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: 8.931 (scored by 128082 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
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 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 16, 2013
Story- The story follows humanity’s struggle of survival as it hides behind the safety of 50 metre high walls that has protected them from anthropoid beings known as titans for over 100 years. These titans are mysterious in origin and are massive in size. Their only goal is to kill humanity for seemingly no reason. After 100 years of peace, a breach in the outer of the 3 walls caused by a mysterious, previously unseen 60 metre tall titan pushes humanity to a desperate situation.
We thus follow the story of 3 teenagers, Eren, Armin and Mikasa and how they fit into this chaos. The first few episodes provide the viewer with an entirely new experience that will shock and change all you will naturally expect from an anime.
The first 7 episodes were pretty much the longest Holy shit!!! moments from what I have currently seen from an intro. But after this initial promise, the actual story unravels.
Once everything settles down, the pace slows right down, the standard array of stereotypical characters are all introduced in 5 minutes and the story no longer develops. Humanity must kill the titans! Yup. That’s pretty much it. The very nature of the enemy limits the story to just that, the titans can’t talk, they have no morals. So all this anime can ever be is how Eren kills the titans. This is so unbelievably one dimensional it’s a joke. With only one end goal, there can only be a series of extremely predictable single battles against the titans. And all of these suffer some serious pace issues. In the middle of a fight, the anime would stop to hear everyone’s opinions. Or it would decide to watch countless flashbacks of traumatic family events. With the clear attraction of attack on titan being on the action, why bother showing this after we are all so pumped up?
I have also read the supposed ending of the attack on titan anime series. My armpit has more creativity than that. Message me if you want the details. 4
Art- this section is the most controversial in my books. Whilst the artwork is undoubtedly superb, i.e. the fight scenes and the environments, the underlying language of the artwork is flawed. Attack on titan is, as far as anime can be, very gory. People’s heads and limbs are flying everywhere. But fighting these grotesque beings are a group of 3 teenagers (of which Armin is apparently a boy) who all look like they’ve just worked out how to use a toilet. It’s like watching ash ketchum go ‘fuck you charizard!’ and watch him proceed to break his neck. It’s confusing. The design of the titans are, maybe intentionally, grotesque. But I am sure that there are better design potentials here. I’m pretty sure I saw Nicholas cage as one of the titans. 6
Sound- the soundtrack is amazing. Suitably epic and upbeat. But there is no other dimensional quality to the soundtrack. Even when the main character’s mum dies, an epic fight song is playing. The anime needs to learn, even in an action led story, more than action can exist. The beauty of friendships are poorly conveyed through the music for example. The voice acting is the most over the top voice acting I have ever witnessed. It’s not, ‘can you pass me the water’, its ‘ (with lines and explosions encircling the character) I have failed you mother!!! I need the water to save my friends and to kill the titans!!!!!! Calm your tits already. Blimey. 7
Characters- defiantly not the strong point of attack on titan. The main character literally just wants to kill all titans to avenge his mother. A far more powerful character, Mikasa, starts of wanting to protect Eren, yet by the end, she wants to protect Eren even more! Wait, what? The only development we see is of Armin, who starts from a complete wussy to what you expect from a main character. All other characters just fulfil the stereotypical archetype that the writers have fallen for. It was so disappointing to see this after seeing such a unique beginning. 4
Enjoyment- suffice to say, I did not enjoy attack on titan. I spent most of the time being frustrated by how slow it was all moving and how childish everything was. I was pulled in by the overwhelming popularity and amazing action scenes. What I was met with was a very childish attempt at making gore cool. Providing a lame excuse for teenagers to create a lot of carnage is not a good story. As awesome as the fight scenes were, they cannot make up for how immature it all is. 4
Overall- I’m really sorry for all the attack on titan fans reading this. But I am 18 and I have outgrown this senseless, immature and shallow genre. Whether I recommend watching it, I would actually say yes. The first 7 episodes are actually amazing. But the initial rebelling against the norm was quickly ignored and it drifted back to an average anime. 5
Dec 9, 2013
"You can't change anything unless you can discard part of yourself too. To surpass monsters, you must be willing to abandon your humanity." - Armin Arlert
And I think I will just put it at the start of the review, since none of the not helpful voters gave any feedback on my previous reviews:
PLEASE NOT HELPFUL VOTERS, A FEEDBACK FROM YOU IS HIGHLY APPRECIATED!
Don't misunderstand me. I believe, this anime is awesome indeed! But is had some huge flaws to it that made me give it an average score.
