My Critical Overview video of it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuksPExT32k
Attack on Titan (AOT hereon) was the most overhyped title of its year, pretty much like Madoka Magica and Sword Art Online (SAO) were in previous years. And just like those, it does not live up to its hype, as pretty much no show ever does. It is a high seller that will be talked about for some time, and eventually end up being a big disappointment. And yes, I have read the manga so I know what I am talking about regarding later plot points.
Just like it happens with all overhyped mediocrities, the thing that made it so famous is mostly the premise. It has a setting where mankind is almost wiped out by giant monstrosities and gets cornered behind huge walls. They thought they were safe there until a giant manages to break down their fortifications and lets the monsters into civilian areas. Terror and death spread as people die defenceless by the thousands and the rest need to retreat to other fortified lands where they work almost as slaves to support the overpopulation and the lack of food. From this description you are presented with a most interesting action / survival / horror, which is very graphical and doesn’t hold back to depict gore as the giants chew and swallow people. You are really intrigued to find out how they can possibly survive against these monsters.
Sounds amazing enough for anyone to jump into the show but surely not because it is original. It is actually quite basic and overdone; there have been several similar stories over the years, from Blue Gender to Claymore. Heck, the very same studio made afterwards Owari no Seraph, which is the exact same premise, but with vampires. It just came out in an era where 90% of anime are effortless softporn and moe; so it sticks out easily. If it was made along with Death Note or Code Geass, it would get a fraction of the hype it has today. Also, it is not a harem with schools that pretends to be deep and serious by having an apocalyptic story that is there as nothing but unused backdrop, like in the cases of Chrome Shelled Regios or Total Eclipse.
The main problems are still present though; so let’s go over them, one by one.
1. AOT is a SHONEN, oozing with coolness and not a mature or sensible SEINEN
That translates to lots of eye-rolling moments. It is NOT a mature story despite having mature themes; and if some think otherwise they are simply ignorant. It’s all here, the cheesy dialogue, the 1 dimensional characterization, and the overused shonen shenanigans. The enemy seems undefeatable at first but then some obnoxious emo teenagers get convenient superpowers and defeat them by the dozens. That’s right; everyone has jutsus and hidden evil powers inside them, just like in Naruto. And don’t give me any excuses of the sort “There is no other way such a story could be told.” I have read manga such as Biomeat Nectar, Parasyte, and Dragon Head, where you have a pretty similar situation and they didn’t have any of the crap that happens every 5 minutes in this show.
2. Characterization is quite basic and even laughable at points despite the attempts to make the cast mature and serious.
Take the protagonist for example. So obnoxious! Remember Naruto and how he always screams “I WILL SAVE SASUKE DATEBAYO!” every 5 minutes to the point you want to strangle him? Well this one here is not any better since all he does is yelling “I WILL DEFEAT ALL THE GIANTS DATEBAYO!” It has that irritating always-angry, totally-stupid shonen thing you find pretty much everywhere and no amount of dramatic backdrop manages to make him anything more than that. This guy was BORN angry; not became because of the titans. And just like all typical shonen heroes he has special powers, special family, special friends, is plot armoured, and in general has everything working to his favour despite being nothing but yet another ill-mannered youth. But hey, we gotta pamper our main audience somehow and this effortless stereotype works just fine; so why try harder?
Other characters include:
- An aloof girl who loves potatoes and talks like a retard; because all shows need a comic relief idiot.
- A local aristocrat who exists to show what a selfish asshole he is, letting everyone die just so he can escape with his money and not thinking about it twice; since as well all know adults in shonen are all assholes and only teenagers are the goodhearted folks who do all the work and save the day.
- Kidnapers who kill and sell people as prostitutes, just so we can hate them and wish them dead 10 seconds after they are introduced.
