Monday, July 28, 2014

Attack on Titan Episode 6 Recap

Right off the bat, let’s start with some disclaimers. THIS IS NOT FOR CHILDREN, NOR THE SQUIMISH. I know, I know – you’re a paragon of steely resolve, your sinews are made from Wolverines cigar gristle and are Ford tough. Congratulations. HOWEVER, this is an anime that is brutal right out of the gate. That’s what makes it so interesting; this is a world where humanity is on its last leg and the audience is left on the edge of their seats hoping that SOMEBODY is going to survive.

Obviously major spoilers, we will be looking at the series in depth, poking at nooks and crannies and looking at characters and plot and why AoT has gained such insane popularity. There will be cursing, there will be blood. Some of the screen caps may be graphic (I will actually try to not and be too graphic with them, I don’t know who is looking at my blog).

Attack on Titan is a unique and phenomenal story which includes many elements; fantasy, mystery, politics, military campaigns, camaraderie, sacrifice and hope. If you can get past the brutal nature of the narrative its worth watching. All right, let’s get into it:

Attack on Titan Ep. 6 The World Seen by a Young Girl/Attack on Trost pt.2

Sooo Previously everybody kind of…died. Eren’s squad was decimated, Armin very nearly ended up a bite-sized morsel, AND Eren has been ate.

Not looking so good for our Heroes.

Armin is still in absolute shock as another squad and Connie comes across him, desperately trying to assess the situation, denying that the squad could so easily be wiped out and let us introduce a Side Main Character(s).

Ymir, who had a brief introduction a couple of episodes back, and Krista, who is always seen together with Ymir.

Yea, Ymir’s a bitch, no two ways – Armin clearly has just survived something soul-shattering and she’s all HA HA, YOU’S FRIENDS IS DEEEAAADDD!! Not exactly the soul of discretion, is she?

We’ll come back to them way later.

Armin kind of snaps out of it and stumbles off, horrified by his weakness (when, really, Armin? Going up against something like a nigh invulnerable machine of destruction and your beating yourself up? Such is psychology, and Survivor’s Guilt.)

Armin realizes it may have been futile from the very beginning, perhaps humanity is just meant to be wiped out.

MEANWHILE….

Asshole citizens are assholes. Some douchecanoe is blocking the only exit with his wagon-full of goods because, MONEY. So OF COURSE some goofy arm flailing Titan comes screaming around the corner to eat everybody, but –

MIKASA TO THE RESCUE

She downs that bastard like a lion on a baby gazelle and the citizens are saved! Sort of.

Asshole citizen screams and rants about MONEY and who gives a shit if her comrades are dying to protect them and, ho diggity – homeboy better back down because Mikasa is about to smack a bitch.

He runs away, the exit is opened, and the crowd rejoices. Yaaaay.

This seems like a good time for a flash back, don’t you think?

Mikasa’s commanding officer is kind of spooked how eerily good she is at killing things. Mikasa stares at the little girl and mother she just saved and we see a tiny child Mikasa – years prior to our storyline.

Mikasa’s Tale of Woe and Tragedy.

Holy crap, she was a happy normal girl once. Loving family, sweet little farm, BUT dark things on the horizon!

On this particular day the Ackerman’s are awaiting a visit from the Doctor and his son, Eren – ah! There he is at the door now!

Daddy Yeager is telling Eren he better get along with other children because there aren’t many of them and his shitty attitude is the reason why Armin is his only friend, and I gotta admit – Eren’s attitude, even at this age (9? 10?) is pretty crappy.

‘I’ll be nice is she’s nice to me’ he mutters.

Except he opens the Ackerman house door to a scene of horror and destruction; everybody inside the house is dead, and Mikasa is nowhere to be seen.

Doctor Yeager is freaked – obviously something very bad happened and its imperative that they find Mikasa as soon as possible. He tells Eren to wait at the bottom of the hill while he finds the Military Police. Too bad he doesn't notice Eren's doing the whole Crazy Eyes thing.

Mikasa has been taken to an abandoned house where she lays in shock on the hard wood floor, face bloodied and battered.

She is of Asian decent – an absolute rarity in this world. As the Titans descended to eat everyone, only a few Eastern nations managed to get behind the walls (so Apocalyptic background!? An advanced society set back by Titans?!) so that makes Mikasa a hot ticket item on the flesh market.

These pieces of shit are going to whore her out (a 10 year old girl) to some rich pervert in the city. Well, unless Eren finds them first.

Oops, too late.

Seriously, this is like a Hitchcock movie in the making.

Eren (somehow) finds them and pulls the ‘I’m lost in the woods, I’m scared, help me!’ routine as he holds a knife (where did he get that!?) behind his back.

The slavers recognize an opportunity for fresh meat and are all, ‘OH POOR THING, LET US HELP YOU-*gurglegluglugded*

Because Eren cuts the bastards throat out. That’s one slaver down. The other hops up with his axe but Eren is faster and grabs a spear - wait, hold on, is that a broom? aaand pulls a total Psycho on the slaver and stabs him to death.

Holy shit.

We’re going to take a moment out to talk about this because it’s very….interesting how Eren’s character is handled.

Eren is not a good person. He is a child murderer which brings up a very important burning question of what on earth made him into this …child who can kill two fully grown men without a single shred of consciousness?

But he’s not a bad person as well. He is crying as he frees Mikasa, he has saved her from a very, very bad fate and has destroyed two evil men.

This sits uncomfortably on the audiences mind (well, it did mine). There is no black and white, moral and just way of looking at this. Eren murdered two people; he has gleefully hacked at someone’s body until the life bled away from them. This is NOT the action of a normal person NONETHELESS a little boy. Generally when a child murders someone, there is something deeply wrong with them.

Eren has saved another child’s life, not just saved her but prevented her from being peddled to a pedophiliac monster who would have abused her, whored her, and generally corrupted and destroyed her before she killed herself or died as a result of abuse and horrific circumstance.

I don’t know what to think about this, and that perhaps is the point of child-murderer Eren's character.

However, to continue; Mikasa says there were THREE men, not two. The third has witnessed the destruction of his comrades and falls on Eren with the intent of snapping his neck. That’s when Eren says something very interesting.

He says, FIGHT.

Not; ‘run away’ or ‘save yourself’. He tells her she must fight.

‘If you don’t fight, you will die. If you fight, if you win, you will live.’

And deep down inside of Mikasa there awakens a terrifying strength – her grip alone shatters the handle of the knife she has picked up and…

Daddy Yeager has arrived with the Military Police, but far too late. Everything is done and over with and is scolding Eren like he stole someone’s pie, not just murdered two men in cold blood.

Eren says, again very interestingly, that he exterminated vermin ‘that just happened to resemble human beings.’

How did Eren become like this? So full of zealous righteousness that allows him to murder human beings. Where does he draw the line? Was this a part added to a character to show the absolute harshness of this world? Because I gotta tell ya, if you mass murdered people as a ten year old child in reality, evil or not, you would not only be getting a pretty hard side-eye, you would probably end up in a psych ward.

Mikasa is still alive, albeit traumatized, cold and wondering where she will go from here. Daddy Yeager says, of course you will live with us and Eren takes his scarf and wraps it around her, asking her if its warm.

Thus, Eren and Mikasa’s fate has forever been sealed and Eren has unwittingly become Mikasa’s well-spring; he is her light in an extraordinary dark world. So back in the present, as her duty at the front lines is finished, she rushes back to find out the fate of Eren.

This is going to get ugly (more ugly, if that’s possible).

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