Sunday, October 25, 2015

5 Reasons Why You Should Be Watch “Attack on Titan” and so Popular

Attack on Titan  is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. The series began in Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine on September 9, 2009, and has been collected into 17 tankōbon volumes as of August 2015. It is set in a world where humanity lives inside cities surrounded by enormous walls as a defense against the Titans, gigantic humanoids that eat humans seemingly without reason. The story initially centers on Eren Yeager, his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman and childhood friend Armin Arlert, who joins the military to fight the Titans after their home town is invaded and Eren's mother is eaten. However, as the story progresses and the truths about the Titans are slowly revealed to the reader, the narrative shifts to encompass Historia Reiss, squad leader Levi, and other supporting characters.

5 Reasons Why You Should Be Watch “Attack on Titan” and so Popular

The story of Attack on Titan centers around the adventures of Eren Yeager, his foster sister, Mikasa Ackerman, and their childhood friend, Armin Arlert. After the wall which protects their hometown of Shinganshina is breached by Titans, Eren watches in horror as one of them eats his mother. Vowing to kill all the Titans, Eren enlists in the military, along with his friends.

The Attack on Titan movie is finally here so it’s not too late to pick up the anime or manga; in fact, now is the perfect time for a newcomer to make a movie! Attack on Titan was one of the most memorable anime series of 2013 and it’s season two became the most hyped of season of 2016, and if you haven’t picked up this series then you are seriously missing out. But what is it that makes it so popular? Today, we’re gonna break down the show to see what is it that hooks people (and might hook you) so much. So here’s our top 5 reasons why you should be watching this. 


Sure, apocalyptic shows like The Walking Dead seem to be in lately and the concept of a species threatening to extinguish humanity is not exactly new. But the way the story is told and executed is really good. Also, the plot keeps changing and growing with every episode so it’s never the same. Everytime you get used to a certain scenario, something will happen that will change the landscape completely. This especially goes for episodes 1 to 10, after that, the pacing is a bit off. But it’s still thrilling and interesting nonetheless.

5 Reasons Why You Should Be Watch “Attack on Titan” and so Popular

Without giving too much away, I’ll say that Attack on Titan is one of those shows that is full of plot twists and nothing is what it looks like. We’re asked lots of questions from the beginning and we are given lots of mysteries like “what was Eren’s father hiding in the basement?”.


On the other hand, if you re-watch the first episodes after you’ve finished and even read the manga, you’ll come to appreciate this fact. You eventually learn their names, faces, stories and you’re worried that they’re gonna kill your favourites (because yeah, Attack on Titan is very similar to Game of Thrones or Supernatural in that aspect). So the fact that there’s so many characters and backstories only makes the show even more rich and interesting.

5 Reasons Why You Should Be Watch “Attack on Titan” and so Popular

Of course you have the show’s primary protagonist, Eren Jaeger. The poor guy watched his mother get swallowed by a titan as a boy and now intends to wipe out all the titans, a goal anyone could get behind if it weren’t for how absolutely insane it is. However, Eren has an indomitable determination to see this plan through, even if it kills him in the process. It’s this determination, despite how nuts it may be, that inspires others to keep fighting when there seems to be no hope. However, my personal favorite character is Eren’s adopted sister Mikasa. She’s such an absolute badass, she’s by far one of the most proficient titan killers on the show, that it’s hard not to like her. Of course, there are others, and they are all surprisingly likable to varying degrees, even the antagonists are easy to sympathize with. It’s just a pity so many of them have to die…


The first thing I noted when I became aware of Attack On Titan was just how weird the titans are. They’re giant, naked humanoids with no genitals and some deformed features. Some of them don’t even have skin, which is somehow less unsettling than the average naked versions which populate the world. I was immediately taken off guard with the design of these creatures, and at first it seemed a bit silly. I mean, compare Attak On Titan‘s titans to other giant monsters seen in popular culture and most would initially think the former’s titans are a lot less menacing.

5 Reasons Why You Should Be Watch “Attack on Titan” and so Popular

OK, this is actually what first got my attention and the reason I got into this show. I remember seeing this panel from the manga (not gonna put it here cause it’s spoilery) and I was really creeped out. The enemy in this story are titans. Titans are human-looking giants (with no genitals) who wander around eating humans for no reason. They’re believed to not have any kind of intelligence. And they’re creepy, REAL CREEPY: This is not some show about a bunch of friends fighting evil and having a good time. These people are TRAUMATIZED, they face horror everyday. They watch their friends get eaten in the most sadistic way. If you add that to the awesome animation, this is one of the reasons why this show feels so real and makes you so invested in the story. The show has lots of violence and gore. It’s not too bad, but it’s more than you usually see on popular animes. So if you’re too sensitive to gore and blood… yeah, don’t watch this.


Not only do the resulting fight scenes look frantic and amazing, but the very premise of this technology helps solidify just how incredibly badass the characters have to be just to use the gear, let alone fight titans with it. The training alone is incredibly rigorous, and more than a few people die as a result. It’s yet another little piece of world building that shows how incredibly dire humanity’s situation is, and how much it hardens the characters. Plus, we get to see people swinging around like Spider-Man fighting monsters the size of skyscrapers. If that doesn’t sound awesome to you that may be a sign that you’re a heartless machine.

5 Reasons Why You Should Be Watch “Attack on Titan” and so Popular

One of the more inspired aspects of the series is the way humanity fights the titans. While most of the technology showcased in Attack On Titan is on par with medieval or Victorian technology, the soldiers who must battle titans utilize a system of gas powered grappling hooks to swing from buildings, trees, and, yes, even titans. Essentially, this 3D maneuvering gear turns these soldiers into Spider-Man, if Spider-Man was a ninja who wielded a pair of swords, which honestly sounds like a Marvel spin-off that should have been made already.


The character designs are also rather notable considering the show’s large cast of characters. Everyone has a distinct look to them, and while their body types were a little too similar than I’d like the movement and expressions gave them all very unique identities. The action is also very well done with striking animations of the martial arts the characters utilize as well as incredibly fast paced animations of the characters swinging and jumping from buildings. And, as mentioned before, the titans are unbelievably creepy, with zombie-like expressions and distorted movements that continue to accentuate that uncanny valley feeling they produce. However, there are some instances where the animation quality drops here and there but it is overall top notch.

5 Reasons Why You Should Be Watch “Attack on Titan” and so Popular

The overall quality of the art and animation in this show is some of the best I’ve seen in a long time. When it comes to the setting the show really revels in the architecture of the walled in cities, which seem inspired by European architecture in the medieval and Victorian eras. However, it’s the overall tone the animation conveys that really stands out. For instance,  the show cleverly contrasts the buildings in the cities, where most of the fighting takes place, with the open fields explored in later episodes. The vast fields feel horribly empty, not because the animation is terrible but because without buildings or trees to swing on our heroes are hopelessly limited when trying to fight titans. It’s the opposite of claustrophobia, in a way, as when they enter a forest the trees are tall and close together, which give more of a sense of security. And all of these settings are beautiful to behold.

The drawing and the computer-made animation were one of the first things that caught my eye when I first started watching this anime. The colours are incredibly vivid, the drawing is very detailed and the animations and crazy camera angles during the fast action sequences are just sick. It actually makes you feel like you were there. And if you don’t believe how real it feels, check out this, this, and this. Also, these gifs for the crazy animation:

In conclusion, you should at least give this show a chance. Try watching the first episode and I guarantee you that you’ll have to watch the next one immediately. Attack on Titan is still a reasonably new show and it’s very easy to catch up with it quickly and start reading the manga as well.



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