- Some scaredy cat boy who is always crying and panicking, just to show how cool is everyone else. Worthless and irritating as Reki from Claymore and yet another proof of why this show is not better than Claymore. They pretend he is a mastermind when it comes to planning ahead, but in reality he is the only one who sometimes thinks, while everyone else is an oblivious idiot. So technically he is a normal guy surrounded by retards.
- And let’s not forget the protagonist’s “not-blood-related-sister” who seems WAY too interested in him to the point she can’t exist without being a needy pet with constant withdrawal syndrome. How else would we have the obligatory brother-sister love thingy going on?
You can literally describe most of them in 10 words as the way they talk and act will border a slapstick comedy half the time. Everything they need to express, they do it by yelling or crying like maniacs, even when the situation hardly calls for them to act as such. Or when they try to be serious for a change, it still comes off as comical. You see a guy in the first episode giving the severed hand of a dead soldier to his crying mother and saying with a serious face “This is all we could salvage. And by the way, your son died for nothing. HERP!” Lol man, what kind of a military leader is this guy? Was that supposed to make me feel sad? I am laughing at it.
You may be fooled to think they have depth, since most of them get flashbacks full of tragic childhood moments and stuff; but let’s be honest, all secondary characters in shows like Naruto and Bleach have those too and they are still nothing but cardboards to the story and eventually one dimensional archetypes instead of real people. AOT is not any different, as each of them is there just to cry in a corner, show us his tragic past and then go to fight the giants until he realizes he is completely worthless before the hax skills of the main characters and simply stops caring afterwards. Literally all secondary characters are neglected and forgotten a few episodes after they are introduced.
3. SHHHHOOOOOCK FACTOOOOORRRR
Something rather un-shonen for the time it came out, was the numerous deaths of secondary characters. Not many convenient survivals and resurrections here; if you are caught by a giant, he is going to rip you to pieces and eat you while you are still alive and screaming. That makes the tension ten-fold compared to the average of its kind. That still doesn’t save it in the longrun of course, since it is nothing but SHOCK FACTOR to make the audience gasp with blood and violence and not some actually tragic death of important characters you will never forget. You only notice the gore and not the people experiencing it. I will never forget the Nanto fighters in Hokuto no Ken because they were part of the plot and did far more than being emo in a corner before kicking the bucket. These here? Who are they? You will forget them 5 seconds after they are dead. And even the novelty of the high mortality rate lost its edge, since soon afterwards shows like Akame GA Kill, Knights of Sidonia, and Fate Zero did the exact same thing. Not even that feels that special anymore.
4. Plot Armoured (Titan?)
And despite the high mortality rate, eventually you realize it is something that counts for secondary characters. They serve only as cannon fodder in this show; they exist just to cry in corners, die miserably, and fool the unexpected to think no one is safe in this story. The major ones on the other hand, get the usual shonen package: Plot armoured with hax powers, like Wolverine’s super fast regeneration and Spiderman’s super fast agility to forever survive any giant attack. They are oozing with the rule of cool and dwarf everybody else in importance, thus trashing the whole survival / horror aspect. If the audience cheers for them, as they wipe out armies of undefeatable (for everybody else) giants, the tension is gone; it is still all about who is more overpowered and cool. The tragic parts also become meaningless, since it all comes down to the usual magic superpowers and poser fighting, as in the case of any run of the mill action shonen.
5. The mystery aspect is quite weak
At first you are thrilled to find out why the giants are eating people. They don’t need food to sustain themselves. They don’t have a personality or even intelligence which makes them grotesque and terrifying for not understanding their motivations. Well, most of your questions won’t be answered, since the story is left incomplete, and the little bits that get explained only serve to make you realize there wasn’t much to it. Half the interest most will show in this anime derives from the gore (which is cheap and eventually shallow) and the other half is the mystery of the unworldly enemies (which will fade away as soon as it is eventually revealed). So even if you are watching this for the thrilling emotion, you are bound to hate it after you realize it wasn’t that good to begin with. It pretends to be far more than it actually is; and that is a most basic zombie apocalypse scenario. The city is the mall, the titans are the undead, and the steampunk spidermen are the people trying to survive.
