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    Attack on Titan / Shingeki no Kyojin

    I know I recommend a lot of tv.
    I know it.

    But you HAVE to watch this show, if you watch any anime at all. This is my serious recommendation.

    This show has taken the world by storm, and for good reason- it’s absolutely amazing.

    I’ve been obsessed with this for over the past year. It consumes me. For real.

    Let’s get into the details of why. I’ll post non spoiler reasons first. Then, spoiler reasons after the “read more’ button. DO NOT CLICK “READ MORE” UNLESS YOU HAVE PROGRESSED THROUGH SEASON ONE OF THE ANIME. I don’t want to ruin anything for you. You’ve been warned. There’s no spoilers up until that point, however.

    BASIC PLOT: So, the basic plot can be summed up like this: humans are no longer the top of the food chain. Attack on Titan takes place in a sort of futuristic world, where ‘titans’ (basically giant naked man babies) roam the land, and eat humans, because they are jerks. Humanity is kept safe behind a series of heavy duty walls, which keep the humans in, and the titans out- behind the walls, humanity is split up the same way we are now, as in split into towns and whatnot. The walls that keep the titans out are WAY higher than the titans, by 30 meters at least, typically. But one day, a titan appears that can look over the 50m high wall… and he causes a crap-storm to take place. From this point on, the series covers the humans fight against the titans- trying to take back land, figure out what they are and why they came here,and how to kill them all. It follows a particular set of characters, as they join the military and fight back against the titans.

    Reasons why I love this show [NON SPOILERS]:

    • The characters are compelling, with interesting story-lines and strong personalities. There’s an equal number of male and female characters, which is something I love. The female characters are typically very independent, as well- strong-willed, skilled fighters, smart ladies. It’s important to me.
    • It’s dramatic, and often violent. So, if you’re not a fan of those things, stay away. There’s a lot of blood, a lot of death and a lot of anger. I’m big on action and horror though, so this show is right up my alley.
    • The action. Guys. The action. Oh my gosh. It’s so interesting. It makes me want to be a part of something bigger than myself. It’s also really inspired my cosplay.
    • I’ve heard people complain about filler episodes, but when you watch all of season one in a binge watch session, you don’t notice. I though it was interesting enough, and that each episode was thrilling and worth sitting through- I wouldn’t have cut it down at all.
    • The score, soundtrack and voice casting (Japanese version) are amazing. They really translate all the emotions so well. The music is great- it adds to the story, without distracting from anything. I seriously have the music in my head all the time. Just listen to the opening theme of the first half of season one. Wow. Also, this battle music. INTENSE. LISTEN TO SOME MORE. There’s also this sweet noise they use for the title of the pisode during the second half of the season that I just love. it’s so creepy.

    Reasons not to watch it [NON SPOILERS]: 

    • If you don’t like violence, can’t handle gore, or are not a fan of action- this show isn’t for you. But no worries! Maybe you’ll find out something else you’ll like in my anime section.
    • If you like a show to be completed first, or you aren’t patient in waiting for new seasons- good luck with this show. Seriously, I’ve been going insane waiting on season two- and I am completely caught up with the manga, so I literally know everything available to the public, and I still can’t handle waiting for season two.
    • If you like things things that aren’t mainstream- sorry, this one is super popular. It won’t be an obscure reference if you choose to cosplay it, people will be available to talk about it, and you’ll probably still hear a lot about it if you don’t like it. Sorry. Womp womp.

    If you think you’d be interested in watching it- you’re in luck. You c an watch it on crunchyroll for free, if you try out my crunchyroll free access codes to watch it! They also typically have free trials, if you want to check them out. It is also on Netflix- but, fair warning, the subtitle for the Japanese version are kind of rough on Netflix, They really simplify the language, and although you still understand everything, you miss the eloquence of the speech.

    That’s all for non-spoilers. Click below, if you’ve started watching it, so I can fangirl at you, and you can fangirl back at me.

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