Attack on Titan: No Regrets

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Attack on Titan: No Regrets
Attack on Titan No Regrets, volume 1.jpg
The cover of the first volume as published in Japan.
進撃の巨人 悔いなき選択
(Shingeki no Kyojin Kui Naki Sentaku)
GenreAdventure[1]
Game
Kui Naki Sentaku
DeveloperNitroplus
Designed byGun Snark
GenreVisual novel
ReleasedSeptember 18, 2013 (Preview)
December 18, 2013
Manga
Written byGun Snark
Illustrated byHikaru Suruga
Published byKodansha
English publisher
DemographicShōjo
MagazineAria
Original runSeptember 28, 2013June 28, 2014
Volumes2 (List of volumes)
Original video animation
Directed byTetsurō Araki
Written byYasuko Kobayashi
Music byHiroyuki Sawano
StudioWit Studio
Licensed by
Released December 9, 2014 April 9, 2015
Runtime22 minutes
Episodes2 (List of episodes)
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Attack on Titan: No Regrets (Japanese: 進撃の巨人 悔いなき選択, Hepburn: Shingeki no Kyojin Kui Naki Sentaku) is a Japanese manga series written by Gun Snark and illustrated by Hikaru Suruga, based on a visual novel of the same name. The series is a spinoff of Hajime Isayama's popular Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人, Shingeki no Kyojin) manga. The story follows Levi Ackerman before he joins the Survey Corps.

The series is published by Kodansha in Japan and by Kodansha Comics in the United States. A two part OVA was released in 2014 and 2015.

Plot[edit]

The story is a prequel to Attack on Titan, and follows Levi during his days as a criminal in the underground city, before Erwin Smith recruits him into the Survey Corps. When he was with his two best friends Isabel and Furlan

Conception and development[edit]

Before Suruga began the manga, her editor-in-chief suggested that she visit the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel so she could better visualize the Underground where Levi and the others live at the beginning of the story. It was while there that Suruga was first able to picture how large an 18-meter tall Titan actually would be.[vol. 1]:162

While drawing Levi, Suruga attempted to make him appear younger than he does in Attack on Titan. She noted that his lack of emotiveness made it difficult to choose which expressions to give him while drawing.[vol. 1]:182 With Isabel, Suruga attempted to convey a "lively, energetic" character who, while "very cute", was just as capable at fighting Titans as anyone else.[vol. 1]:183 Suruga had difficulty drawing Furlan's face, as she wanted to give him characteristics that would clearly distinguish him from the other two main characters. Despite that, she found it surprisingly easy to copy the character's hairstyle from Namaniku ATK's original design.[vol. 1]:184

Media[edit]

Visual novel[edit]

Two visual novels written by Gun Snark (砂阿久雁, Sunaaku Gan) of Nitroplus, titled Kui Naki Sentaku [Yokoku] (悔いなき選択[予告], "A Choice With No Regrets: Preview") and Kui Naki Sentaku (悔いなき選択, "A Choice With No Regrets"), were released with the third and sixth Blu-ray sets of the Attack on Titan anime, on September 18, 2013, and December 18, 2013, respectively.[2] The character designs were provided by Namaniku ATK, also of Nitroplus.[vol. 1]:183, 184

Manga[edit]

The series is written by Gun Snark and illustrated by Hikaru Suruga (駿河ヒカル, Suruga Hikaru). A prologue chapter was published in the November 2013 issue of Kodansha's shōjo manga magazine Aria on September 28, 2013.[3][4] The prologue was republished in the December issue on October 28, 2013 after the first issue to contain it quickly sold out.[5] The series regular began in the January 2014 issue on November 28, 2013.[4] Kodansha made the decision to increase the magazine's print run 5-fold (500%) due to the series' popularity, starting with the January 2014 issue.[6] When they reprinted the issue on December 16, 2013, they increased the number of copies again, making the total print run a 10-fold (1000%) increase over the previously recorded monthly sales of 13,667 copies.[7] A special chapter was published in the May 2014 issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Sirius magazine on March 25, 2014.[8] The series ended in the August 2014 issue on June 28, 2014.[9]

After the first volume was released, the decision to reprint it came on the same day.[10] A booklet containing a set of character sketches and the prologue chapter was bundled with a special edition of the volume.[11]

Kodansha Comics announced their license to the series at their New York Comic Con panel on October 11, 2013.[12]

Volumes[edit]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 April 9, 2014ISBN 978-4-06-376961-6 [13]
ISBN 978-4-06-362271-3[14] (special edition)
June 24, 2014[15]ISBN 978-1-61262-941-4
  1. "The Wings of Freedom" (自由の翼, Jiyū no Tsubasa)
  2. "One Arrow" (一矢, Isshi)
  3. "... of Revolution" (変革の…, Henkaku no...)
  4. "Proof" (証明, Shōmei)
  • Bonus: "Prologue" (プロローグ, Purorōgu)[a]
2 August 8, 2014ISBN 978-4-06-377046-9 [17]
ISBN 978-4-06-362277-5[18] (special edition)
October 28, 2014[19]ISBN 978-1-61262-943-8
  1. "Hearts" (心臓, Shinzō)
  2. "Living Creatures" (生き物, Ikimono)
  3. "Those Three" (3人, San Nin)
  4. "Choices" (選択, Sentaku)