6. Weak world-building
It is full of interesting ideas as far as the setting goes, from detailed maps of how the human lands are run, to blueprints of how their cannons and steam engines that make them fly work. Later on you get even basic politics and religious fanatism as the people react to the new giant attacks and all of a sudden some kids get hax powers. It makes it far more interesting than some generic RPG world full of fortified cities and wilderness crawling with monsters. It’s not TOO detailed though and the truth is most of them are there for show since they don’t matter much in the longrun. You think those rotating cannons, the titanium swords, or the steampunk spidermen do shit against the giants? All you need is a few angsty teens with hax superpowers nobody else can get even if they wish it all their lives and you are set. And even if you just stick to the setting itself, it is quite simple despite its secondary details. The whole world is basically either houses where people live in or wilderness where titans roam around. Many claim that since the story is a mystery you are supposed to slowly reveal, it is excused for everything to be so basic. That still doesn’t change the fact that all you know about the setting is that there are some giants surrounding a city that looks like 3 perfectly drawn homocentric circles. Even a baby can do better than this.
7. Slow pacing
The early episodes have extremely fast pacing but then it snails down to almost a halt. The first five minutes go wasted on summaries of things we saw just in the previous episode, and there are even recap episodes for events that don’t need more than a few minutes to describe. In a way this is a positive trait since it invests time into letting the viewer to immerse in the mood of the show. Much better to running through the events while leaving everyone and everything unfocused or not looked into. Sadly the mood is the only thing they focus on. Not much time is used to flesh out the characters or the setting, and in the longrun all secondary cast and the funky steampunk technologies are meaningless, neglected, and completely forgotten.
8. Overused tension gimmicks
The script heads for a constant thrill, which because of the slow pacing, makes every major event to last for several episodes, constantly ending with a cliffhanger. Although this can be a nice motivation for the audience to anticipate the next episode, they do it so many times and for events that could practically fit in only one episode. Tension loses its meaning if it happens all the time without proper relaxation points and after awhile you no longer find it exciting or edgy, exactly because it is always like that. You get used to it, it doesn’t look awesome anymore, and because most of whatever happens in it is about people you don’t care about, it becomes boring.
9. Plot Driven
Although this is not an issue with everyone, it is still a problem. The characters have no control over the events of the show; they are just reacting to them. No matter what happens, they will never choose what to do next; the plot is going to force them into what to do next. It makes sense for that to happen in stories that have to do with death and survival but it sure makes them pass as drones and unable to progress or develop further on their own will, despite their hax superpowers. This takes away their significance, which is already very thin since you forget them 5 seconds after they die.
You don’t even get a resolution to all this mess, since the manga is still ongoing, far from over, and with an equally slow progress. You won’t get any reward at the end and you will have to wait years for a second season.
11. It looks nice but that is all
As far as the artwork goes, there are big aesthetic differences between the manga and the anime adaptation. The manga feels very crude when it comes to proportions and perspective. It has very rough outlines to the most part and it feels incompletely drawn at points or even with blunders in anatomy. I can’t say it was very annoying; it sort of improves later on and it fits a story based on crazy stuff. The anime has improved considerably these minor issues and even included a catchy chorus OST to make it even more intriguing. At the same time it censors most of the disgusting scenes where the giants are chewing people and replaced them with blood spills falling while the gore is left out of screen. If there is something I didn’t like, that would be the body figures. All giants seem to be randomly drawn and all human soldiers look like they have the exact same body figure AND uniform. It’s not like big boobs for girls or huge biceps for men would make it better but it sure feels weird to have everybody being skinny and flat-chested. The only thing that differs is the face and occasionally some rosy lips to point out THAT PERSON IS A GIRL. Furthermore, there are major quality drops throughout the show, since at some parts you get fluent animation and detailed artwork which make it look amazing, while in others you get static images and crude character figures which makes it look lame.
