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English: Attack on Titan
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 7, 2013 to Sep 28, 2013
Producers: Production I.G, FUNimation EntertainmentL, Mainichi Broadcasting, Pony Canyon, Kodansha, Mad Box, Wit Studio, Shingeki no Kyojin Team
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 8.861 (scored by 181786 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Aug 25, 2013
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.
(Overall Score 8.5/10) read more
Jan 31, 2014
The suspense is incredible and exciting with constant gory scenes of titans brutalizing humans to the fullest degree, whether it is crushing skulls with their massive thumbs or tearing apart the human body. Combat action involves stunning choreography as armed soldiers spin or fly in mid-air with their 3D maneuver gear before striking lethal blows to titans. Certain circumstances cannot be predicted accurately as SnK shows no hesitation in killing off supporting characters. The majority of the episodes end in surprising and unexpected twists as soldiers fight to save humanity by risking their lives to accomplish one goal: destroy all of the titans. The pacing is steady, allowing viewers to understand the plot and characters with extreme detail. However, the primary objective is too complex to complete in 25 episodes. A cliffhanger ceases the opportunity for more exploration of the titans and other characters.
Tip: In the middle of each episode is a helpful “Info We Can Share So Far” section. It lasts for less than 20 seconds, so it’s advised to pause and read the info. Most of them are hidden data that are not quoted by characters in the series, including history of the titans and info about the communities.
The majority of the characters, including the MCs, have motives behind their actions, and they develop and strengthen after experiencing tragic events. For example, Mikasa’s sole purpose of protecting Eren throughout the series has more to do than just her personal feelings for him. Eren is the main protagonist and has a strong passion to destroy every single titan. He was intolerably whiny and irresponsible in the beginning but slightly matured halfway through the series due to interactions with experienced squad members. He gains common sense and looks at situations from different angles. However, he does not fully develop as his old ways sometimes reappear.
Mikasa and Armin may appear clingy to Eren at times, but the trio spend much time apart with other characters, primarily during the second half. Mikasa is the strong female heroine who is a master in combat action. She’s fearless and presents a major attraction with her swift moves of killing multiple titans in one blow. Armin showed great improvement in his character. He starts out as a coward but becomes willing to strategize despite his fear. He is also quite the genius and contributes to resolving various mysteries of the titans. Along with Armin, there are many characters who present or develop great charismatic skills.
The large number of squad members have personalities ranging from indifferent to determined, and they all distinguish with their levels of combat ability and leadership. Some of their attitudes can be hilarious, depending on one’s sense of humor. The anime goes into the past of some of the important characters and highlight relationships between them. It helps the viewer understand the characters and develop a love/hate relationship with them. The only downside is the inability to explore other important characters before the finale.
Production I.G. and Wit Studio did a fantastic job with the animation. The thick outlines displays details within the background and character design. The artwork emphasizes excellent visual effects of combat action and characters maneuvering between buildings, trees, and other landscapes. All of the settings from the cityscape to the forest are remarkable. Character designs are distinct, and the unisex military uniforms reveal great details, thanks to the outlines. Characters’ fear and other emotions are generally shown with black lines drawn on their faces, contributing to the horrifying theme of SnK. The black lines symbolize distress, anger, frustration, etc. Bloody scenes of titans crushing and eating human bodies fulfill in making those primary creatures look terrifying. Titans are drawn as ugly and naked overgrown human beings. Some are shown to be skinless, and the vast majority are the opposite.
There are a few problems with the art. There's no distinction in gender between the titans. It was not an issue in the beginning, but it later becomes something important to note in the series. Another poor part about the animation are the stills. There are some scenes that are at a standstill with the characters talking like an idle page in a storybook. Other times, there would be fixed scenes with only one or two objects striking attention with movement.
The voice actors adjusted to the characters’ personality, making their emotions and identities suitable for the fearful and serious atmosphere. The stomps and groans of titans presents practicality to the anime’s theme, considering the type of monsters Hajime decided to create. The music from the theme songs to the background is memorable. Background music includes warrior-like songs and sometimes fast-paced or choral music during fights. The entire soundtrack adds a grand quality to the series.
Enjoyment (9) / Overall (8)
SnK is one of my favorite action anime, even after re-watching it a few times. In addition to the cliffhanger, I found Eren to be really annoying. There was a scene where Eren hurt Mikasa physically, and I hated him for intentionally harming a lady. SnK’s focus on other characters and increased suspense made it much better. The characters' behavior were humorous at times, and there was always something to look forward to after each episode. As a result, I experienced laughter and shock throughout the series. Due to its popularity, I’m looking forward to a 2nd season and reading the manga in the meantime.
Overall, SnK has entertaining combat action, surprising events, and remarkable visuals. It provides details throughout the series to keep the viewer current on events, and it gives quite a bit of attention to the characters. Apart from its incomplete ending, I highly recommend any fan of action anime to become familiar with the SnK franchise. read more
Feb 19, 2014
In summary, Shingeki no Kyojin is a perfect anime to get somebody who loves action started on anime- I think it is literally the most mainstream anime ever made, and that is definitely not a bad thing. But with this comes downsides- ones not apparent to the viewer at first glance, but looking back on it after watching it around the time it first came out, definitely shine through.
Shingeki no Kyojin starts off with a roar- the first 2 episodes explode right out of the gate with high-octane action that also leaves mystery to draw the viewer in. Who are the titans? What is in the basement? Why is Eren's dad so creepy? All this and more the viewer asks themselves as the end credits roll for episode 2.
Then episode 3 and 4 jump in. It's a training scene for Eren and his friends, and it's dead slow in comparison. But that's ok- it's episodes like this that reinforce character development and get the plot rolling. And soon, the episodes with action will begin again, right? That High-Octane, bloody, gory action we've all been waiting for!
Well, it does. But then shortly after, it grinds back to a halt. Why do I bring up the first 5 episodes out of all things to mention about Shingeki no Kyojin? Because it perfectly frames the pacing of the entire anime. First you're baited with that sweet, bloody action that makes you just stare at the screen in amazement of the beautiful animation and heart-pumping soundtrack, and next thing you know you have to sit through an hour of people arguing over the same issue over and over before going back to the action. This would be fine and acceptable if it actually resulted in plot and character development going somewhere- but rarely this bickering between Armin and Eren result in anything productive.
Actually, Shingeki no Kyojin seems to show perfectly how to pull off the ILLUSION of plot and character development- Eren struggling with his inner demons despite somehow going back to square 1 every 5 episodes, the Basement which has been explicitly mentioned as having "all the answers" being completely forgotten about while the group goes out to hunt titans, and Armin rehashing what we already know to other characters every episode or two. All of this combined create a huge mess that on first glance seems like a deep and interesting story, but only through reflection of a different lens you begin to notice how shallow the pool you're standing in really is. The characters are shallow, the story tries to go somewhere but the characters almost seem to prevent it from moving at all, and at some points the story tries to go to too many places at once, just confusing the viewer until the next trippy action scene kicks in.
I like to compare Shingeki no Kyojin to a Michael Bay film. This also makes it easier to understand what I'm trying to say (and trust me, it's not your fault- I have a hard time expressing what I feel in words sometimes).
Imagine Eren as Shia Labeouf, and Shingeki no Kyojin as a typical summer blockbuster by Michael Bay. Eren zips around the scenes of the movie, fighting bad-guys and pulling off amazing stunts with beautifully rendered graphics and an amazing ost- but then hardcut to Eren getting mad at himself and people around him but not actually advancing the plot for 1/3rd of the movie as the action grinds to a halt. Add some comedic relief (if you want a Bay comparison, the classic transformers out of place masturbation joke fits well) including possibly some potatoes after a traumatic scene and then slap on the illusion of having a deep plot and you have Shingeki no Kyojin. It's a typical summer blockbuster! You go in, watch it, enjoy it, then leave and forget about it! I'm really not saying you're not allowed to enjoy it because it's shallow and noisy, I'm just saying you shouldn't walk in expecting a revolutionary masterpiece of anime- which is what some critics are raising it up to be.
STORY- 4 : The story's foundations are put up well, but the actual progression falls flat as no questions are ever really answered and the plot never seems to want to go in a single direction.
ART- 9 : The art is amazing! There are some worse-off scenes and some animation glitches, but the art is one of the things that makes Shingeki no Kyojin stand out from the crowd. Even though I am not a huge fan of the anime itself, I have a massive poster above my computer of it as we speak.
SOUND- 10 : While the music and sound design is generic at worst, it is composed beautifully and always reinforces the mood set out by the show. I would highly recommend a download of the OST.
CHARACTER- 3 : Easily the worst part of Shingeki no Kyojin. Eren's constant back and forth attitude and behaviour that never goes anywhere, Armin's arguing with people that last an entire episode simply to recap what just happened on screen, Mikasa's constant fight to try and save everyone and pull everything together: it's just all poorly done.
