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Recently had a conversation with some anime peoples, and a good handful said that they hadn't seen Attack on Titan yet.

My brain short-circuited and passed out for a cool 3 minutes. /dead

When I woke up, I went directly to the Crunchyroll Newsletter team, and told them this news. They too passed out. When they all woke up, we all agreed that it was high time to post some reviews as to why you should get from underneath that boulder and watch this glorious show before it ends.

Note there are some spoilers below. But really, you should be caught up to us at this point in the game ;)

So without further ado, here's out 'mid/end-season' thoughts:

Author: MasakoX

Attack on Titan [Shingeki no Kyoujin] is this generation's Gurren Lagann in terms of style, scope and hook. They are both epic titles with a strong desire to explore what the world has to offer instead of being confined to the boundaries that we, as a race, put up in order to maintain the illusion of "safety". Isayama's work conveys that the world of full of monsters and that in order to prosper, you need to hold your own. It helps too that he does so with stunning visuals, grand dialogue and strong character development. However, it is not for the faint of heart. With a premise such as Attack on Titan, it cannot afford to hold back of 'sugar-coat' the story. This show is graphic, which sets this apart from Gurren Lagann which had a more flamboyant and bombastic attitude. Isayama keeps his characters' feet firmly on the ground and maintains a sense of realism…or at least as much realism as to be expected given there are hundred feet tall humanoids running amok!

5 / 5 Titan Heads


Author: Eclipsed_Oblivion

From even before it started airing, Attack on Titan has reigned over the entire anime fandom with explosive hype. Thankfully, this hype is for good reason; Attack on Titan’s first season is absolutely brilliant. It remarkably executes all the core elements of a story and distinguishes itself from other anime through subtle ideas, such as its semi-realistic character designs. Not only are the casts’ looks consistent with their ancestry, but are finely detailed and, as such, far from generic. With varying nose shapes, body builds, and facial structures, these realistic variances remove the characters from an implausible world and make them believable. The characters themselves are also quite captivating due to Attack on Titan’s exceptional gender equality. Not only are some of the strongest characters female, but no one’s sex is ever a pivotal factor; the uniforms are gender-neutral, and everyone is equally valuable in some way. All these factors that make Attack on Titan’s first season great are so significant that they overshadow many of the series’ flaws, such as its pacing. Some episodes are indeed well-balanced, yet some suffer from too many internal monologues and tedious strategizing with little plot advancement. Even so, this imbalance is overshadowed by Attack on Titan’s outstanding qualities, ones that make this series one of the most original anime so far this year.

While its flaws manage to camouflage themselves in the first season, Attack on Titan needs to address them in season two or, as the novelty of the series’ greater aspects diminish, risk those faults becoming grossly obvious. This gives Attack on Titan’s second season the potential to fall flat, however, the series also has the capacity to be just as excellent as the first season. The first season introduces a slew of interesting characters with room for growth and exploration, as well as unanswered questions that, once answered, could allow the plot to take several unique routes, none of which are obvious. As long as Attack on Titan can tweak its pacing to make more balanced and thus more gripping episodes, as well as continue to do what makes its first season so spectacular, the second season will have everything it needs to be just as great, if not greater, than the first.

4 / 5 Titan Heads



Author: Dai Loli

Once in a while, a show comes around and gives us amazing antagonists. Take Evangelion's angels or Gantz's aliens, for example: They're amazingly powerful, bizarre and, especially, mysterious. The fact that we know so little about them makes us crave any tidbit of knowledge the story will divulge about them and keeps us on the edge of our seats. Attack on Titan's titular giants nail that balance perfectly. They brought humanity on the brink of extinction before anyone could even understand where they came from, have stomachs yet don't need to eat, can appear out of thin air, regenerate at a ridiculous pace and can only be killed by a precise slash on the back of the neck, causing their flesh to melt in mere seconds and leaving only a huge skeleton behind. Attack on Titan's first season has done a remarkable job at making us want to know just what the hell is going on, but it didn't stop there.

