 km.

  • Wall Maria ... The outermost wall. The town of Shiganshina where Eren lives is the entrance of Wall Maria.
  • Wall Rose ... The middle wall. At the year of 845, the Titans invaded, and then Wall Maria became the outermost wall.
  • Wall Sheena ... the innermost wall protecting the kingdom where the king used to reside along with other noblemen.

The organization which is responsible for security and military operations inside and outside the wall. The volunteers are trained in the training corps, and after graduation, they will select the corps and be assigned there.
  • Military Police Brigade … They involve police operations and guard the king inside the walls. They seem to be the safest, but only the elites are qualified.
  • Garrison Regiment ... They are responsible for defense and strengthening of the walls and protecting areas inside the walls. Among all the troops, they have much more soldiers than other troops.
  • Survey Corps ... The only expedition troop outside the wall. Although they are elites, since they often fight with Titans, the death rate is very high.
  • Training Corps ... All people over 12 years old can join the corps, and the rigorous training will be conducted to raise them as qualified soldiers.

Besides the sword for close combat, there are cannon and gun (musket gun), but they can only cause little damage to Titans.
  • Vertical Maneuvering Equipment ... The standard equipment for soldiers against Titans. This made it easier to attack the weakness of the Titans, the back of their necks.


Season 1

From April to September 2013, the animation has been broadcast in Daily Broadcasting (TBS Network), TOKYO MX (independent stations) and BS11, Hokkaido Television (TV Asahi Network), TV Aichi (TV Tokyo Network), Fukuoka Broadcasting (Nippon Television Network), TV Oita (Fuji Television Network, Nippon Television Network), and also broadcast in AT-X from June of the same year. The first volume of BD & DVD, released in July, has sold about 77,000 copies in total, and it has become a phenomenal record in the animation industry where 10,000 copies are already considered a successful border.

In addition, it was broadcast sequentially in Yamanashi Broadcasting (Nippon Television Network), Fukui Broadcasting (Nippon Television Network / TV Asahi Network) and some local TBS Network stations from October 2013. And on September 28, 2014, the special edition “Ilse's Notebook” was broadcast on all TBS networks. Therefore, in Tokyo, Aichi and Hokkaido, Yamanashi, Fukuoka, and Oita, it was broadcast in the television stations other than the actually planned televisions. In September 2014, it was also broadcast in the television stations (e.g. Broadcasting System of San-in, TV Yamaguchi Broadcasting) which had no broadcast records.

Other than broadcast television and AT-X, it was also broadcast on Dlife (BS) and TV Asahi Channel 1 (CS), and it was broadcast on NHK BS Premium from January to March 2016. Also, it was rebroadcast in TOKYO MX, TV Aichi, and Nagasaki Broadcasting. By the way, it is a late-night animation work that covers all TV station networks, including the independent station category.


^ Author Hajime Isayama (Serialized in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine)
^ Director Tetsuro Araki
^ Series Composition Yasuko Kobayashi
^ Character Design Koji Asano
^ Setting of Titan Takaaki Chiba
^ Chief Animation Supervisor Koji Asano / Satoshi Kadowaki
^ Art Director Shunichiro Yoshihara
^ Color Design Ken Hashimoto
^ Director of Photography Kazuhiro Yamada
^ Editor Bun Hitada
^ Sound Director Masafumi Mima
^ Music Hiroyuki Sawano
^ Producer Tetsuya Kinoshita / Kensuke Tateishi / George Wada / Makoto Furukawa / Tomohito Nagase / Toshihiro Maeda
^ Animation Production WIT STUDIO (Subsidiary of Production I.G<
^ Production "Attack on Titan” Production Committee (Pony Canyon / Kodansha / Production I.G / Dentsu / Pony Canyon Enterpr

Theme Song

Opening Theme
Feuerroter Pfeil und Bogen (Crimson Bow and Arrow)’ (Episode 1 to 13.5)
Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement - Revo / Sung by - LinkedHorizon
Die Flügel der Freiheit(The Wings of Freedom)’ (Episode 14-25)
Lyrics / Composition / Arrangement -Revo / Sung by - LinkedHorizon

Ending Theme
"A Beautiful Cruel World" (Episode 1 to 13.5)
Sung by - Yoko Hikasa
Great Escape” (Episode 14-25)
Sung by - Cinema Staff

