Looking back at it, this episode was just what we should have expected it to be. People are falling back, soldiers are panicking, Mikasa is fight in the front lines. And we still don’t know what happened (or going to happened) to Eren, but they have fed us some clues. Still, the episode had a lot of turns that can hardly be anticipated. Let’s talk about it.
Before we move into hypotheses and theories, I want to mention that they did quite a good job portraying panicking and demoralised soldiers. Giving that they did not have much time for that, I would say that they did very well.
As usual, Attack on Titan is not going to give you shonen-like high moral stuff. People there are cowards, just like in the real life. People are not ready to die, not ready to move a fight, to risk it all. And they fear the enemy more than they fear death. That is just how they do it in this anime.
Remember there was that moment when Mikasa was ready to die, but them she remembered Eren and set her mind to fight? In a shonen she would slice that titan into pieces. In this anime she done nothing. She was saved by a chance. Yes, in this anime your flashbacks, your hot speeches and all the other stuff, that is supposed to suddenly make you stronger, all it just doesn’t work here.
Now I am done with the impression of the episode and we can move on to the most interesting part. In this episode they showed us a titan that kills other titans.
I guess most of the people, who watched the episode, think about whether or not this titan connected to Eren somehow. It sounds far-fetched when you write it down, but when you watched it your anime watcher experience tells you that there should be a connection between Eren and that thing.
I personally think that this new titan is driven by Eren’s intelligence. It is suggested to us, why else would they emphasize the fact that new titan uses martial art techniques. They spent quite some time showing to us that Eren was paying attention when they studied hand-to-hand combat. So, let’s go with that hypothesis for the moment. If that idea is right, then Eren can use that practically immortal body to annihilate most of the titans. That can turn the table in this war. The only real opponent that he can have would be the armored titan and Mikasa (if she decide to attack him). I guess most of the next episode we will look at this Eren titan fighting other titans and interacting with the soldiers in some way.
Also, if my idea is correct, that would mean that the titan that eat Eren most likely transformed into this new one. It used to look like an old man, and now it is looking way younger. I want to say it looks a bit more like Eren, when you compare it to how it was before it ate Eren. But that is a bit stretching it.
Now this whole hypothesis might be wrong. I don’t expect to see any proof in the next episode, but by the episode 9 or 10 we will know the truth, I think. So, see you next time (^_^)/
My recent posts on Shingeki no Kyojin:
- Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan), episode 6. Spoilers.
- Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan), episode 5. Spoilers.
- Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan), episode 4
- Shingeki no Kyojin, episode 3
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