ENJOYMENT- 6 : While watching Shingeki no Kyojin, I certainly enjoyed it- but I wouldn't say I enjoyed it the whole way through. Even while watching it, I noticed a lot of the fighting and arguing was going on too long, and let's not forget the 3-5 episodes of riding on horses. But the scenes that were enjoyable- notably the fight scenes and the pivotal plot twists certainly left a lot to talk about and were enjoyable enough to at least somewhat wipe away two annoying characters yelling at eachother on horses for 30 minutes.
OVERALL- 5: Watch it, get what you get out of it, but don't walk in expecting the next amazing revolutionary anime. Expect a summer blockbuster. read more
Apr 1, 2014
The story is about mankind living in a world filled with monsters known as titans who feed on human beings. This has forced human beings to consolidate themselves into a walled super fortress. It follows the main protagonist, Eren Jaeger who witnesses the death of his mother at the hand of a titan during an attack of the titans. Once Eren and his friends are evacuated from the district to safety, he vows revenge against all Titans and later enlists in the military, accompanied by Mikasa and Armin. Eren and his companions begin a desperate fight to protect what remains of mankind while unraveling the secrets and mysteries behind the Titans, the walls, and even Eren's own existence.
The writing, overall, has a very unique idea which is somewhat original and decent. Attack on Titan initially gives off a dark impression, followed by a thrilling experience. But it gets weak as it progresses. The steady torrent of action, violence, death, demolition, terror, despair and courage is pronounced which gives an astounding feeling.
Attack on Titan starts off with a very powerful motive which builds up almost all of the viewer’s excitement. However, the story faces downfall with its progression as it gets predictable although it tries its best not to be clichéd. The predictability of twists is not much in the beginning but it gets incredibly high as the story progresses. Furthermore, it lacks consistency. Sometimes, the pacing is too fast and sometimes it becomes really slow and dull. I would even say that some scenes are forced into the plot making the show look unrealistic. The main reason for its poor execution is that the manga is on-going and the major plot points haven’t even been resolved in the source material. This fact suggests that anime adaptation should never be made before the manga is completed. A successful series is supposed to have all the questions well-answered and have a proper ending which may or may not result in a sequel.
The art style is amazing. The background art, especially, provides an excellent visual effect to the viewer. The panorama, buildings, nature, etc have fantastic art and matches the medieval setting of the series. Character designing is very detailed and the expressions in fear, despair, celebration, etc are portrayed outstandingly. The battles and fighting scenes are also consistence and soldiers use a special dual grapping systems and gas powered engines that they wear on their bodies. This is called the 3D system. And a long disposable razor blade is used as a sword. When blades slash the body of titans, the injury and blood also seem real. The battles, overall, are presented decently and splendidly that the viewer, himself/herself, admires its greatness. The designing of titans is the only negative point for the animation. These ugly titans are poorly presented who differ in size, kinds and abilities. There are some titans that look remarkable but others are just terrible.
This is the one of the best factors in the series. Firstly, the soundtracks start off decently but get better with the progression. The opening theme songs are truly epic and flourish the mood of the viewer. The ending songs are also very well done. The voice acting is also a work of immensity. The voice acting of characters is done properly in each moment and accordingly with personalities of the characters. But there is some unnecessary screams. Together with grand background soundtracks, impressive theme songs and great voice acting, the resultant sound creates a wonderful balance for the viewer.
Let us start with the three main characters. Eren Jaeger, who just aims to take revenge and to annihilate all the titans, can be considered the most clichéd character of the entire show. There is almost no development in Eren. He does start to act more sensibly later in the series but still that is not enough to bring myself to like him. The next problem is that there is nothing explained about Eren's father. He just abandons his family in such a crucial time. Eren’s foster sister, Mikasa, is a fine character who doesn’t require much development. Her past is also shown in the series but sadly that backstory doesn’t really matter in the overall main plot. The third one is Armin who starts off as a wimpy kid but later he gets very smart and helps to uncover many mysteries. He proves to be the most developed character.
Aside from bland main characters, Attack on Titan has a very interesting supporting cast. Characters like Levi, Jean, etc really helped to enhance the character department. The Things I found interesting in the supporting cast are their behaviors, speeches, actions and relations. There are some situations in which characters do act realistically and this decency is indeed admirable.
Attack on Titan is really an entertaining ride. I admit that I enjoyed the series. Especially, the battles were extremely enjoyable. The suspense between each cliff-hanger was immense.
This anime has been hyped up and tagged as one of the best anime of 2013. Apart from its flaws, it is a thrilling action series mainly about the conflict between humans and titans and provides a glorious, engaging and exciting experience.
Mar 21, 2014
This is a spoiler free review.
*Insert synopsis here*
Aside from the monsters being replaced with Titans and the interesting weaponry the people have, we've definitely seen similar stories in anime before, whether it's Claymore, Blue Gender and maybe even Highschool of the Dead.
Leaving that aside though, it doesn't do a very good job with its narrative. The story relies on coincidences, has forced exposition, uneventful pacing and it also has unexplored themes that are tossed away as soon as they're raised.
The setting in general is poorly explored. For example, they make it clear that there's a slave trade going on within these walls, but that issue is never raised again. Apparently they also have religious sects that worship these walls as deities or something, but that's never explored either, aside from killing them off in an ironic and disrespectful manner (hah! that'll teach those religious people for having faith and hope!). There are even social classes among citizens, and of course, the higher the class, the more evil you are (that's how it works in cliché land), but even that is just there to show us what good people the main characters are by comparison.. They also present corruption within the military and competition amongst its different branches. Granted, the latter is explored a little, but the former is hardly touched and is just there to shock you. So despite how rich the setting seems at first, at the end of the day all you will care for is the fight against the titans since the rest just remains background decoration.
It's a common thing to say that the first episode is Amazing, but I wasn't impressed. To me, the first episode is also the first mistake it made. It seemed deliberately rushed in an attempt to make the audience gasp at the sudden deaths of characters we know nothing about (pure shock effect).
This is the first mistake because the pacing does slow down significantly later on and I think the first episode was the only one worthy of getting fleshed out more, instead of diving in to the massacre straight away. The rest of the episodes don't even exploit most of their slow pacing very well. It has a habit of slowing down deliberately in order to end most episodes on a cliffhanger. Sure, it might raise the tension, but it also serves to make the series less eventful inside its already limited number of episodes (which means less of a story).
And maybe I'm just nitpicking here, but the exposition insults me. It assumes I'm a retard who can't put 2 and 2 together and the characters have to go out of their way to explain things about their world that they should already know just by being born there. This show could've had no dialogue whatsoever and I still could've picked up on a great deal of what's going on. So the script just comes off as amaturish.
And like I said, the story also relies on occurrences that are not very likely, but because it involves the main characters, anything is possible (apparently). It's nothing that bad or distracting, but I'm still gonna go on a limb here and say; that's not good storytelling.
Lastly, it just ends in the middle of nowhere and leaves you with nothing but another cliffhanger (surprise, surprise).
To be fair though, the setting is still pretty creative (as unexplored as it is) and it does do a decent job in foreshadowing some interesting plot twists and gradually revealing mysteries, mainly about the Titans. But that's pretty much it and even that is incomplete for now.
These are tired shonen characters who are completely out of place.
You have a Mary Sue who's super strong for no good reason, the smart one and mr angry pants.
Granted, Eren, the angry one has good reasons to be angry, it's completely understandable. Unfortunately, that's pretty much all he is and it's probably not the best idea to have him as a main character since it gets old really fast.
You also have Mikasa who's an absolute perfect being for some reason (I gave up on questioning it). We can't make her flawed of course since that'd mean she'll have room for character depth, we can't have that. And there's simply nothing to remember her for besides her relationship with Eren, being perfect and her sexy lips. So yeah, a lame character with no development and the most ludicrous backstory I've seen in a while, which also happens to be Eren's backstory. Which explains why she's his pet.
The third character is Armin, the weak but smart one. I guess he's ok, since he does seem to grow more than the other two.. Aside from that he's forgettable as well since this show's characterization in general is very shonenish and obnoxious in an otherwise dark setting. "The power of friendship!" (ok, they don't actually say that, but they come pretty close).
By the way, these 3 characters are each supposed to complete each other with their traits, which is a nice idea, but that fact is stated directly to the viewer, much like everything else in this series (so much for subtlety).
There's also another notable character named Jean, who's kinda like the Vegeta or the rival in a shonen series. And much like Vegeta, he's the only one who goes through actual growth and he even reacts to the events in a way that resembles a human being. Too bad he wasn't the main character, he suits the grim setting much better than the others.
The secondary characters are defined mainly by their quirks or their looks and there are others who are just evil for the sake of being hated by the audience and aren't shown more than once (manipulation much?). Many secondary characters aren't fleshed out and the vast majority of deaths in this series are of nameless characters or ones you don't remember. It's understandable considering the circumstances, but that just makes the main cast appear more plot armored than they already are.
