Anime Review – Attack on Titan

attack-on-titan-series-image-With-BorderStrap on your harness and get ready to launch into action. No…not that kind of action. We’re not talking sex here, but uhh, Attack on Titan is definitely the next best thing. But don’t quote me on that.

From the minute you sit down with your popcorn and press play you’ll be hooked. You’ll sit there, wide eyed with zombie-like movements as your hand burrows into your popcorn. Only then something insane will happen in Attack on Titan. The popcorn goes flying and you remind yourself you’re way too hot to be a zombie.

So what makes Attack on Titan so immersive? Firstly there’s the plot. It’s simple yet fascinating, thought-provoking and rather dark. It gives you hints while keeping you guessing. This anime knows how to keep you on your toes – providing many “omg did that really happen” moments. A great thing about Attack on Titan is that because there’s an abundance of insane moments you never quite rule anything out. It’s like when people get awkwardly drunk at weddings – anything’s on the cards. Expect the unexpected. Prepare to be impressed. And maybe have your meals prepared in advance. Once you start watching it’s kind of hard to stop.

Mikasa's both badass and great at aerial acrobatics. If I had to fly through the sky I wouldn't look 1/10th as good. Source: Wit Studio & Production I.G
Mikasa’s both badass and great at aerial acrobatics. If I had to fly through the sky I wouldn’t look 1/10th as good.   Source: Wit Studio & Production I.G

But no one is asking you to stop (and if they do don’t listen – they don’t know what’s best for you). The characters are unique and for the most part likeable. My personal favourites is definitely Sasha (potato girl) and Hange (Titan obsessed girl). Yes I like the peculiar ones. And with an array of diverse yet badass characters you’ll be sure to love some too. It’s hard not to.

The art fits the astringent nature of the anime and likewise the animation is like that of a Marvel film. Except 3,000 times more realistic. Attack on Titan is having none of the destroyed city with zero casualties crap that Marvel films so often pull. It’s animated fluidly and fits in some awesome high angle shots that make you feel like you’re the bird you always wanted to be. What makes the action scenes so gripping is the fact that there’s no pre-determined battle structure that plays on loop as each new battle arises (hi, Fairy Tail). You don’t know what will happen – and it keeps you open minded as new obstacles emerge and the madness unfolds.

With awesome angles and high-speed movement it's these aerial fight scenes that get you gripped. Source: Wit Studio & Production I.G
With awesome angles and high-speed movement it’s these aerial fight scenes that get you gripped.   Source: Wit Studio & Production I.G

But what of that other obstacle? The one that might stop you watching this great anime in the first place. Yes…the haters. Whenever people state they have a problem with Attack on Titan it’s usually in relation to excessive dialogue that drags on and the pacing which some claim isn’t too crash hot. On my first watch through I didn’t notice these flaws at all – I was as gripped to the screen watching this as I was watching Play School back when I was three. But upon re-watching this anime with a friend these moments did become apparent. That being said critics of the show portray these flaws to be a lot worse than they really are. So honestly ignore the haters. You be you.

Click. Your harness falls to the ground. You’ve come to the end. But before you go and grab that beverage get the first episode of Attack on Titan running. You won’t be disappointed (and if you are i’m sorry – please love me).

Thank you for reading my review!

Rating 9.5/10

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