Survivability in Heavy Object and Attack on Titan


Heavy Object is a light novel series that I had caught up on sometime ago, a series written by Kamachi Kazuma who is most famous with his works on To Aru Majutsu no Index. One wouldn’t normally compare a series like Heavy Object to one like Shingeki no Kyojin (aka Attack on Titan) – their very settings themselves are like opposing factions, as Heavy Object is set in a more sci-fi and futuristic environment while Shingeki no Kyojin’s more medieval.

However, I found some interesting parallels to Shingeki no Kyojin, predominantly on the survival aspects on both series.


I love survival stories, and one thing I like about both Shingeki no Kyojin and Heavy Object is the settings and the design of their nemesis, both featuring men against gigantic monstrosities. In Shingeki no Kyojin, the characters fought against these gigantic humanoids called titans while in Heavy Object, the characters fought against “Objects”, giant 50 meters robots.

The survival aspect is definitely present in both the series, but how the characters managed to topple and defeat these gigantic monstrosities is an even more gripping sight to behold. It is here where the different settings of both series comes into play, both of them fought off their massive adversaries in very contrasting, yet interesting manners, befitting their respective settings.

In Shingeki no Kyojin, the men devised various plans and tactics, and even employed the use of traps and projectiles. Using traps and projectiles at best, only slowed down the titans and even with strategies and formations, they are still required to be in direct combat with the titans. The deciding factor in these combat is incredibly physical. Equipped with 3D Maneuver Gears, they swing up and down in midair, using speed and mobility to bring down the titans – the titan’s weakness behind their neck being the main target. The 3D Maneuver Gears also helped in avoiding the titan’s wide attacks efficiently, a feat impossible to do so on foot unless using horses.


In Heavy Object, the way of offense the characters utilized are more technical and intellectual. As opposed to the more organic titans, this time, the enemies are synthetic robots, massive 50 meters ones at that too. As the designs of these robots are partially based on animals, it makes their movements incredibly unpredictable and beastly. Their metal plates are supremely reinforced and furthermore, they are equipped with certain high-end weapons, in which some can even fire at mach speed. How do they defeat the impossibility? Using hacks, alternative resources as workarounds, finding weakness and loopholes in Object’s designs, taking advantage of a design flaw and the likes.

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The two series also suggested the efficiency of intelligence against all odds. In Heavy Objects, the characters don’t possess any supernatural powers, the only weapon they have is their guns and bombs. To makeup for the rest of their fighting power, they had to rely on their wits – applying whatever knowledge they had as designers, engineers and maintenance soldiers to destroy their massive foes. It is an engaging tale about a combat engineer and his friends, battling against these gigantic, feral robots known as Objects. Intelligence is also a consistent theme in Shingeki no Kyojin. The humans that fought against titans certainly make good use of this very ‘weapon’ – strategies, formations, traps are all used well. Of cause, more significantly is the invention of the 3D Maneuver Gear itself. Even for titans, you can clearly see the difference in strength and form by comparing the titans possessing intelligence, and those without. The former titans have very controlled mental state – they strike subconsciously, yet effectively, sometimes at the very core weakness of the humans, unlike the usual rampaging titans.


Bottom line is, if you like Shingeki no Kyojin for it’s thrilling actions, psychological tensions, and survival aspects, you might like Heavy Object, so if you are looking for a light novel to read, Heavy Object might be a good choice. Although Heavy Object may be a bit fanservices-pandering.

This entry was posted by Kai.

8 thoughts on “Survivability in Heavy Object and Attack on Titan

  1. I’ve yet to read Heavy Object (I really should though, lol) but I can understand how you drew that comparison with Shingeki no Kyojin.

    I’m not a big SnK fan, but one of the things that impress me about it (as far as the anime is concerned) is how they depict the struggle; how humanities’ “attack on titan” is, in reality, a long, drawn, and exhausting battle against a (seemingly) inexhaustible enemy whose greatest strength lies in how big they are. Not a lot of anime show people, or human life rather, as fragile as they are in SnK (closest I can think of is Bokurano probably). As sadistic as it may seem, it’s a nice break from the traditional shounen we’ve all come to know.

    I like how this posts turns out to be a LN recommendation by the end :D

    • You really should. Something I failed to mention in the post (edited, however, reminded by a certain someone in twitter) that Heavy Object is written by Kamachi Kazuma, most famous for his works on Index. And I think we both also read the Simple series by him too :p

      One thing I would like to point out here is that there is one main difference here, their focus on deaths. In SnK, the deaths are extremely emphasized, to the point that we could really feel the painful realistic emotions that the characters were feeling. There’s also the case where in SnK, most of the deaths involve characters we are introduced with and saw them for a major portion of the show, that makes their deaths even more empathized. In Heavy Object, a bit lesser, in fact, I would even say indifferent. There’s also the case that the deaths mostly fall upon nameless non-characters, so it’s hard to feel anything. At best, the death is mentioned in just a few lines, and that’s it. Overall, Heavy Object is able to maintain a lighter atmosphere in comparison despite the grim settings.

      Yea, need to spread the LN love more, man :p

      • Ah, now that you mention it :D Makes you think of how close Heavy Object is to getting adapted, given how succesful the Index series has become.

        I wouldn’t say it’s the case all the time (Petraaa >_<), but if the comparison is with HO's nameless non-characters, then yeah, we can make that distinction.

        Yes, yes we do :D

        • If anything, I can see HO’s anime (if it’s going to have one that is, there is a manga though, which only adapted the first arc if I’m not wrong) having a lot of over-the-top giant actions scenes like SnK, lol.

    • It’s a similar scenario but their characterizations in such a setting is quite a bit different from how SnK acts. But if anything, the characters in HO are definitely less “painful” to watch, much lesser.

  2. I don’t think I’ve ever heard about Heavy Object before reading this, it seems like an interesting premise. One of these days I’ll have to give it a read, along with countless other LNs that sound entertaining.

    • It’s definitely a nice read, so do give it a try once you got the chance. Although it had a lighter atmosphere than SnK, despite my comparisons, lol. Though I believe that’s not a problem? :p

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