Fans on Reddit have heavily criticized the series’ storytelling, claiming that they find much of the story uninteresting or underwhelming due simply to the way that story is told. “That s*** was boring,” wrote u/Bluemoondrinker. “Im sorry but I dont need the same plot point explained to me over and over and over by 5 different characters every single episode.” “Dont forget the “mastetful story telling” people talk about so much,” replied u/Jealous_Performer_28. “Oh look this insert certain scene or phrase is related to insert another scene or phrase but we didnt understand it yet.” The user went on to further criticize the series’ overuse of foreshadowing, claiming that the writers only use it because they can’t come up with any good ideas.
Other users echoed these sentiments, with many arguing that “Attack on Titan” becomes incredibly slow and boring at times, and that the series’ “shocking twists” were often unimpressive. “The big mystery reveal I waited 6 years for was underwhelming,” wrote u/TheBlessedBoy99. “I remember being really bored during parts of Season 2 and Season 3 part 1.” “It’s ‘subtle’ nature is not really doing it for me, especially in the 3rd and 4th seasons,” echoed u/psihius.
While many other users throughout the thread defended the series’ storytelling, the general consensus amongst the more critical fans was that the “subtle storytelling” and the overreliance on foreshadowing make much of the story uninteresting. Although there are no doubt plenty of fans out there who still consider the “Attack on Titan” to be one of the greatest anime ever created, it’s clear that some fans are fed up with the series’ sluggish pace.