Differences Between Anime And Manga – GameSpot

Whether manga or anime, The attack of the Titans is nothing less than a phenomenon. While it’s difficult to compare the two versions of the iconic post-apocalyptic, multi-genre story, significant differences in plot points and stylistic choices may serve as the determining factors.

For example, the manga lacks plot points that writer Hajime Isayama himself insisted should be added to the anime. On the other hand, the manga gains an edge by providing more perspective in a few defining scenes of the storyline. These differences may seem trivial at first glance, but in retrospect, these are the elements that add uniqueness to their respective formats.

The 104th Cadet Training

In the anime’s first season, viewers experience the characters one by one in their military school’s training scenes. While Eren, Armin, and Mikasa get their origin stories early on, fan-favorite characters from The attack of the Titans as Connie, Jean and Annie debut in these training sequences.

This allows more time to explore their personality traits, unlike the manga which integrates these scenes as flashbacks throughout the overall storyline. In contrast, the manga begins with Eren, Armin, and Mikasa’s youth with a later leap into adulthood that begins with their military graduation instead of training.

Break Eren out of his first titan form

When Eren first reaches his Titan form, it’s a confusing moment for him and the people around him. But in the manga, it’s Armin who is able to recognize that Eren is still alive and in the Titan’s body, eventually snapping him out of this form.

The same scene takes place in the anime, only with Mikasa replacing Armin. Both cases show how much these characters understand their childhood friend, but the anime’s creators had another opportunity to show Mikasa’s undying love for Eren.

Erwin’s romantic life

In the The attack of the Titans anime, Erwin stole the show as a strict commander who doesn’t have time for romance in his life. The same can be said for the manga, but Isayama’s story points to a hint of an old love.

During a conversation with the Commander of the Military Police, Nile Dok, it is revealed that Nile and Erwin were thinking of a woman called Marie. But knowing he couldn’t offer her stability with his own violently turbulent mission, Erwin backed down and Nile ended up marrying her. It’s a minor but interesting tidbit from Erwin’s past that adds to the tragic nature of the character.

Titans Battle Gear Name

Omnidirectional Mobility Gear (AKA ODM Gear) is how the anime names the titan-slaying weapons the main characters use in battle. As is common knowledge among fans of the anime, the equipment includes handles, grappling hooks, harnesses, propellers, and a gas-powered mechanism.

However, in the manga, the equipment is similar in nature but has a different name: Vertical Maneuvering Equipment. Although this is only a minor change, no explanation was offered on behalf of the anime team.

Personality differences

According to the scenes of The attack of the Titans manga, the characters seem to have very different personalities. For example, Eren’s descent into madness is hinted at by his extreme aggression, the signs of which are present from the first episode itself. The manga version of the character is relatively calmer.

While Mikasa carries a lot of unconditional devotion to Eren, his manga counterpart gets more scenes that don’t involve his romantic feelings. Even the usually stone cold Levi gets more scenes in the manga where he smiles and cracks a joke or two.

The fight between Annie and Eren

The final duel between the Titan forms of Eren and Annie ends with the latter crystallizing into the anime and manga. However, the manga boasts of a bloodier battle in which Annie overpowers Eren by pinning him down and kicking him right in the face.

In the anime, it’s an uphill battle, but Eren eventually gets the upper hand and claims victory over the Female Titan, after which it crystallizes. The manga version of this arc ends with Mikasa and her allies coming to Eren’s rescue and weakening Annie at this point of transformation.

Eren’s Berserk Mode

In his signature showdown with Annie, Eren emerges as the victor after triggering his Titan’s Berserk Mode (also known as Rage Mode in some dubs). Even if it is easily in the pantheon of the best The attack of the Titans fight scenes, this fight sequence is an anime creation as the Attack Titan never achieves such a form in the manga.

While fans of the original source material were conflicted over Eren’s transformation, it’s still interesting to see the fire erupt from all over his body and his extreme rage driving him to continue the fight. It’s another sign to show how much the protagonist has evolved over time; a quintessential trope in shonen anime shows.

Violence and blasphemy

As is, The attack of the Titans is quite violent in its approach compared to the best action anime of recent times. But the manga panels are far more brutal and detailed when it comes to gore. Examples include the duel between Eren and Annie in “The Female Titan” arc as well as the scene in which Eren’s mother, Carla, gets eaten by a Titan. In the latter’s case, Carla is pressed to death before the Titan swallows her.

Even in terms of profanity, the characters (especially Levi) have more leeway in the manga to swear frequently. Therefore, the mature content is clearly much more intense in the manga.

The History of Omnidirectional Mobility Equipment

Descending as one of the most powerful anime weapons, the ODM Gear plays an important role in both formats, but it’s the manga that offers a story behind its creation. Apparently, the blacksmith known as Angel Aaltonen was behind the earliest versions of the Titans fighting machines.

Manga writer Ryō Suzukaze gives Angel a spotlight to shine by featuring him as a supporting character in the light novel Shingeki no Kyojin: Before the fall, which serves as a prequel to Isayama’s original story.

Annie’s revelation as a female titan

When Annie is finally revealed to be the anime’s fearsome Female Titan, she laughs maniacally. Before she says “This is where my bet begins” and bites her finger, her cheeks are flushed and her eyes are watery from all that laughter. The scene is effective enough to add to viewers’ discomfort, and that was indeed Hajime Isayama’s intention.

Even though Isayama couldn’t insert this scene into the manga, he specifically asked the anime creators to insert Annie’s haunting laughter into the scene.

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