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.
Personally, I believe the art, sounds and music of every SnK season were amazing.
Thing is the previous part 1 of season 3 didn't live up to the seasons before in my honest opinion.
Season 1 was masterful, season 2 was great and close to perfect, but Season 3 Part 1 felt lackluster in the storytelling for me at the very least and the direction the story took didn't feel truly right..
Nevertheless, while Part 2 didn't end yet.. the finale of SnK is amazing so far, chaotic and full of interesting points going for it.
I hope they keep it up to make such a great series'
finale truly great because so far so good! :)
WARNING: I shall be updating only the scores for the subject as each episode goes by, I will most likely just add in what I found impressing, otherwise I stand by what I say.
This season of Attack on Titan is known to be one of the best arcs of the whole series (is that really saying much though), but the ones who have decided that is none other than the manga readers. That is the one and only reason why it is rated so highly, especially after the snooze ride of a third season. I will give my opinion as an anime watcher only. I
do not care what happens after, this is just my thoughts of the anime so far. MAY INCLUDE SPOILERS
Story 4/10: The story is quite simple, our characters want to rebuild the Wall Maria, as a representation that humanity has a chance against the Titans. As another addition, we also have the mysterious basement that has been a question for many since the first season.
Unless you still care for it even after 50 episodes, you will not be finding yourself anything worth your time. There is not much progression, and the anime uses inner monologue, and melodramatic statements of "realism" to its advantage, not letting anything happen just so that they are able to prolong the story further, despite being 10 episodes.
Characters 3/10: One of my biggest problems for me. Character development is VERY subtle, which I have seen others comment on. That is not good writing since it happens so suddenly with no actual commitment to making the character look interesting. Actual development should be clear, showing that the character has actually changed for good or bad. Why watch an anime where the characters are not standing out?
The one that currently interested me is Erwin, he has one goal which he is basically willing to sacrifice all of his men to achieve. Eren and his gang of prepubescent children are not showcased for the most part, which can be a blessing for some, but it gives the feeling that there is no main character, no one to be focusing on. He still yells out stupidity with anger like "Do not look down on me", despite being towards the COLOSSAL titan. Does Sasha think it might be hilarious to yell out "Pervert"? Armin seems to be the only one who actually tries to have a brain, but he is a wimp who will always be overthinking everything and will ask himself "Why is everyone dying?" while trying to figure out a plan. Who knows, but supposedly this is so realistic.
When I said melodramatic earlier, I meant the creator of this show tries so hard for the characters to seem realistic, what do I mean by that? The soldiers, yes the ones that should already know that they are risking their lives, have the audacity to start crying their ass out while being attacked, they do not try to move or think for themselves. It is just an opportunity for Erwin to motivate them and seem like a badass. They will always be used as a shock factor, including Marco. He starts crying about "talking it over", when there's a broken window right beside him, did his legs just break or could he not move so that he would be able to at least try to run away? Nope, he has to be eaten in a brutal way. Characters also think if they yell out their thoughts and feelings, we the viewers, will automatically feel sorry for them.
Reiner is the one that angers me the most, he is known to have a double personality, perfect for contradictions in the whole show. Using mental illness as an excuse is the last resort you should use in a character. You can make him indecisive, include his opinion on both sides, and that would work MUCH better. My friend has called him the "Plot-Armored Titan" and I don't have any doubts about that name.
Art 6/10: Not much to complain about here other than the atrocious CGI used in the colossal titan and horses, hopefully, there are a few glorious scenes (like Levi vs Kenny) upcoming.
Sound 8/10: Perfectly fine, but it reuses the same OST for multiple scenes, losing its value for being a great tune.
Enjoyment 3/10: I am currently enjoying it more than the second and third season because I am hoping for some crazy plot twists. So far though, it makes me glad I am only watching it weekly.
Overall 4/10, TLDR: My only advice to you is to watch it if you have been a fan since Season 1, it has gradually lost quality despite the first one being Shounen as fuck, no excitement other than a few plot twists here and there.
Kino. Pure, undiluted, unsatured, unconfined kinomatographique. Shingeki no Kyojin, or Shingeki no Kino as I like to call it, is what comes up when you combine kino art, with kino story, with kino music. This anime feels like it's been the work of Spielberg, Eastwood, Nolan and Tarantino combined.
As I've already caught up with chapter 117, I'm not gonna spoil this a lot. This season is about Erwin, Eren and Armin, really. Erwin coming to terms with his fate, Eren pushing forward, and Armin, well, you'll see. Eren continues his eternal quest for freedom and revenge, through ending his enemies, titan or human. You
can not stop this testosterone fueled beast, this Titan of Freedom. He can not be stopped even if you'd like to stop him. That man sees one goal and one goal only, freedom, and no one is about to stop his from achieving it. A bit closer to freedom by every minute, chapter and episode.