On the other hand, the characterization of common people during the intense moments is pretty decent. Probably a little over the top at times, but I still think it was handled rather well with how they panic and such.
Overall the characters could've been worse, I mean at least they have character consistency, they are given some focus and I should probably applaud them for not being overly sexualized, which is a very rare thing in anime these days. But I have no clue what people see in them since most of them are pretty simple and feel ridiculously out of place.
*Art & Sound*
I'll cover this part more briefly.
The character designs are kind of unique, I guess. I actually like the thick outlines the artwork has, you really don't see those much anymore. The surroundings look beautiful, both the forests and the towns. Everything just seems gigantic. The animation itself (while not always consistent) is great and the battles with the 3d camera movement is one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. Though I wasn't too thrilled about most of the Titan designs, and some are significantly cooler than others.
The opening song is arguably one of the best openings in recent years, it is pure blood boiling awesomeness (too bad opening 2 happened midway). Same goes for the soundtrack in general which is beautifully intense and makes everything seem more epic. The voice acting is nothing special and maybe even over the top, but I realize that the script probably told them to scream a lot, which is not always easy to pull off so give them some slack.
I enjoyed some of it, but from a point on I mainly just watched it apathetically. I do concede that it's not a boring watch, that's for sure.
I've been mostly negative in this review, but I'm giving it a fair score since it was still fine, or at least passable in some respects and the production values are pretty amazing as well.
But leaving the whole "reviewer" thing aside: personally, I don't like it very much, I find it soulless and I don't think it will stand the test of time.
That's just purely my own opinion, obviously. read more
Mar 8, 2014
I’m not mad that so many people liked Shingeki No Kyojin. Indeed, I’m not even confused that it is ranked so high on the list. I’m just very sad to see that something like this is actually possible. Because it does prove my point that rating systems aren’t worth anything anymore. It’s not about what number reflects the quality of a show in relation to the quality of other shows the best, it’s about like or dislike without anything in between. If everything gets a 10/10 just because of liking it, then what is the point of having a rating system?
All right, rant over. Let's get to the review.
…people who like epic battles with epic settings.
NOT RECOMMENDED FOR…
…people who lack patience and the ones who expect an interesting narrative.
Shingeki No Kyojin is a Shounen Anime with Seinen elements, in which humanity has to defend themselves from giant human-like monsters called Titans. It’s basically a post-apocalyptic scenario à la “Reign of Fire”, just with giants instead of dragons.
The show starts out very well by introducing us to the main characters and the world they inhabit and it does overall a good job in showing the horror the Titans represent. However, even the first few episodes already show signs of the recurring problem of Shingeki, which will be discussed later. The introduction is one of the strongest points of the show and sets up the atmosphere and characters well enough to captivate the viewer.
Another thing that deserves praise is Shingeki’s technical side. Animation and Soundtrack boast with fairly high quality, which helps a lot in creating a grand and epic atmosphere needed for a show like this. Especially the fight scenes are very enjoyable due to the sharp visuals and the extremely epic music that plays during those intense moments. While the designs of the Titans are unintentionally funny at times and while the use of a RPG-like style is also a bit questionable for a show that wants to depict the horrors of war and loss, the technical aspect of Shingeki is overall a plus.
That’s as far as the positives go. The show’s negatives, which are ultimately its crippling flaws, involve the direction of the story, the way the characters are handled and the way the dialogue and exposition is executed. To put it mildly, Shingeki starts out with a lot of potential in its first few episodes, but instead of building upon it, the show decides to dump down all of it for clichéd black and white painting, a contrived story with no direction or goal and a progression that’s as tough as old boots. It could have been a great, fast-paced Action Anime, it could have been an interesting exploration of novices in an environment that’s defined by war and death, hell it even could have been a deconstruction of the Shounen genre as a whole, but it ultimately wasn’t meant to be.
The first recognizable flaw is the absolutely outrageous pacing. Shingeki is slow, very slow, which wouldn’t be too bad if the time had been used to develop the characters and the plot. But all Shingeki really does is repeating the same information over and over and over. The show recaps events of the previous episodes in nearly every episode, but as if that wouldn’t be enough to drag the pacing down, the episode itself is also comprised with flashbacks and exposition the audience already knows because it was explained around five times already. The pacing of the middle 10 to 15 episodes is absolutely atrocious and combined with the already non-progressing plot and the focus on completely forgettable characters, it becomes a chore to watch.
And while we’re talking about plot and characters, the moment these two problems become apparent is the moment even the last person who believed in Shingeki’s potential will just give up and accept Shingeki as a sloppily put together Shounen that doesn't know in which direction it wants to go.
The three main characters themselves are relatively good. They aren’t very original (the vengeful hotheat, the stoic Mary Sue and the whiny but smart friend) but they are relatively well-used nonetheless. The secondary characters on the other hand are a total mess, merely because there isn’t any secondary character which gets developed to the point he or she becomes distinguish or important for the viewer. All those characters come and go before the audience can even learn their name. There suddenly appears a name, like “Gunther died”, and we as the audience can only wonder who of the five characters who look alike is meant. And this is a shame. There are so many people in Shingeki which had a lot of personality in their appearance and character right from the start and I can only wonder why the writers decided to dump them down for replaceable ones that lack any kind of distinguishable feature. Besides maybe some exceptions near the end, none of the deaths have any real impact on the viewer due to a lack of development, which makes all the time spent in which we have to watch the main characters grieve and moan about the fallen ones simply tedious, which again comes down to the problem with the pacing.
But we’re going in circles. Overall, Shingeki No Kyojin is a solid Action Anime with above average visuals and music and an at least interesting take on the genre as a whole due to its setting and concept. But when it comes to the execution, there are just too many shortcomings and downright crucial mistakes to call it a good anime. read more
Apr 15, 2014
That is what makes Shingeki No Kyojin so amazing to me.
The storyline is very simple and easy to understand right from episode 1.
The overall revelation of the exact plot does not allow me to truly comment on it as the manga is still ongoing and I have not finished the manga myself. I do appreciate the anime production team’s job on the whole aspect of suspense in almost every episode that relayed the true fear and tension from the story. As I’ve said, it may not be easy for us to relate to running away from naked giants but the anime portrayed great emphasis on fear, anger and many other extreme emotions that just draws us in. I would be lying to say that I was not at the edge of my seat in every episode. There is also the involvement of the supporting characters which is something I personally enjoy. I really can’t stomach when an anime or manga is ALL ABOUT the main character and that he/she is everything that the story is about –unless, the title itself IS the protagonist’s name. I just love to see the development of relationships amongst characters that adds up more depth into the story. I can’t say much about the story in complete detail for I am placing my bets on a second season AND awaiting the true finale of the manga, however, I can definitely say that the anime itself did a great job in portraying the originality and raw emotion of the story which enables me to give a double thumbs-up.
Now, here is where I want to elaborate on the most; the Art.
Oh how Shingeki No Kyojin blew me away with the majestic animation and art. From the characters to the settings and the details of the animation made me breathless; especially when they portray the use of the 3D Maneuver Gears. Not only that, the lighting and use of slow-motion effects magnified the emotions and suspense of each scene. I am a freak for fine details because it is quite hard to see super-great detail in art styles of shounen-based anime/manga. However, I was not disappointed with Shingeki No Kyojin. It captured the essence of the story beautifully and not to mention the work and effort of the flawless animation. I just…love it. I can’t put my personal happiness in words enough because I just wish that there are more shounen animes with this kind of quality animation; especially for action scenes. Simple thick intense lines and sound effects are not enough to convey a perfect action scene…it is the raw animation and movement of the characters captured frame by frame. That is why I appreciate the effort and work put onto this anime and the art is definitely one of my favourite aspects of this anime; hands down.
The soundtrack used in this anime is just stunning. I personally downloaded the entire OST album to listen to all of its tracks and although some were just…not all that great, there are certain ones that are beyond spectacular. Even by just listening to the background music, you can feel the sadness, melancholy and agony of the characters…and at other times, it builds up the pace into a huge Titan kickass fight. It blends well with the setting and mood of the anime and stays true to its emotions. There are also certain songs that are just plain EPIC which…I have to urge you to watch the anime itself to truly appreciate it. The two opening and ending sequences were also well chosen and in my personal opinion, I LOVED both of the openings…they were amazing. The first opening song captured the main protagonist, Eren’s resolve and anger towards the Titans which is basically the main thing happening in the anime and the second song is more of an evolution into a war-like aspect where you can truly catch onto the soldiers’ resolution for humanity. All in all, I love the soundtrack used in this anime. Great job once again, production team!
