Mmm, I love all-you-can-eat buffets
|Shingeki no Kyojin simply isn’t ready to stop making you feel miserable. That blanket of absolute despair is still smothering every part of the show, even after the brunt of the Titan’s attack is over. I have a feeling this desperation, pain, and hopelessness will continue for the entirety of the season. After all, no matter how strong they get, there is never much hope when you’re fighting a tank over 100x your size. To this I say….NEATO. o(*ﾟ▽ﾟ*)o|
How do you remain hopeful when tens of thousands of people have been devoured by Titans and the “lucky” survivors are barely getting by? Shingeki no Kyojin relentlessly shoves this grim reality into your face, never giving you even a small glimmer of hope to hold onto. I don’t know why, but I expected things to at least get a little better once the Titan’s rampage had died down. It didn’t. Even without monsters hunting you down, there are the very real and equally dangerous problems of starvation and overcrowding. Although there are no swells of dramatic music, no blood-curdling screams, and no heads being chomped off, this dooms the city just as much as the Titans do.
I found the cold, hard reality of still having to struggle to even survive despite having escaped from the main danger to be really depressing. It’s like once one trial is overcome, there’s always something else horrible around the bend to take advantage of your weakened state. I think most of Shingeki no Kyojin might be like this…a series of tragedies even Urobuchi Gen would cry over.
But I love it. I love how you can actually feel that helplessness. A lot of the time you will see a character fall, but you know they’ll just get back up again. Furthermore, “impossible” battles against stronger enemies almost always end up with the good guy winning anyways, so you feel like it didn’t take too much effort. The heroes are so strong that in the back of your mind, you expect them to win before the battle even begins. They always win. Kirito will win every duel in Sword Art Online, which means no matter how much they build up his opponent to be a powerhouse, they never really seem all that strong since Kirito will inevitably take them out.
I’m waiting for the title of the show to appear in flames now
However, the Titans are shown as being so insanely powerful that it’s hard to even fathom even a whole army taking one out. The odds are stacked against Eren and his friends and I can feel it. Even their resolution to train in the military isn’t that hopeful, because these are just 3 angry kids struggling hard against the current. What on Earth could they do against a Titan? It seems more like a last ditch effort than the usual exclamation of conquering the impossible such as “I wanna be the king of pirates!” or “I wanna be Hokage!”. Eventually, I think we will get to see a Titan or two get toppled by them….but certainly not yet, and not without a lot of effort.
Not only are the Titans super powerful, but the humans are super…weak. Episode 2 was almost entirely about showing how absolutely pitiful and useless people are against Titans. No, not even against Titans…just in the face of terror in general. What would you do in a crisis? It’s likely that your prediction now while you’re sitting there comfortably with your chin resting in your palm is completely wrong. Totally and utterly wrong. I’d like to think I would try to help people and do all the smart things to stay alive, when I’d most likely freeze in fear and curl into a ball. In times of peril, there are very few heroes. We see this with Hannes, who has every intention of sacrificing himself to kill a Titan. As soon as he makes eye contact with the thing he turns tail and runs. The people living in the inner wall shout “well, why didn’t you fight them off?! We would have done a good job!” because they didn’t have a sunburnt baby the size of a skyscraper looming over them. You can bet if the Titans find there way in again, the inner wall gentlemen will be pissing themselves and running twice as fast.
The most eerie display of how weak the humans are is by far when they send 1/5 of the population on a mission and hardly anyone returns. They don’t show any bloodshed, just a huge trail of people marching out, looking like ants. The way they note that this helped the food shortage made me feel like these people were sent out specifically so the rest of the survivors could make do with bread rolls for longer. That’s kind of sick. I was struck by that more than Eren complaining about having to accept rations from others and being cared for like livestock (his favourite saying). Although I like Eren he’s a touch…dramatic. It works with the tone of the show, but sometimes he really does just need a good punch to knock some sense into him. I see Armin as being the most sensible one. He’s not only book smart, but street smart. He knows how to lie and play nice to survive. Man oh man, I can’t wait to see more of these guys next week..!!! TIMESKIP VERSION!
On a different note, I think I have to mention Eren tripping out about his father trying to inject him with something and giving him a key necklace. Apparently he’s never met up with his dad since his mom died, but he somehow has the necklace? I really have no idea what is happening or if Eren actually did get injected in the end, but it’s definitely something I’ll try to keep in mind over the next few episodes. Don’t want Eren suddenly becoming a heroin addict to pop up on me without me expecting it first, you know.
Preview: Eren sucks at being a badass.
*training montage of Eren getting his ass handed to him*