‘Attack on Titan’ Is the ‘Game of Thrones’ of Anime

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Attack on Titan is the latest craze in the world of anime and its success could be contributed to its similarities to Game of Thrones. Both take place in a fantasy world that still contains many recognizable elements and revolves around a theme of nihilism. Perhaps most importantly both are shows based on written works where no character is ever safe, no matter how central to the plot. Neither the Attack on Titan manga (Japanese style long form comic books) nor the Song of Ice and Fire book series are complete yet, with the Attack on Titan anime being just behind the plot progression of the manga.

The popular anime takes place in a world where humanity was nearly wiped out by a race of seemingly mindless humanoid giants who eat people. These giants are the Titans. Approximately one hundred years after the sudden appearance of the Titans humanity has retreated behind a series of three concentric circular walls that many believe to be a divine gift. Some citizens within the walls even worship the structures themselves. The main character is young Eren Yeager, an idealistic boy who wishes to see the world outside of the walls despite his elders’ admonishment. Eren hopes to one day join the Scout Regiment and venture beyond the walls to slay Titans and allow humanity to occupy the Earth once again. One day tragedy strikes and an especially large and seemingly intelligent Titan appears and destroys the outermost gate. After losing everything Eren and his friends join the army, with Eren planning to seek revenge through the Scout Regiment.

Even from the first episode Attack on Titan is full of tragic and hopeless situations giving it a tone that invites the notion that the series is the Game of Thrones of anime. The two do not share any similar plot points beyond political corruption and many standard tropes of fantasy realms, but the two shows often evoke the same feelings from viewers. Both shows are adept at placing tense cliffhangers at the end of each episode, continually making fans unsure if their favorite characters will make it another whole episode. Author Hajime Isayama eliminates characters violently at an even faster pace than Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin creating a sense of rapidly advancing doom. Isayama claims that after creating a one shot version of Attack on Titan in 2006 he immediately dreamed up several plot twists and the ever-expanding plot of the anime and manga seems to support his statement.

Despite the often hopeless tone, Attack on Titan is massively popular, garnering so much more attention than expected that its production company was not prepared to produce a second season as quickly as it was demanded. The next season will not debut until at least 2015, a wait Game of Thrones fans are familiar with. The final episodes of Attack on Titan‘s debut season answered many mysteries introduced in the middle of the season, but also left many mysteries that have plagued fans since the beginning of the series. Viewers can pick up recent installations of the manga that have advanced past where the anime leaves off, but like Game of Thrones many prefer to wait and be surprised by the show. Attack on Titan may have the title of the Game of Thrones of anime, but beyond the enticing comparisons it is its own beast.

By Matt Isaacs

International Digital Times

11 Responses to "‘Attack on Titan’ Is the ‘Game of Thrones’ of Anime"

  1. Rick   August 14, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    I knew I was in front of a fanboy articule when I started reading.
    While Attack on Titan is an enjoyable show and it has managed to broke standars in shonen genre, it really lacks a decent story-telling, with characters spiting their lines in order to get some exposition. And while indeed kills a lots of characters, they are near to no mportant to the plot whatsoever, don´t let this articule to fool you, this is no comparable with the Ice and Fire (GoT) universe, though is still entertaining and as I have already say enjoyable IF you are willing to turn you brain off.
    (Sorry for bad english, it’s not my native language)

  2. Eren   July 8, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Go after that title Akame ga kill!

  3. sdkd   July 1, 2014 at 1:03 pm


  4. Steffon   July 1, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Love the anime! Searched vigorously for the next season since the manga went way past the anime. When i couldn’t find it, I did the necessary research and can reluctantly wait til 2015 to see the next season.
    Very in depth article that is spot on. *thumbs up*

  5. stephan   June 30, 2014 at 8:29 am

    i love this show plase make seson 2

  6. Simon   June 29, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Game of Thrones relies on gratuitous nudity and sex to keep viewers. Attack on Titan, on the other hand, never plays to the lowest common denominator and instead features relatable characters hanging on to their hope and morals when they have nothing else left. The ‘Walking Dead’ of anime is a more suitable comparison.

  7. Damon   June 29, 2014 at 7:57 am

    my thoughts exactly when I first saw the show. I don’t really enjoy most anime(key word being most), but this show just has such an interesting plot, setting, and characters I’ve now seen every episode and read all the chapters ;P

  8. Khaled   June 29, 2014 at 5:09 am

    it is one of the best shows ever !

  9. Curtis   June 29, 2014 at 12:06 am

    Iv been watching this anime for the whole time its been on this season and I think that it should stay on as long as possible.

  10. hi   June 28, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Love this show

  11. rolf   June 28, 2014 at 9:41 pm



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