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Attack on Titan: Complete Season One
Attack on Titan
It's a secret formula few shows manage to crack. Its garnering of widespread acclaim has made it a commercial success where even popular series such as Fullmetal Alchemist
For those following the current trends of cinema and young adult fiction, the appeal of Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan
In a series recognizable for its somewhat but not quite human, scary but slightly funny naked monsters, it is the human cast that provides the hat trick in making the show the massive success it is. In a world in which humanity faces extinction at the hands of monsters, it's the mashup of personalities, likeable and malignant, born of tragedy, and given strength through hope that allows the characters to resonate with us. They represent the flipside of a world saturated with despair, where hope endures.
Visually, Attack on Titan's
If the series has one Achilles heel it's that more time is devoted to battling the titans than progressing the plot. Given that there is another upcoming season, mysteries are left unresolved and while the show continues to be compelling, the pacing grinds on unevenly without any hint of resolution in sight.
With a second season on the horizon, Funimation's rerelease of the first season is a testament to why the show achieved its massive fandom. It's not a perfect show by any means, but it succeeds in striking a cord in its viewers, sucking us into its world and daring us to step outside our comfort zone and care, and fear, and hope along with its characters, establishing itself as a juggernaut beyond anime, fantasy, and horror.
Video and Audio:
Funimation's release of the complete first season appears to be a repackaging of the first two initial releases, complete with the same content. The bluray image is vibrant and crisp, lending itself well to the unique border style of the animation.
Funimation's dub track is one of the strongest the company has put out in recent memory, pitch perfect casting. The English cast recite their lines lovingly and with a passion for the source material that is often lacking in many of today's anime dub tracks. Its only flaw lies in Bryce Papenbrook's depiction of young Eren, which is immediately off putting but thankfully limited once his character is grown and age appropriate after the second episode.
Funimation's usual inclusion on commentary tracks with the dub cast make up the bulk of the extras, with the various actors speaking about their experience with the series and their initial reactions to getting the part. None of the four accompanying tacks are particularly informative but it is worthwhile to hear the raw passion conveyed from the cast for the material.
Surprisingly, there are more extras to be found, including a lengthy making of feature that focuses on the series' transition to from native Japanese to American. Also included are a collection of shorts title Chibi Theater: Fly, Cadets, Fly!
The epic textless opening and closing themes are included and worth going back and watching/listening to. A handful of trailers round out the discs.
Attack on Titan