Ah, the characters…they can basically become the goldmine or garbage for an anime in my personal opinion. In this case, Shingeki No Kyojin is purely gold. Not saying that every character is awesome, I hated a few characters…but that is the beauty of it. There is never a perfect character and in this anime, ALL the characters are flawed. In the dystopian setting, I think such characteristic is easily found in all of its characters and it makes the anime less…boring? I don’t know about most of you but I love it when an anime truly portrays the weaknesses of the characters. Sure, strength and power development is cool and all but it is the flaw that makes them more…human and relatable in a sense. In every episode, you can see the characters in fear because…that is how things are in a crazy dystopian world. There is no such thing as ‘fearlessness’ here. Even the strongest soldier shows confusion and indecisiveness but that might give out spoilers so I’ll just leave it at that. Overall, I find the characters all beautifully made and well-thought out. And for once, I love how a supporting character is a lot more badass than the main protagonist…
I’m going to group up enjoyment and my overall thought of this anime into one and that is; simply EPIC. The anime does not showcase huge adventures and multiple crises; it’s already IN one huge severe problem. I’m just happy that there is still hope for epic animation in an anime because I’ve been disappointed a lot with many shounen animes. I’m going to give this a 9/10 because I cannot say that this anime is PERFECTION. It is not. But it definitely is a winner in my heart and hopefully yours as well! =D
Feb 11, 2014
It starts out with the shock factor. I thought, even though this isn't my kind of thing, I could maybe watch it for the suspense. But then it got into long cycles of boring and in my opinion, poorly executed character development scenes. As far as the story is concerned, I wouldn't say it's the most complex or sophisticated one, but they played the suspense/shock card very well, and it is something that can obviously attract a lot of people.
This anime has very well crafted action scenes. However, because of that, most of the other scenes are poorly animated, to the extent where it looks like a student's flash animation project at times. Even putting that aside, I think the style of the animation as a whole is not particularly creative.
It is obvious why SNK is so popular, but it doesn't do it for me. I would say it's too much style over substance, and not meaning the animation style. read more
Dec 9, 2013
"You can't change anything unless you can discard part of yourself too. To surpass monsters, you must be willing to abandon your humanity." - Armin Arlert
And I think I will just put it at the start of the review, since none of the not helpful voters gave any feedback on my previous reviews:
PLEASE NOT HELPFUL VOTERS, A FEEDBACK FROM YOU IS HIGHLY APPRECIATED!
Don't misunderstand me. I believe, this anime is awesome indeed! But is had some huge flaws to it that made me give it an average score.
Without a doubt this is the most hyped anime of the year. But what was it that made this anime so popular? The huge dumb naked people, the animation or the soundtrack? I can't really tell. I also noticed that the opinions of many people about this anime differ a lot. For me, this anime was some sort of disappointing series. It's really hard to tell if Shingeki no Kyojin actually deserved it's hype. But does it? Well, in my honest opinion, it didn't. And I will explain this to you in a review where I will be as objectively as possible.
The story is set in a medeaval period, where the human race is in danger of extinction by the stupid giant naked people. (the titans) There are cities build with walls to protect them. And than, out of nothing a huge collosal titan appears and destroys the city wall. The story revolves around a guy called 'Eren' with his Foster sister and Armen. After Eren saw what happened he has sworn he would kill every single titan.
Shingeki no Kyojin starts out really promising. The idea behind it was somewhat original, but I felt like it has too many things from other shows. But as soon as the story made progress, it became very predictable. Then again, the story telling itself was pretty decent and there were a couple of plot twists. But even then, they all became very predictable.
Even though the storytelling itself is pretty good, I didn't like the pace of it. Sometimes it was really slow, and I just wanted the plot to move forward. And sometimes, the pacing was too fast. It just had too cool down sometimes. This also prevents the anime from providing decent character development.
Here comes one of the better parts of the show, the art. First I will be talking about the background art, and second I will talk about the character designs.
The background art itself, was pretty good. It was very rich of colors. Especially landscapes and buildings had a lot of detail to them. By looking at the buildings, it gave me a some sort of magical medieval feeling. Especially during the fighting scenes, everything moved very fluid.
The character designs look pretty good as well. What I liked the most of them, were the thick black outlines. It suits the characters pretty good, and it looked just kinda cool. Also, since there are a lot of emotions in this anime, face expressions need to be visible. And that was the case in this anime for sure. I could tell immediatly if someone felt depressed, lonely, happy, angry etc. Another good thing is that there weren't any characters who looked similar to each other.
So overall, the art is very well done. It looked pretty unique. Rich of colors, and very fluid. Also, it's pretty noticable that there has a lot of effort been put in to.
Together with the art, this is also one of the better part of the show. The sound I will first talk about the music, and second I will talk about the voice acting.
Only the first OP "Guren no Yumiya" (Performed by Linked Horizon) is such an amazing and promising OP. The mix of Japanese and German at the start of the opening create a sound that's something very unique. It also fits the show really good. The soundtracks are over all great, and suit the scenes that they are used in perfectly, but they were just not that memorable. Also the 2nd OP "Jiyuu no Tsubasa" (which is also performed by Linked Horizon) isn't as good as the first one and not memorable too. I was actually sort of pissed when I found out that there was a new OP, since I loved the first one, and since it stands out compared to the second.
The voice acting was done very well. And in my honest opinion, I think it couldn't have been done any better. All of the voices simply suit all of the characters perfectly, and they portrayed their personalities and emotions really good. You could hear from someone's voice how he or she was feeling. You could decide from the character's voices if they were feeling sad, happy, angry etc.
So overall, the sound was very well done. A lovely first OP, with decent background songs and very impressive voice acting.
My, my. Here comes the most disappointing point of Shingeki no Kyojin. The characters. This is where the anime truly lacks big time. There is almost none character development in the main characters, and please let me explain. I will shorty describe the three main characters. Let's start up with Eren. Eren is the most cliché "I'll kill all of the titans!" character ever. He is really arrogant. Especially in the beginning of the anime, he pissed me off. But as the story made progress, he became sort of likeable. He became less arrogant, and more like a true human person. But still, I didn't find much development in him. And this was very disappointing, because this is why I couldn't sympathize with him. Armen, well, he became a very annoying character as well. But even though I didn't like him, he was the best main character from the show. He is a very smart young man, that always comes up with a brilliant plan to wipe out the Titans. But I felt like he lacked a lot of development. And Mikasa is okay. She is just a badass female character, but also lacked some decent development and normal human sense. She was just too cold, that I couldn't understand her feelings and feel for her. Don't misunderstand me, there were some pretty interesting and likeable characters like Jean and Levi. I mean, the supporting cast was very interesting with some likeable and funny characters, but the thing is that I just couldn't empathize with any of them. Everytime someone died, I felt nothing. And if a characters would die, it wouldn't bother me at all.
Apart from it's huge flaws, like with the characters or the story, this show stays awesome as hell. I simply enjoyed the shit out of it, especially during the fighting scenes. Fighting scenes were just very cool, violent and also epic to look at. The animation is what probably made the fighting scenes look so damn cool. I loved it when the people were using their maneuver gear, of whatever the f*ck you call it, and when they crossed through the forests or towns. Still, there were some parts that I didn't enjoy the show as much as other parts. This is mostly because of the characters. Because of their stupidness and retardness, or because of their lack of human sense, I kind of stopped enjoy watching it. But still, it was also a pretty addicting show. Each episode ends with an awesome cliffhanger and I just couldn't stop guessing of what was coming next. I think, if you don't mind the brainless characters, you might just enjoy this a lot, just like I did.
Overall this anime is a good show, but has some huge flaws here and there. In my opinion, SnK didn't deserve it's hype. The story was quite decent, but depended too much on the whole survival thing. A superb art style with brilliant animation quality, and a amazing OP. Soundtracks are very good too, much some of them were not memorable at all. The characters lacked a lot of development and emotions. Very flat personalities but some were likeable, I guess.
I don't want to let my personal enjoyment have too much influence on my review, so I would give this show an average score of a 5/10.
I had a very hard time reviewing this, and I could only say that I would recommend this to anyone since I enjoyed watching this show a lot.
I would also recommend you to watch the extremely well-written Berserk, and Claymore. Both have the same medieval setting like Attack on Titan, and deal with lots of violence and gore.
Nov 29, 2013
Attack on Titan has an absolutely astounding setting. The sheer idea behind the setting, the exposition pieces, and the initial plot elements held the potential for it to be one of the best action anime ever. From the first three episodes, I could see how someone could believe this would be that one anime that is just absolutely amazing. It simply becomes disappointing as things continue. Long story short? The start is absolutely amazing. It's powerful. It's grabbing. It does everything an introduction should do. The problem after that stems from the plot slowly becoming painfully predictable and a personal dissatisfaction with the protagonists in place as well as the decisions of various members of the cast completely destroying the story's credibility at times.
