What to Watch: Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan is the first anime to capture my full attention since Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. The general concept behind the show is that the “Titans”, humanoid naked man-baby’s the size of buildings (missing reproductive organs), have taken over the world. In fact, the entire human population currently resides within three protective walls built to prevent the titans from annihilating the entirety of the human race. Titans are ruthless yet simpleminded. They exist for the sole purpose of eating human beings. From this, Attack on Titan has one of the most grim and disturbing vibes an anime has ever given me. The utter despair that the citizens, military and protagonists live through can’t properly be conveyed through text.

What goes a long way in the current era we live in is unpredictability. Attack on Titan has no bars held. Like a character? Now they’re dead. Think you have a good idea of what’s going on? Too bad, you were wrong and didn’t expect that twist. In the first 20 episodes, hundreds of people have died, the protagonists have aged years, and the show hasn’t slowed down whatsoever with plot development. Unlike most shows of today, there are no filler episodes. The plot has simply continued to thicken.

Attack on Titan’s artwork and voice acting is top notch. Each character can be defined by both looks and attitude, and they all add to the lovable team the story follows. Action scenes are explosively fast paced, and a joy to watch, while emotional moments are reflected well with the constant despair the characters carry.

Do yourself a favor. Watch Attack on Titan.


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