No doubt Hajime Isayama’s “Attack on Titan” is a global hit in which it recently sold a total of 52 million volumes. But what makes the manga a bestseller? Read on to find out three compelling reasons.
“I had a dream of no limits,” Isayama said in an interview.
This dream is best reflected in the characters of the manga where Survey Corps Eren Yeager, Armin Arlert, and Mikasa Ackerman desired of going outside the Walls just to see an ocean.
However, before the manga’s success were a series of rejections and heartbreaks. The 29-year-old manga artist revealed he almost gave up the story after various publishers turned him down due to poor quality drawings.
At those times, Isayama admitted his self-esteem lowered. Good thing his editor, Shintaro Kawakubo, gave “Attack on Titan” a shot and has now proved its worth.
Recent figures (via CrunchyRoll) revealed 50 million copies were already sold in Japan, with 2.5 million copies sold in Enlish-language versions.
It was also stated the manga series managed to stay over 100 weeks on New York Time’s bestsellers – a feat not easy to accomplish.
So, what makes “Attack on Titan” that successful? BBC cited three compelling reasons:
1. The Author Who Has A Strange Idea
Readers at Reddit gushed over Isayama because of this: A strange idea and a fighting spirit.
In his interview with BBC, Isayama revealed its origin: “I got the idea for ‘Attack on Titan’ through a computer game. The whole universe was under attack from aliens. I thought if those monsters ate humans that would be pretty interesting: The cruelty of man-eating Titans.”
2. The Heroes Being In Constant Struggle And The Challenge To Find Ways To Overcome Them
The story arcs of “Attack on Titan” always had this feeling that everything’s a gamble and a surprise. There is a challenge in this world that is constantly reflected in the manga: Overcoming one’s fears and defeat titanic difficulties.
“This makes it real to me. Isayama’s characters suffer a lot of problems and setbacks and have to realistically work around that,” a reader said.
3. The Serious And Dark Tone World of “Attack on Titan”
“There is a serious and dark tone to the series, with a desperate struggle to it that makes it refreshing,” a fan reportedly observed.
Sadness and hopelessness seemed to be dominant in the series. And these added the manga’s appeal to readers who could relate to this tone – the fact that there won’t always be bed of roses.
However, the manga seemed to teach an important lesson too, especially when sadness and hopelessness come: Friendship is important to survive.
There is a Jewish saying that says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”
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