There are many anime that have been able to make a huge mark on pop culture, but the popularity and success that Attack on Titan has experienced is absolutely unbelievable. It’s one of those rare exceptions where even people that don’t watch anime are willing to give Attack on Titan a chance.
The anime tells the inspiring story of Eren Yeager’s journey to eliminate the deadly and mysterious Titans. The series has entertained audiences for three powerful seasons, but the show is about to come to a close. Accordingly, here are five things fans will miss now that Attack on Titan is ending and five things that they can live without.
10. Will Miss: The Music
Storytelling, characterization, and visuals are crucial components of any series, but music is an element that ties everything together and can often go underappreciated. The work that Hiroyuki Sawano does on Attack on Titan is some of the best in the business.
The anime features the perfect orchestral accompaniments that pull the most emotion from out of the scenes. Additionally, the opening and ending theme songs for Attack on Titan are on a whole other level and are the perfect way to build up excitement when heading into, or out of, an episode.
9. Live Without: Dragging Out Storylines
Attack on Titan tells an incredible, layered story that’s full of action, but also features many surprises in regards to the series’ big twists.
Attack on Titan has a number of mysteries that it hints from the very first episode will have big answers, but literally take the show years to reveal. The tail end of the show’s third season starts to pick up the pace in this sense, but for a lot of time the show milks this material for all that it’s worth.
8. Will Miss: Its Approach To Storytelling
It’s easy to distill Attack on Titan’s story down to Eren’s personal journey, but there’s actually a massive narrative in play here that spans generations and is far bigger than the Yeager family alone. What’s so impressive is that Attack on Titan takes its time to reveal the bigger details about the lore and plays around with chronology and perspective to tell this complex story in its own terms. As the series heads into its final season, the scope is now unprecedented and it’s crazy to watch how it naturally built to this point.
7. Live Without: The Melodramatic Betrayals
At the start of Attack on Titan, it’s very easy to identify the gigantic monsters as the clear threat, but as the series continues it begins to highlight that humanity itself is just as rotten. It turns out that many of the efforts to take down the Titans have faced setbacks because there is actually insurrection among the ranks in the form of enemy moles. This initially adds welcome tension, but it gets to the point where it feels like nearly everyone is actually a mole or secretly a Titan. It becomes repetitive.
6. Will Miss: The Animation
Attack on Titan tells a thrilling story about man-eating monsters, a nation that rises together to overcome a threat, and the importance of legacy. However, all of that would mean drastically less if the anime looked sloppy and forgettable. Wit Studio assembles a polished package that guarantees that Attack on Titan is one of the best looking anime on television. They understand how to properly bring the manga to life and every episode is a visual delight. Hopefully MAPPA will be able to rise to the challenge since they’re in charge for the show’s fourth and final season.
5. Live Without: Its Lack Of Levity
Attack on Titan is a grim action anime, which obviously means that comedy isn’t going to be its prerogative. Attack on Titan is a series that expertly handles its melodrama, brutal combat, and psychological torture, but as a result it doesn’t have time to accommodate other sensibilities, like humor. There are brief moments of levity in the series, but Attack on Titan can become seriously depressing due to how it’s so immersed in a dour world that’s at the end of its rope. The Scouts fight for a bright future, but the present is very dark.
4. Will Miss: The Fight Choreography
One of the most satisfying things about Attack on Titan is just how much work goes into making the various fights truly stand out. Tetsurō Araki has operated as the show’s primary director and he’s helped make sure every aerial battle or Titan showdown is as thrilling and visually dynamic as possible. Certain episodes don’t give the audience a chance to catch their breaths as they engage in non-stop action from one deadly threat to the next. It’s an incredible, addictive energy that helps power the series.
3. Live Without: Its Pro Military Propaganda Slant
Attack on Titan is clearly a series that is steeped in fantasy and broaches ridiculous monsters & an alternative reality that’s considerably displaced from the real world. Despite this, Attack on Titan does emphasize how the Survey Corps is a fundamental force not just for maintaining the public’s safety, but also for giving Eren and company a purpose. It’s not as if the use of military forces is unwarranted in the series, but it’s easy to see how the content also glamorizes such institutions and could push an agenda.
2. Will Miss: The Titans And Their Variety
Even those that have never seen an episode of Attack on Titan have likely encountered an image of what the series’ ghastly Titans look like. It’s this strange take on giants that got many people to check out the series in the first place. As the show has evolved, it’s introduced a wealth of different Titans, all with unique abilities, into the picture. The growth of this “species” has been a fascinating development and these unique and frightening designs will definitely be missed once the show has concluded.
1. Live Without: The Death Of Beloved Characters
Attack on Titan features many lovable characters that audiences have grown to increasingly understand. A lot of the show’s cast begin the series as ciphers, but they slowly open up and show off their vulnerabilities. This only makes it more difficult when characters meet their end, whether it’s by Titans or other casualties of war. Unfortunately for Attack on Titan, the later seasons become much more intense and turn up the body count, which can be a grueling experience for fans who have a developed a connection with the cast.
Source of: ComicBookResources