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So yeah, I'm sure you've all heard of Attack on titan somewhere by now. I've seen the show, read the manga, made my brother watch it (he's pretty much addicted to it, now), and it's a pretty swell show.

Along with the original material of the series in general, there are some key traits unique to this that, in all honestly, I wish weren't so unique to it, and are pretty good selling points. I wish we saw more of what we'll talk about here in other series, in other Anime because, well, this is pretty much unheard of.

Here are three things we'll cover, one journal for each.

1. There is next to NO FANSERVICE WHATSOEVER.

2. The female cast is amazing.

3. Mikasa is the ideal strong female character.

Okay, so first off, let's talk about fanservice. The anime industry (like pretty much everything else) is more of less failing nowadays, and over the last five years, this stuff has just gotten harder to watch because the fanservice has become increasingly pandering, raunchy and... well, just downright extreme. In a desperate bid to please the otaku demographic and sell a few more love pillows with soulless moeblobs printed on them, they've made sheer sex appeal more important than anything else. Now, I know some of you are going to say this shouldn't be an issue with a series like this because of the extreme violence and then we'll go on a different tangent altogether about the hypocrisy of seemingly celebrating violence while averting the dreaded yet ultimately harmless nipple.

Lemme just clear it up now that I really DON'T mind fanservice all that much... as long as the characters involved don't pretty much look like CHILDREN. Fanservice has it's place, you know? All things in moderation... but it doesn't have a place in a show like this. Because this is so serious and so much is done to pull the viewer into the world on screen, it would be a little distracting for the animators to try to make me horny at the same time with panty shots or whatever.

Now, something like Cutey Honey... I don't mind THAT kind of fanservice much, because it's not TRYING to be so serious. It doesn't feel like the minds behind it are trying to dupe me into thinking this shlock is anything deeper than it really is, and I don't see a problem with simply acknowledging how beautiful and womanly Honey is because she's an attractive character for her PERSONALITY as well as her looks (well... at least in NEW Cutey Honey. She's pretty much a ditzy airhead in everything else, which I don't find very charming at all. Some guys do, but I don't.).

See, the key thing here is that Honey is a funny little something called a "character", and not a construct created for her looks alone. She's fun and strong and interesting, so the fanservicey bits are pretty much an afterthought, though a nice little bonus all the same. While she may more often than not be marketed as just another pair of funbags made of the audience to oggle at, she's just a fun character to have around. In a way, the fanservice COMPLIMENTS her rather than detracts from her, at least when handled right, which is surprisingly hard to do and isn't always done well.

Part of Attack on Titan's appeal is simply what a huge f%$# you it is to the industry in general, and all the tropes that have been engendered and propagated to the point of stagnation. From the get go, the manga was rejected by a few publishers because it was too "out there". It didn't fit the spick an' span cookie cutter shape they were going for with Manga and Anime in general, see, and this makes it apparent just how far gone and how... PLASTIC the medium itself is, on paper and on-screen. No one ever expected it to somehow wind up being popular because... well, by their logic, it SHOULDN'T be. Hollywood has its focus groups... the Japanese have their own, equally silly ways of doing things.

So anyway, despite being so apparently niche and being published by a fairly more niche magazine, and having no apparent demand for anything like it, Attack on Titan rather miraculously became wildly successful, pretty much defying the very nature of the anime industry as we know it today. To me, this can only be a good thing that will prompt viewers to demand change, and assuming this continues to resonate so strongly in the future, well, I can't help being excited.

So anyway, yeah, I appreciate that this show has hardly any fanservice in it, because it doesn't need that, and this just proves that even in this ass backwards day and age, YES, you CAN still sell something with the merits of a GOOD STORY, DU'H!!!!!!

Next, we'll talk a bit about the cool female cast.
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Herokiller12344 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
I consider Mikasa's strength to be inherently sexist because her entire reason for being is a man. Without Eren she becomes suicidal, all of her character revolves around him.
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NickinAmerica Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
I wouldn't go that far. I kinda wish we got to see how Mikasa would carry on if Eren DIDN'T come back, because in what seemed like her last moments, she found her footing again. I think seeing her have to carry the weight of the story on her own would be fascinating.

The simple fact is, Mikasa's entire family died. They were her world which is understandable for someone who was a little kid at the time. Eren filled that void, and to a lesser extent, so did Armin, sorta. Of course she'd be irrepairably distraught without that.

