In case you couldn’t tell, this means he isn’t happy.
|Oops, Animal Crossing consumed my life and I forgot about blogging. If it makes you feel any better about my dedication to Attack on Titan, the opening song is set as my town tune. Going from bloody to cute and then back to bloody again seems to be the weird cycle I’m stuck on. Let’s talk about Titans so I can go catch butterflies, okay?|
There’s not a whole lot to talk about in this episode since most of it is spent hiding in a cloud of smoke and dust. Eren’s Titan form was only useful for shielding them from the cannonball and creating an unintentional smokescreen upon destruction. As Eren gets the hang of controlling his powers, the door will be open for all kinds of different Titan forms. Could he potentially make a giant, 100m high Titan? Or a Titan with 5 arms? A flying Titan? If the Titan simply matches his desires, he might have even more of an advantage than I originally imagined. He might not be able to do anything crazy like make a flaming Titan with a giant tail, but at least we know he has options.
Of course, this will all depend on how well he can master this ability. I can’t imagine it’s an easy task. Furthermore, the transformation takes a toll on his body. Just how much damage is hard to tell since Eren isn’t one to complain no matter how hurt he is. The explanation awaits in the fabled basement. Ah yes, how this convenient infodump dangles in front of our faces in the most tempting manner. I need to know! Thankfully, Eren mentions the basement a lot, so I doubt they’ll just forget about that plot point and dig it up later when it seems relevant. We need to know more about his ability so he can control it and use it responsibly to help all of mankind. It would also be nice to know the consequences. There are probably a lot more tricks and catches to this ability than Eren realizes. It’s also weird that Eren’s Titan form doesn’t dissolve flowers, meaning his body temperature probably isn’t as high as a normal Titan’s.
So, what do you think of my new place? Pretty cozy, huh?
Even though Eren will use his powers for good, I doubt everyone will suddenly smile and pleasantly apologize for trying to blow him up just a bit earlier. The level of desperation and fear in the city has risen so much that everyone is on pins and needles for even the slightest disturbance. Eren is more like a life-threatening behemoth than a slight disturbance, so it’s no wonder everyone is rattled. From their perspective, he’s a terrifying monster who can turn into humanity’s most feared creature with a single chomp. Eren’s a tough guy, but I bet having his humanity questioned will be a difficult struggle for him. I hope Pixis guides him through any emotional problems, simply because he seems like a really chill guy to sit down and have a heart-to-heart with. His understanding and patience should be enough to shield Eren from all the abuse and paranoia directed his way from other recruits and commanders. That, and his insanely loyal friends.
We already know Mikasa’s loyalty treads into creeper territory, but Armin hasn’t done much aside from cry and dispense advice. His loyalty is shown through words and helping other characters do things, and not so much by actions. The spotlight has always eluded him – until now. I didn’t like how long it took for Mikasa and Eren to stop talking, so the episode really only picked up for me when Armin started realizing his own worth as a person. His speech was compelling and so goddamned intense that it ordered you to listen to every word. It was so earnest and wonderful seeing him risk his life for his friends, and do so with a level of passion I never thought he possessed. Unfortunately, if you’re not listening, a speech has no effect. Armin’s brilliant plea fell on deaf ears and he nearly got his friends blown up.
It’s striking how fear has completely consumed everyone. Fear is expected during a battle, but it seems even more tragic in a way during times of (relative) peace. The battle is on hold for now, but that just gives everyone more time to panic. They can’t even enjoy the small periods of rest because they know what will come immediately afterwards. More death, more fighting, and..well, more death. The Titans are no longer a distant threat, only seen in textbooks. Everyone has seen the horror of Titans now, and that has dampened their spirits. Being in the military is no longer glorious to them because it’s just not worth it. This new paranoia makes everyone stop thinking properly, which is why it was so easy to get a whole host of recruits ready to shoot their comrades. They weren’t going to kill just Eren, but Mikasa and Armin. Even if you have no heart, Mikasa is an incredible asset to the army. That much is noted out loud, but the end decision is still to kill them because they’re so afraid of Titans.
At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if they wanted to bomb the city and kill thousands just to get rid of a few Titans. I’m just glad those kinds of bombs don’t seem to be in their arsenal. If this level of fear keeps up, the next attack from the Titans could end up being even worse. With less power in numbers and more people racing to selfishly save themselves and screw others over, it’s going to be a rough battle. However, there was so much action recently that I think a small moment of respite is in order. We should be safe from Titans for an episode or two…I think.
Preview: Eren finds a place among the other humans…kinda.
Can someone please get this boy a new boot so he looks less like a hobo?