*snifffff* Oh mannn, can’t get enough of that Herbal Essences scent
|There was no post last week because it was a filler episode dedicated to recapping everything that I’ve already blogged about. It was kind of nice to have a break during this rush of new anime anyways, as there were a lot of shows I wanted to watch. Now we’re back with an even better opening song. Yes, I didn’t think it was possible, but Guren no Yumiya has been topped. Nothing can trump power metal! Nothing!|
I feel like an innocent lamb expecting verdant fields of clover whilst being lead to a slaughterhouse every time I watch this show. During the brief “hiatus” I had forgotten how brutal things are in this Titan-filled world. Perhaps it’s because most other shows tend to avoid being so deeply depressing or killing off their cast members like George R. R. Martin on a bad day. Anyways, the way the trial devolved into Levi almost caving Eren’s face in was not quite the outcome I had imagined. Trials are for dramatic yelling and maybe some lies being spit out. The worst I expected was deception, but here we have a total beatdown.
Well, now I officially know my feelings towards Levi: he’s great. I love how he just wails on Eren without changing his facial expression in even the slightest matter. The beauty of it all is that we know he’s actually a good leader who cares about his comrades. Perhaps that sense of duty is just so deep that violently assaulting one of those “comrades” isn’t an issue if it’s for the greater good. We all know what Levi did was to save Eren’s ass, but you’d think he’d have the decency to be at least a tiny bit apologetic afterwards.
The entire Recon corps is just a little bit off. Not so crazy that they piss themselves and babble nonsense, but crazy enough to smell Eren and offer zero explanation. It’s kind of amazing to see how effective these misfits are in the trial, and how they use that name they’ve established fro themselves to scare the police. I can’t wait to see more from them – especially Erwin. He may seem normal, but those ones are always the secret lunatics, biding their time for one MEGA psycho outburst.
It’s a huge relief that Eren is in the capable hands of the Recon corps. Not only is he with people who don’t cower away and handcuff him, but he’s with people who will accept him. Mikasa and Armin aren’t in a high enough position to properly protect him, so for now he’ll have to deal with being separated from them. That’s fine with me, because Mikasa is cooler when she’s not being a mother hen and Armin is really starting to fill his shoes as an expert tactician. Did you see him in the OP covered in blood and not giving a flying fuck? Yeah, that’s the kind of Armin I want to see, and it’s more likely to happen when Eren isn’t hogging the spotlight.
Now, let’s get back to that trial for a second. You know what it reminded me of? Those witch trials they had where they’d condemn some poor wretch for “witchcraft” and then burn them at the stake. At least, that seemed to be the general mindset of the police. Persecution out of fear of the unknown. They were so overcome with this fear that they chose to avoid thinking of any ways to utilize Eren. I know he is a dangerous person, but the benefits outweigh the costs. This is a war the humans are losing, and they can’t continue as they are now. Eren really lays it on them, telling them to just let him fight since they’re so scared. That fear leads them to almost shoot Eren then and there for doing nothing more than screaming.
We’ve known this city has been plagued by cowardly rich people for quite some time. It’s nice to see them completely back down when Levi asks them if they’re capable of killing Eren. Ahh, I love seeing a wimpy villain get what’s coming. It felt so good! I really loved the trial because it was the perfect mix of gentle persuasion and violently kicking a teenage boy in the ribs. The winner wasn’t decided solely by wits, but by a mix of things. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a trial with…action. I also enjoyed how Eren learned about his murder attempts on Mikasa when it was just off-handedly mentioned. That’d one hell of a way to learn that you tried to swat your own half-sister down like a fly. I wonder if that will come to haunt him later on when he has time to think. I guess that will come after he freaks out over having his regenerative abilities start kicking in while he’s in human form as well. The tooth fairy is gonna hate this kid.
In good hands…indeed.
This week was another exciting episode that really highlights the difference between the cowards and the brave. This sounds like the start of a really cool arc with new characters and new missions. Bring it on! It’s only a matter of time before these guys “unexpectedly” die, after all. I’d bet on that.
Preview: Eren gets used to working with the Recon Corps. It’s not easy because they’re all insane, and one of them wishes she could dissect him.
Little Red Ridinghood is not at home amongst the wolves