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Re: Attack on Titan

Postby planetxleader » Mon Feb 17, 2014 3:12 pm

I watched the first two episodes finally since this show's been all the buzz and I'll just say I'm not very impressed. At all.

The premise is great and it's what initially drew me in, but the characters are godawful and the melodrama is unbearable. Not feeling the drive to keep watching, I at least wiki'd the rest of the season and found that I'm glad I didn't try to "bare through with it."

Not trolling, but.... I'd be interested in seeing if I'm the only one who thinks the show is kind of overrated.
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Re: Attack on Titan

Postby MekaGojira3k » Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:42 pm

I don't know about the anime, but I love the manga. Although I feel like my fondness is more for the concept, world, and art of the manga than the characters necessarily. I don't really recall much in the melodrama department unless its been stretched out and so overwrought so as to be unbearable.
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Re: Attack on Titan

Postby Dr Kain » Tue Feb 18, 2014 1:09 am

planetxleader wrote:I watched the first two episodes finally since this show's been all the buzz and I'll just say I'm not very impressed. At all.

The premise is great and it's what initially drew me in, but the characters are godawful and the melodrama is unbearable. Not feeling the drive to keep watching, I at least wiki'd the rest of the season and found that I'm glad I didn't try to "bare through with it."

Not trolling, but.... I'd be interested in seeing if I'm the only one who thinks the show is kind of overrated.


As I had said, the anime really stretches things out before it gets to the good stuff. I actually was not really all that impressed with the manga until the second volume, and the first 5 episodes of the anime cover the first volume (with some flashbacks thrown in from Vol 4). I just feel the pacing is off in those first several episodes.
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Re: Attack on Titan

Postby metal_bryan » Tue Feb 18, 2014 2:08 am

I feel like most anime take a good 5-6 episodes to start to get good. The best ones tend to be good after 1-2, but I'd have missed out on some great series if I gave up on all of them that soon. Not saying AoT is one of those shows, just making a broad statement on giving anime a chance before dismissing it. Not every series is going to be amazing from episode 1.
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Re: Attack on Titan

Postby planetxleader » Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:11 am

That's part of why I felt compelled to wiki the next few episodes, and eventually the series as a whole. I didn't really like what I read (I'm not really fond of the unanswered questions being dangled in front of the viewer for the whole season).

And from what I saw of a recap video, the characters pretty much act the same. I could barely sit through two episodes of them; I doubt I could survive the whole series. x_x

Generally I am an agreement of giving a show several episodes (no more than that, though), but in this case I could kind of see that the things I didn't like weren't going to change.
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Re: Attack on Titan

Postby Hybrid Gojira » Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:58 am

planetxleader wrote:I watched the first two episodes finally since this show's been all the buzz and I'll just say I'm not very impressed. At all.

The premise is great and it's what initially drew me in, but the characters are godawful and the melodrama is unbearable. Not feeling the drive to keep watching, I at least wiki'd the rest of the season and found that I'm glad I didn't try to "bare through with it."

Not trolling, but.... I'd be interested in seeing if I'm the only one who thinks the show is kind of overrated.


I totally disagree with this. The first two or three episodes were the reason I was hooked. The action sequences and eventually the way season 1 wraps up seemed like a natural progression. It's not a perfect series, but it's not bad by any means.
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Re: Attack on Titan

Postby planetxleader » Tue Feb 18, 2014 1:14 pm

The concept of the show is great and I think that's what gets a lot of people hooked... it's like Walking Dead only with giants instead of zombies. But for me there's nothing exciting about watching it because all the main characters I'm spending time with have about two specific emotions each (sad and angry). Erwin's friend (the dark-haired girl) is especially bad; she's just the cliché "mysterious and quiet and tough" girl. Her sole motivation is to "protect Erwin." Ugh.

I've never felt so emotionally charged about a show I didn't like. I guess it's 'cause I don't watch a lot of TV shows, but... ugh. (throws down microphone)
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Re: Attack on Titan

Postby Hybrid Gojira » Tue Feb 18, 2014 2:43 pm

Yeah, I understand your criticisms but the characters aren't any worse or better than some of the other shows I like. I also think more will be coming to light about certain motives later on, which is why I can live with a build up. The main thing I like about the series is the "twist" we get towards the end. I haven't read the manga but hear the plot becomes very good later on...and I'm already satisfied with the anime.
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Re: Attack on Titan

Postby planetxleader » Tue Feb 18, 2014 3:58 pm

I think people who really enjoy this show enjoy the premise and the gloom and doom of it and are willing to overlook—or simply don't notice—the bland stuff that it's floating in. All's I know is that I can barely stand the constant "gaaah, we are so screwed" sentiment that never lets up, with characters who feel like rough outlines rather than fleshed-out characters that I can sympathize with.
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Re: Attack on Titan

Postby Dr Kain » Tue Feb 18, 2014 8:37 pm

Sad and angry... In a world where people must live in a walled city or be eaten by giants, do you expect them to be dancing around flowers and rainbows.

And you are focusing on just Eren and Mikasa. There are so many more characters to like. Annie, Levi, the doctor lady, Sasha, Jean, Ymir, etc.

Plus, the mystery of "holy **** I cannot believe they just showed us that!!! Does this mean )(U#UH#()#*$#ILKFNKJB$UPR#MONMPO#<MO$!!!??????????????"
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Re: Attack on Titan

Postby planetxleader » Wed Feb 19, 2014 3:53 pm

I'd expect characters and a plot that moves along or presents something interesting rather than dragging on with varying degrees of the same emotion.

