Friday, August 2, 2013

"That Day: The Fall of Shiganshina, Part 2" (Eps. 2)

 

Thoughts:  I was honestly very eager to see this episode as I wanted to see the story continue....

 Noticing the city going into chaos as people helplessly are picked up from the streets like ants and eaten, while other citizens, lucky enough to escape far from the carnage as homes are destroyed, debris is scattered across the sky, becoming projectiles to unfortunate souls, was A maddening scene to witness.
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Hannes, apologizes to Eren for being afraid of the Titans.
                       

As the refugees who are able to get to the boats, while other citizens out of sheer bad luck are left stranded, as well as the young soldiers who are forced to fight something they simply cannot kill nor injure, made me realize the true nature of how disturbing and horrifying the ordeal truly was. 
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The Refugees, that are lucky enough to escape the Titans.

                            

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The armored Titan, prepares to break down the gate To Wall Maria.
                           
                           
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Eren, now A refugee is beaten by the soldiers of Wall Rosé.
Conclusion:I'd admit my initial feelings of some of these fortunate refugees, being as broken as they were, I believed that some great hope and healing would come after the hellish situation they survived, in other words, "All would be well". The problems that Eren and his friends faced in their new home was shocking, yet expected.
                           
 My final thought on this episode was the fact that these people wished to fight and protect what little they had left, but also give some closure to their pasts as well as ensure A prosperous future, was only the beginning of the hope and healing process as I realized.
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Eren and his friends join the army to fight back at the Titans.
                         

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

"Shingeki No Kyojin (Attack on Titan)"






Synopsis: Mysterious giant, humanoid, man eating creatures referred to as "Titans" ravage the earth to the point of technological devolution and at the brink of human extinction, mankind is forced to live in A small city with large protective walls that surrounds them.

The walls have brought the city and remaining human civilization, peace for A century, albeit A meager existence, humans remain safe within the city. However, outside of these city walls the world is full of danger as this is where the man eating "Titans" roam. They seek human flesh and with their destructive strength, humanity is tasked with the futile attempt at repelling Titans from the city walls.

The nightmare of falling to the Titans seems to have come true, when overwhelmingly giant and powerful Titans breach the city walls and make their gruesome descend onto the population...the remaining survivors of this devastation is forced to flee the remnants of the city and is met with starvation and strife...
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Release Date:2013

No. Of Eps.25 

 Genre:Action, Horror, Dark Fantasy, Tragedy, Dystopia

Director: Tetsuro Araki

WriterYasuko Kobayashi

Creator: Original Manga series written and Illustrated by Hajime Isayama.


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 "To You, After 2.000 Years: The Fall of Shiganshina, Part 1" (Eps. 1)



Thoughts: I heard A lot about this show and thought I would give it A try. So here is where I share my thoughts and opinions on the episode.

The series' main protagonist is Eren Jaegerman, who seems to be extremely passionate about joining the "Recon Corps." As well as urging to see the outside world, to escape from the simple lifestyle of his city's society.
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In my opinion, I saw Eren as any kid his age, seeing as he is very overzealous about what he seeks to accomplish. Though, I'd admit, seeing the way he admired the Recon Corps., his blunt opinions on the safety of the city itself as well his extreme curiosity of the outside world, was what made me rethink my opinion of him as simply A "Dreamer." 
                                                                
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Eren & his adoptive sister Mikasa, tending to their chores.


I was more interested in Mikasa Ackerman, Eren's adoptive sister. She seems to be the opposite of Eren's personality, though debuting as apparently quite mysterious, she is pretty much the rock and brains to Eren's impulsive personality, not to mention she does strike fear into the hearts of bullies seemingly as well.
                                                                                         


What I found really eye popping about this series was the animation and setting of the story, it gave me the impression of medieval Europe, with the storybook houses and cobble streets. 


damage that the Titans had inflicted on centuries of human technological advancement. 

The city's walls itself is the ultimate defense to the inhabitants of the city, A sort of "Utopia" centered within the horrific dangers that inhabit the wasteland that surrounds the city. 
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The Recon Corp. return from their mission and unfortunately inform A fallen members' mother of their loss.
                                        
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Eren's mother scolds him on Eren's wish to join the Recon Corps.


I was thoroughly impressed at the city's invasion by the Titans, which in my opinion, was the highest point of the episode. It was A nightmarish ordeal, that came into reality seeing the carnage and destruction of the formally peaceful society. The tragic conclusion of the episode, was A resonating experience, as it opposed the simple gore fest that I was half expecting. 
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The Titans emerge onto the city.
                   

Conclusion: Like I stated above, the episode is not like any other post apocalyptic show that accentuates incredible amounts of gore and violence which intentionally overshadows the actual story. Though there was gore, I wasn't seeing it as my only form of entertainment. 

It's tragic elements was kept me interested. The Titans themselves were A very intimidating adversary, seeing their grotesque appearances and power, was truly something out of A nightmare. 

The episode's ending was A defining point, as it was A tragic realization that was seemingly awakened in the characters which proved it's significance I felt.

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Eren's mother sacrifices herself in an effort to save Eren & Mikasa.
                          

Rating: 9 Out of 10 -Very Good.
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