On his first day of junior high, Eren Yeager comes face-to-face with a titan—and has his lunch stolen! From that day on, he holds a grudge against titans for taking his favorite food from him, a cheeseburger, vowing to eliminate their kind once and for all. Along with his adoptive sister Mikasa Ackerman and their friend Armin Arlert, the trio traverse the halls of Titan Junior High, encountering familiar faces and participating in various extracurricular activities as part of the Wall Cleanup Club.
A parody of the immensely popular parent series, Shingeki! Kyojin Chuugakkou places beloved characters as junior high school students, fighting to protect their lunches from gluttonous titans.
First things first, you HAVE to watch the first season of Attack on Titan before watching this. If not, you'll get spoiled a fair bit and not get the full potential out of this fantastic parody.
In short, Shingeki! Kyojin Chuugakkou is a fantastic parody. It absolutely nails the scenes from the original series. The impact, intensity and music are close to perfect in each and every scene that the show is "making fun" of.
The story (VERY loosely) follows the original Attack on Titan story line. The same music and phrases are used for each scene in the parody, as it was used in the
original series. It has TONS of references, like when *you know who* is eaten and *you know him* screams/cries teary eyed with his arm extended.
The art uses a light color palette to bring the chibi characters to life (I couldn't word that better, sorry...)
There's a bit of recycled animation from the first season, like when titans are running, or when the big ol' colossal titan is peeking over the wall.
But here's a twist!
Sometimes, (when something scary/shocking happens) the art turns into some of the manga drawings from the original manga. I was pleasantly surprised when it first happened, but it doesn't happen a lot during the anime, sadly.
If you're a big fan of the Attack on Titan soundtrack, then rejoice! They use nearly all of the songs from AoT in this parody. It's incredible how well they manage to weave the soundtrack into every scene, without it feeling out of place or stitched on.
My only gripe about the sound, is that they didn't introduce any new songs in the show.
Take the strongest traits of each character (Eren -> Kill all titans! Mikasa -> Protect Eren! Levi -> Cleaning.) and exaggerate the living shit out of it.
I don't mean this in a bad way. It goes really well with the tone of the show, but if you're a newcomer to the Attack on Titan universe and start with this series... Oh boy.
I absolutely fucking loved it!
Holy shit I've never been this pumped when watching a "comedy" show.
The music, the fucking references man! Everything goes so fucking well together!
When i heard about Shingeki! Kyojin Chuugakkou i thought, "Great... Just HOW much are they going to milk the franchise?" Then i watched the first episode and found out that i hadn't laughed that much in ages. It's a really good time.
Shingeki! Kyojin Chuugakkou is a great supplementary show to watch while waiting for Attack on Titan season 2.
Just make sure that you already have watched the first season.
Do you ever feel like milking the shit out of something that's popular? No? Then you wouldn't relate to this crap. Attack on Chibi is a spin-off parody anime to one of the most popular shows ever made. It's done by a different studio, focusing more on comedy and having this chibi artform instead of the dark and greedy look that the original show has.
The show fails at everything. You would expect that a parody of Attack on Titan would succeeed at poking fun at it, while having some clever stuff thrown in. Instead, we have this show pandering towards fans for the sakes
of getting another dollar. A lot of the characters felt like they were pulled out from fanfictions and Tumblr. One of the most popular characters in AoT is Levi, who is now known in the fandom as that guy that has a thing for cleaning, though this was barely present in the original show. In Attack on Chibi, they decide that it would be a good idea if they drag that cleaning joke for Tumblr users to fangasm.
Does it work?
I don't see too many people really talking about this.
The only reason this cashgrab exists is to remind you that AoT is still a thing and that the second season will be out in 2016, but there was no point in making this.
Every character is an exaggerated version of their fanfictions, the comedy is slaptstick nonsense and everything else is not note worthy. But I will give them credit for one thing. At times, they play serious music in the background while parodying a scene from the show, and I'm not sure how, but it works pretty well. Unfortunetely, this is barely present in the show, and is only used in episode 1 and episode 12, which are the best episodes.
The rest? It's hard to watch. It really is. Not only that, but the episodes are only 17 minutes for some reason, and it doesn't help that each episode feels longer than the average 22 minutes, too.
