Attack on Titan, a.k.a. Shingeki no Kyojin, Season 02 is out. And boy, it hasn't disappointed me yet! In fact, episode 31 (Warrior) nearly brought tears to my eyes. Don't worry, I wouldn't spoil the show for you. I rewatched that particular episode about seven times. It was so damn good. And what made the whole experience much better was seeing on Crunchyroll comments from folks who had a similar reaction.
It got me wondering: What is it about shows like Attack on Titan, Death Note, Code Geass, Hunter x Hunter, etc. that get red-blooded anime fans into a shameless frenzy?
Well, for one thing, they are all anime shows.
Since my initiation into the world of anime in 2001, I've wondered why it has a special place in my heart. At the frightening age of 33, I still profess my love for anime, and there is an objective reason for that. (Well-done) anime shows tell stories in ways that most media can't pull off.
I could hazard a guess that it has to do with the incredibly appropriate soundtracks that match the various moods in each story or maybe the attention to detail in the art style and landscapes, something that Western cartoons and some movies fail miserably at.
Still in my top 5 fight scenes.
Or it could simply be the fact that anime allows the artist to convey emotions in very memorable ways.
Or maybe it is anime's mysterious monopoly on the coolest fight scenes in any movie or show ever.
The fact of the matter is when it comes to head to head competition with even Live action movies, anime still comes out on top.
Remember the pathetic string of movie remakes of popular animes (Ghost in the Shell, I'm looking at you). You'd think with all the movie magic technology Hollywood has amassed, we should be able to pull this off by now. But each time, Hollywood has failed miserably.
Even stories that weren't originally an anime have been wildly successful when told as an anime.
All I can say is this: I am glad I found anime, and I hope it is here to stay.