WiT Studio gathered the best of the industry and told them "I want kino on screens. Nothing but pure kino, perfect lines and perfect colors. I want to fear for my life when I watch Shingeki no Kino."
And they delivered.
Hiroyuki "The Sound of Kino" Sawano is the man behind the greatness of this show, alongside Kaji and Isayama. YouSeeBigGirl, Call of Silence, and so many others elevate amazing moments to new heights. Linked Horizon is doing openings again. While the opinion is split on the newest opening, I have a firm one. Only an individual who read the manga, boasting an IQ of 130 and above can understand it's greatness. From the subtle hints of Marley, to the Shingashina Return spoilers, to the bits from every single opening depicting revenge, wings of freedom and fight, it's absolutely amazing. Voice Actors wise, we have Eren's VA, Kaji at the helm, which is so good, the writer of the manga based the character on him.
My favorite part. It's just believable. Kid lost a mother, friends and everything else because of titans. What's he gonna do? Make friends and use power of friendship? Understand the other side and create peace? Nope. The only solution is pure, 100% genocide. No kiddy shit, there is only one real choice. We watch this cast through perils, and rarely, happy moments. No cringy stuff like romance, so if you're looking for that, stick with whatever seasonal trash is airing currently.
It's hype. Pure hype. Unexpected, amazing, twists make sense. I don't want to spoil stuff, but man, you REALLY should be looking forward to the end of this arc, because this 10/10 anime turns into an 11/10 anime by the end. I for one welcome our new free overlord.
Nothing else to say. It's the peak of the medium and nothing else in the history of story writing every came close to it.
From a long time i've been following this foro in multiple animes without an account, but today's episode was /'that'/ impresive.
Honestly, i wasn't sure that they were going to pull off such a memorable episode. It's hard to make an episode to be able to capture a part of what it really may have felt 'the realizing of their certain death', the girl throwing up, that guy in total shock asking the obvious question 'are we gonna die?', the dispair is palpable.
This Studio did it perfectly, the soundtrack chosen by them, the single tone, was perfect to make us feel the increasing stress in
the air....Yes, palpable hopelessness, knowing bloody well they were going to die. Desperation, knowing that the more experienced and real Survey Corps soldiers died in a single shot, and they are next. Erwin's motivation and such a conviction, "we are all gonna die anyways, so give it a meaning, give everything in front of your dead comrades, because they gave everything as well for the livings". Hell, fighting is the only way to rebel against the cruelty of this world eh? Erwin, well you certainly did it until the very end.
Attack on Titan, one of the greatest animes so far. We are currently 4/10 episodes into the 2nd half of season 3. Having read the manga (not gonna spoil anything from that, don't worry) I know what's going to happen, but I still get taken away by each episode.
Story 10/10: Not counting what's in the manga Attack on Titan's story is simply amazing, and if look at what it's the manga it's mind-blowing (I will refrain from spoiling anything from the manga). AOT has some of the best story. EVER. And it's peaking in season 3(&4 assuming it will be animated). The unique storytelling
and plot progression is absolutely essential for making AOT what it is.
Art 9.5/10: AOT has had it's own unique art style through the entire show, and whether you like it or not, the quality is insane. I don't love the style, but I don't dislike it either, and the quality makes up for it (this along with the collosal titans (at times) poorly animation prevents it from being a full ten in my book. It looks absolutely amazing in 1080p and has some of the combat scenes/animations, which are unrivaled.
Sound 10/10: I'm not sure if it's the plot or the sound in AOT that's the most amazing part, Hiroyuki Sawano is simply a god-like composer. The music troughout AOT has been amazing with it's own style/theme. It really wouldn't be anywhere as great without the music that contributes so much emotion to everything. Apart from the music which is simply amazing, the voices and sound quality is also fantastic. The titan roars, Erwin's motivational speeches etc. simply. amazing.
Characters 10/10: AOT has a handful of unique characters with Levi and Erwin being some of my favorite ever. Every character has a unique personality and traits, and there's just the right amount. No BNHA shit where you go in depth with every single character that you don't care for, but has a handful of relevant characters and the main act with a deeper story.
Enjoyment 10/10: Don't know how you can not enjoy this. It's breathtaking. After 3 episodes that were amazing, without revealing much, it takes a 180 degree turn and at least 80% of the scouts gets wiped out in no time. I'm not sure if I've ever had the same feeling as when (spoiler)Erwin finds out that he has to give up his life, after suffering and persevering for so long, only to reach his one goal - to find out what's in the basement. This scene with that music and Erwin being my favorite character in AOT. Fantastic. The way the music builds up when they suddenly charge ahead, and you see what happend just before with Erwin giving the best speech ever, convincing everyone to give up their life with him, and charges forward knowing that he's almost guaranteed to lose his life along with his dream. Fucking fantastic. This is some of the greatest 5 minutes of all anime.
