Attack on Titan is a dark fantasy world of manga created by Hajime Isayama and conveyed to anime television series. Since its TV premiere in 2013, it keeps rising eyebrows and shocking the army of their followers. The story is settled in a fantasy world where the remains of humanity live inside few cities that are surrounded by giant walls meant to protect them from terrible humanoid beings (Titans) who feast on humans. There is also a young and brave elite group of defenders who try to fight against Titans.
5. Attack on Titan – Season 4
Season 4 has not yet been completed, but we have received the first half. Most internet viewers loved it, but it is based on characters we were told to despise or not care about. It’s a strong commentary on the storyline and all of the brainwashing that’s going on. However, as compared to the rest, it is a little dull.
Part of it is due to the game’s initial lack of recognition, and part of it is due to all of the brand new characters. We were thrown headlong into a foreign setting, and we’re expected to care? After a four-year time jump from where our plot left off in Season 3 Part 2, Attack on Titan: The Final Season (part one) moves at a rapid pace, fleshing out the wider, political scope of Isayama’s universe with narration, meaning, and a lot of action.
Ideas that were once cloaked in secrecy are given proper complexity, lending magnitude and weight to the conflict; and characters are at their most evolved throughout the novel.
Eren’s development as a character is one of the highlights of the Attack on Titan season. Because of his hotheaded personality, he wasn’t exactly a crowd favorite, but as time passed, his outlook on the world around him shifted, most notably several times during season 3.
In Season 4, his character undergoes a paradigm change, becoming cool and compassionate yet being brutal. “I won’t stop going on until all my rivals are destroyed,” he famously said. He’s a lot more removed, not only from the other characters on the stage but also from the audience. In contrast to previous seasons, his feelings remain a secret, and the season obviously demonstrates the schism between him and the other old Scouts.
The treatment of his development as a human and a titan shifter is excellent, both in the manga and in the anime. The voice actor, Yuki Kaji, contributed to this explosive development by smashing expectations of character delivery.
The fans particularly appreciate how well he’s blended in with Eren as a character and nailed almost every line. There isn’t a single line Eren has said in season 4 that isn’t crucial to the plot.
Some people can’t bear one of the new characters! Gabi is meant to be the female counterpart to Eren before the time jump, but aside from certain central characteristics like stubbornness, she isn’t really that close to him.
Gabi despises the Eldians of Paradis for no other reason than that she believes they are sinners who should be punished for the sins of their forefathers.
Eren was obstinate, charging through almost unwinnable fights without hesitation. However, his reasons for despising the titans were valid. His mother was devoured in front of him by a titan, his house was burned, and tens of thousands of his comrades were butchered in cold blood by titans. He fought for his own and humanity’s rights.
Gabi, on the other hand, despises Eldians despite never having seen one. She murders people for the sake of fame, for meaningless adulation.
In her defense, she’s a twelve-year-old girl who’s been brainwashed, so it’s difficult not to give her any leeway. Although she’s a nuisance! She’s really depicted much better in the anime at the start of the Marley arc than in the manga, so don’t hate her too much. She’s not a bad nor a good character, but she serves her intent.
For good cause, the animation of S4 has been the most talked about point. I’m not going to sugarcoat it: some of the CGI was dreadful. There was some truly spectacular CGI, such as the Jaw Titan, but some crucial scenes including the Attack Titan and Beast Titan were dreadful.
It’s not the animators’ fault; it’s the arrogance of the development committee and manga publishers, who needed S4 to air before the end of the manga to increase sales.
After the conclusion of Attack on Titan’s final season (Part 1), it would be interesting to see what direction MAPPA follows for the rest of the adaptation. Depending on the pacing, there are between 13 and 16 episodes remaining to cover.
Does the production committee see Attack on Titan as an opportunity to make hundreds of millions of dollars in a film style, or will we see Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2?
Bottom line, the last season began as a whole new anime, with so much history that you quickly tire of it, so much detail that you forget what is going on and why every few episodes, and just so many new characters that viewers don’t even care for.