Art is completely subjective. I would not actually judge art based on someone's own opinion. You would really have to see it for yourself to deem whether it is "good" or not. As for me, it seemed fairly mediocre. The effort is there, but something with the art style simply does not jive with me. The settings are well done, but the characters are quite bland.
Finally. This is what I can praise Attack on Titan for. If anything, this series's soundtrack deserves to be remembered. It is excellent and its execution throughout the anime was not only strategic but tasteful. The tracks range from dark and depressing to powerful and moving pieces designed for a battle against a completely hopeless situation. In my opinion, the music in and of itself is the true beauty behind this anime.
The main protagonist Eren Jeager is heavily set on his goal to a fault. Some call this good writing, but given the setting, it actually works against the story and its credibility. It is literally almost difficult to not find the main character's obsession with revenge nostalgic and downright hilarious. If you don't like avenger-type characters, you will despise Eren beyond imagination by the time the story is over. The worst part? He finally starts developing three-quarters through and goes right back to the bratty child he was in the first few eps. The same can be said of Mikasa. This anime is one of the few to portray women with some form of decency, but Mikasa's obsession with Eren is a pretty sad window of how the author wants people to worship his poorly-designed protagonist. To boot, Mikasa literally has no flaws other than her obsession with Eren. No character flaws. No ability flaws. Her only real flaw is her obsession with Eren, which usually only winds up helping them, not causing them problems like it should. Your only real likable protagonist? Armin. He is one of maybe three characters we really see that has a solid character, solid flaws, and solid development based on those flaws and his interactions with other characters due to the plot. In all honesty, Armin should have been the main protagonist.
Now we move onto enjoyment. Despite vehemently despising roughly eighty-five percent of the cast, I enjoyed Attack on Titan. Is it a great action anime? Sure. Definitely! Is it realistic? Sad to say, but no it is not. Is it the most well-written anime ever? Astronomically far from it. If you're looking for an action anime to sit down and enjoy, this is a wonderful choice. If you're looking for an action anime with a strong plot and emphasis on lovable characters, I recommend pretending that you never heard the hype and staying far away from this anime.
With a heavy heart, I cannot give the anime anything higher than a 5/10 in good conscience. It had oodles of potential, but an irritating cast, some half-baked plot elements, and predictability ruined it. Mediocre at best. read more
Apr 21, 2014
Greatly enjoyed watching this. There were times when all the deaths made me want to rip my hair out (which is a good thing. Not a lot of animes make me want to do this when someone died), but the action is great, the characters are great.
I like how all the characters look ordinary (hard to know who the MCs are if they're all lined up) and great character development. Liked how the character's reactions were realistic (instead of acting like a hero without fear, etc) and how they acted like how a normal person would in their situation (Ex: How Hannes ran away with the children instead of trying to be the hero and kill the titan, Armin breaking down when you-know-who died, the soldiers seeing you-know-who in his formation and assuming he's a threat and taking great care to restrain him just in case, etc).
The art is great and the animation is even better. All those 3dmg scenes are amazingly well done and the voice cast really fits my vision of the character's voices.
Overall, I really enjoyed this anime and I highly suggest that you watch it. There's not a lot of animes that are as well-done (enough that its probably on par with Naruto, Bleach and One-piece on popularity. maybe even more) yet still be realistic with emotions as well as not drag on for more than 200 episodes.
Story: 10 (really, who would've thought of big humanoid monsters eating people? And made it into a great enough story that can actually seem believable if it were not for the giant humanoid monsters in it)
Art: 9 (As I said, I really enjoyed it (the blue-ray version, not the TV version)
Sound: 8 (I like the OSTs and the music. Voice cast did a great job too. Eren does yell a lot though)
Character: 9 (Great character development and realistic with emotions/actions)
Enjoyment: 10 (Really liked it. So far, its the only manga I've actually caught up with the updates)
Overall: 9 (Great anime, great storyline and probably one of my favorite animes so far) read more
Feb 18, 2014
Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan, or literally "Advancing Titans") is like a very specialized main dish. Although it is known that the style and type cover the biggest part of the community, it still doesn’t go with the everyday flow. What I’m focusing on is that these series are an action shounen. Nowadays, many people tend to connect that with some sort of superpowers, laser armory, railgun fire, or anything of the sort. Well, although it is a fantasy, these series want to bring us into a tad more realistic war situation with an overpowering predator, as it would be back in the near past. Furthermore, they succeed at doing just that.
Starting off with the story. The premise and set-up are excellent. The main focus of the two is survival, which is presented in a “man vs predator” way. With humanity being pushed behind the three great walls, as well as the biggest percentage of the land being in the predator’s possession, we’ve got the tension and the rat’n’mouse setting covered already. Since that’s filled, there are only two focuses that have to be done well and connect to the premise in order to achieve (the uneasy achievable) success: the goal and the execution. The goal is in the hands and minds of the characters, so we will get to that later. The execution, on the other hand, is great. Through the story, we are basically presented to the actions the humanity takes in order to achieve victory. Grabbing and squeezing every opportunity they get, they want to maximize the chance of (possible) success.
However, it is not like everyone thinks or feels the same, right? Since that’s the case, the people inside the walls are split into two main groups: the civilians (farmers, traders, citizens, and so on) and the force (three military legions - inner, outer, and scouting). Still, this is an action shounen, so we wouldn’t want to see some boring life of a random citizen, right? Nah, that would fit more into some sort of a slice of life drama, or whatever. No, no, we follow the force and their actions. We follow the ones that are hungry for action. For change. Even for revenge. Vegnance. Retaliation. Who is doing all that? Our main characters.
We have the pyramid system of the main characters. That means that there is one main protagonist, followed by 1-3 protagonists in the matter of importance, who are followed by even more protagonists of some specific level of importance. The level of importance is decreasing the more main characters we are presented to. On the top, we have Eren Yeager (or Hunter, as roughly translated from the German language). He is the revenge-tirsty spotlight of the series. From time to time stupid, rash, emotional, as well as dedicated to fulfill what he feels like he must, regardless of the cost it takes to do so. There has been the most mixed calls regarding him on the matter of liking or disliking him as a character. Well, here’s the deal. He indeed might end up unpleasant to some, but I can guarantee that all the other characters we encounter are far from that. We get to love them, and it’s one of those times when the quantity wins over quality of an individual with a strong role.
Next to him are his hot, strong and simply badass adopted sister, Mikasa, as well as a weak, but intelligent and smart best friend, Armin. Before we move on, yes, Armin is a boy and yes, Mikasa is simply the best. Next to the strongest 3D Maneuver Gear user which the humanity uses in order to fight the overpowering Titans, Commander Levi, Mikasa is the badass of the series. Her speciality? Cutting flesh. Her weakness? Pretty much nothing in battle, and I don’t think we could call that shy moe-ness a weakness in any way whatsoever, either! She is a quickly lovable character, and after a shocking moment that occured in episodes 7-8, many were hoping that she would overtake the role of the main protagonist. Well, that doesn’t happen. Regardless, she is the gold and platinum of the series, no questions there. Armin doesn’t have a role as strong as Mikasa’s, but he is still considered as one of the main trio. Although he might seem like a coward, or an annoying and useless person as well, the story needs such a guy in order to emphasize the greatness of other leads. All in all, he does his part just fine.
There are many other characters as well, which we get to sympathize with. Most are filled with fear of not nothing what’s going to happen tomorrow, which is shown beautifully. Among them, there are many diffent types. Quirky, lazy, lax, hasty, serious, quiet, psycho, commanding, rash, and so on. Some are really 2-dimensional, while some are really deep. Some are much deeper or are at least kept in darkness for the sake of the story, and later reaviling some great plot twists and turn arounds, keeping us on our toes on every corner. All in all, the characters are far from being mainstream. With the serious atmosphere around, you don’t see some fake, plastic, or tsundere faces around. You see something far more detailed in a tad if-it-would-happen realistic way. Yes, for a change, you get to like those pixels in front of you, not despise them with a passion.
I promised to explain the goal of the series when I would come to the topic of the main characters. The producers are well aware of who the planned audience is. Although not as flashy and glittery, we are presented to a heroic tale that’s unfolding. A main character. A strong power. A focused dedication. A weaker hero vs stronger enemy. We’ve got everything set. Now, let the sweeping bloodbath begin. Alongside with the other main characters, the goal of these series is to get us root for our main protagonist to break, demolish and simply destroy as many enemies, on as brutal way as possible. That’s even peaked up in the end where Eren switches his famous line of exterminating all of the Titans into brutally killing them. You like being shown to an intense atmosphere between the characters, just to see them own the enemy in the end with style? You’ll love them, in that case. Heck, that’s more than half of the job done for you loving the series as a whole, if that’s indeed the case.
