Hype Machine: Shingeki no Kyojin – Episode 8

Hype Machine: Shingeki no Kyojin - Episode 8

So the fandom behind Shingeki no Kyojin is just phenomenal. I didn’t expect this show to take off the way it did. It reminds me a lot of Sword Art Online, another popular paper franchise that got adapted to the silver screen. What separates the two shows is that most of Sword Art Online‘s popularity stemmed from Asuna and her immense marketability, while every aspect of Shingeki no Kyojin seems to excite the audience. While it’s true Mikasa has risen to the pantheon of Anime goddesses, the shows opening theme seems to have captured the internet’s collective creativity. I mean just look at some of these ‘re-imaginings’ of the song:

My personal favorite, Attack on the League of Legends

Or how about Attack on Coke

Maybe the Attack on Christopher Walken will tickle your fancy?

There’s even something for fanboys of the seiyuu!

The amount of videos are endless! I could fill an entire article with them. But instead of doing that, lets take a look at some Twitter posts!

@InvertMouse: One of the coolest part about watching Shingeki is that I get to see the OP =3. #shingeki

That’s actually how I felt about Shuffle. I still think it has the best OP known to Anime kind.

@DokiDokiNyaa: I can imagine how insanely popular #shingeki will get in the west once an American licensing company gets a hold of it..

Hmm who knows actually? I can’t get excited by Mikasa cosplays though… Just not sexy enough. She wears so much clothes!

@saku24gottsu: What the hell!? #shingeki

Yeah, hopefully we get answers.

@SashaBlaus: #SHINGEKI NO BUTTS everywheeeereee

So Sasha Blaus is now a Twitter account. I would like to point out how this proves my point from the opening paragraph. People are even nuts about a supporting character that only contributes her hunger to the show. I can’t get excited by Sasha Blouse cosplays either.

Sasha's Torment

@Fake_Eva: Oh wow, Mikasa weighs more than me. Dat muscle. #Shingeki

Mikasa is a beast.

@maramala: Surprised that no one in the internet noticed that the “rogue titan”‘s face resembled a cross between Mazinger Z & an Evangelion. #shingeki

Hmm… could this be a nod to either series? Some easy comparisons to Evangelion can be made such as the extensive use of blood and the deep psychological profiles of the cast. Other than that it might just be coincidence.

There was a big twist at the end of Shingeki no Kyojin again this week. I wish I had the courage to spoil it for all of you but its something you should experience yourself. It’s a strong narrative point that introduces some interesting problems and a vehicle to finally understand the Titans. There is still a lot we don’t understand about this world, and it’s great we’ll finally get some insight into its background.

Titan Cannabalism

What I enjoyed most about this episode was the development of Jean. He is finally coming to terms with being a leader. He learns that while the lives of those that were lost under his care are a burden that he needs to bear, he also has to cherish that lives he has saved with his guidance. The scene where he realizes this fact is one of those rare moments of hope that glitter in a narrative filled with despair. Until next week!

Jean's Confusion

2 thoughts on “Hype Machine: Shingeki no Kyojin – Episode 8

  1. Whatever my issues with Shingeki no Kyojin, I will readily admit that the OP is truly epic. I had also seen many of the parody versions that have been posted around lately, but not the Christopher Walken one. Gold! Thank you for sharing.
    Incidentally, had actually thought there were quite a few people that were reminded of an Eva with that ‘rogue’ titan – my very first instinct was to remember the famous ‘beserker’ Eva scene from the series.

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