Alright then Attack on Titan: Junior High has ended, so I took it upon myself to review it. In short, it was hilarious. Let's get into this:
With this type of show there's nothing much to say in terms of story. The entire show is just a parody of Attack on Titan, it makes fun of the series and references the show in all sorts of ways, in a funny way too. It also makes a lot of references to the manga for manga readers, such as myself and they really were like icing on a cake and made it heck of a lot more enjoyable
than one would suspect.
Art & Sound
The art was really good, okay it was low-key compared to the original but it was still good, it was a stylized in the cartoonish way to show that it isn't the show, it's just lighthearted fun not meant to be taken serious.
The show has the original music that was used in Attack on Titan, it also adds it's own music. The opening is a parody of the first opening and the ending song being, well, not a parody but each are not something I would listen to on their own. To be completely honest the music for this show is lazy, can't fault them since it's a parody show.
I'd like to say that the characters in this are better than the original. The show takes the original cast and makes them more sillier. With Eren they made him an idiot who wants to destroy the titans who doesn't give up, making him a bonehead if you will. Armin is the wimpy smart character, they add on him by making him do things that he wouldn't do such as being in a blanket, kind of like being conservative to himself, same with the others. Mikasa is still emotionless, nah just kidding she actually has emotions! Can you believe it?
From the original characters they are well bland in a sense, in this they are more "colorful" and express more emotions and actually make a lot more sense, with the context of the show, of the character troupes that the show presents them as, with their character troupes it makes them shine more and makes them more memorable and fun.
This was very funny, I was laughing all the time. This is the type of show that derives on just pure enjoyment, a show to just have fun, turn off your brain and watch. Yeah there are those people that say "just give us season 2 not this crap, blah blah blah" and I say just learn to have fun with a show once in awhile, you'll see that it's actually quite enjoyable.
Some people may find it annoying and pointless, I understand, I, on the other hand, didn't find it annoying I just found it to be fun, dumb ole fun of the original. So overall I'll give Attack on Titan: Junior High a 6/10, I'd recommend it to anyone who likes Attack on Titan and wants to have some fun with it.
Spin-offs are often a way to pander to fans and give them something similar to what they were looking for, but not really. Often times, these spin-offs come in the form of OVA's, extra episodes that usually don't pertain to the original plot and go off on their own little sidestories. Other times, we have completely different stories that are usually for comedic reasons and pander to fans of this series. This...is the latter.
Story: Attack! Titan Junior High, as it's known in English travels into a different world of the SNK world where all of our 'lovable' characters go to
junior high school (or middle school) at Titan Junior high where they experience the best school life possible, filled with fun, excitement, and the signature rampaging monsters known as titans. What fun!
The main thing here to realize is that the SNK that a lot of people know and love has been turned into a school comedy. All of the events that have happened in the series both in the anime and the manga have not transpired, and everyone is alive. Note, EVERYONE is alive. So, what does this say about this show? Well, not much really.
To be honest, there's nothing really interesting about the story of Attack Junior High. Every episode, our merry band of lovable titan killers go about their daily school lives, doing what apparently every middle/high school in Japan does according to anime such as: school festivals, club activities, getting love letters, and sacrificing your lunch to the oppressive titan species that for some reason has a school right next to you. And honestly, that's all the show has to offer. In every episode, we follow Eren, or some other member of the main SNK cast on a mini adventure that usually has some kind of throwback to the original series be it a reference to an iconic scene, or hidden little references that every SNK that sees it will go, "Oh! It's that! Nice!" or something of that sort.
In the end, Attack! Titan Junior High is a bland piece of cheap entertainment that only really services hardcore fans of the SNK series. Its entire potential was wasted at the start since it tried to take a series and turn it into something it both wasn't and could never be.
- Bland, marketed spin-off
- Seriously though, there is nothing worth about this series.
Characters: Similar to their original counterparts, the cast of this show is essentially a devolved version of the entire SNK cast, with each character retaining only one of their 'vast' amount of traits. Eren is the same genocidal maniac who wants to kill all titans, Mikasa is her same "only sustained by Eren", Jean wants to be popular with the ladies, Sasha wants food, Conny could give less of a crap about anything, etc.
