Attack on Titan
|Attack on Titan|
Cover art of the first volume of the manga
|Original Manga||Hajime Isayama|
|Format||Anime (TV), Manga|
|Magazine||Bessatsu Shounen Magazine|
|Made By||Wit Studio, Production I.G|
|Episode Length||24 minutes|
|# of Episodes||25|
|# of Manga Volumes||11 (ongoing)|
Sum it up in a Sentence:
Bad-ass story about titan-slaying.
Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by titans. Titans are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for mindless pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by walling themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls; even taller than the biggest of titans.
Flash forward to the present; the city has not seen a titan in over 100 years. 9 year-old boy Eren and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are breached by a colossal titan that appears out of thin air. As the smaller titans flood the city, the two children watch in horror as their mother is trapped and eaten alive in the ensuing invasion. It is then that Eren vows that he will murder every single titan and take revenge for all of mankind.
The protagonist of the series. He has green eyes and brown hair, and is typically headstrong and emotional. After his town was attacked by the Collosus Titan when he was 9 years old, he has sworn an unrelenting revenge against all titans.
A girl with black hair and gray eyes, she excels at combat and keeps a calm demeanor. She was adopted by Eren's family at a young age, and is very protective and attached to Eren.
A boy with blond hair and blue eyes, he is Eren's best friend despite being physically weak. Although lacking in self-esteem, he has a brilliant tactician's mind, and is willing to follow his friends anywhere they go.
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This series is pretty awesome. One of its greatest strengths is how well thought out and developed the setting is. You can tell how much effort the author put into the world-building and it doesn't feel like the setting merely exists as a convenient plot element generator. The plot itself is interesting, and encourages lot of speculation. The action is also pretty great. Its an all-around good series, and I highly recommend checking it out.
Although not as bad as series like Naruto or other long-running shonen, the anime series does suffer a few bouts of dragged out internal monologue. The frustration is probably a testament to how much you'd want to keep finding out about this world though, so if it's too slow for you, you might want to go ahead and read the manga. Otherwise, if you stick around for when action does happen in the anime, it is wonderfully detailed (thanks to Production I.G) and happens more frequently despite my misgivings about the dragging parts.
The best thing about this anime is the relatively original setting and the overarching mystery. The giant designs are genuinely creepy. Unfortunately, the rest is pretty bland - a 'chosen one' protagonist, pointless drama that leads nowhere and the plot's over-reliance on cliffhangers to keep the viewer interested. I couldn't bring myself to care for any of these cardboard cutout teenage giant killers over the course of the whole run. The manga may be a different beast entirely but as it stands, the anime in its own right is pretty awful and I can't recommend Attack on Titan to anyone.