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Attack on Titan - The Review

If you’re on the lookout for a new anime to sink your otaku brain into, Attack on Titan would be it. As a matter of fact, I have no idea what rock you’ve been living under if you haven’t already heard of the raving reviews of this anime. If you haven’t watched it, don’t even bother reading this article. Just go find the first episode and watch it. Now. Trust me. You will not be disappointed.

On the other hand, if you’re like me and prefer to know what you’re getting yourselves into before you jump on the bandwagon, then by all means. Read on. After all, I can’t lie and say I don’t like my articles to be read.

Apart from the fact that the English title of the anime seems to be worded in a strange way (because in my head, Attack on the Titans sound better), 進撃の巨人 or Shingeki no Kyojin is a manga adaptation that, up to date, has 11 subbed episodes and is still ongoing. You can read all about it on this wiki but beware that there are heavy spoilers.

The gist of the plot is this:

Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly wiped out by gigantic creatures that appeared from out of nowhere. These creatures resembled the humans themselves and were known as Titans, or Kyojin

No one knew what they were or where they came from, or how they even came to be. And while these gigantic creatures seem to hold very little intelligence, have the typical speed of a sloth and the regeneration abilities like your typical vampire, underestimating them will only lead you to be devoured.


They eat humans, much like Luffy from One Piece eats meat. And we all know how Luffy loves his meat. Whole or in pieces, bones and all. Raw. Apparently to the Titans, humans are absolutely scrumptious. They won’t even touch animals. 

In any case, the surviving people managed to ward off the Titans by barricading themselves within a large, seemingly impenetrable stone fortress with walls taller than the tallest giant.

Over a 100 years of safety, humans became complacent thinking that the Titans will never get to them. Either the creatures are immortal or they can live on sunlight alone, and this leads to a theory that the Titans prey on humans not as a food source, but because they can considering that animals outside the fortress were left untouched.

And because the story wouldn’t be interesting if there’s nothing more to it other than the giants photosynthesizing beyond the borders of human civilisation, one fine day, a behemoth of a giant appeared out of nowhere and came gate crashing.

When stone crumbled, so did peace.

It was during this chaos that our teen hero and heroine, Eren Jaeger and his adopted sister, Mikasa Ackerman witnessed the horrific scene of Eren’s mother being eaten alive. And with their childhood friend cum sidekick, Armin Arlert, they joined the military, the last bastion against an all out annihilation. 

Now, there are countless of tales where The End of Time as We Know It have been showcased in many versions. We can never get enough of such gripping stories, be it in the literary form or moving images on our screens. I’m guessing almost everyone has thought about the end times via an invasion at least once. 

But never before, at least not to my knowledge, have we seen a version where giants are featured so prominently. It has always been some alien creature, or zombies, and there have been a lot of those zombie apocalypse in the media. Not creatures that practically look like you and me, only times 100 in size, naked, and with no reproductive organs.

That’s what drew me in first - the mystery surrounding the Titans. What exactly are they? Can they in fact be some form of human evolution? (If they are, I think I’ll pass. I don’t wish to deal with the whole cannibalism thing, and the lack of intelligence, not to mention the... nakedness, and oh, the overall creepy factor because have you seen their faces??? That’s some creepy crap right there.)

After the first episode, you will be hooked. It is definitely packed with action. There’s the mystery factor I mentioned earlier (as well as the mystery with our hero, Eren, but I won’t spoil you with it). Romance is quite negligible so far but that’s alright because this is not a romantic story.

Also, you don’t need to be a genius to understand the story because this is not sci-fi so there’s no need to understand how weapons and technology work or how some sort of complicated system in this world work. They have gone back to basics and weapons include the usual array of swords and guns and cannons, and good old fashioned strategy. 

If you’re the kind of person I am who doesn’t care much about how weapons work as much as that they do work and they work brilliantly, then you’re good.

And then there’s the emotional element because, hello, people are dying, being eaten alive, screaming and wriggling worms caught in the prison of some very huge teeth. The emotions brought out in this anime are rather thought-provoking. And I’d rather not admit this but... well, I cried in the very first episode. Yes, I did. Now forget I said that.

When you watch it, at least before you get desensitized by the whole gory scenes, you can actually feel the choking horror that these characters are feeling. When a major crisis is happening, in this case when the environment you were sure was safe becomes the worst place imaginable, you can put yourself in these imaginary people’s shoes and know that something needs to be done and fast. You will feel the sense of urgency, the battle not just against a threat to your way of life, but a battle with your own paralyzing fear.

The biggest question will be: How much are you willing to sacrifice to protect your way of life? And that, I think, is pretty much the one question we, as humans, will always have to seek answers to.    

All in all, I think the creator of this story has done a good job in the emotions department. Once again, if you haven’t gotten to this series yet, put it on your must-watch list. And then come back and tell me how you like it.

Written by Deviliscious

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