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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: 8.811 (scored by 225629 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Jul 21, 2014
What I've noticed is that people tend to be very split about this anime; you either love it, or you hate it. Clearly, in my case, I love this entire series (the show, the manga, the side-stories, etc.) Now onto the actual review.
At its core, Shingeki no Kyojin is something that we have seen many times in the past: humanity is being attacked, therefore we must defend ourselves. Many, many iconic shows start from this format. However, SNK (as I will be calling it for the rest of the review) takes this simple plot point and expands it into something very, very unique. We have the Titans: giant, humanoid creatures set on devouring humans. Because of the Titans, humanity has been driven behind three walls, with the population dwindling to less than 1% of our current population.
Each and every single plot point in this series is completely thought out and executed stunningly. There are so many twists that you won't be able to see coming. Hell, check out episode 8- you'll be shocked. Even the filler is thought out, and has important significance to the main story. The story of SNK goes even further in the manga. At the time of writing this review, there has been 59 chapters released, and we are just only starting to scratch the surface of this world.
Like most things out there, SNK does have its flaws. But the flaws are so minuscule that it's very, very hard to notice them. The brilliant storytelling of this series completely blew me away from episode 1, which is why it deserves a near perfect score.
If you have read the SNK manga, you'll know that the art, while it is good, isn't amazing. The anime cleaned up all of the character designs, leaving us with a beautiful result. While there were some minor changes in characters (ex Eren's eye colour, Levi's physique, etc,) the anime designs did stay pretty true to the original material. The designs match the characters' personalities completely, which is something that not a lot of shows can brag about.
And the animation is breathtaking. Every single sky we see, the birds eye views; the scenery in this anime is absolutely stunning. And the animation for the characters and their situations is pretty great, too. To me, this is digital animation to the finest degree. But again, as is the case with most shows, SNK does have some animation flaws. For example, in one episode, the same frame is shown about three times. The characters can also have a case of "far away face", but that is pretty common. Again, these flaws in animation are pretty small, and are barely noticeable when you are watching the show. They do not take away from the rest of the show.
The score for SNK was done by Hiroyuki Sawano. If you don't recognize his name, he also composed the score for things like Kill la Kill, Ao no Exorcist, and more recently Aldnoah.Zero. If I could use any one word to describe the sound of SNK, it would be flawless. The score matches every scene perfectly, mixing electronics with more orchestral pieces. If you don't have any interest in watching the show, I would still suggest you download the OSTs. The sound for this show blew me away. Even the background noises, the additional sound FX- they were all done to the utmost perfection.
The openings and endings for SNK were all absolutely amazing. It's no wonder that Guren no Yumiya in particular has landed on many "top 10 anime openings" lists. The songs will get stuck in your head, and refuse to leave. In my case, they have not left in a year, and that's something that is very hard to do in my case. Just check out the OPs and EDs online; you'll be amazed at how great they are.
And the voice acting is nothing to laugh at, either. With many shows that I've seen, I've noticed that the voices don't match with the characters. Either the voice is too weak, too bold, meek, etc- this is not the case with SNK. Each character is voiced perfectly; each voice matches the personality of the character. The passion put into the voice acting of the show is nothing to laugh at. The voice actors were able to portray each and every line and emotion perfectly, which is something very hard to do. The dub is a different story (but we don't talk about the dub....)
This is where most people decided whether they love or hate this show. To be fair, the characters in SNK can sometimes seem a little extreme with their personalities. However, I love them. For example, the main character Eren can seem very angry, very passionate. Some people hate this. They think he's just a trope amped up to the extreme. In my opinion, Eren's character was done perfectly. His "extreme" emotions fit his personality up to a T.
The personalities of each character in this show are fleshed out near perfectly, in my opinion. Again, some aspects can seem extreme, but that is part of the enjoyment of this series. Not one character is deemed as "perfect." They each have their flaws, which makes them seem very human and realistic. As the story goes on, each point in each characters' personality is explained in detail, even if it seems unimportant initially.
Each character in this series serves a purpose. The main characters, the main supporting characters, the regular supporting characters- each and every one of them is important. There is a lot of death in this show, but every single death we see is important to the story and the character development. And while some deaths may seem insignificant, they really aren't. The entire emotional journey of this series stems from the characters, and SNK has pretty powerful ones.
I'm not a fan of blood and gore. Really, I'm not. There have been several shows, live-action or animated, that I have had to drop because of their content. When a show like SNK, which has copious amounts of both blood and gore, can become one of my favourites, you know that it is amazing.
Every single episode of SNK had me captivated. Even the filler ones. Each and every episode was an emotional journey from start to finish. Waiting for the episodes to air every week was torture, because I so desperately wanted to see everything happen (even if I had already read the manga.) I loved every single episode, even the OVAs that have been released. Each release had me on edge, with both the show and the manga. Nothing was dull; everything was riveting.
There is a reason why this show doesn't score perfect. It has its flaws, as everything does. But there is also a reason why it scores so high.
Shingeki no Kyojin was one of the most popular, if not the MOST popular anime of 2013. There is a reason for this. There is a reason why so many people watch, read, and enjoy this series, even if they're not into anime or manga. There is a reason why there are copious amounts of fan works for this series. There is a reason why so much merchandise has been released. There is a reason why so many people cosplay characters from this series.
Like it or hate it, you really can't deny how popular it is. I personally love everything about it. Keep in mind that this is only my opinion; other people will tell you different things. But to me, Shingeki no Kyojin is stunning. read more
May 7, 2014
In this anime there are no heroes! There are not brave men, without fear, that kill all the wicked. Here there are people who are fighting against their own fear and that sometimes they make it and sometimes not. The enemies aren't the giants !Although the anime does not say from where they come from and I won't do spoilers, it's repeated several times that the enemies are the human beings with their fear (who have surrendered to the giants without doing anything, ignoring and accepting to live like cattle) and the walls! But no one notices that because it would be too challenging to make two questions and wondering: "Why the walls ? Shouldn't they be their salvation?" and get an answer.
The fact that many people aren't well characterized, and that physically are not very different from each other isn't a coincidence .. Isayama is putting on the same level all human beings, he is saying that we are all like that guy who shoots himself alone after he surrendered to fear, that we are all as Vernam (who during the attack fled from Trost ), that there is some of us who is better than others, but that we all live under the same fears, and even if we react differently, we act according to substantially the same nature. It still tells us that we might be the protagonists of our life, choosing our destiny, but only if we are ready to go beyond the stereotypes and mindsets that others impose to us, only if only if we work with all our strength. Because living by what others tell us, from what they show us, isn't to live, but survive!
