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Attack on titan review
What makes a good anime?
Of course, a combination of plot, characters, and since we're talking about animation here, the quality of the animation as well as the art style. Many anime or manga fans have heard about Attack on Titan recently, as lately it's been all the rage. In this article I will tell you all about this show, what makes it so amazing, and why so many people are obsessed.
The plot of Attack on titan is truly creative. In recent years, it seems everyone has been so obsessed with vampires and werewolves in both Western and Asian culture that Hajime Isayama seems to be the first one to consider another species that threatens the being of the human race- Giants. Called 'Titans' in the story, these monsters eat humans not for survival but for pleasure, and have all but obliterated the human race. Humans live in only a small area protected by three layers of stone walls, with anything outside of those walls considered deadly 'titan territory'.
The plot focuses on Eren Jaeger and his journey, a boy who, since a young age, has yearned to see the beauty of the outside world. But with the attack of the colossal titan, who destroyed the outermost layer of the walls and annihilated his home, his simple wishes grew to a powerful ambition- to kill all the titans and restore humans to their former glory. To achieve his goals, he joins the survey corps, an organization that ventures out to titan territory with special titan killing gears and strives to destroy potentially hazardous titans as well as to learn more about them.
The plot Isayama has created is intriguing and powerful. It explores the meaning of life as well as the true nature of power. Is ignorance and a false sense of security truly bliss, or should we venture out to the front lines and fight for our own freedom? Should loyalty be placed over justice? What is worth giving your life for?
I won't give any spoilers, but the story of Attack on titan is truly amazing, and made me think a lot. There are many unexpected plot twists that will keep you on your feet the entire time. It's a great mix of everything- Action, tragedy, suspense, horror, and even a bit of humor and romance, making it a well incorporated plot overall.
Isayama does a great job with the character designs as well. The main character, Eren Jaegar, is a spirited boy full of determination, loyalty, and a strong sense of justice. Like many main protagonists, he has his flaws, but never gives up. He's full of courage, but has a dark past, giving his character depth.
The characters of Attack on titan are extremely creative. I think Isayama really tried to make each character unique, with their own personalities and quirks, and I must say, his efforts were successful. Many of the characters are dynamic, changing their viewpoints and growing throughout the series, and each one had their own back story, making the story exceptionally engaging.
One of the things I liked most about Attack on Titan is how much you become attached to each of the characters. Although many, many characters (no spoilers) die in the course of the story, Isayama never fails to create a new, heart wrenching experience every time. Each of the characters have their own place in the story- their own special niche, and none of them are easily replaced, giving the story true depth and realism.
Art & Animation
The art of the series is very unique. It's not your typical wide eyed shoujo anime or the dragon ball z type muscle packed shounen anime... The art of Attack on titan is somewhat similar in scope to the art of Naruto, where each character has their distinct features, but everything is relatively realistic in proportion.
I really loved the scenery in Attack on titan. There are a couple of scenes in every episode where the manga art is replaced by extremely detailed and intricate artwork, whether it's zooming in on a titan's face or a mountain scenery in the background, and it really gives the anime vividness.
The animation of the series though, I must say, is probably what draws the most attention. The maneuver gears in action are truly an awesome sight to behold, and the titan fighting scenes will take your breath away. The epic soundtracks in the anime adds to the effect, and the sound effects are perfect as well. The animation of Attack on Titan is probably the best out of all of the animations I've seen this year.
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