Hajime Isayama Wants to End Attack on Titan in 20 Volumes

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

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Attack on Titan

Hajime Isayama, the creator of Attack on Titan (sometimes better known as Shingeki no Kyojin or “Advancing Giants”), has said that he intends to finish the manga in 20 volumes. The 11th and most recent volume of Attack on Titan was published by Kodansha in Japan last month, meaning if Isayama sticks to his plan, the series is already half over. The English version of the seventh volume was published in the United States and Canada September 24, 2013.

Attack on Titan has gained insane popularity in both the East and the West. The series has sold over 20 million copies in Japan and has earned itself not only an ultra-popular anime adaptation, but several other spin-offs, including a 3DS game coming out in Japan this December. The series focuses on the life of Eren Yeager and his comrades in a bleak dystopian future. Humanity has been forced into cities surrounded by giant walls to protect themselves from Titans, colossal humanoid creatures who mindlessly devour humans. Eren and his peers seek to defeat the Titans in an attempt to protect humanity and take back the world they have lost.

If you’re looking to get into the series, the anime is streaming on both Crunchyroll and Hulu. If you’d prefer to read the manga, the English volumes are available from many places, including Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, and Amazon.co.uk. But if you want to get started with Attack on Titan, don’t wait! It sounds like the story’s conclusion may be coming sooner than we expected.


  • Ace

    This is good news despite the fact that it means it’ll end earlier than many thought. It sounds like Isayama has a clear idea of how the story will end and I’d rather have it end on his terms than it being dragged on too long like a certain other manga and possibly cancelled.

    • Absolutely agree. Some of my favourite manga series are short, but can be clearly defined by the writer understanding exactly where they want it to end.

    • LightningFarron19

      Yeah, but sometimes dragging out a manga isn’t all that bad. Look at DBZ! Akira Toriyama wanted to end DBZ after the Namek arc but thanks to the Shonen Jump, Akira decided to extend it farther. Android and Cell Arcs were pretty good but that’s where I think it should have ended. Buu arc isn’t all that interesting though.

  • James Best

    Purely out of curiosity, how far along has the anime progressed when compared to the anime. I’m talking in terms of volumes here, like how many volumes of the manga have been covered in the anime?

    • They’re about through volumes 7 or 8. Possibly even volume 9. I’d have to go back and double check that for you.

  • Rodan

    This kind of worries me. There’s so much that still needs to be explained, and I’m just a little concerned that nine volumes isn’t enough to answer all the questions. I mean, *SPOILER* we still don’t know what’s in Eren’s basement, and that’s been a mystery since the beginning. *END SPOILER*

  • SteveThompson1

    Better to not over stay its welcome, and end when the the author has finished his story. Rather than continue on for the sake of profit, like bleach.