And in addition to all the various points of reflection that SNK has to offer (and there are many, not just those listed ), there is a plot full of twists and turns, the suspense. In short, it is a masterpiece.
Then, if you are used to an anime where the bad guys magically becomes good after a lesson or in which the characters acquire super powers from nothing or from old men who appearing in their minds... Well, ok ...... that ... that's original and profound ........
(Hope my english was not so bad) :) read more
Jul 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 - Military Police Brigade, Garrison, and Survey Corps). 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 have 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 knowing 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, standing over quite a big part of other series that share the same genre. read more
Mar 8, 2014
…people who like epic settings with epic battles.
NOT RECOMMENDED FOR…
…people who lack patience and the ones who expect a war drama that can be taken seriously.
Shingeki No Kyojin is a Shounen Anime with Seinen elements, in which humanity has to defend themselves from giant human-like monsters called Titans. It’s basically a post-apocalyptic scenario à la “Reign of Fire”, just with giants instead of dragons.
The show starts out very well by introducing us to the main characters and the world they inhabit and it does overall a good job in showing the horror the Titans represent. However, even the first few episodes already show signs of the recurring problem of Shingeki, which will be discussed later. The introduction is one of the strongest points of the show and sets up the atmosphere and characters well enough to captivate the viewer.
Another thing that deserves praise is Shingeki’s technical side. Animation and Soundtrack boast with fairly high quality, which helps a lot in creating a grand and epic atmosphere needed for a show like this. Especially the fight scenes are very enjoyable due to the sharp visuals and the extremely epic music that plays during those intense moments. While the designs of the Titans are unintentionally funny at times and while the use of a RPG-like style is also a bit questionable for a show that wants to depict the horrors of war and loss, the technical aspect of Shingeki is overall a plus.
That’s as far as the positives go. The show’s negatives, which are ultimately its crippling flaws, involve the direction of the story, the way the characters are handled and the way the dialogue and exposition is executed. To put it mildly, Shingeki starts out with a lot of potential in its first few episodes, but instead of building upon it, the show decides to dump down all of it for clichéd black and white painting, a contrived story with no direction or goal and a progression that’s as tough as old boots. It could have been a great, fast-paced Action Anime, it could have been an interesting exploration of novices in an environment that’s defined by war and death, hell it even could have been a deconstruction of the Shounen genre as a whole, but it ultimately wasn’t meant to be.
The first recognizable flaw is the absolutely outrageous pacing. Shingeki is slow, very slow, which wouldn’t be too bad if the time had been used to develop the characters and the plot. But all Shingeki really does is repeating the same information over and over and over. The show recaps events of the previous episodes in nearly every episode, but as if that wouldn’t be enough to drag the pacing down, the episode itself is also comprised with flashbacks and exposition the audience already knows because it was explained around five times already. The pacing of the middle 10 to 15 episodes is absolutely atrocious and combined with the already non-progressing plot and the focus on completely forgettable characters, it becomes a chore to watch.
And while we’re talking about plot and characters, the moment these two problems become apparent is the moment even the last person who believed in Shingeki’s potential will just give up and accept Shingeki as a sloppily put together Shounen that doesn't know in which direction it wants to go.
The three main characters themselves are relatively good. They aren’t very original (the vengeful hotheat, the stoic Mary Sue and the whiny but smart friend) but they are relatively well-used nonetheless. The secondary characters on the other hand are a total mess, merely because there isn’t any secondary character which gets developed to the point he or she becomes distinguish or important for the viewer. All those characters come and go before the audience can even learn their name. There suddenly appears a name, like “Gunther died”, and we as the audience can only wonder who of the five characters who look alike is meant. And this is a shame. There are so many people in Shingeki which had a lot of personality in their appearance and character right from the start and I can only wonder why the writers decided to dump them down for replaceable ones that lack any kind of distinguishable feature. Besides maybe some exceptions near the end, none of the deaths have any real impact on the viewer due to a lack of development, which makes all the time spent in which we have to watch the main characters grieve and moan about the fallen ones simply tedious, which again comes down to the problem with the pacing.
But we’re going in circles. Overall, Shingeki No Kyojin is a solid Action Anime with above average visuals and music and an at least interesting take on the genre as a whole due to its setting and concept. But when it comes to the execution, there are just too many shortcomings and downright crucial mistakes to call it a good anime. read more
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
Jul 16, 2014
Mainstream media has been on the survivor bandwagon for a couple of years now with The Walking Dead on TV and The Hunger Games on the big screen, so it was only a matter of time before we got an anime that was about human survivor. Attack on Titan is that anime. The premise of this anime is very good and very original, titans are attacking humans and so humans built a big wall in order to stay alive. This is a very interesting concept because it makes humans look as if they are trapped in a cage. This concept is very original and has a lot of potential from the start. What Attack on Titan does very well is play around with this concept, this anime does not only explore what humans do inside the walls, but also what they do outside the walls. The walls create a beautiful setting and there seems to be something happening all the time, whether it be inside or outside the walls.
At first glance the animation is superb. If one was to blindly watch this anime without taking the time to actually look at the animation they would think the animation is superb. However, if one does take the time to actually look at the animation, one would find many flaws. Reused shots, still shots, reused animation, flashbacks to previous animation are all examples of where one could see that this anime was under financial restriction. However, don't let this fool you, Attack on Titan is extremely beautiful. As stated before, the walls are a beautiful setting for this anime and the animation does a great job in showing this. The titans in particular are drawn extremely well and one can see a difference in almost every titan.
And now we get to what I feel is the weakest part of this anime, the characters. It's very sad when I watch an anime and think the supporting characters are cooler than the main characters. Supporting characters, such as Levi and Hanji are interesting and make the show very enjoyable, while the main character Eren, for me, almost ruins the anime. What really grinds my gears with Eren is the fact that he doesn't seem to be learning while the anime is progressing. In one episode it will seem that he has learned a valuable lessen while in the following episode he will realize that that lesson was stupid. It is this lack of character development with the main character of this anime that really makes me sad. As stated previously, the supporting characters are very interesting, however, the fact that you only see them every other episode for a limited time makes me rate the character very low.
