My brother turned me on to “Attack On Titan”, a new animated series that hails out of Japan.
It’s been quite a long time since I enjoyed some “new” Japanimation, and the eclectic mix of Ninja Scroll, Godzilla and Spider-Man was so exciting that my weekend was ruined by binge watching the adaptation of the Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama.
Here’s a breakdown on the series, via IMDB:
2000 years from now, humans are nearly exterminated by titans. Titans are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by walling themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of titans. Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a titan in over 100 years. Teenage boy Eren and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a colossal titan that appears out of thin air. As the smaller titans flood the city, the two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Eren vows that he will murder every single titan and take revenge for all of mankind.
There’s an insane amount of action, and even a pretty solid amount of gore. But what truly makes this such a special series is the storytelling. Instead of each episode being its own arc, it’s a continuous story that continues to build each and every episode – and they still manage to drop a massive cliffhanger as the end of each chapter. My personal favorite aspect of the show is that they aren’t afraid to bail on the main characters for an episode in order to spend 20 minutes developing a new character, which helps build tension throughout.
The best, though, is news that a live-action feature is already in development with Harumira Mira leading the cast. It will be filmed on Hasima Island off the coast of Japan (also where they filmed Skyfall). Get on this bandwagon early…
“Attack on Titan” is on Netflix Instant, which means you too can binge watch as giant humanoid creatures snack on the townspeople as if they were delicious candy.