Without a doubt this is the most hyped anime of the year. But what was it that made this anime so popular? The huge dumb naked people, the animation or the soundtrack? I can't really tell. I also noticed that the opinions of many people about this anime differ a lot. For me, this anime was some sort of disappointing series. It's really hard to tell if Shingeki no Kyojin actually deserved it's hype. But does it? Well, in my honest opinion, it didn't. And I will explain this to you in a review where I will be as objectively as possible.
The story is set in a medeaval period, where the human race is in danger of extinction by the stupid giant naked people. (the titans) There are cities build with walls to protect them. And than, out of nothing a huge collosal titan appears and destroys the city wall. The story revolves around a guy called 'Eren' with his Foster sister and Armen. After Eren saw what happened he has sworn he would kill every single titan.
Shingeki no Kyojin starts out really promising. The idea behind it was somewhat original, but I felt like it has too many things from other shows. But as soon as the story made progress, it became very predictable. Then again, the story telling itself was pretty decent and there were a couple of plot twists. But even then, they all became very predictable.
Even though the storytelling itself is pretty good, I didn't like the pace of it. Sometimes it was really slow, and I just wanted the plot to move forward. And sometimes, the pacing was too fast. It just had too cool down sometimes. This also prevents the anime from providing decent character development.
Here comes one of the better parts of the show, the art. First I will be talking about the background art, and second I will talk about the character designs.
The background art itself, was pretty good. It was very rich of colors. Especially landscapes and buildings had a lot of detail to them. By looking at the buildings, it gave me a some sort of magical medieval feeling. Especially during the fighting scenes, everything moved very fluid.
The character designs look pretty good as well. What I liked the most of them, were the thick black outlines. It suits the characters pretty good, and it looked just kinda cool. Also, since there are a lot of emotions in this anime, face expressions need to be visible. And that was the case in this anime for sure. I could tell immediatly if someone felt depressed, lonely, happy, angry etc. Another good thing is that there weren't any characters who looked similar to each other.
So overall, the art is very well done. It looked pretty unique. Rich of colors, and very fluid. Also, it's pretty noticable that there has a lot of effort been put in to.
Together with the art, this is also one of the better part of the show. The sound I will first talk about the music, and second I will talk about the voice acting.
Only the first OP "Guren no Yumiya" (Performed by Linked Horizon) is such an amazing and promising OP. The mix of Japanese and German at the start of the opening create a sound that's something very unique. It also fits the show really good. The soundtracks are over all great, and suit the scenes that they are used in perfectly, but they were just not that memorable. Also the 2nd OP "Jiyuu no Tsubasa" (which is also performed by Linked Horizon) isn't as good as the first one and not memorable too. I was actually sort of pissed when I found out that there was a new OP, since I loved the first one, and since it stands out compared to the second.
The voice acting was done very well. And in my honest opinion, I think it couldn't have been done any better. All of the voices simply suit all of the characters perfectly, and they portrayed their personalities and emotions really good. You could hear from someone's voice how he or she was feeling. You could decide from the character's voices if they were feeling sad, happy, angry etc.
So overall, the sound was very well done. A lovely first OP, with decent background songs and very impressive voice acting.
My, my. Here comes the most disappointing point of Shingeki no Kyojin. The characters. This is where the anime truly lacks big time. There is almost none character development in the main characters, and please let me explain. I will shorty describe the three main characters. Let's start up with Eren. Eren is the most cliché "I'll kill all of the titans!" character ever. He is really arrogant. Especially in the beginning of the anime, he pissed me off. But as the story made progress, he became sort of likeable. He became less arrogant, and more like a true human person. But still, I didn't find much development in him. And this was very disappointing, because this is why I couldn't sympathize with him. Armen, well, he became a very annoying character as well. But even though I didn't like him, he was the best main character from the show. He is a very smart young man, that always comes up with a brilliant plan to wipe out the Titans. But I felt like he lacked a lot of development. And Mikasa is okay. She is just a badass female character, but also lacked some decent development and normal human sense. She was just too cold, that I couldn't understand her feelings and feel for her. Don't misunderstand me, there were some pretty interesting and likeable characters like Jean and Levi. I mean, the supporting cast was very interesting with some likeable and funny characters, but the thing is that I just couldn't empathize with any of them. Everytime someone died, I felt nothing. And if a characters would die, it wouldn't bother me at all.
