Monday, June 15, 2015

Manga Monday: How deep does this conspiracy go?

More and more of the Survey Corps appears to be hiding a monstrous side in Attack on Titan Volume 10.

Note: Attack on Titan Volume 10 is part of an ongoing series. Check out the review for Volume 1 here, and Volume 9 here.  Otherwise, read on!

Eren and the Survey Corps are still in Titan territory, and things are looking bleak. The tower that many of them have been holed up in is surrounded by Titans, and even the barred entrance doors are falling. With maneuver gear gas running low, and blades breaking left and right, there's not many options left for this group.

In these desperate times, everyone is losing hope. Krista and Ymir especially have been in terrible situations together in the past, and being at the top of a tower, waiting for what seems like certain death, tends to make people look back at their lives. They've shared a secret before; what else might they be hiding from one another?

Speaking of secrets, it seems like no one is truly being honest with one another. After the background checks come in, it's revealed that two other members of the Survey Corps are from the same region as the Female Titan Annie Leonhart: Renier Braun and Bertolt Hoover. But...could they really be Abnormal Titans? I mean, Annie was always a little bit aloof, but Reiner's been like a big brother to them. Could they really be traitors?

And if there's no hole in the wall, where are all these normal Titans coming from?

Isayama does an amazihng job of trickling information to us just quickly enough to keep us interested, while saving up big reveals so that the series doesn't get tired. I can hardly imagine how he's eventually going to wrap this series up, but I have nothing but faith in him from what he's shown so far.

Highs: Watching as poor Eren is betrayed yet again is absolutely heartbreaking.

Lows: It's getting harder and harder to keep names straight, even with the character guides at the beginning of each volume.

Verdict: The same high quality as always, with even more plot progression than usual.

Further Reading: Another, Under a Graveyard Sky, The Girl From the Well

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