Today, on Cooking with Titans, we make a delightful Eren stew.
|It may seem like I’ve abandoned RDG for Attack on Titan, but that is not true! I had planned on combining 2 episodes together to cause me less stress and scrambling after Anime North. In the end I gave myself too much time and now I’m just posting Attack on Titan again. Ah well. I like RDG but we all know Attck on Titan is my true favourite of the season~|
Now that a good portion of the cast has been eaten, it’s time to introduce new characters! The recon corps. are proving to be an…interesting group of people. They’re praised as being the military’s strongest and bravest warriors – the cream of the crop – when really they’re just a bunch of misfits. You have to be a little bit crazy to leave the city’s safety and enter Titan territory all the time. If you aren’t already a bit off, then a few missions of going out and seeing 30% of your comrades die will certainly do the trick.
The ruthless recon corps, featuring Four Eyes and the Mighty Mushroom Cut
Okay, so not all of them are weird, but it seems like all the talented fighters have a screw or two loose. It’s also really amusing to think that the honourable recon corps. is secretly just a big group of nerds who are amazing on the battlefield but the most awkward of conversation partners in normal situations. Hanji Zoe is a bit like Sasha in that she’s carefree and simple-minded. However, instead of liking something normal like food, she drools over abnormal Titans and finding out more about them. Hanji also seems to think of fighting these behemoths as more of a joyride. Almost all the top fighters in Eren’s group were grim and deadly serious, so it’s interesting to see someone having fun killing these things. That just shows how insanely strong she is, to afford being able to be cocky in the middle of a fight.
Rivaille/Levi (I see his name spelled differently everywhere I go) is another one of those prodigious fighters with a quirk. He’s a neat freak. Whether this scales up to OCD-level cleanliness, I can’t tell, but he certainly gets pissy when blood splatters on his swords. He’s very curt and intimidating, but he seems like a good leader. When I saw him approaching his dying comrade, I knew this scene would completely cement my opinion on him forever. Would he be a typical jerk or a good leader? Levi chose to comfort his comrade and hold his bloodied hand, even though just a second ago we saw him cringe at getting dirty. I expected him to be one of those badasses who doesn’t show emotions to others, but he’s surprisingly devoted to his cause. He’s kinda like a chill version of Eren that doesn’t scream every line at the top of his lungs.
I really liked seeing some new faces, despite the fact that a nail-biting cliffhanger was waiting to be resolved. We’ve heard so little about the recon corps. that they’ve just been a big question mark this entire time. Eren originally wanted to join them, so maybe they can compromise by just sending him out to the wild and hoping he wrecks the shit out of Titans beyond the walls. From there he could help the recon corps., who seem offbeat enough to potentially support someone like him.
However, that may not happen because they just seem to want Eren dead. That isn’t open for debate. Eren wakes up to a bunch of swords in his face and no explanation. It’s one of those annoying situations where there’s a big misunderstanding, and the characters just don’t say the right things to clear it up. I really hate that sort of thing. I know Eren was suffering from memory loss, but how hard would it have been for Armin to summarize the events for Eren and then rationally argue back? I’m not saying they could have persuaded them, but it would have been infinitely less frustrating then watching the 3 of them stare slack-jawed at all the swords pointed at them, incredulous at why doing absolutely nothing wasn’t getting anything accomplished. That scene was wayyyy too long. I only felt the right kind of tension when they fired the cannon and everything was moving in slow-motion. That was the right way to draw out a decisive moment. It was only then that I began to lean forward in my seat expectantly, waiting to see what would happen.
What happened was…well…we certainly didn’t get any answers this week. Just more questions. It turns out Eren didn’t take over the Santa Titan and change that beard into J-rocker hair. Eren actually transformed into a Titan while being digested and busted out. He has no memories of his time as a Titan because the extent of his control over his body was “KILL ALL TITANS.” That’s why he didn’t react to Mikasa or his teammates – he was in a frenzy. Being a smart boy, Eren eventually pieces it all together (also, they tell him “dude, you were inside a Titan”) and realizes the truth. Then he turns into a were-Titan.
It’s an insane scene. The visuals of Eren’s half-dissolved body sheltering his friends is horrifying and striking. I did not expect Eren to be able to change back into a Titan at will. I guess the big answer to having monsters as strong as Titans is a creature like Eren who can become something that can match them. You gotta fight fire with fire, I suppose. I’m just not so sure how to take this. It’s a bit of a ridiculous turn, even for a show like this. How will they continue to have him changing back and forth when it’s clearly taboo?
More than ever, Eren needs to get to that basement. Not for his own good, but for my good. I need to know what the hell his dad did and what Eren has become! It seems like Eren can become a Titan at will, but his injuries remain in tact. While in human form, all injuries obtained in Titan form slowly heal. That’s my guess as to why he’s just a skeleton with a few strings of meat on him. That will limit his use of Titan mode, therefore making him not TOO overpowered. If he loses any more limbs in human mode though, I imagine Titan mode would fix all that again.
All in all, nothing was answered this week. There are mysteries on top of mysteries now. Eren, what is going on with you? Now no one is going to trust you ever except your closest friends. Bravo. I wonder what direction the show will go in now that the main character can turn into the one thing he wants to exterminate? I can only guess. It’s a whacky turn, but I’m still here to enjoy the ride.
Preview: Everybody STILL hates Eren.