Attack on Titan Final Volume is Packed With Extras
As Attack on Titan finally draws to a close, many fans are still reflecting on the series’ ending. However, it may be a bit too early to form any stable opinions on the ending of Attack on Titan.
Volume 34, the final one, will contain several pieces of new content, including additional pages and two different special additions. In terms of extra pages, it is not uncommon for volume releases to include such, in addition to redraws. While this may add a few extra details to the ending story, it is not expected to drastically change the ending.
However, the two special additions to volume 34, titled Beginning and Ending, are expected to have significant content.
First, let’s cover what will be included in the Beginning special edition of volume 34. Included with the volume will be two short stories of Attack on Titan before it was serialized.
Creator Hajime Isayama originally submitted these two stories to Bessatsu Shonen Magazine in an attempt to get serialization for Attack on Titan. While these two stories would go on to win him his serialization, the contents have noticeable differences from the main series. These short stories featured his initial conception of Attack on Titan before the story was, later, redesigned.
The other special edition, Ending, will contain chapter names for the final two chapters of the series, 138 and 139. These final two chapters will include additional content that is slightly different from the original ending chapters. Both special edition versions are currently slated to be priced at 1100 yen (around $10). Details on where to buy these special editions have not yet been announced.
After Over 11 Years, Attack on Titan to End
Initially beginning serialization in Bessatsu Shonen Magazine back in September 2009, Attack on Titan follows the story of three young adults named Erin, Mikasa, and Armin. These three find themselves living in a fragile society located behind massive walls.
Here, fear of Titans, giant man-eating monsters, breaking in is always constant. Urged on by Erin’s strong conviction to kill all of the Titans following his mother’s death before his own eyes, the three join the Survey Corps, a special unit tasked with exploring the outside world and facing the Titans that lurk outside.
The series has gone on to evolve into a complex narrative with several overarching themes that delve deeper than just scary giant monsters, including criticism of war and the price of freedom.
It is thanks to this thematic evolution and engaging story that Attack on Titan has risen to be one of the most well-known and praised manga of the decade. As of December 2019, the manga has sold over 100 million copies worldwide. It has won numerous manga awards, including first place in the Otoko version of “This Manga is Amazing! 2011.” In 2015, it was made into a live-action, two-part movie in Japan. There are also rumors of a Hollywood live-action adaptation of the series in the works.
What’s your take on the last volume?
Christian Dakin is a south Georgia-born writer, game director, and translator currently based out of Tokyo, Japan. He studied in Japan for a year in college before returning again for work. Christian enjoys studying Japanese and outdoors. In his off time, he is most likely to be found adventuring to a castle, belting it out in karaoke with friends, or in a gym somewhere.