Just look at it this way... We wouldn't call it sexist if Eren was a girl as well, would we? No, then we'd just call it co-dependancy, something entirely realistic that some people do suffer in real life. But hey, at least that icky taste of a man wouldn't be there.
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Herokiller12344 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
There I agree with you. Mikasa is infinitely more interesting than Eren. She should definetly be carrying the show.
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dlausactor6373 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Have you ever read Berserk?
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NickinAmerica Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Nope.
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dlausactor6373 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You most definitely should.
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Axxidous Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Kinda makes me think of Eden of the East. It was pretty series and didn't really really try to be all that perverted. I mean, there were naked dudes at some point but it had a legit reason for being that way. ...And there were these hilarious white animated scribbles as censors. XD

And Angel Beats was like that too. It was half serious half silly. So sometimes they did mildly perverted things but it RARELY happened and it was so mild for an anime with a major male and major female characters. They didn't "pair" really anyone at all, and the only ones you'd think they would, they didn't. And another one that they did pair they did slowly, subtly and indirectly until the end. And overall the jokes were based on simply being outrageous due to the situation they were ultimately in (Which is also the core reason for why there is also a serious undertone. They're in the afterlife. So they've all died one way or another and are fighting whether or not to move on. It's kinda hard to not take that seriously in the end despite how silly it can be)

At least that's my opinion.

I've NEVER heard of Attack on Titan until this journal, but I mean it sounds like it'll be fun. I like lead female roles that aren't all Sailor Moon. (Don't get me wrong everyone likes Sailor Moon and I even watched other shows ppl would typically think are for girls simply cuz I think it's an interesting series like Cardcaptors or Tokyo Mew Mew. XD But characters like Lightning and Korra or Maka are interesting and unique in this day and age to me. :3)
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Ceuscadu Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Simply put, Attack on Titan has neither the time nor the room for blatant sexy. If they had wanted to squeeze it in, it would undoubtedly feel as forced as, say, Highschool of the Dead.

Besides, it's got endless scenery porn. I'm content.
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TwistedNega Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Soooooo...Pornomatography?
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DarkSuperShadow64 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Just saw the first episode. I literally nearly cried. I'm watching the rest, no doubt.
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DarkSuperShadow64 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh, and...

I was planning on going to sleep tonight. Any ideas?
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Sol9000 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Don't objectify people. That's what pornography is for.

You do you job and tell a good story, and let the trolls of 4chan do theirs.
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NickinAmerica Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Um... okay? Are you telling me what to do, or the industry?
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Sol9000 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
The Industry.

Sure, FS used to have a purpose when there was no internet around to reach the pervert quota, but it's 2013. It's about time we play the fanservice card sparingly.
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andrell Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
If you want a anime with a strong female cast that is not sexiest check out  Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
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NickinAmerica Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
I love that show.
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Ceuscadu Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Not sure if you have heard this yet, but I'd come across a small little factoid claiming that the name Puella Magi Madoka Magica has a double meaning in Latin.

There is the obvious one, something like "Magic Girl Magical Madoka", but at the same time the words can also be interpreted differently (such as Magi meaning somebody who is deceitful, and Puella meaning a servant girl) to become something along the lines of "Magical Madoka, Slave of the Deceiver".
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NickinAmerica Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Cooooooooooool.....
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TheLizardLord Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student Writer
I've kept myself away from that series because I don't want to like another show and watch all episodes in two days.
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NickinAmerica Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Um... okay? I don't really understand.
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TheLizardLord Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Student Writer
I do keep myself away from anime in general. The thought that they're so many good animes out there I won't have time to watch make me depressed.
And yes. I am aware it sounds retarded.
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NickinAmerica Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Well..... you're just depriving yourself of entertainment. Just check out a series if it sounds interesting to you, and if you end up liking it, then focus on that series, finish it, and move on to another series. Better you get SOME enjoyment out of them than settle for not enjoying them at all.
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TheLizardLord Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student Writer
But I've missed so many animes, it will take forever to catch up.
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NickinAmerica Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
"Catch up"? On what? Who said you have to watch EVERY ANIME ever released? Just find something you think fits your personal taste and, well, enjoy it! By your logic, the more you decline, the bigger that pile will just keep getting. There's no sense in this whatsoever.
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TheLizardLord Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student Writer
That was just a joke. I am bad at making those on da.
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burkeonthesly Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Funny thing. For the first time in a couple years, I rewatched Martian Successor Nadesico (or, rather, the first disc of it), and found that the anime tropes it lampoons by playing to the hilt, which had once been amusing, had just gotten irritating. The amount of wordless yells and shrill screams alone was painful. As much as I enjoyed the idea of it, an anime poking fun at the excesses of anime, it reminded me that the excesses once parodied by exaggeration have since been dwarfed by the bloated reality of the industry.

