Annie are you okay? Are you okay? Are you okay, Annie?
|I’ve been waiting for this episode for a loooooong time. The identity of the Female Titan has remained a mystery all this time, and I think we deserve some answers before the series ends. We still have next to zilch in terms of intel about the Colossal Titan and the Armoured Titan, so why not throw us a bone about the one with the nice ass, huh? Thanks for not keeping us completely in the dark!|
Long story short, the Titan is Annie. I think it’s not really a big surprise since you can generally narrow it down to just her using elimination alone. She’s the only blonde-haired girl with blue eyes (shhh pretend Eren’s eyes don’t change colour to green when he transforms) that wasn’t at the scene of the crime, and was thus unaccountable for. It’s really the only clue I actually caught to tip me off, although I’m sure there are others I would notice if I rewatched some previous episodes. That being said, I wish we had learned a little more about Annie before we suddenly saw her revealed as the Titan. It’s hard to have your expectations betrayed when you never had any expectations for that character in the first place.
Fortunately, most of the episode tried to make up for lost time by letting us get to know Annie. She hardly says anything, but you really get a feel for her moral standings just by how she reacts to her fellow soldiers. Annie is not at all happy with the current system of leadership, and would rather someone like Eren to be their leader. He has passion, but he’s not a soft-hearted justice freak who will cower when he actually has to use force to defend himself. Although Eren certainly has…problems…he at least has enough guts to stand up for his beliefs and inspire hope in people around him with his tireless determination. Annie admires that. And Annie is a tough lady to impress.
The events before she is unceremoniously revealed to be the Female Titan do a really good job at giving us a “crash course” of sorts on Annie. Annie 101, if you will. It shows us that she’s still quiet as death and as unfriendly as a feral cat with rabies, but also humanizes her a little. She tells Marlo that she wants to be seen as human, as if to subtly tell us just how guilty she feels for squashing half of an army. It’s not strong enough to come off as a hamfisted attempt to get you to suddenly care for this mass murderer that’s been ignored for around 20 episodes, which I really appreciate. There’s only so much they can convey in one episode, and they cover all the bases without suddenly going “oh, how woe is Annie! Feel bad for her now, you snivelling dog!” in the way I feel a lot of dramatic anime do when they want to manipulate your emotions. It doesn’t work.
The small time spent on developing her paid off when Armin tried to lure her underground and her reaction was to go full-out psycho. That laugh, that expression and the sudden change from a gruff voice to a surprisingly girly one broke down everything we thought we knew about her. This would have worked even better if we had gotten to know her before this episode though. For the life of me I can’t think where they’d include that considering how much this show tends to drag on though. I’ve heard they give her more attention at various points in the story in the manga, and I feel like that would have been beneficial. To me, Annie is just the girl who flipped Eren over that one time. It’s hard for me to question why she would kill so many people when I never knew what she was thinking to begin with. Oh well, at least they did what they could in one episode. It still worked, but it could’ve been better.
Again, not a lot happened but I rather enjoyed this week’s episode. I like how tense it is when Armin teams up with Annie because you know something terrible is going to happen, but you’re not sure what. I was wondering the whole time if Armin was stringing her along, but I didn’t have enough information to be 100% sure. I had enough of a shadow of a doubt to be put on edge, which made me hold my breath when they were about to go underground. It was intense! I loved that scene, and the way you don’t know exactly what’s going to happen until it pans down to Armin’s gun. Finally, we have closure about the identity of the Female Titan. Boy, does that ever feel good.
What we still don’t know is…why? In a way, I don’t want to know right now. Whatever reason she has, it’s not going to be a good one. I don’t want her to try and explain herself because really, she has no excuse. She flung around a fellow soldier on a string for fun instead of just crushing them. She just doesn’t seem to be a good person – at all. Her actions are so unfathomable that her friends are desperate to be in denial of her secret identity. Armin figured this out ages ago (more on HOLY SHIT ARMIN, YOU’RE A GENIUS another week) yet he didn’t say anything because he wanted to remain in blissful ignorance. It’s like finding out your buddy is secretly an axe murderer, and then being in so much shock because you can’t imagine the person you used to go to McDonald’s with at 2am is actually a killer.
The only one who doesn’t take any shit is Mikasa. She’s ready to cut down anyone who does anything to hurt Eren, no questions asked. She just doesn’t form attachments to people other than Eren. Her world is literally “Eren” and “the other people.” While most of the time this makes her a bit of an annoying character to watch, I liked seeing her reaction in comparison to Armin’s and Eren’s. She didn’t waste any time at all to whip out her blades. No mercy! You have to respect that. Unfortunately, I don’t know how they’re going to keep fighting Annie now that she’s transformed. I wonder if anyone else has suspicious rings that I should be looking out for…
Sharp enough to slice, dice, chop, cube or julienne. Your pick, Annie.
This week was great and I can’t wait to see the fallout next week. Jean is going to be caught, the Recon corps will get yelled at for letting Eren escape, and a whole lot of people will get hurt as Annie tries to escape. Total chaos! I’m ecstatic. On a side note, the military police were a surprisingly interesting bunch of people. Unlike the Recon corps which is the best of the best, these guys are the bums of the bums. From selling their own rations to ignoring important missions to play cards, these guys are like the laughingstock of the city. All of them chose this job to be safe and sound, and that mentality is permeating throughout the entire group. Oh, and one of the guys is a persona 4 protagonist lookalike, which was neat. Amazing how they could fit in the current condition of the city as well as the military police in such a short span of time. The pacing of this show really does vary. Let’s hope the final 2 episodes give us something to remember.
Preview: Annie goes nuts and both the Recon corps and Eren are (temporarily) unable to stop her. Eren because he’s in denial that his friend is an evil Titan, and the Recon corps because they’re staring down the barrels of multiple guns. Let’s hope that “temporarily” thing wears off soon.