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Attack on Titan: The Anime Guide is the official guidebook of the Attack on Titan anime based on the Attack on Titan manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. This guidebook, like many of the ones before it, was written by Hajime Isayama, though it is illustrated by Suzuhito Yasuda. In North America, it was published by Kodansha Comics on April 18, 2017. It contains 208 pages. The guidebook focuses on the first season of the anime series, and it shows several character designs, background artwork, storyboards, and a variety of interviews from both the original creator and the staff that works on the anime adaptation.


Attack on Titan: The Anime Guide includes a variety of content including the following:

  • An interview with Hajime Isayama and director of the adaptation, Tetsuro Araki. Within this interview, they reveal a surprise about Eren and Armin, as well as some details about the creation of the manga and its adaptation into the anime series.

  • A detailed explanation of the universe of Attack on Titan. There is extensive information about the characters, the weapons that they use to fight against the Titans, and a full description of both the Nine Titans and the Pure Titans.

  • Exclusive interviews with some of the voices cast that participated in the original dubbing process of the series. Interviewees include people like Yuki Kaji (the voice of Eren Jaeger), Yui Ishikawa (the voice of Mikasa Ackermann), Marina Inoue (the voice of Armin Arlelt), and Hiroshi Kamiya (the voice of Captain Levi). There are also several interviews of the various musicians that worked on the music of the series as well, like Linked Horizon and its vocalist and songwriter, Revo.

  • Fully colored illustrations of the character designs used for the anime adaptation.

  • Four special-edition postcards with exclusive illustrations that can be only obtained from buying this specific guidebook.


This guidebook features special full-color illustrations and concept art that fans have never seen before. It also includes several extensive and detailed interviews of various staff members that helped create the anime adaptation. Here, they explain some of the insider information regarding the process of adapting a series and the editing process that follows. There are also some discussions about specific plot points and various production secrets that would allow fans to understand and appreciate how the anime series came to be.

Around half of the guidebook contains pages that each feature the designs of not only of the main and secondary characters, but also a plethora of minor characters as well. Each individual character design shows their respective character from several points of view and displays their abilities. The information provided for each character can range from common knowledge to obscure facts.

“The Anime Guide” also includes a variety of comparisons of scenes from the manga with their anime counterpart. These comparisons use both storyboards and the final cut that was originally aired. Although the information given for this section doesn’t directly analyze the similarities or differences between the individual versions, it does offer plenty of relevant data about each of them separately. Some of the creative changes are discussed in interviews, though they do not necessarily focus on the sequences highlighted in this comparison section.

Other visual sections included in the Attack on Titan: The Anime Guide includes a listing of some of the Attack on Titan merchandise that was only ever produced in Japan. The incredible variety of products would serve to illustrate just how great of an impact the series had on the country and would show the international fans some of the unique products that were only sold in Japan.

The interview within this book involves many different people from the Attack on Titan series and can range from quick discussions with some of the voice actors and actresses of the anime series to more detailed interviews with various animation staff. The largest and more in-depth interviews are the ones involving the original creator, Hajime Isayama, and the director of the anime adaptation, Tetsuo Araki. Within their discussions, they both explain the creative approach that both of them used when elaborating on the story of Attack on Titan. Various details about the adaptation process are also given by Araki, while Isayama explains some of the aspects of the anime adaptation that he is personally dissatisfied with.

Attack on Titan: The Anime Guide offers a large collection of pages of exclusive full-color illustrations of the anime series and in-depth interviews with some of the staff members that actively participated in the production of the anime adaptation of Attack on Titan. It is a dynamic guidebook that provides the reader with an incredible amount of information about the Attack on Titan anime without being an excessively heavy and difficult read.


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