Show Review: Attack on Titan

By Ayden Dant

Attack on Titan explores the life of Eren Yeager, who, like the rest of humanity, is forced to live within the safety of three, massive walls. These 50-meter-tall barricades offer protection from man-eating monsters, called titans. Ranging from 3-15 meters, titans mercilessly kill out of pleasure, and it is the Survey Corps’, a branch of the military’s job to venture outside of the walls and hunt titans that get too close. The three walls prove effective until, unprecedentedly, they are breached by a previously unknown Colossal and Armored Titan. Motivated by the destruction of their home, Eren, his adopted-sister Mikasa, and family-friend Armin decide to join the Survey Corps and reclaim humanity’s lost land. The show is action-packed, and slowly reveals the disturbing truth about Eren’s world. Filled with plot twists and unexpected character development (and death), Attack on Titan is a binge-worthy anime. Many details are placed throughout each 20-minute-long episode, most of which can only be recognized upon a second viewing. Unexpected themes are present, including moral ambiguity and social stereotyping. Eventually, the anime reveals a conflict between two countries, and by carefully displaying both sides of the feud, forces us to create empathy for all parties. This makes the viewers question what is right and wrong, exploring the danger of creating resentment of people before knowing their intentions and current situation.

The show is based off of the Japanese Manga, written by Hajime Isayama, which will conclude at roughly the same time the anime does. Season 4 is currently airing, with a new episode releasing every Sunday, promising up-to-date viewers a short wait time between each new episode. As for new viewers, 68 episodes from 2013-2019 await their discovery. Attack on Titan is a show that hooks many in its first episodes and offers a complex narrative balancing action and drama. For those looking for a show that makes them think, but also wanting a one-of-a-kind action experience, I highly recommended Attack on Titan.

Edited by Ben Jungels

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