Hooray! Now they have meat to feed everyone for the next month!
|I’ve been a bit busy getting shots and blood tests so I can volunteer at the hospital. I just got my last set on pin pricks yesterday so I’m chock full of antibodies for almost any disease that tries to get inside my body. I’M INVINCIBLE. More importantly for you (I suppose) is that I finally have time to blog today because I’m done being a human pin cushion. Onto the Titans!|
Eren is still gone, leaving behind Armin and Mikasa to pick up the slack. We still have yet to see who will be the one to fill in for him. Although there’s still the remote possibility Eren somehow busted out of that Titan while Armin blacked out, I’m going to just assume he’s dead for now. If he’s dead, then one of the survivors needs to step up and take control. Our two choices seem to be more doomed without Eren’s leadership than I initially thought.
“I’ve seen some shit.”
Take Armin, for starters. He’s been doing a fair job of trying to steel his nerves and keep up with the other recruits. So far, his sharp intellect has done him nothing but bad, as it has made him painfully aware of his own weaknesses. The more he reflects on himself, the more he sinks into despair. Now he’s completely fixated on that weakness, because he sees it as the cause of Eren’s death. If Eren didn’t feel the need to constantly protect Armin, he wouldn’t have saved him. If he was strong enough, he could have escaped on his own. Armin doesn’t realize that Eren is the kind of guy who would fling himself into danger – and even death – even for someone he’s never met before. We see this later with Mikasa’s flashback.
Armin hasn’t learned to be strong like Eren yet. With his only role model gone, it’s hard to say if he can muster up the strength to take his place. He’s a complete mess for the entire episode, and seeing more of his comrades dying around him doesn’t really help make anything better. The big difference between Armin and his two friends is that the latter were scarred a lot earlier in their lives. Mikasa and Eren were hardened quickly by coming face to face with death as children. That’s why they wear completely different expressions on their faces compared to Armin, and that’s why they don’t flinch at the Titans. I wouldn’t say they don’t fear death, but they are at the point where risking their lives for something they want seems natural. They almost died once before, so this is almost “borrowed time” for them.
She must not have passed the “stop performing CPR if they have no lower body” stage of CPR training.
Then we have Mikasa – who has been promising in every single category (except personality). She’s calm, strong, and doesn’t balk from a fight. She’s like a more level-headed version of Eren who prioritizes survival over self-sacrifice. The only problem is that this week we learn that Eren is probably the only thing keeping her traumatic past from driving her bonkers. I’m worried that when she learns Eren is dead, she will collapse. Although she constantly looked after Eren when he stuck his nose into trouble as a kid, she needed him just as much as he needed her. Her needs were just more on the emotional side.
She’s a strong character so I can see her pushing through the pain to keep killing Titans, but I feel like it will change who she is permanently. Eren represents a big turning point in her life, and taking away her last attachment to anything remotely resembling a family is just cruel. I’m sure everyone (aside from the manga readers) are dying to see how she’ll react to the bad news. What do you guys expect from her? An eerie calmness? A breakdown? With someone as strong yet deeply tortured as Mikasa, it’s hard to tell. I think she’ll have to man up at some point though since Armin isn’t the best main character for now.
As for the episode itself, they hit it out of the park once again. I loved this episode even more than the last one. Everything just came together perfectly in a mix of flashbacks and Armin’s current thoughts as he fumbles through the city. I’ve been vaguely aware that the music has been suiting for this series, but it was only this week that I really found that it stood out (in the best of ways). In particular, the music that played as Mikasa worked up the courage to stab her abductor was perfect. The violins started to swell at the perfect moment – just as she was about to drive the knife into his back.
That whole flashback of Eren and Mikasa meeting for the first time was just wonderful. It explains a hell of a lot about the two without too much time spent on tedious explanations. Eren simply witnesses a bloodbath for the first time in his life…and runs off to save someone he’s never met. That pretty much sums up his entire character. Then you have Mikasa, who is taught by Eren how to survive these horrible things than are happening her. She watches her parents die, gets kidnapped, then has to kill a full-grown man all within a few hours of the same day. Although surviving all this is ultimately up to how strong her will is, having a nice boy coming to save you really helps with the recovery process. Although she loses her old family, she gains a new one. That doesn’t make her situation any less horrible, but at least it helps her recover from it faster.
Aside from what we learn about Eren and Mikasa, there’s also a big “AND THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS…” message. For me, that message was that the world is shit. Absolute shit. If it’s not Titans messing things up, it’s people. 300 years from now the Titans could all be dead, but you’d still have to lock your doors and be afraid of going out at night because there’s always something that’s there to prey on you. The cycle of the strong preying upon the weak is everywhere. Mikasa learns that as a child…Armin learns it as a teenager when he sees Eren die. It’s better to learn this lesson early if you’re forced to learn it, because it has allowed Eren and Mikasa to cope with these things a lot better than the uninitiated recruits.
I had forgotten that people could die due to something other than getting trampled or swallowed by a Titan. This was a nice, harsh reminder that humanity is still pretty deadly as well. If they’re not actively trying to slit your throat or sell you to people for being a rare Japanese girl then they’re just being wretched human beings and blocking up the only exit. It’s amazing how people are either one of two things during a crisis: 1) a total asshole 2) a saint. If we see any more of those rich fat cats in the city wall, I’m sure we’ll see more of #1 as well. As the chaos unfolds, each episode just gets better and better. I can’t even fathom how next week will top this.
Preview: Mikasa hears some things she doesn’t really wanna hear. Sasha gets upset because she thinks Armin is about to say they’re out of potatoes.