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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: 8.881 (scored by 162358 users)
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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
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
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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.
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
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 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
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
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.
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
Jan 16, 2014
the premise of Shingeki no Kyojin is very addictive. Who doesn't want to see mankind fight against the titans with 3D maneuvering gear which basically you are Spider-man with giant utility knives to advance mankind to small victories bit by bit? The story put you through the journey of what it's like to survive against those monstrous beings known titans. It's effectively horrifying and feel that the tragedies that the main characters go through. As addictive the story is, I can't really say it has anything mind blowing in it. Slow pacing might bore the viewers at times. It's probably is best to marathon it so it won't trouble you as much. And the ending left a bit of a cliff hanger at it, but the simple solution I say is to read the manga. The story is addictive and entertaining in an overall note.
The art is very detailed when it comes to the background art and the character designs have bold lines so they feel really unique from the rest of other anime. However, the camera is just crazy. It's always in the right view during epic moments. Shining most when the 3D maneuvering gear. It just looks amazing.
This had to be one of the best soundtracks I've heard. It composed to near perfection. The most notable being XL-TT and Vogel Im Kagif. It's one of the best examples of expressing the tragedy to the viewers who had heard of this masterful soundtrack.
It's definitely not the best character cast I've seen, but it's at least satisfying at points. It's just that aside from the trainee squad and the Riville that the rest of the characters seem bland. Eren Jeager is the main character, but he doesn't seem to grasp that role too well. He would probably would be better off being the side character who has an angry obsession to kill every titan in existence. Mikasa Ackerman is everyone's favorite in Shingeki no Kyojin. Only due to the fact that she is a badass at doing what she does. She also has the feel to assist Eren when ever she can to keep him alive at any cost. She also has a flashback how she met Eren. It's pretty tragic actually. And then have Armin Arlet. Armin started off as this weak, useless character that gets on the nerves of some viewers, but then proves himself that he can be useful to mankind and his friends. Armin without a doubt has the best development it the entire show. There are also others but I'm only describing the three main characters only. Overall, the characters are passable.
Shingeki no Kyojin is just one of those experiences that it's best to try to enjoy it and it would be one of the most entertaining anime to watch to date. The Story is addictive, the art and sound are fantastic, the characters are passable enough, but how much entertainment value you can find in this is overwhelming. Despite the pacing, I will recommend this to those who are looking for a blockbuster experience with an interesting premise.
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
Nov 13, 2013
How am I not able to feel the stun?...
I will write about "Attack on Titan" here;
but yeah, I'm no fanboy trying to endear
myself to mainstream now or in the longer run.
I turned towards this show unbiased
considering its popularity at highest.
I wanted to see if this action show at least
conveys more meanings than being a bloody feast.
But in the end: people and story at its driest.
So hundreds of years ago, the humankind
is letting itself be completely confined
by dim-witted looking titans there
inside a 50-meter wall ensnare
and is now searching for ways to get behind.
Then suddenly, a 60-meter giant attacks
and many more titans are making their tracks.
The wall can't hold it anymore
and so the humans are fighting another war.
Their enemies won't give them more time to relax!
The first few episodes are quite intense,
experiencing human's crumbling defence,
getting their normal lives torn up again,
having to survive in a diminishing den,
and nearly losing their last kind of sense.
We follow Eren, who has to sustain
his mother's loss, indeed a great pain.
He wants to kick some titan's ass
and finally falls into the shounen mass,
always acting like tightened by an angry chain.
Accompanied by one of the few
more normal humans, Mikasa, whose true
intention is to save her Eren
and so she's getting ears more barren
despite her strength she would rather sue.
The third in league, weak fair-haired Armin, stays
the cowardly one with a frightened face.
He tends to think far more than others
but is mostly hindering his brothers.
He needs lots of time to realise his place.
So maybe you would think that some other
guys inside these walls don't try to bother,
but instead act more heroic inside this hell.