Apart from it's huge flaws, like with the characters or the story, this show stays awesome as hell. I simply enjoyed the shit out of it, especially during the fighting scenes. Fighting scenes were just very cool, violent and also epic to look at. The animation is what probably made the fighting scenes look so damn cool. I loved it when the people were using their maneuver gear, of whatever the f*ck you call it, and when they crossed through the forests or towns. Still, there were some parts that I didn't enjoy the show as much as other parts. This is mostly because of the characters. Because of their stupidness and retardness, or because of their lack of human sense, I kind of stopped enjoy watching it. But still, it was also a pretty addicting show. Each episode ends with an awesome cliffhanger and I just couldn't stop guessing of what was coming next. I think, if you don't mind the brainless characters, you might just enjoy this a lot, just like I did.
Overall this anime is a good show, but has some huge flaws here and there. In my opinion, SnK didn't deserve it's hype. The story was quite decent, but depended too much on the whole survival thing. A superb art style with brilliant animation quality, and a amazing OP. Soundtracks are very good too, much some of them were not memorable at all. The characters lacked a lot of development and emotions. Very flat personalities but some were likeable, I guess.
I don't want to let my personal enjoyment have too much influence on my review, so I would give this show an average score of a 5/10.
I had a very hard time reviewing this, and I could only say that I would recommend this to anyone since I enjoyed watching this show a lot.
I would also recommend you to watch the extremely well-written Berserk, and Claymore. Both have the same medieval setting like Attack on Titan, and deal with lots of violence and gore.
Nov 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!
Overall: 8.5 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
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 26, 2013
The premise was great, and had me quite interested at the start. The idea of humanity fighting for their life against an unfathomable opponent who popped out of nowhere is quite interesting. But did the anime deliver? I'm afraid I'd have to say I was slightly disappointed. To start with, it damn interesting. Titans attack, mass panic, humans forced to retreat, great; Interesting. What wasn't so interesting were the episodes which followed.
While the scenes with titans in them were intriguing, and at best enticing, everything in between seemed like filler. At one point I even recall the cast spending 3 entire episodes discussing moving a boulder, how to move a boulder, and the main character angsting over turning into a titan in order to move a boulder. I'm even partially expecting the OVA to be about the boulder.
I mean, come on. Am I really supposed to rate it higher than that? The animation and art in this show was incredibly lazy. The show was chock full of still shots, some of which lasted for over 5 seconds, and panning over motionless scenes, without the characters moving a muscle. A lot of powerpoint-tier animation in there as well. The character designs weren't terrible, but they definitely weren't marvelous either. I also am of the believe that the show's artists were having a contest to see who could make the most ridiculous looking titan, which, in all honestly, could be more entertaining than the plot progression of the show at times.
No complaints here. I do feel like a few sound effects, like the titan-transformation, were repeated, however.
No one really stood out for me. The only character development I can note is if they were about to die, and in most cases they did, so they're dead anyway. Minus points for having a main character who's entire personality was REVENGE and I'M GONNA KILL THEM ALL, and a female lead who's motivation consisted of protecting the main character. Bonus points for Jean.
It's not all bad, I actually enjoyed the show a little, although it did annoy me at times when literally nothing was happening. But, I won't deny I found the show overall entertaining, but most definitely not on the level a lot people seem to. I'm honestly baffled by how this show became so popular as I can only fathom it as slightly above average at best.
Well, that's all. Overall, I'd say that The Eotena Onslaught is a decent show, but don't go and watch it expecting a masterpiece. read more
Nov 28, 2013
As far as the story goes, it's very basic. Giant people and that's about it.
The character's are the worst part of the whole anime bearing little to no personality and being annoying and/or useless almost all the time. They have this overly dramatic monologues and are constantly stalling the pacing with their "going insane" or "I am so shocked" dramas. While you expect them to react like this, it wears off very quickly and becomes irritating.
Where it succeeds is the action. Great art and good fight scenes but even these suffer from the ever so often staling of the character's reactions.
Overall, I truly believe this to be over hyped and overrated but if you are willing to sit through it for the fights scenes then more power to you. 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
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
Nov 18, 2013
Well, this is my review and i deem it to be as objective as possible, i know every spectator and reviewer of this anime mostly very satisfied of this anime and im like that too.
But some consider it to be so perfect and exaggerating it like doesnt have any minus at all, yes some already bored and suck with it seeing age of anime turned out to be fapper, maniac, lolicon as anime grow by flooding us with kawaai shoujo, loli, boobs, ass everywhere and im agree too. As shingeki no kyojin bring anime world different aura with tragedy, action oriented anime, but while its genre so fresh still it isnt perfect and many can be improved further, to review one anime from objective side, one must compare and inspect it in the same genre area, one anime cant be good simply because its "unique" genre among "mainstream" genre.
