Spring 2013

Attack on Titan Season 1

Attack on Titan Season 1

Production I.G, Wit Studio
25 episodes · TV Completed Attack on Titan, AoT, 進撃の巨人
8.51

After his hometown is destroyed and his mother is killed, young Eren Jaeger vows to cleanse the earth of the giant humanoid Titans that have brought humanity to the brink of extinction. Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin, 進撃の巨人, AoT)

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Attack On Titan Season 1

Attack On Titan Season 1

 

Before jumping to Attack on Titan Season 1, here is the manga synopsis:

Hundreds of years ago, horrifying creatures which resembled humans appeared. These mindless, towering giants, called “titans,” proved to be an existential threat, as they preyed on whatever humans they could find in order to satisfy a seemingly unending appetite. Unable to effectively combat the titans, mankind was forced to barricade themselves within large walls surrounding what may very well be humanity’s last safe haven in the world.

In the present day, life within the walls has finally found peace, since the residents have not dealt with titans for many years. Eren Yeager, Mikasa Ackerman, and Armin Arlert are three young children who dream of experiencing all that the world has to offer, having grown up hearing stories of the wonders beyond the walls.

But when the state of tranquility is suddenly shattered by the attack of a massive 60-meter titan, they quickly learn just how cruel the world can be. On that day, Eren makes a promise to himself that he will do whatever it takes to eradicate every single titan off the face of the Earth, with the hope that one day, humanity will once again be able to live outside the walls without fear.

Background of the Manga Attack on Titan:

Attack on Titan won the Kodansha Manga Award in the shounen category in 2011 and was nominated for both the 16th and 18th annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize as well as the 4th Manga Taishou Award. The series was the second-highest-selling manga series of 2013, with 15,933,801 copies sold.

It has received several spin-off series—both manga and novel; two guidebooks titled Inside and Outside were released on April 9 and September 9, 2013, featuring concept art, character profiles, and interviews, which were combined into one and published by Kodansha USA on September 16, 2014; a drama CD created with the anime’s staff was included in the January 2014 issue of the magazine, and a two-part live-action film directed by Shinji Higuchi was released in Japanese theaters on August 1 and September 15, 2015, respectively.

Attack on Titan has been published in English as Attack on Titan by Kodansha Comics USA since June 19, 2012, and in large-size 5-in-1 omnibus editions (subtitled Colossal Edition) since May 27, 2014. Kodansha USA’s English release won the 2014 Harvey Award for Best American Edition of Foreign Material. Crunchyroll simulpublishes the manga digitally.

The manga has also been published in French by Pika Édition, in Italian by Planet Manga, in German by Carlsen Comics, in Spanish by Norma Editorial in Spain and by Ovni Press in Argentina, in Portuguese by Panini Comics, in Polish by Japonica Polonica Fantastica, in Chinese by Tong Li Publishing Co., Ltd., in Filipino by VIVA-PSICOM Publishing Corporation, in Finnish by Sangatsu Manga, in Russian by Azbooka, and in Turkish by GEREKLİ ŞEYLER Büyük Mavi Yayıncılık Ltd. Şti.

Attack on Titan Season 1 Anime Synopsis:

Centuries ago, mankind was slaughtered to near extinction by monstrous humanoid creatures called titans, forcing humans to hide in fear behind enormous concentric walls. What makes these giants truly terrifying is that their taste for human flesh is not born out of hunger but what appears to be out of pleasure.

To ensure their survival, the remnants of humanity began living within defensive barriers, resulting in one hundred years without a single titan encounter. However, that fragile calm is soon shattered when a colossal titan manages to breach the supposedly impregnable outer wall, reigniting the fight for survival against the man-eating abominations.

After witnessing a horrific personal loss at the hands of the invading creatures, Eren Yeager dedicates his life to their eradication by enlisting into the Survey Corps, an elite military unit that combats the merciless humanoids outside the protection of the walls.

Based on Hajime Isayama’s award-winning manga, Attack on Titan follows Eren, along with his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman and his childhood friend Armin Arlert, as they join the brutal war against the titans and race to discover a way of defeating them before the last walls are breached.

Attack on Titan Season 1 adapts content from the first 8 volumes of Hajime Isayama’s award-winning manga of the same name.

