“Ni-sen Nen-go no Kimi e -Shiganshina Kanraku (1)-“(二千年後の君へ ―シガンシナ陥落①―)
We have about 2 weeks till the second season starts and whilst I watched Attack on Titan when it first came out obviously we weren’t even around to review it back then so like with Tokyo Ghoul I will binge review the first season and hopefully not be too far away from where we need to be when episode 1 of the second season comes out.
The first episode will always be my favourite. We are introduced to Eren Jaeger and the world he lives in behind the wall, I think giving us their life the day the Titan’s broke through their walls was enough because Eren himself is able to tell us himself why he feels so strongly BEFORE the wall comes down about becoming a Scout and going out beyond the walls. The way the episode ends just gives him his ultimate goal but we got to see that fire in him right from the get go.
Nothing from hearing the Scouts themselves talk about how pointless all this was to the horrors of seeing a Titan feed up close stops that need for him to fight them.
It was a truly horrific masterpiece though with such stunning moments in it that they are burnt onto your brain. The vision of the Colossal Titan appearing over the top of the wall and bringing it down, watching the Smiling Titan eat Eren’s mother… It was perfectly animated and the scenes have rightfully so became such well known images.
The Titans were scary, no one can ever say anything else. They were horrific looking creatures that instantly made you fear them, when you see them banging on the walls outside you get a idea that they aren’t to be messed with but its when they stroll through the city that you look at them and realise just what hell they are going to bring with them.
It plants you kind of inside Eren’s mind though. You get to hear him talking about how the walls weren’t protecting them but made them like cattle, you get to see that he IS scared, he isn’t just a brave kid talking crap he IS scared of these things but he still wants to go out and fight them. You see the trauma he has to live through, the image of the Smiling Titan ripping his mum in half in front of him and then eating her was just terrible. It doesn’t deter him though, the kid is brave but he isn’t stupid and he isn’t being brave in the face of something he doesn’t understand. Even before the attack he seems pretty understanding of what he’s going to put himself through but he doesn’t care.
I honestly think for all the praise the episode gets its still underrated because it sets the scene perfectly for everything that comes after it. My first time watching it I was in tears and breathless because not only visually did it stir me it made me feel part of what was happening.
Such a well thought out opening episode with such a horrible ending.