There’s no doubt that Attack On Titan took the world by storm when it was released a few years ago, as it’s one of the most talked about anime shows of all time. It didn’t take long for the show to gain my interest once I sat down and gave it a chance, as I love the premise, characters, and of course the drama and action that ensues. After being released in separate volumes before, Funimation has collected all twenty-five episodes spread across four Blu-ray discs into one set aptly titled Attack On Titan: Season One. If you’re a fan or just want to see what all the talk is about, you’ll want to take this titan of a collection head on.
For those who are unfamiliar with the plot of the series, I’ll try to keep it simple here. Set during a time which looks like the early 1900’s, there’s a city surrounded by layers of giant walls where humanity is forced to stay thanks to giant, naked (don’t worry, they’re not anatomically correct. Thank goodness!) beings known as Titans that are known for eating people and being a general menace. For the past hundred years there hasn’t been a Titan attack, until now. Enter our young heroes Eren, Mikasa, and Armin who have been friends since childhood, and band together to join the military that fights back against the Titans after suffering through tragic happenings in their pasts. They fight using special gear that allows them to soar and swing around using gas powered grappling hooks and thrust to get high enough above the Titans to attack their only weakness, slashing open the back of their necks with specially made swords. As if the Titans weren’t enough trouble, there’s also political drama brewing in the background along with betrayals from within the military our heroes work for, and more intrigue to keep viewers glued to the screen.
I really enjoyed watching this series at first, as the beginning episodes are some of the most tense and violent I’ve seen in awhile. And while I do love the show for the most part, it’s not without faults. But biggest gripe for me is that after the first couple of episodes, the series starts to slow down heavily and go through filler-like material. I understand this was most likely done as to not let the series surpass the manga books, but even still, the slow / bad pacing throws things off quite a bit. It’s to the point when they happen, you’ll think to yourself “oh, so the Titans just decided to take a break so certain characters and the city can recover, etc?”.
Moving on, the show was awesome to look at in high definition as the details, colors and especially the well done animation of the Titans and characters soaring around on their gear look amazing. The audio is just as great as every terrifying sound of the Titans and the fitting dubs of the characters comes through nicely. There’s also a ton of special features to go through, such as episode commentaries on select ones, textless opening and closing scenes, some special “Chibi Theatre” episodes that offer a comedic spin on the series, Attack on Titan at Anime Expo, a behind the scenes video, and more that’ll keep you busy long after you’re finished viewing the show.
I wish the second half of the series was as intense as the beginning part, but even so, Attack On Titan: Season One is still one of the most thrilling and scary anime shows I’ve seen in awhile. If you have a strong stomach and can sit through the slow parts, you’ll be rewarded with one of the most intense shows you’ll ever see.