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  • Genre Talk: Action

    The Action Anime Genre

    Popularity: 10/10 (USA), 10/10 (Japan)

    Commonly mixed with any other genre.

    “If you cling to being alive, you become frightened and your eyes get clouded. If you don’t have that desire to begin with, you can fight on, right until the end of the world.”

    – Revy

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    Action is an extremely common genre for any form of animation, film, books, etc. Usually this genre is mixed with other genres such as adventure, fantasy, mecha, etc. Action anime’s are typically good if what you want is a bunch of fight scenes. In some cases that is what you get. Although they can get annoying, action anime have the best fight scenes (usually). Sometimes, though, the action genre can lack character development or underlying stories. This is not always the case though. Some actions are longer and allow for more character development.

    Examples of Action

    Attack on Titan

    The story follows what is left of the human race and how they survive amongst giant Titans.

    Bleach

    The story follows a new Soul Reaper, Ichigo. He must use his powers to save the human race from evil spirits and others to the afterlife.

    Fate/Zero

    It follows the events of the 4th Holy Grail War. Summoning seven Heroic Spirits, each member fights to obtain the Holy Grail.


  • Behind the Scenes: Attack on Titan

    The Creation of Attack on Titan

    Attack on Titan
    A manga originally by Hajime Isayama. From September of 2009 to now the series has been published in the Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shonen Magazine. As of December 2014, the series has been collected into 15 tankobon volumes. A story about humans fighting for their lives against terribly huge Titans. A boy stands out amongst the rest as a savior to humanity. As of November 2014, over 45 million volumes of the manga has been sold. The anime adaption only further boosted the popularity of the series and has gained critical acclaim.



    Production of Attack on Titan

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    In 2006, there was a 65 page one-shot of Attack on Titan. When he submitted his work to Weekly Shonen Jump, they asked him to change the story and the style to be more ‘Jump.’ He did not like this idea and declined their offer. He then took his work to Weekly Shonen Magazine. He had already decided on the twists that would occur throughout the series.


    His life experiences show up often in the idea of his story. His hometown set the scenery for the manga. His idea of fear throughout the manga came about when he was in an internet cafe working and a customer grabbed him by his collar. His feeling of  “the fear of meeting a person I can’t communicate with” is seen in the Titans. His designs for them are modeled after Yushin Okami (Eren’s form) and Brock Lesnar (Armored Titan). The enclosed nature of Japan is represented in the ‘Wall of Fear’ and their isolation.


    He plans to give the series a tragic ending much like The Mist by Stephen King. Due to all the positive responses of Attack on Titan, he has contemplated on changing the end to be much happier.


  • Gin’s Take On: Eren

    Eren

    Warning: These blogs are not meant to offend anyone and are only Gin’s opinions.

    Eren

    Eren is the mainn protagonist of the popular anime series Attack on Titan. You probably knew that though.

     

    Gin’s Take

    Eren

    Eren’s character is first introduced when he is having a nightmare. He awakens with tears rolling down his face. At the beginning of the season, Eren seems young and innocent. This is not the case after teh titans break through the walls. His tears seemed to foreshadow the hurt and emotional upheavals which were to come. We then get introduced to his family and as we witness, his relationship with his mother. This and the developments that occur all add up to emphasise the response Eren would have towards the loss of his mother. In a way, these few scenes teach us a lesson to love and treasure our parents while we can.

    Personally for an anime to actually interest me, it requires some boom at the start. The gore and the blood sure got me! I literally had to shut my eyes when his mother died. Eren then vows to exterminate all titans and this is where it all gets fuzzy. We see flashbacks of his father and him in a forest. There are theories that the injection is what caused Eren to become a titan shifter. Thent eh theory goes further and says that he ate his father to seal teh ritual. It is a little fuzzy in my head!

    Sooner or later, Eren who has always had an infatuation with the Survey Corps and their idea of freedom, joins the Survey Corps to get closer to his goal of revenge. I personally believe that the significance of Eren’s character and his drive for revenge makes him easy to understand. Revenge is a very human emotion. Attack on Titan seems to face the dark themes of sacrifice and the reality of death. This allows Eren’s character to fit perfectly with the storyline. However, certain aspects of his character are so annoying. That impulsive hot-head behaviour, it is like he wants to die sometimes.

