|I’m going to be really sad if they change the opening song for the second half of Attack on Titan. “Guren no Yumiya” has become somewhat of a legend, and it will be hard to top. All the parody videos aside, it really is a damn catchy song. I guess I should be more worried about the content of the actual show but hey, music is pretty important!|
Not everyone has the courage (or downright lack of the ability to feel fear) as Eren or Mikasa. Most of the main characters are brave enough to go on a potential suicide mission, but the weaker ones? Not so much. There was a lot of focus on the fighters who aren’t superhuman Titan-killing machines. These guys are just average Joes who don’t want to risk their lives fighting immediately after losing a bunch of friends in a gruesome battle. This episode isn’t about brave people who fight without fear – it’s about cowards who have to suppress their fear to be strong for their loved ones. However, you’ll have to take my usage of the word “coward” with a grain of salt, because I’m not so sure I’d exactly be gungho to run out there within chomping distance of a Titan either.
Oh great, here comes mister “kill everything that’s vaguely threatening” himself
Mikasa and Eren are always so pumped to kill Titans, it’s almost easy to forget that attitude is actually abnormal. Killing Titans isn’t actually fun. The majority of the crowd almost leaves the mission then and there out of fear and confusion. It’s hard to believe in a plan that involves a magical Titan-morphing soldier, after all. Anyways, it was a nice message about the current state of the troops, if not a little too lengthy in delivery. Attack on Titan has a habit of drawing out scenes until just a tiny bit over the mark of where it should end. A few seconds after I say “okay, that’s enough” it usually moves on with something else, such as the Dot Pixis trademark life-changing mega-volume speech. It’s cool to see characters who are deathly afraid conquer their fears and join the fights. Armin is one of those characters who clearly isn’t cut out for fighting these beasts, but still puts his best foot forward. Even Sasha was quaking a bit in the crowd there, and I’m sure she was questioning her own resolve as well. That, or she just looks like that whenever she skips a meal. Maybe a bit of both.
Whatever doubts anyone had, Dot Pixis’s speech turned them around. I already like him more than last week. He’s really blunt and definitely lives up to that “eccentric” title, but that’s why I admire him. Hey, he may have suddenly decided to risk everyone’s lives on a crazy whim, but at least he’s cool. I think his coolness outweighs the strategically sketchy decisions he makes, such as choosing a leader based on their knowledge of alcohol. The best part of the episode was hands down when his voice boomed over the entire crowd from the top of the wall. To quote the wise words of Tenacious D “I do not need / a microphone / my voice is fucking powerful.”
Kind of sad he didn’t just start singing the Lion King opening song really loudly at this point
The rest is essentially just a budget-blowing preamble to Eren doing a bunch of freaky things. Seriously, I will never get tired of watching everyone fly around on 3D maneuver gear as if they weigh less than a loaf of bread. I imagine we’ll see some more of that lovely action now that Eren has gone berserk again. I highly doubt he was just trying to fistbump Mikasa. I’m not sure why I expected Eren to successfully move the rock without a hitch, but I did. As such, that cliffhanger was a big shock to my system. I don’t think Mikasa is dead, but it’s definitely a surprise to see Eren unable to control himself when he was able to protect them earlier from a cannonball. By now, let it be known that whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. Murphy’s Law is in strong effect here, even for a plan as seemingly simple as “move that rock over there.”
Judging from the preview, things don’t get much better. We see Armin, for example, attacking the Titan form of Eren. On one hand, good for you, Armin! On the other hand, oh god, everyone’s going to try and kill Eren again. This could have been the perfect moment for Eren to redeem himself, but he just had to go and squish his pseudo-sister. Attack on Titan continues to have exciting twists, and I can’t wait to see the aftermath of Eren’s rampage in episode 12. It’s gonna be good.
Preview: Eren goes wild and the plan falls to pieces. If people aren’t getting owned by Eren, they’d getting owned by the other Titans wandering the area. There’s only one way to stop Eren and let’s just say it’s not using the magic of friendship and love. Next week I will be away on a trip to New York, but Kyokai volunteered to cover Attack on Titan while I’m away. Enjoy!