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I am a casual viewer of anime, and I have high standards for actually investing my time into one. I don’t exactly hate anime, but many of the anime tropes can turn me off from an otherwise good story line. Attack on Titan succeeds in avoiding the randomly inserted distractions that many other anime series have.
Attack on Titan is only 15 episodes in out of an assumed 26, and so far it has pulled me right in. The story revolves around Eren Yeager and his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman, and I was pleasantly surprised that there was not an incest sub plot with those two. They live within an extremely large set of walls that protect a series of cities and massive farm lands from gigantic ominous creatures called “Titans”. The Titans are the main antagonists of the series that are massive human like creatures, and exist only to consume humans. Eren and Mikasa have a sense of safety and complacency within the walls, until a colossal Titan appears one day and shatters their world.
Without giving anything away, I will say the plot will keep you on the edge of your seat most of the time. There is a great balance between action and suspense in that it never relies too heavily on either for too long. I also find the character development to be interesting and genuine, rather than cheesy and melodramatic.
Combat in this setting is based off a device called the, “Three Dimensional Maneuver Gear” that allows soldiers to fly through combat zones similar to that of Spiderman or the Metal Benders from Legend ofKorra. The way they animate this style of combat is both simplistic and fluid. I can really sense the speed and skill that is happening in the scene.
One of the things I like the most about this series is that it is able to make distinct characters without making them look and act ridiculous. Everyone is wearing very practical clothing, and the military uniforms are not gender-morphic. Men still look like men, and women still look like women, they just don’t look over the top. I know a lot of people complain that women in anime/video games/comics don’t wear the right clothes, but when you see them wearing normal clothes it is almost a shock. This character set is proof that you can have distinct looking characters without resorting to “unique” outfits, or having purple hair. I really appreciate how each person in the show is an actual character with a real personality and not a caricature. There isn’t going to be those moments where the characters suddenly turn into hyper stylized versions of themselves crying or laughing.
They even apply accurate diversity to the Titans. These large human looking monsters are quite eire, with a sort of uncanny valley look. They have too many teeth and their faces are always not quite right. Normally in anime, and really most mediums of story telling, the way to differentiate the enemy is by making them in certain categories and making those categories look dramatically different. It does work in creating diversity, but really you are only getting different types of bad guys. Sometimes it takes way more effort to make the same type of bad guys look distinct from one another rather than making several types dramatically different then copy pasting them. I am picking up on some parental imagery as well but I am not quite sure what that means yet.
Overall I would recommend this series to any anime fan, and maybe as an introduction to someone who is not into anime. I really do love anime, I just hate the anime bullshit. If you already have a hulu plus or funimation account, you can watch it on your TV with your game console, Roku box, or Smart tv. If you don’t have any of that, you will be able to find it online and watch it from your computer. There are a ton of sites that are streaming the series legally.