     

    Ereri Fandom

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    It is hard to talk about Eren without bringing up the subject of Ereri. Don’t know what that is? Well if you are a fan of Attack on Titan, or have watched it, you know about the character Levi. there are people who love to place the two characters together as a relationship. As fandom goes, this one is even worse than Free!, but no way near as bad as Fairy Tail. As much as I love the characters, there are times when I see a yaoi picture of Eren and Levi and just think ‘Why?’ As far as I am concerned, Levi does not even like Eren.

    The shipping is literally everywhere. As I scrolled for pictures for Eren, I can safely say that the fandom has some very imaginative minds when it comes to yaoi fanart. Poor Gin is scarred! Scarred I tell you!! Just kidding, I am not that innocent.

     

    Gin’s Verdict on Eren

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    Eren is a character that is half teenage angst and half admirable and brave. Even if it is at a stupidly brave level. his will to carrt out his revenge is interesting to watch. Attack on Titan is one of those animes of which the character popularity gets blown up, but with characters like Eren it is alright. Eren will never be one of my favorite characters, mainly because he isn’t terribly intellectual. The suspense in the anime is certainly appealling.

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  • Otaku Theory Time: What is the Origin of the Titans

    Where do the Titans Come From?

    Hello everyone Flint here. Today I’m going to cover a question that many people ask and that is “What is the Origins of the Titans?” Now remember this is just a theory so it doesn’t have to believed but this is my take-on of the question. But before I begin I’ll explain some details about the Titans themselves.

    The Titan threat against humanity first emerged in the year 743, destroying a heavy majority of the global human population. Some texts tell us we crossed a large body of water to reach a place prepared beforehand, containing three Walls: Maria, Rose, and Sina. However, with the Fall of Shinganshina in the year 845, the Survey Corp added on the mission of learning more about the enemy. Through information accumulated, theories on the origins of Titans and their Shifter counterparts have started to appear.

    Titans are humanoid creatures that appear to be deformed and lack visible genitalia. They commonly range from 3-15 meters in height, with the Colossal Titan and the Titans Within the Walls being approximately 60 meters.

    Research indicates that they have no digestive track and whatever they consume is eventually thrown up in globs of corrosive slime and human body parts. However, this process of human consumption appears to not be for caloric needs. It is assumed that due to their need for light, Titans are conductive with thermal energy, especially with their high body temperature. This also matches with their need for sunlight and the fact that few can continue on into the night if there is torch nearby.

    Their bodies are abnormally light for their size and have a regenerative ability that is powerful enough to heal any wound except for an attack on the nape of the neck. Research after the discovery of Shifters has led to the theory that the reason of the nape being the only weak spot is due to the previous presence of a human pilot. Recent discoveries have revealed that the spinal column appears to be the only part of humans that survives complete descent into ‘Titan Madness’ (loss of humanity after becoming a Titan) or complete absorption into the Titan form. They also produce high levels of heat and steam, especially as they regenerate and after they’ve been killed. External sources and philosophical theories from documents grabbed by the First Squad present the possibility that a dehumanized scientist experimented with normal materials, which I shall expand upon in the next section. Using this, he changed himself into the First Titan (The Beast Titan) and turned his most loyal subordinates into Shifters.

    They worked, creating a massive army that was able to almost wipe out humanity. As part of his scheme, he also created the Coordinate ability, which is the ability to control other titans. However, both this and the Shifting formula were stolen and hidden behind the Walls e.g Eren’s basement perhaps?

    Due to the nature of the Titans, it is logical to assume that there is an agent involved with their creation. This agent is twofold, being both a human creator and a physiological organism that causes the change. Thus, there would also be two strains, one meant for creating the common, mindless Titan, and a second meant for the forging of Titan Shifters, likely meant to be generals for the armies of Titans that would swoop down upon the Realm of Man and destroy it.

