English: Attack on Titan
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 7, 2013 to Sep 29, 2013
Premiered: Spring 2013
Producers: Production I.G, FUNimation EntertainmentL, Mainichi Broadcasting, Pony Canyon, Kodansha, Mad Box, Pony Canyon Enterprises, Wit Studio, Shingeki no Kyojin Team
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 8.651 (scored by 436,559 users)
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Story: Titans eating humans like it's not big deal? Check
Plot twists? Hell Yeah
Cliffhangers? Won the King of Cliffhangers award.
Art and Sound are probably the best in any anime i have ever seen. The highlight is the action scenes when they are combined perfectly to make something already great masterpiece.
Characters: Weakest point of the series. While all of them are realistic and have unique and interesting personalities (some of them are actually 3dimensional), they are not very well developed, since the anime didn't cover all the chapters that exist as of now.
Enjoyment: If an anime is not enjoying then you might as well drop it. This one? This one will have you in the edge of your seat for about 2 days. That's how much it will take you to finish it. read more
I've seen so many anime with top-notch plots, from Death Note to Hunter x Hunter. One thing AOT never holds back on is action. I can imagine how difficult it is for writers to create a solid plot that's overwhelmed with action sequences, but AOT maintained itself beautifully. The writers did an excellent job showcasing how threatening the Titans are. They may be giants that seem like they could never keep up with the heroes' speed and agility, but their surprising intelligence is what helps them completely overwhelm humans, making them worthy villains. I actually thought that this anime was just going to be a "bing-bang-boom" action show with barely any real significance at all, but the show's drama, characters, and background stories are what hit me harder than any action sequence ever did, even though I'm quite a sucker for some solid action. As I started watching AOT, I got quickly interested in it with it's driving plot and amusing characters, but out of any other episode in the show so far, episode 5 hit me the hardest and was what drove me to watch the rest of 1st season as quickly as I could. The episode was a pure shocker. It's basically one of those episodes that makes you wonder what will happen next, and it's really up to you to find out.
The characters really drove this anime. Like Hunter x Hunter, not a single character is bland. In my mind, a bland character is basically one that gives you no feelings or overall emotion. In AOT, we get characters that make you happy (humorously), angry, or bewildered. Another trait that AOT has similar to HxH is the main character. Unlike most anime where the MC is always the smartest and the strongest, in AOT you get Eren, who's is passionate but hot-tempered, emotional, and not always 100% right. That trait really adds more realism to anime and keeps it away from the cartoony side. Even secondary characters get major roles, which is really what any TV show or film really needs to succeed. I really enjoyed the roles of each character, especially the ones who were mostly there for some comic relief (Sasha Blouse, Hange Zoe). One character I've enjoyed watching the most was Levi, mainly because of his pure intelligence, high skill in combat, calm personality, and his father figure-type relationship with Eren.
As far as I know when it comes to anime, AOT has very unique art direction. The characters are heavily outlined and colored very dynamically, which is very amusing to the eye. The animation is really at its best during action sequences as it is crossed with traditional hand-drawn animation and CGI, which is something you don't see very often in anime. The animation is fluid and smooth and the camera movement is very dynamic. I really enjoyed watching characters fly around with their 3D maneuver gear. The ceaseless fluidity of the animation really drove every action sequence and is something that will catch your eye in an instant.
I don't really pay attention to sound effects in anime, unless it's obviously bad, so I'll just rate the music. What you would expect from any action anime is some epic music. Some action anime rely on heavy rock or metal for action sequences, which are mostly decent to listen to (Fairy Tail). AOT relies on a variety of music categories, such as vocal rock, hybrid orchestral, and traditional orchestral. The hybrid and traditional orchestral music for AOT caught my attention the most. I really enjoyed listening to the OST and ED music and I've taken a special liking into Guren no Yumiya (theme song), E.M.A., and the Levi vs. Female Titan theme.
Attack on Titan has taken a special place in my heart. With its knockout action sequences, intense drama, amusing characters, epic background music, and unique animation, it quickly made a spot in my top 10 anime list, and it's just the first season. read more
The story is one of the most captivating stories I've ever seen. 100 years prior to the start of the anime, humanity has been on the bridge of extinction due to the monstrous humanoid Titans that devour humans. Now, present day in the anime, the remaining small population of mankind lives confined within 3 "heavenly" walls that are so tall and sturdy that even the titans can't break in. The most outward wall was named, Wall Maria, the middle wall was named Wall Rose, and the most outward wall named Wall Sina. Unfortunately for mankind, a colossal titan, one that is even bigger than the 50 meter heavenly walls, breaks Wall Maria, allowing the other titans to rampage the city, thus leading to another massacre of mankind. During this massacre, our main characters, Eren Yeager and Mikasa Ackerman watch in horror as a horrifying titan rips their mother's head off, then gobbles her up whole. Vowing that he'd one day avenge mankind and exterminate all the titans, Eren Yeager trains to become a survey corp, brave heroic soldiers who go outside the walls, into the plains in order to fight the titans. But we soon find out, that Eren is much more special than he seems, not only is he a brave warrior, but he's also something else that could be the key to humanity's survival, but could also be humanity's destruction.
My 3-word thoughts on the anime: Epic, Dynamic, Masterpiece. The suspense build-up was absolutely amazing, yet there was still room for improvement; that shows just how epic this anime can get. The anime not only includes epic fights, but lots of dialogue, and for those of you that hate dialogue, I feel sorry for you people whom only watch for action. The anime includes lots of other things as well: there's lots of half-hearted, hilarious scenes, as well as sad, tragic scenes. The anime certainly has a good amount of gore, and will break your heart frequently (if you get attached to the characters). Many characters end up getting gobbled up mercilessly while trying to protect humanity in ways that are quite *shivers*. Have I teared up in the anime? As a matter of fact, I have.
