Whilst watching Levi and Mikasa have long conversations on their zipcords (and intermittently battle the Female Titan), I was thinking a little about how successfully ATTACK ON TITAN will translate into its inevitable ‘transmedia’ iterations…
For my money, the mechanic of the 3D gear is going to need a drastic overhaul to work in a live-action film, because it already looks pretty ridiculous for these guardsmen to have extended dialogs as they speed through the tree tops. How far ahead did they need to shoot their cables? Why aren’t they smacking into any branches? So many questions without answers. And if it already stretches disbelief in animation, it’s going to look that much more absurd with real actors and photo-real VFX.
On the other hand, Levi’s Zero-like, neon-blue spin-blade attack up and down the Titans’ various limbs makes me think that a TITAN video game would be incredibly fun to play. Hell, between the likes of SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS and GOD OF WAR, we’ve already got plenty of strong examples to show how well the man-versus-giant mechanic can work. Now, I already want to play it…
As for the actual plot, though? I’d just repeat the comments I made last time about how all the disparate elements of horror, superheroics and war are finally aligning for real, tightened-to-white-knuckle thrills that are refreshingly free of all the fat I’ve griped about before. I dug the cold pragmatism of the scenes where the officers deem it more sensible to just brusquely dump their casualties off for the Titans. And I appreciated the dramatic insight of the scene where Eren recognizes that he’s finally become the sort of hero he idolized as a child. That’s actually an emotional angle that’s rarely explored as explicitly in these kind of stories. You’d figure that larger-than-life characters would think more often about how they once were lowly norms, wouldn’t you?
So yeah… the show’s definitely hitting its stride, now.
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