Anime Review – God Eater

God-Eater-head-imageIf by some chance you were like me and thought God Eater sounded like a religiously immoral breakfast cereal then it’s time to take a step back. Unfortunately this anime isn’t about food. But while your taste buds won’t be loving it your eyes and ears will. A sensory overload fronts this action-packed series. But despite being visually stunning, it’s also a little bit like shimmery wrapping paper coating a cardboard box. The substance isn’t quite there.

God Eater tells the post-apocalyptic tale where humanity struggles for survival against aragami (odd looking monsters who love to roar). The last of humanity hides behind a tall wall and understandably look as unhappy as toddler who dropped their ice-cream on the floor. It’s filled with quests beyond the walls, “fuck i’m good” fight scenes, gore, and enough moody characters who’re incredibly up themselves to last an anime viewing lifetime.

Now…I see you’re giving me a funny look. And I know why… At least, I think I do (unfortunately i’m not psychic). And you’re right – this anime is pretty much a conceptual clone of Attack on Titan. Yet unlike its estranged cousin, God Eater isn’t quite as gripping, interesting or well planned out. It’s still good, no questions asked, but the finesse in perfecting the anime isn’t quite there.

If someone stared at me like that I would run. Source: ufotable
If someone stared at me like that I would run.   Source: ufotable

Where God Eater falls flat is the plot. It kind of makes sense but simply isn’t well explained. Think bad maths teacher. In particular the scientific flashbacks had me sitting there lost in odd thoughts such as “Why are we in a lab now? Why is that petri important?” Before realising this was some sort of plot line puzzle I had no intention of working out (because I’m lazy and dumb). There were, however, some flash backs that were done well and one in particular had me a little emotional (yes, tears were shed).

This bit. This bit here. Me. Tears. Crying. It happened. Source: ufotable
This bit. This bit here. Me. Tears. Crying. It happened.   Source: ufotable

Similarly to the plot, characterisation was a little hit and miss. While I wasn’t opposed to the personalities presented they were undoubtedly cliché, and the sheer abundance of characters that thought they were too cool for school probably took up about 70 percent of the cast. Now I don’t mind the occasional cool cat, but when everyone’s a cool cat the anime dynamic becomes oddly similar to a snobby school yard where everyone is trying to be top dog and prove they’re better than the rest. Except for Kouta. I really liked Kouta despite him receiving next to no air time because he was actually genuine.

When mentally unstable and badass combine Alisa is what you get. Source: Ufotable
When mentally unstable and badass combine Alisa is what you get.   Source: Ufotable

But all these shortfalls are forgiven (mostly) when we turn our attention to the art and animation. It’s unique. It’s flashy. And its won my heart. Ok…maybe a little too far. But it’s stunning and goes beyond standard clear cut art, with a sense of realism in the art that you don’t often see. Similarly the animation is top notch with showy, quality effects and a fluidity matched only by the best. Particularly within the final episodes the detail in the fight scenes is incredible.

So, are you looking for action or are you looking for a memorable story. If you answered the latter it may be best to move on – there’s admittedly nothing here you (probably) haven’t seen before. But if you responded with the former, and you’re looking for action – then you’ve hit the mark. Fight scenes don’t get much more thrilling than those in God Eater.

Thank you for reading my review!

Rating 7/10

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