Attack On Titan, or Shingeki no Kyojin is set in a world where humanity lives in cities surrounded by enormous walls; a defense against the Titans, gigantic, lumbering humanoids that eat humans seemingly without reason. The story initially centers on Eren Jaeger and his childhood friends Mikasa Ackerman and Armin Arlert, who join the military to fight the Titans after their home town is invaded and Eren’s mother is eaten. Writing about Attack On Titan is extremely difficult for me, as it is such an important story in my life, that is taxing to put into words and view from any kind of perspective. Attack On Titan is just too close to home, and instills upon such strong emotions in me, that make it impossible to explore the value of Attack On Titan in an objective manner. In one of my lowest points in my life, I decided to try an anime I had been putting off for months, just to faze myself out of my depression and everything I was going through at the time. This, dear friends, would prove to be the best decision I had ever made. After reviewing Death Note, this one had been a long time coming, given how much these two stories mean to me as a person, as a geek, as an anime fan, and as The Geek Writer. In a way, it’s not a simple task to express what it is about the show that makes it such an incredible ride. Although difficult to analyse, it’s a story worth exploring both from a fan point of view and that of a reviewer’s perspective.
The intense and bizarre way in which the character’s are reminded of their own mortality, in a world where humanity is living on borrowed time, is such an arbitrary resonance to me in ways that most anime just does not offer. From the first episode, when I was introduced to the world and synergy of this story, I was completely immersed in its characters and its complex narrative. The intense and sophisticated way in which the action is portrayed is incredibly distinct and rather original, which serves as the true strength of this story as a whole. I’d like to point out that Attack On Titan and Death Note were directed by the same guy: Director Tetsuro Araki! Yeah, a man after my own heart! I have immensely enjoyed the action and pacing of this show, and the manner in which it was executed by Tetsuro Araki. Being inside the wall gives me a sort of cathartic intimate atmosphere with the characters, who are all diverse and complex in their own right. There’s a clear acknowledgement of what humanity really is, and the value of human life. AoT is a show of moments, and plot twists with engaging characters. The fear of a Titan grounds the threat that they impose. It makes us question just who will survive this war against the behemoths that plague our world. The experience I had with this season was immensely well-deserved by the writers. It’s not the best thing that has ever happened to anime, but it is the best thing that has ever happened to me. The core premise of the show resonated with me in its depth and nuance. The aerial combat is so unique and so thrilling that it literally makes my heart beat faster(I am not exaggerating. I felt it). The key element of AoT is rather the intense explosion of action and instances that maximise the drama of each scene and each moment.
What all this accounts for is the conventionally well-driven narrative that removes AoT from other action anime, and the artwork drawings are unique in building the world that the series is trying to convey. The atmospheric aesthetic of AoT is completely hypnotising, and its world reflects the extreme elements of what our own world could be at the hands of humans. The Titans are depicted as child-like and seemingly non-threatening creatures, who approach humans with a sense of wonder and joy, as opposed to a monstrous glee. It mirrors how humanity of this time destroys itself without even trying. We create a world completely devoid of compassion, and are predators to the weak and apocalyptic to our own world. The appeal of this show is in its conflict: emotional, physical, and philosophical, and the true mainstream appeal of its intensity is how the characters we’ve gotten to sympathise with, would die, which drives home the immense threat of Titans and the world that is be depicted. Wherever I go, and whichever anime I watch for years to come, nothing will bring me more genuine happiness, than Shingeki no Kyojin.
The Geek Writer