Title: Attack on Titan: Before The Fall
Publisher: Kodansha (JP), Vertical (US)
Original Creator: Hajime Isayama
Writer/Artist: Ryo Suzukaze, Thores Shibamoto
Translation: Ko Ransom
Original Release Date: September 16, 2014
If you’re already knee deep into the world of Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan series, then you owe it to yourself to pick up the light novel version that Ryo Suzukaze penned and has now been translated into English. If you’re not a fan of the manga series, or basically can’t stand some of the more droll moments, the yelling, or the artwork, you should still consider picking up this story before that one — where the titans are considered immortal, the weaponry to defeat them doesn’t exist, and, of course, Eren and that crew don’t make a single appearance in this novel! But in all seriousness, Before The Fall is an excellent example of using material that you still have to conform to certain tendencies, but you can enhance them to create a stronger experience than you’d least expect.
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