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!