You see, Commander Levi's the only one memorable;
he wouldn't even trade his tenacity for his mother.
All in all, these characters just won't try
to develop properly and we ask why?
Why haven't they used episodes five to twelve
to let them build some features or delve
into their motivations or what they go by?
Seriously, you won't remember any other names.
They die like flies and only the main remains.
So I really wondered the whole time where
the more seasoned soldiers would deign to dare
to get into the fight, but you know what it claims...
And then, the probably most important thing:
What are the titans? Ruled by a king?
What are their bloody true intentions?
Hinder humanity from some kind of interventions?
We aren't informed, and that's a serious sting.
However, the style and art does kind of save all it
from falling into a much more deeper pit.
Detailed architecture and nice quality,
although the animations strive for equality,
but the art got me astounded, I must admit!
What you will hear is mostly amazing.
The music improves the already fast pacing
but cannot reach my most favourite sides
like Code Geass with "Stories" provides.
So it's epic, and rather the common saving.
Special mention for an awesome opening theme
mixing German and Japanese for deserved esteem.
It conveys this rather intimidating mood,
lets us taste of the upcoming action food.
Believing the whole show's that epic: it stays a dream.
Now summarizing art and sound: they're nice;
but paying with a decent story at least twice.
Man, there are so many episodes for fill,
the pacing is off, the direction needs skill,
inferring that eight episodes clearly would suffice.
Some people will ask how I can say
this show is average and carried away...
It has nothing like a memorable plot
and tends to dramatize quite a lot,
just not worth for every fan to stay!
I can't deny the certain amount of joy
the first few episodes deliver, oh boy!
But after that, it's nothing new...
No inspirations I aim to pursue...
Its part to perplex hardly evens the one to annoy.
So this practically concludes my review.
"Do not believe the hype" became so true!
If you like some standard action shows,
then Attack on Titan doesn't have much to oppose,
but otherwise it isn't worth any ballyhoo. read more
May 19, 2013
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
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 anime's 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 blue-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 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
Nov 25, 2013
One thing I´ve been noticing in the past few years is that new anime releases are lacking on originality and a serious plot, so when Shingeki no Kyojin or if you prefer Attack on Titan first came out I had all sorts of mixed feelings towards it, but this feeling of relief was always present on me. Attack on Titan is one of those anime that even non regular anime viewers praise, but does Titan lives up to all its Hype surrounding it or it just stays as Attack on Hypu?
I will try to not drag out for too much in this part even though Attack on Titan has a very big premise, when humanity is no longer at the top of the food chain because of what they refer as Titans who resemble giant people varying from 4m class to a big ass 60m class have putted humans at border of extinction. Now humans only option is to live cornered in this 3 gigantic walls Maria, Rose and Sina. This situation creates a lot of limitations for humans such as their resources and their live space. On a first look the plot doesn´t look that amazing or original, but it doesn´t just stop there as the majority of people think, no, the world of Attack on Titan is much bigger than that delivering complex themes such as new religions, monarchic government, new social ideals, etc.
So the anime follows Eren a kid that has always been curious of the outside world, he has always had this motivation to join the Scouting Legion, accompanying him there´s Mikasa and his friend Armin. When suddenly a Colossal Titan appears with what they call the Armor Titan breach over the walls that have protected them for their whole lives, letting minor titans enter the wall and start chaos, the outcome of this event had Eren seeing her mother get eaten by a Titan which starts Eren journey to obliterate the Titans!
I personally was a bit concerned with this at first; Attack on Titan was produced by Studio Wit. As a new studio it’s usual that they start with less ambitious projects and I was preoccupied if they could handle a promising show like Titan; they went totally beyond my expectations!
Don´t get me wrong, it had decent animation, but when it needed to exceed their potential they did, that´s why SnK has God given action scenes!
