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Vertical Adds Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Light Novel Series

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Ryō Suzukaze's prequel series takes place 70 years before Hajime Isayama's manga

North American publisher Vertical announced at its panel at New York Comic Con on Friday that it will release Ryō Suzukaze's Attack on Titan: Before the Fall light novel series. Artist THORES Shibamoto (Trinity Blood) provides the illustrations for the light novel series.

The first of the light novels shipped in Japan in 2011, and the third novel shipped in June 2012. The story of the light novel series takes place 70 years before Hajime Isayama's original Attack on Titan manga and follows Anheru, a member of the Survey Corps who works in weapons development. Anheru is tired of seeing the corpses of his fellow Survey Corps members, and is working to design equipment that will allow humans to be able to kill Titans. Thus far, no one has been able to find out the weak point of the Titans, and so no one has managed to kill one. However, government conservatives think that fighting against Titans is unnecessary, and order the dissolution of the Survey Corps.

Vertical will debut the light novel series in North America in summer 2014.

Manga creator Satoshi Shiki (Daphne in the Brilliant Blue, Kami-Kaze, Riot) launched a manga version of the light novels in the October issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Sirius magazine on August 26.

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