I haven't seen Attack on Titan yet, but if, as you say, they're turning their backs on some of the more cringe-inducing anime tropes, then I'm all for it.
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DarkSuperShadow64 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
An anime that doesn't use fanservice as a selling point?

Movies like the Man Of Steel, Iron Man 3 and Pacific Rim actually existing?

Resident Evil Revelations?

No tears. Not yet. I must savor this moment. 
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Sol9000 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
:iconjimmiesplz: There is no need to be upset.
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DarkSuperShadow64 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Tears of joy, my dear friend. *sniff* Manly tears of joy.
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Sol9000 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
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Osmostrix Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
I can't say Attack on Titan is one of my favorites because the actual show differs so much from how it gets advertised as an intense action show. Still, I do appreciate what the show because of its characters and the few moments when they actually get a victory. Also, ShinigamiEater's parodies of this show are hilarious!
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lordmep Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

Attack on Titan was originally rejected because it was too abnormal for Japan?

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That just makes me love it all the more.

 

 

Also, in the spirit of fan speculation, I'd like to ask something. WHY do you think the titans are?

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NickinAmerica Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
You mean what do I think the titans are? I think the titans were once human, like Eren. That's probably why the back of the neck is their weak spot, because it's where the "pilot" is, at least when it comes to the really big ones. I think really strange titans like the sasquatch-lookingone have some mysterious power that allows them to "summon" titans from normal people, like Connie's family. I think titans just started popping up like a zombie plague and swarmed.
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lordmep Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

I believe I already know what the titans are. They're weapons created for a purpose. I don't know what exactly they're for though. Eating humans may just be a means to an ends. The behavior of the wall priests suggest they have some idea what this purpose is and that they consider it more important than the survival of the city. We haven't seen the wall priests do much apart from creating red tape for tamepring with the walls, which contain 50 meter titans. The existance of this class suggest that at some point, someone held control of these titans long enough for the walls to be built. The wall builders made three walls, suggesting they knew that they'd be brienched eventually. I'm guessing that this is a bit like Matrix 2 where what we think is our greatest hope is actually just an extension of the enemy's control over us.

 

I don't think the appearance of the titans was as sudden as the story suggests. I think humans created the first titans, possibly even the sasquatch, and this is all part of their plan. Then there's the revelation in the latest chapter that the latest human titan had been a regular titan for 60 years before somehow turning herself back to human. The titans seem to want her back and even take precautions to make sure they don't kill her by accident, at least not while she's human. Regular titnas seem to have an intense hatred of human-titans in titan form; its the only time they stop smiling.

 

Then there's the social commentary about the corruption and unfairness of society. That has to play some larger role in all this. I'm betting that the titans' goal is to somehow make a better humanity.

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NickinAmerica Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Make a "better" humanity? As in, replace us with a superior life form such as themselves or whoever created them in the first place? That's possible, but it's REEEEALLY hard for me to rationalize what they do. Reiner keeps saying the world as a whole is doomed, that this is too big for anyone to grasp, and I just don't see how simply killing and/or assimilating all humans is going to make the world so much better for whatever is left.
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lordmep Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

I don't mean becoming like the titans because titans are just mindless tools. The manga talks a lot about social corruption and that one mustache commander talked about a legend of if humanity faced some overwhelming threat that it would lead to them uniting. I think that unification is the goal, not a physical evolution.

 

Titans were used in making the wall. That means that although the titans could have wiped out humanity all at once, they chose to spare some. And the behavior of the wall cultists suggest they don't necessarily want humans to die, but they're unwilling to give information because they feel we could actually do something to affect whatever grand scheme is going on. And, I think her name was Ami, the female titan's flashbacks suggest that they're doing this for some greater cause.

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lastiecchi Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

 now if Disney or nickelodeon  could understand that wed have a decent tale for power rangers instead of unfortunate  crap like m

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