Attack on Titan is very enjoyable. It is an action anime that doesn't let you down on the action. The very original story is enough to keep most people coming back every week. However, I feel that characters such as Eren must improve if this anime will be a classic. Season 2 promises us more action, more titan, and hopefully more character development. read more
Jul 8, 2014
Starting off with the story. I find this right here to be half and half. As far as the background and history shown, and the world that was created I think it's really good. I liked the idea of humanity living behind walls, drove to near extinction, finding the overall story of the world to be pretty original in anime. However, on the other side, as far as the actual, episode to episode, overall story of the season... I find it to be very lackluster. The show forces shock value down your throat, showing mass death almost every episode, to the point where it seems like the makers don't know how to tell the story without throwing genocide or murders in every other episode. Aside from the forced shock value; there is barely anything worthwhile that happens in the story for the first season. Not to mention most of the season is composed of two 8+ episode arcs, which are very drawn out. I could go into much deeper reasons, but don't want to spoil anything.
The art style and sound are both pretty decent. I find the art style pretty unique, although when it comes to the sound, aside from the first opening of the series I find the remaining themes pretty generic. The first opening does pump you up and in my opinion blinds people into thinking the show is going to be "super epic".
Now for the characters... I am not kidding when I say that the main characters in this series are complete crap. Eren is definitely the most boring main character, compared to a lot of others; I hated Sword Art Online but I thought even Kirito was more interesting than Eren. All Eren does is shout and preach, like he's the center of everything but has barely anything to back that up. And aside from his titan-related trait there's nothing else to him. I find Mikasa an empty character who only lives for Eren, who makes it seem like she can't even think for herself without him there. The only thing she has going for her is bad ass action scenes with her, which delude people into not looking past that and seeing a shallow character. And then there's Armin, who is a complete pussy and useless for the first 7-8 before he slowly starts becoming useful; most of the time he's shown he's either whining or showing how incompetent he is. He does get better down the road, and out of the three characters his is probably the best.
Attack on Titan is apparently hailed as "The Best anime of 2013" and some going as far as saying "The Best Anime Ever!" When in reality, no. A lot of its' fans make it seem like that you have to fall head over heels for it, and act like if you think it's bad then you don't know what good anime is.
Not saying this isn't a bad show, but I find it majorly flawed, and wish that more people would sit down and really think about this show before they praise it like they do. In my honest, serious opinion, I really am concerned about people who claim it to be the best anime of 2013. read more
Jun 12, 2014
Let's start from the story. One hundred years before to the beginning of the story, giant scary humanoid creatures called Titans suddenly appeared and nearly wiped out humanity, devouring them with an unkown reason. What remains of humanity now resides within three enormous walls.
"People are crazy for believing that these walls will protect us forever. Even though the walls have been intact for the past 100 years, there’s nothing that can guarantee they won’t be broken down today…"
The stroyline of Attack on Titan or Shingeki no Kyojin is still clouded in mystery. Tough we have already seen 25 episodes we almost haven't learned anythig about the Titans. They just give us one piece of the puzzle per episode without revealing anything important. The story also questions the moral decisions characters made in the anime which I found very intresting. The story is also filled with amazing fightning sceenes and some veary memorable horror scenes.
Art of this anime is very unique and takes a few episode to get used to, but when you do, you can see the time and emotions spent on it. I personally thinks that it fits perfectly the dark theme of Shingeki no Kyojin and would not change it, tough it is not the best art I have seen it surely is somewhere close.
Soundtracks in the anime are just epic. They really make the atmosphere awsome.
The the first opening is also worth mentioning cause it's surely one of the bests openings ever. It has amazing lyrics and an original melody.
"Without even knowing the name of the flower it had stepped on
The bird that had fallen to the ground, grows tired of waiting for the wind"
First of all. There are many characters, but they are all developted very good and have their own little background and was of thinking. It was very wise choice to put that many different character because they will all react and think differently when facing Titans and you will certainly find a characters that resembles you. The main three characters are childhood friends that share the dream of exploring the world beyond the walls and are very likeable I think.
"We’re going to explore the outside world someday, right? Far beyond these walls, there’s flaming water, land made of ice, and fields of sand spread wide. It’s the world my parents wanted to go to."
I really enjoyed watching and rewatching this anime. I was like: "Just one more episode... Only one more... This is the last for sure..."
The anime grabs you from the reality and puts you into a desprate world where humanity fights for it's very survival.
"If you win, you live. If you lose, you die. If you don’t fight, you can’t win!"
In overall, Shingeki no Kyojin or Attack on Titan, is a great anime with unpredictable storyline, unique and beautiful art, epic soundtracks and many different and developted characters. I would recommend it to anyone who likes either emotional anime, moral thinking, action and blood, fantasy worlds or apocalyptic things. I am looking forward for watching the next part of Shingeki no Kyojin! read more
May 24, 2014
Let me get one thing straight though, this show is an excellent gateway for people trying to get into anime. If you know someone who wants to get started then this is perfect.
Right so the story and setting are as follows. In a world that resembles medieval Europe with little sprinkles of Steam Punk throughout, humanity has been forced to seclude itself in regions surrounded by heavily fortified and immense walls up to 50 meters high. Why you ask? To protect themselves from the Titans, giant docile humanoids that simply eat all humans they encounter and no one knows why. These Titans range in classes of sizes with some being only 5 meters tall to the special types like the Colossal Titan who himself reaches up to 60 meters.
So one average day where no trouble could possibly arrive from, the Colossal Titan and his friends the "Armored Titan" and the rest of the titan gang destroy the wall guarding our main protagonist Eren Jaeger's (pronounced "Yaeger") city and basically makes him have a bit of a difficult day to say the least. From here on he and his two friends Armin and Mikasa vow to destroy all Titans while they still live by join the military.
While the story and setting are indeed very intriguing and keep the viewer guessing, they suffer from some pacing issues where something that seems to be important gets disregarded and other events drag on for a bit too long in my opinion. I watched the show as it aired and the animation studio behind it "Studio Wit" did a great job and ended each episode with a cliffhanger making the week between each episode a tense and one that could not go any faster. However, there were some times where these cliffhangers felt rather cheap as the next episode would quickly wrap up the issue within the first minute or so.