On the other side of the coin are the humans now forced to fight for their survival. Their panic, frailty and cowardice are portrayed with brio, highlighting the few strong enough to take up arms, fight back and give courage to their pairs with truly epic motivational speeches. Although the Battle for Trost arc arguably had small pacing issues near the end, it consistently ended every episode on teeth-clenching cliffhangers that, I'm sure, convinced a bunch of viewers to dive right into the manga instead of waiting one more torturous week! With Eren about to set off outside the city's walls in the next season, I'm confident things can only snowball out of control with even more unexpected plot twists and brutal deaths, much to our viewing delight. If you somehow managed to hold out on watching this show for so long, I suggest giving in to Crunchyroll's relentless marketing push: It's for your own good, really! ;)

4.5 / 5 Titan Heads



Author: SlayerNatsu
Going into "Attack on Titan" I was skepical. "How good can giants eating people in a midevil type setting be?" The answer is : Epic! Season one of "Attack on Titan " was remarkable!The story has been setup nicely. Eren is what seems to be the only hope for mankind; as the saying goes "With great power, comes great responsibility." One gripe , please no more flashback episodes! The series is already short enough; to be taking an entire episode for a recap is heartbreaking. Overall, it was a good start to the series.

Season two is now going on and my hopes are understandably high. Now that we know about Eren's "gift" from his father , I'm stoked to see them up the ante on the titan vs titan action. You know what would be crazy? If there were other humans that could control titans as well, such as Mikasa for example. That would make the battles even more spectacular![]/link I have one particular item of interest, the world outside the gates. Seeing the outside would be totally awesome. Let's all hope for the best!

4.5 / 5 Titan Heads



Author: Rikun85
Is Attack on Titan the next phenomenon in the anime scene? I can’t say for sure.
Is Attack on Titan worth watching to find out? ABSOLUTELY.

With its uncompromising premise and high energy opening, Attack on Titan proves to be much different from your typical shonen anime. While most shonen series get lost in their complicated attack systems and endless tournament arcs, Attack on Titan presents a post-apocalyptic world where the last of humanity desperately clings onto survival. And while in most shonen shows blind willpower and determination are enough to carry our heroes through, those concepts are brutally deconstructed to give the readers a harsh dose of reality. It goes without saying that this particular series pushes the boundaries of what a shonen anime could be, making it one of the most unforgettable series currently playing right now.

The setup is simple: a pseudo medieval society has to survive in a world where man eating giants roam, and the once impenetrable city walls have given way and unleashed the horror of extinction to the denizens within. We follow Eren Jaeger’s journey as his childhood friends and fellow soldiers survive the wrath of the Titans, and as the series moves forward it’s revealed that there’s much more to the Titans than any of humanity could ever comprehend. It’s a simple, brutal premise that promises to keep the audience to their seats and without spoiling anything, the members of the Survey Corps are going to be in for one hell of a ride.

If there is one thing that will draw you to this series, it will be how uncompromisingly different it is from every other anime out there. The battles are brutal, the desperation is sombering, and the visual style is somewhat gritter than what you’d expect a shonen series to be. It is interesting to note that when its creator, Hajime Isayama, originally pitched this series to Shonen Jump the magazine wanted him to change it to fit the company’s needs. Isayama instead decided to bring it to Kondasha where it became a resounding success due to how much is stuck out amongst its peers. Even when it came to character design one will notice that Isayama tends to stay away from the stereotypical anime clichés that most fans are familiar with, and more power to this series for sticking to its guns.

With the manga still burning strong and the anime just barely catching up to the second arc, it seems that Attack on Titan will be leaving a lasting impression amongst the anime fandom. To those who may be feeling that shonen anime has become stale and trite, give this series a shot. It’s series like this one that the anime industry needs to keep itself fresh and interesting amongst a sea of the same old series.

5 / 5 Titan Heads


So, what do you think of the series?