Characters was another area (alongside every area) that was Shingeki's strongpoint. There's a diverse variety of characters that fight for humanity for all different reasons. There's trust, friendship, along with betrayals, and pains. There's comedy relief among many characters, especially Sasha "Potato Girl" Blouse. There are characters that people can definitely relate with, such as Armin Arlert, who wants to do the right thing and protect his friends, but can't seem to do much because of fear. Fear is something that haunts us all, and prevents us from doing things in life. Another character that people can somewhat relate with is Annie Leonhardt, who fights alongside humanity, yet fights opposed to humanity. What does that mean? Watch the anime. Why is she doing this? Because of her past scars, "scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real" (watch to find out more). There were too many characters to development fully, but certainly the main characters were developed to their max. Levi is certainly a fan-favorite character, because of the fact that he's cool, overpowered, badass, kind-in-the-heart, smart, straight-to-the-point, and most of all, hilarious with all his neat-freakiness. The main character, Eren Yeager is strong-hearted, and "special", but he's still not strong enough to defeat the titans. How he develops is one of the most interesting things, in this interesting-things-packed anime.
The art and music can be described in one word: WOW! The art drawings were absolutely stunning! From the characters/titans to the setting of the story to all the equipment used in battle. The characters all had a unique aspect to them. The settings of the anime were beautiful. The cities, and walls looked realistic, the plains that characters dreamed of seeing made me want to run outside to see for myself how beautiful nature really is, and how humans under appreciate the naturality of nature. The 3-D gear was something that really caught my eye, and will certainly catch other people's eyes as well. A new form of action that's never been seen before. The characters would literally fly from rooftop to rooftop slicing their swords at the titans at high-speeds that keep the viewers eyes locked onto the screen at all times. The soundtrack in the anime was epic as shit. The openings speak for themselves, they do the anime justice. The openings were epic and certainly set the mood of what was to come from the anime. "They're the prey, and we are the hunters!" The rest of the soundtrack in the anime was okayasgduyasgda AMAZING. How can one describe how amazing those German OSTs were. They fit in perfectly with the epicness of the anime, and certianly added tons of suspense to the 3-D maneuver gear action.
Of course, I may be over-thinking things, but the anime certainly included some themes while creating this masterpiece of an anime. The aspect of being confined in an area, doing the same daily routine every day. People seek to be free, and to seek adventure. Watch for this. Another theme that the anime incorporated was that of the cycle of life. Humans, we steal animals away from their families, we kill them, we eat them. What's so different from us, and the titans? The feelings of not being at the top of the food chain... Anyways, if you haven't already watched this anime and you're reading this review, then you've clearly been living under a rock all this time, and I definitely encourage you to watch this show even if it isn't your style of anime. read more
It's a really bad show.
The animation is great, no argument there, and the basic concept is genius, the titans look fantastic and are truly terrifying.
But then we get to the story and the character and the pacing and the show just all falls apart. The main character Eren is just a moody teenager who only ever talks through gritted teeth in an over-dramatic tone. his best-friend Armin is just a terrible character, he's the cliché nerd but his character design is just awful, he looks like a girl and I can't find anything likable about him, he just whines and whines. which bring us to ALL THE OTHER CHARACTERS!
Almost every character in this show is a teenager, WHY? all they do is whine and complain about how useless it is to fight, and countless episodes are taken up with each character sitting down depressed, talking about how useless they are THEN reaching a conclusion where they feel they can fight again, THEN moments later they're knocked back on their arse whining again. and this happens with EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER!
The story of the show (NOT THE CONCEPT) is just terrible and predictable, every move the military makes is just fail and no-one has any clue what they're doing, probably because the entire military is made up of teenagers.
The pacing is terrible "Battle Arcs" in the story are many episodes too long and I blame this once again on the characters, since as I said, they just sit around moping for large chunks of the episodes.
I just don't understand why this show is so highly rated? I don't mean to offend, but are the people writing the reviews too young to know there are much better animes out there so they have nothing to compare it to?
Terrible terrible show, great concept, really disappointed after all the hype. read more
-FIRST SHOW TO EVER MAKE ME CRY SO SOON.-
I play varsity tackle football, lift, keep up on all other sports, so I'd like to say I'm not one to get emotional, but this anime stuck me on a personal level and I couldn't contain the tears, it was just so sad!
I started this anime when I was pretty new to the anime world. I wasn't really into the culture all that much. I mostly just watched Naruto, DBZ, Yugi-Oh, like any basic boy growing up. I went in to this expecting this to be mediocre anime, like some action, some sadness, some good resolve. I have to say I was in for quite a shock. Outstanding art work and animation (well could be in higher graphics). The story was okay, but the way the mystery is carried out is very well done (Holmes would be proud); the foreshadowing and resolution was grand and highly enjoyable. It was a well written anime. No random fillers, or useless information. The Music was okay. The main characters really shined, amazingly portrayed. Overall it was very enjoyable. read more
STORY 8 / 10 : does it have an outstanding plot? no. do you have to be a genius to understand wtf is going on? no. does that mean its not enjoyable? FUCK NOT. its titans who eat people, with some secrets hidden. simple and epic.
ART 10 / 10 : the art style is THE BEST EVER (you might hate the show, its ok, people have opinion, even tho ur fucking wrong, but you must be BLIND if you think the art style and animation are not PERFECT). animation during simple convertations is great, but during the fights is EPIC, EPIC, EPIC FUCKING EPIC. simple as that
SOUND 10 / 10 : epic. memorable. one of the best openings. amazing ost's. oh, u think not? are you deaf? im sure mozart gets boners listening to "vogel im kafig".. i know i do. if i were a guy
CHARACTER 7 / 10 : not the best character development other than "ill kill you all argggggggh", but there are likeable characters so that you can feel sorry when they die. and a badass levi.
ENJOYMENT 9 / 10 : what they say "only beginners like this, a pro otaku (wtf?) wouldnt like it" is bullshit. an anime series should be called epic when both anime experts and newbies love it. you might not like it because of the lack of incredible hard to follow plot or the lack of character development or you might like it because of the epic fights, animation and ost's
VOICE ACTING 8 / 10 : good english dub, AMAZING japanese dub. you get the emotion the way you should.
OVERALL : 8 / 10 read more
…people who like epic settings with epic battles.
NOT RECOMMENDED FOR…
…people who lack patience and the ones who expect a war drama that can be taken seriously.
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
In this anime there are no heroes! There are not brave men, without fear, that kill all the wicked. Here there are people who are fighting against their own fear and that sometimes they make it and sometimes not. The enemies aren't the giants !Although the anime does not say from where they come from and I won't do spoilers, it's repeated several times that the enemies are the human beings with their fear (who have surrendered to the giants without doing anything, ignoring and accepting to live like cattle) and the walls! But no one notices that because it would be too challenging to make two questions and wondering: "Why the walls ? Shouldn't they be their salvation?" and get an answer.
