Scarfy -- I have a love/hate relationship with AoT as well
.... what are your hates and loves?
For me, the art, while much of it can be pawned off as style, has bizarre inconsistencies, especially at the beginning of the manga. It's gotten much better in recent chapters.
I also feel that it hasn't established itself yet. And I don't mean with popularity. Idk, hard to explain. It's just a feeling that I have. And I think the mangaka said he was more than half way done with it too.
Also, it's action and mystery. And really, at this point, which do you want to see more? Eren figure out what's going on or Eren smash titans? I want to know what's going on! And the mystery of the titans will be solved before they are defeated, unless the mangaka is a genius and can pull it off the other way around. Or have the titans defeated soon after. Anyway, the problem with this is, if the biggest bomb in the story is the source of the titans, and I believe it will be, and since that bomb probably won't be at the very very end, the end will be anti-climatic.
Things I like about AoT:
I like the art (other than the irregularities). It totally fits the story. It's raw and scratchy and static.
Stories when the main character has a raging, uncontrollable monster in them are always good!!
I love the mystery of the titans! The horror and the terror want me to find out what's going on SO BAD. I just want to know!!!
Anyway. Sorry for that AoT rant
Other favorite manga:
Naruto and OP will always be top two. Love them both. Naruto was the first manga I ever read, and there was a good four years I didn't touch anything else because I was so stuck-up, thinking that nothing could be better than Naruto lol. And well... If I had read OP then, I'd probably have the same opinion. OP's universe and plot is so much more grand and complex than Naruto's. But since I read Naruto first, and didn't read anything else that was good for so long, well... idk. It's like having two best friends, but one you've been best friends with for 8 years and the other 1 year.
Gotta love FMA. And lemme see... Tower of God, Ouran HS Host Club, Bakuman, Psyren, AoT, and Tokyo Kushu are all in the top range. I like a lot of different genres, but shonen or seinen, especially stuff from Jump, yesssssss!
Best art: Bleach as #1 and Drifters from #2. I thought Drifters' art was so weird at first, but once I got into it, it just hit me: it's gorgeous.