12. It is still a fun show to watch just for the excitement, instead of yet another moe school life thingy
I do agree though that as a whole AOT manages to build up tension right away. Even if you are aware of how corny it plays out it is still not holding back in violence; the average Narutard is definitely going to like it. It is also refreshing to see a show that is not about high school club ecchi comedies for once, as is the canon for almost all modern anime. As for me? After truly good manga such as Battle Angel Alita and Battle Royale, this was unintentional satire than tragic or scary. No veteran reader or viewer is going to give it anything more than a good time waster status, because down to it, it is a silly shonen when it could easily be much better as a mature seinen.
As for the hype this show got? In one year from now some other anime will come out to blow your brains out and people will be saying “That is truly awesome, unlike AOT.” Meaning, history will repeat and AOT will join the ranks of SAO.
And now for some excused scorings.
ART SECTION: 8/10
General Artwork 2/2 (dark and edgy)
Character Figures 1/2 (they all look the same)
Backgrounds 2/2 (mostly detailed)
Animation 1/2 (sometimes great, sometimes doesn’t exist)
Visual Effects 2/2 (nice tension gimmicks)
SOUND SECTION: 7/10
Voice Acting 1/3 (Naruto-level quality with lots of retarded screaming)
Music Themes 4/4 (kick ass)
Sound Effects 2/3 (ok I guess)
STORY SECTION: 3/10
Premise 2/2 (interesting)
Pacing 0/2 (slow as hell)
Complexity 1/2 (not much; the mysteries are not that great either)
Plausibility 0/2 (none)
Conclusion 0/2 (none; the show is incomplete)
CHARACTER SECTION: 4/10
Presence 1/2 (generic or obnoxious)
Personality 2/2 (cheesy as hell but well founded)
Backdrop 1/2 (generic and simplistic but it’s there)
Development 0/2 (overblown, minimal and practically unimportant)
Catharsis 0/2 (none; the show is incomplete)
VALUE SECTION: 6/10
Historical Value 1/3 (nothing new to add and will eventually be considered a time waster)
Rewatchability 1/3 (lots of stuff to skip since it is slow as hell)
Memorability 4/4 (currently hyped all the way to Andromeda)
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 5/10
Art 1/1 (looks nice)
Sound 1/2 (music yes, dialogues no)
Story 1/3 (generic zombie apocalypse and incomplete)
Characters 2/4 (puppets you will forget right away)
There are very few anime that I get extremely excited for and Attack on Titan was one of them. Waiting months for it to finish and watch all at once was a neck breaker, but it left me amazed and craving more.
THE STORY IS: Centuries ago, giant humans called Titans appeared, seemingly, out of nowhere and like to eat humans for no reason. Mankind couldn't defend against the Titans and had to fall back and build a giant wall to keep the Titans at bay so they can survive. Years later, all is well in the walled cities until one day when a Colossal Titan appeared out of nowhere and broke open the wall letting other Titans flow through the city to do what they do best. Eren Jaeger hates the Titans and has a goal to kill every last one of them and to find out the secrets behind where the Titans came from. Thus our story begins...
Truth be told, very interesting story and very well layed out. The story flowed without feeling rushed. Every episode was like crack, you just had to watch the next one to see what happens. Although the story was kind of choppy in places because flashbacks seemed like they weren't very well planned out and were kind of random. I didn't mind this, but it was very random in the middle of an action scene to take a journey to the past and then return in the heat of battle. Overall the story was exceptionally well done and very interesting. The only things I could complain about, other than the random flashback points, would have to be at some points they did kind of drag out some internal thoughts and decision making. Like when a character is thinking internally and we hear his/her thoughts on something, sometimes it was a little to drug out and you just wanted it to move on. Other than a few minor things here and there, it was a great concept told.