The last episode received a pre-airing in Tokyo, Marunouchi Piccadilly 1 theater on Saturday, September 28, 2013. TV broadcast took place after midnight, a few hours later.

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Season 1 of Attack on Titan was released on April 7, 2013, in Japan, with an English dub released on May 3, 2014.

In episodes 1–13.5, the opening theme song is “Feuerroter Pfeil und Bogen” (紅蓮の弓矢 Guren no Yumiya, lit. “Crimson Bow and Arrow”) by Linked Horizon; and the ending theme song is “Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai” (美しき残酷な世界, lit. “This Beautiful Cruel World”) by Yōko Hikasa.

In the episodes 14–25, the opening theme song is “Die Flügel der Freiheit” (自由の翼 Jiyū no Tsubasa, lit. “The Wings of Freedom”) by Linked Horizon; and the ending theme song is “the great escape” by Cinema Staff.

Episode 25 of the anime premiered on September 28th, 2013, and was screened in multiple Japanese theaters.

Opening Theme of Attack on Titan Season 1:

#1: “Guren no Yumiya (紅蓮の弓矢)” by Linked Horizon (eps 1-13)
#2: “Jiyuu no Tsubasa (自由の翼)” by Linked Horizon (eps 14-25)

Ending Theme of Attack on Titan Season 1:

#1: “Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai (美しき残酷な世界)” by Yoko Hikasa (eps 1-13)
#2: “the great escape” by Cinema Staff (eps 14-25)

 

Attack on Titan Season 1

Official Cover of the anime Attack on Titan 

Attack On Titan Season 1: 10 Things You Need To Remember Before The Series Ends

It has been over 10 years since Attack On Titan was first released. After the titans invaded their home, Eren, Mikasa, and Armin joined the military in order to explore the world and fight the predators of humanity. Throughout their missions, they learned where the titans came from and the events that led to the world they lived in.

  • Eren Became The Enemy

Eren was once the hero of the series. However, after seeing the future and learning about Marley, he decided to destroy all of the countries except for Paradis. He is currently using the Colossal Titans that were inside Paradis’ walls to crush everything in his sight.

Though he made this decision in order for his friends to live the best lives that they can, they are currently trying to stop him. Eren has refused to stop and killed some of his former comrades in order to achieve his goal. As the manga approaches its final chapter, fans could not be more excited to see Eren fight the people he cares about more than anything else.

  • The Tragedy Of Ymir Fritz

There have been a lot of characters in the series. Ymir Fritz is the most important of them all as none of the events in the series would have happened without her. She was Fritz’s slave that mysteriously gained powers and became the first titan. Deciding to use her, Fritz had Ymir help the Eldians and harm the Marleyans.

The two had three children who ate their mother when she died thirteen years after obtaining the titans’ powers. Though she was no longer in the physical world, Ymir found herself in the unknown land, where her powers were used by her descendants for the next 2,000 years. She was forced to create titans and had no free will of her own.

  • The Nine Titans

As the years went by, Ymir’s powers were split into the Nine Titans. Any Eldian could become one of these titans with many of the main characters inheriting at least one of them. The Founding Titan, the Colossal Titan, the Armored Titan, the Female Titan, the Beast Titan, the Attack Titan, the Jaw Titan, the Cart Titan, and the War Hammer Titan each have their own powers. Once someone inherits their powers, they only have thirteen years left to live, just like Ymir.

  • Eldians Vs Marleyans

Fritz and the Eldians fought against the Marleyans even before the Titans were around. However, once Fritz used the titans, he won his war. Years later, the Marleyans would get their revenge. In an attempt at peace, Karl Fritz, a descendant of Fritz’s, had his people leave their homes.

Those that remained were treated poorly and wanted the freedom that their ancestors stole from their enemies. Having the power to control the Eldians, Karl made those that joined him forget their history.ň

  • Paradis & The Three Walls

Karl Fritz brought the Eldians to a small country known as Paradis. Using Colossal Titans, he created three walls that were named after Ymir’s three children. Wall Maria was the outer wall, which most of the lower-class citizens lived in. Wall Rose was beyond Wall Maria and Wall Sheena was in the center of Paradis, which was used to protect Karl and those that directly served him. With their memories taken, the Eldians were led to believe that the titans killed all of the people that weren’t in the walls and that there was nothing beyond Wall Maria.