At first, as many of you can guess im sure, there are many many and many unexplained mysteries left behind. Since this series started with its first episodes until last episodes, question, mystery, my talking in my head grow like exponential curve and there is no explanation till the end. How the fuck is titan created? Who created titan? what for? how the hell are 3 walls created that protects mankind? how suddenly there are 3 walls while mankind under constant attack from the titan? where the hell is eren's father? after this 5 years whats he have been doing? and so much and many more.
Almost no possibilities for this anime to have its second season makes it worse and all question can be answered from its manga cant answer such damn thing because this is anime review not its manga review, therefore its different thing.
While its fulfilling the hunger of action-oriented spectator to their satisfaction, so much best graphic action scene, still it fails to cover overall storyplot become its very very major drawback thus fails to consolidate it into perfect anime.
Yes, it is too much action-oriented without good story cover.
Well next, i dont know if this is just me but i think i hate it where only half of the whole series truly gives us fighting-titan scene, where almost the other half contain internal-mankind fight.
Ok now at first its telling us "hey im action-oriented anime" and next it contains too much internal affair not the breathtaking and ejaculating fighting-titan scene. If im not mistaken, fighting-titan scene bombed at early several episodes and waning toward several last episodes, the only titan in several last episodes mostly just that female-form titan.
But, really, the most dissapointing point still its lack of story. Really it had twenty five full of episodes dude, you have so many tense and horrific action scene, so many review scene, but cant ended up with even slightest idea to cover many question spectator had in their head.
In the end, it results as a ridiculous ending, with nothing as conclusion, with so many unanswered remnants. As i watched its last episodes, im like "WTF, its last episode already? its ending already?" its like the beginning of the real storyplot and you ended it already.
You could cover up the whole stories in the last few episodes like Guilty Crown, it wont be long really, or if the manga series still didnt go that far you could made an alternate ending to fill the curiousity, instead you go to high school of the dead plot path where the whole series
just serve us with only early fighting-titan scene and how people depressed from the incident with nothing as solution or history how all happened until the end.
Art : 8
Well for full action-oriented anime in medieval era, nothing more can be expected from the art, its magnificent, truly breathtaking fighting scene that makes you ejaculated and the fact that the enemy is monstrous titan with upper hand from mankind always makes you amazed not to forget that 3d manuver geared badass flying over skies everywhere is so stunning.
Sound : 7
Dont wanna tell you, but this is another lack from shingeki. I wonder why i always play Guilty Crown backsound Bios_MK+nZk in my head everytime i see shingeki fighting scene, and i know the reason its because shingeki lacking appropriate backsound and fail to make spectator fully immersed in its scene and sure all op and ed is not..satisfying.
Character : 8
Well to tell you the truth, i love its 3 protagonist, they are not perfect, they have their own weakness, their own strength, and they are filling each other's gap and hole. At the front, Eren have the biggest sense of judgement, have the biggest willpower, while lacking awareness, exploded and unconscious, and of course dont have the top skills, as standard in almost all male protagonist in every shonen anime. At the right, stand kawai shoujo yet deadly Mikasa and..hard to believe but i guess she is the most inhuman of the 3, average sense of judgement and willpower despite having top-notch skills, and i can say she can oppose the entire world and doesnt give a damn thing which is right as long she can be with Eren :D go go ErenMikasa, everyone know you love Eren so much since childhood until now (that scarf is the proof!!) but unfortunately the series doesnt permit another romance scene :(. And at the left, trustworthy Ermin is the best observer, analyzer and strategist despite having low skills and low willpower but gradually growing as series goes on.
Enjoyment : 8
With all its weakness and drawback covered with its plus, i enjoyed watching this series so much. Well they said personal enjoyment cant always be related to its objective view. read more
Sep 29, 2013
This anime went bold and decided to create on a whole new animation style, utilizing original 2D art, static, and 3D graphics. By the end of the first episode, people know this anime will go down in history. They hired Hiroyuki Sawano, most famous for his works in Guilty Crown, as their music composer. Yui Ishikawa, a barely known seiyuu, was brought in to voice the main heroine Mikasa Ackerman. Then they built a super team of seiyuus perfect for the roles of each of their characters. The anime took great lengths to give most characters a backstory or a reason for existing in the series.
