News culture Attack on Titan Season Finale Part 2: Is it worth it?
Sunday January 9, 2022 marked the much-anticipated return of Attack on Titan with the broadcast of the first episode of the final season. Attack on Titan is a real phenomenon, the world of Japanese manga and animation has changed forever in its nearly ten years of existence. Why do we owe this success? The editorial staff at JV take a look at the history of this unique business, accompanied by some personalities.
- The Beginnings of the Shounen Beast
- phenomenal phenomenon
- A recipe for gigantic success
The Beginnings of the Shounen Beast
It all started in 2009 when Hajime Isayama submitted one shot to Shueisha, the publishing house behind the popular Weekly Shonen Jump. This weekly is in a way the trophy for authors looking for success. (Bad) Fortunately for him, Hajime Isayama refused to publish his work due to his tone being too far from the editorial line of the Shisha.. The publisher asks him to make changes to his work, but Isayama, confident in himself, refuses to do so. Then he turned to Kodansha, the other major publishing house in Japan. This time, this new editor was tempted by Isayama’s claw and decided to give him a chance.
Shortly after this first attempt, Kodansha launched a new format with Bessatsu Shonen magazine, and asked Hajime Isayama to make a new manga for this first release. He then charts the beginnings of what would become his groundbreaking work, Attack on the Titans, today a symbolic epic of Japanese manga and a colossal success that vastly transcends the borders of his home country.
Since it was first published, Attack on Titan has come a long way. In 2019, he joined the very closed circle of the world’s best-selling manga, which has exceeded 100 million copies in circulation.. The manga thus became the nineteenth best-selling manga, and its numbers continue to grow after the publication of the last volumes between 2020 and 2021. It is also the biggest hit in Kodansha’s history, collecting 9 of the top 10 in a row in the top Oricon annually.. Oricon lists the best selling manga each year. This makes Attack on Titan the second manga to appear at the top of Oricon, and the second to stay the longest, right behind One Piece. Amazing performance of shonen UFO.
In France, Hajime Isayama’s work has not been ruled out because it has collected nearly 4 million copies, and it is one of the best-selling manga in France.. If the series has always been popular with fans of Japanese culture, today it is clear that it has largely gone beyond the framework of a niche phenomenon, and is now reaching a much larger audience. This sudden popularity is due to a major factor: the arrival of the cartoon on Netflix. Because it was the anime that really popularized Attack on Titan among the general public. The quality of adaptation, plot, and characters make AoT (for Attack on Titan) a unique work in the Japanese animation scene.
Thus Attack on Titan is an undisputedly successful manga, which owes in part to its adaptation to the animation. But in addition to the anime, the series has the right to a whole set of mods in various formats.. Initially, there were several spin-offs, light novels, and novels, but also live dramas. Furthermore, the anime has had the right to several plot-shortening animation films developed within the animated series as is often the case in Japan for successful works. Finally, it is also available in the form of video games with Attack on Titan: Wings of Freedom And attack on titan 2, two console episodes rated highly in our columns. How do you justify such an attraction to a chain born of almost marginal form? What makes Attack on Titan Salt? This is the question we will try to answer.
A recipe for gigantic success
One of Attack on Titan’s first strengths is that it is built on a solid foundation. The threat posed by the Titans and their origin continues to intrigue us, so we want to know more about them.. But in addition to the legends founded by Hajime Isayama, it’s his excellent sense of narrative that shines throughout the work. The plot never clutters, and most of the elements, whether it’s the characters or the story, have evolved brilliantly, even if some of the subplots sometimes go too far. Each reader or spectator finds his interest in the many characters who are at the heart of the story, coherently present within this finely curated novel.
If we emphasize Hajime Isayama’s innate talent for storytelling, it is also and above all his mastery of plot development, which is once again brilliantly rendered by adaptation in an animated series. Thus, splitting the series allows each season to have its share of ups and downs while constantly expecting to be surprised.. The discoveries that are distilled sparingly throughout the episodes allow us to renew our growing interest in a series with a rich history that offers us in addition to epic battles. Because yes, Attack on Titan is also totally insane clashes between Titans with massive power and soldiers with incredible agility.. Who could have forgotten the fight between the brutal Titan and Levi? Once again, the work presented by Wit Studio embellished in the best possible way the trait of Hajime Isayama, which did not always convince readers.
Finally, if Attack on Titan speaks a lot about societies, it is undoubtedly thanks to its deeply human nature. The conflict between different factions and the incredibly challenging journey of Eren, Mikasa and Armin within the Exploration Battalion makes Attack on Titan a truly human work that bursts with emotion. From laughing to crying, you never really know which foot to dance to as the seasons (or episodes) progress, as characters grow, love each other, tear each other apart, die and grieve for their fallen friends.. Attack on Titan is as entertaining as it is shocking series, and that’s arguably why it’s so compelling.
So, yes, despite its many qualities, Attack on Titan is not without its flaws. Some will say that the business takes too long to develop or that the twists and turns are too predictable. The issue of animation was also the subject of much controversy within the community, while MAPPA took over the production of Season 4 and incorporated 3D into it, disappointing many spectators.. As mentioned earlier, there are also the case for several elements of the script that Hajime Isayama decided to put aside to focus on its main story. There is clearly an end of the work that angered more than one person. But that’s also what makes the Attack on Titan recipe. A divisive work that pleases some and disappoints others. A work that discusses and feeds the conversations of many fans. This is, after all, one of the main features of the iconic work.
Whether you like Attack on Titan or not, it’s clear that this phenomenon exists. Last night during the broadcast of Episode 17 of Season 4, the servers of Crunchyroll and Wakanim platforms simply exploded due to the excessive traffic of spectators who are anxiously waiting for the continuation of this extraordinary adventure. New evidence of the unique allure of such a unique entertainment. The Attack on Titan once again continues to fuel discussions among fans of Japanese animation and even goes beyond the field, certainly going on record as one of the major works of the decade.
via singson, writing jeuxvideo.com