Attack on Titan
November 22, 2020
Genre: Action, Dark Fantasy, Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic Fiction
Seasons: 4 (Final one ongoing)
Airtime: April 7, 2013-Present
Studio: IG Port’s Wit Studio
Director: Tetsuro Araki
Available: Netflix (season 1), Hulu, Prime Video, Crunchyroll, Funimation
Synopsis: The world is overrun with titans, which are beings that look like humans, but are much larger and like to feast on their smaller counterparts. Humanity is confined within multiple layers of high walls to protect themselves from the titans, and they are relatively safe. This changes when a titan larger than the walls appears, and teenaged Eren Jaeger vows to get revenge and kill every single titan.
Personal Review: This is a top tier apocalyptic, action filled show, and another great starter anime. Season 1 is very action filled while season 2 focuses more on plot development. The action is flawless with amazing animation to support it. The show itself has many unexpected twists that will keep you hooked throughout your viewing. Everything that happens in the show seems to happen for a reason, continuously adding to the plot and setting up those great twists. The original soundtracks definitely are a great part of the show and in my opinion, the openings by themselves are enough reason to watch the show.
A Silent Voice
November 27, 2020
Genre: Coming-of-Age, Drama, Slice of Life.
Release Date: September 17, 2016
Duration: 2 hours, 16 minutes
Studio: Kyoto Animation
Director: Naoko Yamada
Available On: Crunchyroll, Funimation, Netflix.
Synopsis: Grade school student Shoko Nishimiya is a deaf girl who has been constantly bullied, and transfers to a new school. Years later, she meets her old bully, Shoya Ishida. He is a depressed high schooler who learns sign language and tries to make amends with the girl who he bullied ruthlessly in grade school.
Personal Review: A Silent Voice is one of my favorite anime movies. The story starts off with a former grade school bully who is on the verge of suicide, but stops and reconsiders his decisions. After that he tries to make amends with the girl he used to bully in grade school. The storytelling and world developing is done well and doesn’t feel rushed. The story of Shoya trying to make amends and becoming Shoko’s friend is truly beautiful. A Silent Voice’s biggest lesson to the audience is to learn to give someone another chance. No matter how bad someone might have been to us in the past, with enough change, forgiveness is possible.