I don’t watch anime so much these days. The exception was Vision of Escaflowne, which I watched after hearing the synopsis at an anime soundtrack concert. It was a pretty good anime, but didn’t quite live up to my expectations.
The other day I got Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人/Shingeki no Kyojin) recommended to me on Twitter (thanks Stephane). It seemed cool based on the single screen I had seen. I started watching it, and it’s very good. It’s different in a deceptive way. When you think you have the story figured out, it makes a sharp turn in another direction. That’s the impression I’ve gotten from the episodes that have aired so far.
The anime series is based on a manga by Hajime Isayama. It takes place in a world where titans roam the lands and humans, who’ve nearly gone extinct, have to live behind high walls to not get eaten. The walls are built in several layers so that if the outer wall is breached, the people can flee to the other side of the next wall.
The story starts out with humans having lived safely within the walls for a century, when two huge titans suddenly appear and breach the outer wall. Titans flow into the city, devouring its inhabitants. The people who manage to get away seek refuge behind the next wall, which causes a food shortage. We get to follow Eren, his adoptive sister Mikasa and their friend Armin, who decide to become soldiers to fight the titans.
So far the story seems like a slightly cooler and darker, but somewhat typical action anime. But after seeing episodes 5 and 6, that no longer seems to be the case at all. Uncertainty, emotional story telling and a brutal plot. I’m hooked, that’s for sure!
While the humans are drawn in normal anime style, the (regular) titans look slightly more “realistic”. They look super creepy as they walk around with their placid expressions.
The anime is scheduled for 25 episodes (episode 7 is next). Apparently there’s a live action movie in the works as well.