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I really need resume watching this anime!
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I'm gonna be completely honest because I really don't know why I love it. I just find it interesting in a good way. Can't really explain it.
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I still don't like it. I'm still watching it thinking it will grow into something more, but no. We are two(?) episodes away from the end, and I still don't feel like I care about any of the things on screen at all. I want to like it though, don't get me wrong. It's just that none of the characters in the show does it for me. I don't like them. I don't care if they die(except potato girl). Eren, Mikasa, Whiny-kid. No, no, no. Just die already. It's also damn slow. The pacing is brutal. I like the world and the setting. The first intro was epic. The music overall is decent. But come on, it's over-hyped. I wanted much more than I've gotten so far. The first couple of episodes were really effective. I almost shat my pants when we first see the that über-sized titan behind Eren atop the wall. God, it was good. But now, I'm bored. Sorry. Glad it's almost over. I'm glad people enjoy it, but there's so many other shows they should see before this one.

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Vegeta, what does your scouter say about the hype level of this article?

IT'S OVER 9000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Not as good as the lovers say it is; not as bad as the haters say it is.

It's intense and high quality, but it misses on too many important things like themes and characters to really be a masterpiece.

That said, I really enjoy it and I think the plotting has been absolutely brilliant, despite the slow pacing. And let's be honest. The vast majority of people came out of most episodes going, "Whoa, was that really only 24 minutes?" Overarching, yeah, the pacing was slow. In the midst of the simulcast, it just left people wanting more and more.

I'm looking forward to marathoning the entire season once its over and seeing how the impact changes.
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You really only need one reason to watch and that reason it is too good to pass up......
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AOT is good - but it's not TTGL good. I think people are overly infatuated with its (admittedly terrific) premise to focus on what knocks it from a god-tier show. I don't find AOT life changing as TTGL was - I cannot inspire myself to get through the most difficult moments of life by picturing titans chasing after me. However, I would never tell anybody to *not* watch AOT.

Before the anime itself started, I said that the series would be difficult to adapt because the author decides to do an unexpected thing with Eren instead of following a linear shounen path. That's fantastic and all, but it makes for a very oddly spaced plot where the author is committed to doing long and fairly uneventful arcs in order to build up to what is inevitably coming. I trust that all the pieces of the puzzle will fall into place in the 2nd season, but AOT is far from the crowning achievement of anime. Having that said, AOT hype is infinitely more bearable than Code Geass hype.

In unrelated news: Sawano Hiroyuki (in charge of the OST) is a god and makes half the show.
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Oh god the .5 scores are Marco I'm dying.
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By the way, I give Attack on Titan a rating of ONE Colossal Titan. That's more than ten titan heads! BWAhahAHAHAH!!
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I definitely agree with Jifaru. Personally, we cannot grasp the concept of a monstrous world since it sounds more like a myth. Then again, if we ponder about who built the great ruins of the world and why our technology has yet to achieve its former glory, then we could slightly understand what the people on AoT feels especially when it comes to the political scheme. Granted, we all want awesome action-packed sequences but that is not what AoT is about. Honestly, I don't even know what genre AoT is!
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Gimme ten reasons why I should watch AoT. Here are mine:

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jolot wrote:

I still don't like it. I'm still watching it thinking it will grow into something more, but no. We are two(?) episodes away from the end, and I still don't feel like I care about any of the things on screen at all. I want to like it though, don't get me wrong. It's just that none of the characters in the show does it for me. I don't like them. I don't care if they die(except potato girl). Eren, Mikasa, Whiny-kid. No, no, no. Just die already. It's also damn slow. The pacing is brutal. I like the world and the setting. The first intro was epic. The music overall is decent. But come on, it's over-hyped. I wanted much more than I've gotten so far. The first couple of episodes were really effective. I almost shat my pants when we first see the that über-sized titan behind Eren atop the wall. God, it was good. But now, I'm bored. Sorry. Glad it's almost over. I'm glad people enjoy it, but there's so many other shows they should see before this one.

Score: 2,5/5


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