The fact that many people aren't well characterized, and that physically are not very different from each other isn't a coincidence .. Isayama is putting on the same level all human beings, he is saying that we are all like that guy who shoots himself alone after he surrendered to fear, that we are all as Vernam (who during the attack fled from Trost ), that there is some of us who is better than others, but that we all live under the same fears, and even if we react differently, we act according to substantially the same nature. It still tells us that we might be the protagonists of our life, choosing our destiny, but only if we are ready to go beyond the stereotypes and mindsets that others impose to us, only if only if we work with all our strength. Because living by what others tell us, from what they show us, isn't to live, but survive!
And in addition to all the various points of reflection that SNK has to offer (and there are many, not just those listed ), there is a plot full of twists and turns, the suspense. In short, it is a masterpiece.
Then, if you are used to an anime where the bad guys magically becomes good after a lesson or in which the characters acquire super powers from nothing or from old men who appearing in their minds... Well, ok ...... that ... that's original and profound ........
(Hope my english was not so bad) :) read more
The setting revolves around humans that were nearly wiped out by unknown creatures called "Titans". Desperate for survival, the humans built themselves inside settlements that are surrounded by 3 giant walls. For 100 years, this effectively keeps them safe by keeping them away from "the outside world", as well as protecting them from the Titans from coming at them, bro. At first glance, the Titans themselves are giant creatures that have a knack to feed on humans as a snack. On a more serious note, the Titans, while being pretty mindless, are very intimidating creatures that have the looks that'll make some shit their pants (Hannes). A lot more is explained about the Titans in the anime, so I'll just leave it at that.
The anime starts off with showing us the fantasy world, along with introducing us to the main characters Eren, Armin, and Mikasa. While inside one of the settlements, Eren and Armin are basically taking about how they wish to explore the outside world. Suddenly, everyone gets interrupted by a loud disturbance. Everyone becomes horrified at a sight of a Titan that is tall enough to knock down the outer most wall. Panic ensues. The Titans are coming. From there, the story takes off and progresses on. First impressions may leave the viewer thinking that this anime will jump right into endless action and watch how humanity struggles to survive. However, this doesn't happen right off the bat.
The story is basically told and progressed into, what I think as, three parts. I'll just go over the first part briefly here.The first part takes place at episodes 2-6. After the first episode, we get some back story exposition, character development, and the introduction of lots of the supporting cast. Despite the time jumps, the pacing may seem a bit slow in the beginning since it covers a lot. However, since they are just explaining things, it's much needed for this information to be revealed at the beginning and delivered ASAP. After all that, the story aspect takes off, while giving us some epic action scenes with the military fighting the Titans. If you don't see action right away, don't worry it'll come. This show becomes more engaging after episode 7.
Overall, Attack on Titan has a pretty engaging story that keeps the viewer hooked in with suspense, plot twists, and action-packed fight scenes. The survival aspect of this story feels very real, while having a touch of mystery throughout the entire season. The only little negative thing I can say is the pacing is inconsistent, and gets pretty slow towards the end.
I wasn't looking forward to this part of the review.
While this is an action anime, there's a lot of focus put on the main characters, as well as the large supporting cast. Since this is a survival action anime, this series almost didn't need a main character cast, since they all just joined the already large military anyways. However, I'll explain why this series revolves around Eren as the main character specifically.
Okay, we have three main characters to Attack on Titan. One of them of course being, Eren. Despite being somewhat of a problem child and a hot-head, he is a very passionate person, that cares deeply about his friends. After facing a certain traumatic event, he becomes determined to kill all the Titans. At first, this character appears to be stereotypical, with nothing more going on other than he wants revenge on the Titans. Although, that maybe true, there is one secret that makes this character VERY different and engaging from the others. That secret, at least in my opinion, is why he's the main character. I could be wrong on that though. Also, he has dreams of going to the outside world along with his best friend Armin. A character that lacks physical strength, but has great mental strength and is considered somewhat of a genius that can think well on the spot. We also have Mikasa. A childhood friend of Eren, in which they share a pretty intense past that bonds them together. Mikasa joins the military and becomes a very skilled solider and also considered one of the best in terms of pure skill. Now while both Mikasa and Armin both get some development in the series, they are almost no different from any other supporting character, in terms of role in the anime, other than they were childhood friends. While people may find these characters to be generic/stereotypical, they are at least written to be engaging.
Now it's important to talk about the supporting cast here as they play a big role in the anime as well. I'm not going to talk about specific characters, but instead, I will talk about them as a whole. Most of the supporting characters we see here are from different branches of the military. Some of them went through training with our three main characters. Thus, building somewhat of a relationship. Now I'll give Attack on Titan good marks for their supporting character cast because not only is it a big cast, pretty much all of them have different personalities. There's a wide variety of personalities ranging from, cowards, leaders, tough guys, bad asses, and many more. While most of these characters do not get a lot of screen time and maybe a little development, you can still feel their struggles and pain, with their will to lead, survive, etc. These characters are always questioning themselves about if they're doing the right thing, as well as trying to support each other. Their interactions as well as their actions feel very real. While some of these characters may seem generic, they are at least written to be engaging. (You may noticed I used that word a few times already)
Overall, a solid cast of characters. While I won't be surprised if you don't like or care for the main three characters, you should at the very least find some of the supporting cast to be your fancy. There are a lot of characters that have a unique charm and personality to them, while having big roles in this series. For that, you'll probably find a lot of the characters to be likable here.
The art is very much fancy here. The way they portray the fantasy world is very dramatic and detailed. The dark tones work well with the survival theme of the anime too. The designs of the Titans really standout and all look different for the most part. The character designs are good too as well. with dark outlines around them to make them standout in any scene. Although there maybe lots of still images used for dialogue, the art for the most part is consistently well done and detailed.
The animation. Oh, the animations. The action fight scenes in this anime look absolutely incredible. Words do not do justice in explaining the animation quality throughout the entire show. If you have not seen a lick of this anime, you maybe in for a treat. Watching this anime, it became obvious that the anime directors rigorously slave-labored the animation department to create the most epic fight scenes they possibly could. For what they did. Wow. Respect. I mean, what they did at the end of episode 11 when Eren was flying around with his 3-D gear and then he...AHHHHHHH!
