Giants eating humans… Giants around 15 meters tall, at the average… Giants that somehow can move fast enough that almost always guarantees death if you encounter them, unless you have special equipment to make you move faster – like a horse… Giants that can regenerate lost limbs and other various body parts… Giants that eat humans for pleasure…
This is the world that “Attack on Titan” (Shingeki no Kyojin) is set on. Titans have suddenly appeared and have started to devour humans. Mankind seemed to have no hope against these creatures and almost became extinct. They sought refuge behind a 50-meter-high wall. This wall has been man’s protection against the titans for 100 years.
Then one day, a colossal titan, whose head managed to be seen from above the walls, kicked a hole in the gates which caused a breach, and reminded humans why they were walled-up in the first place.
Hope was not completely lost, though. Titans have a weakness. Slicing the back of their necks kills titans. This required the invention of a maneuvering gear that enabled humans to leap up to the tall titans and cutting off that weak point.
It was mostly a one-sided battle, with humans being slaughtered.
Hope is a commodity rarely given and is mostly crushed to near in-existence. Death is cheap. The show is cruel, and gory.
Part of the series’ appeal is the mystery of the Titans. Who or what they are, how they came into existence is a mystery yet to be solved and understood. The characters are interesting, as well, though I am more interested with understanding the origins of Titans and how the humans will overcome this adversity.
It is an interesting series worth looking into.
Now, if the setting of the show is not enough to reel you in, here’s the awesome opening song of the anime series.
Sie sind das Essen? Nein, wir sind die Jäger!