August 8, 2018
One thing that I absolutely love about the Japs is how they conceive of us, and our glorious past. It is, indeed, a refreshing form of entertainment that I wouldn’t be able to find in the West, where everything is being deconstructed by the Jews.
Attack on Titan drops you in a world where European civilization is on the brink of annihilation and through sheer grit and perseverance, starts fighting back against colossal odds.
We are depicted as being resourceful, brave and willing to sacrifice for our people. Which is nice.
Also, the hardcore violence keeps me coming back for more.
Anyways, some spoilers ahead, so stop reading now if you haven’t started season 3.
So far, they’ve switched focus from the Titans and the mystery surrounding their origins and started focusing on political intrigue within the Walls.
And it kind of lands flat.
All of a sudden, a bunch of new characters are being introduced and the machinations of the people who rule the city are starting to be explored. There’s talk of revolution, which is kind of cool, I guess, but it’s not really what the show is about.
Worse, the main character, the one that we’re looking forward to seeing wreck some shit, is tied up the whole damn time.
It’s like, the only way that they can move the whole “Revolution” arc forward is to tie up the main character and shove him to the side so that the other characters can run around and do their little machinations.
But that’s not why I started watching the show…
Fundamentally, what made the show so memorable and what made it stand out was how over the top action-packed and intense and hardcore it was.
People were getting eaten left and right, the animation was on point and until Eren made his first transformation into his Titan form, there was no hope on the horizon for humanity, so it was more like a horror show than an epic fantasy or an adventure series.
The show went from 0 to 60 mph and then it hit 120 mph by the end of season one. By the end of season 2, we were breaking the sound barrier.
Shit was getting intense.
But now they’ve started pumping the breaks, and I’m just not sure that I can stick with the show if they keep going the whole political intrigue route.
Because, let’s be honest here, I’m basically in it for the over the top self-insert power-trip.
That’s what anime is for.
I look past the bad voice-acting and the annoying exposition as long as there’s a character that I can self-insert as and power-trip with several times a season.
This goes for every show that I’ve ever liked.
You can add some plot to the show, for sure.
I mean, you need some sort of vehicle to drive the show forward, to get to the next fight, the next big confrontation, the next big power spike reveal.
But you can’t ever start taking the plot too seriously.
The whole point of the plot is to create the cool memorable moments that everyone remembers as the highlights from said show.
- the first time Goku goes Super Saiyan
- the first time Aang goes into Avatar State
- the first time Naruto goes full 9 Tails
I could not tell you the plot of those shows if you asked me now. All I remember are the memorable power spike scenes.
And what I liked about Attack on Titan was how little it seemed to care about the plot in the beginning. It was just like, “yo, here’s the situation, there are these big Titans eating people, let’s see if they can survive.”
And that was it.
It was beautiful. Whatever plot there was was just the main characters coming up with ways to defeat the Titans. I really thought that I had finally found a show that had the courage to admit what no other show could admit to itself – people aren’t watching for the script or for the ideas, but for the emotions and the crazy power-trips that Eren’s titan-form rampage gives them. And then for two seasons, they just rolled with it.
It was beautiful.
Because, let’s be real, there are very few shows that actually present any new ideas that really make you sit down and be like, “hmm, let me puzzle this out, this is fascinating stuff.”
Most movies and shows are just not that visionary or ground-breaking. But if they’ve got a cool self-insert character, it’s passable entertainment.
And the people who watched Attack on Titan liked the idea of their backs or humanity’ back being put against the wall and then them getting angry, powerful and finally fighting back.
That’s what the show was fundamentally about. That’s the emotion it was tapping into. And it worked. It takes away from itself now by trying to shoehorn a complicated plot into the story for no reason.
Just be what you were meant to be: a show about crazy, angry, bloody power-trips.
You don’t need to be anything else. And frankly, I need that niche filled in my life. You’re never going to get me on the political intrigue angle, but you’ve already won my heart over on the gore and edginess angle.
So just stick with it. Please.