Friday, May 23, 2014

Attack On Titan: Still Playing Catch-Up With an Awesome Animé (with primer for new people)

I wasn't really into anime in my younger years, except maybe Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh!, but I knew several titles existed; I just didn't know if I could really get into them. I'd been contemplating about maybe checking out Full Metal Alchemist, but I found out about a newer one several months ago. After watching the first episode, I got hooked to "Attack on Titan" (Japanese name "Shingeki no Kyojin").

For those unfamilar with it, animé is a style of Japanese animation. Japanese animé encompasses several shows, ranging from the more familiar "Pokémon", "Sailor Moon", and "Dragon Ball Z" shows to more specialized shows such as "Full Metal Alchemist", "Bleach", "Neon Genesis Evangelion", and "Naruto". Usually, animé focuses on more serious subject matter, though there are usually some comedic moments in individual episodes. Characters usually follow similar design styles, though different styles are often used to distinguish certain character archetypes from others (a serious, diligent character will have sharper, narrower eyes with thick, straight edges, whereas a more innocent character will have larger, rounder eyes and thinner curves).

"Attack on Titan" focuses on Eren Jaeger, who lost his mother during an attack of gigantic monsters named Titans on the city where all of humankind lives. The Titans are human-like and devour humans purely out of bloodlust, having done so for nearly a century after suddenly appearing with no explanation. Eren's friends, Armin Arlert and Mikasa Ackermann, join him in pursuing a career in the military, vying to join the corps that specifically venture into the outside world to try and kill Titans. Attack on Titan is filled with plot twists, character development, and artistic form that really makes it stand out from other shows.

I truly enjoy "Attack on Titan", and I can't wait to be fully caught up! If you've been meaning to get into animé and want a serious start, this is a great way to jump in! While the voices are in Japanese (the series is being translated into English soon), there are subtitles so you can still follow along!


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