Most 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.
We 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.
In 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.
The 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.
Shingeki 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.
Shingeki 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.