I have to give props to the manga writer Hamjime Isayama for creating such a fresh setting that really pulls away from traditional fantasy. The 3D maneuver gear which the military use to fight titans are awesome gadgets that provide some of the best scenes in the show. Also the constant oppressive feeling that Attack on Titan delivers really succeeds in making you anxious about the future for this show. Hope always seems to cave in on itself.
My main issue with Shingeki no Kyojin is its characters. Going on the internet one will see that many fans of the show compare it to "Game of Thrones" for the show's ruthlessness regarding character deaths. This is true and in my opinion is meant to commended, however for that to be effective, one needs to care about the people dying. In all honesty I couldn't give a damn about the characters in this show, none are in any way interesting or go outside the common stereotypes found in anime.
In the 25 or so episodes of the show, the characters and their motives don't change since the first 2. Even the three main characters can be summed in one sentence by the end of the show. Eren is pissed off and hates Titans cause they killed someone precious to him. Mikasa is obviously in love with Eren and wants to protect him. Finally Armin is a guy too scared to fight first hand but has excellent strategic plans.
The other side characters are barely worth a mention, even Levi who all the fans seem to fantasize over for being "badass" is just a sadistic douche. Admittedly he does demonstrate some serious ass whooping skill in the show, and that I have to give credit for.
Without naming anyone, a person dies fairly early on in the show and every other character kept going on about how they miss them and they shouldn't have died. Truth be told, I didn't even know who the hell they were till much later in the anime.
I sincerely hope season 2 of Attack on Titan develops these characters more.
Okay so enough hating on AoT for now, lets talk about the positives. Well for one, the art and animation. Studio Wit are a brand new studio whose first production is this show. I can only say that they must be comprised of artistic gods! The animation here is seriously the best I have ever seen in any anime. Many people complained about still shots being used during episode downtime particularly early in the show but Wit make up for it by delivering some of the most spectacular action scenes I have witnessed. There is something truly jaw dropping about seeing people zip around cityscapes in their 3D Maneuver Gear. I cannot compliment the animation and art in this anime enough.
The music is also excellent. Composer Hiroyuki Sawano (also composed the soundtrack fro Kill la Kill) does an incredible job of emphasizing the setting with sombre and slow melodies accompanied by a some beautiful german singing to elevate the darker scenes in the show. Some pumping electronic sounds mixed with grand and epic choirs also get the hairs on your back standing for the more action heavy scenes.
All in all Shingeki no Kyojin is well worth your watch. While I don't think the characters will find their own space in your heart (not with Eren's constant whining), I do believe you will have a great time with this show, especially is you are a lover of action. I myself am incredibly excited for season 2 and severely hope that they fix up some issues with the plot and characters then.
If you are going to watch, avoid the manga spoilers like the plague!
Thank you for your time. read more
May 1, 2014
I'm sorry, I really am, but there are fundamental structure and pacing issues with AoT. The basic premise is fascinating—a post-apocalyptic world that was ravaged by an almost biblical plague. All of humanity trapped behind walls that are failing to protect them from the monsters outside—but it's execution is lacking. The world, which appears to be richly structured, is never actually elaborated upon: how did they build the walls? What type of social hierarchy exists as a result of the wall? It spends about three episodes on a single battle and then rushes through the training: we go through 5 years in a matter of 3 episodes and then spend another three episodes on what is about a 4 hour period.
There are also some bizarre story telling choices: [SPOILERS] the protagonist is dead for two whole episodes and in that time they decide it's the best moment to do a flashback to a different character's childhood, while we're still in the middle of a battle sequence. I don't care about her childhood and relationship with the main character: all of the characters are currently in mortal danger and the main character is dead. This is simply not the time. [END SPOILER] There are also general pacing issues: it feels slow, yet we aren't given time to get to know the characters so when the inevitably die, it's hard to really care.
The episodes also have a flat out depressing emotional arc. They start with a smidgen of hope that is just continually stomped down until the end of the episode. I'm sorry, but I like my characters to have a win at least SOME of the time.
There is also something lacking in the Titans as enemies. They aren't smart, quick, or focused. Watching battle sequences with them is like watching a bunch of flies swarm around someones head. It's just not very interesting.
The art is outstanding. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. It's gorgeous. The backgrounds are rich, the motion is fluid, and the characters just look good. There is CG, but it's well integrated, and the colors are appealing and appropriate. The only caveat I might have is that it's sometimes a little hard to tell characters apart (but when there as many of them as there in AoT, it's inevitably difficult).
The soundtrack is appropriate and distinctive, the voice acting is strong, and the sound effects don't sound unnatural. I only knocked a point off because the opening theme is sometimes a bit much (I was skipping it by episode 3).
Eren is just not a very engaging protagonist. He's a jerk from the moment we meet him, and it feels like he's a jerk for no good reason. He then "redeems" himself by deciding to commit his life to a suicidal pursuit of revenge. I found it's tough to appreciate his character, though I did enjoy his inspirational qualities and his defiance of the hopeless state of humanity.
The side character come off as rather flat. They almost all fit into stereotypes that have predictable story lines. I do enjoy Jean, though, and I would be curious to see if he becomes the essential ally to Eren that I suspect him to be.
It was fun on occasion, but overall it was not very enjoyable or challenging.
This is definitely a good series—and for those who enjoy dark, battle driven series, particularly fantasy, I highly suggest it (though I warn that I loved Code Geass, another dark, battle driven series, but disliked this). I hesitate, however to call it great. read more
Jun 29, 2014
The actual story of Shingeki no Kyojin is... well, a lot better than it sounded to me at first. While the idea of mankind being held in check by some alien force is not in any way new, this series handles it extremely well, and really can make you paranoid at times. That is to say, the titans, for the most part, really do feel threatening. Unfortunately, there are some major pacing issues in this anime. Shingeki no Kyojin starts out pretty fast paced, while still giving you adequate information to understand what's going on. That's not easy to do, and it does that very well. However, after the first half of the “first season”, things go downhill. There are some great moments scattered throughout the episodes filling up the middle and latter sections of season one, but there just aren't enough to justify how slow some things seem to get done. Fortunately, this is remedied towards the end of season one with the introduction of a few great characters, and some key story-line points that, actually, make a lot of sense and are well done. However, season two continues this offense by starting out great, ending good, but not having good meat in between point A and point B. The idea is that all humans are confined to one massive city surrounded by three circular walls, with parts of the city in between each wall. This being said, the area of this really can't be that massive, and when, in season 2, they announce what their goal is, it feels pretty easily accomplished. However, in the remaining 10 episodes of the season, they never even get reasonably close to reaching this, and instead are sidetracked, although I will admit that at least the sidetracking is important and relatively well done. If this review is making me sound like I hate the story, I don't. I think it's one of the better stories as well as good story-telling for MOST of it, but there are just some parts that feel extremely rushed or extremely slow, for little to no reason.
