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- Publisher: Kodansha Comics (December 26, 2017)
- Publication Date: December 26, 2017
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- Language: English
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Unlike the Survey Corps in the anime/manga we regard as the "heroes" these Survey Corps are reckless and are a huge factor in causing tragedy to the people of Wall Maria. They always go outside the walls, doomed to fail. Angels' friend is in the Corps, so Angel shows conflicting feelings regarding the Corps.
For nearly half the book, we follow him as he makes the new weapons, explains how they are made, and basically a lot of other things are fleshed out and reveal their origin before we knew them in the current manga. The next part is when Angel witnesses a Titan's power, and then later, when a crazy band of people who worship the Titans open the gates...well s*** goes down. Recall episode 1?? Like that. Except the Titans are described so vividly, almost human, that I can say that I thought these were scarier than the ones in the anime.
If you're a fan of AoT, you will LOVE this. If you don't know what this is, I recommend watching the first episode to get a feel for it, then maybe try this. Also, if you really want to get into light novels, this is a perfect opportunity to do so, if you are okay with horrifying stories and some gore.
I do have to mention however:
The dialogue can sound very...what's the word? Unnatural? Clunky? Confusing? It's very rare that we know exactly who is talking to whom unless you have been paying attention. I read A LOT, so I can safely say that there were many times where I had no idea who was speaking, and had to go back and reread sometimes.
Like any fan of attack on titan; I wanted more while I wait for the next installments.
This is supposed to be some kind of prequel to the main story. As typical of the Survey Corps, there are casualties. A wife joins a cult (probably the early stages of the wallests) and they demand to leave. A titan attacks and a baby is later found in titan puke. It quickly becomes the child of the titans. A curiosity but is he really a titan?
Time goes by and Kuklo is acquired from a cage only to be locked in a dungeon cell. An item of abuse, someone takes pity on him (hmm Frankenstein's monster?).
He starts planning to escape.
This is supposed to be a prequel. I am not sure I like it but I am still interested....
Sharle continues her discussion with Carlo and they learn a few things about each other. Kuklo ponders his fate in prison and meets a prison buddy.
Kuklo is sentenced and tossed on a wagon to meet his fate. An unknown person slips him a knife. Is his supposed to escape?
Punishment is banishment and once outside the wall they escape. Kuklo's ability to sense titans kicks in and they run for it. The titans give chase and Kuklo has to be the hero again.
Things don't go well and they find themselves surrounded. A strange rope becomes their rescue and they meet their helper from the wagon who in turn takes them a way in a wagon.
Kuklo learns his new friend is a soldier and their rescuer is a legend.
They also learn of a device.
I can say now I am taking a liking to this story line. The characters are getting interesting and the titans have a different look to them which avoids the same look of Attack on Titan.
Xavi deals with the Titan Worshipers and we get to see the "character" of the MP Captain Bernhart. She requests something of him and it appears to involved the industrial city.
Jorge is back and it's decided to field test the device with Titans. The problem? How to get him outside.
The plans work without a hitch and we get to meet a new person who might be reason Wall Maria has it's name.
As field tests are prone to have problems; such is the case. Kuklo and Cardina must deal with several titans. What is interesting is we get to see why the gear is the way it is in AoT. We even get to see the fledgling tactics of maneuvering.
Kuklo learns the identity of one of the titans and he confesses what drives him which can be seen as some of the driving values of the Survey Corps in the future.
There is an extra story which explains the relationship of Maria, Angel and Sorum.
On to the next one.
Yet, even though I am quite interested in this story, I did not expect it to be a manga. Before the Fall was originally a Light Novel in Japan and this is what I had been hoping to receive (translated into English of course). Sadly, this was not the Light Novel I wanted, but again the story is good. Hopefully, they will get around to translating the Light Novel into English.
I can't complain about a good story. It felt a bit rushed at parts though. I'm not quite sure if that was how the story was meant to play out or if there are some details that we are missing that were not able to be captured within the manga. I'm not sure how other's feel about this, but it is my own personal interpretation.
I would recommend this manga to others.