Shingeki No Kyojin Review, episodes 1 & 2

Yesterday, I started watching Shingeki No Kyojin/Attack on Titan with my dad. We’re loving it. ^.^ It reminds me of the Hunger Games trilogy, as far as the mood and tone. (I mostly think of the books, as SnK has a narrator whose bluntness and speaking style remind me of Katniss’, plus since this anime reminds me of ALL the books, whereas not all of the Hunger Games movies have come out yet.)

It also reminds me of Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, because everything reminds me of Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle of a certain scene in the first episode (you probably know which one), as well as Eren’s reaction to said scene and situation in general. He just seems very young!traumatized!Kurogane-ish to me. Plus, Armin strikes me as someone who could be Fay (either one) in an AU. Given the lack of teasing and other such characteristics (like pranks etc.), I’m reminded a bit of early Celes!Fay, but he really reminds me of an alternate version of r!Fay (assuming that r!Fay = Yuui-sensei’s counterpart). He also reminds me of Ender from Ender’s Game. And Mikasa is Petra actually I haven’t figured out a “counterpart” for Mikasa.

  • Theory: Shingeki No Kyojin actually started out as a (well-written) Tsubasa fanfic, then the plot/OCs/universe got bigger and more complex until the writer(s) realized they could just change a few names and present it as original fiction.

I’m enjoying all of the characters so far; they seem very real, complex, and well-thought-out. Dialogue and characterization tend to go hand-in-hand (to me), so yes, the dialogue is very good and realistic. The voice actors are very skilled, too; they do a good job of capturing the wide variety of emotions present in the show so far. The way everyone reacts to their situations also strike me as very real, often painfully real (again, very THG).

One painful thing to watch was how the refugees are treated. It was basically the worst-case scenario of what can (theoretically) happen when you take refuge in another country. The very worst case scenario. This is a case where the Hunger Games trilogy was actually significantly lighter than SnK. (I have to say, the phrase “the Hunger Games trilogy was actually significantly lighter” is a very strange one to write.)

On to some other aspects of the show. I think the music is wonderful. It’s very well-placed, too. Somebody clearly knows what they’re doing. Plus, the opening theme was composed and sung by Revo, the composer for the band Sound Horizon!

The animation is interesting to me. The animators are very good at capturing facial expressions, including those of the Titans. The Titans have very innocent grins on them, showing that they don’t seem to eat humans out of malice. They’re just thrilled the way a child is when they find their favorite kind of candy.

The movement of the characters is usually realistic, but it also plays around a bit. There were times where I was reminded of paper drawings glued to a popsicle stick, where the paper-stick-thing is moved around but the stuff drawn on it doesn’t change. It was surprising and interesting to watch. The animators seem to use this style for specific types of shots (having trouble describing it atm), while sticking with the more realistic and typical movement depictions the rest of the time.

Oh, and I’m enjoying the plot. That, too.

That’s all I’ve got for now. Hope you enjoyed it!

Hiatus

I’m sorry for going on hiatus without warning. For now, I will probably be posting infrequently, but I am determined to start posting again. I can’t believe it’s been nearly a month. O_O

Also, I think I may be able to finish my Valerian language post soon; instead of using a panel from the ever-elusive volume 21, I will be using panels from volumes that I have with me. I think it will work out nicely. ^.^

I’ve found an answer to a question that has plagued myself and (presumably) other Tsubasa fans for a while: if Kurogane has drunk alcohol, will Fai get buzzed from drinking Kurogane’s blood?

Behold, xkcd’s “What If?” column #98 has solved the mystery for us. Clicky clicky~

The short answer seems to be no (since Fai doesn’t drink all of Kurogane’s blood at once), but really, read the whole article. And put your mouse over each picture for a few seconds, because the author likes to elaborate/make jokes (idk how to describe it) that can only be seen if you hover over the image.

This has been an extremely important PSA.

Scam Alert

I got a sketchy PM from a Tumblr user today. The user in question seemed like they had been hacked, as opposed to a puppet account, so I let them know what was up (and am keeping them anonymous). And now I’m letting you all know, just in case you get a message like this.

Here’s what the message said:

Hi I am Evelyn, I really like Your blog! And I am following You for sure :) I am studying psychology. Also I like fashion A LOT, so I would like to invite You to my fashion website: 24fashionheaven.de.vu (copy this to your browser) If You will visit it would amazing if You would check the ads there on the left, just under the title for like 20 seconds.. This would massively help me to pay for my studies. Thank You for help very much! Hope You’ll enjoy my site!! :)) Much Love, Evelyn!!! xoxo

As I said, pretty sketchy. But we can fall for sketchy things sometimes, especially if we’re tired (and I, for one, have been known to be on Tumblr while tired on more occasions than I’d like to think about…=^.^=). So this is a warning, so that if you see an email like this (or even this exact same one), it’s fake and please don’t do the link thing.

