Shingeki no Kyojin, the Anime Review Part 2

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Hello everyone and welcome to Part 2 of my Shingeki no Kyojin anime. If you’re looking for Part 1, click here. And in Part 2 I’m going to touch on some overarching plot themes, the animation, ending, sound and my final thoughts. Okay, let’s get started…

Levi5On the completion of episode 25, really, there was no one solution solves all answer to mankind’s struggle against the titans. I mean, what did you expect? It’s not like Eren was actually going to go out and rip off every single one of the titans’ heads. We reach a point in the story where the arc has finished and the issues in the present moment resolved, however there is definitely room for season 2 because the issue with the titans will continue, which brings me to my next point…

Shingeki no Kyojin really puts out world in perspective. As humans, we’re accustomed to being at the top of the food chain. We’re the ultimate predators. Our technology and our reason has allowed us to conquer nature and the animals. But what happens when a BIGGER and DEADLIER creature emerges to EAT US. That’s exactly the point being made at the premise of the story. Humans prey on smaller creatures to survive, so what makes us different from the titans? And how can we defeat monsters without becoming monsters ourselves? “If we only focus on making the smart moves, we will never get the best of our opponents. When necessary, we must be willing to take big risks, and we must be prepared to lose everything.” – Erwin Smith

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To be honest, I saw the twist coming and I guessed who the spy was before it was revealed so it wasn’t that much of a shocker to me. That much was predictable but the mystery behind the Armoured titan, the Colossal Titan and others, have yet to be solved. No anime is without its flaws yet for so much plot and story packed into twenty five episodes, I think Studio Wit did a fabulous job in bringing the characters to life. With credit to the original creator of the story, Hajime Isayama, the element of realism, despite its setting in a dark fantasy sort of world, came across really concrete. The fragility of a life, how easy it can be taken by a titan and just tangible death is, to these characters is going to stay with me for a really long time. Seriously. SO MANY PEOPLE DIE. OHMIGOD.

 “Much more time and sacrifice would still be required before mankind learned what it was that truly held them captive…”

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This quote above, these last lines of the story. THEY REALLY GOT TO ME after everything that I’d seen and analyzed and reviewed in my head and summarize the essence of what I’ve ranted above. I also wanted to touch on the soundtrack and sounds. Since Shingeki no Kyojin spans two regular anime seasons, there are two openings and I can honestly say that I have never seen two songs so well paired with anime series. The first opening really reminds you of Eren’s beginnings, the fear of the titans and the epicness of action. And by epicness of action. I really mean epicness of action because IT DOES GET EPIC. The second opening song reflects the military pride and togetherness of the Survey Corps. Not to mention, in both we get booming orchestral elements, loud choir vocals as well as some rock to give it that modern flair that makes these songs listen-worthy forevermore. Seriously, you won’t get tired of it and if I wasn’t on a time constraint to finish this within two days, I wouldn’t have skipped the opening sequence.

ErenI can’t wait to go read the manga to find out the rest of the story. As always, seasonal animes can only go so far in the story but due to the overwhelmingly popular reception I’m sure season 2 will announced sooner rather than later. Overall, Shingeki no Kyojin is one of those anime series that are too important to be ignored in the world of anime and rightly so. When there seems to be a constant rehash of too many overused elements either in the magic girl worlds (save for Madoka) and slapstick comedy and especially harem or fan-serviced geared series, it’s hard to find series that have substance in both plot and characters. Sometimes you’ll be given an amazing world, but an annoying as f**k main character like Fate/Stay Night *cough*Shiroe and sometimes series just drag on to eternity making you give up *cough*Naruto. So as a reviewer, and an Otaku and Levi fangirl, I say to you, go watch Shingeki no Kyojin. You will not regret it.

– Cloudy

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