This past weekend marked the final episode of Attack on Titan. Episode 25 to be exact, and despite a sluggish start to the Anime series, once it got going, you couldn’t wait to see the next episode. So the question that remains, did everything end on a high note for the last vestiges of humanity? Yes and no.
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courtesy of Wikipedia – One hundred years prior to the beginning of the story, giant humanoid creatures called Titans have forced humanity to retreat into a system of concentric walls known as Wall Maria, Wall Rosé, and Wall Sina. Inside these walls, humanity lived in peace for one hundred years, but a sudden attack by a gigantic sixty-meter Titan and a smaller Titan covered in armor plates caused the outermost wall to be breached, forcing mankind to abandon the land between Wall Maria and Wall Rosé, resulting in turmoil and famine.
Little is known about the Titans; giant creatures ranging from 3-15 meters tall, which instinctively attack and devour ordinary humans on sight. However, they apparently do not require meat as sustenance, as they do not prey on other animals, even with the long absence of humans, and apparently gain their energy directly from sunlight. They have hard skin and regenerative abilities, and can only be killed by a deep incision at the base of the neck. This weakness led to the development of the Vertical Maneuvering Equipment, allowing humans to navigate quickly in a three-dimensional space. Although it permits great mobility to a skilled user, it carries a large risk of overtaxing the muscles, requiring extensive physical conditioning and agility.
The series follows the story of Eren Yeager, his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman, and their friend Armin Arlert. After the outermost Wall is breached by Titans, including the 60-meter tall skinless Colossus Titan and the abnormally intelligent Armored Titan, and his mother dying in the resulting destruction, Eren vows revenge against the Titans and later enlists in the military, accompanied by Mikasa and Armin. Years later during his first battle against the Titans, Eren discovers that he has the ability to transform into a Titan at will. Seen as a threat to mankind by some, and as a ray of hope by others, Eren joins his companions in a desperate fight to protect what remains of their society while looking for answers to the mysteries surrounding the Titans, the Walls, and his own existence as well.
Series as a whole
I had first heard of Attack on Titan sometime before the show actually came to fruition through an acquaintance of mine who had been reading the Manga. So I was already very much interested and intrigued by the fact that such an fascinating tale would soon be coming to television. When the story eventually came, I will be the first to admit that I was a bit disappointed in the general pace of the show. Each episode so carefully building up the storyline, almost had the unintended effect of killing us with boredom. We needed to see giants. We needed to see mankind fight back.
It wasn’t until episode 9 or 10 that things really stated to pick up, and once the story ventured into the Survey Corps, everything went into high gear. Although I will not get into an episode-by-episode run-down, I will confidently proclaim that Attack on Titan definitely ranks as one of the hottest Anime features out right now, judging by discussions and trending data online.
Does Attack on Titan Have a Happy Ending?
In a world where monstrous giants terrorize whats left of humanity. Where the populace watch in horror as giants crush and devour loved ones at every opportunity, there is not much happiness to speak of. And, despite the small victories and acts of heroism and bravery throughout the series, by the conclusion of episode 25, you are still left wanting. Do they at least end it on a high note? I will say, that although there are some major actions that take place in the finale throes of the last episode, in true Attack on Titan form, the whole of humanity is denied that victorious swan song we all wish they could rejoice in.
I suppose that will just make us hungrier for more when they series (hopefully) returns.
Haven’t heard nor seen it yet? I encourage you to try any of the free Anime outlets online to stream the series at haste. You will not be disappointed.
And for those who have seen it, please tell us below how you liked Attack on Titan? We’d love to compare notes!