This seems like a pretty apt time to be writing an article on this topic, what with episode five of season two airing last Saturday, and more sure to come in the coming weeks.
As far as the anime is concerned so far there are six titans that are actually people shifters: Eren, Annie (Female Titan), Beast, Armoured and Colossal, plus the latest reveal in the last couple of episodes. The Beast, Armoured and Colossal’s identities remain a mystery at this stage, but if I had to choose someone who could turn into a titan but couldn’t, who would it be?
Continue reading The Attack on Titan Challenge #9: Character you wish could turn into a titan
A bit of a grim theme for #8 of the Attack on Titan blogging challenge as I have to choose a person I wouldn’t mind dying – and to keep things anime friendly, I should really only choose based on events that have already happened in the anime (that is up to episode two of season two). There is however, no shortage of characters, important or otherwise, dying with little warning in Attack on Titan.
Frankly, this was a stupid title to add to the challenge because I don’t want any of the ‘good’ guys to die and the bad guys (apart from Annie) haven’t made themselves known to the world yet. The things I do for this blog…
Continue reading Attack on Titan challenge #8 Character you’d least mind dying
Yes, yes, I know, I miserably failed to complete this 10 article challenge through March and now that the new season of Shingeki no Kyojin has started airing (YAY!) I need to get a move on!
Much like #6 is this challenge, I’ve really set myself up to struggle through the next two articles as they’re about things I know about from the manga, but hey – I’m going to work around it anyway.
One character I really liked, but didn’t get to see enough of was Hannes, the lazy soldier who ended up saving Eren and Mikasa in Shiganshina at the expense of Eren’s mother. If there was one criticism I would place on Attack on Titan it’s that it tends to deal with adults differently to the younger core group of the main cast. Apart from the four members of the Levi squad, the adults that we get to learn anything significant about all come across as completely fearless/mad in the face of the titans. In comparison, Hannes is clearly not fearless AND he is somewhat important to the story (unlike all those guys that run away outside of Trost towards the end of the first half of S1). In fact, he is clearly quite terrified of the prospect of having to deal with titans – a fear I put down to being a normal kind of guy.
Continue reading The Attack on Titan Challenge #7 Character who should be more important in season 2
Season one of Attack on Titan gave us a largely fleshed out world within the walls of humanities existence, a cast of dynamic and generally interesting characters. That means, going forward to season two, there’s a lot that could happen, and a lot that we might want to happen. I’ve kinda ruined this challenge article for myself as I’m actually up to date with the manga which has gone past the end of what anyone is expecting for the conclusion of the second season. So, with that in mind, I’m going to do my best to pretend I don’t know what’s going on and I’ll be attempting to be quite vague in the specifics of things.
There are loads of things a person might want to happen in season two. As I mentioned, we’ve got lots of interesting characters and the world has been nicely developed for lots to happen going forward, that said the thing I’m looking forward to seeing in the next twenty-five episodes or so is to do with the titans.
Continue reading The Attack on Titan Challenge #6 Hoped for moment in season 2
I’m not actually one of the people that think Titans are the most important aspect of Attack on Titan. I’ve always thought that the relationships between the characters and the fear they feel by being trapped is much more interesting than the humanoid, man eating giants themselves. That said: they’re still pretty cool.
When I came up with the one I wasn’t entirely sure if I wanted to choose a mindless titan or a human titan. After all, just because of the two, possibly four human titans we’ve met so far in the show are the most intelligent it doesn’t mean they would have to be the ones I like the most. I mean look at Hange’s favourites: Sonny and Bean!
As usual though, I’m just go to ignore my explanatory speel and go for one of the human titans anyway. In season 1, for me at least, the best titan has to be the main antagonist of the second half, the Female Titan.
Continue reading The Attack on Titan challenge #5 Favourite Titan
This is an interesting one because after reading the later parts of the manga I can’t help but feel some of the later deaths are far worse than those we’ve seen in the anime so far. That said, I’m going to use some later manga context to decide my decision – though I won’t say what that is to prevent spoilers.
There are of course loads of deaths to choose from – in the first couple of arcs when the walls fall soldiers and family members die a lot, I mean Eren’s mother, Armin’s whole family, most of the soldiers in Shiganshina, 200 soldiers in Trost. In the second half when the Scout’s go beyond Wall Rose and encounter the Female Titan a lot of people – most notably the majority of the members of the Levi squad.
I didn’t go for any of those though. In episode 13 after the smoke has cleared following the reclamation of Trost, just when the writers allow us to think the death by Titans has finished for an episode or two, we find one final death: Marco. It’s testament to the show that most of the cadets in the opening half that they all have very distinct traits and Marco is one that manages to hold everything together. Unashamedly afraid of fighting the titans and happy to be reliant on people that aren’t particularly strong themselves, he was a pillar of stability in a group of highly strung and frightened people.
Continue reading The Attack on Titan challenge #4 Hardest-to-deal-with death
There are so many great side characters in Attack on Titan, it makes choosing one favourite much more difficult than last time when I was choosing my favourite main character.
Although the rest of the cadets have never done much for me, the senior members of the Survey Corps could have a show all to themselves (Levi actually does have a couple of OVA episodes…). Hange is a great mix between very funny and extremely cunning and I needn’t give an explanation as to why Levi is awesome. However, I’m not going with either of them because my number 1 side character in Attack on Titan has to be Erwin Smith.
Continue reading The Attack on Titan Challenge #3 Favourite Side Character
Thanks for coming back for the second article in my Attack on Titan challenge – anyone started counting down the days yet to season 2? (26 – if you haven’t).
The second item on the challenge list is my ‘favourite main character’. For the sake of ease I’m going to define this as one of three main heroes from Shiganshina, although I suspect by September we’ll be able to add some more to that particular list.
If you’ve a recurrent visitor to the Tiny World of an Anime Amateur, you might have noticed that I’m particularly fond of one of the three characters generally, so choosing out the three from Attack on Titan is quite straight forward.
Continue reading The Attack on Titan Challenge #2 Favourite Main Character
I think I might have chosen the most difficult of all the articles in this challenge as the first one. The build up of tension and pressure across the whole season is what makes Attack on Titan the show that it is. If I’ve got to choose one though, I’m going to go for episode 7: Small Blade, The Struggle for Trost part 3.
There’s a very good reason that I’ve chosen this episode and this is because it picks up on all of the feelings of anger and enclosure felt by humanity and expresses them in a huge amount of emotion.
Continue reading The Attack on Titan challenge #1: Favourite Episode
So yesterday in my post on If My Heart Had Wings, I mentioned that I had something pretty big planned for today and I stand by that now.
I’m one of the many people that are getting very excited about the upcoming broadcast of the second season of Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) and to articulate this excitement in some kind of sensible way, I’ve decided to set myself a bit of a challenge!
10 posts over the next 30 days before the airing on the first episode of season 2 on April 1. That means writing an Attack on Titan post pretty much every third day – I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to do that as I’m already in the middle of the 30 posts in 15 weeks challenge, but I’m going to do my best!
If anyone else wants to give it a go that would be amazing! I won’t nominate anyone for this though just because of the amount of extra work it would mean for most people.
Thanks for reading! 😀