As it for the artstyle I can say it has a different aspect looking a bit more cartoonish than most of the anime, I´m not saying this is good or bad it just depends on your taste. Also this combined with a world filled with medieval atmosphere does work pretty well. The animation is one of the remarkable things about Titan, with this you can notice their high production value played a great part on the anime because if just help to deliver the viewers a more realistic environment to what´s happening.
You know that a soundtrack is good not just when it helps building up the atmosphere but when it becomes memorable, that is what attack on titan OST´s delivered to me. The OST does not reach the “eargasm” levels for me but it surely is one of the greats. I also have to give them props for the voice casting, it just was right on spot with honorable mentions to Kamiya Hiroshi casting for Rivaille and Inoue Marina casting for Armin both with remarkable performances, being honest the whole cast has done an amazing performance!
Now I come to the weakest part of the anime, I will just limit myself to talk about the main cast not because other characters are not important or I dislike them, is because anybody aside from the main cast of characters can die, even the coolest character if he´s not from the main cast he´s probably just there for the meat fest. This is really sad because there´s much more cooler characters the anime can focus on that don´t get that much screen time =(
Eren Yeager: Eren is our lead protagonist in the series, starting out being a character with a great determination that also felt very cliché with this “I´ll swear vengeance “thing. Although he has a great determination he sometimes turns out to be useless at times, even though he has this special something inside him…….
Mikasa Ackerman: Probably the best out of the three leads, Mikasa, is presented to us as a strong character not just physically but also emotionally. She also has this abnormal attachment towards the main lead Eren. She also takes part on some of the best scenes of the anime, just portraying how epic she can be.
Armin Arlert: Last but not least we have Armin, which for me is the one who gains more development throughout the anime being from a total pussy to a mastermind who leads important operations for humanity.
Attack on Titan surely shows some remarkable work in a lot of its categories, but still is not perfect as people claim it to be it does enough to keep you eager to know what will happen next! Attack on Titan does not lifts up to all its Hype but this doesn´t mean that it fails to do a remarkable and enjoyable anime!
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Nov 7, 2013
To be honest, the first couple of episodes had a wonderful fast pace as the main protagonists advanced, more about their strange world and titan relationship was revealed e.t.c. However, like most animes who give it their full right away, it ran out of ammunition very soon and a good 1/3 of all episodes as of ep 12 (I didn't check, so I may be off) were recaps and comparatively generic giant-vs-human action. So while the story was initially very gripping, I spent the last few episodes grinding my teeth, while hoping for something other than human group A being slaughtered by giant group B to happen and was sorely disappointed. If I only had taken into account the first dozen episodes, this would be an 8-9, but given this endless drawing out, the anime really does not deserve that.
The characters of this anime had their boons/banes, but by tendency, need improvement. Our protagonists are a bit very stereotypical, but made interesting mostly because they keep dying/almost-dying. Generally, all characters are very dramatic and are constantly on the verge of/at a nervous breakdown. Although this would typically annoy me, the anime does deserve credit for making the most convincing war environment I have ever seen (making it much more preferable to those creepy ones where people just casually brush off that their friends just got butchered).
This unique aspect does however trip and fall horribly among the sidecharacters, who both spawn and die like flies. They show up and some of them die 3 episodes later which is very realistic, but perhaps a tad too realistic. I seriously struggled keeping track of all of them and at some point simply gave up on doing so. There are a few more important side characters who will likely survive, but on the whole I find that they all lack depth. One sees too little of them and when one does, they are either killing titans or mourning their friends, which makes it hard to learn new things about them and understand them.
I must agree, that a good part of the artwork in this anime is phenomenally well done. The colours have a nice glow to them and the various phyiscal features are appropriate. In that aspect, the anime deserves substantial credit. I did however, notice a number of moments where the animated component was missing and the characters were shouting at the top of their lungs while statically standing there. Other scenes on the other hand move incredibly smoothly, so it seems a bit lazily done at times. Still on the whole, very good.
The music of the anime was decent and created an epic feel for the combat scenes. This has however, been done thousands of times and it didn't really stand out among the other animes that practice this. The voice-acting is harder to judge as I am not fluently Japanese, but seemed appropriate. On the whole the sound is good, but nothing special.
