I only ever watched season one of the anime, but I always kept up to date on how the manga was going. Not actually reading it mind you, usually just through talking with friends. I sort of like the crazy directions they went with, but it all had this feeling of the author just making it up as he went. That's something I really dislike in writing. I know AoT is supposed to be more about themes than anything else, but that just means you won't have a satisfying ending. The anime has some of the best presentation ever, but it's story just cannot hold a candle to any of the medium's greats.And because of that, the story has gone in another completely batshit crazy direction.
OT: I've been recommended a lot of these shorts on YouTube lately.
My only question is, why... ? Who are these cartoons supposed to appeal to? Do kids these days still really like Mickey Mouse and the gang?