Overall 10/10: Not much more to say, absolutely amazing season so far, and hopefully it'll keep up the quality for the rest of the season. If so, we're going to have some of the 10 best episodes of anime - of all time. Enjoy
The last episode of Game of Thrones just ended and I have such a pit in my stomach about it's lackluster finale. The show of the decade, possibly the best television adaptation of all time, cut down to 6 episodes and was hung-out to dry. Characters' motivations, plot development, the feel of the show in general, squandered because of cocky writers that pulled a Disney StarWars right out of their ass. I was hyped for it and was instantaneously a let down.
I can't say the same thing about Attack on Titan this season.
While Game of Thrones was getting stale over the past decade Attack on
Titan was ripening, and it's just starting to blossom.
The (what some might call 'hype' [a flimsy disposition]) for this arc is, to say the least, is making me shake robustly - it's a sturdy 'hype'. The expansion to come is elephantine in comparison to it's humble beginnings and isn't keen on not offending anyone. Since it's inception the show has always been simple. The show has always had one static piece of motivation and it has nothing to do with fighting Titans - it's sustainability. 'How can we keep our humanity' and 'who are we really fighting'. The plot development has continued to shift , quite literally, based on character motivation which is about to lead up to a grand climax. Instead of contradictory nonsense we get the actual human-conditional package. As for the feel, for those have haven't read the manga, it's even more mysterious than before. Things are so close, the basement is so close we just need to push past the obstacles. Obstacles, mind you, that aren't macguffins and characters who are everything but Marry Sues.
So far I'm giving Attack on Titan season 3 part 2 a whooping 9/10 for:
Insane attention to character motivation and plot development,
A precise amount of effort put into animation and sound and,
Villains (who we will see later) that have a true evil about their justification - the ends justify the means.
Attack on Titan what can i say an iconic show that everyone knows about and most people like, has finally gotten the 2nd part of its 3rd season after about 7 months of the 1st part finishing.
I cannot lie about being disappointed that there are only 10 episodes this season however if they keep up the quality that they have now then the show will be one of the best shows to have been created in a while.
Anyway now for my opinions on the each individual part of the show.
Well if you are a long time watcher of attack on titan you probably know
why this is rated as highly as it is, at least in my opinion, as the story always manages to draw me in and keep me there because of the ever twisting plot that coils around itself and makes the show somewhat unpredictable (unless you have read the manga).
Well it was licensed by Funimation and animated by Wit Studio, who have produced shows such as 'After the Rain' and 'The Ancient Magus' Bride' which were both stunning shows visually so you don't have to be worried about the art style being different as a 1 punch man season 2 did not happen here.
Again what else can i say except that the OSTs and Openings fit the show perfectly (except for Op4 which was the one from the 1st part of season 3 which i really didn't like). However one more thing i will say about the OP is that it reminds me a lot of the 1st and 3rd Ops which were by far the best (in my opinion).
The characters are the same interesting bunch we have been thankfully stuck with for all this time, however i will say that characters such as Bertolt and Reiner have become significantly more interesting especially in the 3rd episode when you discover that they may want exactly what they are trying to achieve.
Now for the only stat that truly matters my own personal enjoyment whilst watching the show and honestly if the fights and animation stay this good for the rest of the season then i will most likely give this a 10 as I've not had this much fun watching a serious anime in a long time as everything about the show keeps me on edge, however the god damn cliff hangers make me feel on edge permanently whilst the show is airing which i do not like.
If you haven't watched Attack on titan or are sceptical if you should watch it, I am gonna say you absolutely must even if you wait for the show to finish airing 1st and if you haven't seen any of attack on titan then slap it on your plan to watch and get around to it sometime soon as you will not regret it.
Well ... there you go my people ... the long anticipated anime has come back .... the beginning was great tho ... but people are overrating this season because you know ... mainstream and stuff ... so without any more delays ... I will begin with the review ....
First of all the Story ...
The story of AOT is awesome ... You know .. the whole titans thing and humanity being about to end ... but also some things in the story are stolen from the great old school anime Neon genisis evangelion ... thats why I will give the Story 9/10 for now
for the Art ....
I think the art was better in seasons 1&2 ... in season 3 it started being worse for some reason .. idk why but thats what Ive observed ... the character draw ...
every thing ... so we will give it 8/10 for now
As for the sounds
AOT is known of its great OSTs ... but this season's OP wasn't so good ... so I think 9/10 will get it
The characters didn't change at all ... same characters with no new characters introduced to us this season some of the characters are really good like Erwin the great war leader .. and some are bad Like Eren ...
I think that will get it ... the thing is that this is my OWN point of view and it doesnt have to match yours ... I am just sharing it ... overall rating of the anime is 9/10