Characters are sacrificed once more, and the anime simply makes us side with our old cast that we know and love, but it also makes us wonder if there is a grey area that we hadn’t considered in the past. Nonetheless, when the plot moves at a snail’s pace, it’s easy to give up.
It’s a letdown, but the conclusion of Part 1 with Levi Ackerman’s action scene is worth watching! That is the only thing we have to say about it!
No matter the ranking of the seasons, they are not that far from each other when it comes to the quality and the love fans have given this anime. It is still on our recommendation list, and it is pretty high on it.
It is one of the most popular and beloved stories of our time when it comes to anime and you will definitely not regret watching it. If you are a fan of a great story, consider reading the manga as well. you will not be sorry whatever source material you choose.
4. Attack on Titan – OVAs
OVAs are animated short films.
The original video animation (OVA) episodes are special episodes that were not broadcast during the original season but were published in conjunction with select volumes of the manga.
Section Commander Hange Zo and Captain Levi discover an Abnormal Titan during the 49th Exterior Scouting Mission, which leads them to the location of Ilse Langnar’s death. Ilse’s notebook shows that a year ago, she met the same Titan who listened to her, so it killed her after she questioned it. The revelation persuades Commander Erwin Smith to authorize the resumption of Titan capture attempts.
A Titan guillotine is seen destroying Titans before the operation to reclaim Wall Maria, while Mikasa Ackermann starts to wonder about Eren Jaeger.
She remembers reminiscing with Eren and Armin Arlelt about the good old days. Mikasa then starts to be concerned about Eren’s behavior after the retaking of Wall Maria. During the Struggle for Trost, she remembers Armin informing her of Eren’s death.
Mikasa is shocked and enters a new world in which her parents are both alive. During a medical visit to the Ackermanns, Dr. Jaeger takes Eren inside her forest home, and the two kids soon become friends.
Eren informs Mikasa that he will be leaving the Walls soon in a hot air balloon to visit the outside world, and when she arrives at the location where he told her to meet him, she meets Armin alone, and he tells her about how Eren died to save him.
OVA episodes had to be on this list because they fill in a number of plot holes. However, the mystery is revealed in subsequent series. Mikasa fantasizes about a different reality and knows that she will never be able to defend Eren and that she must let him pursue his own destiny.
Season 4 depicts this as a harsh reality for her. We also learn a lot more about Levi Ackerman, Erwin Smith, Kenny, and Armin’s lives. However, the show’s content does not glow as brightly as it does in the main episodes.
3. Attack on Titan – Season 2
The strength and simplicity of the situation had to be what made the first season so famous. There were giant creatures who ate humans as well as those that fought them.
The concept was basic and well-executed; however, an overarching sequence requires adaptation to survive, and this is the path that the source manga followed, and hence the show had to take. This season added a lot of complication to the front and started to make the viewer doubt the motivations we learned about in the previous arc.
The season, though containing some spectacular action set pieces, mainly felt like a setup for what was to come; the arrival of the Beast Titan and the unveiling of the personalities of the Colossal and Armoured Titans were both fantastic moments. Nonetheless, the season did seem to be setting up ideas for later development and hence fell fast to the bottom of this chart.
Since we see Eren focused on saving mankind rather than destroying all titans in season 2, most people begin to like him a lot more.
Eren has a distinct lack of self-control, which often gets him into trouble, prompting both his peers and family to be concerned about him. His lack of self-control and rash nature extended to his temper, which was brief at best and murderous at worst. When provoked enough, his rage could send him into a rage, followed by horrific amounts of aggression.
Like many youngsters, he appeared to see the world in black-and-white terms, feeling deep sympathy for mankind and its suffering while dismissing those who refuse others their rights as wretched filth unfit to exist. He also had a tendency to think with his heart rather than his mind, even though his own life was in danger.
And, of course, there are many surprises and plot twists in the world of AoT. The root of Titans is a perfect example. No one knows how they live, and it creates a sense of dread, a feat of the mysterious (which works very well in dark fantasy/horror stories). And, as the plot progresses, we are confronted with more pressing questions: What really is the government doing behind the walls? Where did the unique Titans such as Colossal Titan and Armored Titan come from?
