Britt’s Anime and Gaming Adventures: Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 1 (Review)

With the fourth and final season half-finished and with the manga ending this month, I thought now would be a good time to review the first half of the final season of Attack on Titan. I still can’t believe the series is ending–it was one of the first animes I’ve ever watched, and I’ve even made a few friends through the fandom. But alas, all good things must come to an end. Before I discuss the first half of season four, however, I will first discuss the series as a whole. 

The Attack on Titan manga began serialization in September 2009 and will end after 139 chapters this April. It was the groundbreaking debut of writer and artist Hajime Isayama. The series takes place in a medieval Europe-inspired world in which humans reside within walls erected to protect them from humanoid, man-eating creatures known as Titans. The series starts out very simply, with protagonist Eren Jaeger (Yuki Kaji) vowing to rid the world of all Titans after raiding his hometown and eating his mother right in front of him. As the series progresses, however, it gradually becomes more complex, as the main characters eventually learn that there are two races in their world: Eldians and Maryleans. They also discover that the Maryleans essentially created Titans to wipe out the Eldian race. Attack on Titan tackles serious themes such as racism, genocide, and indoctrination, particularly in its third and fourth seasons. The series offers something for everyone: social commentary, plenty of action, and a wide cast of entertaining and well-written characters. In addition to receiving a successful anime adaptation in 2013, it has spawned several spinoff manga series, video games, and a duology of live-action movies. The anime is adored by anime fans and critics alike, with several of its episodes appearing on IMDB’s “Best TV episodes of all time” page alongside other greats such as Breaking Bad and Bojack Horseman. The series has had a lasting impact on both Eastern and Western pop culture, as it has been referenced in other anime and American cartoons such as The Simpsons. 

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Britt’s Anime and Gaming Adventures: An Introduction

When one hears the word “art,” they will likely think of literature, film, or artwork. Some might even think of music or television. Very few, however, will think of anime or video games, as unfortunately many don’t consider these mediums as quality entertainment. This is due to a variety of reasons. For starters, those who are unfamiliar with the anime genre might believe that all anime consists solely of big-breasted girls and therefore poses no philosophical questions that’ll have you pondering at 3 A.M. As for video games, the word “games” stops people from categorizing this medium as an art form. While a lot of anime relies heavily on fan service, and while video games are certainly fun, these underappreciated art forms have emotionally affected me more than any song, film, or television show. In addition, many video games and anime have tackled topics that many mainstream films or television shows haven’t, such as war and genocide, racism, and whether humans are any different from animals. 

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