I did enjoy the beginning of this anime, but it then quickly became disappointing due to aforementioned reasons. Towards the end I just felt like skipping ahead to where something interesting was revealed, but the anime ends with ultimately telling little more than what can be garnered from the first few episodes. I did also enjoy the titan fighting, but can say that the 1st titan fight was substantially more impressive than the 30th and as that was the content of all of the episodes, I bored quickly.
On the whole I feel a bit bitter about the plot's speed, but for those who enjoy action with high-definition picturesque imagery and epic music, I would recommend it. If you care more about a deep plot with lots of mysteries, don't bother. read more
Nov 9, 2013
"Sind sie das Essen? Nein, wir sind der Jäger!"
This German phrase, which roughly translates to "Are you the prey? No, we are the hunters!" Is a term that people who have watched this anime are all too familiar with by now. Attack on Titan (a.k.a. Shingeki no Kyojin) is to 2013 what Sword Art Online was to 2012; a show so hyped that you can't call yourself an anime fan if you haven't at least heard of it. While I haven't finished watching SAO, I am well aware that the majority of people feel it was ruined by the hype. Does AoT fall into this same category, well, honestly, no. I don't think it does.
In an alternate universe, humanity has been nearly wiped out after the appearance of a new species of beast whose sole existence seems to be eradicating humans; the titans. Titans are massive, mysterious creatures whose origins, method of reproduction, and true motivations remain completely unknown to humanity. The humans have retreated into 3 circular walls that are large and strong enough to keep the Titans out, but for how long?
AoT gets major props from me for creating the darkest, most convincing, most tragic war environment I've ever seen in a TV show. The sheer amount of suffering, physical trauma, psychological trauma, and portrayal of devastation is so horrible and disturbing that it is beautiful. If you like watching happy-go-lucky, feel-good anime, this show is NOT for you. Rule number one of watching AoT is to NEVER expect something good to happen. Doe it seem like something good is about to happen? Well, something bad is probably about to happen.
AoT really manages to create an atmosphere where the viewer is viciously cheering for humanity to prevail, and that is no easy task. And of course, that just makes it all the more devastating when that character you were finally starting to like gets eaten. The storyline is extremely engrossing and interesting, but due to the fact that the story is incomplete (hopefully season 2 will be announced soon), I can't give it 10/10 in good taste, but AoT is very much a plot driven anime.
Very detailed and stylized. Style is something that is very hard to explain, but it fits the atmosphere perfectly. I loved the art.
EPIC soundtrack. "Epic" is an overused word, but all you have to do is listen to the opening to know that this show is just EPIC! The voice acting is stellar as well.
Seeing that this is an anime that is not finished, it makes sense that a lot of the character development is also unfinished, but the main characters are all intriguing.
Eren, the protagonist, is headstrong and reckless, but also very compassionate. He has a fascinating and tragic backstory (that the show still hasn't completely told), and his internal struggle between either sacrificing his humanity for the good of his race or maintaining his humanity and saving every individual he can is very engrossing and one of the show's strong points. Eren is clearly a round character and I like him quite a bit.
Mikasa is Eren's childhood friend, and to say Mikasa is protective of Eren is an understatement. She has no family left, so Eren is the only thing that keeps her going any more. She is by far the best fighter out of all the recruits and is a total badass when fighting. You can't not love Mikasa...
Armin, also Eren's childhood friend, is a frail boy who isn't much of a fighter, but possess great strategic intellect. He has proven to be one of the show's more dynamic characters as he breaks out of his shell as the anime goes on and realizes that he isn't as useless as he thinks he is.
Levi is a BAMF. That's all you need to know.
There are also tons of intriguing side-characters, but I wouldn't get too attached to them if I were you. NOBODY in this show is unkillable, except probably Mikasa. Don't be surprised when a seemly major character gets eaten in the blink of an eye. AoT really keeps you on the edge of your seat in that regard. If the show was complete and the character's development was finished, characters would have likely gotten a 9/10 or 10/10.