So, we’ve got a grand, powerful, and quite specialized story, alongside with some splendid and lovable characters. What more can come? Well, the art/animation and the sound (of course). The animation is sharp. That would be in a positive way. It brings the mood of wanting to see some badass scenes and more agressivity. In detail, it does so by including quite a few harsh colors, as well as having the edges sharp, beaked, and a tad blurry. That itself kills the possible effect of chillness, as it adds extra energy to the happening around. From time to time, it includes some nice color mixing, most likely done on purpose to have the one watching keep an eye on that specific part of the screen/display. Many times done in order for us to see the entire swift and quick action that has yet to occur, without the need of replaying the scene afterwards. Note that the animation itself is not flashy, so although it brings quite some heavy effect, it does not hurt the eyes.
And then there is the topic of sound. Many times I’ve already complimented them, but allow me to do it yet again. The OSTs (Original Sound Tracks) are simply amazing. If you’re careful and precise, you can see and hear that they hit just in the right moment. When something bigger goes down, there are the powerful OSTs that kick in. When something is learnt, the suspension and intense OSTs start playing. As well as when some major actions are finished, the quiet and lining OSTs take place. Through them all, there are the calm and a tad emotional OSTs that fill in the gaps of hopelessness and cruel situation in which our main characters are in at all times. On short, the sound is wonderful. Masterpieces. Each and every one of them. And when the OSTs aren’t playing? The voice actors come in. In all their glory and beauty. I would not like to go much in depth, but they do their job wonderfully. Power scenes are given powerful voice. The sadness, desperation, true inner happiness, as well as many other situations and presentations, are most of the time voiced spot-on. If you are a type that receives the most info through the sound, then you are quite lucky - these series tend to bring pleasure at that.
Rounding the review up with the enjoyment factor, it is damn high. I won’t lie. I simply love intense action series done right, and Shingeki no Kyojin delivers it. With a lovable cast of characters, the most amazing sound, sharp and harsh animation, as well as an excellent premise, these series do have a round pack of enjoyment ready to be shipped to anyone. If you are up to some action series that aren’t too heavy, but aren’t really light either, then I very much suggest Shingeki no Kyojin. These are some shounen series that are a tad higher in the quality ranking, over quite a big part of other series that share the same genre. read more
Feb 18, 2014
Story 9/10 The idea of AoT is pretty awesome, it's about Humanity against the overpowered giant cannibals or titans for short, and throughout the show you get to watch humanity fight for their lives and try and come closer to the mystery of these giant monsters and why they are trying to exterminate the human race. The story was really interesting throughout the entire show I found and although there is a lot of action the story still successfully manages to have quite a few other elements of different genres in it. This anime also paced the amount of episodes very well and nothing seemed that rushed or stretched longer then it needed to be for me, there are some parts of this anime that were to a point predictable but it didn't matter much i still found it very enjoyable by keeping me at the edge of my seat.
Art 9/10 The art was great one thing that was definitely noticeable was how fluent the animations were when they were in combat with the 3D maneuver gear it was so cool and I have never seen any anime have anything like that it's definitely a must see. Another thing that AoT contains a lot of is blood it's pretty nuts there is ton of it and i like seeing some bloodshed in animes but AoT may have went a bit over the top in this sense. The characters and titans all seemed to be detailed very well also including all of the the backgrounds. I would also buy this anime on blu-ray too see the art quality to it's full extent.
Sound 9/10 The music is definitely very good the opening theme songs and the ending songs suit the anime setting very well and the battle music and heroic soundtracks in the anime are very well done as well they seem to start and end at the nearly the perfect times I also definitely enjoy the soundtrack and will end up listening to it in the future mainly Linked Horizon's opening for AoT Guren no Yumiya because there performance was incredible, I also found that the voice actors that were picked suited there characters very well (in English sub for me).
Characters 10/10 The characters were outstanding they go pretty deep into explaining the main characters back stories and that is definitely one of the things i look for the most in an anime the way characters also reacted to certain events in the story was very realistic. There was some character growth to an extent in the anime the anime wasn't based on a long time frame so in the short time frame in the anime I thought the characters got progressively stronger in their distinct areas. One of the characters, Armin narrates at the start of every episode and i think it adds to the feel of the anime. I also think there are a lot of characters that people would like main or supporting.
Enjoyment 10/10 If you really like action anime's or super power then you may come to love AoT because those are it's main areas and it did very well succeeding in those areas, My brother doesn't generally watch anime but he saw some of AoT and thought it was very well done so I think that even non anime fans would still like AoT. I would definitely re-watch all of AoT not because it's one of my favorite anime's as of now also because every episode was enjoyable or had exciting parts in it.
Overall i give this anime a 9/10 (my personal score is 10/10) if you have not watched AoT I encourage you to do so because if you enjoy the genre that AoT is in you will most definitely like it. I think that there was a massive amount of effort put into making every episode of AoT each episode seems like anime movie and was just awesome to watch and I hope that my review may make you watch AoT or maybe will make you want to re-watch it.
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Feb 16, 2014
Art and Animation-9: The art is quite a step up from its manga counterpart; everyone has their own distinct look, even some background characters. The background itself is well put together, giving off a sense of scale for the Titans and the world inside and outside the walls. The animation is superb, completely fluid throughout the majority of the series. There are a few budget cuts in some frames to keep up with the amazing animation in the later parts of the series, but that is being fixed in the Blu-Ray and DVD releases. Overall it is a very well put together show in the animation department.
Sound-8: The quality of sound in this show is very good, even when things get hectic the distinct sounds can be heard. One cannot speak of this shows sound without mentioning the amazing first opening, which has a great blend of German and Japanese , it was a shame to have it replaced halfway. The insert songs are used well and the sound effects for each action are original and distinct from each other. The music from this show could easily be played and enjoyed even without visual aid, and that is a great sign.
Characters-8: The main three characters Eren, Mikasa, and Armin seem like very stereotypical characters at first, but after looking over them and their development through the series, they are actually more complex and each have reasons for the way they are.
Eren- He is your average revenge seeking protagonist, but it is very clear that this is a bad trait in him rather than being played up as a righteous hero. Eren is not a huge hero, despite his importance to the story he is one of the easiest to take out in combat, generally losing any battle he goes into with rage. He usually only wins battles when they are planned out, he needs the support of all of his allies, he is a hero of necessity. He always needs someone to lean on, which is where Mikasa comes in.
Mikasa- She is a broken shell, she may seem like she has no reason to act the way she does, but she discarded her humanity when she was younger in order to live and survive in the harsh world around her, only living for the ones she cares for the most. Even though she seems to depend on Eren too much, both Eren and Armin depend on her just as much if not more because of the strength and skill she has that they lack. She may not be any groundbreaking character, but she is a fairly well written for this style of character.
Armin- He is the voice of reason for the series; originally coming off as whiny, he grows and becomes a very important part of both Eren’s group and the military as a whole. His strategies and speaking skills are the most important in the trio’s survival. Without him Eren and Mikasa would have died multiple times by the end of the season.
The side characters however are mostly one dimensional, with the couple of standouts who become more prominent later on in the story, so not too much to say here. However each character does have enough personality to help ease the tension of this heavy series.
Enjoyment-8: I personally enjoyed the series, and it is now one of my favorite anime. The action was amazing, the story was interesting, and the only thing I didn’t enjoy was how early it ended. Having read the manga there were a few more things I would have liked to see, however it chose a very good stopping point in my opinion.
Feb 6, 2014
In an unknown part of the world, during an unknown time period, colossal monsters called Titans, whose only purpose in life is to feed on humans for pleasure, have taken the place of apex predator and forced humanity into hiding. With only a small percentage of humanity left, they build walls to surround cities in order to keep the Titans out, and live their lives trapped, yet alive. But after 100 years of not seeing a single Titan, a colossal Titan kicks the wall in and sends the outer layer of the city into panic. In the frenzy, one boy named Eren Jaeger, watches first hand as his mother is devoured by a Titan. Driven by rage and a desire for vengeance, he joins the Survey Corps with his childhood friends, Mikasa and Armin, to fight against the Titans, and satisfy his thirst for retribution, and find freedom beyond the walls they've spent their lives trapped in. Attack on Titan is a classic tale of overcoming trials to find what you desire, but, where most of these tales often chart the progress of their goals, Attack on Titan follows a "one step forward, two steps back" program. It seems that the closer Eren and the Survey Corps get to rising up against the Titans, reality always follows to rub just how hopeless it is in their face. Question after question arises, with no answers in sight, and by the end of the series, humanity has yet to take their step towards defeating the Titans. Normally this would all be very frustrating, if it wasn't for the fact that the story never just strings us along. It is a hopeless situation, and the characters actions towards rising up are never completely in vain. It's a story about overcoming suffering, regardless of how futile it seems, and charging forward with nothing more than hope, which is enough to make a compelling, and somewhat optimistic series for people to find themselves invested in. Sadly, Attack on Titan suffers from being an unfinished show, ending on a cliffhanger and leaving it's audience unsatisfied. Considering it's success though, a second season should be on the way as soon as there's enough source material to work off of. Unless, that is, Studio Wit all of sudden starts hating the oodles of money the show has put in their pockets.
