The best-selling manga series "Shingeki no Kyojin," known as "Attack on Titan" in English, concluded in April, arousing a torrent of emotional response from fans.

Written and drawn by Hajime Isayama, 34, the series depicts a grueling series of battles taking place on an epic scale between humans and gigantic man-eating humanoids referred to as Titans. Many fans took to the internet after the last episode to declare the saga a brutal but truly beautiful story.

Cleverly illustrating the fate and despair of humans as they find themselves unable to escape conflict, the story attracted readers both at home and abroad by resonating with the chaotic modern times we live in.