English: Attack on Titan
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 7, 2013 to Sep 28, 2013
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Score: 8.941 (scored by 123090 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: Ilse no Techou
Summary: Shingeki no Kyojin Recap
Other: Shingeki no Kyojin Picture Drama
Characters & Voice Actors
If ejaculating while watching Attack on Titan is considered wrong, I don’t want to be right
Another season, another pile of shit. As delusional anime critics that are blinded by nostalgia reminisce about the ‘Golden Ages’ of anime where everything wasn't centered around kawaii school girls doing cute things done by KyoAni, the latest Gundam series or a generic tsundere romantic comedy that is set in highschool, I couldn't help but agree with them that anime has fallen to a low whilst I rummage through the shows that have assaulted us this upcoming season. However, like finding a piece of corn inside a pile of turd, there was one show that managed to rise out of this sea of mediocracy, a show that managed to break the trend and have the whole anime fanbase batting their dicks to this show in rhythmic unison and that show is Attack on Titan.
It’s time to review the most anticipated show of summer and possibly the year. If you have been around anime forums lately, chances are you have already seen the words Attack on Titan (or Shingeki no Kyojin for you weeaboos who prefer the Japanese title over the English and your dream is to travel Japan to make manga), being mentioned quite a lot as it has been passed around more times than my mother and just as much people lining up to shove their hot, throbbing opinion down your quivering and underdeveloped throat about this show. People will claim this to be the second coming of Christ while the hipsters look at their computer through their big rimmed glasses, wearing their skinny jeans and all black chucks and scream over-ratedness from the get-go. First of all fuck off and secondly, if you are the type of person that will have bastardly high expectations after seeing all the attention it gets then stop reading this review, get your ass into gear and watch the damn show yourself to judge if it deserves its praise or not. You don’t have to be Einstein to figure out this show is a bag of mixed opinions so it raises the question whether it actually delivers or if it falls flat on its face. So does it live up to its expectations? To put it shortly, yes and no.
If you haven’t already gotten an erection from the synopsis itself yet, I’ll just have to repeat it again. The plot revolves around a small city which is pushed to the brink of extinction thanks to a species known as the titans who resemble the humans themselves, only that they are taller, fatter, dumber and have their peckers hanging out. Humanity is on its last leg and the only human colony left have to go to extreme measures to keep them alive, building a wall around their entire city to protect themselves from the constant Titan attacks. After witnessing his mum getting eaten out by a titan, Eren swears vengeance against them all and joins the Scouting Legion to exterminate them for revenge.
Alright, I’m not going to fill my diaper with shit and glorify the plot because it really isn’t the most original plot in the world as it has been done numerous times before and at times it just seems like another generic ‘monster of the day’ type story. The plot is very simple, no complex plot with deep and meaningful symbolism, none of that shit so if you are expecting stuff like that then you should go watch Mawaru Penguindrum or Baccano or some shit. The selling point of this series is the execution, as every time a group of Titans arrive it strikes fear into the very hearts of the characters and even to the viewers. It does a great job of portraying helplessness and the characters emotions are brutally realistic and makes us wonder, what would you do in that situation? When you see your friends and family members getting turned into a human buffet by these naked bastards, when there is no way out and that all you want to do is live a few more seconds of your pathetic life? Some people bitch, moan and groan, shit their pants, break down into tears or end themselves. It’s shocking, but you got to take into account that these are normal human beings just like us. Two words, fucking brutal. (7/10)
The characters are definitely the weakest part of this anime. The group is composed mostly of a bunch of archetypes, the aggressive male lead, the pussy, the comic relief, the cold hearted bastard, overly attached chick etc. That being said, each character has a unique personality and characteristics that add great value to the show. However without spoiling the side characters in this show are inserted and throw out like the leftovers your grandmother cooked for you, but then again this creates actual suspense and keeps you on edge and guessing who will die next and proves that no character is safe from the tyranny of the titans, not even your favorite character so welcome to reality son. This definitely adds shock value to the show and will make you shit your pants out of sheer awe at times.
