Okay! Our anime challenge is back on! I’ll admit I’ve been getting a little backlogged on my blog posting but I’m here now! To recap we have looked at:
The First Anime You Ever Watched= Dragon Ball Z
Favorite Anime You’ve Watched So Far= Cowboy Bebop
Favorite Male Anime Character Ever= Gaara
Favorite Female Anime Character Ever= Erza
Anime You’re Ashamed You Enjoyed= Diobolik Lover
Anime You Want To See But Haven’t= One Piece
Your Anime Crush= Sho Gojyo
Favorite Anime Couple= Sailor Moon/Tuxedo Mask
Best Anime Villain= Shogo Makishima
Which brings us tooooo……. Favorite Fighter Anime!
Now again, please remember I am trying my best not to double dip into shows so I immediately eliminated all above-mentioned anime from the running. Also please remember your on GrimmGirl and I do spoilers all day every day. That being said Even this anime is a show that I think can honestly stand toe to toe with any fighting based anime out there above mentioned or not. With that being said you have to know already that I’m talking about Attack on Titan.
What’s not to love about this anime? I mean besides the fact you will spend every other episode cursing the world from a fetal position. This show blew me away within its very first episode. Off the top of my head I can’t think of another anime with such vicious graphics. Do you remember when that titan just straight up eats Eren’s mother? There’s no blackout scene where we “get the idea” his mom was eaten it is just straight up bone crushing CHOMP! Body is bitten in half and Eren is scared for life.
Another reason I have to single out Attack on Titan is not only for the fact their fight scenes are brutal (in the best of ways) but also because I really enjoy the way they show case fighting. At lot of times I think that we see the lighter sides of things. Take the shows Naruto Shippuden, Bleach, and Fairy Tale for example. These are all fighter anime that I super enjoy but the way they approach fighting is vastly different than the way Attack on Titan does.
In these shows you see the comradery between the characters. There is a deep focus on how their friendships and bonds will propel them to victory. The fact that they believe in each other and themselves is enough to face down each hurdle. There is a more light-hearted nature to these shows if that makes sense.
Attack on Titan is the exact opposite. If I had to describe it in one word I would say Attack on Titan is raw. In away I would say Attack on Titan is the Batman to all of those other shows Superman mentality. It’s gritty and shows the more underhanded views of humanity. The death of Eren’s mother is a perfect example of what I’m getting at.
In Attack on Titan Carla (Eren’s mother) is taken by a titan after she asks Hannes , a solider, to save her two kids (Eren and Mikasa). He grabs the two kids and while their running a titan picks up Carla. For a brief second Hannes looks as if he’s going to attempt to save Carla but upon seeing the voracity of the titan he chickens out and runs with the kids. Not before Eren helplessly witness his mother’s brutal death.
If this had been a show like Fairy Tale Hannes would have charged in hoping for the best, and then gotten his ass kicked. This would have awoken Eren’s inner strength and would have some how managed to inflict enough damage on the titan to pull his mother to safety and probably save Hannes too. It would have been a brutal fight but still would’ve ended with the majority of characters safe.
Instead this is Attack on Titan where happy moments are far and in between and instead we’re left with Hannes explaining to Eren that Eren couldn’t save his mother because he lacked the strength and he couldn’t save his mother because he lacked the courage. No sugar coating the issues here.
To summarize I like Attack on Titan’s unique spin on things. Humans aren’t always brave, or great leaders, or forgiving of others. Sometimes they’re complicated shitheads. Sometimes they let us down the moment we need them most and there’s nothing we can do about it except pick ourselves up and move forward. To hope that maybe we get a little stronger ourselves so that we don’t have to rely so much on the people around us. Sometimes you have to push forward even when there isn’t someone encouraging you to. This show is complicated and messy and they express it best through their fight scenes. I adore it.
Now if only season two would come out…