Well, here is the single reason I don't like this show that much, and it shows by how many points are being docked. I would be lying if I said there weren't any fantastic characters in Shingeki no Kyojin, because most of the side characters are good, Mikasa Ackerman, one of the three main characters, is fantastic, and everyone's favorite: Captain Levi is also a great character. Unfortunately, this possibly good total cast is absolutely ruined by the main character of the series: Eren Yeager. Now, I have watched a lot of Slice of Life genre anime, and many of those are known for having awful, dense, un-interesting male leads, but Eren Yeager is in his own league. At lesat characters like King Joffrey from Game of Thrones are fun to hate. They are genuinely amazing parts, just evil characters. Eren is not fun to hate. He's annoying, constantly feels like he needs to get angry at everything, and thinks he's just going to do whatever he wants whenever he wants. It's absolutely childish and painful to watch. To make matters worse, the third of the trio of main characters, Armin is also annoying and whiny. Granted, both of these characters get SLIGHTLY better, but I will never be able to think of either of them as anything but annoying bitches unless some serious development goes down. As if all of this isn't enough, the worst part about it all is that the third main character, the female lead is absolutely great, and always goes out of her way to help Eren out of his own messes. And what does she get? Not a SINGLE, not ONE, thank you for the entire 26 episode series. Eren just brushes it off like he's entitled to her and deserves nothing less than to be pampered by his loyal friend. Enough about Eren though, the rest of the characters are pretty good. The aforementioned Mikasa Ackerman is a very good character, as well as Levi, once he's introduced that is. There are other great ones, but none worth mentioning.
Honestly, if I put more of an emphasis on animation quality than character development (which, in my opinion, would be pretty dumb), Shingeki no Kyojin would receive a vastly different score. For every flaw in character quality, the art and sound makes up for it. This series has by far the best soundtrack in anime, and has probably the best animation I have ever seen, even trumping the June 2014 anime that I am currently watching. I cannot say enough good things about the animation quality, sound or art, so I won't, and I'll let you see how awesome it is.
This section is basically whether or not there was a romance that I enjoyed. Sorry if this is a spoiler, but I particularly enjoy watching a romance develop, and I wished that other reviews would tell me if I was going to get to see one.
Shingeki no Kyojin rubs me the wrong way, so take this score with a grain of salt, but I think that the show is incredibly over-rated and needs to get the Sword Art Online treatment a bit. Everything about it is so awesome... except arguably the single most important things such as good pacing, or even bearable characters. If you can get past the main character, Eren Yeager, you will most likely enjoy this show vastly, as that alone would probably add 10 points onto the score.
Deductions in points from the score are my attempt at being as objective as I can, but they will be listed here in case anyone reading this cares more or less about anything I take points away from:
-The story has some minor, but still jarring pacing issues, and there are some parts that don't feel well put together
-Eren Yeager is an atrocious character, and never should have existed let alone as a male lead.
If you have any questions about my review (or want to talk about anything at all, really), feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jun 27, 2014
The plot of Shingeki no Kyojin is new to the anime world, but it is very similar to that of The Walking Dead; the world is overrun by man-eating creatures who have only bloodlust to motivate them and the surviving humans must find a way to continue living. SnK has a very original take on this subject matter, though, and that is most likely why so many are drawn to it.
Athough the plot is quite outstanding, the characters really lacked in development. Eren, Mikasa, and Armin got a good amount of development, but almost all of the supporting cast was lacking a reason for their actions, and for some, they were killed before we could learn anything about them. The viewer do get glimpses of the stories, but that's all they get. I do have to say that since we cannot get to appreciate the characters to their fullest, it is easier to cope with their deaths, and if the show decided to tell the story of everyone in this huge cast, there would be a hell of a lot of filler episodes.
At first, the art style of SnK seems fantastic. I personally thought it was the best art style ever, until I decided to watch the dub and I noticed the still shots and the inconsistent character designs. Without a doubt, the action is extremely well done, but their animation budget was focused primarily on those sequences and the rest of the show is rather average.
SnK's soundtrack is probably my favorite. The opening and ending songs are extremely addicting and I found myself listening to them every second of the day. The background music always gave the show an ambiance that was like no other. Sure, the amount of songs is fairly small, but the quality is still over 9000.
Shingeki no Kyojin is a very good show with a lot of good qualities. It has flaws that may or may not bother you, but I found them to be unnoticeable. If you do not mind gore then this show will most likely be on your list of favorites for a while. It is fun, but I know that over time better shows will come along and SnK will be pushed aside and forgotten. read more
Jun 27, 2014
Is Attack on Titan is the greatest anime that I never see? No, and there are many reasons for that too. And I will explain why.
Story / 7
Even if some people consider Attack on Titan an average shonen, like One Piece, Naruto or Bleach, I can't see this anime like that. Compared to these light-minded, friendship and justice forever animes, Attack on Titan bring us to the darkness of the human being, the pitiful selfishness and cowardice in front of the worst terror that we could imagine - the brutal annihilation by someone stronger than us.
I'm not going to explain how this anime played so easily with my emotions, how some moments were so strong that they brought tears to my eyes. I think many people here explained it better than me.
But still, I have to say that Attack on Titan is still a shonen, and so, brings with him some flaws of the average shonen. When you look back to those twenty five episodes, you can see that it's slow. A slow story, with some more boring episodes between the main two arcs, with a lot, A LOT of battles. The anime (I said the anime because it doesn't necessarily apply to the manga) is a shonen, but a very good shonen who doesn't quite looks like any others.
Art / 10
Aaaaah, the art! How can you talk about Attack on Titan without mentioning the beautiful work between the images ? The animation, the colors, the atmosphere is remarkable, the same quality has the best movie for some moments. I couldn't say it's perfect, because some episodes are less beautiful than others, but DAMN. I don't think you never seen an anime looking like that before.
Sound / 10
I'm not a good reviewer about the music of something, but, you know, here the whole thing - the music is as astonishing as the art, and both of them together can be described in one word - epic.
