Attack on Titan: Part 1
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(Jun 03, 2014)
When the man-eating giants called Titans first appeared, humans retreated behind massive walls. After a hundred years of safety, a colossal-sized Titan smashes through the defenses, unleashing a flood of giants and carnage in the streets. Eren Jaeger watches helplessly as one of the creatures devours his mother.
He vows to kill every Titan walking the earth.
Eren and his surviving friends enlist to fight against the insatiable monsters. The future looks bleak, but there s more to Eren than meets the eye: he may be humanity s last hope against extinction. From the director of Death Note and High School of the Dead comes the series Anime News Network calls an intense, visceral, and graphic thrill ride. The Titans have come to feast. Anything can happen. No one is safe.
Japan's equivalent of The Walking Dead --io9.com
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Attack on Titan is an action-packed but emotionally driven story of humanity desperately clinging to life in a laughably small, sectioned-off part of the world. They face extinction by a threat they do not fully understand and cannot fully overcome: human-like Titans up to fifty meters high (at least, in the first season) that feed on humans not for sustenance, but for the sport. While Attack on Titan does feature some very on-point humor in the first four episodes, it is unlike other animes (for example, Full Metal Alchemist) where it continues to bounce back and forth between humor and the realities of its serious story line until the seriousness and magnitude of its dystopia begins to dilute and become meaningless. The humor mostly shows up before the real fight against the titans begin and casualties begin to stack up high on the tally board, keeping the gravity of the true situation heavy upon the viewer's shoulders.
The characters are varied, unique, and likable. There are many women characters in the series that are badass, but they are also characters that are badasses because they are written WELL, not because they were shoehorned into being badasses *and* also a woman. Nothing feels like it is pandering (I actively avoid such pandering, myself). The anime mostly seems to avoid the more annoying cliches, though the main character has received some criticism for being cliched (I do not really agree, I love his ridiculously unceasing motivation, though I can see the cliche).
The artwork is beautiful, the music is moody and just perfect, the action is very well animated, and it is quite easy to tell the difference between the characters, despite it being a very large cast overall. I also MUST commend this anime for its ability to kill off so many likable characters without apology; there is a real danger to the characters you love, and thus the story keeps the viewer actively engaged because of the uncertainty of their fates. The anime is beautifully brutal and does not shy away from the realities of war, corrupt politics, or betrayals due to ignorance or misunderstandings. This is a mature anime for adults that can handle casualties and the sight of blood, and the agonies of tremendous loss.
As for the DVD set itself, it comes with four discs: two Blu-rays and two DVDs, both with the same content for whichever piece of technology you decide to use to play it on. The set covers episodes 1-13 of season one plus extras. You can watch it with the Japanese voice actors with (or without) English subtitles, OR with the English voice actors (which is the default option). Also, the voice actors are FANtastic, and this is coming from a person who usually hates watching dub anime and prefers Japanese voice actors. Particularly the voice actor who voices Armin, Josh Grelle; there are some scenes that require immense sadness and desperation from him that simply gave me chills and brought tears to my eyes. You also have the option of playing the anime as a marathon, where it will skip the opening and ending credit sequences for all but the first episode on the disc.
In summary, if you are viewing this product, odds are you already like the series. In the slight chance you haven't watched Attack on Titan yet, I urge you to try it. It is a superb piece of animated fiction that will go down in history as being a classic and one of the very best anime (and TV shows in general) has to offer. You owe it to yourself to check it out.
Onto the product review. This set is a hardcover book that has 2 plastic trays to house the discs that are on the inside covers. The binding is thick and sturdy like you'd hope to see in a limited edition. The disc trays have an overlapping design and crescent shaped release buttons.
The package has a 22 page booklet containing artwork, short comics, and character bios. The LE comes with a holographic pencil board as well (this features the same artwork used on the cover).
My only gripe about this set is that the booklet is built into the package and not removable.
If you are a fan of the show or just need to have a full "complete" set, make sure that you buy vol. 2 that comes with a box! Both this LE and the LE of part 2 are designed to fit inside the box! Buy the box!
witness the struggle of humanity as a young eren & mikasa oversee a colossal titan attacking there town and with it making more titans appear with it , as young eren sworn on taking revenge on every single titan for losing whats dear to him the most .
now as eren , mikasa & dear friend armin now train hard to be the best of cadets so they rise up to the terror of the titans , as the battle grows gruesome and challenging with many solders dieing in the process they would have to do better or just give ........ or maybe they have an ACE on their sleeve.
i had a blast watching this show with Mikasa making me draw in the show , story is really interesting with a great plot to boost , the characters are wonderful , music fits the mood and action .
i have to warn tho that the show has brutal deaths ( for a younger audience ) .
i highly recommend this show it was a blast watching it .