Travis Bruno of Capsule Computers writes:
"Despite there being over a hundred anime series created each year, rarely will more than one or two of these series reach such a wide-ranging audience as Attack on Titan has managed to. Not only has the series spawned numerous manga spin-offs in Japan as well as a slew of merchandise, it has propelled the original manga to chart as a best seller in North America for over a year. To top that off, Attack on Titan is even being broadcast on television through Toonami. The question is, does the first part of Attack on Titan warrant a purchase or is all the hype for nothing?"