|It’s a little bit comforting to know that even the characters in the show don’t know what’s going on anymore. Everyone is left in the dark about Erwin’s true plan and therefore confused and terrified. It’s fun to see how many ways they can make Titan attacks get more tense and frightening. The music didn’t help my pounding heart one bit. That slow-mo, screechy violin thing gets me every time.|
The mission continues despite the massive amount of casualties and the near-invincible Female Titan that’s hot on their heels. These are not ideal conditions for continuing an extremely difficult and important mission, but Erwin orders everyone to keep going. In fact, he orders a lot of very suspicious things. No one knows what’s going on inside his head, but it’s clear that he didn’t “misread the map” or anything of the sort. He’s got all of this planned out perfectly – but he had to leave out all the details of his plan because he suspected a mole amongst his troops. Assuming the Female Titan is somehow one of his soldiers, then I’d say his plan worked well to keep her away from Eren for at least a little while.
Girls just wanna have fun~
Unfortunately, his lack of communication leaves everyone in a state of near-petrification. Even the elite soldiers have a look that says DEATH etched firmly onto their faces as they grimly ride through the forest. The soldiers have no choice but to blindly follow orders. To their credit, they’re all quite obedient. Jean complains about being Titan bait, but he still does the job regardless of how sketchy it all seems. Only a few people figure out why they chose the forest of all places to isolate the group with Eren (the most important person for the mission) and leave everyone else outside. Armin and Levi figure out that it’s the perfect place to fight Titans, and therefore it gives them the highest chances of taking down the Female Titan. They wanted to lead the Female Titan into the forest to take it down.
The preview for episode 19 leads me to believe that there’s actually more to Erwin’s plan than this. It also seems a bit too obvious that the big secret is “we went into a forest because it has big trees.” I’ll feel a little insulted if that was the big secret. Levi freezes up at a time where he should, by all means, be flinging himself off of his horse and slicing things up like a high speed blender. Instead, he hesitates and fires a flare. He either knows the true plan, or is just obeying orders blindly like the rest and has no clue what’s going on. Could that flare be a marker for something else Erwin has set up? The fact that we see a lot of embers in the preview makes me think they decide to just burn down the entire forest. That seems kind of like a bad move with all the important soldiers being there, but it’s definitely an option. As it stands now, I don’t think they have a chance at beating the Female Titan. It would be far too soon to take it down, because then we’d see who is controlling the Titan.
This whole “secret plan” thing really added a lot of tension to the Female Titan hunt. I loved seeing the isolated units question their orders and start to doubt everything. It all built up extremely well to the Female Titan’s appearance in the forest, which was absolutely terrifying even though we’ve already seen her do her thing before. There’s something eerie about seeing a Titan this intelligent after seeing hordes of brainless manbabies tottering about and mindlessly trying to eat people. It’s weird, because I feel like not much happened this week, but it still kept me thoroughly entertained.
There’s also the mystery of the Female Titan and who she is. Her crazed look when she finally saw Eren was terrifying, and she’s been continuing to destroy every soldier who tries to kill her with impossibly smart battle tactics. It’s not too hard to win a fight when you’re that big and have the ability to jump, defend, run, and swing a guy around like a propellor. The way she kills people is especially brutal, and I love it. Now, who is behind this killing machine? We’ve seen just about every female in the Recon corps I can think of riding their horse and getting along just swell as they carry out their mission. Everyone is accounted for. Unless it’s a girl from another military group, like Annie, then this mystery has me stumped. I like that though! It’s more fun when you don’t know what’s going to happen next. Let’s pray to the anime Gods that I don’t accidentally find a spoiler on Tumblr and have it all ruined.
Preview: The fight continues, and I don’t think it goes well considering that Eren might have to go into TITAN MODE. Another Titan vs Titan battle? I hope so. Come on Eren, bite your hand and show us whatcha got!
I’ve given up on hoping for smiles or any sort of happiness in episode previews