For the past week, MAPPA‘s been attacked left and right with hate, mean comments, and even death threats. The “reason” behind this is due to the making of episode six of Attack on Titan, which is titled “The War Hammar Titan.”
Fans have been hyped every week for episodes from the final season of Attack on Titan. The series now is going through an intense battle, with viewers wanting to know what happens next every second. Traditionally, MAPPA as well as other animation studios animate through hand drawings. This meant that animators would draw each frame of a scene by hand, color it digitally, then compile it all together.
With new technological advancements within the anime industry, some studios have begun to introduce Computer-Generated Imagery, or CGI, into their anime. CGI basically means that the studio relies on the computer to produce the images rather than hand-drawings by artists.
A couple of popular anime that have used CGI are Demon Slayer and Ajin. Demon Slayer‘s CGI isn’t as prominent as Ajin, since Ajin was made entirely with CGI. Demon Slayer really only used CGI during fight scenes. This is the same case for MAPPA and Attack on Titan.
“The War Hammer Titan” featured an intense battle between Eren and the War Hammer titan. Chaos runs rampant in Marley and the Survey Corps swoop in style to back up Eren. However, what got some fans’ blood boiling was that all the titans and a couple of scenes with human characters were created through CGI. It is fairly obvious which scenes these are.
The use of CGI made a very passionate group of fans very angry for some reason, where they said that CGI made the show terrible and unwatchable. They even went to lengths saying that MAPPA doesn’t deserve to animate Attack on Titan and that they need to pass it on to a different studio that would do “a better job.” I put that in quotes because I personally don’t agree with them.
Attack on Titan The Final Season originally wasn’t going to happen. Studio WIT, who animated seasons 1-3, didn’t want to continue animating the series. They consulted with Kodansha, who publishes the Attack on Titan manga, and came to an agreement that Studio WIT would not longer animate Attack on Titan.
However, Kodansha still wanted to have the rest of the series animated, so they went to look for studios who would be willing to pick up the project. With Attack on Titan Seasons 1-3 being successful and fans demanding more content, it’s no wonder that Kondansha still wanted the anime to continue.
MAPPA was the only studio that responded, saying “I’ll think about it for a moment.” Eventually, the producers at MAPPA agreed to take on the Attack on Titan final season project. No other studio wanted to take it on due to scheduling conflicts.
After MAPPA took on the project, they were very pressed for time. They had six months to animate the final season for Winter 2021.
I think MAPPA is doing a phenomenal job with Attack on Titan so far. The animation is beautiful and the soundtrack really fits the tone of the anime. While it’s obvious what was done with CGI, it doesn’t detract from the intensity of the episode and the manner of storytelling. Those who are sh*tting on MAPPA for using CGI need to sit down and think, can I do any better than what they’ve done? No, you can’t. So, shut up.
If you think about it for one second, we wouldn’t even have the final season without MAPPA. Why are people complaining?
Another thing fans seem so angry about is Mikasa’s appearance change. After the time skip, she has a more muscular build and her hair is shorter. Yes, she appears more manly, but it’s a war. You need to have a built body to fight and survive in war. Sasha’s also developed more muscles and looks less feminine than before, but she still has her long hair and has styled it differently. No one is commenting on her appearance, so why the attack on Mikasa? It’s because she’s these fans’ “waifu.”
Having a waifu isn’t a bad thing, I have some of my own. But what irritates rational fans is that others hating on MAPPA for Mikasa’s appearance expected her to have bigger boobs and wider hips. She no longer looks like your typical waifu, but she never really did in the first place due to her pretty muscular build during seasons 1-3. These irrational fans have started calling Mikasa as “Mankasa,” “Michael,” or any other male name that has an M and a K. If you have an issue with Mikasa’s appearance, take it up with Hajime Isayama. MAPPA drew her exactly like how she is in the manga, meaning that Isayama wanted her to look more manly after the time skip.
Alot of this hate is (not surprisingly) coming from international fans. If you go through MAPPA’s Twitter account, alot of the hate they’re receiving is in English. There are a couple of Japanese comments asking MAPPA to close their comment section because of how nasty the comments can be.
Personally, I don’t see what the big deal is about MAPPA using CGI. We got a fantastic new Attack on Titan episode, we actually GOT the final season of Attack on Titan, what more can these fans want? They’re going to complain if the season never happened in the first place, they’re going to complain about the animation, so I hope MAPPA ignores all the hate and continues animating Attack on Titan.
What are your thoughts on this drama? Do you think MAPPA deserves the hate they’re receiving? Let us know in the comments!
Gabriella is a 21-year-old writer and artist from Texas and currently goes to university in New York. Her favorite anime shows include Mob Psycho 100, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K, and Kill la Kill. In her free time, Gabriella likes to watch anime, read manga, and play the newest games on her Nintendo Switch.
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