It’s no mystery that Attack on Titan is one of the biggest shows this spring; you can’t look at social media without someone happily babbling about the show or possibly spoiling the hell out of it (thanks, Twitter). But for the uninitiated who have yet to wallow in giant-y goodness, we’ve whittled down the titan list of reasons to watch to the most important five.
The show is incredibly violent and bloody – shockingly so. The good kind of shocking, though, not the kind of violent that makes you lie awake at night thinking about things lurking outside the window. That’s not to say you’re going to want to rush out and buy a plushie of a titan at the next con; the titans are super creepy. Delightfully creepy, like The Gentlemen from Buffy. It’s all in the smile.
The best part of the first episode is, undeniably, the last five minutes. The violence in the last five minutes will have you watching in awe, unaware of the rest of the world. The third time I watched the first episode, I watched with my friends, on their first time. Seeing them gape at the television had to be one of the most delightful feelings an anime fan can have.
2. 3 dimensional maneuver devices
I’ve always been a Batman fan, but I do have a healthy appreciation for Spider-man. Partially because I enjoy a good smart ass, but mostly because his web slinging is crazy cool. When the army goes into battle and starts slinging their way through three dimensional space, all I could think of was Spider-man. Spider-man with swords. It’s pretty hard to think up a concept cooler than Spider-man with swords.
3. The fanbase
I typically spend a lot of time cursing fanbases because they do things like force me to think about the imaginary sexual tension between two male characters just because they both have emotional problems. And while the fanbase for AoT is spoilerific, they also tend to make a lot of awesome stuff – like my favorite piece of fan art in the entire world right now, made by a person who clearly dislikes Mikudayo as much as I do.
Attack on Titan Fanbase
There are a lot of ways shows stream online, but when a show is so good you can’t wait for a new episode, Crunchyroll is the way to go. I enjoy shows Funimation picks up, but let’s face it – they aren’t the most punctual with their simulcasts. Waiting is hard, but punctuality soothes the burn a little. Of course, I might be a little biased.
It takes about two seconds to realize that visually speaking, you’re in for a treat. This season has a lot of interesting things going on with art, from Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet’s slick, polished look to Flowers of Evil’s crazy rotoscope action. The art of Titan takes some strange turns; the thick outlines are reminiscent of coloring books and the frozen slides remind me a little bit of low budget bible cartoons from the 80’s. But the art is dynamic, and when you’ve got this kind of story with sword-and-web-slinging action, dynamic is necessary. The art does not fail. This is especially apparent in the titans, as they lurch and loom, grinning with nearly orgiastic glee. The art makes action exhilarating, human emotion naked and terror very real.
Still looking for reasons to watch Attack on Titan? I didn’t think so.
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