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Shingeki no Kyojin is back. I never watched the recap episode last week – that would have been a waste of twenty-four minutes. And, it’s off to a fine start…
That was the highlight of the episode. So after the recap, Shingeki resumed from its prison scene to the court scene. I’m happy there were no Titans in this episode and, instead of focus being put on battle strategy, not wanting to die and Titan hooplah, this episode focused on the people’s skepticism. Whether Eren is friend or foe. Whether he can be trusted and used as the main defence against the Titans to drive them back and retake the Walls or executed and dissected to investigate how he can become a titan.
This episode introduced the Head Commander, Darius Zackley, and he holds a lot of power – probably even more so than the King (
why does he even exist?). During the trial, there were two opposing sides – the Military Police and the Sur vey Corps – and it would be his decision to make which side Eren would be handed over to. Meaning that it’s a sentence of life or death.
The Military Police are afraid of Eren and there were a lot of outbursts on their side. I think that they, like commander coward, have such an overwhelming fear that nothing can make them reasonably consider taking certain chances that could work to their advantage, though containing a certain level of risk. Their reproach for dealing with things of the unknown is understandable but at the same time, it doesn’t hurt to think about something rather than impulsively making a decision because of fear. If you should die, that’s just how it is – there’s no working around that.
Eren made a bad move by responding to the Military Police. And we know Eren isn’t the type to reasonably think through what he has to say when his emotions get involved in the mix. He called them cowards and probably thought that telling them to “bet all they had on him” would be his saving grace but that speech – as epic as it was – could have gotten his ass killed, if it weren’t for Levi.
Levi took the initiative, did some quick thinking; came down to Eren and beat the crap out of him. The high def sound of the punches made me cringe and I cried because I felt sorry for Eren (
these tears…). Eren deserves a pat on the back though for not responding with his trigger-happy anger. But getting that hail of fists and kicks, who’d even have the strength to be pissed…
It had to be done though. Levi had to show that it is possible for Eren’s power and emotions to be controlled and to show that he has the power to take responsibility for Eren. But Mikasa wasn’t about to have that.
It’s good that Armin stopped her because speculations arose in the courtroom that she too was a titan – and everybody knows about her affection for Eren. When the reports on what had taken place when both were younger were read, I got upset. How could they use that to say that they can’t be trusted? They were in danger, would have been killed and had the right to act in self-defense. But what seemed right in that situation was used against them.
I love Mikasa, she gave so many death stares in this episode and oh! When Eren spoke up in her defense in this episode, when he reacted with shock to the fact that he had tried to kill her…it was an emotional moment for me. I went doe-eyed and called his name – Mikasa-style.
So now it’s official! The sails have been hoisted, the anchor is lifted and my ship has set sail. This episode was great, the visuals are stronger and although I’m partial to the first OP, the new one isn’t bad at all. The ED is awesome too.
I love Levi. When he spoke to Eren in the end and looked at him, my fujoshi heart was throbbing so badly. Especally in light of the fact that I’ve been reading fan-fictions shipping them.
Another thing. Am I the only one Hanji Zoe scared the hell out of when she showed up at Eren’s cell?
I almost had a heart attack. I can’t wait for next week’s episode.