5 of 9 episodes seen
Shingeki no Kyojin Picture Drama is a short spin-off series for all SNK fans.
It has a simple, silly plotline, yet the ridiculousness brings that weird smirky smile on your face. It is a good miniseries. And not to mention it's extremely cute. All the silly sides of each character are brought out and it's entertaining to see that.
You only end up being disappointed if you hope to see something deep from it. This is mainly just for entertainment and gags.
25 of 25 episodes seen
But let me be honest here and very blunt – Attack on Titan, as an anime, is more like a commercial to the manga series. Why do I say so? Like any commercial, it is attractive, interesting, it may have something so catchy in it that might get addictive. Just like this series: After episode 5 it’s like a roller coaster ride that you can’t stop until you have reached the end point. But like a commercial, you just get a glimpse of the product, but you won’t get a complete conclusion. This is either a good thing or a bad thing – depends on the person.
I am one of those who finds this as a good thing. When the anime series started, the manga was no where near completion. So many series makers decide to do fillers to give anime some kind of an ending. And you do not know how deeply i hate and despise fillers. I am quite sure many people would agree with me on this. But this amazing series actually followed the manga so well! And I think this is the reason many people liked it. But still, even close to following the manga, they had to end anime it at some particular point. And that particular peak had to be epic. And oh boy it was epic. But to reach that point there had to put more detail on some aspects (aka some people call it as a slow storyline, or a dragging of storyline, but i see it more like detail that adds more beauty to the anime as general - Marco's cape scene for example). To my mind they ended it at a good part.
They also left little wonders for us - so we, now, as we have finished watching the ’’commercial’’, shall go and buy the product.. the manga. Such a perfect little scheme, eh? And i still loved it. Because I am glad I found this series. As far as the manga is out, it won’t be a letdown.
Spoiler free, a and kind of simple review i wrote some time ago and added some things to it:
STORY: 8 - Story is very good: it's well thought out and complicated enough to keep your interest up. Bunch of people living inside a walled community that is surrounded by threat– Titans, oh those Titans. What the hell are the they? What do they want from humans? Is it just the flesh they are after? Or something else? And why do some look so retarded that you feel like laughing out loud sometimes? Are they really the only enemy? Can they become allies instead?
I thought at first that the story was just good people vs. bad Titans. But nope. It’s way more complicated (i am especially hinting to the last episodes) And that’s why i liked it, the surprises can either be obvious or quite surprising – depending on the person.
ART and ANIMATION: 11 - Ok, this is where this anime SHINES. Art is truly outstanding. I think that's what really caught my eye in the first place. What i really love is the detail they give to the eyes, and some other aspects for example: the backgrounds, the visuals, the freaking 3DMG scenes that make you drool of awesomeness. Spider-man people! (Drooling like Hanji here, haha okay a joke) I really do not see anything bad about it. The scenes are great and epic. They really give out the ''wow'' effect. Definitely the reason why i really love this, because i love good art and good animation. Any video you try to edit with this anime will turn out awesome. Really, if I could, I'd give this section a 11/10.
SOUND: 10 - Also, nothing bad to say. The OST is nice. The first opening spread like a decease, but i think in a good way. I guess many people have replayed it lots of times? Some say they are getting tired of it because they have heard the opening so many times already. But hey, you can't deny you hated it, otherwise you would not have listened to it so much. I discovered that second opening song is actually better as a whole, and if you put them together you get some kind of special effect with them.. It’s up on yt somewhere. Anyways, very good music.
CHARACTER: 7 - I have noticed that every character has some kind of trait to them.
A bit typical main character – Eren – trait: strong will and determination
Then there is the heroine – Mikasa- trait: good fighting skills and intuition
Their friend – Armin – trait: smart
etc, I think every trait meets its purpose in the series.
My favourite is actually Armin because he is one of the smartest characters around. At first he is weak, but your opinion will change of him as you reach in the middle of the series. Something he lacks he replaces with great mind, and I like that. The other one who will get a lot of character development will be Jean. As for other characters, the Sasha and Hanji are very funny. And Rivaille definitely makes this show ’’cooler’’. The way he stays strong at times, i really felt sorry for him and at the same time my admiration towards him grew.
Later on you will see that some characters can be either good or bad..
ENJOYMENT: 10 - Anyway, this anime is overall very enjoyable. One of the anime you have to watch in High Definition if possible. It just keeps you on your seat and time just flies when you watch it. At some times the anime should be renamed Attack on Feels, yet that is what makes Shingeki no Kyojin a good anime that deserves the hype it gets.
Overall - 10 - Because the enjoyment I had with this anime was just way above anything else I have seen recently. Awesome art and animation. Great adaption. :)
121 of 263 chapters read
STORY 7 - Well there is this one girl Yoshinaga and her wish is to become a part of AKB idol group. The guy Minoru is her secret lover. Cute right? And then there were auditions or something along those lines. And because Yoshinaga is so insecure, Minoru went to help her out. But oh-my-couldn't-predict-it-at-all they both get accepted.
Surprisingly, Minoru himself is doing quite well. And maybe he is a better idol than the person he tries to help. Yet, there are always those ''but'' parts of the story...
He can't stay forever as a female.. Right.. so this is why the story intrigues me. I really want to see how this mess of hiding your own gender turns out in the end of this story. And for that i am ready to read it until the revealing happens, even if some arcs get too long and predictable at times.