List of Each Episode

^ Number of Episodes ^ Subtitle ^ Number of Episodes ^ Subtitle
^ Episode 1 To You, 2,000 Years From Now: The Fall of Shiganshina ①- ^ Episode 13.5 From that day
^ Episode 2 That Day - The Fall of Shiganshina ②- ^ Episode 14 I Can't Look Into His Eyes Yet: Eve of the Counterattack①-
^ Episode 3 A Dim Light Amid Despair - Humanity's Comeback ①- ^ Episode 15 Special Operations Squad: Eve of the Counterattack ②-
^ Episode 4 The Night of the Closing Ceremony: Humanity's Comeback ②- ^ Episode 16 What Needs to be Done Now: Eve of the Counterattack ③-
^ Episode 5 First Battle: The Struggle for Trost ①- ^ Episode 17 Female Titan - The 57th Expedition
^ Episode 6 The World the Girl Saw: The Struggle for Trost ②- ^ Episode 18 Forest of Giant Trees - The 57th Expedition ②-
^ Episode 7 Small Blade - The Struggle for Trost ③- ^ Episode 19 Bite - The 57th Expedition ③-
^ Episode 8 I Hear His Heartbeat - Attack on Trost ④- ^ Episode 20 Erwin Smith: The 57th Exterior Scouting Mission ④-
^ Episode 9 Whereabouts of His Left Arm: The Struggle for Trost ⑤- ^ Episode 21 Iron Hammer - The 57th Expedition ⑤-
^ Episode 10 The Response - Attack on Trost ⑥- ^ Episode 22 Defeated: The 57th Exterior Scouting Mission ⑥-
^ Episode 11 Idol: The Struggle for Trost ⑦- ^ Episode 23 Smile: Assault on Stohess ①-
^ Episode 12 Flaw - Attack on Trost ⑧- ^ Episode 24 Compassion - Stohess District Raid ②-
^ Episode 13 Primal Desire: The Struggle for Trost ⑨- ^ Episode 25 Wall: Assault on Stohess ③-

Season 2

The production of Season 2 was announced on November 22, 2014, which was also the release date of the movie version of Season 1. Although it was scheduled to be broadcast in 2016, it has been extended to the spring of 2017.
The broadcasting stations contain MBS, TOKYO MX, BS11, TV Aichi, HTB, FBS, and TV Oita, which broadcast the Season 1, and the newly added TV Saitama, Chiba TV, tvk, Tochigi Television, Gunma Television, Sanyo Broadcasting, Niigata Broadcasting, RCC Broadcasting, Shin-etsu Broadcasting, Tohoku Broadcasting, Shizuoka Broadcasting, Kumamoto Broadcasting, IBC Iwate Broadcasting and i-Television.

Although it was a one-season series from Episode 1 to Episode 12, since it was a sequel of Season 1, it had been numbered continuously, from Episode 26 on it was addressed as Episode 37.


^ Author Hajime Isayama (Serialized in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine)
^ General Director Tetsuro Araki
^ Director Masashi Koizuka
^ Series Composition Yasuko Kobayashi
^ Character Design Koji Asano
^ Sub Character Design Ayumi Yamada
^ Setting of Titan Takaaki Chiba
^ Visual Effects Team Leader Chie Yamazaki
^ Chief Animation Supervisor Koji Asano / Satoshi Kadowaki / Ayumi Yamada
^ Assistant Director Hiroyuki Tanaka
^ Prop Design Takuma Ebisu
^ Action Animation Director Arifumi Imai / Yuko Sera / Takuma Ebisu
^ Art Setting Yuho Taniuchi
^ Art Director Shunichiro Yoshihara
^ Visual Concept You Moriyama
^ Color Design Ken Hashimoto
^ 3DCG Director Shigenori Hirozumi
^ 3DCG Producer Shuhei Yabuta
^ Director of Photography Kazuhiro Yamada
^ Editor Bun Hitada
^ Sound Director Masafumi Mima
^ Music Hiroyuki Sawano
^ Music Production Pony Canyon
^ Music Production Cooperation Yasushi Horiguchi (Legendoor)
^ Sound Effects Shizuo Kurahashi
^ Sound Production Techno Sound
^ Planning / Producer Takahiro Sasaki / Takuya Matsushita / Shinichi Nakatsuka / Yosuke Imai / Katsumi Sato / Hiroo Maruyama
^ Planning Cooperation Weekly Shonen Magazine Editorial Department / Kiichiro Sugawara / Shintarou Kawakubo / Yuto Kikuchi
^ Producer Tetsuya Kinoshita / Kensuke Tateishi / Takeshi Wada / Tetsuya Endo / Yasuyuki Nishiya / Toshihiro Maeda
^ Executive Producer Yosuke Miyake / Osamu Yoshiba / Mitsuhisa Ishikawa / Keiichi Hosoji
^ Animation Producer Tetsuya Nakatake
^ Advertising Producer Takayuki Konishi
^ Animation Production WIT STUDIO
^ Production "Attack on Titan" Production Committee (Pony Canyon / Kodansha / Production I.G / Dentsu / Pony Canyon Enterprise) / MBS