    Certain characteristics of Titans, such as expanding, heat, and steam, lines up with yeast, especially after being activated. This yeast, now airborne due to the high production rate in Wall Sina, is baked into every loaf of bread produced within the Walls. This can imply that there is a plot amongst the King and his advisors to prepare humanity for war against a force much more dangerous than the Titans or that the Titans are a means by which to create a centralized society in which the Monarchy will have complete control. Due to where the yeast is, the Ragako incident makes more sense in how the First Titan was able to turn the villagers into Titans (read chapter 51 of the manga for more information on the Ragako incident) . All of this leads to the belief that the Titan threat was manufactured by more than one party.

     

    Science behind the Yeast-based Titan Strain theory:

    a. Just like how yeast preserves the food it surrounds, so do Titans with the human they were created from. This is also supported by the case of Shifter Ymir, who spent 60 years stuck in Titan form and came out looking just like how she did when she first took on that form.

    b. Yeast produces heat and gas, which is why it makes bread rise. These same two traits – heat and gas – are expelled by all Titans and Shifters, especially when they are hacked apart. Another aspect of the increase in size caused by yeast is that there is no change in mass, even though it appears larger. Experiments involving Titan limbs reveals that they are abnormally light.

    c. The protein Mannose-binding lectin (Protein C) 2 or MBL, located in human blood, binds with yeast. This works into the Shifter aspect, explaining why they must spill blood in order to cause the reaction.

    The yeast then uses the MBL and the extra electrical energy to produce the Titan structure. It can also bind through the porous regions around the eyes, which happens to be a common bind point for Shifters.

    d. The observed rainbow strands that appear during regeneration grow in the same way as threads of yeast as it grows.

    e. This only applies to Shifters, but the reasoning behind the markings beneath their eyes lies in the porous nature of the skin around the eyes. It is likely that external yeast is able to bond with MBL through the skin, which happens to leave scarring when they break out of their Titan form.

    Thank you for your time and I hoped you enjoy my theory!

     

    – Flint the Theorist


  • Could it Exist: The Three Dimensional Gear

    Could Three Dimensional Gear Exist?

     

    Hello everyone, Flint here. If you’ve watched Attack on Titan then you have different heard about the Three Dimensional Maneuver or also known as the Vertical Maneuvering Equipment or the Omni-Directional Mobility Gear. It is a set of gear developed by humans that allows great mobility when facing the Titans in combat. The gear allows the user to fight in a 3D space as opposed to a 2D one. The gear itself takes the form of a body harness that encompasses much of the body below the neck. Although the Gear can grant a skilled user tremendous mobility, it is a demanding art that requires strength, and skill, both of which must be honed through constant practice. Some tools involved in the apparatus include:

    •Handgrips

    •Piston-shot grapple-hooks

    •Gas powered mechanism

    •Iron Wire Propeller with Plug in Blades

    Many people like myself, have always wondered if something like this could be created today. However, it’s not about whether it can be created its about whether it can be functional. Your answer to that may be very disappointing.

    Here are a few reasons why this device would not be invented and why it would not be functional:

    •There is no way you could store so much energy in the form of pressurized gas. Pressurized containers by the way are also incredibly heavy, not something you want to fly around with.

    •Wire management. The biggest problem here is that you also cannot keep your wires in a high tension state nor can you wind them back too quickly after disengaging. If you don’t know what I’m talking about go get a tape measure, pull it all out and let it go free while holding the body in your hands. Now try that with a heavy sharp steel tip with steel blade hooks and grooved steel cable. It’s nasty just thinking about it.

    •Cost and availability. Creating devices like this would cost a very large amount of money and soldiers who would use them might die immediately after entering the battlefield. It would waste a lot of money in our economy.

    •Angle and acceleration. If you’ve studied vectors and trigonometry in math or physics you should realize how difficult it will be to get air born with such a device by shooting your grappling hook forward instead of straight up. Because the upward component of the angle of acceleration must be larger than Earth’s gravity for this to work. And if you shoot almost horizontally like they do sometimes, the force quickly get extremely large (infinite at completely horizontal of course), assuming you don’t want to loose altitude in the process. You could easily generate multiple Gs of acceleration, how do you hold on to your full steel swords? and heavy pressurized containers? Are leather straps enough for such extreme conditions?