THE ANIMATION was a little strange for me on this one. Usually you don't see anime animation with such thick black outlines on practically everything. It almost looked like the TV show Archer. I liked it because it was very smooth and could keep up with the fast pace of the show, but for some reason, the Archer look of the animation didn't quite sit well with me.
THE SOUND was brilliant through and through. Voice acting was great and general sound effects were solid. A lot was going on and you can tell they took the time to nail it in this department.
THE CHARACTERS were very well developed throughout. A lot of people in this anime die and it's nice to see at least a little development from those who don't have very much face time. This is an anime that you don't love any one specific character. They all kind of work together and experience the same things, it's more of the fact that everyone handles it differently and it makes for a great cast overall. Very impressed.
OVERALL Attack on Titan did not disappoint. There were a few things that did, but none of them were a huge bother. The overall experience was both fascinating and intense. Many situations throughout, you didn't know who was going to make it or not, which made for a great sense of suspense going into every battle. Definitely recommended.
~ The following review may contain spoilers for the anime. Readers discretion is advised~
In a far future where mankind began as new. As humans live there normal life within the Walls, protected from the outside world. But one day they receive a grim reminder of the world they life in. One day the Colossal Titan appears and breaks the gate of the first wall. Now titans are walking into the wall and now they must fight the titans or the human race will be exterminated for good.
The story is a basic Godzilla thing only made a million times worse. It's about the MAJOR plot twists that's making this good.
The main Character in this anime is Eren Jeäger. A boy who has big dreams and the stupid habit to talk and not think and just say anything that pops-up in his mind. His development in the anime is amazing. But there is one thing about him that ticks me off. And that is the fact that he's a fuckig crybaby!!! He does develop, but his personality is just very irritating.
The lead female character is Mikasa Ackerman. And fuck yea!!! She could have been the main character for this anime. Mikasa is "that" awesome. She has a stone-cold personality and where Eren goes, she goes. Bitch on Eren and she will hunt you down until she can kick your ass! Mikasa is an amazing lead character she brings all the action in this anime! And backs down for nothing! She is pretty much an anti-titan-killing machine!
The last character I wanne talk about is Levi. And he's pretty much Mikasa, only the a girl and without the Eren fetish! Levi is such a badass and just an amazing person for major development!
The supporting cast is great. They bring a lot of fun moments in the begin. And when someone dies you must become a brick 'cause you will cry when they die!
Those OPENINGS!!!! Holy GODDAMN! The openings of Attack on Titan are both done by: "Revo" and "Sound Horizon". Well, Revo is Sound Horizon. There are a lot of people who say that the first opening is the best.
Well, I prefer the second. I mean have you ever heard a Japanese person sing GOOD German? And the guitar solo at the begin! Hell yea! Now the OST's are good too. Some orchestra, epic singing. There is only one thing. The song DOA, when you listen to it it sound waaaay to much like" Something In Your Mouth" from: Nickelback. Just saying.
25 episodes of pure epicness? Not really, there are a lot of filler episodes and the anime needs them. There aren't beach episodes and I thank god but then again, where do you want to put them. The anime has a begin from at least 5 episodes, goes uphills, then falls faster than a baby bird and then learns to fly high with his wings of freedom! (too obvious?)
There is only one thing and that is that I think I would have enjoyed the development more, if all the seprated chapters where put together as OVA's. I think I would have loved that more. The characters have enough time to develop, but they don't do it at one point. The reason for this is the " slow pacing" At one point it loops 5 years in 2 episodes. And next time it takes 5 episodes for a day?!?! It is because of that the characters could not develop as they had to in my eyes. They had the time, they took waaaaaay to much for nothing at all.
The animations of this anime where done by: Production I.G and Studio "WIT" (Wit is Dutch for "white" just so you guys know). And Attack on Titan has some goddamn well done animations and especially when it comes to the 3D-maneuver gear. It's fucking well done! There are things here and there that aren't that great. And that is if you watch the anime frame by frame. And if you stop at the right time it's one giant blur.
