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Armin stood before the Chief and the soldiers, his fist pressed against his heaving chest after his passionate speech in Eren’s defense. The soldiers shifted their gaze between him and the Chief, their ambivalence palpable. The Chief looked around him, gauging their doubtful looks and barked at a soldier that began suggesting that they listen to Armin. He turned his glare to Armin, and beyond to Eren then began to raise his hand slowly. Eren was not human. He would attack them again. Armin stared, his eyes growing wide. Mikasa began reaching for her swords and Eren raised his hand to his mouth. As the Chief made to lower his hand, to signal the okay to fire, the echo of a slap around his wrist sounded and everyone’s attention turned to who’d stopped him…
PIXIS?!…And I half-expected it to be Levi. But Pixis works too.
So the episode continued with the whole altercation between the three titaneers and the soldiers. I’m so happy that Pixis showed up at the time he did, someone needed to put that Chief in his place. In every military, there’s always that one chief who has
shit doo-doo for brains and can’t make guided and mature decisions. Pixis shouldn’t even have put him in charge of anything else, but his coward feelings. It’s realistically executed, but as much as I liked it, it still pissed me off.
I actually like Pixis. Since the episode where he talked down to the King, I thought he was another one of those fearless commanders. Which he is. And I respect him even more for hearing Armin out and giving Eren the chance to prove his worth as a titan/soldier for the military defense. This is probably the first breather episode – in that there was no bloodshed – and I appreciate that. I honestly didn’t want to see anymore soldiers being killed.
This episode also gave Armin some quality character development. I like that he’s growing out of the perspective of being a burden to everyone and having some confidence in his worth to Mikasa and Eren – and to everyone. His speech was amazing and showed the hypocrisy of some of the soldiers, because they saw Eren as a titan; fighting the other titans and never spoke a word in his defense. But I guess it all boils down to not wanting to have the chief, along with the other gullible soldiers, turn on them.
So in the next episode, Eren’s going to prove his worth and probably regain his honor by using his titan powers to block the wall to stop more titans from getting in. I hope that works out well. Controlling a titan is almost the same as controlling a robot, but it seems pretty uncomfortable and it takes a lot of focus. Eren was pretty exhausted and just trying out the power – in a quick attempt to protect Armin and Mikasa – which is why he was only able to transform into the unstable skele-titan (Level 1). So I want to see how much better he does when he’s properly focused.
I’m guessing, the human brains controlling these titans have been reduced to only remembering the basic functions – “torture and kill humans but don’t hurt the animals.”
I’m not too pumped for anymore episodes, because while watching this one, I clicked down and the first comment was a major spoiler. That said, I’m not really excited anymore.
Otherwise, I’ve started the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and I am so confused. The episodes seem jumbled so I’ll have to find a site that actually has the episodes in the correct, chronological order. But Asahina is my favorite so far, she’s so silly and cute.
Then there’s Yuru Yuri, which I just started. It’s more hilarious than I expected it to be and it’s only 12 episodes, so I’ll finish that before returning to Haruhi.
That’s all for now.