Attack on Titan astonishes critic

Jeremy Kohn

Staff Writer

When you find yourself having a bad day, you should be thankful you don’t live in a city where giant cannibals attack, where you and your friends must ban together to stop them or suffer impending doom.

No, this isn’t a plug for the next National Geographic special about a distant tribal land; it is, in fact, the premise of the action anime Attack on Titan.

For those unfamiliar with what an anime is, it is a Japanese animated production, and they are often intended for an older target audience. Attack on Titan is definitely an anime not aimed toward little kids.

It has been 100 years since the gigantic Titans have attacked.  To stop the invasions from ensuing, great walls have been erected around the remaining cities of the world.

The story follows Eren Yaeger and his comrades Mikasa Ackerman and Armin Arlert. In the beginning, they watch in horror as an “armored Titan” breaches the outside walls and leads an attack on the city.  During the impending raid, Yaeger witnesses the death of his mother right before his eyes by a Titan.

After this traumatizing experience, Yaeger decides to seek vengeance on the Titans and he enlists in an elite military unit called the Survey Corps. Their mission is to learn more about the existence of the Titans and stop them from raiding the remaining city walls.

Yaeger, Ackerman and Arlert meet new and interesting characters in the Survey Corps.  They begin to discover new tactics to combat the Titans, as well as learning startling revelations about the Titans’ origins.

This show had all the necessary traits of a great anime.  It portrayed a brutal post-apocalyptic world where each character showed his or her own way of dealing with the reality of a bleak existence.

Attack on Titan has many twists and turns throughout the series to keep viewers on their toes. Hopefully there will be a second season of Attack on Titan because there are still many unanswered questions that remain.

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