And with this I present the score for Attack on Titan:
Story: 7,2 out of 10
Characters: 7 out of 10
Music: PERFECT 10
Development: 6 out of 10
Animations: 8,5 out of 10
Enjoyment: PERFECT 10
And Attack on Titan ends with a amazing score of 8,11 out of 10
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I came across Attack on Titan/Shingeki no Kyojin from a friend's recommendation. I was with a group of friends and they were talking about it. Curious, I asked what they were talking about it and they just gave me a vague description. My one friend just described it as just an action show and it was just crazy. I followed my curiosity and began watching some of it with my cousin.
In a world where humans live in a world of giant man-eating monsters called Titans, humanity is on a brink of extinction and is secluded between three cocentric walls. Within those walls lives Eren Jaeger, a young eager child wanting to know what's life like out side of those walls, Mikasa Ackerman, the adopted sister of Eren, and Armin Arlert, their childhood friend. Eren wants to see the world by joining the Survey/Recon Corps, soldiers that venture forth outside the walls on recon missions. One day, humanity received a cruel reminder. A giant Titan (I know that's redundant) completely breeches the wall that was keeping Eren and company safe causing an immense invasion of the Titans. After the devastation the 3 are left orphaned. After living for a while as refugees, they decide that the only way is to join the military and become a part of the Survey Corps to be free from the Titans. The action is fast-paced and balls-to-the-wall and there's plenty of it. If there's no action there's some pretty intense drama. There are also some light comedy there as well. The more you watch, the thicker the plot becomes. I just don't want to spoil what happens but it's pretty awesome given the premise of the show.
Knowing that there's tons of action, it gets a bit gorey. I'm normally a big fan of gore because I get a little squeamish. As it's directed from the same guy who also did Death Note, Tetsuro Akari, it was pretty much coming to you. Even though, I pulled through and kept watching. The style is pretty good. Action scenes were crisp and on point.
The most notable thing most people might say about the sound is that the 2 openings are awesome. They both match the show's fast-paced style perfectly. I've seen tons of people getting so hyped from the first few seconds of the song. There's also the great sound effects of the show. Nothing like hearing the sound of a sword slicing through something.
There's an extremely large cast here. Not only is there the 3 main characters, there's 7 other side characters, and even more that serve great significance to the plot. It's kind of difficult to keep track of all of them. However, they're all really cool in their own respect. They're portrayed really well and all serve their importance to the show.
One of the most epic animes I've ever watched in my life along with Kill la Kill. Pacing is pretty good. You get a nice balance of action, drama, and story telling. It does get a bit confusing. However, it's all about whether you were entertained or not. I was very entertained.
I feel almost obligated to begin my review with this simple statement: Attack on Titan is absurdly overrated. There, it’s done, and now I can get on to explaining the very many reasons why.
Art/Animation: – So the animation is top notch. Yay 2013. Definitely this anime’s strong suit, probably this anime’s only strong suit. The characters were well drawn, and well proportioned. It is worth noting that even secondary, and tertiary characters appeared well designed (as opposed to some anime’s where the character’s detail is a direct correlation with the size of their role). The city was amazingly well drawn, too. The backgrounds were rich, the monsters were well done, and the animation was crisp. While I have no complaints here, it occurs to me that decent animation should be expected at this point. That, and animation alone does not make a story. This category is not weighted as heavily.
Sound: – For the most part, I enjoyed the OT’s, and the BGM. I would like to point out that the BGM seemed overly dramatic at times, especially during the very many deaths of characters you care nothing about. Additionally, the voice acting/dialogue was subpar: Mikasa sounded like a drone. Eren was a excruciatingly screamy and ragey. Armin was a whiny bitch. And that’s our three main characters.