ART 9 - Art is really great. I like the details, characters look nice and beautiful, etc. Nothing bad to say.
CHARACTER 7 - Characters are ok. Minori is quite strong-willed and i quite like ''her'' and i think ''she'' is the best character of the story. Anyways, this manga has many female and some other weird characters in it and i guess they all fit into the plot. They haven't impressed me much though. But there might be characters that some of you might really like.
ENJOYMENT 9 - So far this has been very enjoyable. I just really want to see how Minoru will end up after all that mess. The excitement got a new push at chapter 119 so lets see how it turns out.
Overall I'd rate it 7. It has its ups and downs but overall quite enjoyable gender-bender manga. Even if you do not know all that idol system you can understand what is going on. Tip: if you happen to get bored just skip few chapters, but there might not be a need to do that. For now, this hasn't been a let-down and if you are interested, give this manga a try.
103 of 103 chapters read
Ahh, BECK. After rewatching anime two times, i finally gave BECK manga a shot. I don't regret one bit. The story in manga goes 70 chapters onward. Everyone who has watched anime and wants to know what happens with our loved characters afterwards should give this manga a try, too.
And if you don't know anything about this story - think about this: Have you ever wondered what would it feel like to be in a band? If you ever wish to find out, BECK would be your choice. I've seen quite many anime and manga already and this is one of the best among, really.
~The story starts with a boy who doesn't have a goal in his life. One day he meets a very strange stitched up dog and its mysterious owner. That meeting has an important meaning to his days onward. Our main character Koyuki and the readers of the manga get introduced to the music world.~
The thing you learn most of it is that going through a hard path is something that gives you the best results. Don't give up and just go forward! Be true to yourself! That kind of stories are one of the best ones because they can leave an impact in your life as well.
Something i also noticed was that when you are nice to your enemies it can even be more effective than just having a fight with them.
For example, when someone says something insulting to you and you reply like Koyuki: '' Still, you are one of the best i know because ..'' or
''But, you are excellent at what you are doing..'' etc it can actually make the other person think of what he/she said wrong to you. It's weird but it works!
So overall 10/10,
STORY was truly a masterpiece, nicely wrapped into 103 chapters, which 33 first chapters you can see in anime.
A hard path where something good can't always be on top. Something that is always on top is not always the best. Good things, bad things happen but in the end you need to believe in yourself and give it your best to make something amazing happen. It really makes you interested in music. Not to mention, this manga is the perfect example of showing why anything that is ''popular'' isn't always the best. Usually the real gems are hidden somewhere below the surface.
''Sometimes the greatest trial can lead to the greatest success.''
ART what i truly liked is how you can see characters grow, change as they mature. There are so many manga and anime where characters look the same for years, I'm happy BECK isn't one of them. This just shows how close to real life can sometimes story be.
CHARACTERS are one of the best parts of this. You will start to like every character in their own way. Its how different people make up a great group.
''I'll follow my own inspiration. It's okay for a person to have a different way of living.'' - Koyuki
Koyuki was just too good for the world he lived in ; Ryusuke was so called the ''bad boy'' who got all the girls and got into deep ****; Taira was a collected person and the most mature one. He had really nice skills. He followed by his own instincts not how others told him to (i think i want try out bass guitar one day because of him hehe); Chiba was that mambo-jambo drunken kung-fu panda - anyways, very charismatic and funny character; Yuji - always smiling, growing talent, close relative to Takeshi from Pokemon - never opened his eyes, except one chapter but I was not sure if it was him. Maho was interesting female lead, really excentric, something that you don't see in every story.
ENJOYMENT I'm not sure if I'll enjoy any other manga or anime like I enjoyed this one. Those face-drawings they made were just hilarious. And those city ''parkours'' when Koyuki was in hurry to somewhere and a cop was chasing him. Also that great sensation which not many stories give -
I think that is what makes this manga great - that unexplainable feeling of reading something nice that you won't regret. I think it's the power of band. Of a group. You feel like you are there, with them and never wishing to leave! This was just so great!
I think the questions that anime left unanswered were:
Why did that dog look so weird? Because hey, that dog looked really weird..
What was it about the dream they all saw?
.. Beck was a silly name but if you decide to read this manga you will find out why it was perfect for them.
32 of 32 chapters read
I'm glad that when i started to read it, i had only read half of the summary, because i didn't know what kind of ''secret'' the main girl has.
I thought it was another common love manga, so i just clicked the first pages through and until I see what her ''secret'' was, and then decide whether i should drop it or continue reading it.. but dang i was wrong to think it would be bad.. so wrong.. because this manga imo turned out so great! GREAT.. oh yeah, 10 stands for OUTSTANDING :D!
What i really loved was that how the main guy started to care about the girl when he found out about her secret, the fact that he didn't even understand at first that he was in love with her. It was just so cute seeing him blush like that whenever he saw her.
And the main girl was so weak and so strong at the same time. It's hard to explain without spoiling anything, so you should just read it yourself.
And the story with the main guy's sister touched me deeply, that was really something.
Anyways, if you want something short, but decent and something that teaches you to value something better then go ahead and read it now. :)
Or read it until you get to know the secret and then decide. If you can, don't read the summary at all, and let the manga itself surprise you.