Loki Reviews: Attack on Titan!
Attack on Titan? More like Attack on My Ability to Process Thoughts and Basic Motor Skills.
Shingeki no Kyojin, or Attack on Titan as its called in English, has grown in popularity at a rapid rate in recent weeks, with the season one finale of the anime airing at the end of September. What started as a manga series published in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in 2009, has now become a mega popular, albeit super controversial, anime which aired from April to September of this year with a whopping 25 episodes. Why did I pick this? Two reasons.
1: I’ll admit it. I haven’t watched any anime in a very long time with the exception of Legend of Korra and it was high time that I fixed that.
2: I needed to see what all this hullabaloo was about that kept appearing on my Tumblr dashboard and on various Facebook statuses.
Last Saturday I, whilst hungover, decided it would be an awesome idea to marathon the entire season. Do the math. 25 episodes x 30 minutes per episode = 750 minutes. Or, 12 and a half hours. Yep, I spent literally 12 and a half hours eating Chinese take out and watching SNK.
I haven’t been too terribly impressed with the TV shows coming out now in a very long time, nor do I make it a habit of watching anime that is just subbed in English. But boy, let me tell you, this anime has everything that I could have asked for.
The premise of the show itself is what caught my attention. Humanity is on the brink of being wiped out by these people eating giants, referred to as Titans, after a century of peace. Oh, also? The remainder of humanity is in this massive walled in area. Well, actually, its more of three rings of enormous walls, named Maria, Rose and Sina. Wall Maria is the more rural areas and smaller villages and as you get closer to Wall Sina in the center, the villages become towns and cities. It’s actually a very clever way to deter attacks, especially when your attackers are anywhere from 5 meters to 50 meters in height. Anyway, the story follows three main characters: Eren, Mikasa, and Armin and everything they go through to survive the oncoming Titan attacks, to the point where the three of them join what is known as the Recon Corps (or Survey Corps, depending on the translation), whose job it is to actually go out and kill these massive creatures, without getting eaten. Fun job description.
Because I’m a reasonably decent human being, this is a spoiler free review. That being said, I will now tell you why I was super impressed with everything SNK had to offer.
1. Character development: between the three main characters, who are the only family each other has left, there is a massive amount of character development. You see them go through these changes from children to soldiers and warriors, willing to put their lives on the line for protecting humanity and each other.
2. The art: Dear gods, the art. The animation is beautifully detailed, despite there being A LOT of gore a lot of the time. But even then, that is done very well. Visually, this show gets an A+.
3. The plot: I was never bored with any episode, which tends to happen when I watch things. There was never a point where I hit a lull in an episode. Something was always going on, someone was getting eaten, maimed or killed or the plot was thickening faster than Alfredo sauce. (Alfredo sauce? Really? That’s the best I could come up with? Why do people even talk to me…) But yeah. The plot was advancing and thickening at the perfect rate–not to fast and not too slow, and the characters that were introduced as the show progressed were actually memorable. There wasn’t any time where I saw a character and asked myself “who the hell is that?” Which is always a good thing. No one likes being confused when watching something.
The thing about SNK is that it tugs at something deep inside you and actually makes you feel feelings. It shows you something about humanity but you’re not quite sure what that is, but you know its there. You wind up with these unknown feelings in the pit of your stomach which are oddly familiar to you. While the show isn’t in any way, shape, or form, realistic, there are certain core concepts in it that reveal things about humanity and what its capable of. That’s something that doesn’t happen very often which is another one of those reasons why I was left very impressed.
Rating: 10/10. Would definitely watch again.
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