Anime Review: Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) Season 1

Episodes: 25
Genre: fantasy, action, drama, shounen
Related Words: fighting, titans, walls, villages
Rating: 4/5

Centuries ago, mankind was slaughtered to near extinction by monstrous humanoid creatures called titans, forcing humans to hide in fear behind enormous concentric walls. What makes these giants truly terrifying is that their taste for human flesh is not born out of hunger but what appears to be out of pleasure. To ensure their survival, the remnants of humanity began living within defensive barriers, resulting in one hundred years without a single titan encounter. However, that fragile calm is soon shattered when a colossal titan manages to breach the supposedly impregnable outer wall, reigniting the fight for survival against the man-eating abominations.

After witnessing a horrific personal loss at the hands of the invading creatures, Eren Yeager dedicates his life to their eradication by enlisting into the Survey Corps, an elite military unit that combats the merciless humanoids outside the protection of the walls. 

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General Review (Without Spoilers)

I’ve never really liked gore anime, or gore in general, but recently, I’ve been trying to watch more Shounen to get more of a feel of it. And Attack on Titan really impressed me. Though there were scenes that were more than disturbing to say the least, I really enjoyed following the characters, the plot as they fought against these huge titans that caused them so much pain.

It arose a ton of questions, and at times, I really didn’t know what was happening because the confusion was too much, but the development of the characters, especially Eren, really pulled through and it was interesting to watch. I wanted to see what happened to these characters and what they would do. I’d definitely recommend this anime to any action anime lovers, but there is a lot of violence going on, so beware of gore, if you aren’t too into that kind of thing.

Full Review (*With Spoilers*)

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The anime first starts off with a titan’s hand on the wall, then flashes back to a few hours ago right before Eren’s village is totally destroyed by Titans. The first half of the episode was nice, but towards the end, it got really serious and blood was shedded left and right.

Eren’s mother got eaten (and it was very graphic), his father is who knows where, and Eren is left with Mikasa to flee and survive. The next few episodes, we see Eren, Mikasa, and Armin train in order to fight the titans.

By then, so many questions popped up. How did they build the wall? Who built it? What exactly are the titans? Where do they come from? How do they reproduce? Are there humans outside the wall? Are they in walls too? Etc…

I guess that was my main problem with the series, that I had too many questions. But due to that fact, that also allowed me to become more into the anime than I though would have been possible. With all these questions, I wanted answers, but not even half of them were answers by the end of the series.

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I thought the beginning of the series was a little bit slow, but it really picked up towards the middle and end, when Eren turned into a titan, was put into the Scouting Regiment, and then discovered that there was another person who could turn into a titan like him.

This world that they lived in was very uncertain, for both the audience and the characters themselves. And I felt that was very effective that it kept me watching. All the characters as well, such as Levi, Mikasa, were well written. They had different personalities, different goals, but worked together to protect one another. There were a lot of shocking moments, but all in all, I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to season 2.

Rating

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Have you watched Attack on Titan? What did you think of the show?

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