  • Paradis’ Military

Paradis’ military was divided into three branches. The Survey Corps was the group that the series revolved around. They would go outside the walls to fight and learn about the titans, hoping to find a way to get their world back.

The Military Police Brigade devoted their lives to the royal family and only the top 10 soldiers of each class were allowed to join the MPs. The Garrison Regiment protected the people inside of the walls. Due to many soldiers’ fear of joining the Survey Corps and not being able to join the Military Police Brigade, the Garrison Regiment ended up having the most members.

  • The Ackerman Clan

Though Karl was able to take away the memories of the Eldians, he was unable to make other races forget the history of the world. The Ackermans were a family that knew the truth and became enemies of the royal family.

In order to protect their descendants, the Ackermans didn’t tell their children about the real world. Levi, Mikasa, and Kenny were all from the Ackerman family and didn’t find out about their history for a very long time.

  • Marley’s Warrior Unit

When Marley gained the majority of the Nine Titans, they offered Eldian families their rights if they had their child join the Warrior Unit and serve them. The titans that they had were the Colossal Titan, the Cart Titan, the Armored Titan, the Female Titan, the Attack Titan, the Beast Titan, and the Jaw Titan.

Annie, Reiner, Bertholdt, and Zeke were all from Eldian families and were forced to attack Paradis in order to save their families and bring honor to Marley.

  • Fall Of The Fritz Family

Dina Fritz, a descendant of Ymir’s that lived in Marley, was a member of the Eldian Restorationists, a group of Eldians that were secretly fighting for their freedom. She married Grisha Yeager and the two had their son, Zeke, join the Warrior Unit. When the Marleyans were figuring out who the Eldian Restorationists were, Zeke helped them catch his parents.

Dina became the Smiling Titan and Grisha gained the Attack Titan’s powers. Starting a new life in Paradis, he killed most of Dina’s distant relatives in order to become the Founding Titan.

  • The Titans’ Memories

When someone inherits one of the Nine Titans’ powers, they also obtain the former users of that titan’s memories. For example, after Armin ate Bertholdt and became the Colossal Titan, he learned everything that his enemy had remembered. This also causes the inheritors’ personalities and beliefs to change.

Users of the Attack Titan also gain the power to see into future inheritors’ memories, allowing them to witness events that haven’t happened. This is why Eren Kruger knew who Mikasa and Armin were despite neither of them being born yet.

What are some things I’ll miss if I skip season one of the Attack on Titan and start with season two?

You’ll miss a lot of things.

Would you pick up a book series and start with the second one? Would you start a set of instructions on the second step?

You have to start at the beginning. By skipping not just the first episode but a whole 25 of them, you’re missing–

  • The plot setup.
  • The introduction to the characters
  • The slow way most authors ease you into the setting and the world.

But more importantly, you miss the moments. If you start with the second season, you have to ask yourself, for what purpose are you watching the show anyway?

You miss the music, the animation, and the incredible voice acting.

You miss the nail-biting cliffhangers, the heart-wrenching emotional bits, and all of the excitement and enjoyment that comes from watching any show.

You miss the show, to put it bluntly.

Do you just want to know how it all ends? There’s plenty of answers here on Quora and on the Attack on Titan wiki site. But that shouldn’t be the reason to watch the show.

You should watch the show to enjoy the show.

Watch a video of the best moments and scenes of Attack on Titan Season 1:

Review of the Attack on Titan Season 1:

Oct 2, 2014
Sorrowful (All reviews)

Oh dear Attack on Titan Season 1, where do I even begin. If you’ve talked with your friends about anime, then the couple of anime that everyone talks about are Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Dragon Ball, and… Attack on Titan. What’s the difference between Shingeki and the rest? Attack on Titan only has 25 episodes so far yet it’s on par in popularity with the other super long, Americanized anime.
Why is it popular? Well, that’s simply because it’s stunningly amazing. Those people that call Attack on Titan “overrated” may not have the same taste as me, and that’s perfectly fine, but in my honest opinion, Attack on Titan is one of if not the greatest anime to be made. It’s not popular for no reason.

The story is one of the most captivating stories I’ve ever seen. 100 years prior to the start of the anime, humanity has been on the bridge of extinction due to the monstrous humanoid Titans that devour humans. Now, present-day in the anime, the remaining small population of mankind lives confined within 3 “heavenly” walls that are so tall and sturdy that even the titans can’t break-in.

