Long before I sat down to write these 12 Days of Anime posts, I knew that I’d be writing about Attack on Titan Season 3’s basement reveal. How could I not? It was, arguably, one of the biggest anime-related events of 2019. I would be remiss, as an aniblogger, not to write about it!
Christmas is almost upon us, and that can mean only one thing… No, not mince pies, presents, or ugly sweaters (though those are all good things). That’s right, it’s the return of the 12 Days of Anime series! The next 12 posts are all dedicated to the anime-related highlights of my years, of 2019. I had so much fun writing them – I hope you have just as much fun reading them!
It’s not often that an anime’s first episode grabs you by the shoulders and refuses to let you go. In my experience, a show usually takes three to five episodes to really get into its groove, which is why I won’t even consider dropping an anime until I’m five episodes in. But when a show does manage to establish its story (its tone, its conflict, etc.) and its characters (their personalities and relationships with each other) all within its opening episode, it truly is a thing of beauty! It makes me feel as if I’m onto something really special. Erased, Made in Abyss, Attack on Titan, Haibane Renmei, and Samurai Champloo are some excellent examples of anime with first episodes like this.
Winter 2019’s The Promised Neverland also falls into this category. Major spoilers ahead for episode one…