I was recently elbow-nudged ever so gently into watching an anime called Attack on Titan. Typically, I don't have much interest in anime because A LOT of them are subbed only and I don't have time to watch things unless it is something I can watch on my second monitor while I'm working (by "watch" I mean "mostly listen and occasionally glace over at the second monitor"). But AoT looked really interesting so I decided to take the time to watch it and it was SO WORTH IT.
I became utterly enamored almost instantly. The story is fascinating, the characters are interesting, and the art is most excellent (in my opinion anyway). It is chock full of symbolism which I adore because who doesn't love a good plate of intellectual roughage to overanalyze and burn your brain out trying to interpret? What…. Just me?
If you're a jaded cynic who has lost all childlike wonder
or never had any because you're a sad, sad individual
, this anime is probably not for you. However, if you can forgive a few instances of overtheatrical philosophizing and the occasional joke that perhaps doesn't translate so well, you might just enjoy AoT for all the good it has to offer.
(SPOILERS AHOY! If you have not watched Attack on Titan yet, GO AWAY.)
Halfway into the first episode, I began noticing little hints, symbols, and oddities here and there. Before long, I had accrued a pile of observations and questions I felt compelled to write down:
1.) What if any significance is there to the fact that the titans are described as "lacking reproductive organs but being primarily male in anatomy?"
2.) Is there any significance to the fact that the walls are named after women (Rose, Maria, and Sina) or in the sigils emblazoned upon each gate? Is there any significance to sigils' Greco-Roman appearance? On a hunch, I looked up the names in Google translate and "sina" came back as "Sinai" and "Sina" came back as "China." Rose is a very common symbol that can mean a lot of things and Maria may or may not refer to the Christian figure of Mary?
3.) With very few exceptions, most of the titans appear to be "mindless devourers."
4.) Is there anything to the mindless titans' very individual appearances?
5.) Do the abnormals/variants represent anything in particular?
6.) Did anyone else see Atlas/Prometheus imagery in the "carrying of the boulder" when Eren is attempting to seal the gate in titan form?
7.) There seems to be some very interesting gender play going on.
8.) I began to notice that most of the titans had these stupid, complacent
looks on their faces and it is said that one of the things leading to the collapse of Rome was complacency of the populace. I wonder if this might be tied in with the sigils on the gate (mentioned in 2).
9.) Am I the only one who thinks the armor in AoT looks a little bit like lingerie? Which I like.
Just an observation.
10.) Mikasa and her mother are noted as being "worth more" because of their hinted Japanese heritage by men who wanted to sell them into (heavily implied) sex slavery. Thoughts?
11.) Several times it is said by various higher-ups that emotions must be cast aside to save humanity but Eren's over-emotionality seems to save the day more often than not, no?
12.) Is here anything to Eren's pointed ears and strange arrangement of teeth in titan form?
13.) I wonder if there is really anything concrete to any interpretations or is AoT just a generalized insert-your-own-interpretations-here kinda thing? It seems like there are several ways anything could be interpreted. Not saying that's a bad thing. Just an observation.
14.) There are a lot of German named characters.
15.) Also, no black titans or black characters that I recall seeing. In fact, pretty much everyone seems to be white, really.
So anyway, those are just the things I've noticed on my first watch. I intend to watch it again when I get the time. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thoughts?