Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) is clearly the best anime to be released in years. I tried to pace myself (one a week) but failed completely. It would take way to long to give my opinion on each episode so I’ll give my general opinion on the series. First I would say that “Attack on Titan” features a good variety of characters with different levels of skill. Many character are well written and reasonably well rounded. The overall tone remains consistently dire. While some of the episodes feature little or no action I felt that these lulls contribute to the suspense of when the next attack will occur.
Animation quality remains constantly high. The story keeps me excited to see what happens next week (and who dies). There’s still exists a great deal of mystery regarding what drives the titans which keeps me intrigued. I still need to watch two more episodes to get on track. I can’t wait. So have you every “binged” on anime? Do you like the tone of Attack on Titan? Any ideas why the Titan attack humans? How they might reproduce? Are all the seeming intelligent “Titans” shifters like Eren?
Episode #3 – A Dim Light in the Darkness of Despair: Mankind’s Comeback, Part 1
This episode shows the beginning of the military training of Eren, Mikasa and Armin. The rest of the ” 104th Trainees Squad” are introduced. The 104th Trainees Squad features 20 soldiers. The squad leader ” Keith Shadis” begins by subjecting the recruits to psychological mine games they consider a “right of passage”. Some soldiers including our main three didn’t require any mine games due to the fact that they were already expose to hardships. The military training is familiar if you every seen training in moves. Keith is loud and aggressive but it all seems necessary to toughing up the recruits.
A little comic relief is introduced in the form of “Sasha Braus”. I found the fact that she was inappropriately eating a boiled potatoes in the middle of training to be funny. She does appear to have the personality to fight Titans. I’m curious how she’ll succeed. Trainee’s begin to train in ” Three Dimensional Maneuver Gear”. Eren seems unskilled at using the gear ( even Armin can do it) but it later revealed that his gear was defective from the start. Eren is now free to begin training with the rest of the squad.
Episode #4 – Night of the Graduation Ceremony: Mankind’s Comeback, Part 2
This episode starts 5 years after the Wall Maria fell and 2 year after the trainees initial training with the 3D gear. Armin shows his lack of psychical ability but determination not to be ” a burden”. Keith Shadis states the even though Armin lacks strength he possess great intellect. Keith then proceeds to describe the characteristics of each of the trainees. He highlight’s their strength’s and their weaknesses .
So far it seems that the characters abilities are well balanced compared to each other. Eren is later dishearten to learn from Annie that most of his comrades are only practicing their abilities to avoid fighting Titans altogether. She asked Eren ” Why in this world are the people most capable of opposing the Titans the only ones given the privilege of avoiding them entirely”? She clearly has a point. I find Annie a little jaded but I like her, she realistic and skilled. Annie’s views seems to be commentary on contradictory human behavior.
After the Graduation
The graduation arrives and the top ten are given the chance to become military police. Eren is questioned by fellow recruits about his decision not to join the military police. Eren becomes angry a give an heart felt speech about sacrifice. This inspires Armin, Mikasa, Connie and Tomas to join him in ” scouting legion”. As the new scouting legion prepares cannons peacefully a bolt of lightning strike beyond the gate (Wall Rose) and the “Colossal Titan” appears. The gate is quickly broken and Eren and his comrades prepares for battle.
One side note the music in this series is epic and effective. So how did you feel about these two episodes? Did you dislike the lack of Titan battles? Do you feel that the characters are well balanced? What do you think about Annie’s comments? Do you enjoy the music in this series? And if the Colossal Titan can teleport why doesn’t it travel with in the walls instead right beyond it?
Episode #2 – That Day: The Fall of Shiganshina, Part 2
This episode started off where the last one ended (obviously) gruesome and dark. The faces of the titans are more pronounced in this episode. They appeared to be smiling but manage to give off the simultaneous impression that they’re not emotionally present. I think that the fact that the character “Hannes” actually admits his fear, it feels new and refreshing. Eren and Mikasa are still children and as a result they are inherently weak. The soldiers are cowards and too be honest I couldn’t really blame them. They are up against potentially insurmountable odds.
Personally I wonder why there’s a guard at all, they seem to be most useful directing people to safety. The selfishness of some of the people who refuse to share food with the refugee seemed plausible and realistic . However, part of me still wanted them to get eaten by titans though. The food shortage only improved when a vast amount of the population died. My favorite character so far is Mikasa, she’s very tough while still maintaining a leveled head. Eren and Mikasa joined the army at the end of this episode.
Episode 1 – To You, After 2,000 Years: The Fall of Shiganshina, Part 1
Part of the reason I decided to start this blog is to find anime and manga outside of the BIG three (One piece, Naruto and Bleach). One of the new anime I’ve been hearing great things about is “Attack on Titan”. Technically Attack on Titan isn’t new. The manga was released in September 2009. It’s published in Kodansha’s monthly Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine the series has to date sold over 20 million copies. The anime was adapted by Wit Studio and released in April 2013.
I must say that the reviews for this anime were accurate. I won’t spoil the story only tell you how I felt about it. The general tone of the episode seems rather dark. I must admit I like the tone that was set. The size of the ‘colossal titan’ alone is enough to generate fear for the characters. However, for some reason I find the smaller titans to be even scarier. The facial expression (or lack thereof) of the titans truly magnifies the tone of the anime. They’re emotionless, heartless, and driven to do one thing eat humans.
The humans were “protected” by a series of walls. Unfortunately, the same walls end up becoming somewhat like a cage that trapped them when the titans finally breach. Overall, the story seems interesting, the characters are sympathetic and the action is brutal (especially the ending). The animation is impressive and I like the detail of the titans. I’m sure the main character will save the day but I’m curious how he would do it. Will any other characters help? So have you watched Attack on Titan? If not I strongly recommend that you do.