In a time of redundant themes in anime, SnK brought in a whole new plot, though most often compared to Claymore. Humanity at the brink of extinction, forced hide behind walls to protect themselves from giants. Mechanisms such as 3D maneuver gears to combat these seemingly invincible monsters was innovative. As the plot thickens, secrets unravel that bring in more questions. It's not just humanity fighting monsters, it's humans utilizing the monsters' powers to reclaim their dominance.
If the anime was judged by the following criteria of story, animation, sound, character, and enjoyment, all of these would be a 10/10. Now, is this the best anime I have ever watched? No. But ignoring the fanbases, useless controversies about budgeting, and baseless hating on overhyped series, and instead using my own unique judgement, Shingeki no Kyojin is an extremely solid series. read more
Nov 17, 2013
I'm not going to say that it's plot is the breakthrough in the history of the anime nor I'm going to disagree with those who say that Snk's plot is not that special. Yes , it's pretty simple . The human race is on the brink of extinction and lives under the constant fear of giant , human eating creatures called Titans . Eren ,the protagonist ,after his first encounter with them vows to kill every last of them and so the story begins . As you can see it's not much,but the way the story unfolds only raises you more questions than answering the ones that you already have.It makes you question every single thing that you took for granted since the begging. The motives and morals of the characters will only make wonder even more if the things you believed so far to be true are true indeed .Maybe there is a more complicated reason behind the things that happened ( not just Titans eating humans ) , maybe the true enemy is not the one that we think it is . What is the nature of the Titans ? They couldn't just simply exist out of nowhere, could they ? And let's not start about the basement....
Beautiful detailed scenery with just the right colours ,that's all I'm gonna say . One thing though that caught my attention is the art on each character . No one looks the same ,we have short characters with intimidate,sharp eyes,others with big,expressively eyes .You can actually tell from their features their origin , for example Annie( Russia ), Eren( Germany ),Mikasa (Japan ).I may be the only one to believe that, but it seemed worth mentioning .
Sound (9/10 ):
"Sie sind das essen und wie sind die jaeger !"I don't think this needed a better introduction,an epic opening song for an amazing anime .In fact both openings songs fit perfectly and their synchronisation with the openings are just amazing.Now, the rest of the soundtrack is just breathtaking and well made and the voice acting is quite fitting .It won't disappoint you.
The first thing that comes to my mind as to why Snk makes the difference is how realistic it is when it comes to the characters.While talking to a friend of mine about how underestimated the trio ( Eren , Mikasa , Armin ) is , she said something that can easily explain my point . " The thing with Armin is..I really know how he feels " That's it ! Simple as that ! All the characters in this show are humans above all , no one is super strong or invincible. They cry , they live in constant fear even though they don't show it right away.They hate death and how they've been forced to live.They get injured and it takes actual time for them to recover. Even the strong ones die and their deaths are made in a way to show that no matter who you are or what you've been through you die like everyone else .The deaths in this anime are so quick and uneventful that you start to wonder if it actually happened , because lets face it " There is no way he/she would have died like that .It would have taken more to kill her/him " No ! everyone is human and die just as easily.
At first ,most the characters would seem like the typical anime characters. Specifically referring to the main protagonist of the story Eren Jaeger.At first he seem to be the cliche anime character who lost his family and vows to get revenge on whoever did it, something that have been used so many times before that got old already .I don't completely disagree with that opinion, but as the story unfolds I can assure you that his character is far more interesting that you originally thought. This goes for the most of the characters in the story who appears to be one sided and typical at first but more complex and unique later on , including the characters that seem to be "bad guys " in the story.
Something refreshing about Snk are the battles .I haven't watch that many anime in my life , but one thing that couldn't escape my attention was the pattern that most them seem to follow Let's give an example : the anime character (possibly the protagonist) faces an enemy believing deep in his heart that he is going win .Later on releases that it's almost impossible to do so, as the enemy is too strong for him , but doesn't give up for the sake of his friend , family, loved one etc. At the crucial moment when he/she is about to lose/die something magically happens (possibly a flashback or someone shows up ) and the character suddenly rises up and defeats the enemy while saying some interesting things about the power of will or friendship or love . I'm not saying that this pattern can't be found in Snk , but it's nice to see that not many of the battles scenes are like that .Most of the battles in this anime raises many questions about humanity and moral ambiguity and it reminds you the condition in which those people live : fear and war . There is death everywhere and it's not something that you can oversee for that sake of the living .Of course the protagonist survives along with the few characters that we are familiar with,but it's not at any rate a victory .
