Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Attack on Titan - Guren No Yumiya

Dust and particles fly across the screen in this action packed, extremely exciting intro to Japan's "Shingeki No Kyojin - Attack on Titan". A very popular intro for both its theme and production values, the opening sequence to this anime focuses on foreshadowing, bringing the giant titans into view multiple times, as the screen is covered in blood.

For someone who has never seen the show before, the intro may just be an action-packed sequence that doesn't quite make sense. But, for someone familiar with the series, each and every scene in this 1-minute long video represents an important event (or events) in the series. Theme composer "Revo", whose previous compositions include the ever-popular video game "Bravely Default" on the 3DS, composed this theme for the show. (They also composed the theme for the second opening, "Jiyuu no Tsubasa".

Aesthetically, the opening has a lot of shakycam - it looks like they could have used Sure Target or something! There is also a lot of bloom, and staticky, glowy particles floating around the screen at most times. In addition, the building breaking apart partway through the intro appears to be a 3D model created in Maya or something along those lines. The character animation itself would definitely be more difficult, but the minor parts of this intro would be fairly simple to recreate.

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