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1. When rocketing through the city on your jetpack/web-swinging apparatus, remember that helmets and pads are unnecessary, and just make it more difficult to emote.
2. If you are in an elite military unit, it's perfectly okay to question every single order you are given, especially in the middle of combat.
3. If the enemy is superior to you in every way except that they are ineffective in tight spaces and are not good climbers, make sure your entire civilization is built above ground on the flattest land possible.
4. The perfect time for a round of tortured internal monologues is when a split-second decision must be made.
5. Now that your engineers have perfected a revolutionary way for your infantry to fly, swing and perform incredible feats of aerial acrobatics in combat, there is absolutely no need to advance your artillery and small arms technology past black powder and flintlocks.
6. Small Unit Tactics = Yell at each other until something happens.
7. If your entire species is threatened by an unknown, dominant race of giants, leave all the work of studying them to a military scouting regiment that does not include a single scientist (or observation balloon).
8. All unit communication while on maneuvers will be entrusted to colored flares, of which there is a finite supply and which are useless in bad weather or dense cover.

etc.

It's a good series. Very good, in fact, but GOD YOU MORONS.
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Exillior Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:laughing:

I still agree with your points, although I would mention that the elite unit (Rivaille's unit) doesn't ever dispute any order. The brats do. Stupid brats, put in uniform and told they're elites just because they can swing through the air. :no:
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
I get it, but enough of these damn kids dispute orders that it makes the whole enterprise weak. It's a thing, and I'm fussy about it.  ;)
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Exillior Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It does, but personally I find that they're annoying not because they're soldiers who are arguing and whinging, but they're annoying because they're annoying and whinging, period. If Rivaille wasn't in there, I would have stopped watching the series by now. I hate Eren - such a brat!
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
I dunno. I get Eren. He's full of rage, and they do a good job of portraying that, even when it makes him unlikeable. Eren is what they were going for in Akira.

Rivaille is your textbook Anime badass. He's awesome, but he's not new. We've seen him everywhere. He's necessary, the story couldn't turn without him, but he's not THE story.

My character is Mikasa. I love her motivation. I love her skill, and I love that she will burn the world to the ground in order to protect Eren. Would that we all had that kind of focus.

Otherwise? Armin. Armin is the one I identify with. Weak, smart, but not self-assured as to how to make his smart useful. I love him. I would not change him.
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Exillior Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Armin is the best character in there in terms of complexity. He's also something pretty rare in anime: a truly smart character who's not just paraphrasing things that we have already figured out - although he's using information already available to us.

I don't dislike the part of Eren that's full of rage. However, I don't feel that him being immature and throwing tantrums is part of being full of rage. It's him not growing up to channel his rage. Kid needs to grow up. There is character development, but it goes the other way.

I was crazy about Mikasa. Then she started to spend all her screen time just gasping "Eren" all the time. :|
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
:happycry:
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IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014   Writer
:giggle: Oh dear.
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HuffingtontheOnly Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
most other forms of video-media: oh ya, that thing called logic, we use it sometimes

anime: WHAT IS THIS LOGIC YOU SPEAK OF?
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014   Writer
:rofl:
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TuesdayNightCompany Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
I too noticed this.
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:doh:
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:iconhtblack:
HtBlack Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
:lol: it was on my to-watch anime list...
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Exillior Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The fact that people still watch it despite the above... :P
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HtBlack Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
:giggle: indeed. And I'm one of those who will watch it despite the above, I'm sure.
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Exillior Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Good, because it's still good entertainment. :P
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Definitely watch it. It kicks ass. My complaints are more of the "oh, Anime, you so cray" variety than anything that really breaks a deal for me.
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HtBlack Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Yeah, they seemed legit ones but not deal-breakers. Although I do find it weird that there is no scientists' research team studying the damn Titans.
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Exillior Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Um, there are plenty. In fact, one of the major plot points revolves around scientists and Titans.
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HtBlack Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
:lol: "7. If your entire species is threatened by an unknown, dominant race of giants, leave all the work of studying them to a military scouting regiment that does not include a single scientist (or observation balloon)." this gave me the impression there weren't.
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Exillior Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh no, there are numerous groups of people studying and researching the Titans. In fact, one of the major plot points is that they may have been created by scientists in the first place. There is a faction in the military scouting regimen that studies them - it's never specified how much scientific training (or lack thereof) they have, so one could assume anything about them from 1. they are genius lab scientists and 2. they are just ordinary soldiers.

At the end of the day, the context should also be noted. Armin, one of the boys in the story, has an old book that tells them about the sea, which to all the characters in the story is like a myth. They've been living inside a set of walls for a century. How knowledgeable will their scientists be?
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HtBlack Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
I see. That's interesting, indeed. :XD: Sort of funny, too; you make some good points there, though.
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:lmao:
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wreckling Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014   Writer
:lmao:
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
And yet for all that, it's still a balls-out awesome series. Good thing I'm a George RR Martin reader, so I'm well-conditioned for LONG WAITS. I understand the manga is very young.
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Aranov Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Apparently the Attack on Titan Abridged series on YouTube has lifted entire portions of dialogue verbatim from the original series to great comedic effect, or so my brother says. He does say that it seems to be pretty good despite all this, so maybe I'll check it out after all. :P
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Exillior Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
There is an Abridged version?! I HAVE TO SEE THIS.
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Aranov Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I think it's on YouTube... my brother told me about it.
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
It's streaming on Netflix, and despite my bitching above, is very good stuff.
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Aranov Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I will have to do something about that. :heart:
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Cooper3 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It's the blatant lack of scientific understanding of the titans that bugs the living crap out of me. And of course, how the hell are these titans created? Magic? Science? Possibly a Wachowski Matrix plot twist at the end? The lack of clues to help the viewer makes me ill.
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
I don't mind that the titans are an enigma, what bothers me is that they had ONE HUNDRED YEARS to study them, and yet didn't do much more than send out a sortie every now and then just to get clobbered. Apparently.
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Cooper3 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Now that is bothersome. Makes me wonder who their king really is.
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Number 4. THAT HAPPENS SO MUCH.
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
I understand that diarrhea of the mouth is a conceit of anime, but this bitch pushes the limit. Shut the fuck UP and kill that thing, already.
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:lmao: Dragonball (Z) is also a serious offender of this. It's 3 episodes of them charging up and mentally psyching out opponents and 2 minutes of fighting.
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
3?  More like 10.  :lmao:  And the first and last 5 mins of every episode is recap from the previous episode and 'stay tuned next week for...'  ;p
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I hadn't considered that part. :lol:
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Maybe they're not all like that.  But the episodes i have watched all seemed to be like that.  ;p 
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HtBlack Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
I think one day I counted how many episodes it took them (watching one daily) for Goku to get to Namek, and it took like a month and a half. :stare: and from when he arrived on the planet to when he arrived to the combat it was all a "Goku is about to get to his friends!!" by the narrator and it took him like eight episodes anyway, which last around twenty minutes each and in real life they must be thirty seconds because honestly, Goku can fucking fly. :stare:
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Exactly! :stare: I loved watching the battles, but all of the drama in between was a bit ridiculous.
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HtBlack Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Srsly. :no: DBZ was my childhood love, but it could do with a couple hundred episodes less. :lol:
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:XD:
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Yeah, but that's kind of DBZ's thing. It's basically a really long rap fight with occasional punching.
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:lol:
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