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Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Vol. 1 (Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Manga #1)

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A prequel series to the number one bestseller in Japan.

A child of carnage.

Cut alive from his mother's womb after she had been eaten by a rampaging Titan, Kuklo has spent his life in chains as a freakish curiosity and a feared abomination. Eventually the boy they call the "Titan's Son" finds himself sold to wealthy merchant Dario Inocencio as a plaything for his cruel and
Paperback, 193 pages
Published March 11th 2014 by Kodansha Comics (first published December 9th 2013)
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Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, manga
This definitely isn't on Attack on Titan level, and I needed some time to get used to the art style, but now, after I've finished Vol. 1, I can say that it's actually pretty good start of the series. I'm really interested to see where will the story go from here.
Chris (The Genre Fiend)
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Do not come into this expecting Attack on Titan. That may seem disingenuous given the thumping great title on the cover, but this is not Attack on Titan per se.

In contrast to the mothership series being a big, high concept battle between outlandish giants and dudes with bungee cords strapped to their backs, Before the Fall is a much smaller, more intimate tale (once you get past the opening chapter, of course) concerning a young man and a naive girl. The young man just happens to have been caes
James DeSantis
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Eh this was pretty weak. So attack on titan is a fast paced action packed series about titans eating people and humans trying to survive. Before the Fall is about one titan eating people, spitting back a baby, and people believing he is the son of a titan. Right off the bat it sounds off but hell, let's go with it okay?

The two main leads are a titanboy and the daughter of the person who bought him from a prison only to shackle him up once more. One day the girl decides it's time to split from t
Amber Hetchler (アンバーちゃん)
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
It feels sooooooo different from the original series.
Not a fan of the art style.

But, that said, I really liked the start of this spinoff of Attack on Titan and I'm interested in seeing where it will lead and how much it will tie into the original story.
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
To be completely honest, I think I like this better than the actual story.
I watched the first few episodes on nextflix but it’s not in English so I opted to go with the manga to check it out the manga are farther than the anime. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall is the prequel of Attack on Titan. It’s set before wall Maria was breached and before they knew how to fight the titans. The story revolves around a boy that was born after his mother was regurgitated and the girl he befriended.

In the first installment starts 70 years in the past. The titan’s while feared even
Titana Saldırı en sevdiğim shounen serilerinden biri. Spin-off mangalarına geçememiştim ama anime olarak ne var ne yok izledim. :D Ama basılıyorken atlanamazdı tabi, umarım Sungeki no Kyojin'ine kadar basılır. :D

Titana Saldırı'nın seviyesinde değil kesinlikle, ve Hajime-san'ın tarzında bir şeyler beklemeyin, onun orijinal çizimlerinden eser yok çünkü. Konu güzel başladı yine de, cildin sonuna doğru biraz klişeleşti ama ilerde ilginçleşebilir... Artık çıktıkça okurum. :D
Sreya Van
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
This definitely felt a bit different from Attack on Titan, but I really did enjoy it. The art style was different as well, but since I haven't picked up and AoT book for awhile, that didn't bother me.

The plot was promising, and I'm excited to read the next ones. This book did more setting up both the characters and plot, so there wasn't a lot of action, but I think a lot of 1st books in a manga series are like that, though it was slightly disappointing since the first AoT manga was full of acti
Gabriela Paige
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
This was pretty cool. There is a lot of mystery and unknown.
Sophia Gibson
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's obvious that the art of the manga is ALOT better that the original series. The characters faces aren't grotesque in some panels, though it seems the design of the titans have changed. The one titan seen is more disfigured and strange than the ones in AOT. The story so far was quite good. I loved the titan's child part though it's a little mind boggling that the people in the wall treated him in such a way and locked him up for half of his life (some people just suck that way). It was a litt ...more
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This Manga was awesome it was attack on titan but like before everything happen it was really cool i really did enjoyed art was good and the story line was good it was like almost like it wasn't nothing like attack on titan awesome manga if your a big fan of attack on titan get this manga and u will love it :D
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy this! The panels when the titan attacked in the beginning were too dark but the story was a great start for a journey that I'm very looking forward!
Me ha molado mogollón. A ver cómo sigue.
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's already setting up a world where humans can be terrible beings. I feel a bit scared, but hopefully there is some good that will come out of it. I think I'll continue
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I loved this first volume it is so different to the usual attack on titan but was so refreshing and interesting can't wait to continue...
Kadir Kılıç
Çizimler iyi ama hikayesi güzel değil.
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Before the Fall explores the lives of the regular people, their struggles, beliefs, desperation, those who live in luxury, and those who don't. Even within the walls there are yet more walls for some. When Kuklo gets pulled from the remains of his mother's body within the vomit of a Titan, he is branded "titan's son", sold off, and treated like an object. Having never known freedom, he plans his escape. Sharle, the daughter of Kuklo's owner, who is about to be forced into a marriage she doesn't ...more
Sam Williamson
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
My main interest in this series is to find out more about the world and story that led up to the original Attack on Titan manga series. I didn't begin reading it with much thought for the characters, and while I care for them a little bit by the end of this volume, I am still more interested in the setting and the politics that I see tying into the main AoT storyline.