So far, AoT is the rare case of an anime living up to the hype. With an epic plot, complex characters, badass art style, and an epic soundtrack, AoT has the potential to be something really special, but lets wait for the end of the second season (which will totally be announced soon) and it's ending to draw any conclusions. read more
Oct 30, 2013
The story talks about the last remnants of humanity cooped up behind amazingly huge walls protecting them from gigantic monsters known as Titans. You are introduced to the main characters: Eren Jaeger, Mikasa Ackerman, and Armin Arlert who are childhood friends that innocently dream of going beyond the walls and discovering the real world out there (just like any kid would!) This peaceful setting is disrupted when, out of the blue, a huge 60 foot Titan peeks from behind the 50 feet walls right at the puny humans and goes ahead to kick the gate that is sheltering humanity from the woes of the outside world that the Titans inhabit, wide open.
This is where the story starts to unfold around the mystery surrounding these Titans and why they are adamant on "eating" humanity as a whole.
All throughout every episode you will find yourself attached to every single character from here onwards. Some unceremoniously die, some have naive thoughts and goals to what they should do in life, some want to take the easy way out of their strife, and some just go with the flow because they don't think they are strong-willed to fight back. All in all you will be attached to characters that exhibit real human qualities.
Simple concept for a story, isn't it? Nope it ain't.
This isn't your run-of-the-mill monster/horror/doomed humanity anime. People fail to realize that the Attack on Titan setting is exactly the same setting we all live in our real lives. It reminds you that anyone who is bigger, better, and stronger will not only devour you whole, but will also devour your entire dreams, hopes, and future with it.
And this main character, Eren Jaeger...this kid, you actually root for this wide eyed enthusiastic little bugger - who adamantly with all his heart wants to turn the tide whether it be for better or for worse. He knows that he has to FIGHT in order to go anywhere in life, and he isn't letting these monsters ruin his will to live; his will to take matters into his own hands.
It's very rare to have a character pump you up. It serves to show how willpower alone can do wonders - even if you are only human.
The art is absolutely breathtaking. The colors are so vivid and you honestly can't get enough of the lush background scenes. The action sequences were awesomely superb, especially with the surprisingly fluid 3D Maneuver Gear sequences. As for the characters the first thing you will notice are the EYES. They are so vividly colored and illustrated you can't help but find yourself drawn to them.
The music is simply outstanding. It fits very well with the mood of the story. Starting from the opening sequence to the ending credits. The BGM and SFX were especially very well placed whenever a character is seen flying around using the 3D Maneuver Gear. The ambiance and that feeling of dread that emanates from the music captures you from the very first episode. Honestly, if anyone hates the music I will royally Jaeger your ass!
Unlike the manga, the anime didn't do justice or make way for any sort of character development. First timers wouldn't be THAT drawn to the characters from the get-go. But the development is still there, you just need to look closely. Yep, closer....OH there it is! I do hope that everyone reading this review would give them a fleeting chance if any. If you're still not convinced, then go ahead and read the manga. You will be equally blown away, anyways.
I haven't enjoyed an anime like this in a very long while. As I said in the very beginning of the review, animes nowadays have only cliched themes and seem to just bring out a yawn rather than any hint of interest. I've been so picky that I almost did not watch Attack on Titan (*GASP* the blasphemy!)
It epically portrayed a lot of simple concepts and elements that are most importantly HUMAN. It teaches you how easy it is to have hope inch further and further away from your grip and how easy it is to just give up. Though if no one around you is willing to stand tall and face adversity, it doesn't mean that YOU have to be scared out of your wits too.
I urge everyone to watch Attack on Titan...then go ahead and read the manga, because if you'll be as hooked as I am then I'm sure you wouldn't even be able to bear waiting for the second season to come around the corner.
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