WHO IS WHO IN THIS PHOTO
Olga is the one standing in between officers. Maria is kneeling next to Alexei. I don’t see any of the other sisters and I don’t know who those two boys with Alix are.
My rendition of those gorgeous Romanov portraits that have been floating about on here. They’re not that great, but maybe someone will enjoy them.
Orochimaru’s one of my favourite characters. I wish more readers would appreciate him rather than just making him some 2d, cartoonish pervert.
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Remember those pics of the girls in Profile that were discovered not so long ago? Well here they are, clearer!
You know, I have to say, after watching the first four episodes of Attack on Titan, I don’t know what all the hype is about. It’s exquisite to look at, but the pacing is rushed, there’s barely any exposition in the first episode before the Titans start attacking and the characters for the most…
Mikasa’s backstory is Ep 6. Basically spot-on about Eren though. He goes from “my mom ded” to “im gonna kill all the titans” within one ep without the grieving and mourning that you’d usually associate with people losing a loved one.
The manga was even more unforgiving in its initial stages tbh. The defence of trost came before the training part (shown in manga as a flashback) so a lot of the proper character development like potato girl and jean/eren rivalry werent delivered until chapter fifteen. The story’s real selling points don’t come into play until sort of after that. IMO I’ll chalk it up to Isayama’s inexperience perhaps. Other mangaka like Hiromu Arakawa, Kubo Tite and Eiichiro Oda are at least a decade older than him, and more experienced.
Mikasa gets a backstory? Alright. I’ll hang around for that.
I suppose inexperience should be allotted for. Not everyone gets it right the first time. Not everyone gets it right even if they’re experienced.
Maybe I’m just being spoiled by Game of Thrones. *shrug*
You know, I have to say, after watching the first four episodes of Attack on Titan, I don’t know what all the hype is about. It’s exquisite to look at, but the pacing is rushed, there’s barely any exposition in the first episode before the Titans start attacking and the characters for the most part are stereotyped. Brash young hero who swears vengeance on his enemies? Yawn. What anime hasn’t had that already? Calm best friend who reigns in said brash young hero? Double yawn. The rival who thinks he’s hot shit? Totally standard in any shounen series. DBZ, Naruto, Bleach. The only difference here is that the superpowers get traded in for steampunk.
What would have made it more interesting is getting some backstory on Eren and Mikasa and the world they live in before completely destroying it. Who are these characters? What happened to Mikasa’s parents? Why does she look so gloomy all the time? When did the Titans first appear? No one has seen them in a hundred years. Maybe draw on that for suspense. Have the Titans mentioned, but not seen for a while. It would make much more sense for Eren to start asking questions and go digging for information, and as he’s digging, build the suspense around the Titans. Don’t show the monsters right away. Give the audience time to imagine what they might look like and start to draw their own conclusions. That makes the final reveal of these creatures and their subsequent attacks much more satisfying.
Try giving the characters…*character.* Eren is impulsive and goes against the grain. We know that. But WHY is he like that? What makes Eren decide that the rest of humanity is weak for living inside a walled fortress? What shaped his attitude and values? We don’t know. He just appears and reacts and then swears his revenge. Okay. But there’s got to be more to him than that. Likewise for everyone else. Why is Mikasa so insistent on protecting Eren and following him wherever he goes? Did they make a pact at some point? Did she decide to adopt him for her family since her family is gone? Does she have any other emotions besides her default blank stare?
Maybe I’m being too hasty in my judgement. After all, we’re only five episodes in. It’s likely some of these questions will get answered, but I just hate it when we’re thrown into the drama without any sense of what’s at stake or any sense of who our protagonists are. I need time to *connect* with characters, because, at least for me, that connection makes me feel more sympathetic to their plights. I don’t feel any connection here. Just a rapid series of events that happen to people. I’ll try to be fair and give the show more time to develop, but I’m not going to hold my breath.
I just finished the first two episodes of Attack on Titan and here’s my overall impressions…
Lots of screaming and crying.
Eren has PTSD.
Huge naked things eat people.
4 for you Mikasa you go Mikasa.