AoT 40: Trying so hard to be edgy

Attack on Titan episode 40 review

AoT 40

At one point during this episode, I just busted out laughing, saying “This show is so bad!” And it is. Attack on Titan is definitely one of the most overrated anime of all time, the only question is whether it’s #1. I’m sure lots of fans out there were wetting their pants over the “big reveal” that Historia is actually heir to the throne. Yet that was the most predictable thing ever. Why in the world would she make a big to-do about her name actually being Historia if it didn’t mean something big like that? I could have called this back in season 2, but I was too apathetic to care.

Let’s also talk about how Attack on Titan is terrible over torture. If you want to see what a real look at torture is like, watch the “Chain of Command” two-part episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Now that is the definition of outstanding television. Once you see that episode, all other shows that use torture will look childish and immature by comparison. Of course, most of that is because of Patrick Stewart, but even if your show doesn’t have Patrick Stewart, you could still do better. Attack on Titan fails. It doesn’t even make it clear why people are being tortured, or why the “good guys” are doing the torturing. It’s just trying to be edgy.

Hunter x Hunter may be going through a boring stretch right now, but at least it can’t be accused of being laughably bad. Everything about Attack on Titan is over-dramatized and (dare I say it) overacted. When Mikasa goes nuts when she hears about Eren’s fate, her reaction is so predictable yet so stupid at the same time. If she was in Pop Team Epic, she’d be hilarious, but she’s supposed to come off as a real person, just an edgy one. And she fails.

If you like this stuff, that’s okay. I personally find it to be laughable. It’s doing the exact same thing Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans did. It comes off as ultra-edgy, but ultimately ends up as flat-out low-quality television. We are 40 episodes into Attack on Titan, and I am still waiting for a reason to like it. Right now, it’s just not happening.

Character of the episode: Hange, I guess

Episode rating (out of four stars): *

One thought on “AoT 40: Trying so hard to be edgy

  1. I’m just happy they are finally advancing the story and aren’t just piling on more mystery for the sake of it as they did during almost all of season 2. By comparison, season three has actually been really quite fun and to be honest, my expectation was I’d drop the show this season, so it is definitely doing better than that. When I go in with such low expectations, I’m not hard to keep happy.

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