P.S. Linguistic side note: I’m guessing the real sender is German, since they consistently capitalize “you” (which is proper in German), and since part of the domain name in the link is “.de”, which, according to Google, is a German domain thingy. ^.^

killervanilla:

I totally didn’t fangirl over the possibility of a continuation of the vampire twin’s backstory in Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle today

meeko-fitz:

hairy-legs-and-homestuck:

Muggleborns at Hogwarts (1/?)

90s Muggle-born kids are obviously an untapped resource of inspiration from the Harry Potter books/universe
meeko-fitz:

hairy-legs-and-homestuck:

Muggleborns at Hogwarts (1/?)

90s Muggle-born kids are obviously an untapped resource of inspiration from the Harry Potter books/universe
meeko-fitz:

hairy-legs-and-homestuck:

Muggleborns at Hogwarts (1/?)

90s Muggle-born kids are obviously an untapped resource of inspiration from the Harry Potter books/universe
meeko-fitz:

hairy-legs-and-homestuck:

Muggleborns at Hogwarts (1/?)

90s Muggle-born kids are obviously an untapped resource of inspiration from the Harry Potter books/universe
meeko-fitz:

hairy-legs-and-homestuck:

Muggleborns at Hogwarts (1/?)

90s Muggle-born kids are obviously an untapped resource of inspiration from the Harry Potter books/universe
meeko-fitz:

hairy-legs-and-homestuck:

Muggleborns at Hogwarts (1/?)

90s Muggle-born kids are obviously an untapped resource of inspiration from the Harry Potter books/universe
meeko-fitz:

hairy-legs-and-homestuck:

Muggleborns at Hogwarts (1/?)

90s Muggle-born kids are obviously an untapped resource of inspiration from the Harry Potter books/universe

meeko-fitz:

hairy-legs-and-homestuck:

Muggleborns at Hogwarts
(1/?)

90s Muggle-born kids are obviously an untapped resource of inspiration from the Harry Potter books/universe

(via s3lene)

s3lene:

funnygeekpics sent me an ask saying

I was wondering what you expect, hope, and dream will happen in Tsubasa Reloaded. Feel free to go into as much detail as you want.

So here are my hopes and dreams under the cut! (i’m bringin this face back aw ye)

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Wonderful! My biggest hope is to discuss it with everyone, too. ^.^

Hmmm, what are my (other) thoughts on the new series?

Well, I’m thrilled that they’re continuing it, and I trust them to do a good job of it. I’m interested in the feather imagery in the promo, since they are not Tsubasa feathers; this could easily be for the sake of continuing the wings/feathers imagery that runs throughout the series, and would be entirely justifiable as such, but I do think it’s significant that they’re not Sakura feathers. I think there are many possible reasons for this (no more Sakura feathers scattered across dimensions? characters dealing with their memories and/or the memories of the people they meet on their journey? literal-feathers are not prominent in the new series but the motif is still helpful for tying things together? etc.).

I’m also noticing that everyone’s smiling, but I’m not putting much stock in that. After all, this is what one of the promos for Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations looked like:

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I suspect that the characters’ growth will help them get through the next series, but even then, they will probably need to grow even more, and I haven’t ruled out the possibility of one or more of the main characters dying. I fully expect everyone to suffer, but I fully expect them to have good times, as well. I expect happy scenes and sad scenes, heartwarming scenes and tragic scenes.

Hopes and dreams include:

  • meeting the Valerians
  • meeting their counterparts (and dead loved ones’ counterparts, especially r!Fay; see my tags on this post)
  • family ending up together (tbh I don’t expect ALL of them to end up together in the end, but hopefully at least 50%?)
  • couples not getting separated (or, at least, couples getting separated but finding each other again and being together and HAPPY ENDINGS)
  • more vampire twins, Seishirou, and Fuuma storyline
  • coming back to Recort

That’s all I can think of for now, although I might have other hopes and dreams scattered about in my brain somewhere. ^.^

But even if none of those things happen, that’s okay, because one of the biggest treasures this series has given me is the friendship of so many wonderful people. I get a sense of community and fulfillment by rejoicing, discussing, etc., with you guys. That’s more important to me than any of my expectations or wishes for the series itself. <3

EDIT: An interesting side note: the feathers in the new promo seem to be the same as most of the feathers in the Tokyo Revelations promo: