First Impressions – Shingeki no Kyojin

sengeki no kyojin

Synopsis:

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.

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Comment:

THE TITANS ARE SCARY.

Not just on how they look. The last part of the episode made sure to establish that fact. The premise of the show is very interesting and catchy. The atmosphere, grim and depressing.

The first part of the episode introduced our characters and their current situation. They’re living a peaceful life inside the confinement of a 50-meter wall, separating them to the outside world. The main character wanted to join the Recon Corps, those who go outside and try to learn about the giants. The idea was stupid for almost all of the people inside the safety of the wall. Who would put their lives at risk if they’re already living in peace? But Eren isn’t contented in that kind of living. His resolve to join the Recon Corps increased even more after what happened in the last part of the show.

Okay so I like what’s happening especially on the last part. Not that I’m into bloody stuffs, but the anime delivered that scene so well that you can feel the fear and the bleak the story is trying to convey. It shows how powerless the human are against the titans. They’re like livestock waiting to be eaten by those giants. The emotions are so strong it even affects me as a viewer.

Anyway, the visuals are great especially the animation during that short fight scene. It looks really good, fluid and exciting. The character designs are good. The titans really look so scary. I’m just a little bit bothered with the bold outlines…

And oh! Yuki Kaji is the main character’s VA. He’s my favorite so there’s a plus to this anime! Hoho.

Verdict:

It’s great and I hope this wouldn’t disappoint me. On my watch list!

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