Synopsis: - While AOT certainly doesn’t invent the wheel here, the story does have a fairly interesting premise. Humanity is on the brink of extinction, resulting from these nearly invincible monsters who inhabit the planet, sans for one giant, walled city. I feel this is about the full extent of this story’s interest, and the reasons are as follows:
1. Even assuming they’re going to pick this story back up for another season, you learn absolutely nothing about the titans in the first 25 episodes.
2. The extent to which humanity is useless and powerless (sans for a couple of the main protagonists) is painstakingly overblown. The first question that struck me, was “where did these walls come from?” The wall struck me as damn near the only thing they did right in the last hundred years. The walls had me begging the question of why the Recon corps weren’t guarding constructive expeditions to continually extend the city… …that would have seemed to make sense to me. In fact, what it was that the Recon corps really did during their expeditions never seemed explained at all. All you know is that lots of people died every time… for apparently nothing.
3. The story is almost entirely plot driven, not character driven. Sometimes plot drives can be exciting and unexpected. But AOT, as it seems, is a one-trick-pony. It repeatedly followed the formula of creating these trite calms, to suddenly everything going wrong in the matter of seconds. The characters scarcely made any decisions that advanced the plot, rather we spent the entire 25 episodes watching them react (or rather try to react) to disaster. The series seems very fatalistic in that sense.
4. The pacing is utterly horrible. In the first episode, 100 years of peace are brutally broken, as monsters overrun the outer city, killing thousands of people, including the main character’s mother. Flash forward a mere few episodes, to waste an entire episode of the main character continually failing to pass his military test, just to simply be concluded that his gear was broken… They almost allowed for some character development… Almost. Then you’ll spend half the anime watching them feebly attempt to retake the city, just for that to be neatly concluded with Eren’s super powers. Then the final half of the anime on a failed mission where you learn nothing about the Titans, or the main character’s superpowers for that matter.
5. The less perceptive viewer might have identified all the on-screen deaths as shocking, or as keeping the watcher on the edge of their seat. But the fact is, the main characters are invincible. They tried so hard to convince the viewer that the main character was killed early on, but the fact is, it was painfully obvious that he wasn’t. After learning of his superpowers, and healing abilities, it was easy to discern he was immortal. The show did well to kill very many tertiary characters, but that was about it. The main characters were invincible. Even the secondary characters (Jean, Annie, Connie, Potato Girl, etc.. etc..) were safe. The fact is, they did not kill any character that you had any connection with whatsoever. Instead they continually introduced new characters who weren't even likable in the first place, to use as fodder. By the time the series was over, the formula was tired, and the viewer was desensitized.
6. It was also terribly corny the way most classes and factions were portrayed (save for the recon corps). Let’s take the wall worshippers, for instance. They were fanatical, but served virtually no purpose to bolster the story. The military police felt this way, too. Even assuming that the aristocracy was corrupt to the core, it did not seem plausible that the MP, their personal protectors, would be allowed to be as lazy, and useless as they appeared. It occurs to me, that those people would be punished. The upperclass and the merchants were way overblown as well. When the guy blocked the gate with his carriage, and literally told people that it was the poor and the military’s job to die protecting his wealth, it was so corny and implausible I thought about stopping right there. I was face-palming. Even if that was what that character was thinking, it made no sense he would say that aloud.
Characters: 2/10 - This series’ glaring weakness. The characters, quite frankly, sucked. They were painfully one-dimensional, their dialogues were boring, their abilities (for some) were implausible, and their ojbectives were unfounded and unrealistic. This show seemed to be geared towards immature audiences, because rather than demonstrating the character’s persona through actions and development, their chief (and often singular) definable trait was instead just repeatedly slammed over our heads. Let’s break some of the big ones down, shall we?
1. Eren – Our Series lead, he might just be my very least favorite character on this list. I seriously hated him within minutes of watching the show. Even before the attack, he was filled with anger and hate for absolutely no apparent reason. Rage is really the only definable trait of Eren. He scantly shows and affection or otherwise positively interacts with Mikasa. Rather, he just continually rages about how he hates and wants to kill the Titans. He is very 1 dimensional, showing little change or development over the whole series. Terrible protagonist.
