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Mikasa’s reaction to hearing about Eren’s death was a little bit surprising. I suppose I was expecting a more flashy breakdown from her instead of just shutting off her emotions and numbly pressing forward. I like how they drew out Armin’s confession about Eren’s death as long as possible and refused to show us Mikasa’s face as she reacted to the news. When we did get to see what face matched that calm voice, it became clear that something wasn’t quite right. She sounded like her usual level-headed self, but the spark in her eyes was extinguished. It still makes a lot of sense for her character, yet it caught me off guard.
This show is just too good at surprising me.
Without Eren, her life has essentially lost all meaning, and she needs to find another reason to live. Instead of finding a new source of hope, she decides to still cling to the image of Eren as what keeps her going. She could have decided to live for Armin, her squad mates, or even to get revenge – yet she chooses someone who is dead as her source of inspiration out of all of these options. Eren will always be her everything. I’m a bit hazy on exactly why her body sprung into action and saved her from the Titan though. Was it her memory of Eren pushing her body into fight or flight mode, or were the sudden shots of red cells hinting at something in her genes giving her impeccable battle instincts? The latter would explain why she’s so damn good at killing Titans. Perhaps it was something Eren’s dad injected in her as well.
About to become Mikasandwich
For what it’s worth, I have a wild guess at what those injections Eren’s dad gave him were. I’m going to guess he gave that shot to Eren so that in the event of being eaten by a Titan, he would be able to take over that Titan. I think this new Titan-killing Titan might actually be Eren taking over the one that ate him. It looks nothing like the Santa-Titan, but I’m assuming that taking over a Titan could mean that your luscious hair could take over as well. Whatever this new beast is, it adds a whole new player to the game. There are endless possibilities! If more Titans like this show up, then the humans can be saved. This could be the ace up their sleeves!
…Unfortunately, this is Attack on Titan and things are rarely so simple. He seems like a great guy now, but it’s hard to trust a guy taller than your house with an extra set of teeth, isn’t it? I’m really excited about how this new Titan will spice up the story and help/hinder/confuse the soldiers. Aside from Mikasa and Armin wanting to kill themselves, this was one of the best parts of the episode. I’m all for character growth and drama (even Armin kinda had a spine this week!) but sometimes you just want two giant, muscular men to kill each other.
The fact I think he’s kinda good-looking for a Titan worries me.
I was mostly stunned into silence this week so I don’t have a whole lot to add that wasn’t already there. It was yet another brilliant episode filled with drama, fighting, and Potato Girl being Potato Girl. My one complaint is that we didn’t need the extra sulking at the beginning. I think we get how demotivated everyone is just by looking at them, there’s no need to show us people killing themselves with guns and moping around rooftops for too long. As much I love watching people being tormented, after a while it can get excessive. Yes, even for me. Will next week be another lesson in “don’t get your hopes up because everyone you love will die” or will the soldiers make it out relatively unscathed? Only the pomegranate knows.
Oh holy pomegranate, tell me your secrets
Preview: Time to break in and get some gas to recharge! This should be an intense battle where the humans will have to be wily little buggers to find a way around close-quarter combat. On the bright side, the Titans they’re facing are (relatively) short. That’s not to say they’ll get out scot free though…
I hope she’s just crying because the meat’s gone.