[ANI-Reality] Attack on Titan

Good afternoon ladies and gents.  Welcome back to ANI-Reality! It’s been quite awhile, and I’ve been thinking about this one for quite some time.

Now, I have another Attack on Titan inspired architectural post in the works, but I’m still working out the feasibility of it. But I digress! Would you believe that the world of Attack on Titan is based on something in the real world?

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screencap via Google Maps

Nordlingen, Germany,  is one of a the three towns that are still walled left in Germany. However, this town in particular is one of the main inspirations for Shinganshina, the town in which our beloved trio hails from, and where the story kicks off. The other German towns are: Rothenburg ob der Tauber Dinkelsbühl

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image via wikimedia
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screencap via crunchyroll

City walls back in the days were known as “defensive walls” and as obvious as that is, it’s to protect a town, civilization from any possible attackers. The walls in Attack on Titan are obviously exaggerated, as the walls in Nordlingen are nowhere near as high, but at least the walls in the German town are inhabitable and not filled with Titans.

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screencap via crunchyroll

Also, my other architectural fun fact for you guys. The type of Architecture featured in Attack on Titan, is a mix of half-timbering for the homes, while the walls and more civic buildings look to be Romanesque in nature (i.e. Trost District).

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Jaeger home – Shinganshina District, screencap via crunchyroll
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image via source
  • Half-timbering: is literally as it implies. Timber is used as structural framing for homes, and the spaces in between are infilled with several kinds of materials: brick, stone, tiles, mud. There’s a plaster that covers the infill, and the structure is left exposed.
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Trost District, screencap via crunchyroll
  • Romanesque: This style of architecture is often characterized by a large hefty appearance with semi-circular arches and small paired windows, as well as the groin vault. (see link for a more descriptive info on the groin vault).

Germany has been on my bucket list of places to visit. Without a doubt Nordlingen is probably going to be added to my list of things to do in Germany!

I’ll be further exploring the architectural types featured in Attack on Titan in a future post. Keep an eye out for that! 🙂

Have you guys heard of Nordlingen? Or have visited it? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this German town.

Till next time!

ANI-Reality: Sword Art Online S2

Yet another Sword Art Online blog post for the week! This comes from episode 25 of Season 2 of titled “Mother’s Rosario“.

Asuna is on a tour in Kyoto, there were a few places I’ve actually been to that Asuna went, but I just want to focus on this particular place.

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Asuna and the gang are visiting Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, in Kyoto, Japan.

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[ANI-Reality]: Scepter 4 Headquarters

This post originally started off as an Fantasy Friday post, but as I continued to research it, it showed up to be based on an existing government building in Japan, forcing me to shift it to an ANI-Reality post.

There’s a few things about K or K: Project that I really love. Animation is probably at the top of the list because of it’s use of color and ephemeral qualities induced by the color palette. Story is kind of iffy but enjoyable nonetheless. Sound is great too, and the character’s are pretty awesome. Especially Munakata Reisi: The Blue King, which leads me to today’s topic ANI-Reality feature: Munakata’s domain, Scepter 4 Headquarters. 

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ANI-Reality : Yuri!!! On Ice

Ever since episode 10 came out I’ve really been wanting to write this post. Not only did this episode have Viktor narrarating it; it had many of us fangirling over Viktor and Yuri’s ring exchange as well as the epicness of the pictures/video of Yuri at the ending credit sequence. But a lot of my own fangirling came from the amount of Architecture that was featured in this episode!

Europe holds some of the most fascinating pieces of architectural history. Heck, Europe’s rich history of architecture is kind of what drew me into this career to begin with.  There were quite a few masterpieces featured in Episode 10 in the city of Barcelona, which has been on my bucket list of traveling for as long as I can remember. One day though, one day.

Most of Barcelonas’ Architecture featured was designed by prominent Architect Antoni Gaudi. Gaudi was the best known practioner of Catalan Modernism. A movement in art, literature, but mostly expressed in architecture. His passions in life included: architecture, religion and nature. He drew inspiration mostly from nature as he was obsessed with organic forms, which is showcased in his work. He also wasn’t much of a pen and paper guy when it came to visualizing his ideas. He truly worked with sculpting and building scale models.

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ANI-Reality: Sweetness & Lightning

To change up the pace; I thought, it’d be nice to do a series on real buildings that are found in anime (Animated Reality = ANI-Reality). Sometimes I’ll be watching something and I’ll be like “Hey! That building looks familiar!”…This series of posts will look at real life buildings depicted in anime – this also serves as an exercise of my research ability. LOL. So, here’s one of those times that has happened.

In the opening of Sweetness & Lightning we see this building:

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