Is Attack on Titan Manga Better Than the Anime? How Is It Different

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If you are looking for a dark fantasy show or manga, then Attack on Titan is the best choice for you. It is set in a world where there is a civilization inside three big walls. This is where humans live as there are titans who are hungry for humans residing outside the walls.

The interesting part is that Attack on Titan started as a manga and was serialized in September 2009. The manga ran until April 2021. The manga was so popular that it was adapted into an anime and was released in April 2013. It is currently showing on NHK General TV in Japan and international fans can watch the series on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu.


If you are not sure whether you should read the manga or watch the anime, continue reading to find out which platform is suitable for you.

Is Attack on Titan Manga Better Than the Anime?

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Whether you watch the manga or anime is based on your preference but if we have to choose one, it would be the manga. Why?


The first reason would be the world-building. In the manga, it is easier to understand the concept and themes of the story. Since Attack on Titan covers a lot of heavy themes, reading the manga gives you more time to understand everything. You even have the option to re-read the scene again if you want.

Another reason is that the characters in the manga have more room to develop as compared with the anime. Although it might seem the same, the main characters’ personalities in the anime are a bit glossed over to match with the usual anime characters.

How Is It Different?

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Aside from the ones that we mentioned earlier, there are other factors that make the two mediums different. Take note that this part might include spoilers so read at your own risk.

One example is when the Female Titan was revealed. Although manga readers were kind of surprised about the revelation, most of them already had a hint. But if you watched this episode in the anime, you can see the reactions of the characters better and can easily relate to them.

There are also other mystery reveals that were better done in the anime which gives the show more impact. With this, it is safe to say that the animation and voice acting add more emotional effect to the show which manga readers will not get.

Another difference is that the manga thoroughly explains the background and themes of the story. The dialogues give answers to questions any readers have about the story. It also provides more sense as to what is happening in Attack on Titan.


Either way, Attack on Titan is one of those stories that will get you hooked with its concept and development. Whether you watch or read it, the story is still brilliant.

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