    •Once you get up to those kinds of speed and acceleration, the next obvious problem is how to slow down. Never mind swinging at hundreds of km/H, even a simple swing from a small angle into a hard surface is very hazardous if you don’t push against it prepared, with your feet. Considering that these people don’t even wear any helmets or joint protection, any kind of collision will immediately disable if not kill you.

    •One of the big problems with controlling this device would be shooting the grappling hook. The characters in the anime can magically aim their grappling hooks with extreme precision even though they seem to be firmly attached to their hip, but realistically that would be very hard to accomplish. Also note that the hooks fly much slower than bullets which would give a huge advantage for an enemy trying to shoot you down.

    •Hook shooting, simply put, there is no way you could shoot those grappling hooks with such force with mechanical energy, a gunpowder device is required. Remember they are shooting steel hooks attached with steel cable. The whole thing would’ve weighed tens of kilograms fully extended. This, of course also means that the grappling hooks themselves would be more destructive than any other hand held weapon they have in the series. You could just use the grappling hook for a weapon in combat.

    •Possibly the main reason why this device would not be created is the development of it. It doesn’t matter what miracle mechanics you employ, even if it works exactly like shown in the anime, with the hooks shooting perfectly, with automatic aim, incredible winch and integrated computers to control for safety and such. One simple problem will still make it useless: How do you make sure that your hook will actually catch on? Because often they swing with a single hook, and if that were to fail, you would either collide into a break wall or fall to your death. There is of course no way to reliably engage or disengage the hooks simply because of the wide range of surfaces and situations they will encounter, without being able to change the heads. What if you hit steel plating on wooden structure? What if you hit corroded weak cement on a building ? What if you didn’t hit anything? All of these could happen at any moment, with every swing, and each of them could very likely be fatal. In short, the Three Dimensional Manoeuvre Gear just would not work well in the natural world.

    So in conclusion, it could be somewhat invented, but it would not work according to it’s anime self. But we need to remember, we are trying to create safer ways for equipping soldiers in battle, not complex, useless and dangerous ways.

    Anyways, I hope you enjoyed my first blog in my new series on this profile. If you enjoyed it please leave me some feedback because I would love to hear some. Thank you for your time!

    ~Flint the Theorist


  • Attack on Titan (Anime) Review 3

    Attack on Titan Anime Review
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    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

    Score 9/10
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    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

    Score 6/10
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    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

    Score 8/10
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    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

    Score 6/10
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    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

    Score 7/10

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    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)


  • Attack on Titan (Anime) Review 2

    Attack on Titan Anime Review

    25 episodes

    Aired from Apr 7, 2013 to Sep 28, 2013

    Rated R (according to MyAnimeList)

    Production I.G

     Attack on Titan

    Major spoilers ahead!

    Overrated. Best anime ever. The manga is better. An epic thrill ride. Stupid and bland. These are just a few of the many words that are used to describe Attack on Titan. Over the years, this anime has had many clashing opinions from both the haters and the lovers. Sort of like Sword Art Online in a way. It seems like you either love and adore it, or you despise it. For me, I thought it was a good anime, but nothing too spectacular. By now, you have probably either seen it or at least heard something about it. I know I’m a little late to the party. Still, I want to get my two cents in. Let’s get started, shall we?

    Story of Attack on Titan

    (9/10)

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    I’m sure you know the story by now. Humanity was nearly wiped out by titans years ago, thus forcing the surviving population into hiding. To keep this crisis from happening again and to survive, the survivors built three walls to withhold the titans and try to live the best life they could. All was peaceful for a long time. Until, disaster strikes humanity once again.

    A colossal titan breaks down Wall Maria. Eren, our main protagonist is forced to witness all of this, along with his mother being brutally eaten by a titan. Terror strikes him as he flees his house and his mother. The people of Wall Maria flee to Wall Rose. After making it to safety, he meets up with his two good friends: Armin and Mikasa. Eren is fed up with how humanity currently lives. He is tired of being treated like cattle. From that day forward, he swears to kill every single titan on the earth.

