Alright, on this cold December day, I’m not thinking about Christmas but instead I’m thinking about about Attack On Titan!
Shingeki No Kyojin also known as Attack On Titan is an series based on humanities last kingdom, the monsters that put them there called Titans, and the fate of 3 children who no one saw coming. Eren, Mikasa, and Armin grew up inside this kingdom that is separated into 3 huge sections by enormous walls that are built to keep the Titans out. The walls are literally the Great Wall of China built several times over. However, one day a Titan the likes of which none have ever seen finally breaks the wall with ease. This is where the anime and the constant fighting (which you know I love) starts.
The anime moves quickly taking us through these kids lives as they use their anger from the love ones they lost that day to gain the strength to fight the monsters at the doorstep of humanity. The Titans are monsters that came out of nowhere and started eating everyone. Yes, that silliness is literally their story for half of the anime but you’ll find it gets a lot more interesting later on when certain other facts are revealed. Which leads me to what I believe to be the “thing” that makes this whole story shine. The plot twists are done beautifully. Unlike other anime, where I can usually see the twists coming and predict things quite a bit, this anime had my eyes popping out with some the twists the came so suddenly. I was quite impressed .
The characters from drawing to their individual stories are entertaining and a joy to watch except for the extreme crying (which is tolerable in this case) due to how quickly people die in this anime. Some of my favorite side characters are Captain Levi, Commander Pixis, Sasha, Jean, and honestly more than few others. Oddly, I don’t feel the character stories lacking like usual. The way they pieced together multiple stories at once across a span of shows instead of focusing everything on the protagonist was something I ask of all the anime I watch but simply don’t get most of the time.
The fighting is heart-pounding, blood boiling, fast! They waste no time getting the limbs and blood flying across the screen. I know I need a head scan for smiling while typing such a thing but its the truth. From how well they put together the fighting using the weird, gas powered Maneuver Gear to the actual Titans battling out and ripping up the town was incredible. The fight between Eren and Annie is a true highlight of the series. After the 1st few episodes, I was hooked even though the murder of Eren’s mother was hard to look at even for me. 😯
Shingeki No Kyojin is a wild ride that (you guessed it) doesn’t end with the last episode of the anime but continues the action in the manga which is a must read. If this litte review doesn’t encourage you, just turn on the 1st episode and that music will lock you in! 😉