I won't say much for the sound as I believe it is pretty much 100% subjective. However, in my opinion, the sound, ost, voices, seem to be good fit overall, but that's VERY subjective of me to say.
I'll try to keep this shorter than the short bus I ride on, but this section is where I try to justify my rating with what I liked and disliked about this series. As a person that enjoys some good action, along with an engaging story and interesting characters, I enjoyed this series very much. Even though I would say the anime didn't do anything great, other than the art/animation, it still did pretty much everything else very well. While the pacing may have been inconsistent, it didn't take away too much enjoyment from me. The only other thing that somewhat bothered me was that the ending didn't feel like an ending. Although with season 2 confirmed, it's not that big of a deal really.
Alright, to get the maximum enjoyment from watching Attack on Titan, you'll have to get invested into the fantasy world and the characters, as much as the action. I say that because while there are a large number of action/fight scenes, there's as much, if not more, scenes of character interactions, dialogue, and back story/flashback exposition. So while there isn't an overwhelming ratio of action, I still think they did a good job of capturing the emotions and state of mind of all the characters, even if they didn't have much time. It made it more engaging in between action scenes. If you are someone that really likes action and survival anime, but gets frustrated with inconsistent pacing due to back story exposition, along with too much character interactions of dialogue, you may not enjoy this to its full potential.
On a more serious note, to get maximum enjoyment from Attack on Titan, you need to watch season two once it airs, mmmmkay.
I'm done talking about this piece of work finally. However, I'm going to discuss the popularity and criticism of Attack on Titan. I'm not going into the whole is this over-rated and over-hyped because saying either of those things are over-rated, in my opinion. I will say that the criticism of this show, usually about the pacing, how the characters act, among other things, are all fair criticisms, in my view. I can understand why someone wouldn't like this show. I dislike the popularity of NGNL. Thus, I know the feeling of being on the "hater/trolling" side of discussion. However, in my opinion, the flaws don't necessarily ruin the enjoyment of the show. Attack on Titan can be enjoyed despite the flaws and that's maybe why it's rated high, while being tops in popularity. This show managed to be considered great by many, despite many elements not being great on their own.
If for some reason you haven't seen this show yet and you like suspense, action, with engaging characters, you need to watch this. Season two is getting closer as well, so no better time than now to do so. You shouldn't be disappointed.
Final Score - 26/30 = 8.67 read more
The story is set in a dystopian world where giant human-like creatures (Titans) try to annihilate the human race. One day, Titans invade the main character's (Eren) district. Because of revenge, Eren strives to eliminate all Titans. At first, I didn't really like the story. But as the story developed, I got engrossed.
The art was beautiful. It showed their expressions very clearly. The landscape and bird's eye views gave me a clear picture of the setting. The characters were also nicely drawn. The colours were realistic--not too colourful. And may I just say--Levi was sublimely drawn. I can see why people like him so much.
The voice actors/actresses did an amazing job bringing their character to life; I'm talking about the Japanese version. The voices suited the characters well--not one was out of place. The first OP and ED were awesome-- the visuals, and how the visuals went along with the beat of the music. However, I gave it a 9 because of the second OP; I just think that it was too happy/hopeful for my taste. Nevertheless, I just prefer the first OP than the second.
The characters were unique, and they all had their own little quirks. Their personalities went well with the art. Most of them were badass-- they're just so cool. Need I say more?
Enjoyment and Overall: 10
Though I didn't enjoy it at first, I'm glad I gave it a chance. I think I'm going to be obsessed with this anime for a while.
Ultimately, this is a great anime.
Before we start, I must tell that I've read the scans that are released at the moment, this is a review of the anime "Shingeki no Kyoujin".
Then, I'm French and this is my first review on MyAnimeList, I write it with my english knowledge and some help from Google Traduction. Sorry about the grammars errors.
Story (9/10) : First comes the story, adapted from the manga and pretty accurate (for the moment).
Well, it's just something you cannot predict, the story is based on feelings like weakness and vengeance. Humanity has locked herself in high walls trying to avoid contact with the titans. Some think that the base story is something that can be related with FullMetal Alchemist Brotherhood (vengeance) or Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann ("Invaders" threaten humanity), well I can't deny it. The Anime has started 7 weeks ago and the story is already very developped, advanced, and surprising. This is only just beginning.
Art (10/10) : Art is fine. But animation is just AMAZING ! Each action episode promises you to glued you at your chair !
Sound (10/10) : One of the best parts of the anime. First, the opening theme, it has became a real meme in Japan, I call it "The Japanese "Guile's Theme Goes with Everything"". Just type "shingeki no kyojin opening parody" on Youtube. Anyway, this opening theme is epic, don't show so much spoilers and fits great to "Shingeki no Kyoujin". The soundtracks is amazing. Each scene is a feast for the ears, the battles reach an epicness level that can't be describe.
Characters (10/10) : The characters are extremely well developed on the psychological point. There are some cliches of course but the overall is very good.
Nothing more to say about it.
More to know : The original work has a great story with amazing characters and a very good psychology. This is something amazing to read but then the anime arrived, like saying "Oh god, I can do MUCH better". With an amazing soundtrack and an explosive animation, Anime Shingeki no Kyoujin hits hard in the guts forcing you to keep up to watching until it ends. And you will not regret it.
Amazing is a good word to summarize Shingeki no Kyoujin. read more
The problem is that the epicness is never properly built up and the characters are all shallow stereotypes. There is no real character development, no person you begin to connect with and no personal storyline that grips you. The ones with potential are fumbled away and instead we get drawn out battles that try to showcase how cool the characters are, but instead are only boring.
You see, the thing that made shows like Hunter x Hunter or Trigun great is that they focused on the characters and this made the battles interesting. There was always something at stake and you cared about the outcome. Shingeki no Kyojin has too many characters to pull this off and the result is a show that can be best described as "Meh."
A good comparison would be with Claymore. That show also has epic battles with monsters, detached and tragic characters and a lot of psychology and philosophy. It seems that Shingeki no Kyojin tries to be the same, but falls short in its attempt to ante up. Instead it spreads out too thin and what could have been a great anime becomes a mediocre one.
