I watched the movie version of 進撃の巨人 Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) earlier today, and I have to say, man I’m so disappointed!
Shingeki no Kyojin is actually originally a manga (comic) series that is actually still ongoing as of today, meaning the story has not finished yet. They also spawned an anime series out of this that depicts the earlier parts of the manga. I was surprised that they can actually make a movie out of a manga that has not even been completed yet.
Some time in the future, the world was suddenly infested with 巨人 kyojins (Titans), who are basically humans being infected by some form of virus that enlarges their entire body into giant proportions. Apparently the only thing not enlarged is their brains, because these giants have next to no intellect, the only thing that drives them is to continue eating any normal human beings on sight. Facing extinction, the remaining humans built three massive walls and retreated inside those walls to prevent the giants from seeing them, and to barricade themselves from further attacks. And they lived happily ever after… until… Anyway, the manga is set 100 years after humans retreated behind those walls, and tells the story about the lives of these barely surviving humans.
If you ask me what I particularly like about this manga/anime series, I can tell you it is not how grotesque and bloody the battle scenes between the humans and the Titans are. Although that’s pretty awesome too, no doubt. What delights me about this manga/anime series is that it is the first time I observed the main protagonist (Eren) is not the focal point of the series. Sure, the story revolves around him, but he is basically just a hot headed dumbf**k who is not capable of thinking with his brains. His main objective is to slay as many Titans as he can to avenge his parents, and he has absolutely ZERO regards to his own life as well as the lives of his comrades when it comes to it. The problem was, he was also one of the weakest among his team when in human form (oops, spoiler?), so he regularly gets everyone into trouble of almost being annihilated by the Titans.
No, I don’t like Eren one bit at all. And I’m sure most Shingeki no Kyojin‘s fans would echo my sentiment. But there are several other strong characters in this manga/anime series that we DO like. The most popular characters for me, and I believe to most SnK fans, are Mikasa (Eren’s adopted sister) and Levi Ackerman (Survey Corps/Titan Killer).
So you can imagine my chagrin when those dumba**es that made the movie decided to have NO Levi Ackerman in the movie. Sure, I know movie producers love to twist and change the story line when they adapt something else into a movie, but you gotta retain the core values and personnel of the story! No Levi in a Shingeki no Kyojin movie is like… is like… no Hermione in a Harry Potter movie, or… no Iron Hippo in a Bugis warrior movie (Malaysian insider gag)! Freaking ridiculous!
Actually the movie should be pretty good for those who have not followed the manga/anime. The CGI was good, especially how they made those Titans look so realistic. But, I got so mad that I almost left the cinema halfway into the movie when the character that is supposed to be Levi but isn’t, made his first appearance. I calmed down and watched on, wanting to see if the movie producers really had something up their sleeves to concoct this blasphemy of the highest order. But in the end, they didn’t. They just proved themselves to be a bunch of conceited morons. I don’t like that replacement character one bit at all!
Since they don’t want Levi in the movie versions, I also don’t want to watch their sequel, their part 2 of the movie, which is supposed to screen next week. Better to tell them to go fly kite and stick to the manga/anime series, where I can get Levi and Mikasa awesomeness in abundance.