English: Attack on Titan
Synonyms: Shingeki no Kyoujin
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Apr 7, 2013 to ?
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Score: 8.931 (scored by 24416 users)
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SynopsisSeveral hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by titans. Titans are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by walling themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of titans.
Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a titan in over 100 years. Teenage boy Eren and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a colossal titan that appears out of thin air. As the smaller titans flood the city, the two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Eren vows that he will murder every single titan and take revenge for all of mankind.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Shingeki no Kyojin
Prequel: Shingeki no Kyojin OVA
Characters & Voice Actors
I hate how many people are deliberately and willfully underrating this show because they don't like how this show is ranked so high after only six episodes, because they think it's way too early to rate this show so high. My question is, why are they rating it so low? I mean, the same statement could be said here, why are you rating this so low after only six episodes? My answer would be that I rate the show from what I have seen, and from what I have seen, it deserves the rank. But pessimistically underrating a show because you don't like how it's ranked so high after only a small amount of episodes is quite childish if you ask me.
The difference between the lovers and haters is, (no offense to the haters) is certainly that the haters don't give this anime a chance. They intend to dislike it, and only because of the rank, which seems quite primitive to me. The lovers are those who actually give this show a chance, and I am not necessarily trying to ridicule the haters, but from what I seen, what I just stated seems true. Take a look at any non-positive review and you immediately see at least one complaint about the rank. That's practically the evidence.
Unfortunately, I have to admit that I was rather similar. I thought that it's kind of absurd to rate a show that high when it has only six episodes out of 25 episodes released, but of course that was before I actually started the anime. I even read the plot, which didn't sound intriguing to me. However, unlike the haters I actually gave it a chance, and rated this show independently it's rank and amount of released episodes, and after watching the first episode, I did recognize why this anime was ranked so high. It has a lot of potential, is emotional, has a great story, is musically pleasing, and everything right off the bat. All animes I watched lately were rated 5-7 and I started to wonder if that's just me and I start to get out of animes, but Shingeki no Kyojin gave me back the feeling of true impression, and I am personally relieved that I tried this show.
But now enough of rank and hater drama, let's get to the anime itself.
Scroll down to the bottom of the review to see how I scored which department of this anime, but first off all I'm going to tell my opinion of all departments, so if you don't feel like reading it, just scroll down to the scores, and if you are curious to see why I scored which department like that, look at my explanation of that department. This review will be as spoiler-free as possible, but I'll pay attention to not include any spoiler, and if I will, I'll probably warn you beforehand. Anyways, let's get to the review.
First off all, the story. The story was what I personally liked most of this anime. I didn't read the Manga, which I probably will when I really want to see what happens next and don't feel like waiting a week. It starts off with Eren, the main protagonist, crying after a long dream. It still wasn't clarified why he cried and what happened in the dream he had, but I assume, this will be explained soon. Shortly after that, the titans attack, which was predictable, but I never expected it being like that, seriously. While episode 3 and 4 were more calm, episode 5 was one of the most amazing anime experiences I ever had. Those who watched the series until episode 5 surely know what I'm going to say, if what happened with that certain character is really true, it'd actually be an outstanding plot-twist, however I'd be a little bit sad, especially now that I started to like that character. Episode 6 is about the past of the main protagonists, which is pretty cool. So far everything was perfect in the story, and it was really impressive as well. I definitely look forward to the rest of the story, and I'm certain that it's going to be even more awesome.
This anime was magnificently animated, especially during the fight scenes. I always love it when Eren and the others are jumping from roof to roof, it looks so awesome, and those scenes are always animated pretty awesomely. The art is also quite decent, especially the environment is nicely drawn, however I dislike the character art. I don't think that it looks really good if the outlines of the characters are so... bold. For some reason, the faces look kinda odd to me as well, and some of the titans; while to me more titans look more creepy than that; look hilariously ridiculous. But other than that, everything is alright.
