Journal of anime ramblings, fiction works and reflections
I can’t stop loving the pace of Shingeki no Kyojin. The plot surprises just keep coming and again, it delivered more than what I expected. I doubt this will blow up the way SAO did; seeing as it was a hyped anime that flat out disappointed many fans. The seventh episode followed the flow of the sixth, with Mikasa being the prime focus. Armin told her that Eren was dead, and she digested that the way I honestly expected her to. She didn’t blow up or give away any hints that she was shocked. She took it calmly, like a real warrior and told Armin that now wasn’t the time to get emotional.
But, she did become a little snide when she spoke to the soldiers and I think that was the actual hint that she was hurt and displayed some degree of the pain she was feeling. Her pep talk was far from…pep and she basically called them cowards. But it still boosted the soldiers to fight. The way she really begun to kill titans gave even more of a feel of how she was dealing with Eren’s death. And like Armin noted, she got rid of her pain through action but at the same time, not in a good way since she was using far too much gas.
The minute Armin realized it, some seconds after, her tank ran out. At this point I was getting real fidgety because the other soldiers were being wiped out by Titans. Jean faced the same responsive lock down Armin went through when he saw his comrades getting killed by Titans. And like Armin too, he questioned himself on why he couldn’t save them. I really loved the different emotions coming from the soldiers. Even though they knew that being in the Recon Corps would probably throw their lives in the balance, they were willing to make that sacrifice, but in the face of actual danger, they were frantic; screaming that they didn’t want to die. The range of emotional quality in this anime is so good because yet again it moved me to tears,
or maybe it’s just the fact that I’m a big crybaby.
There was one soldier in particular who was moved to suicide, blowing his brains out, which I think was a far better choice-and very powerful in effect- than facing the actual terror of a titan ripping into his flesh or torturing him before just putting him out of his misery. I guess if gas had been more readily available, a few of the soldiers’ deaths could have been avoided. The focus of the moment returned to Mikasa, who started to think that once again she’d lost her family, she had no purpose to live anymore and wanted to die. But I didn’t believe that for a second. Not Mikasa.
But the moment a titan conveniently came to kill her was her moment of truth. The second he was about to reach for her, she fought and moved out of his grasp. Though she managed a few minor injuries, it seemed the titan didn’t feel any pain. Do they feel pain? Or does whatever pain they feel only apply to their neck?
Even though she was fighting, he still came at her and then another titan appeared behind her. At this point I was thinking it was over, even though Mikasa had found her resolve to fight. I was just thinking no, it’s the end. But then the new titan stepped past her and faced the next titan with raised fists.
Can I just say that this titan is EXTREMELY different in design from the others. His design is by far the best and he’s without the Kool-aid grin.
When I saw him left hook the next titan, I had to watch that part over to let the fact sink in that a titan was actually fighting another. He knew their weak spot and even after delivering that safari punch; knocking the Titan’s head off, he kept stomping on the back of the titan’s neck. And with each stomp I actually felt the titan’s rage. Mikasa was just dumbfounded and thought that this titan was a reflection of humanity’s rage.
Armin came for her though, and I’m glad I saw some boost of confidence on his part to get involved with what was happening around him. He took Mikasa to “safer” ground where Connie was and the three witnessed the heroic titan killing yet another. So obviously this titan’s goal is clear. I’m wondering if he’ll be the savior of the humans.
I have a few theories about him. His fighting style, his overall difference from the other titans just hint at a few things.
His fighting style. But I’ll wait until the next episode to see if any of my theories are actually correct.
Honestly though, when Hercules (
I had to find a name for him), killed those two titans, I had to do a little victory dance.
I can’t wait for the next episode!