I hope you like suffering :3
|Even before this episode came out, I was pumped up just to watch this. When the original material has too much accolades under its belt, there are usually reasons behind it. So, I’m glad to be joining Cools in a tag for this; been a while hasn’t it?|
|I was incredibly hyped for this as well. It has promising names and points in almost every category to the point where it seems like a surefire hit. Although not everyone may like the genre (giant, horrifying Titans massacring a village as children are traumatized), it really is what I would consider the gem of the season. Kyo and I always know what’s good ;D|
Everything has an End
Kyokai// Since we were kids, we have been taught that nothing is for forever. If something has a beginning, it would have an ending because no person or thing is immortal except for a higher being depicted under many names in different religions. So, when town folk of the supposed only human civilization of this story became complacent and overly protected inside their boundaries, they were cruelly taken out of their reverie and crushed without much mercy. It really breaks your heart the way it’s shown but that’s the brilliance of this work, not letting you take a calming breath before everything falls. It has more impact because the characters give you enough time to connect from the calm but strong Mikasa, loud and over-emotional Eren to the quiet and resolute Armin.
For a hundred years, they were prepared for the wolves to come but somewhere down the line, the three giant walls made them forget about the horrors outside. It’s sad to see Eren’s pleas of protecting the city seriously go by unnoticed and with such a big loss, which is not entirely Recon Corps’ fault. Though, it can be debated that even with full preparation, Titans are too strong an opponent for the little humans. When a series begins with the horror of the inevitable finally happening, you can only expect more bloodshed and tragedies to come. But this won’t just go by as a Titan rampage because the humans still have a heart that has a mix of emotions including, love, hatred, revenge, fear, ambition and so much more, driving them towards impossible. They will strike back and I’ll definitely be around to watch in glee the progress unfold. As I said, everything ends and Titans would too.
Taking Down A Giant
Overcooled // Just as Kyokai says, the entire first episode does an excellent job showing how the town is blissfully ignorant, in denial, or a mix of both. Yet amongst all these villagers who choose to turn a blind eye to the threat are the Recon Corps. Eren idolizes them because unlike the citizens who hide behind the walls, these guys go out on field missions. They survey the land, study Titans in hopes of finding a weak spot, and do their best to slowly cut down their numbers using their high-flying weaponry. They can’t hide from the cold hard reality because it’s smacking them across the face every day. The Recon Corps are an interesting contrast from the rest of the city because they are actively trying to fortify their defenses and fight off Titans. Eren sees them as wonderful heroes who are bravely doing what no one else has the guts to do. Normally, these would be the knights in shining armour who come home to fanfare and feasts. What I like about Shingeki no Kyojin is that these guys are just regular dudes who are scared out of their minds.
Casualties aside, they’re so emotionally drained from field missions that they grimly trudge back into town like it’s funeral procession. In a way, I suppose it is. They can’t even look anyone in the eye, and they tearfully admit nothing is going right and their efforts are being wasted. People like Hannes who are supposed to protect the city completely turn tail and run in the face of these monstrosities, abandoning heroic notions such as self-sacrifice and determination. They’re not glorious heroes who fight these Titans and win by the skin of their teeth…they’re just some guys who are scared shitless and doing their best to hold on. It’s a much more normal reaction. Hey, I’d run if a giant flesh-eating creature started stomping around my city no matter what kind of fancy weapon I had strapped around my hips.
Me too, lady. Me too.
The Recon Corps are supposed to be the one hope of the city, and they’re completely overpowered right from episode 1. It’s great! I love how powerful these things are coming across as. This means that eventually when they do kill one, it will be an amazing feat a la Shadow of the Colossus gameplay. For now…these guys represent an ideal more than an actually effective defense squadron. I think Eren idolizes them for that ideal more than the actual people and what they do, because they don’t actually seem to accomplish much. Once people like him start fighting, I get the feeling the Recon Corps will be more effective in their missions and won’t have to avoid eye contact when they come back from a hard day’s work. Not that they have a city to come back to anymore.
My most favourite first episode of this season, hands down. It had everything perfect from pacing to connection with characters, leaving me awe-struck and staring in wonder. I felt like watching a Hollywood disaster movie and though I was horror-struck at the developments, I could not peel my eyes away from the screen. A very few titles can boast such a feat so if this is not on your list, get it on in a hurry. The initial world building, location scoping to their innate fears were all readily presented one after the other from the eyes of ambitious Eren, who knows his own limitations but tries harder to overcome them. This instant connection was the catalyst of experiencing his own discomfort and dread. The final message being, survival of the fittest. Do whatever to save your own hide and even when we can’t blame the kids for not saving their mother, it was still appalling to watch. Be ready for more such shocks, which I think would be aplenty.
Haha, I had pretty much the same reaction as Kyo. I think my jaw was unhinged the entire time the Titans were attacking. It’s brilliant that the Titans breaking the wall is such a powerful moment despite knowing it’s going to happen. The build-up is incredible. They manage to almost completely explain how the city works and what the inhabitants are like without just dumping boring monologues on you. It’s incredibly efficient where it needs to be with time, and then it lingers on the moments it knows need some sinking in. The more dramatic moments are really exaggerated, but in the best way possible. For example, we all knew that old lady wasn’t going to unwrap a kitten or tickets to Disneyland when she was handed that bloody parcel. It was totally an arm. But it was shown so deliberately, slowly, and with so much flourish that it became more than “dumb old broad unwraps hand of her old son, whatever” to “WHOAAA, THAT’S TOTALLY HIS ARM!!!!”. The scene where Eren’s mom wishes them a tearful farewell is yet another super dramatic scene that hams it up in the best way possible. I especially like how she admits to wanting them to stay before getting eaten like a cheeto someone found between the couch cushions.
Speaking of being eaten…those Titans are terrifying. I’ve spent a lot of time talking about the people in the show and ignoring the (almost literal) elephant in the room. They’re not just really tall and ugly humans. They are tall, ugly and horrifying humans. They have the kind of face that could give you nightmares just looking at screenshots of them. Although they’re human faces, they’re off in the the slightest way so that it makes you feel uncomfortable. One of them doesn’t even have skin. That in itself always freaks me out because then I imagine trying to touch things without skin and getting hurt by everything. Anyways, these guys are creepy and I LOVE IT so I’m sticking around. Best show of the season so far? I think so.
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