Attack on Titan is a manga created by Japanese artist Jajime Isayama. It was an instant hit debut in 2011 and ever since it has sold over 20 million volumes. The show series has spread critical acclaim which spawned several games, a live upcoming movie production, and a new season to come. On word seems to come from all of the Attack on Titan fans to describe the show: INTENSE. The art of the anime is big in different types of ways: the monsters, the action sequences, the drama, the battle scenes, the music. Fans have been videotaping other people with their reactions watching the show and they are not dissatisfied. The concept displays humans using sophisticated systems to fight against giant zombies with gorgeous anime graphics and an amazing soundtrack.
Attack on Titan has bloody, gory scenes, and personal trauma of the characters. The dark themes combined with the struggle for human existence are the winning combination. Attack on Titan goes like this:
“Several Hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by Titans. Titans are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure 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 Titans. Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a Titan in over 100 years. Teenage boy Eren and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a Colossal Titan that appears out of thin air. As the smaller Titans flood the city, two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Eren vows that he will murder every single Titan and take revenge for all of mankind.”
In Attack on Titan, the characters go beyond deep emotions such as bravery, fear, trauma, and depression giving the audience the emotions as if they were in the situation. The show is always a mystery keeping you on the edge of your seat on what’s going to happen next. Isayama has said he based his concept on his giant walls on Japanese society, and its historical attempts to isolate itself, not always with success, from the outside world.
The anime is so intense people around the world have been filming other people’s reactions to episodes of Attack on Titan. Teens who have never the show their reactions and they are nearly off the edge of their seat. This shows that Attack on Titan is a good anime especially from seeing other people reacting to it in a positive way.
In Understanding Media and Culture: An Introduction to Mass Communications by Jack Lule, we view this show as a “tastemaker.”
“Along with encouraging a mass audience to keep an eye out for certain movies, television shows, video games, books, or fashion trends, tastemaking is also used to create demand for new products.”
Like any other fandom, Attack on Titan has memes, paradoies, fanart, and cosplay. There is also a popular fan-made online game that lets players pick their favorite characters and hop around to kill pixilated Titans. A sneak preview of how the Attack on Titan movie is going to turn out has been used for a Japanese car commercial which had created much hype for Attack on Titan fans, but less about the car itself.
In the anime community, this anime takes top charts and does not go unnoticed. Unlike a movie, the anticipation of every episode makes the show so much more exciting. Watch and find out what Attack on Titan is all about on Crunchyroll.com and join the fandom. Now lets see your reaction!