Eren, on the other hand, does not advance as much as he did in seasons 3 and 4. He constantly yells and seems to be upset for no apparent cause. Mikasa is a god-like heroine, which is endearing but often stifles her growth.
Armin is a fascinating character, but he remains uninteresting. In our case, the trio does not seem to be as compelling as they should be in the manga. Still, thankfully, we are very pleased with their presence in the final episode because it does bring up Eren and Mikasa’s friendship.
Furthermore, the anime seems to struggle to maintain the manga’s enigmatic feel. Since the manga has its own rhythm, readers find it fun to watch even after several years. The anime, on the other hand, seems to be highly criticized for plot holes and unanswered questions. In fact, both of these questions and so-called “plot holes” are just solutions to events that occur far later.
Characters are a comparatively strong point in this story. The first season of Attack on Titan focused on the conflict between Titans and humans. Characters are well introduced, but audiences may become disoriented due to a large number of kills and deaths. The plot shifts its focus to specific characters in this second season.
2. Attack on Titan -Season 3
Furthermore, Attack on Titan isn’t afraid to sacrifice its characters, regardless of where they fall in the character hierarchy. This adds to the show’s intrigue and makes it difficult to predict. But keep in mind that just as they introduce a character for the sake of the plot, they also tend to get rid of one for the same reason.
Aside from that, the Attack on Titan anime is a visual marvel. Everything is perfect, from the design of the characters to the animation quality. Each scene, especially the action scenes, is animated with great care.
You can’t help but be impressed by how well this series’ animation immerses you in its world. The show is also accompanied by some of the most incredible anime soundtracks. It’s almost as if each of these musical scores was written specifically for the scenes they accompany.
We also learn a lot more about the show’s favorite character, Levi Ackerman. Despite his obsession with cleanliness, Levi is not particularly approachable. He rarely displays emotion, giving the impression that he is cold to others.
His tone of voice is often harsh, even insulting, and his comments are often coarse or inappropriate. He is not afraid to provoke or dismiss those who criticize or irritate him. His sense of humor leans toward the uncouth, disrespectful, and sinister. Many people find him unsettling as a result of all of this.
Levi has a strong sense of morality and empathy, though he rarely shows it. One of his most distinguishing characteristics is the high value he places on human life; this is especially evident when it is revealed that all Titans were once human.
He is deeply disturbed by the realization that he has been unknowingly killing humans all this time. Though Levi had no ill will toward Eren, he was willing to resort to violence to save his life at his tribunal, eventually asking Eren if he resented him for the beating.
Levi has stated that he despises unnecessary casualties, and he instructs his subordinates to use their discretion in order to avoid mistakes that could cost them their lives.
Armin Arlert is another character who really shines in Season 2. He is one of the more intelligent characters, and he earns the right to be resurrected and given titan powers. He comes up with creative solutions and is an expert at strategy.
Armin is a meticulous thinker. He enjoys delving deeply into situations and using his mind to solve problems. These personality traits, combined with his intelligence, good judgment, level-headedness, ability to plan ahead of time, and ability to come up with creative ideas and think outside the box, combine to make him an excellent tactician.
He is not an extrovert or a talker. When he was thrust into a leadership role that required him to be in the spotlight, speak in front of people, and constantly order people around, he became anxious and briefly froze.
Mikasa Ackerman should not be overlooked. She is the badass who doesn’t need to say much to make herself heard. Mikasa has a strong sense of right and wrong, and she does everything she can to persuade her most impulsive friends to follow what she believes to be the right path.
Despite this, she is well fully cognizant that she cannot always influence their decisions and makes it a point to accompany them wherever they go so that she can be present to assist when trouble arises.
The only reason she enlisted in the military and joined the Survey Corps after graduating was to keep an eye on Eren, despite the fact that she genuinely wanted to spend the rest of her days in relative peace within the Walls alongside him.
It was a welcome shift away from the series’ standard method, as there was still titan intervention, but the world felt so much more compelling because it was clear that titans were not the squad’s only problem. This was a fantastic addition, not only on a narrative level but also on an action level, as fighting other humans with their own omni-directional gear resulted in some amazing achievements of originality.