2. Mikasa – Our female lead, she is basically a robot. Mikasa has no goals, interests, or personality to speak of. She is just this mega-warrior-genius whose only interest in the entire universe, is Eren. She serves as his protector, and obessor. These facts are made even more boring by how brutally underdeveloped the relationship between Eren and Mikasa is. Their relationship is basically entirely non-existent, making her entire character’s existence pretty much pointless.
3. Armin – He’s probably the secondary lead. Out of the three, he was the most plausible character. I mean, at least he didn’t have superpowers like the other two, and had some capacity to fear the gigantic monsters they were contending with. Still, his character was basically one dimensional, too. They kept trying to label him a “genius” simply because unlike the other leads he had the smallest modicum of cognitive ability. Rather than charging headlong after monsters the way Eren or Mikasa would, he would form little plans that were honestly elementary, and nothing to be considered genius. Rather than showing his character’s genius, the show instead chose to remind us he was smart, via pseudo-tactical plans he made.
4. Jean – He was by far my favorite character in the show. Jean is the only dynamic character present. He is pragmatic and grounded, he actually has some sort of realistic sense of the danger they face. He served as Eren’s foil, mostly because he had the cognitive ability to think about things other than rage against Titans. He pointed out how futile most military missions were (and the show aptly demonstrated this), and focused more on self-survival. Still, he developed to stick with his comrades, despite his own desire to find safer posts. He was actually a pleasure to watch, and probably the only reason I stuck with the show.
5. Levi – Levi was your basic untouchable super hero who killed Titans, monsters that 99.9% of the soldiers couldn’t touch; and he did so more easily than a normal person could step on an ant. He had the sole quirk of being a "clean freak", which was not at all entertaining, given how trivial of a quirk it was when surrounded by the show's atmosphere.
Overall: 4/10 If you like blood of characters you care nothing for, boring immature themes and personalities, one-dimensional leads, little story development, and even less character development, decent music, and great art, well then you have yourself a show. Everyone ranted and raved about this show, which makes me even more frustrated with how truly subpar this show was. We have Jean, the music, and the animation to thank that I'm giving any points here at all. They can't all be Cowboy Bebop's I guess.
And Now here are some excused scorings (thanks to Roriconfan for the template)
ART SECTION: 9/10
General Artwork 2/2 (outstanding)
Character Figures 1/2 (kind of mundane)
Backgrounds 2/2 (incredibly detailed)
Animation 2/2 (crisp)
Visual Effects 2/2 (great for the most part)
SOUND SECTION: 5/10
Voice Acting 0/3 (insufferably bad, inexplicable screaming)
Music Themes 3/4 (OTs were great, BGM was ok)
Sound Effects 2/3 (fine)
STORY SECTION: 2/10
Premise 2/2 (interesting)
Pacing 0/2 (erratic and slow)
Complexity 0/2 (boring and immature with nothing interesting discovered)
Plausibility 0/2 (none)
Conclusion 0/2 (unfinished, horrible first season ending)
CHARACTER SECTION: 1/10
Presence 1/2 (weak)
Personality 0/2 (unfounded and one-dimensional)
Backdrop 0/2 (a little, and it was overblown and immature)
Development 0/2 (none, Eren was pissed at life even before bad things happened)
Catharsis 0/2 (none, though it is unfinsihed)
VALUE SECTION: 5/10
Historical Value 1/3 (I believe in time people will recognize this as mediocrity)
Rewatchability 0/3 (terrible pacing, undeveloped characters and story)
Memorability 4/4 (I've never seen more hype for a show before)
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 4/10
Art 1/1 (outstanding)
Sound 1/2 (great music, horrible voice acting)
Story 1/3 (predictable, pointless shock factor)
Characters 1/4 (terrible, except for Jean)