What I love the most in this anime is the intensity that some scenes hold .The animation , voice acting and soundtrack are combined in such way that will leave you completely amazed and could easily bring tears in your eyes.I'm sure those who have already seen the anime will understand to which scenes I'm referring to and surely Mikasa's voice saying " My life has no meaning anymore . What's keeping me going ? " following by Eren's voice "Fight ! " will surely have crossed your mind.
Overall (10/10 )If you haven't seen Attack on Titan I suggest to go watch it! read more
Nov 6, 2013
AoT does a great job to entertain you and while that may be enough for some people out there, I look at every aspect critically and judge it as a whole and I have to say: even though it has a few flaws the producers did a very good job here and I’m very interested in the upcoming seasons and I hope they will eliminate the mistakes they did in the first season so It can get even better.
Let’s start with some good points first:
The artstyle was amazing. Well it had a very few amount of things that looked terrible (episode 1 the giant titan kicking against the wall) but those were only the CGi moments and everything drawn looked so beautiful, from the houses standing around.. The other background and the character design were besides very good looking also kinda original for me.
The soundtrack was also very great. Besides the very awesome opening most of the soundtrack had a very epic choir and the few rock soundtracks were pretty good as well and very good used in the anime. The voice acting was nice as well.
To the story: Well I heard a lot of critic that the story isn’t very original because the titans are very similar to plain stupid zombies so you could say it’s just another plain zombie anime, but I rather think it got a lot more than this. It got a bit of originality than just a simple zombie apocalypse especially from the way how they attack the titans and the whole setting is completely different than normal zombie apocalypses. With that said I also have to mention that the action was also very good and I would say that the story, even though it had some not so good points (I wont spoiler those, u have to find out yourself…) it was quite ok overall. I’m especially looking forward to the second season to increase in this point.
Now to the more bad things: Where the most hatred comes from and I also think is a very weak point is… the pacing. While in the first few episodes it was quite normal (maybe even a bit rushed) in the later coming episodes it took way too long that anything happened. This completely turned me off the show while it was ongoing and I finished it a month after the last episode showed up. Hell in some episodes the opening+ flashbacks from last episode took about 8 min from 25.
The point that I found was the worst are the characters, mostly because I didn’t like the main protagonist at all. Critically speaking they weren’t that bad, especially for a battle shonen. It was a cliché character setting with a brave hero-typed male protagonist a pussy smart guy on his side and a overpowered bitch, but at least the characters itself weren’t cliché.
I shortly want to talk about Eren: Well Eren the main protagonist had some pretty big lacks on motivation and that he is so angry all the time makes him completely unlikeable for me. I heard someone say it’s unrealistic that he never spends time with grief, even when people close to him (the guys who saw the show know what I mean) die, but I would say that’s just his way to overcome the grief is by getting aggressive, so I can understand it, though I don’t like it.
What also bothered me was the fact that everyone in this anime liked to overreact all the time.. I understand screaming and crying crowed while being attacked from the titans, but they often did it while everyone was save only to create some “wannabe” drama.
But not every character was unlikeable for me. The once very rare in the anime seemed the interesting to me, like Eren’s father or the military general. And some side characters are quite good as well.
What I also very much liked to see is the presentation of the high military officer and the whole character interaction to it. In normal shit anime the “good” guys always want to rebel against the authority but in this case the authority seemed kinda untouchable and realistic, I really hope to see more of the interaction with the human authority in the second season but not in a cliché way like many other anime did.
So in conclusion is Attack on Titan a pretty good anime, and definitely watchable ( I bet you all have seen it already anyway) and it’s a nice ignition of hope in the very dark times of bad anime this year. I personally would put Attack on Titan on my Top 3 anime this year, which should be understandable with all this shit which came out.
Score after my rating system:
Total 68/100% Score 6
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.
Happy Jaegering! read more
Sep 29, 2013
In this world, giants roam the land. These "titans" (as it's been anglicised) prey on human beings. They are brutal, violent and unstoppable. Their arrival is as mysterious as their motives. They do not eat to live. They do not eat anything else. They consume human beings and vomit them out. Humans have become worse than livestock on the food chain. At least sheep or cows are eaten for a reason. There is no discernible purpose for why the titans eat humans. They just do, and living with this fear and confusion behind the giant walls of the last known stronghold is the dwindled population of all of humanity. They've been able to keep the titans out for over a hundred years. Life in a cage, but life nonetheless.
