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.
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.
Besides, it's got endless scenery porn. I'm content.
You do you job and tell a good story, and let the trolls of 4chan do theirs.
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".
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.
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.
Attack on Titan was originally rejected because it was too abnormal for Japan?
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?
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.
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.
now if Disney or nickelodeon could understand that wed have a decent tale for power rangers instead of unfortunate crap like m