Attack on Titan’s Release Crashes Streaming Sites


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Ryley Douglass

This article contains no spoilers for the show.

As friends gathered around their TVs and computers, the first episode of part 2 of the final season of Attack on Titan released in the U.S. at 3:45 on Sunday. This show shook the world to its core, bringing together fans of all nations together to appreciate the masterful craftsmanship of Hajime Isayama’s story. The manga was first released in 2009 and ever since then it has gained such momentum that Crunchyroll, a popular anime streaming service, crashed due to the immense demand for the show. 

This show follows the protagonist, Eren Jaeger, a man with the desire to change the world and to protect his family. He feels like a caged bird, trapped by the confines of the walls that surround his home; Maria, Rose, and Sina. Followed by his closest friends, Armin and Mikasa, he goes on a journey to find what lies outside the walls. He longs to see the rest of the world, although it is taken over by humanoid man-eaters called titans that lurk outside the walls, clawing at any chance they can get to infiltrate humanity’s last civilization. Longing to be a member of the Scout Regiment, the branch of the military that is involved with surveying the outside world, Eren knows that it is his birthright to see the rest of the world, even though his mother and father tell him not to risk it. 

Something about this world fills me with longing, the desire for something I don’t know how to place. The world is created so vividly and with such detail that you feel like it is real. You feel as though you watch the characters grow up, develop into people drastically different than they were when they started. 

This fantastic example of how stories can enrapture you into different worlds is a must-watch for any fans of anime, thrillers, or dystopian worlds.