Shingeki no Kyojin begins with the protagonist Eren Jaeger questioning whether this kind of life is worth it. Freedom does not mean breathing boxed in, awaiting death. That's not life and he vows to use whatever power he has to fight the titans. With him is Mikasa, a girl adopted by his family, and his friend Armin. While Eren is strong-willed and rash, Mikasa is calculated and fierce and Armin is thoughtful and soft-hearted; the trio play off one another's strengths and weaknesses in order to survive. And this anime becomes a war for survival.
Eren makes for a dependable protagonist. He carries the series well, despite having some "shounen hero" tendencies but perhaps his enthusiasm is necessary in a world where people drop their swords and flee in the face of danger or who opt to police within the safe walls of the rich inner cities. However, Mikasa is probably the show's great hero. Powerful, naturally gifted and determined, she carries Eren whenever he falls. As he is her only family, she is terribly protective of him. She lives entirely for him, and this may seem to be the only detriment to her character, but her loyalty to him is understandable when you learn of their past. Armin will be nobody's favourite off the bat. Wimpy, small and unable to fight, he has developed his intellect instead. The other characters are well-crafted and have distinct personalities (though they are just as many "Who's that again?" ones as well). Some of the stand-outs are Levi, a very short, extremely experienced and talented captain, Sasha, a girl who seems to gladly choose getting punched in the face by her superiors if it means she can get a potato, Annie, who like Mikasa is very strong and capable, and Jean, a spoiled and cowardly soldier who eventually becomes someone whose growth you can possibly be proud of. It's easy to like them... but maybe it's not entirely wise.
One of Shingeki no Kyojin's characteristics is that nothing and nobody is safe. It is not afraid of itself. It does not shy away from brutalising its audience or characters because honestly, this is a horrible place and time to be alive. It constantly reminds you of human mortality and fragility. Some people might tell you "don't get attached to anyone". Sound advice, but you won't take it. The characters in this series are constructed so well that you will root for them as they pick up their swords and then cry out in disbelieving grief as you see them crushed like a mosquito. Blood and then silence. It's not entirely right to say "nobody is safe" as plot-immortality applies to certain characters and that is quite evident. Although the anime is going to make you doubt yourself.
Gone are the anime physics where someone can go flying into a wall and can get up without a scratch. If someone flies into a wall in this anime, that's it. Game over, man. Game over. This is no anime for children; it is a complete bloodbath. It is not afraid to show you crushed limbs, torn-away faces, stinking, steaming bones, people's necks being snapped like chickens. It doesn't shy away from letting you hear screams of people facing their last moment on earth.
But it's not the violence alone that will sock you hard ones to the stomach -- it's the story itself. The concepts behind what is presented and also actual events will have you reeling. The second arc of this anime more or less will have you screaming "NO, IT CAN'T BE". Because you simply don't want to believe what you're seeing or who it involves. The entire series will have you holding your head wondering what is going on. The characters themselves don't really know, and you share that confusion with them. Shingeki no Kyojin's story is by far one of the most creative and well-crafted in modern anime history. It has the right tone, focus and content. It develops surprisingly at every turn. This is an anime you cannot necessarily lay out a trajectory for in terms of what is going to happen. You take every episode like it is tomorrow -- you ultimately cannot know what can or will happen.
Visually, it boasts some finely animated fight scenes, especially when the soldiers use their gear to go "flying" through the city. This gear is pretty inventive and can be likened to Spider-Man's web-slinging. The soldiers train to be agile and precise using this gear as it catapults them through the air. The best users of this know how to manoeuvre throughout a city block, across a titan's back or across the sky as though it were their first nature. The animation makes sure to keep you on your toes during action scenes, angling shots to keep momentum or knowing just how close to do a close-up for the best effect. The dark lines and general colourlessness of the art style keeps with the tone of the overall series. However, you can see where budgetary shortcuts were had, and while nothing to deter from the series, it is not quite perfect. Music-wise, the sound builds on the horror and the dramatic tension, and while some tracks are certainly recognisable as you watch on, they aren't entirely memorable.
