Shingeki no Kyojin (進撃の巨人 – “Advancing Giants”) was originally a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. It was initially serialized on the 9th of September 2009 in Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shounen Magazine. It was later adapted as an anime series, produced by Wit Studio and Production I.G. with its first episode airing on the 6th of April 2013 and its last episode airing on the 28th of September, 2013. It has become a commercial success having 40 million volumes printed as of July 2014.
A live action film adaptation is also in production.
Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly annihilated by Titans. These so-called Titans are usually several stories tall, and do not seem to show any sign of intellect. And the only thing that seems to motivate them to wander is to devour humans and what is worse is that they only do so for pleasure rather than as a need to satisfy hunger.
The last bastion of humankind built three concentric massive walls surrounding the city within, high and strong enough to keep the murderous Titans from pressing on their mad rampage. Many years have passed and the wall continues to protect the people within it until one day, a colossal Titan the likes never seen before appeared before the wall and destroyed it, allowing the other Titans to invade the city within.
Amidst the chaos, a young boy named Eren Jaegar and his adoptive sister Mikasa Ackerman, witnessed in horror as their mother was gruesomely devoured by one of the Titans. After managing to escape with their childhood friend Armin Arlert, Eren vowed that he will kill every existing Titan and take revenge for mankind. With this in mind, the three decided to join the military in hopes that it will serve as a stepping stone in combating the Titan menace.
Characters: Eren Jaegar (エレン・イェーガー Eren Yēgā/"Eren Jaeger") - The main protagonist of the series. The first episode shows how he witnessed his mother got devoured by a Titan that made him vow to one day rid the world of Titans and avenge mankind. He is portrayed in the anime as someone who is reckless but determined when it comes to what needs to be accomplished.
Mikasa Ackerman (ミカサ・アッカーマン -Mikasa Akkāman)- Mikasa is the adopted younger sister of Eren. She is often shown in the anime as someone who is stoic and quiet. The only time she shows emotions is when Eren is in danger due to the fact that Eren is the only relative that she has. She is a prodigy and is willing to do everything for her older brother Eren.
Armin Arlert (アルミン・アルレルト Arumin Arureruto) – Armin is the childhood friend of Eren and Mikasa. He was initially shown in the anime to be timid and a bit frail however despite these flaws, he has a sharp mind and has a natural talent when it comes to coming up with strategies.
Similar Series: Shingeki no Kyojin has a dark and realistic atmosphere that can be compared to the anime Claymore.