The 3 main characters in this ensemble are Mikasa, who is flawless both psychically and intelligent as well who is essentially the sextoy between the two lads. Armin, the pussy that does nothing except sit on his ass and weep while his friends are getting their asses handed to them and then we have Eren, the ‘leader’ of the trio who takes plot armor literally and has a raging stiffy for revenge. This guy is one angry mother fucker and he is no different than your hot headed protagonist who loves to make rash decisions. However, the anime does a great job at fleshing these characters and his resolve is justified by the traumatic events he has experienced and as the series progresses you develop a connection with him. As the characters get development it becomes apparent as to why they have chosen to fight and some of their backstories are unsettling to draw sympathy to them. (7/10)
The animation is top notch and it is animated by Production I.G and known for their other high quality works (animation wise at least). The animation is very detailed from the characters to the backgrounds to the fluid action sequences. The art for the characters are well detailed with thick and dark outlining and portrays facial expression very well whereas the titans are crudely drawn and will have you laughing your ass off at their obscure faces first but will have you changing your underwear the next minute. However, focusing so much time and budget onto the animation will definitely have some drawbacks as the show is littered with still screens. Still screens that span up to 10 seconds at a time are found in every episode either to cover up for laziness or due to time constraints, but I digress, when duty calls and shit hits the fan you can expect to step up and whip their high quality animation out.
The music for this anime was composed by Hiroyuki Sawano, known for his other works in Guilty Crown and Ao no Exorcist so you can expect a top quality soundtrack. The first opening alone grabs you by the scrotum and won’t let go of you until the end of the episode or if your balls are swollen from malnourishment due to the lack of sleep. The music insert is very well placed and there weren't much tracks that felt out of place or just didn't fit the atmosphere at all. The music can really make or break a scene and in this case it definitely is the former and I bet Sawano is probably sitting at his home right now getting Yuki Kajiura to touch his monkey while jacking off to the increasingly large pile of money he has. The music does a great job of conveying moods into the show, ranging from music that gets your blood pumping, leave you in suspense and disbelief or whether it wants you to shed tears at the more heartfelt moments of the show. (9/10)
Attack on Titan definitely had one of the strongest starts I have seen in anime, with a gripping story, gorgeous soundtrack and art that will attract viewers from the first few minutes alone. However the show has a very simplistic and weak plot combined with a cast of fairly unlikable main characters which will turn some viewers away in disappointment and scratching their nuts as to why this garnered so much attention and hype in the first place. However, it certainly lived up to its expectations; every second was a thrill to watch and does a great job of injecting terror, adrenaline and sexual arousal into our pathetically fragile brains. This show was definitely the highlight of the season but if you are looking for something deep or complex or have unreal expectations coming into the show then you will be dick-limpingly disappointed my friend.
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One thing I´ve been noticing in the past few years is that new anime releases are lacking on originality and a serious plot, so when Shingeki no Kyojin or if you prefer Attack on Titan first came out I had all sorts of mixed feelings towards it, but this feeling of relief was always present on me. Attack on Titan is one of those anime that even non regular anime viewers praise, but does Titan lives up to all its Hype surrounding it or it just stays as Attack on Hypu?
I will try to not drag out for too much in this part even though Attack on Titan has a very big premise, when humanity is no longer at the top of the food chain because of what they refer as Titans who resemble giant people varying from 4m class to a big ass 60m class have putted humans at border of extinction. Now humans only option is to live cornered in this 3 gigantic walls Maria, Rose and Sina. This situation creates a lot of limitations for humans such as their resources and their live space. On a first look the plot doesn´t look that amazing or original, but it doesn´t just stop there as the majority of people think, no, the world of Attack on Titan is much bigger than that delivering complex theme such as new religions, monarchic government, new social ideals, etc.
