SPOILERS BE WARNED. THIS IS AWESOMENESS MEANT TO BE EXPERIENCED, NOT SPOILED.
My thoughts of the anime thus far:
BEST F*CKING THING SINCE SLICED-BREAD!!!
HAVE YOU WATCHED IT YET?
THEN WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?! GO WATCH IT ALREADY!! DOITDOITDOIT!!!
NOW WATCH IT AGAIN!!
I love Attack on Titan (or Shingeki no Kyojin). It is a simple concept, and yet, it is cleverly unique in execution. The animation is great, the music superb, and despite it’s inconsistent writing quality, this show is still full of intense, jaw-dropping moments that never cease to leave us flabbergasted and wanting more. The Titans are horrifying, falling deep below the uncanny valley. The characters embody the best and the worst aspects of humanity, and do so without screaming “but who are the real monsters?!” Because in a world fraught with monsters, questions like those don’t matter, and never had. It’s one of the rare shows that, though imperfect, manages to overcome its flaws through quality execution and taking fresh twists, bursting full-force and coming out on top.
In short, it hits all the right notes.
And so, here we are; the second half. And what better way to kick things off than an epic, fast-paced opening sequence that they obviously butchered their budget on. Now that’s how you start a second half.
After Eren’s heroic efforts, the people are quick to label him as their saviour. But what happens after that? The dark side of human nature, and what it plans to do with Eren. Because no good deed goes unpunished, and – needless to say – with great power comes great fear. And it’s stupid, I know. But it’s not too far from reality, which is also stupid.
And that’s what sets Eren apart from other shoddy action heroes like, say… Kirito. Both main characters possess special powers beyond the norm, and use it to fight their foes and protect humanity. But the difference is that Eren must face social and political ramifications because of his powers… and have the very limits of his humanity tested. People will support him, but people are understandably scared, too. Every action he takes, everything that he is, will always have consequences, good or bad. He can either be humanity’s key to salvation, or bring them that much closer to extinction.
Really, Eren’s existence brings with it a load of problems. His suffering never ends, does it? Then again, not all of it can be considered bad. Levi beating the crap out of Eren was to (quite literally) hammer in the fact that only the Recon Corps can deal with him. In the end, no one got hurt and everyone wins… except Eren, maybe, but at least he only lost a tooth! For a few hours…
And did anyone notice the look on Levi’s face when he was describing how Eren’s titan form can kill 20 titans? He was not impressed.
It’s Prediction time!
Did anyone notice the titan with blue eyes and a noticeable bust in the opening? My siblings think it is the “Mikasa Titan”. And in this episode, Mikasa was accused of being a titan as well! Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not. Too soon to tell. But it’s an interesting bit of thought.
The ending indicates that Ymir will be joining the main cast of cadets. Considering Marco’s dead, and she’s very close to Krista Lenz (a little TOO close if you ask me), it makes alot of sense. I wonder if her character’s important to the plot somehow…
The Recon Corp is full of all sorts of weirdos and freaks! But I’m going to guess that they’re extremely competent, since they stand beside Levi himself.
“Swearing upon our hearts We strike at Linie der Torheit!
And soar up the sky with ——
ミ Flügel der Freiheit 彡 !!!”
The 2nd opening, Jiyū no Tsubasa. Play it. Love it.
Until next time! ^_^