Titan lasers! Pew pew!
|Summer is ending and I am trying to get every last drop of fun I can before the monotony of school begins once again. I have no idea how I will balance a full courseload, working as a research assistant, karate and blogging. My head says “blog only one show!” but my heart says “blog ALL OF THE THINGS!”. It may be hard to imagine, but soon Attack on Titan will end and we must all move on. That, or read the manga. Maybe then I won’t be left in the dark as much as I am right now.|
I feel like we’ve been stuck in the forest for ages. It’s been a bit of a slow arc, sparsely peppered with bursts of actions and suspense betwixt long flashbacks or conversations. Now it’s time for some pay-off. My favourite part about this episode is how Eren gets completely screwed over in every way imaginable. Just as he learns to trust his comrades and feels comfortable following their orders, he sees them annihilated before his very eyes. It all ties back very neatly to Eren’s past decision to trust them when they were running away and Erwin launched a multitude of harpoons at the Female Titan. That worked out swimmingly and Eren was all abuzz with confidence and awe at the Recon Corps. All of that growth is effectively shattered with what Eren sees as he looks back over his shoulder at his friends being ripped to (literal) pieces.
It will be very, very difficult for Eren to be able to trust in people again. Keep in mind his instinct has been to risk his life fighting with reckless abandon, treating his own life as a throwaway as long as he can do some damage to a Titan. He’s been trying hard to overcome that, and now he’s regressed once again. It will be hard to see the effects of this trauma immediately since he’s stewing away in the Titan’s gut for now, but once he rejoins the troops he should be fine. The last time he was devoured, he came back with superpowers so yes, I’m pretty skeptical that the one tool humanity needs to win this war has been unceremoniously digested. He should be indigestible. I can’t say the same for his comrades, unfortunately. The brutality of seeing all them die at once when we’ve just been getting fond of them was perfectly timed, and a wonderful way to set Eren off. Another quality “oh shit” moment to record in the history of this show.
The Titan vs Titan boxing was a real treat to watch. Not only was it fun hearing Eren scream violently about killing in increasingly barbaric measures, but the action was stunning. Eren’s all-or-nothing hits that dissolved his own hand were in stark contrast to her refined movements. Not only can she heal different parts at different rates, but she can harden certain areas of her body when needed. Her superior control of her body overall was what allowed her to beat Eren, who stupidly aimed for her face until he had no hands left to beat her with. I’m surprised he didn’t shove his stumpy wrist bones into her eye sockets or something equally impatient and violent. Once again, Eren still fights like an animal. The Female Titan seems to wince in pain more and recoil when hit. Eren doesn’t even seem to notice when entire patches of skin and muscle just slough off. It’s good for going berserk, but I imagine not feeling your body at all means you suck at fine movements and exerting any sort of control.
About to get smoked…literally.
It’s no wonder that the more experienced Titan wins. She’s not only a better fighter, but she can transform twice – so she’s got enough stamina to really go at it. I have no idea why she would eat Eren though. I can only assume she’s transporting him…somewhere. Now that Eren’s out of the way we can finally have some Mikasa and Levi screentime. They’re an odd couple since they’re both on the stoic side, but it should be interesting to see two elite soldiers strategize together. That is, if they can even launch an attack against something so powerful. Although she’s tired now, we should still remember Sasha’s warning about cornered animals.
We’ll see how the unlikely duo of Mikasa and Levi fare in tailing the Female Titan, but it should be really cool. I feel safe in the hands of these two, because they’re so darn strong. Mikasa is especially strong when her psychotic, over-protective tendencies start to kick in. Levi must be equally pissed after seeing his entire squad wiped out in the blink of an eye. The only other character I feel comfortable with (in terms of not suddenly dying or making a dumb mistake) is Erwin. So far he’s been absolutely right about everything. He even (ominously) says that humanity must be on guard for the unthinkable when facing Titans, because the unthinkable happens all the time. This is what ultimately kills the unit protecting Eren. The sad thing is these units are trained to expect the unexpected, but the Female Titan was so vastly outside of those battle instincts that they were outclassed. These are the best of the best, and they still were taken by surprise. Erwin has all the psychology behind properly leading a team of soliders down pat. I’d trust him with my life too.
The topic of being able to make a decision that can result in deaths is brought up again. Erwin was praised for being a leader capable of making hard decisions driven by logic instead of by a stomach-gnawing terror. He can formulate risky plans that will kill his own soldiers if that plan is the best option for the job. He can make sacrifices, basically. Eren is still shaken by the fact that his decision to leave instead of fight gets his friends killed. Unable to handle that guilt, he flies off the handle. It just goes to show that Eren still has a lot to learn…and I’m not talking about fighting techniques as a Titan, either.
Preview: Levi and Mikasa follow “the Titan with the nice ass” to take advantage of this lovely view