    Eren decides to join the military to achieve this goal. He eventually persuades his friends to do so along with him. For the next couple episodes, he is shown as a trainee with his buddies, trying to build up strength, speed, courage, and all the tools required to bring down a titan. During this time, he mentions how he has a key from his father to his basement. He doesn’t know what could be lying there, but it might give them a clue about the cause of titans and ways to destroy them all. Along with training, some back story is brought up and along with it, a little character development. Five years later, their training slows down to a halt and they are ready to do some actual work.

    The three friends are positioned along Wall Rose, checking weapons and other miscellaneous things, when a titan attacks. More chaos ensues. The combination of high paced action scenes and gritty survival, makes this arc and whole story in general very tense and always left me on the edge of my seat. A couple characters we are introduced to die during this time. One especially important character dies. Eren.

    Fast forward a episode or two, Eren comes back as a titan. I personally felt that I was cheaply tricked. The whole being able to turn into a giant titan thing that can destroy crap, made everything seem a little surreal. But, maybe that’s just me. The general sees Eren as a chance to reclaim the wall back for them so they don’t have to retreat anymore. They quickly devise a plan to plug up the hole in the wall.

    I felt the whole plug the rock in the wall was dragged out a tiny bit too long, but didn’t really subtract that much from my personal enjoyment. The plan is successful, even though Eren lost control for a second, and humanity has its first real victory against the titans. I could feel the glory and victory radiating from my screen as I watched this episode.

    Shortly afterwards, there is a trial held for Eren. To kill or to let him live? In the end, the survey corps gained control of Eren and decided to embark on a mission with him. Eren is seen as humanity’s best chance for survival. I feel like Eren is sort of Gary Stuish, but I’ll get to that when I review the characters. He felt a wee bit perfect for just being a kid.

    The survey corps then explore the outside of the walls. They created a “human radar” warning system to try to minimize loses. I loved the clever idea of that. Everything goes well for a while with the system in effect. Sadly, they then have to face a female titan who is intelligent and drives them to the great forest. Fighting and running happens. Characters die. A depressing, but exhilarating arc. I think it was my favorite, as I felt captivated the whole time. For each character, there felt like there is a chance that they could die suddenly. That’s what I love about this anime and what it does extremely well. You just don’t know what is going to happen next.

    In the end, they make it back to the city and eventually capture the female there. It turns out to be Annie. At the very end of the anime, she is crystallized and they put her underground to study her. Eren and his gang are determined not to give up, and also find out what’s in the basement. A frustrating ending, indeed.

    I loved the story that Attack on Titan had. The suspense, the emotions of the characters, and the grim fate of it all made me fall in love with the story. The world was built each episode and it felt like it was all put together very solidly. The end of each episode always kept me guessing. The action scenes were excellent too. There are still many unanswered questions that will hopefully be answered in season two. A great and suspenseful story.

    Characters of Attack on Titan

    (4.5/10)

    This to me, is what bogged the anime down a lot. The characters all felt bland and there wasn’t a whole lot of character development happening. Eren was your usual “never give up” determined dude. Mikasa had hardly any flaws. Her only flaw it seemed, was that she loved Eren and was obsessed with him. Armin was the best character on the show; having real flaws, strengths, and emotions. Most of the side characters were tossed away to be eaten by the titans! I wish they spent some more time developing the side characters, before they were merely blood stains on a window. You need to have more attachment to the charcaters before you can cry about their deaths. Anyhow, let me go onto more detail about our three main characters.

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    Eren Yeager:

    He is the main character of the story. Too bad he felt like a typical Gary Stue. During the whole story, he always ranted about how much he hated the titans and wanted to kill them all. Eren was your typical shounen character you could find anywhere. Really nothing special or new at all. When he started to turn into a titan himself, and harnessing the power, it felt like a little too much. Now it seemed like a big size and strength vs size and strength battle. He seemed too perfect for being a kid and people in the anime acted like he was the most amazing and dangerous thing on the planet. I wish there was more character development and he wasn’t as quite as bland.

