Shingeki no Kyojin Review: We came as titans

shin6Most of the times mankind is victorious against its enemy. With great bravery and cunning tactics humans seem to conquer their greatest enemies. In Shingeki no Kyojin humanity faces extinction as they face the ruthless Titans.

Desperate times mean desperate measures for mankind in Shingeki no Kyojin. Everything is put into motion to stop the everlasting terror of the man eating Titans. With limited resources and in comparison ancient warfare artillery, humans try to stand their ground against their enemy.

shin1We follow Eren Jaeger, a young boy who wishes to join the survey corps to butcher the Titans who were responsible for killing his loved loves. He is accompanied by Mikasa and Armin that join forces with Eren. Along the way they are trained to be prepared to move out into the open and face the Titans head on. Little did they know that the horrors would hurt them that much.

While still in training they get familiar with military equipment that resemble steam punk machines. The maneuver gear being the most symbolic throughout the series. Giving soldiers the ability to move quickly and majestically through the sky.

shin2In the army Eren and his companions can chose to join the military police who remain in the city, or the survey corps who go out to the frontlines. This brings another interesting story element in which those who wish for a leisurely life end up with the police and the ones with the will to give up everything, end up with the survey corps.

Those in the military police get the leisurely and secure life behind the walls. Far away from the real dangers. Those in the front lines are faced with brutal massacres that scar the human consciousness for all eternity.

While in combat, the people in the city have no faith in the saviors from the survey corps. The military police on the other hand faces wide spread corruption. Disrespecting villagers and underlings and black market sale are present in the cities police force. Those that gave up everything end up dying on the battlefield.

shin3The titans in Shingeki no Kyojin are ruthless savages that resemble humans. It’s almost a metaphor for some human behavior in which we ‘devour’ ourselves. Within the realms of Titans there are different classes. Each need a different approach or tactic. From small few meter ones to giants with armor and with heights like skyscrapers.

Those different classes give the studio a wide variety of story elements. Some give opportunity for fast action scenes with a lot of maneuvering camera angles. Story wise they create the atmosphere of hopelessness. Humanity is in for a wild ride with the variety in Titans.

shin4Shingeki no Kyojin at its core is a shounen action series in which one heroic main character is humanities only hope. The series features a lot of action scenes filled with blood and violence. The violence depicted in Shingeki no Kyojin isn’t shockingly cruel, but the violence and gore that is used shows the severity of the matter. Humans are like insects to the titans and pose almost no harm.

The show had some pacing issues in which it used dialogue to explain plot elements. This wasn’t always needed as the story isn’t as complex. Although it’s a good way to engage the audience, creating atmosphere for the next epic moment.

And there were indeed quite some epic moments in Shingeki no Kyojin. The show followed a steady path of explaining and peak action moments to keep the viewer interested. This was accompanied with the, in my opinion, over usage of cliffhanger moments throughout the show.

The animation was steady and the studio pulled off some amazing effects. I guess they had to combine the show with less flashy, more dialogue oriented episodes, to leave budget for the fast action scenes. Combined with the soundtrack, Shingeki no Kyojin pulled of very impressive scenes that took the viewer further into the mystery of the show.

shin5Shingeki no Kyojin might as well be the spectacle of 2013. Despite the massive hype, the show created atmosphere and a credible story.

The characters were divers and the main cast did a great job. It is true they followed a route of certain stereotypes, but that shouldn’t spoil the fun and entertainment value delivered by this show.

I rate this show an 8 out of 10, because the over usage of cliffhangers is something that doesn’t fit in our way of media consumption nowadays. Shingeki no Kyojin builds up to create epic fights and Mikasa is perhaps one of the best bad ass chicks I’ve seen. I’ll be anxiously waiting for the next season to gasp and awe at the happenings of our main cast.

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7 thoughts on “Shingeki no Kyojin Review: We came as titans

  1. Artemis says:

    I wished I could have liked Mikasa’s character more than I actually did. She appealed to me at first, and there’s absolutely no doubt that she had some pretty epic moments there, all throughout the series. Her obsession with Eren eventually annoyed me to some extent however – how many times can she repeat his name in a single episode? And in general, I don’t like characters who demonstrate their romantic feelings through being smotheringly overprotective or ultra-motherly. I felt as though Mikasa basically turned into another person altogether whenever Eren entered the picture, which struck me as odd for a person of Mikasa’s otherwise very strong and admirable persona.

    • ninetybeats says:

      I kind of sympathized for her cause. She went through a lot with Eren along the way, all things considered it didn’t annoy me as much as Eren’s voice actor. It was a lot of screaming, often too much of it to be honest.

      It was more the bad ass moves from Mikasa. I can appreciate that in this show. But I can well understand why people would dislike her. Her script wasn’t profound in many ways. I’m willing to let that slide this time, because of the whole package that was delivered. Thanks for your feedback:p

  2. milesvibritannia says:

    Shingeki definitely seems to be the big hit of the year, and while I wouldn’t agree with the many that deem Shingeki a masterpiece, I would say it was a very entertaining watch all the same. Having read the manga, I’d definitely say the anime did a good job of adapting the material, as the fights were done brilliantly and even the anime-only scenes had significant meaning. Only thing is that the first season didn’t get to cover a whole lot of what really makes Shingeki the series it is for me so I didn’t love it as much as a bunch of other people. Story development is much more interesting later on and the characters that didn’t get a whole lot of screen time in season 1 become very important to the later portions of the series, so I have no doubt I’ll love season 2 even more than season 1, whenever it comes out at least. The first season did a great job with the material it had though and even though it was far from perfect, it was a good watch and I can understand why it has become so popular.

    • ninetybeats says:

      Knowing the source material can sometimes ruin the adaption to some extent:p Well it wasn’t a masterpiece, but it did a great job on the entertainment side.

      I wonder when the second season will come out, maybe the end of next year or even beginning 2015. We’ll have to see. They have gained a lot of momentum with the first season so a second one would be in place.

      • milesvibritannia says:

        That’s part of why I didn’t enjoy Shingeki as much I imagine, even though it was a long time ago I did read the story so I knew what was going to happen. That might also be why I didn’t enjoy Brotherhood as much as the FMA manga. Shingeki didn’t progress far enough to develop a whole lot but it was certainly a good adaptation and things only get better from here.

        I imagine that’s a good estimation, the manga will need some time to progress so we’ll have to wait a bit before the anime can continue. It’ll be quite a treat to see second season though, lots of good stuff happens in the arcs ahead.

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