One of my favorite parts of the holiday season are marathons of THE TWILIGHT ZONE. Every time I think I'm done (because I've seen three episodes in a row where Hitler somehow returns to power), I'll hear that eerie guitar riff and Rod Serling's smooth baritone, and I'll just need to see what the next horrible vision of the future.
So, let's take a journey, you and me. A journey into a land of both light and shadow, of order and chaos, of speculation and substance! Journey with me into a world where...
ATTACK ON TITAN is cancelled.
PUT DOWN YOUR SHOTGUNS, PLEASE! I'm not saying it HAS been canned, I'm just wondering what would become of the show would such a thing to occur. In the grand scheme of things, how would it affect the legacy of the show?
TITAN would be bound to fall in line with some of the greats of action anime, regardless of its story completion. The ideas they present are wonderfully illustrated through visual metaphors, and the steampunk Spider-Man thing that the people do is more badass than most anything you see in American-style action stories. A lot of new franchises will probably steal from these motifs, since TITAN executed them so well.
Fans would undoubtedly speculate on where things were going to go. Fan theories would inevitably turn into fan fictions, and soon enough an enormous tree of possibilities and universe would grow. Each would vie for validation in the eyes of the fandom and, perhaps more importantly, the crew of the show. Would they ever respond? And would the fandom accept their explanations after the fact?
Perhaps the fandom response would be so powerful that it would have a sort of "FIREFLY Effect," wherein continued pestering of the creatives would convince people with money to reinvest in the show, but in a different way. A movie instead of a new season, perhaps, which would allow for some awesome fights between titan and human while keeping the stakes high.
Finally, I'm sure most people would simply jump ship onto the manga. That's still going strong!
While, thankfully, we don't have to worry about this scenario anytime soon, it's fun to speculate about things like this sometimes. What would YOU do ATTACK ON TITAN was cancelled? Give us a shout in the talkback below! We promise not to call you crazy.
Matt Murphy is a freelance nerd who has contributed to many nerd websites. You can reach him by going to where the light meets the shadow, by sending out zeta-brainwaves or by following him on Twitter @Murphix.