There has been a slight stagnation in the entertainment industry since COVID-19 was introduced to mankind.
Of course, we had season two of “The Mandalorian” and “WandaVision” is currently introducing the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, there’s a show currently airing that I believe has some of the best writing in television and comics: “Attack on Titan.”
“Attack on Titan” is an anime/manga created by Hajime Isayama. It centers around a young man named Eren Jaeger as he embarks on his quest to destroy all titans, which are giant, uncanny people hungry for humans.
It’s a horror series, but slowly starts going more and more into a war story.
I can’t even say much more about the plot because there are so many twists and turns that you can’t exactly sum up what’s happening without possibly saying any spoilers.
There’s something about this series that sets it apart from the “Narutos” and the “Dr. Stones” of the anime world.
While those are great in their own ways, “Attack on Titan” has some special circumstances surrounding it.
For starters, it actually has a nostalgia factor. There are four seasons, with the fourth being aired every Sunday.
Season one aired in 2013 and the show just now got to season four in December of 2020. I started “Attack on Titan” when it first aired, so having to wait four years for season two was excruciating.
All the hype around “Attack on Titan” had died down by that point, and it was only going to be 12 episodes instead of 24. It wasn’t as good as season one, but the opening to each episode is still my favorite out of all of them.
Season three aired in 2018 and showed the first 12 episodes. Out of nowhere, it took a six-month break before releasing the last 12 episodes in April of 2019.
The last half of season three was peak fiction; the writing and action sequences were some of the best and most captivating television I’ve ever watched.
Now, in season four, everything changes. The plot pulls some extremely bold moves that I never thought could possibly happen.
Another aspect that makes it amazing is how the writing and pacing perfectly complement each other.
I have a rough time watching shows for too long because I either become bored or have other priorities, but “Attack on Titan” flies by.
I know many people can binge an entire series in a single sitting, but finishing a 25-episode season in two days is absolutely insane to me.
The writing is captivating, the pacing is quick, and the story isn’t afraid to pull any punches. The characters are nothing short of iconic as well.
Eren, the protagonist, is a very complex character. Each season he undergoes major character development, which leads to season four where the character is at its peak.
Mikasa, his adopted sister, is an intimidating force that holds Eren in the highest of regards. She’s one of the most skilled characters in the show, only being in the shadow of arguably the most popular character in the show, Levi.
Levi is the best warrior of the Scout Regiment, which is the regiment the main characters join to fight titans.
Other characters include Armin, a smart, reliable person who’s also Eren’s best friend, Jean, a hothead who is Eren’s rival, and Erwin, the leader of the scouts.
One of the things “Attack on Titan” is best at is creating an aura of mystery and answering questions slowly.
I do not view this show like I did back in season one. Each season adds more and more to the lush world that was created. Much like Eren’s character development, it has reached its peak with season four.
Season four is the final season, yet the questions posed to us this time are not based on what’s right, but what is deserved.
“Attack on Titan” has all seasons on Hulu, and the first three have an English dub for voices. You won’t regret watching it!