This arc took the series in a new direction and introduced crucial concepts that would and will influence the rest of the show. Finally, it’s worth mentioning the incredible improvement in animation quality. The show had always looked good, but this season took it to a whole new level. The characters’ movements were fluid, and they looked fantastic.
1. Attack on Titan – Season 1
Attack on Titan takes place in a world where humanity lives inside cities surrounded by massive walls due to the Titans, giant anthropomorphic beings that devour humans.
The plot revolves around Eren Jaeger and his childhood friends Mikasa Ackerman and Armin Arlert, whose lives are forever altered when a Colossal Titan breaches the wall of their hometown.
Eren and his friends join the Scout Regiment, an elite group of soldiers who fight Titans, vowing vengeance and reclaiming the world from the Titans.
For more than a century, humans have lived in settlements surrounded by three 50m-tall walls, Wall Maria, Wall Rose, and Wall Sina, which keep Titans, giant humanoid creatures that eat humans, out. Eren Jaeger, from the Shiganshina District, wants to see the outside world by joining the Scout Regiment because he compares city life to livestock.
Regardless, his adopted sister Mikasa Ackermann and their mother Carla Jaeger are opposed to him joining the Scouts. Even after witnessing the Scouts return home with heavy casualties, Eren expresses his desire to join, which impresses his father Grisha Jaeger, who promises to show him what lies in their basement once he returns.
Eren is disgusted with the people of Wall Rose because they refuse to share their food or homes with the refugees. As a food shortage becomes apparent over the next year, the government orders the refugees to either work on farms or fight to reclaim Wall Maria.
About 250,000 people, or 20% of the population, choose to fight, only to be annihilated by the Titans. Eren swears vengeance and joins the army alongside Mikasa and Armin.
Eren grew up in Shiganshina District, which is located on the southern edge of Wall Maria. He lived there until 845, when the Wall was breached by the Colossal and Armored Titans, allowing a flood of Titans to invade and destroy the city.
Eren witnessed his mother being murdered and eaten by a smiling Titan during the incident This event instilled in Eren a deep hatred for the Titans, and he vowed to wipe them all off the face of the earth.
I’d say the first season was the best. This is true for a large portion of anime. You got to see how many of the characters grow and become who they are, and it truly felt like hell. The first season had a vibe that drew me in, similar to the first seasons of Tokyo Ghoul or Sword Art Online.
Attack on Titan was many people’s first exposure to anime. It was an opportunity for many others who grew up watching shows like Pokémon and Digimon to see that style of animation actually discussing dark adult themes and reaching greater levels of success.
There have been many famous Japanese anime shows that have made their way into Western pop culture, such as Death Note and Sword Art Online. Nonetheless, none have ever hit the peak attained by Attack on Titan when it first entered the mainstream.
Although the viewing audience is not what it once was, it has been running for a long time. Its latest and final season is approaching, so now is the ideal time to reflect on the innovative series and analyze what has been the show’s most significant moments.
The first and most important factor that contributes to Attack on Titan’s success is its adherence to the source material. The original manga by Hajime Isayama, a Japanese manga artist, is flawless in every way.
And when you have such a good script in front of you that has already been approved by fans and critics, there’s no reason to go out of your way to add or change the existing story.
Attack on Titan, in addition to its impeccable storytelling, features some of the most vibrant and interesting characters ever created. The character hierarchy in Attack on Titan is as follows: there are main characters, supporting characters, and extras or side characters.
But you’d be mistaken if you thought these characters were prioritized based on their position in the pyramid, or that their contribution to the plot was limited to where they were in the pyramid. In fact, characters are introduced to either advance or create a new plot.
The series doesn’t introduce a new character just for the sake of having one.
The plot is well-crafted, with an aggressive nature and increased tension in the season’s latter stages. With well-written characters and enough time to develop them, the chaotic nature of the titans killing characters off suddenly adds to the uneasiness that pervades the show for long stretches.
Not to mention that the first season has one of the most epic and memorable anime openings of all time.