Tag: popular culture
The First Post About Something – Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin)
I know.. No Seinfeld pic here.. This is different.
There is no question about it. Attack on Titan is one of the most compelling Manga that I have ever read. I mean if there is a story to tell, the Japanese do it best. Before I start, I haven’t watched the live-action stuff that they’ve made or the Anime (Yeah I haven’t, I found reading the manga a better idea. Get over it!). It has inspired thousands of memes on the Internet and it probably the biggest phenomenon in popular culture coming from Japan in recent years.
It has everything. An overdose of tragedy, enough plot twists to keep your jaw permanently dropped, loads of interesting characters, zero fan service and quite a few sub-plots to keep the story ticking without seeming even remotely uninteresting.
The concept seems simple enough – there are people (like us) and there are titans (like us but much bigger, slightly disfigured, with no genitals, and mostly with little or no intelligence). Titans eat people for fun. From what history in the world is known, the titans appeared about a hundred years ago and started eating people, putting mankind on the brink of extinction. To defend itself, mankind created a massive city divided by three concentric walls – the innermost wall is called Wall Sina, the one after that is called Wall Rose and the outermost is called Wall Maria.
The walls have kept the citizens safe for so much time that they, along with the military, became complacent. All hell breaks loose when a very different looking titan, which is much bigger (height matching that of the walls), called the Colossal Titan makes an appearance, along with his buddy – the Armoured Titan.
"On that day, mankind received a grim reminder. We lived in fear of the titans, and were disgraced to live in these cages we called walls."
-Eren Jaeger, Attack on Titan
But it isn’t that simple once you go past the first few episodes/ chapters. Don’t worry, I wouldn’t spoil this for you. Even if I hate you with all my heart, I wouldn’t spoil this for you. And if you’ve read the manga, you would know that there is a lot to it than just titans and people. The creator, Hajime Isayama, has indeed created a very interesting world that can surprise you every now and then.
Whether you’re inclined towards manga/ anime or not, Attack on Titan is solid storytelling – may it be the manga or the anime (which during the course of this post, I have watched a little).