Well, with the premier of the season finale of Attack on Titan, it was one helluva past few months. Our First Impressions segment for this anime concluded that the series was promising, but how did it all end up?
For anyone who has yet to seen the epic anime, Attack on Titan centers around the story of three children who grow up to become soldiers to fend off man-eating titans. By this point of the story, the vast majority of humanity has been wiped out, and the remnants of the once proud species now hides behind three layers of walls. The existence of the titans still remain a mystery, as no one know when or why they appeared, but one thing is for sure: the titans are out to only kill humans.
The animation is top notch, and increasingly becomes much more fluid and dynamic as the series progresses. The soldiers use a device known as 3D Maneuver Gear, which allows for Spider-Man-esque movements through cities and forests, but are practically useless in wide, open areas. There’s plenty of blood to be seen, and the animators really dove into a wide variety of portrayals from classic splatters to beautifully artistic sprays. Action sequences are frequent and well-animated, and there’s a sense of excitement with each action sequence to be found.
Of course, although animation is top notch, what really drives anime is the story. Right off the bat, Attack on Titan sets up various explanations and emotional setting in a single episode. The writing is comedic at times and serious at others, but very well written and thought out overall.
There is something to say about the ending: it leaves off at a major cliffhanger. There are murmurs that point to a possible second season, though we probably won’t be likely to see it anytime soon due to the fact that the manga releases one issue a month. There is, of course, a live action movie still in the works, and although it may just be the entire anime series summed up in a live action version, it could serve as a continuation. In either case, the series could do with a second season to tie up loose ends.
With that said, each episode leaves off at an intense cliffhanger, and it practically leaves you wanting more. Fans of the series can probably attest (at least the ones who don’t typically read the manga): each week was a grueling wait for the next installment in the series. Although the last few episodes left many mysteries to consider, the team behind the anime made up for it by integrating even more intense, dynamic art styles to the climactic battle.
Character development was equally top notch; some characters took some getting used to, some were forgotten halfway through, but everyone was given an important part to the overall story. The series even pulls a few Game of Thrones-styled deaths throughout the series (Thronies can probably understand this), where favorite characters just suddenly get killed off. With this said, each character felt important and gave a sense of a deep, immersive world where humanity is attempting to simply survive.
Overall, we do recommend the series to anyone who has yet to watch this epic saga. There are some slower points scattered throughout the anime that gives some back-stories for major characters, but it quickly picks back up to a breakneck, action-packed pace. Don’t blink, or else you’ll end up missing some crucial aspects of the story.
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