Attack on Titan is one of the newer manga-turned-anime phenomenons that has been exported from Japan to America with some pretty solid success. It feels like it was just yesterday when our Tumblr feeds were filling up with GIFs and fanart of the adventures of Eren, Mikasa, and Armin. If you clicked in here specifically to see the extended trailer, you probably already have a pretty firm grasp of the story. For anyone who might be reading now and has just a passing recognition of the series title, Attack on Titan is an action-horror story that focuses on humanity’s struggle to survive against the gigantic Titans.
The remaining pockets of humanity have squirreled themselves away into the cities surrounded by walls, walls that for a time had kept the Titans at bay. But if there’s one constant in life, it’s change, and the safety that the humans have grown cautiously accustomed to is about to come to an end as the Titans grow large and strong enough to break through the city barriers. The series has a distinctly moody feel that lends to its horror cred thanks to the seeming mindlessness of the Titans’ violence. They seem almost like zombies, in that they have a presumably needless desire to eat humans. Granted, these “zombies” range from 15 to 50 feet tall, so they’ve got a bit of an edge when it comes to grabbing their prey.
For the sake of not wanting to divulge any spoilers, we won’t delve too deeply into the storyline, but for those of you who already know what’s coming, did you see that version of you-know-who smashing that you-know-what!? How awesome was that!?
Both Attack on Titan films are being distributed by FUNimation in North and South America. It’s a refreshing move to have the original Japanese film actually come to the states, rather than have Hollywood try their hand at remaking — read: butchering — the source material. Part One just had its US premiere in Los Angeles last week.
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