Attack on Titan, first airing in 2013, with a fourth season on the way, tells the story of a world overrun with monsters and humanity’s attempts at survival. We follow Eren Yeager, Mikasa Ackermann, and Armin Arlert, three kids from a city inside the walls that were built to keep the titans out, and keep humanity safe.
There are so many amazing aspects of this show, and I believe that the gripping immersion is one of it’s best. It was so hard to stop watching, and the most stressful portions had me on the edge of my seat. The show has a way of making you feel like you’re actually there. The characters have real motivations, flaws, strengths, and goals. They feel like real people, and it was easy to empathize with them.
Characters aren’t the only thing that adds to immersion. The undertones and feelings conveyed by the show truly add to the viewer’s experience. The main feeling being utter hopelessness. As dark as that sounds, it’s completely appropriate. This isn’t a happy show. When characters die, they don’t make a heroic sacrifice to turn the tide and save their friends, they get swatted down, eaten, or crushed, for absolutely no reason. They don’t help the cause, or win the war, they just die. This is in contrast to something like Marvel, where if a character dies, they die for a good reason, and they die like a hero.
Another great aspect, that is often underappreciated, is worldbuilding. Throughout the course of this show, we learn more and more about the world, just as the main cast does. Most things we learn, we learn alongside Eren and the rest of the scout regiment. I find this style of worldbuilding more preferable than dumps of exposition.
I truly don’t think there are any glaring negatives worth mentioning. I cannot think of anything significantly bad that could take points off of this show. I could, however, understand why someone wouldn’t like it. It’s dark, gorey, and sad. If you’re looking for a show to laugh at, I’d skip this one. Personally, I cannot recommend this show enough. It’s quickly become one of my favorite shows. I’m confident when I give this show a solid 9/10 so far. I am incredibly excited for the final season, and I hope a satisfactory conclusion can bring it to a 10/10.