Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan), episode 8. Eren. Titan. Key.

TIt is getting harder not to get spoilers on this series. Yesterday, before there even were subs someone started to put on tumblr gifs from the raw episode. One of the gifs I saw showed Eren, so this part of the episode was spoiled for me.

Anyway, let’s talk about the episode itself. It started with a little recap, which I wasn’t a fan of (recaps usually mean that they don’t have time or money to make actual stuff, and that is worrying). But then they went on with the story and the pace was good enough. One of the strong points of this episode was the attention they gave to the important characters. Like Armin.

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Armin was useful, for the first time. Or, maybe, I am forgetting something.

I don’t want to say that before Armin did not have enough screen time. But he did not do anything. He had only been crying and being terrified. You can’t show off someone’s personality like that. In this episode Armin took the  initiative and we got to see how he deals with that kind of situation, the way he think and how he takes the responsibility.

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Armin was not the only one who had to deal with the responsibility in this episode

Jean (the guy on the screen shot above) showed us some new features of his character too. For one, I did not know that he is so conscientious. That is not the right word now, is it. I mean, he does care about others and even more, he does care if by his actions others get hurt or die. And yet he is practical enough to get through it. I would say that Jean is just like Armin, but stronger and less smart. That is why he can lead people. He smart enough to make good decisions, but not enough to predict the consequences. If he could analyse the situation as well as Armin, I bet he would have been too terrified by the results to move forward.

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On the other hand, right now he sees that people are ready to accept him as a leader. And this changes him.

Even Mikasa showed some new sides of her personality. Unlike others (and just like Armin) she has an open mind. She needed no time to accept the idea of using a titan to destroy other titans.

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What she says, that is so logical, and yet it takes some brain power to accept this idea if you live your whole life in terror of the titans

By the way, I have taken 15 screenshots for this post, so if you think that there are too many pictures here, I am sorry.

Now, about the main event of the episode. So abnormal titan died and Eren appeared from it. Now let me put out three things that I think are important:

First, Eren was in the exact same spot that is the “weak point” of other titans. Now that could mean that by piercing this spot you actually kill a human inside the titan. As Armin say, this abnormal titan was acting by an instinct. Eren did not pilot it. Or else he would have reacted somehow when he saw Mikasa. So, maybe, other titans are going according to the instincts that the people inside of them had.

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And he was unconscious when he got out.

Second, Eren’s leg and arm regenerated. That means that he wasn’t simply there, inside the thing. There is some complicated going on inside a titan. It reminds me a lot of the relations between Eva and its pilot (I am referring to Evangelion series).

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And there is all that flesh around him too.

Third, when this abnormal titan saved Mikasa, it was shown that his arm regenerated. But when he started attacking titans near that big building where the supply of gas was, at this point he was regenerating no more. I can make a guess that a titan need to eat people to regenerate. Like, for each blow-off head it needs one human, or something. Eren-titan did not eat humans and after some time he was not able to regenerate anymore. Or, maybe, it was due to that other titans started to it him. I don’t know. Btw, anyone else remembered the scene from Evangelion, where Eva 02 was eaten by angels?

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It seems as if he lost some of his power there

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Before that he was able to throw titans around like nothing

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But here he had to sacrifice his arms to get out of their grip

Also, this whole mystery is somehow connected to this key:

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This is the key to the laboratory, where Eren’s dad worked, right? Or I just assume that this room in the basement was a laboratory.

I still don’t think that there is magic in this series. I guess that the explanation will e rather biologically related. Eren’s father might be developing some kind of technology to fight the titans and maybe he tested what he got on Eren, without notifying him.

No, to the other cool stuff from this episode. Do you like how they draw the titans? It feels like a satire on humans:

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Look at those faces. They are so unlikable.

Talking about likable titans. The moe titan is back ^_^

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And it just got killed.

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But better him than Sasha

Also, for all of you who, just like me, had trouble reading this diagram because of the subtitles:

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That big titan is kind of…. bigger than you would think

And, since I am spamming this post with pictures, here is the last one:

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I like how they draw her there. They change her look from scene to scene, ever so slightly, which happens when you draw stuff by hand without overusing 3D models.

Now, about the next episode. From the preview I guess that we will see some conflict between Eren and the officers. I don’t think that it will be a major thing, because frankly, that is not interesting. The officers have no reason to hate Eren, so the whole situation is stupid. I guess the main theme of the episode will be Eren and his view on what happened and what is going to happen next. It is going to be hard to wait for it. See you next time (^_^)/

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2 thoughts on “Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan), episode 8. Eren. Titan. Key.

  1. yeah, he was devoured by a titan and now he magically generated and came back to life, dont know the kind of world you might live in but who in their right mind would NOT be sceptical of the titan remade clone thing, is it even human. With that thinking you and other like minded people are always the first to die in every horror movie i have ever seen—LOL!!!!

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