To save your time I will put it here first. This episode did not make much of a progress. Cadets decided where they are going to be, in Recon corps (Survey corps in other version of subtitles), and you can guess their decision without watching the episode. And that is it, next time we are getting action and fighting and awesomeness. Feel free to skip the episode now.
But well, if you are not in a hurry, here is the rest of the post.
This episode tried to convey the feelings of people who got to choose their military branch. This show likes those small details. Now, if it wasn’t obvious that most of the people will end up in the Recon Corps it would have been nicer, I think. Don’t know. The bad point about the whole scene was that we have already seen all of it in different situations. Basically, each of those characters had gone through that terror at least once, so it was just a bit repetitive.
It was interesting to see how different the reactions of different people are. Jean was trying to gather courage to stay, Sasha was too afraid to move, Connie was trying to come up with excuse to run away, Mikasa and Armin didn’t care, their decision wasn’t going to change. And I like the visuals for this scene, let’s have it here:
Now, to the interesting part. By the end of the episode they started an operation that has no obvious point, but i staking place outside the walls. My guess is that this is an operation to see who will show up to attack Eren. Erwin suspects that something i sup and before planning his big move he wants to learn more about the enemy. And, if the enemy comes from inside the walls, it is better to take the strike on the outside, where it would be hard to involve innocent people in the crossfire and where Eren would not have to hold back.
Also, it might be that Erwin wanted to conduct some tests on Eren, for example, to check his ability to control his transformed form and his fighting abilities.
I am not going to go deep into the guesswork here, if you want some nice theories about the show, go to the comment section here. But what I want to put up here is that Eren got some reward for his days of hard work. A group of children were inspired by the look of their squad, and that was quite enough to make Eren happy.
I recently watched the Evangelion 1.0 movie and I must say, Eren doesn’t need a lot to cheer him up. Compare him to Shinji and you will be blessing Eren like there is no tomorrow. It is really interesting, in Evangelion everyone asks Shinji to pilot Eva, but he don’t want to and he never satisfied with the feedback he is getting, even though people are grateful to him. Here in AoT, Eren wants to fight, but everyone keeps stopping him. Eren is more stable than some of the people around him.
Now spoilers from the preview. They promised us a female intelligent titan. Now what is that all about? I will like to hear your thought. I’m very sleepy now, too sleepy to write down my own theories. Have to go have some sleep. Maybe I’ll add P.S. section tomorrow, maybe not. See you next time (^_^)/
My recent posts on Shingeki no Kyojin:
- Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan), episode 15.
- Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan), episode 14.
- Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan), episode 13.5 (recap episode)
- Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan), episode 13.
All my posts on Shingeki no Kyojin – here.