The soundtrack was really amazing, too. The voice actors were nicely chosen, and the background sounds are really natural and give especially in the action scenes a nice feeling. Speaking of action scenes, the soundtrack that plays in the background is just amazing. It gives such an epic feeling while watching this anime, it's just amazing. I don't recall any calm music, and I also don't recall any remarkably beautiful track, but I like the soundtrack a lot so far. There are definitely better soundtracks around, that's for sure, but the soundtrack of Shingeki no Kyojin is definitely one of the better ones. I recall the ending to be quite decent, but the opening was awesome, and it's one of my favorites for sure.
The Characters were great for the most part. So far I can't really say much about the character development, but I'm definitely fond of most of the characters. Eren, the main protagonist is my favorite character so far. He wants to take revenge for what happened, and after that shock, when you lost almost everything that was important for you, I think that I'd do the same. I saw people hating Eren for that decision, but to me it looks like that they just searched something to complain about. Misaka, Eren's sister (not blood-related, though) is pretty cool as well. She's pretty shy, but I find that to be cool. Armin is the only character I actually disliked. He looks crappy and hasn't got a really good personality at all. The other unmentioned characters are decent, though.
I wasn't left at any second bored. It was thoroughly entertaining, and some episodes weren't just decently entertaining, they give you an epic feeling while watching, and sometimes they even did it so far that I got goosebumps. The first half of episode 1 was rather typical, more calm, but already the first episode, when the giants attacked, gave me goosebumps. I'm always watching all the awesome scenes over and over again on youtube, because they are so awesome. I definitely love watching them, and I rarely enjoyed any anime like this one.
Overall this is one of the best animes I ever watched. So far it doesn't do it into my top 5, however it's really close to my top 5. I'm grateful that this anime brought back my passion for animes I almost forget. I have to apologize for any eventual grammatical or spelling error, since English isn't my native language. I'm also not really experienced with anime reviews, which is why I greatly appreciate criticism, and I'll eventually improve. Anyways, thanks for reading my review and here are the scores:
Overall: 44/50 = 8.80/10 read more
What the hell, seriously, what, the, hell, is going on with this anime ?!
Before we start, I must tell that I've read the scans that are released at the moment, this is a review of the anime "Shingeki no Kyoujin".
Then, I'm French and this is my first review on MyAnimeList, I write it with my english knowledge and some help from Google Traduction. Sorry about the grammars errors.
Story (9/10) : First comes the story, adapted from the manga and pretty accurate (for the moment).
Well, it's just something you cannot predict, the story is based on feelings like weakness and vengeance. Humanity has locked herself in high walls trying to avoid contact with the titans. Some think that the base story is something that can be related with FullMetal Alchemist Brotherhood (vengeance) or Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann ("Invaders" threaten humanity), well I can't deny it. The Anime has started 7 weeks ago and the story is already very developped, advanced, and surprising. This is only just beginning.
Art (10/10) : Art is fine. But animation is just AMAZING ! Each action episode promises you to glued you at your chair !
Sound (10/10) : One of the best parts of the anime. First, the opening theme, it has became a real meme in Japan, I call it "The Japanese "Guile's Theme Goes with Everything"". Just type "shingeki no kyojin opening parody" on Youtube. Anyway, this opening theme is epic, don't show so much spoilers and fits great to "Shingeki no Kyoujin". The soundtracks is amazing. Each scene is a feast for the ears, the battles reach an epicness level that can't be describe.
Characters (10/10) : The characters are extremely well developed on the psychological point. There are some cliches of course but the overall is very good.
Nothing more to say about it.
More to know : The original work has a great story with amazing characters and a very good psychology. This is something amazing to read but then the anime arrived, like saying "Oh god, I can do MUCH better". With an amazing soundtrack and an explosive animation, Anime Shingeki no Kyoujin hits hard in the guts forcing you to keep up to watching until it ends. And you will not regret it.
