hushicho said: I have no respect for creators that do that to characters and audiences. To me, it’s just cheap and lazy. But if we liked all the same thing, it’d be a pretty dull world anyway :)
I think it very much depends on the title. As much as I agree that simply killing off characters can be a cheap/lazy way to create drama or to avoid writing yourself into a corner, there are some genres and topics that benefit from it.
The best example being the zombie genre. Personally, I’ve always been of the belief that zombie stories are made poorer when there are survivors. Then again, to me that genre is all about inevitable defeat and surviving as long as you can - the horror is in the inevitability of that slowly approaching doom, but more so in human nature and the actions that your fellow humans take in order to save themselves or uphold their own superstitions.
In that respect Attack on Titan is very much a zombie series - albeit giant humanoid monsters that devour humans rather than the undead. They do seem to fall into certain zombie tropes though.