Random Viewing: Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack On Titan): End of the World

Attack On Titan End of the World

Attack On Titan: End of the World is the second live action movie based on the Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. Continuing from where the first movie left off, it begins with the movie’s hero Eren being held in captivity by the military after his transformation into a Titan on the battlefield.

Facing execution from the military for being a threat to humankind he is spared due to an attack by another intelligent that kidnaps him. He wakes up in a mysterious bunker where Shikishima reveals the origins of the Titans and how their existence has corrupted the government. He intends to stage a coup and recruits Eren to assist him. After reuniting with Shikishima’s troops, Mikasa and the remaining soldiers from Eren’s company the true reasoning behind the coup is revealed leading to a Titan battle and a rather roundabout way of coming to the conclusion of the series.

NOTE: Yes this is a fairly old movie by now. It took me a long time to review this since I watched it during my flight home from Japan back in March and I had to re-watch it again to see if I forgot anything.

Attack On Titan End Of The World

If you watched the the first Attack on Titan live action movie you should have realized very early that it was the definition of a popcorn movie. It lacked in substance and sometimes vaguely referenced the source material but it was flashy and mostly pretty to look at. So at least it was partially worth viewing for the Titans and the mass destruction they caused.

The second movie continues the style over substance in a much more grandiose manner. This of course comes at the sacrifice of anything useful from the remaining parts of the manga and anime (whatever you are most familiar with) to a degree that those who know it by heart may turn away after the first third of the movie that recaps the events that occurred in the previous film. Sadly, the rest of the movie doesn’t necessarily generate any goodwill once the recap is over. It actually gets worse and makes little to no sense as you get deeper into it.

Yet if you are willing to be forgiving you should find some sort enjoyment out of the cluster fuck that is the final battle for supremacy between the various Titans if you make it that far. Or you can learn something about government corruption, holding back the people and the triumph of good over all obstacles or something like that. There is some sort of morality play in this movie if you pay attention to the slower moments of it.

In the end Shingeki no Kyojin: End of the World is probably only worth watching if you want to see the end of the live action films or you are a huge fan of the series and are obligated to consume all content related to it. Otherwise pass on this unless you have exhausted all other options for entertainment.

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