We are blessed that we're living in a timeline when we are getting return to shiganshina animated. We have linked horizon back for the OP, we have been teased with the basement in this season and on top it, we have the banger soundtracks from season 1 back!
While the previous part of the season was primarily focused on politics and mystery, this season has been primarily focused on action and hype. But trust me, this season has a lot more to it in the coming episodes!
This season started off with 3000 levels of hype with Erwin's epic speech
in the first episode. The mind battle between Erwin and Reiner, the subtle foreshadowing of coffee being non-existent inside the walls, Berthold's character development, Erwin's inner monologue and his cathartic moment have been the highlight of this season for me.
Shingeki has been expert in subtle foreshadowing. Eren eating his dad, or shadis being his dad's former acquaintance or Marco's death; everything had been foreshadowed before. It was after the trost fight when Annie was constantly saying "I'm sorry" to the dead bodies as if being in regret that she couldn't save anybody, but it was in fact that she was responsible in Marco's death.
Erwin's charge was my favorite moment of the manga and I'm impressed on how WiT managed to pull off this in such a manner that made me cry once again. Erwin has always been my favorite character of the series, the most charismatic character ever.
In the time since SNK first started airing, Erwin went from being a desperately undervalued character to one of the most popular, and I couldn't be happier. His complexity, his unwavering resolve, his growing obsession, his strategic mind and adaptive nature, his decreasing ability to mask his emotions, his complex relationships with Levi and Hange, his largely unspoken mentor relationship with Armin, his physical capabilities, his fearlessness... There is a ton of intriguing depth in his character. And on a personal note, his struggles with disability and inability to slow down in spite of it really resonate with me.
Shingeki no kyojin has been my favorite series. It has a unique way of storytelling. Some people believe genius is hyper-complexity that makes uniqueness, which is why those people will shit on 'simple' foundation for works of art. But to be honest, those simple, bare and raw ideas that are so fascinating and fresh to capture the energy of so many people comprises true, fundamental genius.
SnK's idea was as simple as it was unique, and still somehow familiar enough to satisfy our ease with the genre: man-eating giants -- not the ugly, inhuman-looking giants you usually see, but straight-up naked giant people -- three tall ass walls, and then people within those walls. Shifters didn't 'become' or transform into their titans, and the Titans weren't some sci-fi bullshit; the bodies were flesh and blood and literally formed around them like an extension of themselves.
From there, Isayama managed to make a world so complex, using these fundamental ideas made me admire the series as it is as of now.
Shingeki anime has been blessed by our god composer Sawano which doubles the quality of the show. This season has brought back so many soundtracks from season 1 which never failed to give me eargasms.
The artstyle is better than the thick lines, and character designs are closer to the manga. The animation quality is mediocre, which was a slight disappointment.
This season of shingeki has been my favorite season so far!
Attack on Titan is the most influecial anime of the last decade!
First, let me preface this review with I'm an absolute AOT fanboy. It's my second favourite anime of all time; My favourite is FMA B. However I think the best method of pushing Attack on Titan to new heights is too hopefully be very critical.
This is definitely the most polarising part of this season (Colossal titan). But I wanna start with the positive parts first. The ODM gear animation is some of my favourite animation period. It really allows the animators to create something dynamic and thrilling, because of it's 3D style. In my
opinion, it really helps to add scale to not just the surrounding, but the Titans as well. Lets not even get into the dopamine rush I get when Levi "swings by". As far as this animation goes this season, I'd say it's very much on the level of part 1 (incredible). Even tho there hasn't been as much on display. So next to the Titan side of the animation. First, Reiner and Eren's Titans both of which are better or at least on par with previous seasons. So essentially very good at minimum. As far as their fight goes I'd say it was better than any previous season Titan vs Titan fight. I think the only thing that held it back was just the pacing of it, at times movement was slowed to create a "dramatic effect". I would have been fine with this if it was only done once. That's the only criticism I have for that fight, so I excluding that I thought the fight was stunning. Now on to the "colossal fuck up". Haha, see what I did there. This CGI isn't good. Anyone that defends this Roblox's titan, just know that you're not pushing AOT up. Your anchoring it down. While it isn't as bad some people make it out to be (me). Considering AOT is by far the most substantial anime of the last decade. It should be held up to a higher standard of animation. To conclude I think the animation so far is a strong 8/10.
Plot / Charaters:
So far we haven't exactly had many touching moments with any charters, but that's for the most part, is because of the hyped nature of this arc. The most substantial character moment so far wasn't massive for me as it is featured in an ova. But with that being said the plot is nothing less than exhilarating. They really did decide to jump in head first. My eyes are literally glued to the screen, I can't take my eyes off. Personally, I love shows that build a great foundation in earlier seasons and then pick up the pace later on. Which is exactly what they've done so far. Another thing I love about this arc is the emphasis that is put on the tactical aspect. Erwin and Armin are by far the tacticians of the year. I must admit though it is nice to see Armin get that screen time. We are defiantly moving towards a big reveal. I can't wait to find out what's in that basement God dayum. To conclude so far this is one of my favorite arcs of the entire show.
Two words: Absolute Tune. 10/10
To conclude these last 4 episodes are some of the greatest anime I've ever seen. This show has already carved itself into history. So let's just hope they fixed the CGI in the upcoming episodes. If that is done, this could become one of the best seasons of anime ever to hit the screen. Overall Rating 9.5/10
English isn't my native language, so you may find some redaction mistakes; anyway, I'll try to do my best in this review.
