Monday, August 11, 2014

Attack on Titan Episode 8 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 Episode 8 Recap: I Hear His Heartbeat/Attack on Trost Pt. 4

Previously, Eren’s dead, Armin is traumatized, Mikasa finds her will to live and then there was the Rampage Titan.

Things are looking pretty grim for our Mains; the majority have been ate, HQ is overrun and getting back and wading through the throng of Titans is looking like a suicide mission.

Armin is awash with massive guilt, still convinced that it’s his fault his entire squad is dead but still manages to use his brain – they can use the Rampage Titan to cut a path to HQ.

Jean is watching his fallen comrades be devoured and faces similar doubts but snaps out of it – now is the time to make a run for and perhaps their sacrifice will be worth it. So what’s left of the Main’s make a mad dash for HQ, screaming at them to move their asses.

Marco expresses gratitude and says, y’know you really aren’t a bad leader. Aaaand,

They make it!

Except,

Maybe Not!

This show has one of the worst Will They Won’t They back and forth I’ve ever seen. Now they’re back to the brink of death, staring Titans in the face when –

BOOM!

Rampage Titan says oh, no you didn’t! Now they will survive. I guess.

Connie, Armin and Mikasa catch up JUST as the gas tank runs out and are all, ‘Whuttup, look we what we found!’

Rampage Titan is doing a good job rampaging.

Well, they aren’t out of the woods yet; the supply station has been overrun with some of the smaller types of Titan’s and it’s time for Armin to use his giant brain again.

The best they can come up with is an old supply of guns, which honestly would normally do squat to a Titan BUT it will serve as a distraction – long enough for some of the more gifted soldiers to get behind the Titans and kill them before they have a chance to eat anyone else.

Ready!?

Gun’s out and

ATTACK!

Gas tanks are refilled and it’s time to get the hell out of dodge. But what’s going on outside with the Rampage Titan?

It seems to have finally been over taken by a number of other Titans who are currently cannibalizing it but what’s this-!?

What do we see!?

It’s that freak Titan that sprang out of the air like a wind-up frog and snatched a red-shirt right out of the air in front of Eren some episodes back.

Our Rampage Titan goes fucking BESERK and hmmmm, is this….FORESHADOWING I sense?

Yeah, he downs that bastard and throws in a couple more Titans for the hell of it.

Okay, NOW Rampage Titan is out of gas. Show’s over folks, move along, nothing to see-

But WAIT!? What…WHAT IS THIS!?!

As the Titan body falls apart, disintegrating in front of Mikasa and the other’s there appears to be…a form.

Holy shit, is that EREN!?!

It IS, in what can be called one of the greatest anime WTF moments of history EREN appears to have been the Rampage Titan which just opens up a plethora of questions.

Dude, what, how, why, HOW!?

Mikasa ain’t complaining though – how often do you get back the ones you have lost? Never, so yea I’d sob like a baby too. Armin is also like WTF?! But ain’t complaining either, as he was sure he killed Eren.

So. Eren. Rampaging Titan. Till next time.

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