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Attack on Titan x Humble Bundle to Benefit the ACLU and World Land Trust

Kodansha Comics is teaming up with Humble Bundle for the “Humble Manga Bundle: Attack on Titan Universe” bundle.

The offering amounts to over $500 worth of digital manga, or 44 complete volumes of Hajime Isayama’s monster hit manga Attack on Titan. The actual cost of the bundle is based on Humble Bundle’s unique pay-what-you-want charitable model.

The manga comes in multiple formats including CBZ, PDF, and ePub, so they can be read on computer, e-readers, iPads, cell phones, and a wide array of mobile devices. Bundle buyers choose where their money goes—among Kodansha Comics, two charities, and, if they like, a third charity of their choice via the PayPal Giving Fund. If they like what Humble Bundle does, they can leave a Humble Tip too.

The bundle benefits the ACLU and World Land Trust.

This special bundle ends WEDNESDAY, January 31, 10:59 A.M. PACIFIC TIME.

Here’s what bundle buyers get with each tier:

Pay $1 or more 
Attack on Titan volumes 1-5

Pay $8 or more 
All of the above + Attack on Titan volumes 6-15 and the spinoff series:
Attack on Titan: Lost Girls volumes 1-2
Attack on Titan: No Regrets volumes 1-2

Pay $15 or more 
All of the above + Attack on Titan volumes 16-20 and the spinoff series:
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall volumes 1-11
Attack on Titan: Junior High volumes 1-4

Pay $18 or more 
All of the above + Attack on Titan volumes 21-22 and the spinoff series:
Spoof on Titan volumes 1-2
Attack on Titan Guidebook: Inside & Outside
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The Humble Bundle exclusive never-before-released 
Attack on Titan Exclusive Artbook 
including rarely seen illustrations by Hajime Isayama and a global lineup of comics greats inspired by Attack on Titan

Loot Anime Episode 18 “Humanity” Unboxing

Loot Anime is a geek box by Loot Crate and Crunchyroll focused on the anime fans. This month’s box has a theme of “Humanity”! There’s lots of anime and manga featuring humanity surviving disasters!

We open up the box to show off what’s inside and what we think of the box.

You can order next month’s box now.

 

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Attack on Titan S2E29 “Soldier” Review and Analysis

In Attack on TitanSoldier,” we’re thrown back into The Seige of Castle Utgard already in progress. Watching “Soldier,” I can’t help but admire every minute detail that the writers and animators are placing throughout this season. Every aspect of the anime is densely packed with symbolism and hints for what’s to come in the following episodes.

As the episode starts we watch as the Titans surround Castle Utgard, and we get a flashback to two hours prior as the 9 Scout Corps members settle in. While the Scout Corps members are discussing the oddities of Castle Utgard, namely it’s bizarre location and the liquor with a foreign label, the 104th cadets try to grapple with where this surge of Titans came from. Connie tries to grapple with whether or not the Titan that crushed his house is really his mother, but Ymir is quick to snap Connie out of his negative thoughts in a big-sister kind of way. Ymir’s interactions with the rest of the cadets in this episode does a great job at fleshing out a character who before Season Two was all but non-existent.

This episode ramps up the reveal of Ymir as our next Titan Shifter. As Ymir finds a can of herring, Reiner asks to look at it. When Ymir hands the herring to Reiner, he realizes that it’s canned food and that the label is in a foreign language. Just as Reiner is coming to his own conclusions about Ymir, they get called by Nanaba warning that the Titans were attacking. The most interesting part of this exchange is the animation choices for Ymir’s faces. Just as Reiner is confronting Ymir, she’s in almost the exact same pose and expression as Annie Lionheart when she was confronted by Armin, Eren, and Mikasa for being the Female Titan.

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As the cadets continue to fight off Titans from within the towers, Reiner almost loses his arm trying to protect Connie. While he’s fighting off the Titan, he has a flashback to one of his friends getting devoured by a Titan and rediscovers his will to survive. After defenestrating the second Titan, the cadets retreat to safer territory up above. The following conversation between Connie, Bertholt, and Reiner is the namesake for the episode, but ends up being more cryptic than revealing. As Connie praises Reiner for being brave and saving his life, Reiner has more flashbacks to his friend protecting him and in turn getting devoured by a Titan. Reiner says that “it’s the normal thing to do because we’re soldiers.” Connie looks to Bertholt to back him up in praising Reiner’s actions, instead, Bertholt says that “in the past, Reiner was more of a Warrior. Unlike now.” This whole conversation seems to foreshadow Ymir’s actions at the end of the episode as she jumps into the arms of the Titans in order to protect Christa and the other cadets. This conversation, however, seems to imply a second meaning between Bertholt and Reiner that doesn’t make much sense in any context we know so far.