Theme Song

Opening Theme
Opfert Eure Herzen (Dedicate Your Hearts!)"
Lyrics / Composition / Arrangement -Revo / Sung by - LinkedHorizon
Ending Theme
Birds of Twilight
Lyrics / Composition- Child / Sung by - Shinsei Kamattechan

List of Each Episode

^ Number of Episodes ^ Subtitle
^ Episode 1 (Episode 26) Beast Titan
^ Episode 2 (Episode 27) I’m Home
^ Episode 3 (Episode 28) Southwestward
^ Episode 4 (Episode 29) Soldier
^ Episode 5 (Episode 30) Historia
^ Episode 6 (Episode 31) Warrior
^ Episode 7 (Episode 32) Close Combat
^ Episode 8 (Episode 33) The Hunters
^ Episode 9 (Episode 34) Opening
^ Episode 10 (Episode 35) Children
^ Episode 11 (Episode 36) Charge
^ Episode 12 (Episode 37) Scream

Season 3

It was announced immediately after the end of the Season 2. According to the staff, there was a delay in the Season 2, and this time, hopefully the new season can be broadcast without delays as possible.

While the attention was focused on the broadcast time, it was announced on July 24, 2018 at NHK General that the animation will start broadcasting from July 2018.
In April 27 of 2018, the broadcast start date and time was decided, and the broadcast would start every Sunday from 00:35 AM on July 22 (only in the Kansai area, it would be shifted to 1:15 AM as a matter of convenience of broadcast programs).
The producer said, ‘We have overcome the difficulties so that everyone in the country can watch the animation on the same day and the same time’. The disparity with the regions was resolved.

As for the first-ever news that The new sequel of late-night animation broadcast mainly by an independent station will be broadcast on NHK, there were a lot of voices mixed with joy, surprise, and confusion, attracting attention before the broadcast started.
NHK was particularly strict with regulations, so the audience was worried about that, but the editor in charge tweeted that ‘(About the regulations), the new season is already approved, so there wouldn’t be any problem’.

Movie Versions

In 2014, a TV anime summarizing an entire Season 1 has been published as the movie version of Part 1 and Part 2.

‘Attack on Titan’ (Movie Version) Part 1 ~Crimson Bow and Arrow~
A compilation of TV anime episodes 1 through 13. The release date is November 22, 2014.

Theme Song
‘Crimson Coordinates’
Lyrics / Composition / Arrangement -Revo / Sung by – Linked Horizon
Ending Theme
Composition / Arrangement / Produced by: Hiroyuki Sawano

‘Attack on Titan’ (Movie Version) Part 2 - Wings of Freedom -
A compilation of TV anime episodes 14 through 25. The release date is June 27, 2015.

Live-action Movie

⇒ See Attack on Titan (Live Action) .


Before the fall

It became a light novel with the title ‘Attack on Titan: Before the fall’ and published by Kodansha Light Novel Collection.
All three volumes. Author: Ryo Suzukaze, Illustrator: THORES Shibamoto.
This novel can be considered as the prequel of the original manga, and it is an original story dated back to more than 70 years before the manga era. The manga version is serialized by Satoshi Shiki in Monthly Shōnen Sirius.
Angel who was the heroine working in the workshop produced the cannon installed in the ‘Wall Maria’ to fight against ‘Titans’, but she did not know the true dreadfulness of the Titans. But when Angel knew the dreadfulness of the ‘Titans’ through various incidents and events, Angel decided to develop weapons to protect her best friends, Sorum, Maria, and the Survey Corps who investigated outside the wall from the Titans.

There was a baby born from a Titan’s vomit. He was named Kuklo and spent his life as a show. Kuklo encountered a girl named Sharle in his painful and miserable life and regained the humanity, eventually he hoped to confront the Titans who have ruined his life. Kuklo tried an unprecedented ‘stowing away to an outer wall expedition’ ...

Harsh Mistress of the City


Gaiden / Spin-off

A Choice with No Regrets

Attack on Titan Gaiden: A Choice with No Regrets”, which serialized in the monthly magazine “ARIA”, is a manga series depicting the story in the past when young Levi and Erwin met. For details, see the corresponding articles.


A spin-off work of Annie and Mikasa. The story is about Annie after she became a member of Military Police Regiment and the childhood days of Mikasa from their respective perspectives.

Attack on Titan! Junior High

Attack on Titan! Junior High” is an official parody spin-off manga in the form of Gakuparo(school parody), which is serialized in the monthly magazine ‘Magazine’. For details, see the corresponding articles.