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    Mikasa Ackermen:

    God, Mikasa is overpowered. She can literally take down any titan flawlessly. Like I stated before, her only flaw is having feelings for Eren, which is hardly a flaw at all. I also didn’t like how emotionless she was. At times, it felt like a rock was standing there. The only time she shows any emotions is with Eren, and even then, not that much. What is up with that? She had little to none character development during the whole anime, just being strong and perfect for no apparent reason. I enjoyed having an awesome female protagonist, but she felt too powerful and flat.

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    Armin Arlert:

    My favorite character in the whole anime. At times, he showed weakness and was terrified of the whole world it seemed. Throughout the story, he eventually found the courage and strength to bring down those titans. Sure, he cried, but is that a crime? Armin was a lot more interesting than Eren who seemed tough all the time. I personally think he should have been the main character for Attack On Titan. Would have made a more interesting show.

    Sound of Attack on Titan

    (7.5/10)

    I absolutely adore the first opening, but the second one, not as much. The first one always got me pumped for another episode of Attack on Titan. Also, the animation to go along with the opening was great too and really added to the tone of the show. The second one, I didn’t really like the singing, but by the end of the series, it started to grow on me and I enjoyed listening to it to some extent.

    Both the ending themes were pleasing to the ears, with the second one slightly better than the first one. In the first ending, I swear, the animation and emotion you get of Mikasa is the most emotion you’ll ever get out of her. That’s how cold and emotionless she is. Along with the ending themes, there is some background music in Attack on Titan. Good background music, but nothing I would listen to on its own.

    The Japanese voice actors were again excellent for this anime. I don’t have much to say for the English dubbed, as I only saw bits and pieces of episodes that were English dubbed. I thought the dub was fine, not the worst, nor the best.

    Art of Attack on Titan

    (8/10)

     

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    A lot of people debate over the art style. Some people love it and others hate it. Personally, I thought the art was quite beautiful and unique. Everything seemed to be animated smoothly, from the birds to the titan fights. There were a few still shots of the characters to save enough money to animate an amazing titan fight. Still, the animation was a very interesting style and made it stand out from other anime. The shading of the light looked magnificent. As animation goes, this was nice to look at and would make a awe-inspiring screensaver.

    Personal Enjoyment of Attack on Titan

    (7/10)

     

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    Attack on Titan had me entertained and interested in the story for most of the anime. There were a few moments were the story might have dragged a tiny bit or the characters were acting sort of stupid, but I still had a lot of fun watching it. At times, the bland and uninteresting characters did subtract from my enjoyment, but the thrill of the storyline made up for it to some extent. The action scenes also always peaked my interest. Overall, I enjoyed the anime a good amount, even though I felt like the characters dragged down the show.

    Final notes and overall rating of Attack on Titan

    (7/10)

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    Even though at times I really didn’t like the characters, I still thought Attack on Titan was a great survival story and I enjoyed all the action, wondering who would die next. Even though the idea of giant monsters eating everybody isn’t the most original idea out there, Attack on Titan portrayed the fight to survive amazingly well. The annoying thing is that the series ended without a real conclusion, but I have heard that there is a season two on its way. I hope that season will answer all our questions and maybe have more character development.

    I give this anime a 7 out of 10. I honestly wish I could give it a higher score, but the characters just weren’t that great. Characters are an extremely important thing in any show. The characters on Attack on Titan needed to have more character! (Excuse my pun.) I would recommend this show to anybody who loves an exciting survival story. I’m going to watch season two when it comes out and possible review that in the future. I also don’t know if the manga is any better, but you could check it out if you want to. I guess you could say, Attack on Titan lives up to its hype to some extent.

    ~TheDragonStar


  • Attack on Titan (Anime) Review

    Attack on Titan Anime Review

     

    Attack on Titan
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    Attack on Titan has been praised for the characters, story line, and animation. I think I watched a different story from the masses. While everyone was telling me how amazing it is, I kept waiting and got nothing. What is worse, the story is not even finished and no season two as of yet. The only thing I looked forward to was the fight scenes. I would recommend this to people who want mindless gore, no story, undeveloped characters, and “good” (?!) animation.

