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Attack on Titan manga ending couldn’t escape creator controversy

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After a 12-year run, Attack on Titan has come to an end. The final panels of the manga jumped years after the Rumbling, focusing on a plot conceived by series protagonist Eren Yaeger to effectively enact genocide on the world at large. The coda is a tangle of images, sprinting past plot points that go unresolved to illustrate heavy-handed imagery of war and peace, and leave the manga’s legacy muddled.

While many viewed Hajime Isayama’s story as having a fascist subtext all along — incorporating real-world parallels to the implementation of concentration camps and even stalwart nationalism within its body of work — it took the creator’s final pages for many readers to buy the argument. Some fans took to Twitter to insist…


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