Character / 6
And then there is the worst point of Attack on Titan, even if it doesn't bothered me when I watched it.
Because Attack on Titan is such an oudstanding piece of work, with all the colors and the music and the emotions assembled so greatly with each other that you don't remark that any of the main characters has any « psychological evolution » (I don't know if you say it like that, but oh well you understand). Like most of the shonen characters, they are, at the final episode, the same that they were as the first one, or almost - they doesn't really evolve, doesn't really mature. All of them (with some exceptions, I admit) are cliches, and they will be cliches to the very end.
It doesn't really bothered me because, well, I like shonens, and so I'm used to this. But if you don't like the whiny Eren, the crazy Mikasa or one of the most important characters, maybe you will not enjoy as much I has enjoyed it.
Finally, Attack on Titan is not the greatest anime ever. It has too many mistakes, too many imperfections for me to call it the perfection, like FMB. But, like Death note many years ago, Attack on Titan is surely one of the most enjoyable anime that I never seen in my life. It's a rollercoaster of emotion and epicness, a well executed horror and action show, an anime so better than the average that it's difficult to ignore it. Trying it will not cause you harm, I swear ;).
PS. Sorry for the english, I'm french-canadian :) read more
May 15, 2014
Story - 10
This is what makes SnK so hugely compelling, at least for me. The world is wonderfully conceived and it shows – we're given extra information on eyecatches about the history of the walls, the functioning of weaponry, the breeding of horses, the layout of towns, and anything else that might ever interest the viewer on top of and reinforcing anything contained in the actual episode. These factoids do wonders to establish a sense of place and of culture, to make the lands within the walls so much more real. Pains are taken to establish the antiquity of the walls and the history of the settlements within them. The three military groups that protect humanity are given more backstory than some of the characters, sometimes through little things like naming the main characters’ graduating class “the 104th Trainees Squad” or an exploratory mission “the 57th Expedition Beyond the Walls.” This establishes a history and lineage that make for an engrossing viewing experience. Overall, the world of SnK is among the most fleshed-out worlds I've encountered in all of fiction, and it sucked me in effortlessly.
As far as the actual story goes, suspense is certainly not hard to find, and in fact might be overused. I know others appreciate how fast-paced the show is, but I felt it to be a little too rapid, perhaps trying to cram too much story into its 25 episodes. The suspense is built quite well, with just enough foreshadowing to instill a mood (usually dread) in the viewer without beating him/her over the head with it (though the cliffhangers do get old after a while). Characters are brought in and out of the plot deftly, but only sometimes is the vast reserve of supporting characters juggled effectively (see below).
The setting and plot intersect perfectly in that the ultimate goal of the protagonists is to uncover the reason for the appearance and existence of the Titans, which drove humanity inside the walls and is the cause of all the other differences between their world and our own. That lofty goal often takes a back seat, however, to intervening events and restrictions -- some from outside the walls, some from within.
Characters - 6
This is the back of SnK's neck -- that is to say, its weak spot. As some other reviewers have pointed out, there is too much passage of time and too much bickering among characters for there not to be more development in them. In the moment, the characters are incredibly relatable, in that the Titans put intense fear in them, fear not only for their lives but also for their families, their hopes and dreams, and humanity itself. The development of the characters, however, leaves a lot to be desired.
Eren, nominally the main character, simply doesn't develop. He is known for his catchphrase "I'm going to kill all the Titans," which he utters at least a dozen times over the course of the series, nearly evenly dispersed from the first episode to the last. His character blew me away for the first 6-8 episodes, but after that the unyielding and indomitable determination that makes him so compelling a character began to wear thin, and his approaching every situation (fighting Titans, recovering from wounds, eating soup) with the same reckless intensity borders on the absurd by the time the series ends. About 2/3 of the way through the series, there is even an episode in which we are initially led to believe he had changed and began to trust his peers and superiors, but later he throws that out the window and decides to just try and kill things instead.
The characters introduced with the Survey Corps don’t really get backstories, and as such aren’t very compelling. We are supposed to see Levi as reticent and mysterious when he is first introduced, when really the viewers are just left in the dark because of receiving absolutely no information about him. That's forced mystery, which is a poor substitute for the real thing. Similarly, Erwin is cast as noble and brave, but comes off as imperious, because he commands absolute obedience and we never quite know why. We know Hanji’s research, but we have no idea how or why she ended up as the Corps’ token scientist.
Meanwhile there are two dozen other characters milling about, some of whose names you will forget until they get eaten or suddenly become relevant to the plot’s progression. Notable in this category for me is Jean, who is boring, plain-looking, and forgettable even as he interacts with the main characters on a regular basis.
The only character that genuinely grows is Armin, who is paralyzed with fear at the beginning of the series but who gradually develops confidence in his own physical prowess and especially his tactical brilliance. In doing so, however, he becomes a character on par with seasoned military commanders, which strains credibility. Late in the series Armin has virtually no flaws, like Eren's other sidekick, Mikasa. So we are left with our core trio – one character who keeps giving in to his main character flaw, one who overcame his, and one who never had one. Real compelling.
If you are watching SnK to be entertained, the characters are perfectly serviceable. But if you are watching to have a little think along with your entertainment, they are kind of a letdown. The plot loves to play head games with the viewers, but the biggest trick it's playing on us is making us think these stock characters are worth biting our nails over.
Art - 9
Sound - 9
I will leave better assessment of this to others, as I am of the "if I don't notice it, then it's good" school of art appreciation. It's a beautifully illustrated series, but I'm an uneducated buffoon who couldn't tell you why I think that. As I noted above, however, I think several of the minor characters don’t look distinctive enough and are therefore difficult to remember.
The sound is also good, but I can't speak much to it. Both OPs are in-your-face and inspiring at the same time. The second is just good but the first one is outstanding.
Enjoyment - 10
Overall - 9
This is a hugely entertaining series and probably my new personal favorite. I’m willing to overlook my misgivings about character development until I see the second series that it seems certain we'll get fairly soon (and read the manga). I think this is the kind of show that’s in it for the long haul, and I’m hopeful that what I perceive as a lack of development is actually just really slow development. But character problems or no, the engaging world of SnK is well worth your attention and the roller-coaster story will keep it until the very end.
Mar 21, 2014
This is a spoiler free review.