Anime[edit]

A two-episode anime OVA adaptation was announced in the 14th volume of Attack on Titan.[20] The OVAs were produced by the same staff that produced the Attack on Titan television series. The episodes were directed by Tetsurō Araki and written by Yasuko Kobayashi, with animation by Wit Studio.[20] Character designs were provided by Kyoji Asano.[20] The insert song is "So ist es immer" (Just Like it Always is) by Hiroyuki Sawano.[21] The OVAs starred Hiroshi Kamiya as Levi, Daisuke Ono as Erwin,[20] Kōji Yusa as Furlan, and Mariya Ise as Isabel.[22] The first episode was included with the 15th volume of Attack on Titan on December 9, 2014, and the second episode was included with the 16th volume on April 9, 2015.[20]

On January 15, 2016, Kodansha Comics announced that they would release the two episodes with the special editions of the 18th and 19th volumes of the manga,[23] on April 5, 2016[24] and August 2, 2016, respectively.[25]

Episode list[edit]

No. Title Directors Animation director Original release date English release date Ref.
0.5A"No Regrets: Part 1"
"Kui Naki Sentaku (Zenpen)" (Japanese: 悔いなき選択 (前編))
Masashi Koeduka, Shintaro ItogaAyumi YamadaDecember 9, 2014 (2014-12-09)[26]April 5, 2016[27][28]

Several years ago, in an Underground District where citizens rarely get to venture into the sunlight, Levi was part of a band of thieves alongside his partner Furlan Church, who would use maneuver gear to commit various heists to help each other out. One day, they meet a girl named Isabel Magnolia, who was chased after by guards for trying to get an injured bird back to the surface, and decide to take her in as one of their group. After a while has passed, a mysterious man from the surface uses a hostage to ensure Levi, Furlan, and Isabel take on a job that would be rewarded with citizenship on the surface. When the three take on the job, they outrun the military police but are arrested by the Survey Corps, led by Erwin, who offers to clear Levi and the others of their crimes in exchange for joining the Survey Corps.

Information Available for Public Disclosure: The Underground City.
0.5B"No Regrets: Part 2"
"Kui Naki Sentaku (Kōhen)" (Japanese: 悔いなき選択 (後編))
Masayuki Miyaji, Shintaro Itoga, Tetsurō ArakiMegumi Tomita, Satonobu KikuchiApril 9, 2015 (2015-04-09)[29]August 2, 2016[30][31]

Levi, Furlan, and Isabel begin their lives in the Survey Corps under the watch of Flagen, who is less than pleased about being joined by criminals, all while recalling the mysterious man's request to kill Erwin and steal one of his documents. Unable to find the document in Erwin's office, the group come up with a plan to ambush Erwin during an expedition, which Levi initially plans to do by himself but is inevitably convinced by Furlan and Isabel to let them come with him. On the day of the expedition, the Survey Corps encounter a group of Titans, which Levi's group manage to help eliminate only to be scolded by Erwin for wasting gas. Later, Levi decides to make use of a heavy rainfall to get close to Erwin, but when he returns, he discovers Titans had ambushed and killed the rest of his squad, including Furlan and Isabel. After learning that Erwin was carrying a fake document the entire time and his mission was meaningless, Levi, taught not to have regrets, decides to continue following Erwin as a Survey Corps member.

Information Available for Public Disclosure: Scouting Missions.

Reception[edit]

The manga has over 1.5 million copies in print in Japan.[32] The first volume of the manga had 500,000 copies in print as of April 2014, having sold 140,186 copies within the first five days of its release.[10] The volume was also the 57th best-selling manga volume in Japan in 2014.[33]

The first volume of the English translation appeared on the New York Times Manga Best Sellers list for 18 nonconsecutive weeks,[34] while the second volume was on the list for 12 weeks.[35]

Reviewing the first volume for The Fandom Post, Kate O’Neil gave it a grade of B. Noting Levi's status as a fan-favorite character, she wrote: "I often wonder at how much of the backstory in these spinoffs was the result of the original author’s notes or the spinoff writer responding to the desires of the fanbase." She also commented that the art is "handled by someone other than Hajime Isayama, which means that characters are actually well proportioned and the perspective is solid." She was mildly critical of the series' plot, saying that the "motivation of the players is shaky", and criticized the "simplicity" of the backstory.[36]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The prologue chapter was not included in the original Japanese edition of the manga, and was instead published in a booklet that was released with a special edition of the first volume.[11] It was, however, included in the English release by Kodansha USA.[16]

Works cited[edit]

References[edit]

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