I first heard about this anime about a year ago, but it came up in a conversation recently and I finally checked it out, and ended up watching the first season in two days. So I rather liked it obviously.
But talk about a heady mix, plenty of people have been losing their shit over it I gather and I can see why, it’s like critical mass of goodstuff. So many associations crossed my mind as I was watching, as a superficial starting point it might be seen as something like Evangelion: Steam Punk Edition, but just off the top of my head I was flashing on flying Kung fu movies and Dark City and Incredible Hulk (particularly the TV, Ang Lee strain) and all sorts of stylistic homages that I couldn’t even keep track of.
Right as I was consciously feeling extra complimentary towards Attack on Titan for being notably less en vogue than what you expect from this genre, was also about when a lot of tropes were unmasked all at once. And while I wouldn’t say it was a major disappointment, at that point the territory felt more familiar which killed some of the initial WTF atmosphere for me. I think I have a pretty firm handle on where the whole thing has to be going.
Which brings me to why I wanted to post here, Attack on Titan is more reminiscent of the Panzer Dragoon series than anything I have ever seen. Not in any obvious or overt way, although I’m sure I could come up with fifty little parallels if I tried they are largely oblique as well, but without getting into spoiler territory perhaps the most notable element I can pin down is the sense of attention to details and the plausible quality of the weapon designs. Even though the execution is hyperbolic (this is still an action anime after all) it is easy to buy their technology as an evolutionary product of necessity, a threat specific system. It’s built off of a lot of ninja tropes that may be a little closer to reality as well, which is a bonus.
I don’t know if anyone else will feel the same way about the PD connection, but I’m virtually certain there must have been some influence, it’s just too much. Perhaps imagine how a story beginning in the town of Zoah at a time when they were the only human population left in the world might play out, then the parallel might seem clear? I’m sure many have seen it already but to anyone who has not I can’t recommend it enough. Now we still have over a year before the next installment though… oh well this may just be he first Manga I have to get into!