Anime Review: Attack on Titan
When humanity is hunted, it’s time to fight back. Living within Walls, humans live a bleak life, living off rations, whilst the Titans come swaming in, feasting on humans – All whilst not needing to eat them to survive. A cruel, bleak world, with a really interesting overall premise, Attack on Titan is a gritty, brutal series filled with interesting characters. It’s been around for a while, but I’ve recently been checking it out for the first time on Crunchyroll.
|Genre||Shonen, Action, Dark Fantasy|
||Attack on Titan|
Being prey for the devastating titans, humanity is constantly on the defensive. Over many years, humans have trained to defend their walls against the onslaught from the huge beasts. From 4-metre class titans, up to a ridiculous 120-metre titan, these beasts set out with just one purpose in mind – To eat humans, not for food, not because they needed to, but simply for the lust of killing.
Eren Jaeger was just a young child when he witnessed the horrific events of the Fall of Shiganshina. His mother was killed by one of the titans, leaving him and his adoptive sister, Mikasa Ackerman, to be rescued. Now, filled with complete rage and contempt for the titans, Eren swears to not rest until he has killed every titan. He sets on a path to train to become one of the Survey Corp, to fight the titans and ensure he has killed them all.
Art and Animation
Attack on Titan has a really strong art style; the backdrops and scenery is generally rather pleasant. They’re well defined, taking on a relatively realistic view. It’s typical that buildings have a sort of washed out look to them, especially when they’re not important to the story in any way. Instead, the only time anything in the background stands out is when it’s a necessity. From buildings to trees, you name it, if it’s important it slightly stands out.
This is why the art style and animation behind the characters is so intriguing. Again, all of the important characters feel like they’ve been emphasised. Below, you’ll see some images taken from Attack on Titan, including Eren who is often rendered with a very heavily anime look about him – I.E it’s as if he has a strong black outline around him at all times, helping him stick out. The same can be said for all characters of importance to each scene – See if you agree:
Just going to say, I love the opening theme. It’s emblematic of a typical shonen anime, insofar as it possessed a high-paced and frenetic energy. The lyrics translated are very on-the-nose about the anime, including a line that effectively translates to “You are the food and we are the hunters”. Anyway, have a listen, if you’re looking for something to build your hype up to, then this may be the tune for you.
A long while back, I couldn’t get into Attack on Titan. I tried back then, but you know accessing it via any means was actually not as simple as booting up Crunchyroll – At least, when I went to watch it, it wasn’t really available (perhaps they didn’t have the UK license back then, I’m not sure, I just remember not being able to access it). In any event, I also wasn’t too big on the theme; I thought it was too bleak.
Now that I’ve sat down and watched Attack on Titan properly, I feel that I missed out on that initial sense of excitement others did. Oh sure, it is still a very bleak anime, with lots of grim moments, but trust me, it’s so well executed with likable and hugely memorable characters that you can look past that. Instead, it adds some much needed and seriously real drama – Will your favourites be eaten?
As ever though, if you’re a big Attack on Titan fan, share your thoughts in the comments. If you’ve never seen the series, you can watch all of Season 1 and 2 for free on Crunchyroll and Season 3 is also up now, so what are you waiting for? Now’s as good a time as any! Alternatively, give us a comment on Facebook or Twitter. Let’s keep it spoiler free!