So the anime follows Eren a kid that has always been curious of the outside world, he has always had this motivation to join the Scouting Legion, accompanying him there´s Mikasa and his friend Armin. When suddenly a Colossal Titan appears with what they call the Armor Titan breach over the walls that have protected them for their whole lives, letting minor titans enter the wall and start chaos, the outcome of this event had Eren seeing her mother get eaten by a Titan which starts Eren journey to obliterate the Titans!
I personally was a bit concerned with this at first; Attack on Titan was produced by Studio Wit. As a new studio it’s usual that they start with less ambitious projects and I was preoccupied if they could handle a promising show like Titan; they went totally beyond my expectations!
Don´t get me wrong, it had decent animation, but when it needed to exceed their potential they did, that´s why SnK has God given action scenes!
As it for the artstyle I can say it has a different aspect looking a bit more cartoonish than most of the anime, I´m not saying this is good or bad it just depends on your taste. Also this combined with a world filled with medieval atmosphere does work pretty well. The animation is one of the remarkable things about Titan, with this you can notice their high production value played a great part on the anime because if just help to deliver the viewers a more realistic environment to what´s happening.
You know that a soundtrack is good not just when it helps building up the atmosphere but when it becomes memorable, that is what attack on titan OST´s delivered to me. The OST does not reach the “eargasm” levels for me but it surely is one of the greats. I also have to give them props for the voice casting, it just was right on spot with honorable mentions to Kamiya Hiroshi casting for Rivaille and Inoue Marina casting for Armin both with remarkable performances, being honest the whole cast has done an amazing performance!
Now I come to the weakest part of the anime, I will just limit myself to talk about the main cast not because other characters are not important or I dislike them, is because anybody aside from the main cast of characters can die, even the coolest character if he´s not from the main cast he´s probably just there for the meat fest. This is really sad because there´s much more cooler characters the anime can focus on that don´t get that much screen time =(
Eren Yeager: Eren is our lead protagonist in the series, starting out being a character with a great determination that also felt very cliché with this “I´ll swear vengeance “thing. Although he has a great determination he sometimes turns out to be useless at times, even though he has this special something inside him…….
Mikasa Ackerman: Probably the best out of the three leads, Mikasa, is presented to us as a strong character not just physically but also emotionally. She also has this abnormal attachment towards the main lead Eren. She also takes part on some of the best scenes of the anime, just portraying how epic she can be.
Armin Arlert: Last but not least we have Armin, which for me is the one who gains more development throughout the anime being from a total pussy to a mastermind who leads important operations for humanity.
Attack on Titan surely shows some remarkable work in a lot of its categories, but still is not perfect as people claim it to be it does enough to keep you eager to know what will happen next! Attack on Titan does not lifts up to all its Hype but this doesn´t mean that it fails to do a remarkable and enjoyable anime!
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The setting for both is a medieval world where humans/half humans have to fight against stronger creatures. I think both anime were well executed. Both are also violent.
It's hard to explain without spoiling both series, but there is just something about the two that feels similar. The rather bleak tone, monsters that normal people have no hope of defeating who eat people for fun, a mysterious organization controlling things behind the scenes....
But more importantly, both series pass the Bechdel Test. Claymore is known for it's strong female characters, and Shingeki no Kyojin is just the same.
I am almost instantly reminded of Claymore when watching Shingeki. Both anime have many similarities in terms of plot, character, fighting style, and the overall theme of survival of the fittest as well as revenge story. If i have to choose who is the better main character Clair or Eren, i'd pick Clair hands down.
Giants in Shingeki, and Yoma in Claymore are pretty much the same. They are monsters that are impossible for normal humans to take down, they also treat human as food, and there is much mystery surrounding how their creation. Clair and Eren are made of the same mold; their important person was killed by the monsters and they seek revenge through a journey to gain more strength. I would say the similarities between these 2 anime is almost 90% overlap. If you watch one anime, you can even predict whats gonna happen in the other one. In terms of music and animation style, I would say Claymore is a bit darker and more traumatizing because the animation color is less bright and the aim is toward a darker tone. For Shingeki the animation is bright hopeful even through scenes of torn guts and limbs falling all over the place.