- This review cointains spoilers -
Early in the first season (I don't remember the exact episode), it was stated that the basement of the Yeagers house was pretty important, from that moment, throughout the show we have been given some hints about it's importance and how to get there seems to be vital for mankind; each time stronger, each time louder, there has been a lot of talk around it, more and more things pointed out toward this basement, and after two and a
half seasons, they're finally there... or well, almost there.
This (half) season begins with the Scouting Legion going to get back the Wall Maria, in a desperate effort, they go with everything they have against the titans inside the wall, the plan is to return to Shiganshina as fast as posible, there they'll stablish a cordon in order to defense the district, so Eren and company can get to the basement and reveal what has been the hope for mankind since the battle in Trost; simple in the theory, a huge chaos in the practice. Shingeki no Kyojin is know for its long battle sequences, taking a detailed look at the events and the impact that these have in the results of each fight; it seems that this whole (half) season will be like this: a long battle in which the fate of the humanity is put in danger again.
One of the most attractive characteristics from this series is its dystopian setting, it's hard to imagine the world worst than how it already is, and eventually it get worst in some way: the titans destroy one of the walls, the titan are trying to destroy one wall more, there are titans infiltrated within the walls, everything has been product of a conspiracy, the titans seems to always have been humans transformed, etcetera; but there's always a hope element which contrast this hopeless atmosphere, most of the times being about Eren and his titan form, which finally helps to bring mankind some victories against their hunters, for a huge price, but something worthy of it. That narrative structure based on contrast is extremely strong here, the premise of the season is based on the idea that whatever be there it will be worthy of risking the strongest soldiers of humanity, that the benefit will be bigger than the cost, but at the end of the first episode this idea is diluted by the strategic movements of the titans, which makes seeming that everything has already been lost; this structure is repeated once and once again through these four episodes, but as it's used properly, it doesn't feel repetitive, it helps to emphasize the weigth of the plot in its stead, or well, till the moment in which Berthold appears and transforms in the Colossal Titan, from this point, the show takes a much more hopeless mood, the things are not going good for them and the chaos seems to have taken control of the situation, each step forward gets closer to be the latest; this reaffirm the setting of this as the most cruel (half) season of the show, where hope seems to disappear and the life of each member can't be guaranteed, where the fight will be for everything or nothing.
Another attractive aspect from this (half) season is its focus on characters, the series has always been focused on how the characters decisions affect the story, giving itself the opportunity to explore their inner conflicts sometimes, this time it's balanced between this two approachments: it's showed how the actions they take move the story to one or other side, but it's also showed the convictions and motivations behind those actions, and how those are questioned in middle of all the chaotic situations; we have a more personal perspective of each character for comprehend better their emotional states and how they're led by them.
In the technical side, Wit has maintained the quality standard we're used to see in this series, and althoguh the CGI Colossal Titan is pretty distracting, the art work is outstanding as ever. The work of the seiyuus is top-notch as we have seen through the other two and a half seasons; the music is still very good even if is not as epic as it was in previous seasons, it fits with each scene and provides them with more emotional power one piece at a time; but in the other hand we have the ending and the opening, which are a big step backward: the ending isn't bad, it's has a melancholic tone and it's mainly composed by piano, but the opening is like a missed mixture of the previous openings.
It has been said till tiredness that this is the best arc from manga, that this will be revolutionary and that all the journey through the story is rewarded here; and I think those staying that are right, at least until this fourth episode, this (half) season seems to be a great climax built from all the previous arcs, it seems that this is the big bet of the show, and honestly, I'm really pleased with it.
Well, if you've stuck around this long with Attack on Titan, you are bound to love this season. Let me tell you why.
Story - 10/10
Basically this season is exactly like Haikyuu Karasuno vs Shiratorizawa. It's basically the endgame of Attack on Titan. All of us who are going into this season know what's at stake and what's the ultimate prize. Simple as that. The scouts are going back to Shinganshina and they are thwarted by the enemy titans in a brutal deadly battle of both intelligence and power.
Simple storyline, outstanding execution.
Art - 9/10
the animation is just pure amazing. Quality has jumped up in my opinion and everything looks nicer than before. The only reason I'm not giving this a ten is because of the CGI colossal titan which looks pretty bad at times.
Sound - 10/10
Soundtrack is absolutely amazing, the music just elevates the show to a whole new level and returns with season 1 level of epic except on an even greater level. We have quite a few new tracks and I'm generally impressed with the outstanding themes Sawano has given up this season
Character - 10/10
Characters are as usual. Amazing, ever since season 2 they have undergone so much development really giving them purpose and development.
Enjoyment - 10/10
Anyone who has stuck with Attack on Titan this long is bound to enjoy this show. Not just enjoy it, cherish it. It's truly an amazing piece of story telling and animation. I personally am enjoying it to its fullest and is by far the best season of anime I've ever seen.
Overall - 10/10
I have no words to describe this. Honestly I have no words for constructive criticism. In my reviews I like to critical and constructive with my thoughts. I can't with this season. It's just that amazing. Only thing bad about this entire season has been the CGI colossal titan which is just completely overshadowed by the outstanding storyline and tension.