Genre: Dark Fantasy/Action
Studio/Creator: Wit/Production IG/Hajime Isayama
Distributor: FUNimation, streams on Crunchy Roll and Hulu
No. of Episodes: 25
Suggested Age: 17+
My Rating: 10/10
Summary: One hundred years ago, a race of giants called Titans terrorized humanity, devouring on any they could find. These giants lack reproductive organs and wander naked, resembling male humans. Their only weakness is a small spot on the back of the neck. The military developed Vertical Maneuvering Equipment, allowing soldiers more agility to defeat them. To stave them off, three walls were erected, named Maria, Rose, and Shina. However, a Colossal Titan, which is stronger than the normal Titan, managed to break through the walls, allowing the smaller and weaker Titans through. Our hero, Eren Yeager, was present when this occurred and joins the military with his adoptive sister Mikasa and a friend named Armin.
Review: I’d heard from friends online that this was a good show, so as soon as it finished, I decided to check it out.
I liked how the world was set up. The Titans were great monsters and the story captured how it would feel to learn that humans are no longer at the top of the food chain. Eren is a well-written protagonist, whose determination and anger towards the Titans work well as motivation. Mikasa provides the heart and compassion, and she became a favorite character.
The artwork is very good. I liked the detail on the Titans and the walls.
My only beef is that the story went to quickly and didn’t really reach any sort of conclusion. I hear a second season is in the works, so that might be the cause. (Also, I hear the manga is unfinished.
Sub/Dub: I only watched the sub, as this was before FUNimation got the license.
Music/Score: The theme song for the first opening was very good. The others were okay.
Violence: (10/10) This is a very bloody story. And because the monsters are cannibals, there are scenes where they are devouring people.
Sexuality: (2/10) In one episode, we learn that prostitution is practiced by the surviving humans.
Nudity: (5/10) The Titans resemble naked male humans, but lack reproductive organs.
Related Media: This is based on the manga. There is also a light novel and a forthcoming movie.