Title: Shingeki no Kyojin / Attack on Titan / 進撃の巨人
Type: TV Series, 25 Episodes
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Drama
Themes: Dystopia, Gore, Military, Post-apocalyptic, Shapeshifting, Steampunk, Tragedy
Year: 07.04.2013 till 28.09.2013
Producers: Wit Studio, Production I.G
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
Plot: Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by giants. Giants are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by enclosing themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of giants. Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a giant in over 100 years. Teenage boy Eren and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a super giant that appears out of thin air. As the smaller giants flood the city, the two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Eren vows that he will murder every single giant and take revenge for all of mankind.
2013 seemed to me a dull year after the blast we had last year and I wasn’t as eager as I was in mostly all seasons of 2012. Furthermore I got my hands full most the summer so I wasn’t catching up with the shows. But there’s always this series you have to keep an eye on it and you always find that 20 minute spot in your busy day to just squeeze it in. Shingeki no Kyojin is one of those anime series. It has one thing that the anime industry seem to neglect in this era, it’s entertaining from the opening theme to the ending. It’s epic, tragetic, fast paced action, and gory. All that with a historic trait, it’s perfectly produced.
I was reading the manga about a month before the anime was first aired, and I reached almost where the anime ended. Every chapter I finished I was like please be animated as you are, please no more additions nor omitting just to meet the “moe” standards. Thankfully it was perfectly depicted the way it is in the manga. The episodes that has no action, which are very few, has an alright art. And the ones with action has an amazing art and one of the best amazing action scenes you’d ever see in anime; for a TV series it’s pretty cool. That Spiderman like jumping from building to building and sliding is flawless especially accompanied with blood bursting music; it’s the perfect definition for adrenaline rush.
Shingeki no Kyojin has more than one leading character, and each and everyone of them should be the main character. The story revolves around Eren but Mikasa, Armin, and Levi are the reason behind the popularity of the series. The 25 episodes ended with a hint that there’s a second season for sure, plus it can’t end that way, although there’s still no official announcement about the second season. There are a lot of ambiguous events happened and weren’t explained enough and most of all I’d love to see those guys on my screen for a long time to come.