Attack on Titan was done by Studio Wit, a subsidiary of Production I.G, and their first major work. The art in Attack on Titan is eye-catching to say the least. The backgrounds are surprisingly detailed, implementing the CGI to good use for the buildings, and vibrant forests for outside the wall. The character designs are worth noting as well. Seeing as the setting has more German influence than Japanese, the characters are designed for a more Western look, putting aside the show's token Oriental, Mikasa. What's more each of the characters are outfitted with thick black outlines, giving the shore a more comic book feel. Though the most notable thing about the designs, would have to be those of the Titans themselves. Their bodies are, large and misshapen, with sickening flesh tones, but the faces had a bad habit of getting more and more ridiculous as the show went on, to the point where the Titans were more laughable than intimidating. As for the animation, it looks absolutely marvelous when it wants to, implementing a three-dimensional style to match the humans maneuver gear, not to forget about the splendid choreography that goes into using said 3-D maneuver gear, making for some flat out gorgeous action scenes. The rest of the time though, the animation can be quite lazy and often lags. That's not even bringing into account the times when the show would decide to stop the animation all together to implement still screens. It's not a bad looking show by any means, but it could've looked better. Of course it could've looked a lot worse too, if not for three simple words. Tetsurou Fucking Araki. Simply looking at his track record, comprising of Death Note, High School of the Dead, and Guilty Crown, tells you two things about him. The shows he directs look really good and usually end up being huge successes. Araki often implements a style of bombast and erraticism, taking complete advantage of the animation medium, and simultaneously creating copious amounts of online memes, providing his shows with free advertising. While Attack on Titan isn't as gorgeous as Guilty Crown, or as stylized as Death note, his directorial style still provides enough passion and adrenaline to take this show's visuals to new heights.
The OST for the show was done by Hiroyuki Sawano, whose previous works include Blue Exorcist and the aforementioned Guilty Crown. The show itself is a driving force of adrenaline and blatancy, so what better to suit it than heavy dramatic sounds, fully orchestrated with the obligatory choirs, crashing down on you while one of the characters charges off dramatically to go decapitate a Titan. Outside of the action, the show is complimented by vocal chorus pieces to suit the more moody and less intense scenes. Of course, you can't talk about Attack on Titan, without talking about it's openings. One of the things that sold Attack on Titan to so many people right off the bat, was it's first OP, Guren No Yamiya by Linked Horizon, which soon became an overnight internet sensation with hundreds of parody videos. To be honest, it is kind of as good as people say, but that shouldn't detract attention from the show's second opening, Jiyuu no Tsubasa, also by Linked Horizon, which is just as good if not better than the first opening.
One of the bigger criticisms of the show is about it's cast of characters, where the words, undeveloped and bland most often appear. I'm going to respectfully disagree. Attack on Titan is not a complex show, nor does it ever try to act like it is. It's a straightforward action/adventure show meant to touch base with it's audience's own humanity. So doesn't it seem fitting that it's characters do the same? After all, sometimes simple characters are more effective than complex ones, especially when the point of these characters is to bring out human traits that the audience can connect with. There's nothing wrong with complexity in characters, and some shows even manage to blend complexity with humanity. But there are plenty of cases where a story might focus more on analyzing a characters inner workings that they come off as unnatural and robotic. In a 25 episode anime, where the themes are about the inner will and determination of humanity, simplicity works better. Eren is bitter and angry at the Titans, yet still desires freedom and the safety of his loved one above all else. Mikasa wants nothing more to protect Eren out of gratitude and love, gained from his part in providing her with a new life. Armin wants to find the courage within him to use his own abilities to assist his friends in the hope that they may someday live in peace. It's hard not to feel sympathy for the characters of this show, even those that don't necessarily deserve it, because the emotions they feel are justified and honest. Not to say they didn't need development, and some got it. Eren eventually learns to put his anger aside so it doesn't get in the way of what's important. Armin learns to put his fear aside so that he can use his intellect to help out. Jean decides to end his own selfish streak and step up as a leader for his fellow cadets. Not to say the cast doesn't have flaws. While i will defend Mikasa as a great female character and not just some emotionless guard fog, but she is a bit predictable after a while. Plus there are plenty of characters like Sasha and Connie which have yet to get any real attention outside of comic relief to bounce of the main characters. I've read the manga, so I know whether or not they develop, but this is a review on the show, so i'll be judging the characters on what they are, not what they could or will be. Still, Attack on Titan does give us an engaging cast to resonate with, whether it be their desire for vengeance, for freedom, for reason, and, of course, to protect what they hold dearest. Some people may criticize the simple designs for these characters, but i can't help but prefer humanity over complexity.
Enjoyment (9/10) Overall (8/10)
The question i expect to hear at least once after posting this review is, "does it live up to the hype?" and, quite frankly, it doesn't matter. Hype is a result of the community not the show itself, so to say something to overhyped or overrated is not a flaw of the show, but your own personal flaw. I hope that you can ignore the hype, and decide for yourself whether it's a show deserving of it's attention based off it's own quality. In my opinion, it kind of is. Attack on Titan is a thrill ride of action, impact, and pure enjoyment. It may be unfinished, but it was clearly planned with a second season in mind, which is all but confirmed, and will most likely clear up any loose plot threads and unresolved character arcs. I won't dismiss it's flaws, but i can look past them to see a quality show, one that i can recommend for all anime fans. Anyways, that's all for now. Til next time. read more
Dec 9, 2013
START: extremely strong start, such a powerful first episode that immediately drew me into the show.
PRODUCTION: very well done, no question about it. If there is something good to say about Attack on Titan/Shingeki no Kyojin it is certainly the animation, music and sound. Crisp and perfect. The animation has entirely no flaws, and the background settings are gorgeously animated. The music was another great aspect of the show, setting the correct tone at all times.
CHARACTERS: super cliche, especially the main three characters: Eren, Mikasa, and Armin. The reason that they are cliche is because all they do the entire show is talk about how much they want to eliminate the Titans, not how they would do it, but merely that they were going to with no possible ideas of how. Another thing that bothered me throughout the entire show was instead of cooperating and working out tactics of eliminating Titans, all I could notice about the conversations were that it seemed just like a “who can wear out their voice enough until they can’t talk trash about the enemy any longer” contest.
FOCUS: based on the ending of the series, I came to the conclusion that the first 15 or so episodes were a pointless plot. There was a new goal to accomplish after the first 15 or so episodes, and that was what remained entirely in the show.
PACING: slower than a three-toed-sloth. I could not watch full episodes at times because it got so repetitive and boring.
MORALS: the show has no message, unless you count “when you get invaded by giant stupid naked people, fight back.” The show pretty much seemed very anti-peace, even at the end.
So if you want to see a highly produced show, go for Attack on Titan/Shingeki no Kyojin. However, if you are destined to watch an anime with greatly developed characters and a pointful plot, I wouldn’t recommend this one. read more
Dec 1, 2013
A nice break of pace I must say. Shingeki presents a sprawling world filled with humanity fighting for its right to live. This tale is filled with action, survival, and revenge. Is it the greatest thing ever? No, but it sure as hell isn't bad. From a story telling stand point, this first chapter in Eren's quest has been handled surprisingly well. Broken up into two key sections being the first 13 episodes and latter half of the show. These two sections span within more or less one given location each. Moving from the first part to the other helps the show from not becoming stale. I noticed a few pacing issues here and there, but nothing to drastic. Now onto a pretty big elephant in the room, and a common complaint with some people. As the story progresses it reveals more and more new information to the audience. The problem is that in season 1 at least, it is never revealed as to how these things in the world work. Every new reveal just makes new questions, and leaves very little answers. Although this is annoying, my defense for it is that the characters themselves are seeking these answers with us. They themselves don't know or understand, and are working to figure it out as well. Down the line when they figure out whats going on we will as well. ***SPOILER*** I am speaking of the Titan Shifters***END OF SPOILER*** This being the first of probably many sequels (season 2 already confirmed) I'm not only pleased with how this part played out, but I'm excited to see what season 2 brings.
Art is usually a subjective matter, but for me at least it worked. The set pieces and action sequences were spectacular. The effort to make something of high grade is there, but with such high production values in parts lead to issues. The use of stills and other "Budget control" material was jarring. One can chalk some of these to stylistic choice if they want, but for me it was pretty glaring considering the rest of the shows presentation. Also the character designs were fairly boring, but then again they just looked like normal humans. No crazy hair styles or giant breasts (apart from a certain Titan), but I actually appreciated this considering how serious they were taking the subject material. Overall pretty good, just parts here and there.
