Attack on Titan Creator Responds to Criticism at the End of the Story

In a recent interview, Attack on Titan creator Hajime Isayama (Shingeki no Kyojin), talked about the end of the story.

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Isayama had planned for the last page to draw Eren, Mikasa and Armin to run towards the tree on the hill. But he felt it didn’t turn out too well. Then, after a meeting with the editor and his assistants, he decided to change the scene. Finally, the result is the cover of volume 34 that you can see above.

Bessatsu Shônen only allowed him a maximum of 51 pages for the final chapter. So he intends to add up to 8 more pages in the last volume to draw what he failed to get for the magazine.

Isayama read the fans’ reactions to the final chapter and believes that the way he designed the chapter can be confused with Armin approving the massacre when he does not. He feels that the way he designed it was somewhat immature.

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Armin did not approve of Eren’s actions, but he benefited from the massacre regardless of his intentions. And since Eren could never be understood by anyone, he told him “Thank you for being a mass murderer because of us” as a way to get as close to him as possible.

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Isayama realized that the climax was a very difficult topic for him to draw. So he regretted not being able to express it properly in the manga. He thought he would please everyone with the final chapter. So he regrets those he has deceived, but he appreciates his support.

The most memorable event for him during these 11 and a half years of work was getting to know his assistants closely. They were all young when they started and now they’re married and have a family. In addition, the release of the anime was a new experience for him, as he felt that his work was coming to life.

Isayama’s favorite scene is when the Jaw Titan scratches the Attack Titan in chapter 104. From that moment on, he felt he couldn’t draw a better scene than that.

Isayama’s favorite chapter is chapter 71 because he got more out of it than he was able at the time. Then, in chapter 69 because he felt he had matured like a mangaka. And finally, chapter 91, because it was the most fun to draw.

Working in Attack on Titan was 1/3 of his life. It was a painful time and even today he still feels unreal. And even if his readers spoiled him, he always took criticism into account when designing the story.

Through his work, he connected with more people than he imagined and was very happy to share his experience with readers. Now that the series is over, he is free and likes to walk around with a cup of sake in hand, as he believes that this is freedom.

Attack on Titan creator Hajime Isayama’s manga ended in Bessatsu Shounen Magazine. But it’s not over yet: The 34th manga volume is supposed to contain some additional pages that, among other things, did not make it into the final chapter.

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