Friday, May 10, 2013

Shingeki no Kyojin (First Impressions)

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Rather than drifting swiftly along with the tides this season, Shingeki no Kyojin stomps its titanic production quality to rupture the grounds of humanity in utter vehemence.

After five consecutive weeks of whimsical skirmishes between my jaw and the ground, I am absolutely convinced that there's no other show capable of impelling such momentum as strong as this. And just as what this series' name suggests, this is pretty much a "titan" in every aspect. Whereas Production I.G.'s caliber in substantiating motion in their works is always extremely accredited, Isayama Hajime's Shingeki no Kyojin manga garnered the Kodasha Manga Award last 2011, skyrocketing its name to the heavens of success in its own industry. And having both of their forceful elements coexist within the walls of this series, one can only paint amazement on the facade of his emotions while watching. This is certainly something which we've been eagerly anticipating in an awful lot of years to redeem the present anime industry from its downfall.

vlcsnap-2013-04-24-14h27m45s220With regard to this show's most engrossing constituent which happens to be its plot, it may not be exuding with intense sophistication, but the brilliance of the depiction of its world simply enthuses us out from our seats and opens our mouths in tremendous awe. At some point in time, gigantic brainless species, resembling the anatomical structure of human beings, appeared out of nowhere and began predating mankind. Without any means of fighting against the seemingly invulnerable titans, humanity has chosen to live within 50+-meter walls (namely Wall Maria, Wall Rose and Wall Sina) to protect themselves from complete annihilation. However, in the year 845, the Colossal Titan abruptly shows up and breaches the walls of Shiganshina, allowing other titans to transgress beyond. Eventually, the territories within Wall Maria were conquered and the surviving residents were pushed to Wall Rose.
Having witnessed his mother being viciously devoured by a titan, Eren Jaeger (Kaji Yuki) vowed to acquire vengeance by eradicating the existence of the enormous predators in the face of earth. Eren, alongside with Mikasa Ackerman (Ishikawa Yui), a mysteriously frigid girl who's been living with his family since the beginning, and Armin Arlert (Inoue Marina), his fallible best friend who possesses an unparalleled aptitude, joins the military training for three years. Surely, the characters aren't as compelling as the plot, notwithstanding, you can strongly empathize with them (especially Eren) through their desperate passion to paddle against the rattling flow of impossibility. To boot, this is probably the only series I've seen where Kaji Yuki's potentials are staggeringly fleshed out. In contrary to his performances prior to this, Ouma Shuu and Arita Haruyuki, who are both nettlesome twats, didn't really show indications regarding his ability to intensify his voice. Regardless, his roles as Asahina Satoru in the recently concluded Shinsekai Yori and Eren absolutely testifies that he won't be able to initiate the his endowment in full-scale when provided with goofball characters.

In addition to the irresistible components of Shingeki no Kyojin, it is impossible for me to neglect the extraordinarily gripping utilization of music. The impeccable drops and blends of orchestral compositions definitely erects all the hairs on our skin as if they're a battalion of delirious men languishing for a war. Moreover, rhapsodizing is the only way for us to bring justice to the splendor of Linked Horizon's Guren no Yumiya as this show's opening song, not to mention how well it was coupled with Production I.G.'s impressive visuals. It was also great to have Hisaka Yoko's sweetly intensive voice pandering our ears with Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai, a track from her very first single, closing the curtains for every episode. Currently, there were two incredible insert songs used in this show, hinting how astounding Shingeki no Kyojin's soundtrack would be. 

No matter how many times I've reached out for my fallen jaw every moment Shingeki no Kyojin wrings out  something astonishing, it wasn't entirely straining. It's essentially a marvelous experience that doesn't know when to cease the downpour of excitement on the viewers. Also, although this series barged in the line-up of this season in the same fashion as the very awful Sword Art Online did, Shingeki no Kyojin doesn't seem to signal any flaws that might depreciate the potentials it beamed so far. Nonetheless, THIS is definitely the "TITAN" we've all languished for years. 


Henceforth I'll be covering Shingeki no Kyojin episodes weekly. ;)


  1. Nice review :) It is very well structured

  2. 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. Love this AoT anime, love the Attack on Titan cosplay costumes in!

  3. Vewy nice. I'm honestly not into Anime, but after reading your impressions about it, it kind of changed things. Im'ma go and check it out soon.