MILES WHITTINGHAM WRITES – The Anime craze in the United States is one that I’ve never fully understood. Fans seem to keep coming forward, but this type of animation has never particularly drawn my interest. So recently I figured, why not finally see what all the infatuation with this art is about?
After asking for suggestions, I decided to watch the first episode of a series entitled “Attack on Titan. “The show is one of the most popular in the world and has been in production since 2013. Within the first few minutes, I immediately appreciated the visuals of being thrust into the action, with constantly changing lighting and camera angles. Taking place in a village surrounded by three walls, the story follows three friends.
“Attack on Titan” was unlike any cartoon I’d seen before. I presumed I’d be watching a piece of art with a sensible storyline and minimal violence. What I saw was a dark fantasy type of Anime focusing on a city being attacked by “gigantic humanoid beings.” While I enjoyed most of the episode, it became disturbingly violent quickly. This took place when the beings attacked the village and its citizens towards the end of the episode. I have turned away from this series because of the cannibalism within the story.
In researching more about the animation, I was exposed to a multitude of other genres of Anime. Not all shows are this heavy on violence, but the more popular ones tend to be. Anime such as “Naruto” or “Dragon Ball Z” seem to be less brutal but lack a story as compelling as “Attack on Titan.”
I won’t continue with that series, but I am not opposed to trying a series that piques my interest. And while now more familiar with the art, I’m not sure that I will choose to be a part of the Anime craze.