This conversation is interrupted by the four Scout Corp members killing scores of Titans. But just as it seems like they’re going to pull out the win in the bottom of the 9th inning, all-star pitching icon: the Beast Titan, comes into secure the save and win. The Beast Titan hurdles several handfuls of rocks at Castle Utgard killing their horses and two out of four of the Scouts. Nanaba and Gelgar both come to the realization that they’re out of gas and that their end is near. As both Nanaba and Gelgar get torn apart limb by limb, Ymir tries to reason with Christa that dying a hero isn’t a heroic act if you don’t value your own life. Ymir pleads with Christa to remember the promise they made to each other as Ymir jumps off the tower and reveals herself to be a Titan Shifter all along.

Castle Utgard is one of the most iconic scenes from the Manga and this episode really brought out the best moments in terrifying brilliance. “Soldier” captures the brilliance of Attack on Titan as it displays a density in the details packed tightly into twenty-four minutes that’s rarely seen in an animated format. As Castle Utgard should be the catalyst for the remaining episodes in Season Two, any fan of the Anime will find themselves watching “Soldier” over and over again to find the hidden subtleties laid out throughout the episode.

Overall Rating: 9.25

Attack on Titan S2E28 “Southwestward” Review and Analysis

In Attack on Titan’s Southwestward,” we get a build-up to what should be one of the defining battles of the second season: The Siege at Utgard Castle. This episode seems to work as more of a build for the next couple of episodes to come. Without much to lean on story-wise, this episode builds up the anticipation of what’s about to happen.

The episode starts with a cold-open on one of the most significant parts of the entire episode. We’re back with Connie Springer in his home town trying to figure out what exactly happened. As Connie tries to come to grip with what happened to all his family and friends, other members of the Survey Corp try to help Connie figure out what transpired. Lynne suggests that because there’s no carnage, all of the villagers had to have escaped unharmed. Gelgar questions Lynne’s conclusion because Titans aren’t known for ransacking anywhere other than to specifically target humans. Moreover, all of the horses remained in the stables which means that the humans would’ve had a low likelihood of reaching safety with titans on their heels.

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As they’re getting ready to move out, Connie hears the most haunting words uttered in the entire series of Attack on Titan, “Welcome Home.” Connie looks in sheer terror after seeing a Titan speak for the first time. The Titan who crushed his home and his spirit leaves Connie with more questions and no answers as to what happened to his family

The rest of the episode does an alright job of building suspense for the coming episodes while fleshing out the secondary characters. We get to see more of the relationship with Ymir and Christa who in season one were all but non-existent. The show also builds on the collective intelligence of Hanji and Armin who are able to work out that the walls were probably created by Titans still living inside of the walls. Pastor Nick finally speaks up and gives the Scout Corps some desperately needed information that Christa, a 104th Regiment Recruit, is the key to all of the Scout Corps questions. Pastor Nick says only Christa is able to reveal the answers that Hanji has been seeking, and they must find her to discover the truth. Just as this reveal happens, Sasha reports back to Hanji and Levi that they are needed at Castle Utgard.

As we skip over to Castle Utgard we find the impending doom for the remaining 9 scouts locked up in the castle tower. Titans are moving at night, somehow powered by the full moon, and the scouting group has the unfortunate luck to see the Beast Titan for the first time. As things seem dire for the Scout Regiment locked up in their tower, Hanji’s squad rides towards Castle Utgard to give some much-needed assistance.

This episode provides the viewer with a relative break in the action so that the episode can rebuild the suspense and horror that is sure to come over the next few episodes. In shows like Attack on Titan, it’s important to break up the constant slaughtering with a bit of solid foreshadowing so that the horrors of the Attack on Titan world don’t become predictable and normalized. While it’s not necessarily as exciting as the battle intensive episodes, I get why it’s needed, it just isn’t as satisfying as the episodes that came before or after.

Overall Rating: 7.20

Attack on Titan S2E27 “I’m Home” Review and Analysis

In Attack on Titan “I’m Home,” we finally get to dive into one of my favorite supporting characters of the show, Sasha Blouse. This episode serves a parallel between Sasha and her survey corps companion Connie Springer as each rush home after Titans are spotted within Wall Rose. With both Sasha and Connie unsure of how their villages and families have fared since the Titans have been spotted, they both head home in hopes of saving their loved ones before it’s too late.

It’s not very often that we get backstory to the other characters in this world whose last names don’t end in Ackerman or Jaeger, making this episode a breath of fresh air in the series. Typically when a side character in this show gets any attention it typically means they’re about to become titan fodder. While in the manga, Sasha survives past this chapter, the creator of Attack on Titan, Hajime Isayama, has said that he initially planned for Sasha to die during this chapter. As Sasha fought off the most human-like titan to date, I couldn’t shake the feeling that the anime was finally going to break in a major moment from the manga and kill off Sasha. Luckily Sasha, was spared a grizzly death as she was able to escape from the titan death hug. Managing to save a child in the process, she is able to find her father and a band of local farmers as they head out rescue other families in nearby villages.