Should you see it? Well, if you have the time and you want to see what it's all about. You might be one of those who think it's great. But if you want a bit more from your anime, pass this one and look for something with more substance. read more
I didn't see why SnK was so mainstream popular, but once I managed to get past the first terrible, terrible episode (if you liked the first episode, you are a monster.), I saw the light. The brilliance is in how impossible it is to tell what is coming next. The storyline is filled with the horrifying side to human nature, and it isn't a utopia, guys, there is going to be blood, gore and terrified humans. I like how everything is about survival, and making sure they live another day. Storyline 10/10
Art: AMAZING. Go watch the opening songs and you will get a feel of how amazing the art is. Everything is given life and a story in each frame, and every movement has a meaning. 10/10 definitely.
Sound: I like the 1st OP, but damn, the 2nd one is just the best. #LeviHeichouFTW In any case, the sound effects make the show suspensive as hell. The entire soundtrack is just epicness that cannot be described with words. "Music says the words we don't" 10/10 for me
Character: HEICHOU read more
Our story is set in an alternate universe where, 100 years prior to the events of the story, giant humanoid creatures known as Titans appeared and began consuming and decimating the human population, though with no apparent purpose for doing so. In response, the remainder of humanity built three enormous, circular walls to encompass their entire population and keep the Titans at bay. In this world, we meet three young children Eren Yeager, his adopted sister Mikasa, and their friend Armin, as they live out their peaceful lives in the southernmost city at the edge of the outer wall, Wall Maria. This soon changes, however, when a 60-meter Titan smashes through the main gate of Wall Maria, allowing Titans to freely enter the city and devour every human in sight, and forcing those who lived in the outer districts to retreat behind Wall Rose. During the chaos, Eren witnesses his mother being eaten by a Titan, and now he, Mikasa, and Armin have joined the military in the hopes of acquiring the skills necessary to take vengeance on the creatures that destroyed their lives.
This series, as a whole, has almost completely mastered the art of building suspense, mostly through the use of very long plot arcs. There always seems to be something constantly pushing towards a conclusion, but not actually getting there until several episode later, and that push factor creates a sensation of rarely ever wanting to stop watching for fear of the resolution being just after the episode you just watched. Additionally, this series is also a master of what I call the "morale builder," something that Gurren Lagann has shown mastery of in the past, and there are dozens of moments throughout the series where, no matter how grim and horrifying the situation, it provides an uplifting or rallying feeling that both immerses you in the world its sets up and makes you root for our heroes to the bitter end.
Speaking of grim and horrifying, that comparison to Game of Thrones earlier was far from being an off-handed comment. By this I mean that I hope you don't enjoy getting attached to characters, like I do, as you may find yourself curled up in a corner at some point. In the world of fiction, particularly in action series, there is a concept called "plot armor," which basically means that characters who seem crucial to the plot's progression and the show's stability as a whole are protected from death or other nasty fates that might await them. In this regard, the plot armor for Attack on Titan is about as thick as a used piece of tin foil, and deaths of major characters are frequent and often times unrelenting. In regards to this, and on a more personal note, there are only three anime that have actually made me legitimately cry before. Two of them were KyoAni series, and the third was Attack on Titan. This show really does not care about who your favorite character is, and if you've made it this far without having had the major deaths in the series spoiled for you yet, then consider yourself lucky.
Unfortunately, there is one minor flaw with this series. There are certain points, especially at some slightly slower moments in the series, where its gets a little too over-dramatic, to the point of almost being ridiculous. This was especially noticeable during what is now referred to as the "Boulder Arc," which encompasses roughly episodes 10-12. These moments are few and far between however, and are immediately drowned out once the hype builds back up again.
On the character front, for the sake of not getting your hopes up about the prospects of certain characters living, I'll talk only about the three main characters I mentioned earlier, with the knowledge that the rest of the cast, while incredibly massive in scale, still serves as a stellar group of vibrant personalities and ideals to create a surprisingly organic social environment. As for the big three, we'll start with Armin, who takes on the "smart one/strategist" archetype. While he is fairly generic and standard at the beginning of the series, we get to see him grow into being a more varied character at a constantly shifting rate, and his skills at strategy both on the battlefield and in complex conversations are practically unmatched, often allowing him the power to save the other two from the situations they get themselves into.
Next is Mikasa, who, for the majority of the series, is portrayed as being essentially flawless, taking on the role of the unstoppable badass Titan slayer fresh out of training who also makes time to coddle her adoptive brother, and this flawlessness is built up to the point of it almost being a flaw in itself. There are, however, a few quirks to her personality that make her feel more human, but at the same time make her seem even more distant. Her only notable "flaw" seems to be her undying loyalty and devotion to Eren, often throwing caution to the wind and bolting out against orders in order to make sure he's safe. This also leads to some rather disquieting moments where her own sanity seems to abandon her and, to put it lightly, causes her to act excessively hostile towards anyone who means ill will towards Eren.
Finally, we have Eren, our stereotypical "perseverance" character whose sole motivation for the majority of the season is taking revenge on the Titans, and while this does seem like a bit of a gaping flaw for the show's main character, it's actually both understandable and sort of refreshing. His intense focus on his own rage and desires for revenge slowly consumes part of who he is, which becomes especially present at several points throughout the series that I can't go further into detail on due to massive amounts of spoilers.
The animation was produced by Wit Studios, a new studio that serves as a surrogate of Production I.G. Regardless of its heritage, for a new studio to create such a massively impressive project is beyond incredible. Not only is the animation well-polished, but it also carries its own distinctive style, most notably in the fact that its characters are heavily outlined in varying thicknesses of black to make them pop out from the background. Speaking of backgrounds, the environments are shown to be incredibly rich and detailed despite how unvaried they may appear on the surface, and the action shots give us plenty of different perspectives on this environment. As for the action itself, Wit Studios has no qualms at all with handing out incredible fight sequences by the barrel-full via an in-world tool used by humanity's military known as 3D Maneuver Gear, allowing us to break away from standard ground combat and enter the world of high-flying intensity, with soldiers bolting off of every building in sight, into the air above them, and landing blade-first on the neck of a Titan. On course, all of these brilliant combinations of animation are to be expected from Araki, who has already brought us both the intensely stylized atmosphere of Death Note and the blood-pumping action of Guilty Crown.
