A group of teenagers join the army and fight naked giants.
When this show started, I was optimistic. It had this great depressing tone, where people would die at the drop of a hat. It was excellent at establishing a mood of sheer terror. The fight scenes were exciting and intense as well.
But then it became repetitive. Every episode had the army confront some insurmountable challenge. And they would spend half of the episode discussing an essential, timely question: should they fight, or should they just roll over and die? It got annoying very quickly. And no one ever seemed to learn anything from all the previous times they asked the same question.
The creators also felt the need to explain every little detail. We wasted so much time learning about the long range scouting formation, which in the end no one gave a crap about. It felt like they were just padding out the material to fit into the requisite number of episodes. But they never make a single bit of progress on the show’s central mystery, which people actually do care about. With a show like this where the mystery plays such a big role, you can’t just leave everyone hanging forever. You have to slowly reveal tantalizing clues, possibly leading to an even bigger mystery. Titans hasn’t done this. We know only a few more details than we surmised from the first episode.
Many people also complain that Eren is a terrible character. I didn’t mind him initially, but as the show went on, I had to agree. He doesn’t grow at all. He makes the same mistakes over and over again, asking whether he should fight or not, and never learns a thing from it. In the penultimate episode he witnesses a titan crush some of his friends to death, but still manages to question whether he should fight or not. Come on, dude.
- Storytelling – D – Wastes so much time on pointless details and questions.
- Voice – B – Cool setting, gritty vibe.
- Characters – C – I like some of the side characters, particularly Jean. Eren came to annoy me. Mikasa kicks ass but they made surprisingly little use of her.
- Attention Grab – C – Grabs your attention when stuff is actually happening, which is sadly rare.
- Production – B – Looks nice. Especially the titans.
- Overall – C-
Recommendations – Berserk OVAs, Hellsing Ultimate