Time for some traditional military training in the art of “getting served.”
|The whole time everyone was hopping through the forest and trying to find a target, I couldn’t help but think of the early Naruto days. They’ve got one guy standing here and grading them as they jump around like monkeys and try to stab things – outwitting each other all the while. It’s probably better they don’t know ninjutsu or else taking down these Titans would be over faster than you could say “BELIEVE IT!”.|
Great, just go on and describe every character in a convenient summary after I try and make a nice little character page. Thanks. On the bright side, we get some more concrete information about the fighting capabilities and personalities of the recruits. Annie in particular didn’t even say anything last week, but this week she has a major scene. It’s also a lot easier to see where everyone stands now that they’ve been ranked from 1 to 10. All of the main cast made the cut…except for Armin.
I was a bit surprised that Eren did so well and that Armin ended up being the weak one. I hope this doesn’t raise the death flag for him (yet) because I have yet to see another character who is known for their keen intellect. That sort of skill can make things a hell of a lot more interesting further along the road. Unfortunately, I don’t know quite how he’ll put that brainpower to use when his main job is based on fighting. He’s got the mind game down pat, but his body can barely keep up. It’s actually good to see that Eren is excelling, because it means less complaining about Yuki Kaji playing another whiny wimp. Eren preaches a bit too much for my liking, but at least he never complains and always comes back from everything that pushes him down.
…Yeah, I dunno how he ranked so high either.
On one hand, his mind set is very admirable. The recruits are clearly split between slackers who just want to get through this crap to live in the inner city and hardworkers doing their best in every single drill. Eren is one of those rare, hard-working individuals. On the other hand, he won’t let anyone else have an opinion other than his. He’s largely right about the Titans eventually breaking into the inner city, but I don’t like the way he treats anyone who doesn’t want to join the Recon corps. as scum. Just because you’re right doesn’t mean you should put everyone down in the process. Some people just want to join the police because they truthfully want to work for the King.
I think this is just how Eren works as a person though. He’s passionate, and tends to phrase things in extremes so he elicits a strong reaction from his audience. Maybe it’s because everyone grew up being passively content inside the walls that he thinks he needs to be so dramatic about everything just to get their attention. I don’t know how much that will change. However, at least he’s able to recognize when others are just letting off steam because they’re upset. The weird thing is that instead of talking him down and saying “dude, I know you’re just trying to take it out on me, but chill” he sweeps him and knocks him on the floor. It was cool, but I’m pretty sure that’s not the best way to end arguments if you want to sympathize with the other person.
Eren really is a weird guy, and I’m not sure how I feel about him as the main character. He’s so over-the-top that it’s hard for me to relate to him. They show him improving in various ways such as getting a good rank, learning to spot the intentions of others, and copying a tricky sweeping technique from seeing it only a few times. However, at the core, he’s just a very intense boy who screams a lot and all this refinement isn’t really changing that.
I didn’t like this episode as much because there’s a lack of actual training (it was so short!) and Eren is harping on about the same ideals again and again. It went way too fast! I was ready to hunker down for some good old-fashioned hardcore training. It was only towards the end of the episode that things picked up for me again. Yes – when the Titans re-appeared.
It’s kind of sad that they tricked me. Think about it – the first episode practically had this message in bold text, all in caps (written in flashing lights, even). The first episode relentlessly told us to never ever accept these walls as being a sanctuary, and that the Titans could break in at any moment. No matter how long the pause from one attack to another, there is always a risk. Yet there I was, my guard completely down, not expecting the Titans for another few years.
The sharp tone shift was pulled off really well, suddenly turning an almost wistful conversation into a hellish nightmare. I wasn’t expecting any big battles again so soon! The next episode is likely to be amazing and intense. There will be a lot of blood, death and suffering. I imagine some of the recruits seeing the Colossal Titan for the first time might turn a little chicken, but the rest should rise to the occasion. The aftermath is going to be SUPER depressing, and that will tell us a lot about these new recruits as well. We know Eren bounces back like a rubber ball, but is everyone else capable of that? Ahhh, I can’t wait~
Bonus hot and bothered potato girl getting worked up by a juicy piece of meat~
Preview: Everyone does their best to defend against the Colossal Titan, but I doubt they’ll come out of this unscathed. Armin in particular has a close brush with death…so close he may in fact he might just get painted over and die. Anything can happen!
That guy back there already died, and this is only the preview.