*Insert synopsis here*
Aside from the monsters being replaced with Titans and the interesting weaponry the people have, we've definitely seen similar stories in anime before, whether it's Claymore, Blue Gender and maybe even Highschool of the Dead.
Leaving that aside though, it doesn't do a very good job with its narrative. The story relies on coincidences, has forced exposition, uneventful pacing and it also has unexplored themes that are tossed away as soon as they're raised.
The setting in general is poorly explored. For example, they make it clear that there's a slave trade going on within these walls, but that issue is never raised again. Apparently they also have religious sects that worship these walls as deities or something, but that's never explored either, aside from killing them off in an ironic and disrespectful manner (hah! that'll teach those religious people for having faith and hope!). There are even social classes among citizens, and of course, the higher the class, the more evil you are (that's how it works in cliché land), but even that is just there to show us what good people the main characters are by comparison.. They also present corruption within the military and competition amongst its different branches. Granted, the latter is explored a little, but the former is hardly touched and is just there to shock you. So despite how rich the setting seems at first, at the end of the day all you will care for is the fight against the titans since the rest just remains background decoration.
It's a common thing to say that the first episode is Amazing, but I wasn't impressed. To me, the first episode is also the first mistake it made. It seemed deliberately rushed in an attempt to make the audience gasp at the sudden deaths of characters we know nothing about (pure shock effect).
This is the first mistake because the pacing does slow down significantly later on and I think the first episode was the only one worthy of getting fleshed out more, instead of diving in to the massacre straight away. The rest of the episodes don't even exploit most of their slow pacing very well. It has a habit of slowing down deliberately in order to end most episodes on a cliffhanger. Sure, it might raise the tension, but it also serves to make the series less eventful inside its already limited number of episodes (which means less of a story).
And maybe I'm just nitpicking here, but the exposition insults me. It assumes I'm a retard who can't put 2 and 2 together and the characters have to go out of their way to explain things about their world that they should already know just by being born there. This show could've had no dialogue whatsoever and I still could've picked up on a great deal of what's going on. So the script just comes off as amaturish.
And like I said, the story also relies on occurrences that are not very likely, but because it involves the main characters, anything is possible. It's nothing that bad or distracting, but I'm still gonna go on a limb here and say; that's not good storytelling.
Lastly, it just ends in the middle of nowhere and leaves you with nothing but another cliffhanger (surprise, surprise).
To be fair though, the setting is still pretty creative (as unexplored as it is) and it does do a decent job in foreshadowing some interesting plot twists and gradually revealing mysteries, mainly about the Titans. But that's pretty much it and even that is incomplete for now.
These are tired shonen characters who are completely out of place.
You have a Mary Sue who's super strong for no good reason, the smart one and mr angry pants.
Granted, Eren, the angry one has good reasons to be angry, it's completely understandable. Unfortunately, that's pretty much all he is and it's probably not the best idea to have him as a main character since it gets old really fast.
You also have Mikasa who's an absolute perfect being for some reason (I gave up on questioning it). We can't make her flawed of course since that'd mean she'll have room for character depth, we can't have that. And there's simply nothing to remember her for besides her relationship with Eren, being perfect and her sexy lips. So yeah, a lame character with no development and the most ludicrous backstory I've seen in a while, which also happens to be Eren's backstory. Which explains why she's his pet.
The third character is Armin, the weak but smart one. I guess he's ok, since he does seem to grow more than the other two.. Aside from that he's forgettable as well since this show's characterization in general is very shonenish and obnoxious in an otherwise dark setting. "The power of friendship!" (ok, they don't actually say that, but they come pretty close).
By the way, these 3 characters are each supposed to complete each other with their traits, which is a nice idea, but that fact is stated directly to the viewer, much like everything else in this series (so much for subtlety).
There's also another notable character named Jean, who's kinda like the Vegeta or the rival in a shonen series. And much like Vegeta, he's the only one who goes through actual growth and he even reacts to the events in a way that resembles a human being. Too bad he wasn't the main character, he suits the grim setting much better than the others.
The secondary characters are defined mainly by their quirks or their looks and there are others who are just evil for the sake of being hated by the audience and aren't shown more than once (manipulation much?). Many secondary characters aren't fleshed out and the vast majority of deaths in this series are of nameless characters or ones you don't remember. It's understandable considering the circumstances, but that just makes the main cast appear more plot armored than they already are.
On the other hand, the characterization of common people during the intense moments is pretty decent. Probably a little over the top at times, but I still think it was handled rather well with how they panic and such.
Overall the characters could've been worse, I mean at least they have character consistency, they are given some focus and I should probably applaud them for not being overly sexualized, which is a very rare thing in anime these days. But I have no clue what people see in them since most of them are pretty simple and feel ridiculously out of place.
*Art & Sound*
I'll cover this part more briefly.
The character designs are kind of unique, I guess. I actually like the thick outlines the artwork has, you really don't see those much anymore. The surroundings look beautiful, both the forests and the towns. Everything just seems gigantic. The animation itself (while not always consistent) is great and the battles with the 3d camera movement is one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. Though I wasn't too thrilled about most of the Titan designs, and some are significantly cooler than others.
The opening song is arguably one of the best openings in recent years, it's just masterful (too bad opening 2 happened midway). Same goes for the soundtrack in general which is beautifully intense and makes everything seem more epic. The voice acting is nothing special and maybe even over the top, but I realize that the script probably told them to scream a lot, which is not always easy to pull off so give them some slack.
I enjoyed some of it, but from a point on I mainly just watched it apathetically. I do concede that it's not a boring watch, that's for sure.
I've been mostly negative in this review, but I'm giving it a fair score since it was still fine, or at least passable in some respects and the production values are pretty amazing as well.
But leaving the whole "reviewer" thing aside: personally, I don't like it very much, I find it soulless and I don't think it will stand the test of time.
That's just purely my own opinion, obviously. read more
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
Jul 22, 2014
First things first, the Story attached to Attack on Titan is very original and pretty unique as far as animes go. Unique doesn't necessarily mean it is great though. The plot honestly reminds me of Starship Troopers of all things...at least for the first few episodes of the series. A group of young men and women are thinking about their future when a disaster pushes them to join the military to fight back against the force that shattered their relatively peaceful world. I honestly think I would have enjoyed Attack on Titan more if it had continued in this way and didn't suddenly start throwing up needless plot twists. To be fair the unpredictability of the series is probably one of the reasons it is so popular but after a while the plot seems to lose its direction and then leaves us with a rather unsatisfying ending that basically demands a season 2 (and it will probably get one but its not ok for Peter Jackson to leave us with cliffhanger endings then Attack on Titan doesn't need to anyway). Yes I know I can just read the manga but I am not reviewing the manga. An anime season should be able to stand on its own and at least come to some conclusion even if it leaves room for another season. In this at least Attack on Titan fails despite its interesting and unique plot.
