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 of the 10 or so 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?
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. (Source: MangaHelpers)
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 the first episode, 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 worth mentioning 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.
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)
- Kuudere beauty (Mikasa)
- Clever yet weak (Armin)
- Dense and hilarious (Sasha)
- Lesbian (?) characters (Ymir, Krista)
Oh, and how could I forget, we also have everyone’s sweetheart, Levi, 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).
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.
I’m absolutely in love with this thick line art style, so, needless to say, I pretty much enjoyed this anime’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.
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 and Ymir’s voices~
So far, we haven’t really seen much going on between Ymir and Krista, but trust me, there will be a lot more. Recently those two are also one of the most famous yuri (canon) pairngs 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!
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 have already aired, I can say with certainly 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.