GOTTA GO FAST
|As expected, this week was a stunning visual display of the new recruits flying around like Spiderman…at three times the speed. Unfortunately, I came across a bit of a spoiler on Tumblr while just browsing my dashboard, so the big kicker at the end wasn’t quite as big of a shock as I would have liked. It was still prettyyyyyyyyy big though.|
I usually try to maintain at least a small shred of eloquence in my posts, but I can’t but begin my post by saying “HOLY SHIT.” Because, really. Stop and think about that episode for a second. Holy shit. I could rave about the visuals alone endlessly. That’s only part of what makes this show great though. My main attraction to Shingeki no Kyojin is how it plays with the difference between hope and despair, flicking between the two faster than the heads of spectators at a tennis match. Hope is followed by despair. Despair is then followed by hope. The cycle repeats again and again, and I always fall prey to getting my hopes up. After such a long period of peace and hard training, I was expecting the new recruits to really show their worth. It felt like they could make some new advancements that the Recon corps. couldn’t do previously and finally inch forward towards freedom. Haha. HAHAHA. No.
What actually happened was that the new recruits crumbled under the pressure. All that wistful talking on the wall made me forget that seeing a giant, flesh-eating monster for the first time and being told you have to fight it is terrifying. A lot of the recruits freak out – including Armin. The beauty of Armin is that he’s not thinking “I have to escape!” but trying desperately to persuade himself to fight. He can intellectualize all the reasons in the world why he should (and wants to) fight back, but that can’t change his puny rabbit heart beating like a drum in his chest. He’s paralyzed with fear.
Again, the beauty of Attack on Titan is how it builds hope up first before dashing it. Even after we see a bunch of the recruits throwing up and freaking out, Eren manages to raise everyone’s morale and make things seem hopeful again. After all, he did very nearly take out the Colossal Titan all by himself if it hasn’t teleported away in a puff of smoke. Unfortunately, the Titans are a lot more intelligent than the teachers at Titan-Killing School ever realized. They don’t just stagger around like zombies looking for the fastest path from where they are now to getting delicious brains. While they do possess the same single-minded determination where even having their entire lower half blown off won’t stop them, the Titans one up the zombies by being surprisingly strategic in their attacks.
First of all, the Titans are actually pretty damn fast. Walking speed would already let them cover an insane amount of ground considering the distance just one step is for them, but they have enough tenacity to run and leap at prey. I was not expecting those things to move so darn fast and actually pluck the Recon corps out of the air. Secondly, the Colossal Titan can teleport. If the other Titans can also do the same thing, then the human race is doomed. Last of all, they’re smart enough to attack the gates to make an opening. All school taught them was that Titans only kill humans, that they have one weak spot, and that they shoot out hot steam from their bodies. I really hope they update their lectures after this if there’s anything left of the school.
I quite liked learning about the Titans in between all the carnage. It fit in perfectly with what was happening, and it still gave us a lot of info about what these monstrosities could possibly be. I’m dying to figure out more about them too. What creature would live just for the purpose of killing humans, and not need to take in any other food? Are they secretly giant machines releasing steam from their bodies? I can only hope I don’t accidentally read spoilers somewhere, because this show surprises me at every turn and I want to revel in the magic.
I knew Eren was going to die beforehand thanks to a spoiler, and was still surprised. Killing off the main character is always a huge shock to the system, especially after all this effort is put into building them up as a character. Eren has been steadily becoming a better person these past few years, and I thought we would continue to see him grow. Instead, he loses an arm and a leg and gets swallowed by a giant Santa Claus. To reiterate my previous point: holy shit. Now maybe Eren will crawl out of that thing’s belly and survive with just a few less limbs to work with, but that would be incredibly stupid. If you’ve spent all that time setting up a bait-and-switch where Armin gets saved, then you’d better follow through and keep Eren bathing in those gastric juices until he’s fully digested!
So who is our new main character? Mikasa? Armin? Or is the “main character” just the entire police force and Recon corps? Mikasa has broken her promise and one of her main reasons for living, so how will she keep on living? Armin is still terrified of the Titans so will he man up and be the new hero or stay a coward forever? Who would you guys want to be the new lead character? I think Potato Girl might be a good candidate…
Christmas came early this year. Here comes Santa Titan…(Satan for short)
Preview: Some more carnage as the Titans go wild accompanied by a flashback about Eren and Mikasa.
Awww, they’re so cute when they still have all their limbs.