One of my favorite books is The Road (movie's not bad, too). That book is bleak as hell. But it had a point, and it had an engaging back-and-forth between a father who's in the pit of despair and a son who doesn't understand why his father's so negative.

Attack on Titan feels like emotional pornography instead of actual drama.
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Re: Attack on Titan

Postby Dr Kain » Wed Feb 19, 2014 4:51 pm

Read past Volume 2 or watch past episode 9.
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Re: Attack on Titan

Postby planetxleader » Wed Feb 19, 2014 5:12 pm

Does wiki-ing the entire series count? :P 'Cause after episode two, I read the summary of episode 3 to see if it seemed remotely interesting to me, and it didn't. Then I tried four, then five. Then I got to the end, and felt glad I didn't sit through another episode.

I will give one or two more episodes a try at some point when I have idle time, but nine episodes is pushing it if I haven't been grabbed by then. For the time being I think I'm going to hold out for Higuchi's film. :D
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Re: Attack on Titan

Postby Dr Kain » Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:24 pm

If you are reading Wiki, then you aren't even interested in the series enough to care so I'd just say stop and move on. If you want to watch something though, just watch episode 14 or 15 (which ever is the trial episode) and if that does not make you interested in the series, then forget about it.
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Re: Attack on Titan

Postby MouthForWar » Thu Feb 20, 2014 1:04 am

I'm about half way through the season and I'm loving this show. Its like Night of the Living Dead meets a kaiju film. Highly recommended.
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Re: Attack on Titan

Postby planetxleader » Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:26 am

Dr Kain wrote:If you are reading Wiki, then you aren't even interested in the series enough to care so I'd just say stop and move on. If you want to watch something though, just watch episode 14 or 15 (which ever is the trial episode) and if that does not make you interested in the series, then forget about it.


You're suggesting skipping ahead?

Hmmm... hell, if I don't really care I might as well. I might just do that and see what I feel then.
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Re: Attack on Titan

Postby Dr Kain » Sun Mar 09, 2014 12:28 pm

So uh... yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah... I finished reading Volumes 10 and 11 of the manga and... :shock:
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Re: Attack on Titan

Postby Dr Kain » Sun Mar 23, 2014 3:30 am

Bryce Papenbrook has been revealed as Eren in the dub. Ironically enough, I just had this taken with him earlier before finding this out at Con Nichiwa:

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Re: Attack on Titan

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Re: Attack on Titan

Postby kiryugoji04 » Tue Jun 10, 2014 2:23 am

Sat down and watched the first two episodes of Attack on Titan. I actually wound up not disliking the animation for the reasons I thought I would. I disliked it for entirely different reasons.
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Re: Attack on Titan

Postby Rody » Sat Jun 14, 2014 11:38 pm

I started reading the manga well before I saw the anime. Although I merely enjoyed it at first, what really hooked me was the incident covered in episode 5 & 6 of the show. It totally shocked me and set the mood of the show more than anything previously. I can't argue that the characters are rather flat, but I think they serve their purposes well enough, and both forms of the story are well paced, maintaining a very tense atmosphere. It's also great to see the manga come to life so vividly and clearly in the anime. I enjoy the art style, and the music is terrific.

Honestly, I think it's best to read most of the manga before watching the show, since the manga has progressed much farther and thus offers more questions.
Of course, it has also raised a whole lot more...
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Re: Attack on Titan

Postby Dr Kain » Sun Jun 22, 2014 1:52 am

We watched the first seven episodes of the dub today of Attack on Titan. Thankfully Mikasa's English voice is a vast improvement over her Japanese one. Unfortunately, Armin's took a hit as his English voice is so damn whiny and pansy. I don't care for it. Nevertheless, I find the show so much more enjoyable in English than I did in Japanese. I also have to say I love the music, it is awesome. The only issue I have overall is they don't sub the text during the eye catches. Overall, I am looking forward to finishing it tomorrow and want Volume 2 and the next season now!!!!
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Re: Attack on Titan

Postby klen7 » Sun Jul 13, 2014 8:47 am

At G-Fest, Hiroshi Sagae mentioned he was doing some work on the live action film for Shinji Higuchi. He said he couldn't talk about it but described the movie as a 21st century War of the Gargantuas
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Re: Attack on Titan

Postby Enshohma » Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:25 am

klen7 wrote:At G-Fest, Hiroshi Sagae mentioned he was doing some work on the live action film for Shinji Higuchi. He said he couldn't talk about it but described the movie as a 21st century War of the Gargantuas


Now that sounds awesome, and no doubt Titan Erin / Rouge Titan is going to kick so much giant a** in live action form.
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Re: Attack on Titan

Postby MouthForWar » Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:43 pm

I just hope they can do what they need to do with the small budget they have. Also, I really hope they keep it as intense. A PG-13 Attack on Titan does not work, so I really hope they aren't watering it down for a wider demographic.

And yes, Sagae is working on the new film, as is Day of the Kaiju director Kazuhiro Nakagawa. Both were at G-Fest and both were very tight lipped. But yes, Sagae said it was like a modern WOTG and would be done as an old school kaiju film. And a certain someone I know got to see some pictures off the record and said the Armored Titan especially looks awesome as a suit.
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