Four-panel manga!

According to the illustrator Yupon on the anime official site, for each episode, a four-panel manga would be published within one week, and the characters would be drawn to be 2 heads high. Also, in the DVD Special videos, a flash animation ‘Chimi Chara’ Theater! Attack on Titan, Training Corps” by YUUPON was produced.

Small Titan

A user of the pixiv, hounori, who is an illustrator, has posted a four-panel manga of Attack on Titan on pixiv, and it was serialized as ‘Small Titan’ on Bessatsu Shōnen Magazinea from January 2014 on. There are some works which have already been submitted and some newly written works.


In 2013, the software ‘Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains’ for Nintendo 3DS was released on Spike Chunsoft. In 2014, the upper version ‘CHAIN’ was released. In 2017, the part 2 ‘Attack on Titan 2 - Future Coordinates –‘ was released.
In February 2016, Koei Tecmo Games released the game on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. The development was handled by Omega Force of the Warriors series. This sequel was also released in 2018.
In May 2017, the magazine released ‘Attack on Titan: Escape from Certain Death’. Unlike the above, it is an adventure game. Ruby Party, who developed the game, Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time Series, was responsible for the development.

Other media mix (event, collaboration, etc.)

There are many other events and collaborations. See also the external links.

  • In 2013, the games called ‘Attack on Japan Cup’ (Japan Cup) and ‘Shingeki no Ariba Kinen’ (Arima Memorial) were released on the JRA site in collaboration with JRA (the Japan Racing Association) (currently all are closed with the end of the original race.) In the former game, you can control Eren, but in the latter game, you can use the most popular characters who have been ranked by the fans based on their vote (of course, Eren was also ranked and could be used. Each character has odds, and the higher the odds, the higher the difficulty).
  • The ‘Attack on Titan Exhibition’ was held at the Ueno Royal Museum since November 2014. The original illustrations and sensation cinema were exhibited. Later they were also held in Oita and Osaka.
  • Collaboration with the real escape game has been performed several times since 2014. The basic setting is to escape from a building surrounded by Titans.
  • In USJ, this has been selected as one of the works of Universal Cool Japan on 2015, and set up as attractions of Walk-through (2015) and the 4D movie (~ 2016) in the title of ‘Attack on Titan: The Real’. There are photo spots for Titans and characters that have been reproduced in life-size.
The stage version ‘Attack on Titan Live Impact’ was scheduled to be staged in Maihama Amphitheater on July 28, 2017, but the Acrobat Director Kazutaka Yoshino passed away on April 10 from injuries he received while inspecting the machines, therefore the show was canceled.
  • Many other smartphone game collaborations such as ‘Chain Chronicle’ and ‘Logres of Swords and Sorcery’ are also being implemented. Maybe because there are too many collaborations, in the collaboration CM of ‘Puzzle & Dragons’ broadcast in 2015, Eren made the self-torturing comment of ‘Collaboration, collaboration... Do we only have collaborations’ and ‘I don’t want to collaborate any more’ (After he said so, Mikasa said, ‘This time, we are collaborating with Puzzle & Dragons,’ he normally accepted as ‘Yes’.)
  • In 2018, a collaboration with the original ‘Muv-Luv Alternative’ game started. In addition, you can only play with DMM Games version, not the DMM Games Adult version.
  • A collaboration event with White Cat Project was held from the end of February to March 20 in 2018. Eren, Mikasa, and Levi are playable characters and they participate as guests, at the same time Female, Armored, and Colossus Titans appear as boss characters. In addition, an official video was distributed to share the content of Protagonist and Eren's voice actor is the same person in this work.

For Reference

  • The prototype is a complete story for which the author received an award as MGP (Magazine Grand Prix) at the age of 19 in 2006. At that time, although the inspectors gave him a strict evaluation on drawing ability, the story and the frame layout were highly evaluated, and three years later, that has been published as the series debuts of the author. This complete version was attached as an appendix to the first volume of the anime DVD, and it was published on the official posting site of Shonen Magazine (Attack on Titan 0).
  • There is a fake announcement at the end of the book. Different from the serious original manga, it is an announcement full of gag elements. Obviously, it has nothing to do with the main story.

External links

Attack on Titan - Comic Official Site
TV Anime "Attack on Titan" Official Website
Attack on Titan - Wikipedia
What is Attack on Titan (What is Attack on Titan) - Niconico Encyclopedia
Attack on Titan! Junior High - Kodansha
Attack on Titan! Junior High (What is Attack on Titan! Junior High) - Niconico Encyclopedia

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