Anime Review: Shingeki no Kyojin


Yes, I know, this is not a yuri show in the slightest, yet I still feel like posting a review about it, simply because it’s so awesome.

This is only going to be a review about the 10 episodes that have already aired, not about the manga, so obviously this isn’t going to be a full review of this story, but since the manga lets us predict that this show will be around for quite a while, I thought why not share with you what I already have to say about this anime.

Genre: Dystopia, Action, Violence, Tragedy, Fantasy, Dark atmosphere

Story: 10/10                                                      

Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by giants. Giants are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by walling themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of giants.
Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a giant in over 100 years. Teenage boy Eren and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a super giant that appears out of thin air. As the smaller giants flood the city, the two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Eren vows that he will murder every single giant and take revenge for all of mankind. (Mangahelpers.com)

Within just the first episode, this anime managed to capture my attention and have a bigger emotional impact on me than most anime have during their complete run.

Still after being completely blown away by episode one, I had a feeling that the awesomeness of this show would most likely decrease during the next few episodes, but oh how wrong I was!

Even though the whole concept of naked giants devouring humans sounds a little weird, the main idea behind it (that is humans not being on top of the food chain anymore) is pretty well done and furthermore, all the mysteries connected to this story keep this show so very intriguing and interesting to watch.

It’s also worthy to mention that this anime is so exciting and emotionally engaging that for the first time I actually started reading the manga in the middle of the story, just to see how things continue. I’m trying not to spoil you here but what I can tell you with certainty is that Shingeki no Kyojin will stay as awesome, mysterious and unpredictable as is it right now and it will have some pretty big surprises for you as well.
 

Om Nom Nom


Characters: 8/10

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When it comes to the characters, Shingeki no Kyojin really offers a big variety so everyone can pick his/her favorite. Let’s name some:

  • Typical heroic yet way too rash and emotional main character (Eren)
  • Clever yet weak (Armin)
  • Dense and hilarious (Sasha)
  • Lesbian (?) characters (Ymir, Christa)

Oh and how could I forget, we also have everyone’s sweetheart Rivaille, who is and probably  will always remain everyone’s favorite character. I can also predict that he will be part of a lot of yaoi ships in the near future (trust me, this will eventually happen and we can’t do anything about it)

It seems it has already started…


My favorite characters right now would be Mikasa and Sasha. Mikasa is just too badass and beautiful and well Sasha’s stupidity is probably the only thing that keeps this anime from becoming unbearably gloomy and depressing.

Animation: 9/10
I’m absolutely in love with this thick line art style, needless to say I pretty much enjoyed this anine’s look. Especially the fighting scenes look really impressive and we get to see a lot of them in almost every episode. All in all we can say that the animation can definitely keep up with the awesomeness of the story, but see for yourself:

Music and Sound: 9/10
I think everyone will agree with me when I say that the opening theme “Guren no Yumiya” is pretty epic and probably the most fitting opening I’ve heard in a long while. It’s really the perfect start for an anime like this.

While writing this review I just started to realize all over again just how great this anime is in almost everything it does and that is so rare. Even the background music is absolutely great and the same goes for the voice acting. How much I love Mikasa any Ymir’s voices~

Yuri: 2/10
So far we haven’t really seen much going on between Ymir and Christa, but trust me there will be a lot more.

Recently those two are also one of the most famous yuri (canon) parings out there. Well this information is only based on the amount of fanart about them being produced right now, but anyway, here are some of my favorites, enjoy!
 

by 午後パン
by y o u

Just try to block out Sasha in this one…

Total Enjoyment: 10/10
From the beginning this show was so overly hyped that it almost annoyed me to a level that I didn’t even want to start watching it. Fortunately I still did and I came to realize that Shingeki no Kyojin really lives up to its hype. Even though I don’t know what other anime will be released this year nor have I watched all the ones that already aired, yet I can certainly say that this show will be the best anime of 2013.

So should you watch it? Since I’m posting this on a yuri blog, most of my readers are probably yuri fans. So here’s what I can tell you: Give the first episode a try, if you don’t like it, drop it, if you do like it, consider yourself lucky because this show will stay awesome for a long time from now on.

Moe~
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15 thoughts on “Anime Review: Shingeki no Kyojin

  1. I've heard nothing but great things about this anime, and I won't be surprised when I hear everyone give this Anime of the Year award or whatever… but this just doesn't work for me. Sorry, that's just me. Violent heavy, dark tragedy based stories aren't the reason I read/watch anime.

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  2. That's just fine, I for example can't watch anime that are older than 2000. Just like you I know they're good but I just can't get myself to like them because I don't like the animation.

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  3. hahaha, your not the first one to give me that response. Still an outstanding anime. The film was made in 1999, so right on the edge of your limit, but being a film had a much better budget.

    Here, check out this clip to see if you can stand it.

    http://youtu.be/IJT5i5NmONc

    I mean, this is Yuri history! I think it says something that some of our top Yuri mangaka, including Morinaga Milk of Girl Friends fame and Hayashiya Shizuru of Hayate x Blade and Strawberry Shake Sweet, before they had made it to mangaka they wrote Utena Doujinshi.

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  4. In this case it's not really the quality of the animation, because what I have seen already and what you showed me in this clip looks good, but that doesn't change the fact that I don't like how the characters look.

    First time I watched a yuri anime, I decided which one it should be by looking at the main couple only. Utena was also in the list, but in the end I watched Kannazuki no Miko and I still think that Himeko and Chikane are the most beautiful yuri characters in anime ever.

    But since I just got my wisdom teeth taken out and can't do anything other than lying around, maybe I'll get myself to watch a little more than just the first 10 minutes of Utena..

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  5. Wisdom teeth, that's no fun. Kannazuki no Miko, very good choice. Classic Yuri anime. I started with Marimite before moving to Mai-Hime and Simoun, which is my favorite.

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  6. I just watched Marimite for the first time like half a year ago, I would have much sooner but yet again I didn't like the character design of Yumi… man I'm so picky it's not even funny.

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  7. Since the Scouting Legion is constantly on the front line, fighting Titans, its high fatality, low success rate (if at all) discourages most people from joining the legion. Thus, the legion suffers an all-time personnel shortage and the only soldiers who enter the Scouting Legion are dedicated to the cause of humanity usually at the cost of their own lives! This is the Eren Jaeger cosplay costume for Recon Corps (Scouting Legion) in Attack on Titan! And Hanji Zoe is a Squad Leader from the Scouting Legion. Hanji conducts research on Titans and, as such, is deeply interested in Eren Jaeger, who can turn into a Titan. Hanji is very passionate and driven in pursuit of new knowledge. And Hanji Zoe cosplay costume from http://www.cosplayfield.com also pretty popular in Attack on Titan cosplay field!

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  8. Seriously, you should totally watch Utena…Yeah animation sucks, but that is a CLASSIC yuri anime. (Not to offend but-) you'd be a fool NOT to watch it…Having a yuri review website and all…At least watch it to write a review…(Please?!) The Adolescence of Utena, however, although the quality of animation is much better than the series, but sadly, has a mind-fucking effect: (In other words, it's real damn confusing, ESPECIALLY the weird car wash thing towards the end.)

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  9. I was so close to watching it so many times, but in the end, I always decided for something else.
    Right now, or more precisely this anime season, I don't have any time to watch anything else, but after this season is over, I will hopefully get myself to finally watch it.
    But writing a review about it… well, this is really old, and despite the fact that I also write about older shows, I have a feeling like not that many people still want to read about that, but let's just see about it.
    Maybe it will be so good that I just have to write a review about it.

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