It's not easy being cheesy, and boy does this show nail the cheese. War chants, guitar rifts, and somber pianos, it has it all. For me at least, if done right, cheese can be a force of justice. Yes I noticed it in the background, but the score amplified the story telling, not pull away from it. If anything at least it wasn't boring. Oh and the openings and endings were fantastic as well, the second one actually being my favorite. So much freedom in one song. Now where voice acting is concerned all the cast did a fine job. Believable and nothing jarring. Nothing more to really say except great job.
Hey look a strong female lead with normal body proportions. That is the real breath of fresh air. So as far as characters stand, none are really bad, but quite a few are underdeveloped. The ones that are leading this adventure luckily aren't the weak ones. I'll discuss the main 3 in the most detail these being: Eren, Mikasa, and Armin. Eren is the hero of this story. So here is the score when it comes to this kid, it is pretty much going to be a love him or hate him sort of thing. Where do I stand? well I love this little bastard. Why? well thanks for asking how about I tell you. Eren's one drive in this is plain and simple. Revenge. Not to become some hero, not to become the next king, or to save the world. Eren wants to kill every single Titan bastard who stole his family away from him. Perfect, just simply fantastic, and the best part is I know he is an idiot and doesn't think. So does the show, but hot blooded revenge for the ones you love is something I can get behind. Primal in nature, this drive for revenge, and what cost this revenge will have is what makes him a good character. Like I said tho, some people will hate this character, and I understand why. Now for Mikasa. Let me be honest with you. I am probably in love, but I probably just like damaged goods cause boy her life sucks. Eren has many strengths and faults that round his character as a whole, but Mikasa only has one "flaw". Physically and mentally strong, and one of the best fighters in the show Mikasa doesn't falter much. Except for her love for Eren. Her strong sense of purpose and affection for such a reckless person could be fatal. This adds a nice dynamic to her relationship with Eren as well as the rest of the characters in the world whom she would leave behind in a heart beat just to save her family. Now there is Armin. Yeah about Armin I like him and all don't get me wrong. Intelligent, strong since of purpose, and a reliable friend. I just don't have all that much to say about him. He has a nice arc of progression within the story tho, so it nice to watch him grow as a person. He isn't bad, but my least favorite of the 3. As for the rest of the cast, they were hit or miss. Some were just Titan chow, others were heroes of fortune (Jean, Levi). Overall pretty solid in this department.
I had a lot of fun with this show. Sprinkled with some fantastic moments, and wonderful set pieces "Shingeki No Kyojin" was a great ride.
Not quite the masterpiece that I have heard about nor the abomination haters think it is, "Shingeki No Kyojin" is something special. Something that has risen from the wave of Anime that is pushed out every new season. With growing popularity that never seems to stop, this has become a titan in the industry. I would recommend anyone to watch this show. Find your own thoughts on it. I had a great time with this show, and excited to see where it goes in the future. As always thanks for watching. read more
Feb 4, 2014
Perhaps the biggest issue that I find with it is that the cast consists largely of shallow stock characters. For me this is what really kills the anime, I think. I just couldn't find it in myself to care about anything that happened because of them. This wouldn't necessarily completely sink an anime on its own, though it would have to have some pretty significant strengths in other areas to make up for it, and Attack on Titan doesn't seem to have any. The story of a young man being given responsibility over the fate of mankind due to a plot contrivance giving him sole access to or rare talent in some kind of great power is a very common one in anime, and within the first season this show does very little to mix it up at all. The tone is pretty consistently bleak, with levity being rare and unfortunately rather poorly implemented when it does appear, but for an anime that's so lacking in depth or original thought this just serves to make it even more boring.
Its being so depthless and unoriginal is exactly why I find it difficult to understand why people are so interested in it. What about this show makes it apparently so much better than the mountain of other anime that have used the exact some concept and used it, to my mind, just as well? I suppose it could be the fight scenes, which are fine, though not particularly noteworthy if you ask me. Or perhaps the consistency of tone, which is honestly rare in anime and consequently kind of refreshing even if it doesn't really help the show much. But then I guess that the reason I'm writing this is because I don't know why this show is popular, so I certainly don't have any confidence in either of those guesses. If you enjoyed this show, don't hesitate to tell me what you thought was good about it. I'm honestly interested to know. For now though, I'm scoring it a five out of ten - I'm completely apathetic toward it. Because it does nothing at all unusual it can neither be said to be at all good or really at all bad. It's just mediocre, which when you get down to it is really the worst thing to be. I certainly don't intend to watch any future episodes of this anime. read more
Apr 5, 2014
Story :( Please read the synopsis before reading any further).The setting of the story is quite intriguing in its own way. Set several hundreds of years ago, human race is endangered by titans, who are several meters high and eat humans. Humans are protected by three huge walls namely-Wall Maria, Wall Rose, Wall Sina. The progress of the story with every episode is the asset of the entire series. The series contain no filler episodes, while being serious till the end.
Art: The art is absolutely outstanding and precise. It is the forte of the entire anime series. It sets ablaze the already radiant action in the series. I found the art one of the best in recent years maybe due to the fact that this anime actually uses it accurately as none other recently.
Sound: Supported by an astounding opening theme and the sound track is, maybe second to none in my opinion. The background score for the fights might actually be the selling point of the series, while marking its importance alongside art in the anime. This combined with pace make unique and entertaining clash between humans and titans.
Character: The characters in the series are quite orthodox. The main protagonist: Eren Yeager is driven by rage acquired due to his past. He, while having spirit lacks talent. Other main characters in the story are his friends Mikasa and Armin. Armin lacks power and courage, compensating in intelligence. He sits back in fear while the other two move forward. Mikasa is both talented and hard working. She has a dark past and is attached to Eren, tries to save him whenever possible. While the story progresses we are introduced to various characters. While the most noted among them is Levi. He receives a "superman" entrance. He is mostly silent oozing brilliance throughout his presence in the series.
Enjoyment: I found the series profoundly enjoyable for a wide range of audience.
Supported by outstanding sound and art, being accurately paced and possessing best action sequences, in my opinion is one of the best in its genre
Mar 7, 2014
Giant human-looking monsters dominating humanity. Sounds pretty straightforward. However, this is not where I base my "6" on. This rating revolves around the mysteries and suspense brought forth. During its first launch and the episodes that followed, I was introduced to an anime that was not a school/comedy/romance/slice of life. The feeling of finally transitioning from those typical school, harem anime to one that is serious, dark, and intriguing was all too satisfying.
The main problem with the plot is the incredibly slow pacing. As I finished the series, I feel like no problems were solved. Every single damn episode of Attack on Titan starts with a recap, followed by a build up of suspense and right when things get good, a cliffhanger hits you in the face. This process repeated itself up to the last. But even so, Attack on Titan is undeniably, one of those few anime that is capable of keeping you on your toes for episodes on end.
”Outstanding”. The character designs are exquisite. Each character has a distinct appearance, be it hair style, hair colour, or height. Heck, the character designs only make up a third of my interest. The rest were the environment and the background designs.
By simply typing ”Attack on Titan Scenery” in google images, you’ll find yourself immersed in another world. The colours are well suited for the atmosphere of the scene. The colours are very bright when the mood is light/happy whereas in a more serious tone, the colours shift into darker colours. Which is shown from the start of the first episode to the end of it.
As annoying as Eren’s screams get, they are justifiable. I scream when I’m angry, you scream when you’re angry. Eren happens to always be angry and therefore screams a considerably high amount. His voice actor, Yuki Kaiji, really suits Eren and I hope the English dub will be just as good.
I believe this is the only anime I have watched where I have multiple of its OSTs in my iDevice. The music in Attack on Titan is unmistakably, REMARKABLE. Both OPs, and EDs were memorable. Subsequently, the most notable OST is ”Vogel Im Kafig”. The song is played at the correct moment, and at the correct time. It really enhances the way the anime executes the storyline.
The characters in Attack on Titan were only at a mediocre level. They were unable to create much character development and because of this, (Spoiler) I failed to feel the slightest sorrow towards the death of Team 34 (End of Spoiler). The only character I felt got the most character development was Jean. He is introduced as an ignorant jackass who cares only about himself but he changes throughout the course of the series. He is probably the only character that is of significance in terms of character development. In addition, the 104th Trainees Squad did have their own set characteristics and personalities, which varied greatly. The cast, hence, is very diverse.
The series was enjoyable from its first launch to its conclusion. Although I dislike re-watching a show or movie, I was able to re-watch Attack on Titan multiple times because it was enjoyable. This anime is ranked #14 in MAL for a reason (as of 03/07/14). I, and an abundant amount of people, enjoyed this well made series.
Unfortunately, this show is not suited for everyone. There are times where the level of gore reaches a certain degree in which some viewers will find disturbing. However, this series is good nonetheless. I cannot wait for the release of a second season (if there will ever be one) and hopefully, questions will be answered then.