Attack on Titan Season 1 Part 1 & Part 2 ReviewJason Leyanna
Attack on Titan is based on the manga series that was written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. Part one of season one was released in the United States on June 3, 2014 by Funimation. Part two of season one was also released by Funimation on September 23, 2014. I received both parts of season one on DVD for review. Part one and two have an intriguing story and an interesting art style. The whole of season one is currently available for purchase from retailers.
Eren Jaeger lost his mother to an attack from Titans. One of the Titans ate her. Eren vows to eradicate the world of the Titans alongside his adopted sister, Mikasa Ackerman. He must go to great lengths to build up the strength to be able to eventually fight alongside the other cadets. Eren and his comrades and friends spend their time training and fighting the Titans. The Titans vary in size from small to large varying by meters in height. To take down a Titan for good, they must chop the back of their neck out so they donâ€™t regenerate. That seems to be the only effective method of combating the attacks from the Titans.
Five years later after the initial attack, comes another attack from the Titans. During part two, a Female Titan is found to exist and the soldiers attempt to capture her. Eren is part of this Scout Regiment tasked with this. Some new details about the Titans are revealed. Despite the revelations in this section of season one it still leaves viewers with many questions and keeps you wondering and looking forward to season two.
Attack on Titan has an interesting art style that includes hard lines that are used to define the characters and other elements. Occasionally there are a couple characters that seem to be hard to differentiate between. The series is gruesome at times when the Titans eat the humans. Some episodes are less gruesome and focus on plot development. The voice acting is well done in the series so far. Eren is voiced by Bryce Papenbrook, Mikasa by Trina Nishimura, and Armin by Josh Grelle in the English dubbed version of the Attack on Titan. The supporting cast also gives life to the remaining characters. For those interested, the collections of Attack on Titan include both the Japanese and English voice versions with subtitles available.
On the whole, Attack on Titan intrigued me with its story. The anime does have its gruesome and disturbing moments, but the series kept me watching because of the rich plot and the characters. The art style is interesting and unique. The English voice cast did a great job with their roles and the Japanese versions are also available with the English subtitles. I look forward to finding out more of the unanswered questions, though those will likely only lead to more questions. Overall, I would recommend Attack on Titan and look forward to continuing the journey into the next season.
"I want to see and understand the world outside. I don't want to die inside these walls without knowing what's out there!" - Eren Jaeger
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