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While Sasha’s story ends on a surprisingly positive note, the creative forces at Attack on Titan want to remind you that happiness is fleeting and pain is forever. Unlike Sasha, Connie gets to his village to find that everything is destroyed. As he walks through the ruins, he’s haunted by past memories of his family. He finally arrives at his childhood home to find a half-formed titan with useless legs and arms laying on top of the shambles of his former life. Presumably, with everyone he knew and loved crushed beneath the titan, Connie and his fellow scouts are left wondering: How did the partially-formed titan end up crushing Connie’s house?

Attack on Titan does their best world building when they’re able to step back from Eren’s personal problems and focus on the secondary characters that really help humanize life within the walls. This episode is no exception as we get to see a parallel story showing all the horrors of titans attacking the rural parts within Wall Rose.

Overall Rating: 8.55

Attack on Titan S2E26 “Beast Titan” Review and Analysis

Attack on TitanBeast Titan” starts with a cold open recap of what happened in the series finale with a voiceover from the voice actor for Hanji, the lovable and totally insane squad leader of the 4th squad. Hanji walks us through the battle of Stohess between Annie and Eren and the aftermath they caused. For the last couple of seconds, the anime lingers on the titan hiding in the wall to remind us of the major cliffhanger we left off at the end of season one.

Just are you’re redigesting the fact that the walls are made of Titans and how utterly screwed all of humanity is, you’re kicked straight into the Opening Credits. If I have any criticism of this first episode, it’s that the opening music is not nearly as memorable as the two songs in the first season, but to be fair it’s definitely growing on me. Most of the title sequence is forgettable until we get to this image:

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WHY IS THERE A FLOATING WHALE AND A T-REX IN THE OPENING SEQUENCE? WHAT DOES IT MEAN? DO THEY KNOW SOMETHING WE DON’T KNOW? I’m all for a crossover between Jurassic Park, Free Willy, and Attack on Titan, but I doubt that’s their plan here. I’m going to assume that there’s some hidden symbolism that is going way over my head because that’s the only way I’m going to be able to digest this image.

The first half of the show sets the stage and throws us right back into the action with Hanji threatening Minister Nick, a priest in the Wall Cult, to divulge information about the titan(s?) within the wall. Once he refuses even after being threatened and held off the edge of the wall, Hanji lets up. At the very least, she had determined that those within the government and the Wall Cult who know about the titans were willing to die to keep everyone else ignorant. Immediately the show introduces that there is a massive conspiracy to withhold information from the public concerning the titans which will probably be an overarching theme through the entire season.

The show then shifts gears to the 104th regiment who are holed up in a castle within Wall Rose (the second of three total walls) in order to kick us back into the main plot. Reiner and Bertolt are playing chess backwards (symbolism?) while Reiner remarks that the Scout Corps seems to be guarding them. We later find out that Reiner’s suspicions are justified, as Scout leaders like Miche mention that they’re afraid that another member of the 104th regiment is a titan. Then when Sasha collapses from boredom and lays her head on the table, she feels the distinct vibration of titans approaching their location within Wall Rose which, as Reiner nervously points out, means that the Titans have breached the second wall. A great part about this show is each character reacts very specifically to news like the titan breach of Wall Rose and you can watch as the show’s directors brilliantly lay a trail of clues for the fans.

In the second half of the show, the action ramps up extremely quickly as the show reintroduces the titans, and immediately I felt like I was watching the show for the first time. The animation of the titans is so unsettling, I immediately felt that pit in my stomach as Miche rides in to fight the titans even though he’s is vastly outnumbered. After Miche takes down multiple titans (including my favorite: The Ronaldo Titan shout out to /u/faithplate on Reddit for the great comparison), he calls for his horse, but is frozen with fear when he sees the lumbering Beast Titan. There’s something about the Beast Titan’s proportions that makes him such an unnerving foe, and as the Beast Titan hurls a horse at Miche like Randy Johnson in his prime, you realize that Miche doesn’t stand a chance. Sure enough he falls straight into the mouth of a tiny grotesque titan, but right as the mini titan is about to deal the final blow, a booming voice instructs the titan to stop chewing. Much to Miche’s horror, and the viewers, that voice is coming from the Beast Titan.