The dub was produced by FUNimation, and, as someone who watched the subbed version first, I have no problems whatsoever recommending this dub. From heavy-hitting new favorites like Josh Grelle and Matthew Mercer to classic icons like Vic Mignogna and Caitlin Glass, Funimation has pulled out all the stop to create one of the best dubs this side of 2010. Grelle shuffles between nervously unstable and frantically stern for his portrayal as Armin, and Trina Nishimura pulls off both Mikasa's warmth and ferocity to near perfection. My only notable flaw with the dub is Bryce Papenbrook as Eren. To be fair, this is definitely Papenbrook's best performance yet, due in no small part to Mike McFarland's exceptional voice directing, but he does still tend to get a bit "Bryce-y" at some points and lets his excessively angsty style boil over, which is a rather dangerous idea considering Eren's character. Overall though, this is a minor blemish on an otherwise excellent dub.
The music was composed by Hiroyuki Sawano (Aldnoah.Zero, Kill la Kill), and this soundtrack is definitely one of the best to come out of anime in a long time, based in heavy orchestrations and laced throughout with electronica and hard rock. From the bombastic explosions of "E.M.A" and main theme "Attack on Titan" to the insert tracks of "The Reluctant Heroes" and "Doa," this soundtrack dabbles in the art of perfection on all fronts. If it seems like I'm being much more in-depth with the soundtrack than usual, it's because I've actually purchased the soundtrack on iTunes and have been listening to it practically non-stop, and I highly recommend making this purchase as well. Both opening themes, "Guren no Yumiya" and "Jiyuu no Tsubasa," were performed by Linked Horizon and give us massive eruptions of heavy rock combined with brass and vocal choirs (and on a quick aside, I'm one of the few people that actually preferred the second theme more than the first, though the first still kicks all sorts of ass). The first ending theme "Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai" by Yoko Hikasa gives us a rolling ballad to play us out of each episode, while the second ending theme "great escape" by Cinema Staff blasts through with a heavy rock track. Additionally, all of these tracks except "great escape" are available for purchase on iTunes, purchases that I also highly recommend.
Overall, Attack on Titan is simply an incredible experience, combining high-flying action that could even make ufotable nervous with a dark and nearly-overwhelming sense of fear and desperation, and this anime is more than deserving of the hype that it receives. However, as it stands right now, on November 4, 2014, the series is incomplete, and there has been no announcement of a second season yet. I highly doubt that this second season will never come however, and it has been reported that the original manga is planned to be finished in about four years’ time (which actually isn't that much material for a monthly manga). In the meantime, there will be plenty of specials and spin-offs to keep us satiated until season 2 is officially announced.
Attack on Titan is currently licensed by FUNimation and is available from them for both streaming and purchase. read more
But I can't. While I would genuinely recommend this show, I am still a critic. I still have to acknowledge that this show has problems.
As good as this show is, and it is very, very good, I cannot with a good conscience say that it does not have glaring flaws. The biggest is the simple fact that this show has too much talk. I know that dialogue is crucial to telling a story and developing character, but there is a time and a place for it. There were several occasions where they have a really good story coming up in what should be the very next episode, but the show digs its heels into the ground and spends an entire episode talking about what was coming. It just seems like whenever this show can build up momentum, it feels the need to deploy the drag chute. This show is not nearly fast-paced enough. But this problem also appears within the action. There are so many five minute long conversations, or inner monologues, or flashback sessions smack in the middle of an action scene. The pacing of this show seriously needs work.
Thankfully, the good aspects of this show trump the bad ones hundredfold. The action is incredible, the art is distinctive, and the voice acting is some of the best that I have ever seen. Is it perfect? Absolutely not. But it is by all means worth watching. read more
There’s lots of shouting (especially from Eren), lots of action, lots of character development, and lots of tears. My friends weren’t kidding. I felt like my ear drums would break from all the intense shouting. I think my mind is forever scarred, what with how everyone got crushed like ants all the time. And my heart has become immune to all other fictional deaths, what with all the deaths I’ve experienced just from this show alone.
It teaches you a lot about what it takes to be a soldier, a survivor. Constantly, people have to be reminded to “FIGHT!” Some lines are repeated all over the anime that it kind of becomes engraved into your head and heart once you’re done with it.
It’s the kind of anime that sticks with you, the kind that leaves you with phantom faces with phantom voices following you around, making you feel as if you’re still living in that universe, even after you’ve told yourself that you’re done with it.
The concept of the villain, and of the world itself, is scary and genius. First off, the villain – the Titan – is basically a stupid giant human cannibal.
Unlike other villains, it doesn’t want revenge. It doesn’t want world domination. It doesn’t want power. It doesn’t need to eat. It has lived a hundred years without eating humans. But it is all it ever eats. It doesn’t eat animals. It wants only one thing – and this is just a theory, but it’s one that I can side with, and one that I love the most – to annihilate the existence of humanity.
Second, the fact that it looks human. It is, in every aspect, a human being, except for the fact that it doesn’t have two things; sexual organs, and a conscience. Countless times, characters had their feet rooted to the ground, unable to fight, and I think it’s because the image of a gigantic human biting off a human’s neck is just too fascinatingly cruel that they feel they cannot look away.
The world itself is scarier than the world of the Hunger Games. And I think what makes it scary is the fact that humanity has never won against the Titans, ever. For the past who-knows-how-many-years, Titans have been eating humans.
The humans in this world pretend that they have a system.
o matter what plan the humans think of, no matter how determined every single one of their skilled soldiers are, they will still be crushed in less than a second without remorse, without even a body to prove that you have existed. This is their anarchy, their ‘chaos’.
Every single man, woman and child in this world lived with losing a loved one as a social norm. It’s a dark fact I’d like everyone to consider. Everyone is already dead, in everyone else’s eyes. That’s what’s sad about this whole thing – even the humans think of other humans as just tiny insects with no importance. But it’s also beautiful, because sometimes, sometimes a character sees through that corrupted notion and calls everyone else out on it, making us realize it along the way too.
So you have a dark world, and an even darker society. Combine that with real-life everyday problems like corruption in the system, hierarchy in social status, differences in privileges and human rights and what do you get? Awesome badass characters who naiively try to fight against it.
