Shingeki No Kyojin (Attack on Titan) – When Human is Nothing but a Cattle

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Over a century ago, mankind faced a new enemy. The difference of power between mankind and their new found enemy was overwhelming. Soon, mankind was driven to the brink of extinction. The surviving humans built three walls: the Maria, the Rose and the Sina. They lived the next century in peace, under their protection. However, ….

Not many of you might know that I used to be an anime addict…not so much now because it’s hard to find it now, but I will still be an anime addict if it’s still easy to find it. The latest anime I watched is Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)…I have to thank Jason @ Genkina Hito’s Blog for introducing this anime to me. ありがとう ジェイソンさん.

I am not going to claim Shingeki no Kyojin as the best anime I have ever seen…but I can easily said that it is one of the best series I have seen this year. There are some parts of the series that make me questioning the plot but as a whole it is a brilliant anime.

As I have written in my first impression of the series (here) Shingeki no Kyojin mesmerized me since the first episode. The thing that makes me like it instantly is the fact that the series dares to show gruesome image. The story is supposed to be dark and gruesome and when the plot is like that I like to see it as it is without any toning down because it’s too inhuman. The gruesome makes the series feels real.

Somewhere in the future, titans have outnumbered human and forced human to live inside strong tall walls. The titans eat human and the can easily regenerate when part of their bodies are cut off. The only thing that can kill them is a big cut on their nape. To cut their nape, someone must train hard to be able to master the gear that can make them -sort of- fly toward the titans.

I freakin love all the fighting scene in Shingeki no Kyojin!!

The fighting scenes are very well choreographed! There’s not a single fight sequence that doesn’t awe me…both the human vs titan or the titan vs titans.

If you watched the video and read the subtitle carefully…that is also one of the reasons why I keep watching anime whenever I can find a good one. Japanese anime ALWAYS have great dialogue. Japan never forgets its philosophy even in an animation

One of my favorite quotes from the series is:

“Eren, I once told Jean that one unwilling to sacrifice what he holds most dear can never change this world. That a human must throw aside his humanity for the sake of fighting monsters! But in this battle, whoever sacrifice more will prevail! One unwilling to sacrifice what he holds most dear can never change this world!”

In order to survive from the titans, human build three layers of 50 meter high walls. They think they are safe behind those walls!! One faithful morning, a colossal titan (a huge titan taller than the wall)  broke the walls and create a huge hole. Smaller titans can easily walk through the hole and they start feeding on human. Human has turned into nothing but a cattle to feed the titans’ appetite.

The first wall has fallen!

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The survivor move inside the next wall. Amongst the survivors, there are three teenagers, Eren Yeager, Mikasa Ackerman, and Armin Arlert. These young people are the focus of this series.

Eren, Mikasa and Armin join the army. Eren’s ambition is to annihilate all titans. He despise the titans because he saw one of them eating his mother alive. But Eren soon finds himself in a situation where his humanity is being questioned.

The story develops much deeper after this scene:

I am going to stop now because I don’t want to spoil it. Shingeki no Kyojin will give better impression if you know little about it when you begin to watch it.

I am just going to make it SO simple…Watching Shingeki no Kyojin worths every second you spend on it!

For a better review (but with spoilers) , you can read Jason’s review > http://genkinahito.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/attack-on-titan-final-thoughts/

Here’s the trailer

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22 thoughts on “Shingeki No Kyojin (Attack on Titan) – When Human is Nothing but a Cattle

        1. Hahahaha!! Yeah I know what you meant! But the thing that I like about this is that the violent is inevitable, it’s not something they ‘force’ it to be something violent. I like stories like that.

          I haven’t seen Berserk yet tho I have heard so much about it.

  1. Nice review! Thanks for the link. I’m glad you liked it.

    I agree with you about the fight sequences being fun. They are so exciting that I start bouncing around and shouting with them (when I’m not sat next to others). I also love the existential stuff going on.

    1. You are more than welcome! 🙂
      The fighting sequence is the most brilliant thing on SnK, in my opinion. It’s simply amazing!

      Do you think they will make the next series? I mean it ends unfinished like that. I want to see Mikasa again…I really love her.

    1. It is also the best anime I have seen this year…well I didn’t watch much anime this year.
      Heheheh it would me great if such gear exist…we can easily avoid traffic 😉

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