Whether you’ve watched a single anime or not, I guarantee that the majority of you have heard of Attack on Titan. It was written by Hajime Isayama, one of the richest mangaka, and animated by WIT and Mappa, two very well-known animation studios. I think you all know the impact Attack on Titan had, the popularity of it has created a new era of anime.
Before we take a look at the series, let’s take a look at the creator:
Hajime Isayama was born on August 29, 1986 in Oyama, Oita prefecture in Japan. It was during his time at Hita Rinko Senior High School that he began submitting manga works to contests.
After his graduation, he entered the manga design program of the arts department at Kyushu Designer Gakuen. At age twenty, he moved to Tokyo and worked at an internet café in order to pursue a career in writing manga. During this time he wrote a one-shot that would later be included in the series’ guidebook and included with the first Blu-ray of the anime adaptation.
In 2009, his first serial work, Attack on Titan, started in the monthly Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine.
On the topic of awards, it won the Shōnen category of the 35th Kodansha Manga Award in 2011 and was nominated for both the 4th annual Manga Taisho award and the 16th annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize and so many more.
WIT and MAPPA
Without these studios, the anime wouldn’t be in the place it is today. WIT produced the first 3 seasons of the show, and MAPPA is producing the last season of the show. The animation quality provided by these studios is something we all can be grateful for, especially MAPPA, considering the amount of time they had. Other than Attack on Titan, WIT has also animated Seraph of the End and Vinland Saga while MAPPA animated shows such as Dororo and Yuri on Ice.
Other than these popular animes, lesser known ones such as Hajime no Ippo, Kakegurui, Great Pretender and Ancient Magus’ Bride are also animated by WIT and MAPPA. They didn’t disappoint us with Attack on Titan as well, which is something we can express our gratitude for.
What makes it great?
The first season of the show aired on the 7th of April, 2013. Well, it wasn’t liked a lot back then. After the second season, the interest went sky high and people started to really like the show. The third season made the show the way it is now. What makes the show special is its writing and well animated combat scenes, plus, the concept of the show itself is interesting. It’s also fascinating how the seasons felt like a build up for just the final season, which is really popular right now. Fans around the world have been having great discussions all across social media!
Season 1 and 4 are incredibly different. It’s interesting to see how much the series has changed, from the fandom and its popularity to the development of the characters!
Attack on Titan is rated a solid 8.9/10 on IMBD voted on by over 206,000 people. It’s been given 94% out of 100 on rotten tomatoes and even on Myanimelist the rating is 8.5+ out of 10 at a bare minimum. That’s not all, the official opening song of season two, “Shinzou wo Sasageyo” by Linked Horizon, has over 122 million views on YouTube, which is almost as much as popular music videos. Even all the AMV’s, edits, OST’s and content related to Attack on Titan has a range of over 10-45 million views on YouTube. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that this could be the most popular anime of all time.
If there’s something I really want to express my gratitude for, it’s the people working on Attack on Titan. From Hajime Isayama to WIT and MAPPA, all the people that have given us this franchise have worked hard on it. It made more people realize that anime/manga is something that is a great medium of entertainment too, and it opened a path for many people to watch anime or read manga. This is why I say that Attack on Titan was the new era of anime coming to an end this year, and I just wanted to show you all how it affected anime as a whole. Thanks for reading my article!