Attack on Titan (Season 1) TV Show Review

I didn’t really want to get into anime because there are so many to watch but my friend had recommended one to be on several occasions, and one bored night I decided to give it a watch. Warning that this post may contain spoilers.

Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人 Shingeki no Kyojinis an anime (Japanese animation) that was released earlier this year. It has 18 episodes in season one, each being approximately 25 minutes long. It is only available in Japanese dub but it has English subtitles. At first I was put off by this,  but I quickly got used to it. It is based on the manga series written by Hajime Isayama. This series in directed by Tetsurō Araki with series composition by Yasuko Kobayashi.

It is set in a world where humans are on the brink of extinction because of giant human-like monsters called Titans that suddenly appeared over 100 years ago. Due to the Titan’s appetite for humans, humanity was forced live inside three 50 metre walls. It is based on the stories of three teenagers; Eren Jaeger (Yûki Kaji), Armin Arlert (Marina Inoue) and Mikasa Ackerman (Yui Ishikawa).

One of the things that I really like about this show, is that the decisions that the characters have to make aren’t straight forward. There’s no “this is the right thing and this is the wrong thing to do”, and while you usually want the characters to do one thing, a long of the time you can’t really blame them if they choose to do the other. I love the complexity that this brings to the characters and the plot. It brings more realism into the situation and shows that a lot of the time, there are no right or wrong choices to make. Life isn’t that black and white.

The anime has a unique way of telling the viewer information that is already assumed to be known by the characters. In addition to having it casually mentioned in conversation, in the middle of every episode there are two fact sheets called “Information Available for Public Disclosure”. These give the viewer important information as well as some interesting facts about the world the characters live in.

The first thirteen episodes start with this opening theme, which I think is totally badass. It’s also what a lot of the music written by Hiroyuki Sawano for the show sounds like:

This is one of those shows that I fell in love with in the first episode. I was actually really surprised by how emotionally attached to the characters I had become in just one episode, and the way in which the writers use this to their advantage. In just the first episode, it almost made me cry. That’s in less than half an hour! However, just because this anime isn’t live action, it is not acceptable for all audiences. I would suggest people be above 13 or 15 before watching, this is not a show for children.

Favourite character/actor: So hard to choose! But probably Hanji Zoe (Romi Pak)

Least favourite character/actor: Marquis Bart (Kosuke Takaguchi)

Favourite scene/episode: To You, After 2,000 Years: The Fall of Shiganshina, Part 1

Least favourite scene/episode: Answer: Battle of Trost District, Part 6

Rating; 4.5/5 stars

Picture Sources

Poster: http://www.crunchyroll.com/attack-on-titan

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