The differences in character personality is great, too. There are a few who are extremely righteous, but most of them just really don’t care. They feign an act of indifference, but all for different reasons. But the fact that they had grieved over the death of a loved one united them.
And I think that’s brilliant. These clashes of personality, and this unity for one tragedy, has bonded them together, and changed them greatly. You get to see how much they have grown in a span of 5-7 years. That’s something I don’t usually see in anime.
You also get to witness the amazing 3D Maneuver Gear.
This made the whole world look kind of sci-fi, but also, kind of not. The 3D Maneuver Gears are as close as we can get to a ‘high tech’ fictional gadget in this world. Every other man made thing you see in the anime is pretty mundane. But the function of it makes the people actually fly. It’s a pretty brilliant concept, and I like how something as complicated as that is a seemingly-ordinary thing for them. Plus, it makes the animation really cool to watch. You gotta respect the amount of effort (and physics, I bet) put just to make sure each maneuver looks even just a little legit.
The music is amazing, too. There were some points where I gaped like a fish because “wHaT just happened omg” and the music dramatically intensified my feelings. So kudos to that! The animation was splendid, hands down. Especially, like I said, with the whole 3D Maneuver thing. read more
Another unique thing about the cast is they are rather three-dimensional in comparison to a lot of anime and manga I've seen. Where I expect some characters to be completely flat jerkasses or emotionless bastards, there's always something that really makes you like them. The series also makes a point of establishing that no matter what you see on the outside, the characters certainly feel and act human deep down. This makes it really heart breaking when you see characters you like die in the line of duty, and only makes you want to see the good guys succeed all the more, which serves to make their victories so much sweeter.
tl;dr, This series is a must-read/watch. If you have a weak stomach or a phobia for cannibalistic slasher smiles, give it a miss. Otherwise, give it your full attention. read more
While the story isn't as rich as other shows in general, it is rather a very fresh take on human tragedy without reusing much of the usual apocalypse elements. There is also much lore in the world to keep creative fans making fanworks and adaptions of the world of Attack on Titan. The thrill element is very high and makes you eager to see what's next.
Keep in mind this anime covers only a portion of the manga and stops at the end of an arc. You will have to wait for the 2nd season or continue on in the manga.
The visuals are extremely unique in style and well done. The value here nearly matches an OVA/Movie feels.
People are digging the opening song of the show as well as some soundtracks. However for me it is good but other than the opening, I didn't feel much uniqueness to the soundtracks or specific themes to get attached with. Voice acting is good enough but there is no memorable voice so far.
There are lots of variety of characters and they have high appealing. However, in term of design and visual uniqueness, it is very limited since everyone is sticking to his uniform.
The action scenes are well done specially nearing the ending of the show.
If you are into action, thrill, tragedy and want something that feels new, do not miss this anime. read more
Bad puns aside, this is the show that got me into anime (as I'm sure it has for many others considering its extreme popularity) so lets just say I'm glad I decided to give it a shot. I might have a bit of a biased opinion solely because of nostalgia, but who cares. THIS. SHOW. IS. INTENSE.
After watching just the first few episodes, it's easy to see how this anime became so popular. It draws you in with its beautiful/creative setting and plot, then gets you hooked with its action and suspenseful plot twists. Without a doubt the best aspect of the entire show is slowly gaining more and more knowledge about the world they live in and uncovering new mysteries involving the titans and life outside the wall. While AoT likes to always push the intensity to a new level, it keeps a nice pace which is important in a show like this. Something else that absolutely has to be recognized is the soundtrack. Aside from the openings that everyone already loves, the songs played throughout the series fit the situation perfectly and I found myself looking up every single one afterwards just so I could listen to them again. It truly doesn't disappoint.
As great as I think this show is,nothing is perfect. It does a pretty good job with the characters, but it does seem like some of the side characters that I have grown to like get pushed to the side during certain stretches as the plot progresses. I feel like it would have been much more enjoyable to see at least a few of them have a little bit bigger of a role but its nothing major.
One other little thing that bugged me would have to be the absurd amount of unnecessary screaming (I'm lookin at you Eren). Like, I understand the attempt to up the intensity to an even higher level but at least half of the conversations that took place with excessive yelling could have been toned down without effecting the scene at all but, I digress.
I also couldn't help feel like I would have taken the titans a bit more seriously if they didn't run like a fat kid after ice cream... but these are all minor slices of a much bigger and amazing pie so overall, it definitely gets my seel of approval. read more
Sometime to note is that I really didn’t like the AOT franchise when I first watched the anime. I wanted to like it, but found the whole thing over hyped and too dramatic. However, after I read the manga and re-watched the show, I know have Survey Corps Cosplay and have become a die-hard fan.
I am up to date on the manga. Detangling my feelings of the anime and manga won’t be easy, but I’ll do my best.
This review is spoiler free!
Characters in the AOT franchise are 10/10, but, when strictly concerning the anime, they stagger to an 8/10. On the surface, the characters come across fairly stereotypical. Eren, the shounen lead, is obsessed with getting stronger and revenge and possess a (seemingly) random power. Dig a little deeper and Eren reverses some shounen lead tropes. I can’t go into details without spoiling major things for those who aren’t caught up with the manga, but trust me: Eren isn’t a typically shounen lead.
Back to the anime.
A usual some of the most important lines and little moments that deepen characters aren’t in the anime. AOT characters’ growth is subtle, and the high-paced anime may even include those finer moments but they’re hard to catch amidst all the titan killing action. But, if you compare a character from his/her first episode to his/her last, you’ll see how the story has really shaped and changed the character.
Here are some pluses. The characters are also relatively mature (as the show goes along. Warning: some start as VERY immature had have a lot of room to grow). Also, the characters beside the shounen lead get to have relationships (that actually change and grow) with each other. Again, it’s subtle. Bat an eyelash and you might miss it.
The characters make realistic choices. They react and behave like people who live in a desperate and relatively hopeless society. Some of their choices may surprise the viewer and unveil and new layer to a character. They’re not always the decision the viewers may want or like, but it makes the characters interesting and the story less predictable. Many of the secondary characters have unique and distinct personalities as well (this is largely due to the fact that later in the manga their importance increases significantly). Something to appreciate is the fact characters offer different opinions on the situation without the show spoon-feeding the viewer into thinking one view is better than another. Rather, the viewer must decide for his/herself what he/she believes. The show does not give a “right” or “wrong” answer.
