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Post Reply The Eotena Onslaught
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Posted 10/4/13 , edited 10/4/13
I arrived at this topic because I, like a lot of you, was at the very least curious as to the usage of eotena. Hell, I was pronouncing it wrong in my head this whole time, it seems. Dictionary told me what the word meant, and as I was reading through this thread, a nagging, annoying little voice most people call "common freakin' sense" kept reminding me of something: beyond the definition and the desire to sate my curiosity, is it REALLY that big of a deal? We're sitting here watching cartoons, a lot of us as grown-ass men and women. If it bugs you that much, it's not that hard to mentally translate the word from "eotena" to "titan" and move on with your day, making a mental note to do so whenever the word pops up. As long as the dialogue is actually being understood, is it really that important which word they decide to use? I've seen some truly bad translations (some official, sadly) of other anime and it doesn't raise concern. It's just a word. It means pretty much exactly what the other word means. This is the equivalent of yelling at someone for saying "Autumn" instead of "Fall" when referring to the seasons. My two cents.


EDIT: Crap. Seems I pretty much necro'd this thread. My bad, but considering that I felt strongly enough to write the post to begin with, I feel okay with leaving this here and just adding this apology for not noticing the last post date.
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I was searching through the internet about "wth is eotena" and apparently I found this thread instead. Since I know some Greek mythology so this is my reasoning on why they call it Titan instead of Giant.

The first time I saw it whole story arc of Shingeki no Kyojin was similar to the Titanomachy (War of the Titans) around the war between the Greek gods and the titans (a species of giant primordial deities). Not sure if the manga is heading this way but in the stories, the gods was humanoid sized, not a giant and rather less powerful than Titans (my on-going theory about why I don't classify the story as futuristic dystopia which some like to call it).

The story did follow some elements of Titanomachy. If you look up Hesiod's Theogony, its a poem that tell the story about Chasm created Night (Nyx), Earth (Gaia) and Sky (Ouronus), Earth and Sky 'have' children and Sky basically became the most powerful of all but Kronos aspire to rule the universe, gather the Titans, castrate Sky from Earth and became the most powerful Titan... and history repeated itself because it is prophecised that the son would kill the father, and so Kronos swallow all his children until Zeus gather the Olympians and dethrone the Titans.

I mean, seriously, Male-form Kyojin got no male organs = reference to Sky. Kyojin come in all sizes and gobble everyone up = reference our lovely Kronos. And... basically some plot and character motivation made more sense later on in the manga (although to me its predictable). There's even a random Odyssey reference with one of the scene with Bean and Sawney. Overall, to me does made sense why its Kyojin = Titan instead of like.. Ultraman species.

Why was it necessary to use Norse term? I know that there's one character with Norse deity name (hint hint) but "Titan" usage is a good term.
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Posted 3/2/14 , edited 3/2/14
Shingeki no Kyoujin means The Advance of Giants
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Shingeki no Kyojin literally means Advancing Giants. But I think Attack on Titan is merely the English/International title.
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Though I do agree that it is stupid, the opening doesn't say Attack on Titan, and the name the creator chose was Shingeki no Kyojin, which means Advancing Giants.

But anyway, who gives a fuck? It's still the same show.
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