Shingeki No Kyojin Season 1 [Anime Review]
Today, we take a look at a 2013 dark fantasy anime, Shingeki No Kyojin Season 1 (or Attack on Titan), directed by Tetsuro Araka and produced by IG Production. This was based on a manga written by Hajime Isayama. This anime has won many awards, including the 2011 Shonen Kodansha Award. By the way, this anime review was a request from Osama Bayoumi. Please keep the request coming and I’ll try to get to them as fast as I can.
This anime is about a humankind who was almost decimated by these giant creatures called Titans and how they are surviving inside cities surrounded by giant walls. The anime focuses on a group of characters; Eren Yeager, Mikasa Ackerman and Armin Arlert – childhood friends whose destinies seemed to be intertwined with events set in motion long before that will eventually gain them the upper hand against the seemingly invincible titans.
To be honest, I’ve never even heard of this anime till they started talking about the anime adaptation. It had such a big hype that I don’t understand how I could’ve missed the manga version of this title. I found that quite weird since I’m a big fan of dark fantasy as a genre, but eventually, I tracked down the manga and started reading it. For this review, I will keep my anime and manga opinions separate.
The presentation of the anime is quite deceiving at times. The sound design has an epic feel to it; loud sweeping music, thunderous percussion, some heavy metal here and there I think. The opening is quite explosive as well.
The character design leans towards the more medieval realistic approach. Characters themselves can be quite angular but the background, landscape, and architecture can be quite nice to look at.
The fight choreography is action-packed, gory, and one of the fastest paced fight scenes I’ve seen, especially for an anime set in medieval times.
The story and the pace of this title – can be quite slow at times. It has a lot of mysteries that need to be concluded so early in the title. It’s not so straightforward as good guy vs bad guy. Character development is quick as we start to learn what motivates each character to take up the fight.
The attack on what?
Overall, this anime has quite the potential to succeed. If you go in this anime thinking that this will be an all out, the monster of the week, type anime – then you might be disappointed. If you go in this anime thinking it has a much slower pace than let’s say Claymore or Berserk, and that it’s not going to be a straight out violent anime – then you will be in for a treat.