People say it’s unfair to review an anime that is not finished, and it is too far to get the final result, but today actually I just want to express some of my thoughts after watching the three episodes of the anime “Attack on Titan“.
I personally think this review is over analyzed and solely based on preconceived notions about the series with little to no proof towards it’s future development. For a series that is meant to be long it’s important to emphasize the parts that matter to the author the most. Also in my opinion being “unevenly paced” isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Keep in mind that things like this aren’t meant to please the audience, but give the author some sense of self satisfaction. The ultimate goal for the first part was to seal the hole in the wall. But you bet your sweet ass they did a phenomenal job of sealing that fucking hole. My point is that you can consistently be inconsistent. Just because the story reaches some slow parts doesn’t mean the entire series will be paced like that.
Another main point I want to make is that this review is assuming too much with what little content we currently have. I believe that the writer will emphasize parts when necessary. We don’t know what exactly will happen in the story or how it happens until it happens. There is particular method that writers use that people aren’t very aware of. I like to call it the “suspense” method.
I personally think it’s one of the best/necessary methods for writing. I’m sorry as a fellow writer, cliffhangers are not a bad thing what-so-ever. It makes you wonder what’s going to happen next and it’s MEANT to keep you coming back for more each episode. You’re not suppose to explain everything right away, otherwise the show would end in like 10 episodes or less and you would feel no accomplishment for making it to the end. The longer the process the more satisfying the end product will be. “Aren’t you just waiting for that giant question to be answered at some point? Keep watching to find out.”
Attack on Titan inadvertently poses a question that could have been asked decades ago: What if Spider-Man had a penchant for bladed melee weapons and his arms were freed from web-slinging? Add the mutant-hunting sentinels and you essentially have the game play premise for Humanity in Chains.
Much like Spider-Man, you don’t question how your gear manages to find an attachment point every time; you just run with it because there are more pressing matters, like a city filled with invading titans. You spend most of your time swinging from point to point because moving on foot is impractical and, more importantly, is the easiest way to get yourself killed.
Attack on Titan has a typical shounen storyline: Eren swearing to avenge his dead mother and his journey against very formidable opponents. He had encountered failure in training, but his strong and determined will of eliminating all titans made him overcome the obstacles and he became a strong soldier. Whenever there was a difficulty, he would remember his dead mother and did anything he could, however reckless his actions might be, to kill the titans.
He despised people who only wanted a comfortable lifestyle and thought everyone should fight the titans. He was the typical protagonist you see in any shounen shows: passionate, courageous, acting before thinking. However I will cover my bases and say that there are A LOT of shows that abuse the shit out of this process and drag a story out until the person has completely lost interest in it and no longer gives a shit about the ending at all.