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Late to the Party: Attack on Titan Season 1 Review

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 5:28 am by Lacey Gilleran

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I pride myself on my ability to be the first person to see a video on YouTube or see a movie in theaters, but often find I miss out on some awesome TV shows. Call it a sickness, but lately I’ve been taking full advantage of my Netflix account and binge watching hours and hours of shows that I’ve heard are great. I am not afraid to admit when I’m late to the party with a TV show, so each week I will review shows I come across on streaming services. Are they as “EPIC” as everyone says, or was I right to pass on them the first time? The first show I’ll discuss is the hugely popular anime Attack on Titan.

I’ve been a fan of anime since I was little, when I thought I was destined to be a sailor soldier like Sailor Moon. I used to watch hours of Dragon Ball Z, Gundam Wing, and Tenchi Muyo on Cartoon Network, so I’m proud to say this is not my first anime. That being said, I had never watched an anime with subtitles as I always preferred the English dub versions. Netflix features the first season of Attack on Titan with its original Japanese voice actors, so I thought “What the hell” and watched the first episode with subtitles and all.

The show takes place on Earth during a time that giant, naked, creepy, always-smiling humans called “Titans” run wild all over the place eating normal humans for sport. The humans live in communities guarded by 50 meter walls that keep said Titans out. We find main character Eren Jaeger and friend Mikasa Ackerman going through the motions on a normal day when suddenly a large skinless Titan appears and breaks a hole in the wall. This allows Titan after Titan to come into the city and begin eating humans. Without giving away too many spoilers, after the attack that sees the humans retreat to a inner city surrounded by a wall, Eren vows to join the scout regiment (the army) and kill every last Titan. The rest of the season follows Eren through his journey and hardships of battling the Titans.

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There is a reason that Geek Legacy rated Attack on Titan the #1 Anime of 2013 – it was awesome. I was hooked after the first episode. I went into the show without doing any research, so I found myself on the edge of my seat the entire time. I kept saying “NO WAY!” or “WTF!” and was glued to the screen to see what happened next. The show has been compared to The Walking Dead in the US, and I can easily see why. It’s got endearing and deep characters, but just like zombies attacks in TWD, one of your favorites could die at any moment. I blew through this series in two days – it’s a MUST WATCH. I watched episode after episode and was sad when I reached the end. The voice acting was great and animation was beautiful. I am surprised to say I prefer the Japanese actors over the English ones. The original series was done with such passion and emotion that it is hard to watch the new English dubbed series.

I highly recommend this series to anyone that is a fan of anime, horror TV shows, or just AMAZING TV shows. If you aren’t into reading subtitles like I was, don’t worry, the English dub version has been released by Funimation.

So, where can I get one of those 3D Maneuvering devices?

You can follow Lacey and all her geekiness on Twitter at @laceygilleran.

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