Remember how I said when I look for a series to review at the end of a season that I wouldn’t go for the one show EVERYONE has to review? Well, I got a request a few months ago as to my thoughts on this one. I have a problem with saying no to people.
Attack on Titan is a 25 episode Action/Fantasy series based on the ongoing manga by Hajime Isayama beginning in 2009. An ongoing light novel series by Suzukaze Ryo was released in December of 2011. As for the series, it is directed by Tetsuro Araki and animated by Wit Studio and Production I.G. and aired during the Spring-Summer 2013 season. As of this review, Attack on Titan is licensed by Madman Entertainment (AUS), Manga UK (UK), and FUNimation Entertainment (US) with FUNi already planning a DVD release for next year. Four video game adaptations are scheduled for release in Japan later this year.
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|One badass lady, coming up!|
*sigh* Ok. Attack on Titan’s story. What am I to say about it’s story? When I did my initial Impressions for this show in the Spring, I liked it. It wasn’t my favorite at the time, that went to Devil is a Part Timer, but I enjoyed what I saw and wanted to see more of it. And then there was a point where we lose our main character before half way point of the series. And then my mind went into the one place where I didn’t want it to go (mind you, I haven’t read the manga), and I made a prediction about where the show was going to go. I had hoped to god that it wasn’t going to go there, but it did. From then on, I wanted to kill things because it was so damn predictable it wasn’t funny. I’m going to predict the problem the series had here. I mentioned that this series was directed by Tetsuro Araki. If that name doesn’t sound familiar, then let’s look at a couple other works. DeathNote. High School of the Dead. See the problem? Granted I do love DeathNote and HOTD was a lot of fun, but the direction isn’t really all that wonderful in either of them. DeathNote died in its second half, and HOTD is, well, HOTD. This doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for hope with Attack on Titan. What the major problem Attack on Titan has is the story long arcs, Trost and the 57th Expedition in particular. They just seem to drag on with almost no hope of ending. However, I do have to give some credit to the series because whenever I felt like it was at that point where I didn’t want to watch it anymore, a very jaw dropping episode happens and I am instantly hooked again. When we reach the end of the series, it does bring a nice conclusion to that current arc of the show but it still does leave a decent amount of questions. I guess we have to wait it out until the inevitable second season.
|Ya know, when Jean isn't being a dirt bag...|
|Ya know, when Armin doesn't lack self confidence...|
|Hanji and Levi. They sum up the Survey Corps rather well.|
Attack on Titan has been causing a lot of debate, similar to last summer’s big show, Sword Art Online. Either you are in the camp where it is the best thing ever or the camp where it is complete and utter garbage. I’ve mentioned a number of flaws this series has, and they are a huge problem from making this the best thing ever. However, I can also see the other side of this debate, and rather clearly. Yes, for all the gripes I have with Attack on Titan, this is a rather enjoyable show! It keeps you on your toes and at the edge of your seat several times over the course of twenty five episodes and it was wonderful! I will admit that I got pissed at the show for all those faults I mentioned before, but when a series manages to keep you entertained then some people may not notice the glaring flaws all that much. Also, I can see this as a good series for some new people can start with. When one of my roommates moved in, a friend of hers saw my Attack on Titan manga poster and started getting excited about it cause he’d been following the show. And I’m making a wild guess that he’s not much of an anime person to begin with. So as bad as some of the writing may be, I can at least forgive it a little for being so damn entertaining... But only a little...
By the end of the Titan invasion, Attack on Titan is an extremely predictable but rather epic series which is pretty much in line with Araki’s other popular works. It looks wonderful with empathize on where it needs to be, though the writing is something to be desired, Once again, I’ll say that this is a good show for new anime fans to get into because of how entertaining it is. For those who have been around the block a little longer, it’s fun but not really rewatch worthy. But, hey, take it as you will.
Next time, we take a journey to the North with the Gentleman of the Night. Until then, otaku on my friends!
Final Rating- 7/10 An action show that takes too long but is great popcorn material.
Special Thanks to LAR reader Callie Jane for the request!