     

    Attack on Titan Plot

     

    Attack on Titan
    Mindless Eating

    The plot of Attack on Titan basically surrounds these three friends, Eren, Mikasa, and Armin. When they were little, human like monsters called Titans attacked the outer wall of the humans ‘cage.’ Eren’s mother was killed and he and Mikasa were forced to the second wall as most people who were evacuated. Eren’s father shows up briefly in a dream and gives Eren a shot and a key. Armin happened to make it there as well with his grandfather. His grandfather is later killed and the three decide to go into the army. They basically train for a few episodes until the same Titan attacks the second wall. Here things start to get interesting. It is five years after the first attack. Eren and his classmates are finishing up some work when the Titan suddenly appears. He takes command and orders an attack. The wall is breached none the less and Titans get into the city. Much to everyone’s surprise, Eren is eaten by a Titan. Here he turns into a Titan and begins killing other Titans. His Titan form eventually wears off, but the city belongs to the Titans still. Eren comes out the back of the Titan’s neck and Mikasa rescues him. People see him as a threat and attempt to kill him, but others see him as a secret weapon. He saves the second wall by turning into a Titan and placing a large rock in the hole. He joins the Survey Corps with everyone from his graduating class excluding a girl named Annie. The Survey Corps under Erwin’s and Levi’s control take on the challenge of taking the first wall back. Eren is used as bait instead to get a new female Titan that was discovered, but she gets away (almost with Eren!) and causes heavy casualties. They head back to basically turn Eren over to be killed due to the fact they failed the mission. Here Armin comes up with a plan to smoke the female Titan out. He discovered the female Titan was like Eren, meaning she had a human form as well. Annie turns out to be the female Titan (go figure). From here the story basically comes to a screeching stop. The one interest to me was what was in the basement at Eren’s house. That was what the key was for and could solve the problem of the Titans… The mystery of the key and how Eren is able to turn into a Titan is never answered, don’t get your hopes up.

     

    Attack on Titan Characters

     

    Attack on Titan
    Characters

    The characters of Attack on Titan are your run of the mill characters. You have the clueless hero who can turn into a badass pretty quick, Eren Jeager. He is the main character and like any other as well. You also have the quiet and dark, but yet very protective and strong female, Mikasa Ackerman. She is Eren’s friend and ‘adopted’ sister. She is really strong and very quiet like every other female character that is a good guy, but can kick your butt. Then you have Armin, the intelligent, but weak and harmless creature. These are the three main characters and they never develop at all.

    Other characters include the god-like Levi who can kill anything and never get a scratch, the handsome and yet ruthless Erwin, the crazy scientist Zoe, and the obvious ‘bad guy’, Annie. The only character that ever actually goes through a development is Jean Kirstein. He was always talking about how he would join the Military Brigade to be safe in the middle of the city. He wanted to live a life of freedom and fear of the Titans. He eventually undergoes a change and joins the Survey Corps. He has excellent leadership skills and a great personality.. well almost great.

     

    Attack on Titan Fight Scenes

     

    Attack on Titan
    Fight Scene

    The one good thing about Attack on Titan and the animation is the fight scenes. I lived for those scenes alone. They were amazing and the animation worked well here. The dark lines around the characters seemed to disappear and the onslaught began. The military plans were great and I basically loved episodes 17 through 22. It was nothing but action! I am all for blood and what not in my anime, but this one did over do it a little. Some scenes were completely unnecessary. I am just glad they didn’t show Eren’s mom being eaten. That would have been terrible.

     

    Attack on Titan was a good watch, but it does not deserve all the hype it has been receiving. Like I said the story was good, but it will be better when it is finished. The characters hopefully just didn’t have enough time to develop and maybe will later on through out the manga. The fight scenes can only get better, they are just so amazing. The 3D device is definitely a great piece of equipment to use. When the anime finishes, I feel as though it will be better, but as it stands it is not looking good at all.

     

    Overall Grade: 4/10