Alex Costello, a library volunteer and anime fanatic, has written a post for us to highlight this month’s Teen Anime and Pocky Night: Attack on Titan!
We’ve all wanted to live in a fictional world, but you might want to avoid world of Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人 Shingeki no Kyojin). This world is populated by titans: giants whose only purpose seems to be feeding on humans. Appearing mysteriously over 100 years ago, they drove humanity to the brink of extinction. Those that remain are protected by three great walls – Wall Maria, Wall Rose, and Wall Sina. The only thing standing between them and total annihilation, these walls have stood tall for the last 100 years, serving as guardians. The only ones who encounter the outside world – and the titans – are the brave and almost certainly doomed soldiers belonging to the Survey Corps: those charged with exploring the territory outside the walls in hopes of reclaiming it.
To , living in an outer district of Wall Maria called the Shiganshina, these walls are not protecting humanity – they are imprisoning it. Wanting nothing more than to see the outside of the walls, Eren dreams of one day become a member of the Survey Corps and serving under the Wings of Freedom. On one ill-fated day, a massive titan standing over 60 meters tall, known forever onward as the Colossal Titan, appears suddenly in front of Shiganshina. It kicks a gaping hole in Wall Maria, forcing the occupants that are able to evacuate into Wall Rose for refuge. Those that cannot are doomed to be eaten by the oncoming titan hoards. Eren loses his mother that day, and in the wake of the destruction made by the titans, vows to kill every last one of them.
Eren, his foster sister Mikasa, and childhood friend Armin Arlert all join the Training Corps with the goal of fighting off extinction and claiming victory over the titans – a goal which to many feels as far away as the titans once did. But the key his father gave him the day of the attack may unlock the secret behind the titans and the path to victory. Eren might just be humanity’s only hope.
Now a worldwide hit, Attack on Titan is exciting, tragic, and dark. Teenagers are welcome come enjoy the show and eat some Pocky on Monday, January 23 at 6pm at the Bowman Library.