Attack on Titan - Set 1 Blu-ray Review
There's a certain little series known as Attack
You may have heard of it. It's the most discussed anime series
with a huge audience and a great deal of fervor around the entire
Funimation has recently acquired this series: the biggest anime hit of
year. Astonishing viewers worldwide, Attack on Titan is a
success regardless of its genre.
The world is now filled with destructive,
known as 'Titans' which run amok destroying the human world: killing
beings and destroying everything associated with humans in the way of
path. These titans are monstrous entities that can be around 30 to 40
and that seem to stop at nothing to bring destruction. What can the
world do to
stop the Titans?
Perhaps it's not really so little after all.
episodes, a mysterious storyline, a array of plot twists, and an
rarely seen in anime, Attack on Titan is a thrill-ride that
(and newcomers to the art fan) have been clamoring for and getting
excited to see. Does Attack on Titan live up to the immense
Yes... and no! The series is not quite the amazing
masterpiece that some have called it. It's not the greatest anime since
bread, that's for sure. The series is simply an impressively built one
stunning animation at times, a smartly developed plot-line, and
characters within a thrill-ride format that leads to one intense
another. The basic story was one which I
thought could have been developed a bit more in-depth and not as
the pacing was certainly an issue for me; notably during the earliest
Yet the massively connected plot-lines changed the
from first seeming like a typical anime production into one that seemed
as if each episode was directly connected to the previous one: making Attack
on Titan feel a lot more film-like in its approach than anything.
on Titan really gets going along with its plot-line the series
down for a breather and it makes for a really intense experience.
The last of humanity developed a group of gigantic
were built high enough to avoid destruction. Within these walls are
people still fighting for their survival and for the survival of the
human race. The series introduces Eren, who is determined to stop these
and to leave the manmade walls and enter the outside world. Joined with
Eren will eventually grow up to face the Titans. With intense combat
and steadily progressing skills, can
Eren save the world?
Part of the reason Attack on Titan is so
is that it's a suspenseful series with a lot of interesting plot
and developments. The characters within the story aren't really
well developed as one might enjoy (so
are certainly drawbacks to this show). However, the action, suspense,
thrilling nature of the direction keeps it intense.
Directed by Tetsuo Araki (Death Note),
others, the series has a strong directing approach which makes it more
inventive and well-made. The animation is also strong in showcasing the
gigantic Titans and the man-made structures. The character designs are
worthwhile addition to the story, too (if also somewhat generic).
The writing credits all go to the screenwriter
Isayama, who does a good job adapting the show and it's intelligent
aspects. Fans of high-octane thrillers should consider giving it a
darker, grittier animation, creative writing, and intense direction, Attack
on Titan is
a high quality series worth discovery. It's one of the best anime
series of the
year and is certainly worth seeing. One might find themselves feeling
surprised by just how inventive this anime
series can become.
Attack on Titan has been presented on
1080p MPEG-4 AVC encoded transfers in the original broadcast aspect
1.78:1. The animation style was rendered in native High Definition and
series looks quite impressive on Blu-ray. The clean, bright, and
approach benefits from having a good presentation. Some minor banding
present, though it's less noticeable in comparison to some of
Funimation has included Dolby TrueHD 5.1 English
TrueHD 2.0 Japanese audio. English subtitles are provided for with the
language presentation. The audio on the Japanese language version is
clean, and effective and has a good presence for a stereo presentation.
mix provides listeners with a more enveloping surround environment.
option should satisfy fans depending upon their preference.
The supplements on this release include:
English Dub commentary on episodes 3 and
extensive Attack on Titan English adaptation making-of (52
Theater (47 min.), featuring short films with the main characters
as cute Chibi
style renditions, a Eyecatch Gallery, textless
and trailers promoting other Funimation releases.
Attack on Titan doesn't seem to be the epic
masterpiece that some anime fans have already heralded it as being. Yet
is an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride with a lot of uniquely
elements and a mystery builds on this first set that will hopefully see
resolution during the forthcoming second set. The series is based on a
that isn't finished yet so there's not necessarily a sound conclusion
for viewers and that's certainly one of my qualms about this sort of
Though another season of the series is most likely
it's probably too early to tell if this is truly going to be considered
of the "great" anime series but it's certainly one which has sparked
a lot of interesting discussion and it seems to be bringing in some new
to anime (which is certainly a good thing). Fans
will want to pick up the series on
Blu-ray (either via this standard edition or the Digibook Limited
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.