The most noticeable difference I can see in terms of cast is the fact that Armin for some reason is a temperature freak who for the life of him cannot take cold, even if it's 70 degrees Fahrenheit outside, and requires a futon on or around him at all times, which really makes him look and seem more ridiculous than he already was. (And that's saying something.)
And as I mentioned before, every character, and I mean every character of the SNK series appears in this spin-off, including Levi's dead patrol, Sawny and Bean, and the other nobodies who died during the first arc of the series.
In the end though, there still really isn't much to say. These characters already weren't really that good as proper characters in the original series and seeing them again, especially in a format that really doesn't try and make them seem likable, doesn't really help this show in a positive light.
+ Everyone comes back
- Everyone is one-note and/or boring. (We get it, Eren. You want to kill all the titans. Shout something else for once, will ya?!)
Art: Now, the art. The art is one of the more peculiar things about this spin-off. Wit Studio made the original SNK with a very definied artstyle with everything looking somewhat melancholy with these thick black lines to define character outline, folds in the face, etc. But for this spin-off, we have Production I.G. taking the reins in development and you know...there's just something...off, about this.
Attack! Titan Junior High uses a chibi or moe style of animation that isn't really all that unique in any way. Nothing about the show really stands out except for the way the characters were made. To put it in simple terms, the characters look both great, and terrifying in Chibi form. Now, why do I say they look great and terrifying? Well, it's because the chibi format really doesn't work for everyone.
There are certain characters in the SNK universe that have an inherently defined look to them like Erwin, Jean, and Keith. And as such, when being transferred, look really, REALLY weird in this format to the point that they look laughable or out of place. (Seriously, who thought that was a good idea?) They look so off with the chibi proportions that are displayed that it's just jarring to look at. Other characters like our three main characters, Christa, Sasha, and even Conny look fine, but it's just hard not to remember how creepy it looks to see Jean's unmodified face stuck onto a Chibi body. (Now THAT'S true nightmare fuel)
+/- Average and generally normal quality
- Some of the characters look off; VERY off.
Sound: The soundtrack for Attack! Titan Junior High is basically what you heard in the original SNK with only a few minor differences. Every so often in the show, they will play one or two sound bites that will sound familiar if you've seen the original series, but that's about it for relation to the original.
What makes this series different than its predecessor is its opening. Essentially, it's a rehash of the first opening of SNK with a more 'school-related' sound to it with ringing bells and sounding more upbeat than its original melancholy self. The ending is rather generic, so it really doesn't deserve much special mention either.
+ Throwbacks to the original
- Any music made specifically for this is meh at best.
Personal Enjoyment: First of all, I didn't really like the original SNK. And it's not because I'm inherently someone who just doesn't like THE popular thing, but rather because it was a show that had promising potential, but just had a lot of flaws that hampered the quality of the show. (Plus fandom. I hate fandom.) So, after finishing this what are my thoughts?
Did I like this show?
Ok, for the first episode, sure. It's the kind of one-off experience thing where you're like, "Wow, this is a thing. That's a little funny." because it's a parody of a series that's just so bad, it's funny. But, with every new episode, the show got tired fast and there really wasn't anything to enjoy watching. At least it's only like 15 minutes an episode, so you don't have to suffer a full-length episode worth of soulless material.
What didn't I like about this show?
Most of all, it's just how bland and tasteless this felt. It's a spin-off that only really served to market SNK even more as a series, pandering to the fandom and following it has, thus creating a series that even as a comedy, failed to fulfill. There just didn't seem like there was much effort put into it, like I.G. thought, "We can make this as crap as we want; people'll still watch it." Which...kinda came true in the end.
Would I recommend this show?
If you love SNK. And I mean LOVE SNK, then this is a show you should probably watch, since its got all of the SNK wrapped up in a different setting package. But if you're not one of those die-hard fans, just don't even consider this; you're only wasting your time with this series if you decide to watch it.
According to TV Tropes, "spin-offs are when part of a successful show, usually characters, but sometimes a general concept, are taken and given a second show of their own." Fans enjoy revisiting beloved universes, so there have been many anime spin-offs over the years. Read on to learn more!