“The concept of the Titans is genuinely terrifying. Imagine a naked man the size of a house with a child’s grinning face, smile made of hundreds of extra teeth reaching through your window, picking you up and eating you whole.”

Attack on Titan Review
By Simon Jago

Attack on Titan (2013)
Certificate: TV-MA
Cast:  Yûki Kaji, Marina Inoue, Yui Ishikawa

Now I’m not normally a huge anime fan. I’ve never even seen the acclaimed Akira and as far as I’m concerned most anime involves sword wielding Pokemon catching Dragon Ball wishing Japanese school girls named after planets. Ok so I do know a little bit about it I just haven’t actually seen much.

PLOT SYNOPSIS
A hundred years previous saw the arrival of the Titans. A race of horrible gender-less regenerating man eating giants whose soul purpose is the complete eradication of mankind. The last of humanity take refuge in a city protected by fifty foot high walls. The Titans having only one real weakness we witness mankind’s struggle to battle for survival in a futile war as the wall is breached for the first time in one hundred years.

SIMON’S SATISFIED
I accidentally stumbled across Attack the Titan on Google when various pictures of a huge skinless man named ‘The Colossal Titan’ battling Godzilla kept appearing on my image search. Investigating further I discovered the anime series and began watching. I was immediately hooked! Suffering from the Breaking Bad blues and needing an exciting TV show to fill the void I began binge watching on CrunchyRoll.com.

The entire universe of Attack on Titan is fascinating and even showing brief clips of it to my girlfriend who couldn’t give a crap about this sort of thing, she was curious to find out more. The unusual style of almost medieval meets ‘Steam Punk’ really creates an intriguing fantasy world. The concept of the Titans is genuinely terrifying. Imagine a naked man the size of a house with a child’s grinning face, smile made of hundreds of extra teeth reaching through your window, picking you up and eating you whole. The show doesn’t shy away from the blood shed either and really hits home the true horror of living in such a Titan apocalypse.

Some real thought has gone into this show, with great ideas on how humans could actually fight these healing behemoths of nudity and destruction. I want nothing more than to get my hands on some 3D Maneuver Gear and zip around London during rush hour!

RATING
I would say this is the most entertaining and gripping show I’ve seen since Breaking Bad (Yes, I’m aware I need to start Game of Thrones). Obviously if you don’t like anime you won’t appreciate Attack on Titan but if you’re more open to this sort of thing I’d say you are really missing out if you don’t give it a try.

Maniac Rating - 4 Stars