The first title sequence of “Attack on Titan” — “Guren No Yumiya” or “Crimson Bow and Arrow” — opens with a German declaration: “Seid ihr das Essen? Nein, wir sind der Jäger!” Meaning, “Are you the prey? No, we’re the hunters!” As the track continues, there is a fast insert shot of a mantis devouring a smaller bug in between the moody hero pictures and dynamic motion. Even earlier than the viewers meets any of the characters, this opening tells us that they dwell in a dog-eat-dog world.
The sequence begins as a post-apocalyptic story; flesh-eating Titans roam the land, so humanity should dwell inside round walled cities. The predator-prey allusions proceed when the sequence’ narrator, Armin, compares people to cattle in pens. In “Attack on Titan,” the zero-sum option to be a hunter or the hunted is a merciless actuality. The sequence is concerning the heroes, standing robust for humanity’s sake, refusing to be prey even for the deadliest predators of all. The lead, Eren Yeager, shortly discovers he has the ability to rework right into a Titan, actually shifting from hunted to hunter and making the opposite Titans his prey.
The viewers and characters progressively be taught extra about this world. The huge reveal in season 3 is that the Titans aren’t feral, however instruments of an imperial state known as Marley. All the Titans are remodeled people, belonging to a race known as Eldians. Once the Eldians dominated the world with their energy, however the Marleyans overthrew them and confined them to Paradis Island (the place the primary characters dwell). However, moderately than creating a brand new, free world, the Marleyans simply took the Eldians’ place because the oppressors, with enslaved Eldian Titan Shifters as weapons of mass destruction.
The narrative grows extra complicated, however the theme of the hunter and the hunted survives this twist and carries on to the conclusion.