It’s never fun when your main role in the plan is “Titan bait.”
|I’m baaack~! I had a blast at Anime North and saw quite a few Attack on Titan cosplayers while wandering the grounds. It’s such an intricate outfit that I can’t imagine how much time that took. Props to those cosplayers, who I will probably post pictures of in a con coverage post (coming soon…ish). For now, I’ve got to catch up on what I’ve missed and what better place to start than Attack on Titan?|
Finally, Armin gets to put his brain to use. He’s been praised for having more common sense than Eren (which isn’t hard to do) and being the intellectual one, but he hasn’t actually done much to back that up. Aside from telling Eren to shut up and eat his bread, he’s kinda just been the wheezy kid everyone picks last for their team in gym class.
At this point in the Titan war, planning is crucial. Even the most talented fighters can’t just charge in and hope for the best. Not only are supplies low, but so are their numbers. In this sort of desperate situation, I’m glad Armin was able to provide a useful plan to keep everyone safe. He’s more fragile than the others, but you have to applaud him for putting himself together so soon after he was ready to slit his throat alone on a rooftop. It’s only a few minutes after he gets that blade batted away by Mikasa that he proposes a plan that ultimately saves their lives.
His plans aren’t perfect and they’re not anything too special, but they work. I like that Armin isn’t some secret genius who thinks up intricate plans that no one else could even fathom to save the day. He’s just a regular kid with a good head on his shoulders who isn’t afraid to take risks. Using the abnormal Titan was a big gamble, and even his second plan with the guns didn’t go exactly as he wanted. Armin is really starting to grow me as the underdog of the show. He falls down, but he gets back up. The same sort of thing is said about Jean who is described as being weak, yet a good leader. Or rather, he’s a good leader because he’s weak – not despite it. However, all these white boys look the same to me so it’s hard to feel anything about his development when I forgot he even existed until now.
Mikasa says that Armin saved him and Eren once. Does that refer to a new event or is she still on about Armin telling Eren to just eat his bread and be thankful? Whatever it is, if he can’t even remember the event it’s probably something that saved them in an extremely indirect manner. Something ostensibly trivial like being their friend or something. It’s not like he fought off a pack of wolves with his bare hands to keep them alive or anything.
Anyways, Armin’s plan saves the day and keeps casualties to a bare minimum. For once we have a little bit of positive momentum as everyone restocks on gas. I was worried that they would actually kill off Sasha since they certainly don’t shy away from killing main characters. Thankfully, she survived the entire ordeal of missing her target. Not only is everyone a lot happier once they have supplies, one more miracle happens at the end of the episode that really makes things even more hopeful. That’s right…Eren comes back!
When moe strikes back
I had assumed this abnormal Titan was one that Eren took over, but I figured he’d die once the Titan died. It seems more like Eren kind of…temporarily fused with it. Like piloting a Gundam, except you’re attached to something organic and it combines as a part of your body. That’s the only way I can explain Eren regenerated limbs – he was able to use the Titan’s abilities to grow them back. It’s really weird that he’s all in one piece though and simply pops out as the Titan dissolves. Why didn’t they both die at the same time? How did Eren separate himself from it? This reveal is not only shocking, but it makes me want Mikasa to ask Eren a million questions about what happened. Unfortunately, his answer to all of them is probably “I don’t know.”
Something about Eren made him special enough to take over that Titan. It might be that weird injection, or it might just be his bottomless hatred for the Titans being strong enough to take over a Titan’s mind. And hair. I really wonder about how that Titan suddenly went from balding to being a model in an Herbal Essences commercial. Anyways, Eren somehow took over the Titan for a while and that could be a big game-changer. I wonder if the fact he was found relatively near the nape of the Titan’s neck (their weak spot) has any significance…
Now that Eren’s still alive, I guess he’ll reclaim his role as the main character. It seems like next week is all about everyone freaking out over what happened. The odd thing is that they shun him even though he survived. It’s not like he’s a were-Titan and can transform whenever there’s a full moon and potentially squash everyone. He’s just Eren now! Are they worried he’ll undergo a massive growth spurt and start eating people? Eren could be the key to defeating the Titans, so I hope everyone doesn’t just shoo him away after he went through hell and somehow came back alive. I’ll wait until next week to see how they treat him. At the very least, Mikasa will be glad to have him back.
Preview: Eren is shunned by the military for being an “ex-Titan.”
That certainly doesn’t look like a fun vacation