Amazing is a good word to summarize Shingeki no Kyoujin. read more
Both show is about a human race confined and struggles to obtain freedom by fighting the more superior race. TTGL has less gore and more mecha.
Humans live trapped in a secluded area in fear of giant monsters. Brave souls, in both anime, wish to venture out into the outside.
While the style of Gurren Lagann is completely different from that of Shingeki no Kyojin, I couldn't help but be reminded of Gurren Lagann while watching this series. In both series, the main characters are attempting to overthrow a seemingly impossible force and escape from an enclosed environment in order to explore the outside world. Also, both animes have an overly enthusiastic (main) character, a "sidekick" to the main character who appears to be nothing but a crybaby, and a bad-ass female character. There is also one more HUGE similarity between the two, but I won't reveal anymore for the sake of preventing spoilers. You'll just have to watch it to find out. And trust me, you'll get what I mean once you get to it. Despite the plot and character similarities though, the two anime are very different. Shingeki no Kyojin is FAR more serious than Gurren Lagann, and this could be either a good or a bad thing depending on your preferences.
Humanity is trapped in some place escaping the terror of a more superior race. MC can be seen irresponsible and acts spontaneously according to his feelings. However, he have a friend who can guide him to the true valid path of living.
Same feeling of action; fighting for their living rights, animation and OSTs are great as well.
The Humanity isn't the dominant specie anymore, they are closed in a certain place and are not allowed to go everywhere they want (they lost their own freedom)
And so, the main character decides with two other friends (a boy and a girl initially) to explore the unexplorable, to do the impossible and see the invisibile (ROW ROW FIGHT THE POWA!!).
Both aim for the freedom of the human society. both have tragic loses of their loved ones.
the story is bloody amazing. you would be mad not to watch both and shed a few tears when you see deaths/
ManKind is stuck within a certain place (Shingeki in walls and Gurren lagann in caves) In both they fight the entities that hold them there.
Both are about a young boy living in fear of giant-like monsters, and they both want to see the rest of the world.
It's safe to say Berserk anime fans were left shocked & traumatised by its haunting finale. You get that feeling on a regular basis with Shingeki as characters are torn to shreds before your eyes. Not as extreme (or as sexual!) as Berserk at its most (in)famous, no, but you get the point. Images that won't leave will remain imprinted in your brain, after viewing--ye be warned!
In terms of their settings, Berserk and Shingeki are both set during medieval times. Aside from Shingeki's 'Spiderman' way of doing battle with gigantic threats, you're gonna get a STRONG taste of bleak realism from medieval/fantasy epics, here. Unless you plan on getting up-to-date with Berserk's manga (...), don't expect too much 'happy time' to be found in either of these. Lighthearted laughs ain't what you're gonna get outta these two!
Both series have many epic moments, dark atmosphere and a lot of blood.
Attack on Titan reminds me of Berserk with it's horrifying imagery and medieval setting.
The concept of fighting and blood being spilled in a dark fantasy world is a theme presented in both Berserk and Shingeki no Kyojin (aka Attack on Titan)
There is a moody atmosphere in both series that also involves a lot of action, drama, and emotions between the main characters. It conveys imagery in a way that is violent but fits within the fantasy realm of its medieval like settings.
The monsters in both series are also considered a dangerous threat to mankind; survival is a must.
It has that medieval feel to it as well as all despair no happiness. Both cause a lot of suffering to the viewer.
Both series tell a story set in a world where humanity is on the losing side in a war against overwhelmingly powerful and monstrous foes and prospects for the future look as bleak as the present situation. Unless, of course, the heroes of each tale, rise to lead humanity in fighting back against these malevolent and horrifying enemies.
-Both have shocking imagery
-Both are set in medieval settings
-Both have relatively realistic characters with realistic responses and actions
-Both use monsters as symbols of fear
-Both are awesome
Opening Theme"Guren no Yumiya (紅蓮の弓矢)" by Linked Horizon
Ending Theme"Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai (美しき残酷な世界)" by Yoko Hikasa
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