Attack on Titan is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. The series began in Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine on September 9, 2009, and has been collected into 28 tankōbon volumes as of April 2019. It is set in a world where humanity lives in cities surrounded by enormous walls, a defense against the giant humanoid creatures known as the Titans, who devour humans seemingly without reason.
The story follows the adventures of Eren Yeager, his foster sister Mikasa Ackerman, and their childhood friend Armin Arlert, who join the military to fight the Titans after their hometown is invaded and Eren’s mother is eaten. As the story progresses, more mysteries are revealed about the origins of the Titans.
The series has been generally well-received by critics, with the first volume having a 4.5-star rating from IGN and volumes 2 and 3 receiving perfect “A” grades from ActiveAnime. In addition, the series was nominated for Best Shōnen Manga at the 37th annual Kodansha Manga Awards. In 2013, the series was adapted into an anime television series produced by Wit Studio and directed by Tetsurō Araki. The first season aired from April to September 2013, a second one from April to June 2017, and a third season premiered in July 2018.
Attack on Titan has become a commercial success. As of April 2019, the manga has 90 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling manga series. The anime series has received critical acclaim, with praise for its action sequences and acting, though it has also been criticized for its slow pacing and lack of character development. It has been a major success in Japan. The first season received the 2012–2013 Golden Wind Award for “Best Animated Television Series” and was responsible for boosting anime sales in Japan following its release. In North America, the series has been licensed by Funimation, who simulcasted the first two seasons on Crunchyroll and released them on home video, and licensed the third season for streaming and home video.
The series’ popularity has led to the release of various spin-off media, including light novels, video games, live-action films, an anime mini-series, OVAs, and a guidebook.
Annie wanted Eren because she saw something special in him. She believed that he had the potential to do great things, and she wanted to help him reach his full potential. Annie was also attracted to Eren’s strength and determination. Additionally, Annie was drawn to Eren’s selfless nature and willingness to put others before himself. Lastly, Annie appreciated Eren’s innocence and his childlike sense of wonder. These qualities made Eren someone that Annie wanted to be close to and protect. Annie’s feelings for Eren were genuine, and she was willing to sacrifice her happiness for his.