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Attack on Titan Season 1 (2013)
進撃の巨人 (Shingeki no Kyojin)

Synopsis

Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by giants. Giants are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by enclosing themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of giants. Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a giant in over 100 years. Teenage boy Eren and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a super giant that appears out of thin air. As the smaller giants flood the city, the two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Eren vows that he will murder every single giant and take revenge for all of mankind.
Directed by
Written by
Screenplay by
Music by

Rating

  • The overall rating of the show.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Animation

  • Animation quality and consistency for that time. 

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Story

  • How well the story flows and keeps you engaged.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Pros

Character design
Character development
Combat/Action
Dialogs
Plot
Visual
World building

Cons

PROs CONS

Overview

Attack on Titan series began in Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine on September 9, 2009, and has been collected into 27 tankōbon volumes as of December 2018. Attack on Titan has become a critical and commercial success.

Alternative titles

– Atak Tytanów
– Ataque a los titanes
– Ataque de los Titanes
– Ataque dos Titãs
– Attack on Titan: Ataque a los titanes
– L’attacco dei Giganti
– L’Attaque des Titans
– Shingeki no Kyojin
– Атака титанов
– 進撃の巨人
– 進擊的巨人
– 진격의 거인

TL;DR Review

Attack on Titan (Japanese: 進撃の巨人 Hepburn: Shingeki no Kyojin, lit. “Advancing Giant”) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama.

This is one of those shows that you know you would be hook from just the first episode. I usually describe this show as the anime of Games of Thrones. You can never be sure which character is safe and won’t be killed off. It constantly keeps you at the edge of your seat.

The first season does a wonderful job of balancing the intrigues, actions, and surprises. There were some used of 3D CGI but you barely notice it. The world building is one of the highlights of the series, including the action, plot, and character. The music could have been better but I have to struggle to find a flaw in the series.

Most of the characters are relatable and have a deep background. Our main character Eren is a serious but likable character, with not too many flaws that push him to the point of being annoying. These flaws are essential for a character to develop over the course of the show. Though Eren may seem like a too serious a character that tries to enforce his view on other at first, you’ll slowly see why he is like that and how he see his own flaws and try to improve himself through self-reflection.

If you can’t tell by now, I love this season of Attack on Titan. I highly recommend this series to Games of Thrones fan that don’t mind gory violence scenes. Attack on Titan contains graphic violence and suggestive themes/dialogs. Parental guidance is advised. Intended for mature audiences.

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Music

Opening Theme

– “Guren no Yumiya” (紅蓮の弓矢) by Linked Horizon (eps 1-13)
– “Jiyuu no Tsubasa” (自由の翼) by Linked Horizon (eps 14-25)

Closing Theme

– “Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai” (美しき残酷な世界) by Yōko Hikasa (eps 2-13)
– “great escape” by cinema staff (eps 14-25)

Insert/Image Theme

– “Attack on Titan” by Kobayashi Mika (eps 2, 4, 8, 11-13)
– “The Reluctant Heroes” by Mpi (eps 3,9)
– “DOA” by Aimee Blackschleger (eps 4,7)
– “Vogel im Kaefig” by Cyua (ep 7)
– “Call Your Name” by CASG (ep 13)
– “Baukloetze” by Kobayashi Mika

Credits

Photo

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Photo by Nicolas LB, Jon Flobrant, and Yvette de Wit on Unsplash.

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