Are we the prey my brothers? No! We are the hunters!! In a medieval world where humanity has been reduced to a number of wayward souls behind a fortified city, an endless army of Titans are ready to feast on their trampled corpses. But they will fight back! The young Eren Jeager witnesses how those broken walls were nothing but the reminder that they live in fear of the Titans. His mother is brutally killed by one before his eyes at a young age. This is the sacrifice to the ritual where he swears to erase them from the planet once and for all. The question is, Are these Titans worth fighting against? Well you’ll find out in this last review of mankind, will it be a grim one?
What follows is my humble review of Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) by Hajime Isayama. This review is solely based on the 2013 anime. We will analyze the following points: Graphics, Characters, Sound, Story and Personal Enjoyment.
Animation and Art of Attack on Titan
This is essentially the most positive aspect of Attack on Titan and is hardly debatable. One of the best detailedly animated series of the 2013, the animation studio was even met with a serious lack of animators because of its AAA production values. Fluid and fast paced action given by the three dimensional maneuver gear, if only there were more though. The art is very good and far better than the manga and the eyes (beautifully drawn) convey emotions so perfectly that they could at times send a shiver down your spine. That “dirty” style also present in the manga, helps in the creation of an excellent vibe of hopelessness.
Characters of Attack on Titan
It’s time for us to actually delve deep into Attack on Titan not so perfect aspects this time. The characters, while likable, are nothing that stray away from obvious stereotypes already established by shows like Evangelion and Fullmetal Alchemist. It’s too much to overlook it even though it may not be noted by an inexpert eye. The main cast of protagonists, especially Mikasa and Levi, are very cool and interesting, but partly due to the 26 episode limitation, their characterization does not lift off more than the necessary. The rest of the cast, while again very likeable, are left to side dish status.
Soundtrack and Acting of Attack on Titan
The musical score of Attack on Titan was entrusted for composition to the fan favourite Hiroyuki Sawano, honestly one of my favourite composers in the industry. Sawano’s epic german chorus style would be perfect for a series like this, but instead it proves to be one of his least remarkable works in my honest opinion. Working perfectly as background music but nothing that stays engraved in your mind for a long time. The Japanese acting is carefully executed and attentive as well as the English one. What earns most of the vote is the awesome openings: Guren no Yumiya and Jiyuu no Tsubasa.
Story and Pacing of Attack on Titan
The story of Attack on Titan revolves around the mystery around all narrative elements, a twist is solved and another one is introduced creating a complex chain that, again partly due to the 26 episode limitation, almost never concludes. The series obviously tends to stretch things with various “filler” scenes that are spread throughout the episodes. This doesn’t make the pacing perfect. Though the battle scenes and strongly emotional events are almost perfectly rendered, but at times the reactions are too exaggerated. It’s important to notice how the series is cleverly crafted into something (apparently) totally original when it’s not. It’s essentially a mecha series disguised as a fantasy and people who watched the series knows what I’m talking about. An ending that is not an ending, an underwhelming cliffhanger that tells us “see ya in 3 years for more hahahaha!”. The show screams of “This is still nothing” very loudly.
Personal Enjoyment of Attack on Titan
This is the purely subjective part of the review my friends, my personal attachment and enjoyment out of Attack on Titan. This is a show with great potential that doesn’t shine with originality, let’s be honest. The show’s popularity makes it look like this is the first time something like this is seen in the industry when it’s blatantly wrong. The battles were awesome, but the pacing was not unfortunate. The characters were likable, but certain ones outside of those few never really had a role other than creating drama. I sense a constant feeling of “the best is yet to come, you ain’t seen nothing yet” every time.
Overall Score 6.7/10
See ya in my next review!
– Humble Reaper from Anime Amino, Italy (Sicily)