The Beast Titan then tries to question Miche about his 3D maneuver gear, but since Miche is frozen in fear, the Beast Titan removes the 3D maneuver gear and leaves Miche defenseless as the Beast Titan instructs the other titans to eat Miche. The most interesting thing about this interaction is that the Beast Titan doesn’t seem to recognize or understand what Miche was wearing and seems to be genuinely intrigued as to what the 3D maneuver gear is. Anyone who lives within the walls should know at least the basics of 3D maneuver gear, so if he’s not from within the walls, who exactly is the Beast Titan? The episode ends with one of the most gruesome things I’ve watched in recent memory and Miche’s screams are truly haunting. Just like that the episode is over and the end credits roll as you’re still trying to grapple with what you just witnessed.

Since I am an avid reader of the Manga as well as an avid watcher of the Anime, I’m going to keep the next paragraph strictly to the confines of what the anime has shown so far. I do want to point out that the end credits of the anime show images from the manga that were only recently released in the last 7 months and are gigantic spoilers if someone were to decrypt what they mean. I will do my best to objectively walk through what’s going on below, but you have been warned if you sleuth out the underlying meaning.

No time to grieve Miche because the end credits are absolutely packed with allusions to 15th century Christianity church murals. As the creepily happy music plays in the background we’re flashed with images of a devil giving an unidentifiable object to a woman, heavily invoking the bible’s temptation of Eve. We also see a gigantic woman emerging from the sea while soldiers try to attack her and a lightning rages on all around them. An interesting thing to note here, she could definitely be a titan, but has nipples- a feature which has not been included on any titan we’ve seen so far. Then the sequence moves onto an image of a king feeding three young girls what looks like parts of a corpse. This is by far the most interesting religious-styled image they show because while the other two images have been shown in the manga, this one is brand new and hasn’t appeared yet in any chapter currently released. The final image that packs a lot of future symbolism is the cracked mural depicting what looks like multiple titans all centered around a female titan that looks similar to the woman emerging from the sea. Whatever their plan is for revealing the information in the end credits, it was an extremely bold decision to hint at what’s to come for the people exclusively watching the Anime.

It has been 3 years 6 months and 9 days since I watched Attack on Titan’s season one finale. During the past three and a half years I have held 4 different jobs, adopted a new cat, and moved 1300 miles. To put it simply, it’s been a fucking long time since I’ve watched a new episode of Attack on Titan. I was afraid that I would either have grown out of the show, or that WIT Studio might’ve lost the spark that made season one a global hit. I am happy to say that the new episode is just as good as the first season and does not miss a beat in reintroducing fans as well as new viewers into the terrifying and intense world inside the confines of Wall Rose.

Overall Rating: 9.75

Around the Tubes

DeadpoolIt’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments!

While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup!

Around the Tubes

The Beat – A year of free comics: Nilah Magruder’s M.F.K – As long as they post, we’ll promote.

Kotaku – Attack On Titan Editor Arrested For Allegedly Murdering His Wife – Just no words.

CBR – Deadpool Nominated For Producers Guild of America Award – Mazel Tov!

Angry Asian Man – Marvel’s Most Epic Asian American Superhero Team-Up Ever  – Whos’ excited?

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Avengers #3

CGMagOnline – Bushido: The Soul of the Samurai

ICv2 – Mandrake the Magician: Dailies Vol. 1 – The Cobra

 

Attack on Titan Manga App Launches from Kodansha and Madefire

aot_appiconKodansha Comics has released a manga and newsfeed app on the iTunes store dedicated to its monster-hit property, Attack on Titan. The app comes with a number of unique features:

  • full catalog of all chapters and volumes of the manga, including every spinoff series
  • latest manga chapters available as they come out from Japan
  • free Motion Books viewable only on the app
  • news feeds, including exclusive interviews and video about the Attack on Titan property, with breaking announcements leading up to the Season 2 of the anime
  • bundle packs for new fans to get caught up quick

Until December 20 users who download the app and sign up for a free app account will receive 3 complimentary full-length graphic novels:

  • Attack on Titan volume 1
  • Attack on Titan: Before the Fall volume 1
  • Attack on Titan: Junior High Volume 1

Here is the link to download the app.

The Attack on Titan Manga app, produced by Kodansha Comics’s digital-content arm Kodansha Advanced Media, in partnership with the innovative mobile-comics platform Madefire, using their Motion Book Publisher service, presents a new way to read the biggest manga hit of the decade.

The dark, apocalyptic story of Attack on Titan unexpectedly became the best-selling new manga to come out of Japan in a decade. Published by Kodansha in Japan beginning in 2009, the manga series has since grown into a global phenomenon, inspiring a wildly popular anime series, notorious live-action film, videogames, and other pop-culture forces.

The ongoing manga series currently runs over 85 chapters, collected in 20 volumes to date in English and authoritatively published by Kodansha Comics. The heavily anticipated Season 2 of the anime debuts in April 2017.

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Fashion Spotlight: Green Buns and Ham, Starry Titan, My Neighbor Kuchi Kopi

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