The art (by Satoshi Shiki) is much better than Isayma's, and some of the stars I gave this book are due to that. It's pleasant to
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can not truly give a good review of this volume, as it is the first of a multi-volume comic adaptation of the Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Kuklo Unbound light novels.

From what I have seen, however, this manga is promising. The art is vivid, and brings to mind the scattered images in the light novel by Ryo Suzukaze. Given that the illustrator is different for the manga than the LN, this was a great job on his part to capture the spirit of the illustrations in the LN.

The adaptation seems to
Michael Schmid
Irgendwie hab ich mich mit diesem Spin-Off schwer getan. Ich liiiiiiebe Attack on Titan und auch diese Spin-Off Reihe hat schon ihren Reiz, aber irgendwie ist mir der Zeichenstil hier zu "schön und niedlich" und auch soooooo viele Seiten mit mit "fast Nichts" gefüllt, dass es mir wirklich schwer macht, den ersten Band der Reihe auch wirklich zu mögen. Die Idee und auch das Titanenkind sind echt gut und machen Hunger auf mehr, aber so richtig begeistert bin ich leider nicht. Sehr schade ... nicht ...more
Before the main events occurred and the fall of wall Maria.
Born after his mother was eaten by a Titan. This is his story of survival and the world he knows. Being caged for his entire life and sold illegally to a rich merchant whom lives in wall sina. He befriends the daughter of the merchant who teaches him to read and understand what the outside world is like. I really wish this was a anime as well. Love the series it's refreshing and new concept has me coming back for more. It doesn't shy aw
Kayla Perry
Mar 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: manga
I thought I was going to like this so imagine my surprise when I ended up hating it a whole lot. I mean, I'm used to manga setting things up and all, but the entire first volume is just set-up, nothing of any consequence happens (beyond him meeting the very boring, cliche girl who of course, is the only one to show him kindness). And why should I care about this random kid who is supposedly a Titan's son? I'll read the next volume, but only because I'm curious if it ties into the main series in ...more
The story was OK. I wasn't grabbed right away like I was for the original series. Since this is only volume 1 there hasn't been much time to establish the story. If the library buys the next volume though I'll probably pick it up at some point.

It's hard to compare the artwork of this to the original series. My main complaint of the main series is the action scenes. This volume didn't really have many of those. I want to Mr. Shiki's art is better than Mr. Isayama's but it's hard t
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: japanese, manga
As a huge fan of Attack on Titan, I was never not going to read this. However, I have to say I was kinda disappointed. I know that this is volume is setting up for the story, which is why I didn't give it a low rating, but I just found that I didn't enjoy it anywhere near as much as AOT. I know a lot of people prefer the artwork in this, I don't. I actually really like Isayama Hajime's artwork, I like that it's gritty, and a bit messy. His artwork fits with the feel of the story, I'm just not fe ...more
Devin (Mostly Manga)
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Spin-offs aren't really my cup of tea to be honest, but I found this pretty interesting. I really like the Beauty and the Beast type of story that they're going for. The art is great, better than the original series' art (don't get me wrong, the original has its charm!). This is something I kind of want to see the end to. I might finish it by reading the novel. Or just picking up the rest of the manga. It'll probably be both.
May 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Well, if I thought the illustrations of the original manga could do with some improvements, I was so wrong. No offence to the illustrators here, but the art sucks. The story was...meh tbh. Had higher expectations...
kim song ng
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I likes this way more than I expected to. I'll read more of this. :)
Tony Deady
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved it, a fantastic look back to the time before vertical manoeuvring gear, an interesting story and plot premise which shows us the mindset of the human race at this point.
This is Before the Fall of Shinganshina in the original story arc. So please be warned this does not further the story you already know but is very much a prequel to what's going on.
If you have read or are planning on reading this, you need to pick up the light Novel- Attack On Titan, Before the Fall by Ryo Suzukaze, (same
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, fiction
I did not expect this to be good. The book is set 70 years before the events of the real "Attack on Titan" and Eren Yeager and crew.

The art work was banal compared to the mother series, which is because "Before the Fall" was written by another author; but, nevertheless, what attracted me was the story and the 2 main protagonists.

I like the retrospect perspective we can see so far in this pre-Attack on Titan world. Humans literally know nothing about titans. They don't know how to kill them, wh
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Japanese name: 諫山創

Hajime Isayama (諫山 創 Isayama Hajime, born 1986) is a Japanese manga artist from Ōyama, Ōita. His first and currently ongoing serial, Attack on Titan, has sold over 22 million copies as of July 2013. He has mentioned Tsutomu Nihei, Ryōji Minagawa, Kentaro Miura, Hideki Arai and Tōru Mitsumine as artists he respects, but stated that the manga that had the biggest influence on him
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