The most outward wall was named, Wall Maria, the middle wall was named Wall Rose, and the most outward wall was named Wall Sina. Unfortunately for mankind, a colossal titan, one that is even bigger than the 50 meter heavenly walls, breaks Wall Maria, allowing the other titans to rampage the city, thus leading to another massacre of mankind. During this massacre, our main characters, Eren Yeager and Mikasa Ackerman watch in horror as a horrifying titan rips their mother’s head off, then gobbles her up the whole.
Vowing that he’d one day avenge mankind and exterminate all the titans, Eren Yeager trains to become a survey corp, brave heroic soldiers who go outside the walls, into the plains in order to fight the titans. But we soon find out, that Eren is much more special than he seems, not only is he a brave warrior, but he’s also something else that could be the key to humanity’s survival, but could also be humanity’s destruction.

My 3-word thoughts on the anime: Epic, Dynamic, Masterpiece. The suspense build-up was absolutely amazing, yet there was still room for improvement; that shows just how epic this anime can get. The anime not only includes epic fights, but lots of dialogue, and for those of you that hate dialogue, I feel sorry for you people who only watch for action.

The anime includes lots of other things as well: there are lots of half-hearted, hilarious scenes, as well as sad, tragic scenes. The anime certainly has a good amount of gore and will break your heart frequently (if you get attached to the characters). Many characters end up getting gobbled up mercilessly while trying to protect humanity in ways that are quite *shivers*. Have I teared up in the anime? As a matter of fact, I have.

Characters were another area (alongside every area) that was Shingeki’s strong point. There’s a diverse variety of characters that fight for humanity for all different reasons. There’s trust, friendship, along with betrayal, and pain. There’s comedy relief among many characters, especially Sasha’s “Potato Girl” Blouse.

There are characters that people can definitely relate with, such as Armin Arlert, who wants to do the right thing and protect his friends, but can’t seem to do much because of fear. Fear is something that haunts us all and prevents us from doing things in life. Another character that people can somewhat relate with is Annie Leonhardt, who fights alongside humanity, yet fights as opposed to humanity.
What does that mean? Watch the anime. Why is she doing this? Because of her past scars, “scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real” (watch to find out more). There were too many characters to develop fully, but certainly, the main characters were developed to their max.
Levi is certainly a fan-favorite character, because of the fact that he’s cool, overpowered, badass, kind-in-the-heart, smart, straight-to-the-point, and most of all, hilarious with all his neat-freakiness. The main character, Eren Yeager is strong-hearted and “special”, but he’s still not strong enough to defeat the titans. How he develops is one of the most interesting things, in this interesting-things-packed anime.

The art and music can be described in one word: WOW! The art drawings were absolutely stunning! From the characters/titans to the setting of the story to all the equipment used in battle. The characters all had a unique aspect to them. The settings of the anime were beautiful. The cities and walls looked realistic, the plains that characters dreamed of seeing made me want to run outside to see for myself how beautiful nature really is, and how humans underappreciate the naturality of nature.

The 3-D gear was something that really caught my eye, and will certainly catch other people’s eyes as well. A new form of action that’s never been seen before. The characters would literally fly from rooftop to rooftop slicing their swords at the titans at high speeds that keep the viewer’s eyes locked onto the screen at all times. The soundtrack in the anime was epic as shit. The openings speak for themselves, they do the anime justice. The openings were epic and certainly set the mood of what was to come from the anime.
“They’re the prey, and we are the hunters!” The rest of the soundtrack in the anime was okayasgduyasgda AMAZING. How can one describe how amazing those German OSTs were. They fit in perfectly with the epicness of the anime and certainly added tons of suspense to the 3-D maneuver gear action.

Of course, I may be overthinking things, but the anime certainly included some themes while creating this masterpiece of an anime. The aspect of being confined in an area, doing the same daily routine every day. People seek to be free and to seek adventure. Watch for this. Another theme that the anime incorporated was that of the cycle of life.

Humans, we steal animals away from their families, we kill them, we eat them. What’s so different between us, and the titans? The feelings of not being at the top of the food chain…
Anyways, if you haven’t already watched this anime and you’re reading this review, then you’ve clearly been living under a rock all this time, and I definitely encourage you to watch this show even if it isn’t your style of anime.

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