*daintily sips out organs* Ahhh yes, a fine brew, this one.
|I’m back! I tried to make my absence as undetectable as possible by getting Kyokai’s help. It’s kind of nice to come back from a trip and not have to cram two episodes into one post. So much has happened that it would be hard to cover everything without making a giant wall of text. So thanks again, Kyo! The boss lady always comes through.|
Finally, the hole has been sealed. Mission complete. The plan had a few Titan-sized hiccups , but at least everything wasn’t in vain. Pointless sacrifice is not an option when the population is already dwindling so rapidly. The sentiment is still bittersweet though. It may be a step up, but many lives were still lost. This is a huge milestone for humanity, and it hints at better times to come if they can learn to use Eren’s abilities effectively. Rico cries tears of joy and everyone sighs in relief now that their mission is over. The bitter part of that sweet deal? Their victory is tainted with the deaths of hundreds and the injuries of nearly a thousand.
I found the aftermath of this mission to be especially depressing compared to the previous post-battle scenes. The explicit death count was a nice touch, but so was Jean’s encounter with the half-rotted body of his friend and savior, Marco. I wouldn’t call Jean a main character, but he’s certainly been playing his part consistently as the up-and-coming leader. Marco has been cheering him on and supporting him in his moments of doubt. Nothing too extravagant or scene-stealing, but enough that we can recognize his freckled face immediately compared to the other nondescript soldiers. I never thought I’d care about him dying, but the way his death was handled made me genuinely sad.
Don’t eat him, he’s too high in fat content! I’m much leaner!
Like Jean, my first thought upon seeing his body was disbelief. Surely this was just another, unfortunate lad with freckles and not Marco. He’d jump out any minute and laugh with Jean like it was a big joke, right? Right? Well, that never happened, leaving me to slowly realize the truth at the same time Jean did. All of this was curtly sped up by a coroner with an “I’ve seen some shit” face that made it all even more eerie and depressing. It’s one thing to rattle off the number of casualties, but it’s another to see someone you care about die. Even Annie – the total hardass with a constant deadpan expression glued on – was mourning the loss of a friend. Seeing just how extensive the damage was and how it affected people like Jean and Annie really made me ask the big question this episode was hinting at: was it worth the sacrifice to block the wall?
The ball of Titan puke didn’t bother me all too much though. It’s hard to make the fact that Titans solely devour humans just for funsies any worse, so this didn’t really add any new layers to their horribleness. It only makes me wonder, yet again, why on earth these creatures think eating humans is a good idea when they just throw them up at the end of the day. This does explain why Eren wasn’t dissolving in the Santa Titan’s belly though.
All in all, this episode was a bit of a hodgepodge (but pleasantly so, like delicious trail mix). It started with a high-octane, jaw-dropping action sequence then kind of slowed down and made us depressed with the aftermath. The rest was dedicated to Eren befriending the Recon Corps, which isn’t a big surprise to me. He had always wanted to join them, and they have the right levels of kooky and clever to want to use a wildcard like Eren. I doubt the regular soldiers would want to work alongside Eren since he indirectly caused the deaths of so many people. They already tried to shoot him when he hasn’t even hurt anyone, so just imagine their opinion of him now. It wasn’t technically his fault, but I don’t think people think rationally when they want revenge for fallen comrades. The Recon Corps however…well, they’re outcasts themselves in a way, so they won’t be so quick to toss him aside.
Eren fits in with Levi and the Recon Corps. Levi in particular seems like a good match for his babysitter because he’s rather similar to Eren. They both have the burning desire to kill Titans, good fighting skills, and the courage to save their comrades. The key difference here is that Levi uses his brain and Eren just lashes out like a puma being poked with a stick. I think Eren needs that kind of discipline and control to not only curb his recklessness, but to help him develop a strong enough will to use his Titan abilities properly. His inefficiency had next to nothing to do with being too weak, and almost everything to do with his mental state. The basement may hold the true secret to his abilities, but some good old-fashioned discipline might go a long way in helping him until then.
Obligatory “do you even lift?” joke
I’m kind of excited to see the Recon Corps take a more prominent role. I wonder if they’re as quirky as I imagine, or if I’m just assuming they’re all clones of Zoe in the crazy department. All I know is that these guys are incredibly strong, and anyone who has survived more than one trip outside the wall must be an elite fighter or better. It’s a nice way to start a new arc as the show progresses, and I’m excited to see where things go next. With Attack on Titan, it’s never quiet for long.
Before I wrap this post up, it’s time for some real talk. Can we talk about the animation for a second? I’m usually gushing about how incredible it is (it really is incredible) but this week things were…off. There were periods where it looked amazing, and then sometimes it just cut to scenery or Annie’s nose when action was happening. Yes, Annie’s nose. I thought my computer was lagging because the movements seemed so jerky at times. What happened? I don’t mind using stills to save budget money, but wow, I had to check other blogs to make sure I didn’t download a janky file or something. Guess we can’t have it all, huh?
Preview: Please tell me this isn’t a recap episode…Oh God, it’s a recap episode, isn’t it?
Budget saving tips 101: skip the whole “colour” thing