All in all, I would say if you find yourself liking Shingeki give Claymore a try and vise versa.
I recommend this show due to the central themes. Both are about humanity struggling against overwhelming odds against monsters. Both have organizations and solutions to deal with the problem. Also both main characters seem to share the trait for vengeance.
Claymore is very similar in atmosphere, storytelling, and battles. Both anime are similar and would be the same sub-genre. I am an expert on anime like Claymore and this is definitely similar. I think Clayomore, Berserk, Shingeki no Kyojin, and Hokuto no Ken are very similar and should be considered inseperable. If you like one you will definitely like the other.
More than just dark fantasy, both series features the brutal reality in which in the world the characters resides in has monsters that threatens their very existence. In technical terms, Claymore and Shingeki no Kyojin both features monsters that exists for the purpose to kill and puts mankind in jeopardy.
To combat the threat, there exists warriors who are trained specialists to take on these monstrosity. Some of these warriors have witnessed blood spilled and death themselves. However, they do their jobs and are one of Mankind's last hopes against the monsters that terrorize their world.
Both series' main female character are dominant, strong, and have tragic pasts. However, they have a close relationship with one of the main male characters.
Both series' setting represents a medieval like world where there is no modern technology as we know of today. What both series does have though is violence, gore, and emotional scars that are left behind from the monsters that bought humanity anger, fear, and hatred.
They are both humans and crossbreads fighting vs much stronger creatures. Both animes seem to have lots of blood and the art work almost resembles eachother in a way.
Both have fantastic graphics and animation, great fighting styles, absolutely amazing.
Both Attack on Titan and Claymore are about humanities struggle vs a foreign race of monsters that are nearly impossible to kill. Titans in Shingeki and Yuma in Claymore. What happens to humanity when they're no longer on the top of the food chain?
Animes with the same thematic domain where there is a race and the only way is to face them. Shingeki Kyojin in Claymore and show exactly that.
Seriously even from the first episode I realized how similar - but still different- those animes are.
They both have this "medieval" atmphosphere, creatures that attack people and certain "teams" that are responsible for dealing with/fighting them. While Shingeki has Titans, Yomas take their place in Claymore. The characters are strong in both animes and gaining more and more power and will is also another similar point beetween the two shows.
Simply put, these shows are very similar because of the way the darkness and sadness are portrayed.
Both of these anime are about surviving and eating humans.
Both settings are in the Middle Age where humans are hopeless to beat superior creatures (Titans in Shingeki, Yoma in Claymore) that treat them as food, so they are depending on organizations to deal with the problem. Both anime are tragic and dramatic. Fighting styles in both anime are somehow similar. As for main characters, both are seeking vengeance.
And one last similarity, both are easily spoiled.
If you enjoyed one, you will definitely enjoy the other.
Both are very gory. They have a lot of death and sad moments, but still have really good story lines!!!
All the blood and devastation + demonic foes that are close to invincible...
Both animes are heart-stopping, and by showing the cruelty of life, are capable of making anyone cry ;(
Both animes are about humanity fighting against a superior race.
People have linked Shingeki to Evangelion since long before the anime (the neck + NOT MECHA is all I'm sayin'...) came to be, for reasons I can't detail on either side of the fence for highly spoilerific reasons.
Evangelion deconstructed the feel good / manly / heroic mecha genre. And, to a lesser extent, Shingeki went against the flow of shounen fighting cliches/tropes enough to make it stand far away from, say, Fairy Tail's friendship power. Thus, both series' differences from the norm also make them comparable.
The reason I'm making this recommendation only at the anime's end: the Shingeki anime had its lead act very much like Shinji in ep24--needing a peptalk and full episode of agonizing to... do what was required. Anyone that had seen Evangelion before Shingeki would've thought the same. Even more so due to the Shingeki lead being voiced by the guy that did Shu of Guilty Crown infamy--a main character regarded as the most whiny/pathetic in recent memory. And then came ep25 with the most obvious Eva reference I've seen: Erwin standing watching a battle of gigantic proportions, an arm flying off towards him and blood splattering; Erwin's reaction being the same sorta non-reaction as Ikari's.
