Attack On Titan Was Almost Never Published

Attack On Titan Was Almost Never Published

For those of us who only know about Attack on Titan for as far back as 2013 when Season 1 of the anime was released, there’s more to Attack on Titan than you may or may not know and it goes as far back as 2006…

Having started reading the manga series when it was first released in the United States by Kodansha USA back in 2009, it boggles me on how Attack on Titan was almost never published!

Hajime Isayama…

The story begins with the creator of the magnificent series, Hajime Isayama, who began writing and drawing the beginning of Attack on Titan or how it’s referred to in Japan as, “Shingeki no Kyojin” when he was a senior in high school.

Born August 29th 1986 in a town called Oyama, known today as Hita in Japan, Isajama began mailing in his manga drawings to contests. Although nothing ever came from those attempts, he continued on to study manga design at the Kyushu Designer Gakuen. It wasn’t until he was twenty when he turned in his first “One Shot” of Shingeki no Kyojin to a publishing company in Tokyo, where…

Attack On Titan – Almost Never Published

Upon initially offering up his work on Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) to a well-known publishing company in Tokyo called Shogakukan, where Isayama was told to improve his drawing style and storytelling. (At this point in the article, I’m literally scratching my head & wondering “What The Heck?”). Luckily for all of us who have had the pleasure of seeing & reading Attack on Titan, Isayama decided not to quit and taking a bigger chance with submitting his one-shot to the biggest publishing company in all of Tokyo (Kodansha) where they not only accepted his one-shot, but handed over a “Fine Work” award to Isayama’s short story.

Move To Tokyo…

Soon after receiving his award, Isayama made his move to Tokyo from Oyama where within five years he garnered awards for his work ranging from a Freshman Manga Award to the prestigious Kodansha Manga Award. By 2009, Attack on Titan was being published monthly throughout Japan and by the end of that same year, the manga was released in the United States, which went off to inspire not one but five (5) spinoff series, a televised anime adaptation of the original manga and two-part action movie!

What Is Attack on Titan Really About

Possibly the most important question you could ask about Attack on Titan – what is the manga really about? Is it political, sociological, philosophical, moral… There are many theories surrounding the manga, some more obvious than others. For one, life must be terrifying in Shiganshina where Eren, Mikasa and Armin live. Titans can represent foreign invaders and if you remain within the walled city, you are safe, but you live under the rule of the military police who are corrupt. This brings up Japan’s political position in the 1980s and 90s during Isayama’s younger years. The LDP (Liberal Democratic Party), which found itself embroiled in many scandals, mostly having to do with corruption, resulting in the first time being opposed since 1955 by another party calling themselves The Komeito. This party was headed by the Liberal Japan New Party, which included the Democratic Socialist Party. Did The LDP represent the military police in Shiganshina and were the Titans the LDP’s opposition? I’m not sure! But something must’ve been some type of motivation there for Isayama to write and illustrate such a powerful story, don’t you think?

About TheTitans…

In Attack on Titan, have you noticed the appearance of each Titan? It’s as if their appearance reflects their disposition. There’s Reiner, Bertholdt, Ymir, Annie and Eren… Take for example Reiner who protects Bertholdt… Reiner stands for Warrior, which makes total sense as he is covered in armor. Bertholdt’s name on the other hand means Bright Ruler, making Reiner the champion protecting the monarch or the king. Most possibly the most horrific part of the story, that may also be the kink in its entire premise is (how do I put this…) why the Titans attack and consume the humans? It’s not because they’re hungry or because they need humans in order to survive… Why? Because they do not have a digestive system! So why do they attack the humans?

Why Do Titans Attack Humans? (Spoiler Alert!)…

Having read the manga and seen the anime, there’s a reason why Titans not only attack, but consume humans, but you know that if you have not either read the manga or seen the anime, but wish to, please stop reading now and click the back or exit button now.

Alright, Alright, Alright… The reason for the Titan’s behavior is that they were once human and although in their current form are left as mindless beings walking the land, it seems that a small part of their human sub-conscience may be convincing them of something… That something is that if they were to consume a human with the capabilities to turn into a Titan, they themselves would be turned back into humans (pretty deep, huh?). Therefore, when they’re looking ahead where humans are, they see sort of like little fireflies that glow, and that’s what sets them off running.

One of The Best Selling Manga Series of All Time!

Before turning thirty three years of age, Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan has become one of the best selling manga series of all time with over 100 million copies sold worldwide and still counting!

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