However, a lot of characters get tossed at the viewer simultaneously—and about half of them die. Without knowing who lives to become an important character later in the series and who becomes titan chow, it can be a little overwhelming. This is partly why the first time I watched the anime I didn’t enjoy it. People just kept dying so I stopped caring about any of them. This problem also makes it hard to notice the quiet growth between characters and their relationships. Now, after reading the manga and watching it again, I love them all (I even like the bad guys, or, at least, I find them complex and interesting).
Another minus: the characters are overdramatic at times (for me). While I feel the desperation and understand their hopelessness, I still roll my eyes once in a while. Before the story has pulled you and before you believe and feel how sad they are, it can be distracting. I’ve met a couple of people who’ve even found it humorous at times (I never went that far, but it did (and in three scenes still does) annoy me). The show really plays it up too. It will show random scenes of grieving families that didn’t appear before and don’t show up after just to prove how dramatic and dark it can be. The world is dark enough that these moments subtract from the show instead of add to it.
When I first watched the anime, I wasn’t invested in the plot (this is largely due to the fact I wasn’t invested in the characters). After I read the manga, I flung myself headlong into the story and now read the chapters as soon as I can get my grubby fingers on them. After re-watching the anime, I can say the author has had a plan for series from the start. I missed hundreds of little clues while watching it the first time. Answers to huge questions are right in front of your face (I honestly feel stupid for missing them). Some twists are impossible to see coming and only after you’ve caught up to the manga can you fully appreciate how well crafted the plot is.
Some things were still extremely predictable in the anime. I’m hardly ever surprised by big “shocking” moments in anything (anime/manga/books/whatever) and saw a lot of things coming. Others have told me that the anime surprised them, and the show does deliberately play on your expectations of a shounen. There are a few moments where it sets the viewer up to believe he/she knows where the story is going only to whack him/her in the face with a quick turn. That was highly enjoyable.
One thing to keep is mind is the sheer ridiculous appearance of the enemy. Frankly, the titans are some of the stupidest looking villains in a story to date. While terrifying, it’s humiliating to watch humanity get wrecked by funny looking naked giants (a fact even the characters address). Humanity is often compared to cattle as well, which leads me to think the viewer is supposed to find it frustrating and embarrassing to be defeated by such monsters.
As for the plot itself, there is nothing particularly unique about it. The world feels well explained and detailed. And, better yet, it’s surprising easy to relate too. If you feel powerless, like nothing you do matters and all you want to do is matter, somehow; if you feel like there are problems you just can’t face but you wish you were brave enough to stand up against—then this story will touch you, heart and soul.
Stripe the story down to its bones and it’s about people struggling to defeat enemies larger than themselves, to face despair and learn how to keep moving. I’m serious here. The characters’ goal is not survival but for their deaths to have significance. In this sense, AOT goes beyond an anime. It reveals the heart of a desperate people and how to never give up.
These characters have simple dreams and desires batted against insurmountable enemies and stark fear. Such raw simplicity rests in most human hearts, and I believe a lot of people connect with that and turn this story into something bigger. I certainly didn’t the first time I watched it, but I do now. Now, when I see the Wings of Freedom, I see a symbol of hope and determination. I see people who are willing to sacrifice themselves despite their fear and doubt because it’s the right thing to do. I see someone I can aspire to be because theses characters are afraid and angry and flawed just like me. I see heroes I can believe in.
A lot of the sentiments I’m referring to occur after the Survey Corps appear. I believe the story improves immensely after its entrance. I find the Survey Corps the real heart and protagonist—if you will—of the series. Don’t misunderstand: the individual characters are fantastic, as is the first half of the show. But the Corps is who and what I connect with.
A step away from the sentimental and existential-ness of this review, the plot is put together extremely well. It moves fast without sacrificing character development. And you can tell the author has an endgame. He knows where he wants this story to go and is slowly taking the viewer there, revealing one little fact at a time, usually one that only opens more questions (the manga has answered some and created more, but things are starting to congeal and it’s fantastic!)
Art (and cinematography in general):
Amazing. It’s crisp, bold, and brilliant. The fights are brutal and fast and don’t cut too many corners. You get to see the full battle, not two characters screaming “AAHH!!!!!” and then clashing once in a kendo-like strike.
This soundtrack makes bells sound badass. It has a variety of sounds and languages as well (German, English, Japanese). It’s creative, intense, and will make your heart pound. I consider it one of the best anime soundtracks I’ve heard.
They put a lot of thought into their angles. I’ll go into detail about a scene here to show you just how much. I’ll avoid names for spoiler’s sake. Character A must pull off a risky stunt into order to protect the walls and discusses the plan with Character B. Character B asks Character A if Character A can do this. Then Character B asks Character A what [he/she] wants to protect. Behind Character B, you see all that’s left of humanity and just what is at stake. Brilliant and subtle, the angles add an entirely new dimension to the show.
The first intro is fantastic. I love it. The second intro first few notes feel like a Fire Emblem theme, but I still enjoy it. The outros for me are interesting because both incorporate the narrative. The first has a rather obvious connection to a character’s growth, motivation, and story (not to mention stunning animation). The second is less obvious, but centers around several theories. And, if you know what I know, does some interesting things with the characters.
Female representation: 10/10
This show doesn't have time for romance or gender roles. Humanity has to survive. Gender is hardly even mentioned. No one cares if you’re a girl or boy—it doesn’t matter. Girls and boys are treated the same way. I’m serious when I say gender is hardly even mentioned. There is actually one character whose gender has been unconfirmed because the author doesn’t think it matters. The girls are not sexualized and are just as strong as the boys. And, you usually don’t see this: girls and boys have the same uniform. Girls are not illogically fighting in skirts but also wear pants, which makes more sense to me.
Sub vs Dub:
I watched the first five episodes in dub and nearly stopped watching the anime. I apologies to all dub fans, but I found the dub absolute trash. Even now I refuse to watch the show in dub. The sub, however, does a fantastic job.
AOT is tremendously gory and violent. While toned down from the manga (surprise, surprise), it’s still brutal and graphic.