Now the area where Attack on Titan really shines is its art. Everything visual about the show is spectacular from the stunning wild vistas to the harsh stone walls of the city. The character design is also done very well and allows individuals to be identified fairly easily which is good because there is a very large cast of characters to keep up with. The titans themselves are massive and intimidating not just physically but visually. The anime also does a great job with fast paced animation sequences, particularly with combat. A few times I caught myself rewinding saying, "Wait did I just really see that...yes I did!" Especially near the end of the season the combat and death sequences start to get really fast and creative. Speaking of death, there is a LOT of it in Attack on Titan and much of it is very messy (another thing the show has in common with Neon Genesis Evangelion).
While Attack on Titan looks great it just sounds good. Really there is nothing at all wrong with the music, sound effects, or voice acting in the show which I suppose is the best compliment you can give it. The only really memorable thing in regards to the sound was the opening theme in the first part of the series. For most animes I skip opening themes after seeing them once but for the "You are the prey and I am the hunter" openings I played them each time because it really got you pumped up for the show. I have no idea why this opening is abandoned part way through the show as it suits the tone of the anime perfectly.
As I said earlier, Attack on Titan features a huge cast of characters but fortunately the character design allows you to distinguish between individuals fairly easily...though you will forget a lot of names because many characters do not feature prominently in most episodes. Early on you get the feeling that we will get a core of about 6-8 characters who will be friends cause they went through training together. For most of the show though the focus is almost exclusively on Mikasa, Armin, and Eren so I will be focusing much of this section of the review on them. Fortunately this trio is compelling enough to hold attention as each seems to struggle with their inner demons and feelings of self-doubt. Each is given at least some back story and each is likable and sympathetic in their own ways. Even Mikasa, the shows resident silent badass reveals just enough humanity to keep her interesting. Armin's conflict between his own intellect and his self doubt is a very interesting storyline that endures throughout the show. Eren manages to do what Naruto could not; be motivated by your own force of will and NOT be annoying all the time as a result. I can't really say more about Eren without revealing a rather early but major spoiler so I will just say the he does work out as a protagonist. As for the supporting cast, most of them fade into the background, only popping up occasionally on screen but otherwise are ineffectual with a few exceptions. A few like Sasha "Potato Girl" Blouse could have done with more screen time as they are interesting (and in her case funny as hell) characters in their own right that could have livened up the show and made is slightly less depressing.
Which brings me to the enjoyment part of the review. Once again much like Evangelion, Attack on Titan is for the most part a depressing as hell show that I really would not enjoy watching again. You can make a show gritty and harsh and still make it fun to watch, Jigoku Shoujo and Death Note did this in their own ways. Attack on Titan has no rewatch value that I can see other than to try and see it again to check and make sure the plot twists make sense in retrospect. Other than being depressing though what really kills the enjoyment of this show is the way it ends. Now obviously I can't tell you any spoilers but let me just say that the show doesn't pay off the way it seems to promise it will. As far as I can tell only one major plot point is wrapped up and at the end of the show the audience is left with more questions than answers. This itself is not necessarily a bad thing except the show poses most of the questions early one and hints that they may be answered but after stringing the viewer along fails to provide an answer. Again yes I know there is a manga that answers the questions and I am sure this show will get a second season (and it deserves one) but in my opinion too little was resolved in this season for the show to have a satisfying and enjoyable ending and thus I mark it down.
I wrestled with giving this show an 8 or 9 (10 was out of the question as I've only ever given a 10 to three things, one is Evangelion and the other two were by Hayao Miyazaki and Attack on Titan is not in the same league as those though it badly wants to be Evangelion). I originally gave it a 9 which was the same score I gave to Death Note and Code Geass. After further thought though I bumped it down to an 8 because unlike Death Note and Code Geass there is no resolution at the end. Now to be fair both of those shows produced more than one season and if Attack on Titan manages to resolve itself I may consider bumping its score up to a 9 but as it stands Attack on Titan is currently a Very Good Anime that has potential to be a Great Anime if it can sort out its convoluted plot and actually resolve a few of the questions it poses. 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
Mar 23, 2014
I'll try to make it short and spoiler free.
Story 7/10 : So.. The story follows the humanity getting dominated Titans. The pace of the story is not as slow as I read on some reviews.
It's overly simplistic, it's all about hatred and revenge. The anime is pretty accurate to the manga. I started reading it 2 days before I started the anime, and I remembered every moments of the manga in the anime. The ending is kinda strange, I didn't expected that at all.
Art & Sound 10/10: I don't know what can I tell you about the art, like we all have differents opinions, but the medieval style and the animation are just A-MA-ZING !! But, the faces of the Titans were... strange.
Concerning the sound, the background music fits exactly with the atmosphere. It instantly puts you in the mood.
I like the 1st OP.Once you listened to it, you can listen to it during hours, you'll not get tired of it. The 1st ED is sug by my favourite seiyuu, so..
The 2nd OP/ED are ok.
Character 8/10 : Well, the characters are.. typical.. You have the hotheaded guy, Eren, the cold, strong and perfect girl, Mikasa and the smart, the fearful and the crybaby guy, Armin. Those 3 characters are the main ones.
All the characters in this series reacted in a realistic way in my opinion. Some of them were completely afraid in front of a Titan, some of them though about going in the Special Squad not to kill Titans, but to get a good place in a town. Some of them were aggressives, and some of them killed thmeselves.
I think that's the reactions many people would have in real life in front of a danger threatening the mankind.
Through the series, it seems only Armin grew up. He went to the crybaby to the guy who elaborates strategies. Which is good, because, I think they made him to be hated at the beginning.
Enjoyment 10/10 : I started watching the anime at 12pm, I finished it the same day at 9pm. So, I think you know what I mean by that. ^^
Overall 9/10 ; I recommend you to watch this, if you haven't, you'll not get disappointed.
Thanks for reading. 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.