Whether the anime team did these things well aware of the Eva similarities in order to add more meat to the Eva-Shingeki argument, I know not. But it isn't the first time a popular anime was referenced: a character doing her very best Kira impression in ep23--the director of both Death Note and Shingeki being one and the same.
The humanity is trying to survive an attack of almighty titans, after episode 8 there are more similarities...
Mankind is in the brink of elimination as mysterious creatures suddenly come from unknown origins to end their existence.
The only hope for man is in the hands of a young boy who has the ability to control a power equal to these mysterious creatures.
This power is not easily controlled however as the boy at times allows this ability to go berserk as he encounters emotionally driven situations.
Epic battles occur as the boy controls this power to combat these enormous titans amongst a ruined city.
The question is, am I describing Shingeki no Kyojin or Evangelion?
However, as in my case, if you absolutely love one, you most definitely will love the other. While watching, my mouth was usually down in utter shock throughout each episode with both of these works of art.
Humanity unites against monstrosities. Shingeki feels like Medieval Evangelion sometimes. Evangelion has more depression, Shingeki has more despair.
Both deal with earth being under attack by monsters (titans and angels), both have young people who are tasked with protecting it, the main characters both have difficult relationships with their fathers.
Some unknown origin creatures invaded humanity, both are constantly fighting a losing battle while human trying to survive.
Both series deal with ambiguous creatures that threaten all of humanity, a young protagonist with a connection to said creatures, and have a more of a realistic take on their respective genres.
Humanity is being threatened by giant monsters, both have a young boy as the main character who fighting against said monsters and I think they just have a similar kinda vibe. After a few episodes they become more similar.
Humanity is in despair and they are fighting with the very things they want to kill.
I would go far as to say the Shingeki no Kyojin does have it far share of similarites to Neon Genesis Evangelion. Behind all the window dressing, the to show are quite similar if you think about.
Both stories take place in a post post apocalyptic world meaning the apocalyspe had already has prior to the series start and that the world is slowing rebuilding from said apocalypse and have devise ways against their oppression since. Humanity is own falling legs in spite of oppressive and enigmatic enemy. In Neon Genesis Evangelion the oppressive force is the Angels. In Attack on Titan its the titular Titans.
The main character learns he is the only able to pilot a giant robot. In Neon Genesis Evangelion, Shinji pilots the Eva Unit 01. In Attack on Titan, Eren is able to turn into the Rogue Titan. The Rogue Titan is even introduced very similar to Eva Unit 01 in almost every way. It even goes berserk several times in the story.
Both weapon on the key to turning the tides of the war in their favor.
The two show also have very similar atmosphere being both dark and brooding.
In both series, mankind is in fear of its enemy knowing little to nothing about them. The enemy is numerous and only get stronger after each encounter.
In both series, the character are severely flawed and are by no means ideal.
In both series, the humanity's enemy is not whom they are fighting against but it is themselves.
I say if you like one you are bound to find to something to like in the other.
fight for survival of human race, very hard to kill enemies, lost of psychology what do you want more lol
Attack on titan focuses on fighting with superior (Titans) beings and retaking the walls. Neon Genesis focuses by defending their city by superior (Angels) beings from causing 3rd Impatct (end of the world), while neon genesis does character development very well with everyone being depressed, Attack on Titans tries to by brining male tears.
Opening Theme#1: "Guren no Yumiya (紅蓮の弓矢)" by Linked Horizon (eps 1-13)
#2: "Jiyuu no Tsubasa (自由の翼)" by Linked Horizon (eps 14-25)
Ending Theme#1: "Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai (美しき残酷な世界)" by Yoko Hikasa (eps 1-13)
#2: "great escape" by Cinema Staff (eps 14-25)
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