|BiggerJ - 2014-12-11 |
|FABIO - 2014-12-11 |
I just saw an anime on Netflix that was mentioned here: Arpeggio of Blue Steel. All I knew was someone saying, "It's like Attack on Titan, but with WWII ships instead of titans."
And for the first 10 minutes, it is! Unmanned sentient warships with advanced technology just appear one day and wipe out the world's navies, setting up a shipping and communication blockade that isolates countries from each other causing globl collapse.
And just like Attack on Titan, it has a cool setup that it totally drops the ball with when it comes to characters and story. Protagonist vows revenge on giants things that keep humanity hemmed in, takes along his friends from the military academy including an emotionless girl who exists only to serve him.
Maximum Overdrive with battleships! How do you fuck that up? By having each ship's brain take the form of stock anime lolis. MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE WITH BATTLESHIPS and they turn it into a wacky hijinks harem anime.
Fuck you, Japan.
I don't really have a problem with the AoT characters; I've said it before but Yeager's Shinji and Asuka's baby, Armin is Rei and Aerith's, etc. and that's fine. American based off Japanese movie tropes do that all the time. Godzilla's protagonist was basically Yeager: "avenge the scientist father" and if Del Toro's Pacific Rim missed a single anime cliche in its characters I'd like to know about it. I liked those movies because I didn't walk in expecting Downton Abbey or some other deep character analysis, I wanted to see monsters and robots and after that, more monsters and more robots. In fact, Godzilla's whole first half could've been done away with and I would've been fine with it, even though it was well acted and helped develop the characters' motivations, something that's usually not done in a Godzilla movie. "But get to fucking Godzilla," I said to myself.
My problem with AoT is the actually lack of Titans or any action for episodes at a time. It just becomes Attack on.. uhh something we can't see. Let's do a flashback or argue an entire episode. Those would be OK filler episodes if the characters were fleshed out and weren't so tropey.
Hit Submit a little too soon.. anyway the episodes that are awesome with Titans and fighting are incredibly awesome, the episodes without are boing. If this other show you're talking about is more about kicking battleship ass than character development, I'll take the kicking of the battleship ass and I don't even care if the characters speak.
I was still on board despite the stock characters and filler, as long as they kept the titans as mindless forces of nature. Their enigmatic origin and behavior made them just as scarey as their eating people.
Then they ruined it by going all Battlestar Galatica and making it so there are a bunch of titans disguised as humans. They even tried to make it another "Who could the fourth child be?" type mystery where they acted like the audience didn't figure out who the female titan was the instant she appeared. So one of the most prominent titans is just some laconic chick with major daddy issues...neat?
I'm not too pumped about season 2 because I think I have the entire future plot figured out (never read the manga), because it's just Evangelion again. The titans will turn out to be some super soldier experiment gone awry. Eren's father was on the verge of perfecting the process that stabilizes the transformation, thanks to experimenting on his son. This is why titans die when their nape is slashed; it's where the human nests while in titan form.
The armored and colossal titans are also humans plotting against the government, using the feral titans to do it. I'm guessing that as the story goes on, half the damn cast is going to end up being hidden titans because it's Battlestar Galactica, which means there's going to be a rift and power struggle between the titans where one group wants to subjugate humans while the other wants to coexist.
The Annie thing was pretty obvious to me. The Female Titan looks like Annie. I was expecting a bigger plot twist, but I was watching True Detective at the same time as AoT, and sometimes a big plot twist (OMG it was Armin's "girlfriend" or something) isn't really necessary. In case you haven't seen True Detective, I won't spoil it but it's pretty Scooby Doo. And that's sometimes that's OK. But it also pissed off a lot of people.
What I'm curious about is the variations in the Titans' looks. Some look like some SD anime, and some look straight out of the art at the Vatican. If a human dies and becomes a Titan, can they choose any form they want?
|oddeye - 2014-12-11 |
Next time you go for a casual stroll in Africa you better put some fucking clothes on, half-formed guy from Hellraiser.
|BHWW - 2014-12-12 |
AoT is pretty boring despite having at it's heart a potentially interesting set-up; based on a dreadful-looking manga with amateurish, unpleasant artwork, it features such boring elements like a personality-free hero with a BURNING HEART who has a DARK SECRET, the taciturn fighting prodigy who selflessly loves him and so on and so forth. It's as by-the-book as your typical "goes on and on and on" shonen fighting series gets; though unlike some other examples of the genre it lacks what makes other series more successful in their aims; a sense of humor, characters with compelling personalities, plot twists that are actually clever instead of inane twists for their own sake - the sort of thing that can carry a reader through a zillion pages of manga or dozens of episodes. AoT brings nothing to the table, no flourishes to the plain unvarnished clichés and tropes on display, nothing to spice things up.
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