It's been a while since I posted an anime on here, partially because I haven't seen one that I fell head over heals for in a long time (I'm picky, remember?). I think this post will more than make up for it.
After a hundred years of peace within the walls, a monstrous giant has felled the gate, allowing titans to enter and feast on humans.
It was Eren's dream to see the world beyond the walls, but when he is witness to a titan devouring his mother, he vows to kill every titan. Penned in a cage of their own making, it's a matter of time before the human race becomes extinct. Only one dormant secret can save them, if Eren can find it.
I stumbled on this while browsing Netflix and was hooked in the first minute (normally it takes me a whole episode, but the concept was so high and I had to know what those belt devices were that allowed soldiers to maneuver around like Spider-Man). Later I learned that Attack on Titan was all the rage in Japan last year. Some say it's A Game of Thrones meets The Walking Dead (which makes sense to me, because no one is safe and people get eaten left and right).
After "devouring" the first season, I can say this is one of those shows that grabs from the very beginning and continues to surprise. Just when you think you've figured out a piece of the giant puzzle, something new enters the scene and changes the paradigm. I haven't seen an anime with such a large host of well-developed supporting characters and plenty of jaw-dropping mindscrew moments since Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, presently my favorite anime series.
But it's not just about giants eating people and people fighting back. There's a wealth of themes here, inviting the viewer to watch the tough questions and their sense of morality in a cutthroat world. And how the power of fear can bring out the worst, and the best, in us.
As content goes, I wouldn't say this show is for the faint of heart. It's TV-14, if that helps. Much of the violence is gritty, yet implied, with a few squeamish moments. The language is tame and there's really no sexual content to speak of (unless giant, naked, genital-less giants fit that bill--world building explains all that). The story propels itself with a breakneck speed, so it doesn't have time for distractions like that (or fan service ... thank you very much!). I can't wait for the second season. Hopefully the show will maintain its epic momentum.
I highly recommend Attack on Titan for your viewing enjoyment.
Are you a fan of Japanese animation? What's your favorite? Doesn't the idea of giants trying to eat you sound absolutely terrifying?
I'm David, and "just like that, everything changed ..."