I’m not going to lie, this will probably be the shortest review yet, only because I feel that by now, every man and their dog has seen or at the absolute very least, heard about Attack On Titan. It changed the anime landscape in a big way when it debuted back in 2013 and for those who still have zero idea what it’s about, here’s a quick spoiler catch you up.
It’s set in a time where humankind is on the brink of extinction and the remaining survivors live in cities and villages behind three large walls that surround what little safe land they have left. Very early on, we are introduced to Eren Yeager, his sister who we learn is adopted Mikasa Ackerman and village friend, Armin Arlert. After living in relative security for over 100 hundred years, everything is changed when the humanoid Titan show up, smash through Wall Maria and begin to devour the hapless humans. Eren, Mikasa and Armin take the fight to the Titans by joining the Survey Corps who fly around on Omni-directional Mobility Gear apparatus killing the Titans. Along the way, they meet many soldiers who become their friends, each with their own reason for being there risking their lives. They also meet and kill many Titans who range in size and are either male or female. Things take a turn when they meet the savage Female Titan which elevates the stakes in the fight until Eren discovers he holds a potential discovery within him to turn the tide of the whole war.
So it’s a very action packed anime that has drawn many fans worldwide and many cosplayers even to this day still show their dedication by having AoT meetups at conventions. Suffice to say if you haven’t seen it, then you owe it to yourself to at least check out the first few episodes to see if it’s for you as some people don’t like it. What I wanted to focus on was the recent release from Madman which packs all the drama and tension from season one and packs it into the recently released, “Attack On Titan Season 1 Collection”.
There are four discs in the Blu Ray edition with all 25 episodes contained and they’ve thrown in some really collection special features. There’s episode commentaries, eyecatch gallery, textless songs, US trailers, AoT at Anime Expo, the making of Attack On Titan and a chibi theatre with a feature, “Fly, Cadets, Fly! Days 1 – 25”, all of which are worth having a look at.
It’s also a great time to get into this release seeing as how season two is finally showing, you can check that out on Anime Lab so if you are new to the series, then is ideal for you. Fantastic series, stunning animation, massive range of characters for you to love and hate and excitement dialled right up with a healthy dose of drama sprinkled throughout.
Final score: 9/10