Shingeki no Kyojin = (Shadow of the Colossus + Evangelion) / 2

Well played, Shinobu Kaitani, well played. Bringing Liar Game back from hiatus as soon as it got the Baka-Raptor Bump. A brilliant strategy befitting the creator of Liar Game.

Or so I thought.

Liar Game’s scanlating group announced it would delay the latest chapter of Liar Game in favor of some other manga I’d never heard of. One could only assume this was a profound lapse of judgmeHOLY SHIT.

Any manga with sustained popularity despite character designs this ugly (detailed ugly, not lazy ugly or “artistic” ugly) has to be good. I must warn you, however, the manga occasionally pulls a bait & switch with the ugliness for moĆ©.

SnK is about humanity’s last stronghold trying to fend off giants that have already devoured 99% of the world population. Unlike all the giants with feelings in other anime, the SnK giants aren’t “people too”; they’re uninhibited killing machines. The balance of fear and awe they inspire most reminds me of Shadow of the Colossus, though they’re generally not as majestic. I’m also reminded a bit of Evangelion, not because of some boring religious symbolism or coming-of-age subplot, but because it has giant monsters that are trying to kill everyone, which is the true meaning of Evangelion.

Current Grade: ++

(With +++ potential.)