Shingeki no Kyojin is all about experiencing it. You can have time later to think about what's happening or to theorise, but there is no time for that in the midst of watching. There are only held breaths, churning stomachs, wide eyes and feelings of absolute horror. There are times when humanity seems to be getting somewhere, where you think, okay, there's a chance now. Hope. It exists somewhere, as small as it might be, hidden in the depths of crushing losses and corpses and city rubble. It's there, and that's what Eren and his friends will give their lives to find. read more
Oct 8, 2013
Shingeki no Kyojin is one of those that I like to call as cannon fodder anime, it introduces many characters who's only purpose is to be killed off trying to act as shock deaths and shock the viewer. At the first episodes when the titans attack the city and start stomping down people and eating them it really sets the tone and atmosphere of the series. It shows that titans are a serious threat and they're not killed off easily, they can regenerate and only way to kill them is to cut a piece off their neck in a quite specific spot. First episodes are really great as they introduce the characters, Eren, Mikasa and Armin, and the titans, and clearly show what the goal of the main heroes is.
Then as episodes go on and titans attack again, and again and again you just start to notice the faults of this... which apparently people do not notice. For one the story. Overall it's ok, but moves at a snail's pace most of the time without any good reason. Many of the unnecessary flashback scenes, or just dragging a scene overly long do not create any better atmosphere or contribute to the story in any way. Some shows like to take things slow but usually they also do that because they want to show maybe the world around the characters or have the characters action tell the story instead of words. In SnK there is a lot of standing around, people just staring with over dramatically drawn serious faces on. It doesn't add anything to anything, it's just padding and filler because the manga isn't that far ahead, and it shows but that's not an excuse for it.
Another thing I didn't like was that the characters die all the time, everytime they introduce a character you just don't care because there is a high change they're going to get killed to try and shock you. At first, as I said, it sets a tone that this isn't a nice world they live in, they have to live in fear of these monstrous titans that might come crashing through the gates any moment. But after it goes on and on and on with it everytime the titans arrive, it just gets boring and doesn't add anything, again it's just filler and try to make it as gory as possible. Only in the almost last episodes when some people die, not gonna spoil it, does it actually affect the story and decisions of the main character and it feels like it wasn't there just to shock you, it had a purpose and didn't start to repeat itself.
So I might be bitching about this show a lot, but there are many really good stuff here too. Art style is really good, characters have thick black lines around them and it's unlike anything I've seen. It feels really heavy and characters have a lot of emotion on their face thanks to these thick outlines.
Action scenes are superb. The soldiers have really unique tool, 3D maneuver gear, that they use to try and take the titans out and can move swiftly in almost any environment that has something to grap onto. The bigger fights with titans are really well done thanks to great animation. Action is fluid and really fun to watch.
Character progression with the main characters during the first episodes is nicely done, they start as childs and they really show what they're fighting for and why they hate the titans, and what they want to do. Story follows their growth as they start to train to be able to get kill titans. Too bad other characters are quite poorly done.
I still don't get where all the hype for this came, but I really recommend watching SnK. It's a good show overall, it has its problems that I think should not be ignored, but it's a great action series, but so are many other animes and they don't seem to get this much attention. The last 5-10 episodes were really good though. Eagerly waiting for second season that might take some time because manga seems to be progressing really slowly, and I think they should've waited a bit more with this anime to adapt the manga all at once and really do a greater than great show which I think this could've been. read more
Dec 9, 2013
START: extremely strong start, such a powerful first episode that immediately drew me into the show.
PRODUCTION: very well done, no question about it. If there is something good to say about Attack on Titan/Shingeki no Kyojin it is certainly the animation, music and sound. Crisp and perfect. The animation has entirely no flaws, and the background settings are gorgeously animated. The music was another great aspect of the show, setting the correct tone at all times.
CHARACTERS: super cliche, especially the main three characters: Eren, Mikasa, and Armin. The reason that they are cliche is because all they do the entire show is talk about how much they want to eliminate the Titans, not how they would do it, but merely that they were going to with no possible ideas of how. Another thing that bothered me throughout the entire show was instead of cooperating and working out tactics of eliminating Titans, all I could notice about the conversations were that it seemed just like a “who can wear out their voice enough until they can’t talk trash about the enemy any longer” contest.
FOCUS: based on the ending of the series, I came to the conclusion that the first 15 or so episodes were a pointless plot. There was a new goal to accomplish after the first 15 or so episodes, and that was what remained entirely in the show.
PACING: slower than a three-toed-sloth. I could not watch full episodes at times because it got so repetitive and boring.
MORALS: the show has no message, unless you count “when you get invaded by giant stupid naked people, fight back.” The show pretty much seemed very anti-peace, even at the end.
So if you want to see a highly produced show, go for Attack on Titan/Shingeki no Kyojin. However, if you are destined to watch an anime with greatly developed characters and a pointful plot, I wouldn’t recommend this one. read more