Japanese Anime Produces Mixed Review

Rylan Andersson, Reporter

Shingeki no Kyōjin

“Attack on Titan,” from the Japanese title Shingeki no Kyōjin, is a Japanese anime produced by Wit studio that originally aired in Japan on April 6, 2013.  The story takes place in a world where humanity lives inside cities surrounded by enormous walls due to the titans, gigantic humanoid creatures, who devour humans seemingly without reason.

The plot centers on Eren Jäger, his sort of adopted sister, Mikasa Ackerman, and their friend Armin Arlert.  Their lives are changed forever after the appearance of a colossal titan brings destruction to their hometown and the death of Eren’s mother via Titan. Vowing revenge and to reclaim the world from the titans, Eren, Mikasa and Armin join the Recon Corps, an elite group of soldiers who fight titans outside the walls.

My personal feelings about the show are greatly mixed, although largely positive. For the first half or so, the conflict is very internal, with long segments of abstract visuals narrated by the protagonist. This, however, does not mean there is a lack of action. In fact, there is a nice balance of action and exposition.

SNK was a very entertaining anime, and definitely one that I won’t forget in a hurry. Although it had its low points, it was very fun to watch, and kept me on my toes.  Overall, I would give it a solid 8 out of 10.