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Shingeki No Kyojin (Attack on Titan)
Transcript of Shingeki No Kyojin (Attack on Titan)
Shingeki No Kyojin
Shingeki no Kyojin, or in English Attack on Titan is one of the
top animes of 2013. Anime is the term used for Japanese cartoons and animated films. It was directed by Tetsuro Araki and currently has one season of 25 episodes and 2 specials. It was originally a manga series by Hajime Isayama. Manga is the term used for Japanese comics and graphic novels.
Attack on Titan has won numerous awards for the Newtype
Anime Awards, including Title of the Year (TV) for 2013. Other awards include: first for Female Character, Soundtrack, and Direction.
This series is categorized as shonen, which is a series that is
marketed to males ages 13 and up. But it has managed to attract many other audiences and even audiences who do not typically watch anime.
Over one hundred years ago, what remained of humanity was
forced to retreat inside a massive walled city in order to escape the terror of giant, man-eating monsters called titans.
The story begins with Eren Jaeger, his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman and their best friend, Armin Arlert.
Eren Jaeger Age:15 Survey Corps
Mikasa Ackerman Age:15 Survey Corps
Armin Arlert Age:15 Survey Corps
The walls have protected civilization for over a century until a new threat
rises. The Colossal Titan, a titan who reaches higher than the walls appears and breaks through the first wall. Titans flood in and destruction and death spreads quickly. After witnessing his mother being devoured by a titan, Eren vows to kill every single one of the monsters and set humanity free from their cage within the walls.
There are three walls that reach about fifty meters high. Wall Sina is the inner most wall that protects the king and high class civilians.
The second wall is Wall Rose and the outermost wall is Wall Maria which is breached by the Colossal Titan. On each wall there are four towns with extended walls surrounding them. These are to help concentrate titans to a smaller area where they will not damage the main wall. For further protection, cannons have been built on the top of the walls. All three walls have protected humanity for over a century and there has even been a religion that has developed from their existence.
The military is split into three branches.
The top branch is the Military Police; they bear the green unicorn emblem.
Their key job is to protect the king in Wall Sina. They generally see no action and have access to great wealth which allows corruption within the ranks. Only the top ten graduates of the trainees can choose this branch.
The Garrison is the largest of the three branches; it has the red roses as its logo. Their job is to protect and repair the walls. This also includes cannon firing and civilian evacuation.
The Survey Corps is the smallest and most dangerous of the branches. Their logo is the blue and white wings, also known as the "Wings of Freedom". Their job is to explore outside the walls and gain back territory invaded by titans. They suffer high casualties.
Gear and Weapons
Soldiers use 3-D Maneuver Gear in order to fight against titans and move around quickly.
They wear a harness that wraps around much of the body below the neck. Two rectangular boxes hang on both of their thighs. Each hold one air canister and four extra blades. Pressurized air propels the soldier, while grappling hooks are used as a grabbing and swinging tool. Two hand grips are used to hold the blades and release the gas. The movements while using this gear are similar to how Spiderman swings on his webs.
Other gear and weapons include rifles, generally used by the Garrison and Military Police and horses for traveling quickly in an open area, generally used by the Survey Corps. The cannons on the walls are used for long-range titan fighting and are usually operated by the Garrison.
Titans are the primary antagonists of the series.
Their origins, overall numbers and how their bodies work generally remain a mystery. Humanity does know that they are compelled to devour humans but do not need to for a source of nutrients. They eat until their stomachs are full and then regurgitate the corpses. Titans are less active at night or in the dark. They have no intelligence and are easy to trick and deceive but can be very unpredictable. Titans range in heights from a 15-meter class to a 3-meter class. Their only weakness known to humans are the back of their necks; if cut their regeneration ability stops and their bodies disintegrate.
Throughout the series there are numerous special types of titans that possess special abilities and are very difficult to kill.
The Colossal Titan is around sixty meters tall and is the first special titan seen in the series. His body appears to be made of muscle and bone. He is very slow and can release extremely hot steam that burns. He kicked a hole in Wall Maria and suddenly disappeared.
The Armored Titan is a 15-meter class and usually appears with the Colossal Titan. His body is covered in hard amour and he has white-blonde hair. The Armored Titan can move extremely fast.
The Female Titan is the first titan to appear to be female and is a 15-meter class. Her body appears to be made of muscle and bone and she has blonde hair. She has the ability to harden any part of her body with a crystal-like material that 3-D Maneuver Gear blades cannot cut.
The Rogue Titan is a 15-meter class. He is the only special titan that appears to have skin over muscle and bone. He has long brown-hair and is very strong. Any additional abilities have not yet been seen.
My favourite character is Corporal Levi of the Survey Corps.
He is considered humanity's most powerful soldier and has great capability with the 3-D Maneuver Gear.
His exact age has not been released but he holds high influence over the Survey Corps. His personality is generally cold
and unapproachable. He is known as a "clean-freak" by his teammates and is often blunt and even rude, especially to higher-ups. Levi also has a soft-side for his subordinates and cares to preserve human life. It is rumoured that he had a previous life of crime until he was approached by the Commander of the Survey Corps, Erwin Smith.
Shingeki no Kyojin is overall a highly action packed anime and
manga with lots of anticipation, humour and thrill. The plot is original and gripping with many unanswered questions that have the readers and watchers coming up with theories and anxiously waiting for more. The animation is phenomenal with highly detailed battle scenes and a unique style of art.
The anime is not yet in English but a subtitled version is
available online and Funimation has bought rights to dub it. The manga is ongoing with new chapters releasing in translated English every month.
This series is highly recommended to anyone interested in a violent, graphic animated show that will have you eager to find out what happens next and who will survive.