Monday, August 18, 2014

Attack on Titan Episode 9 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 9 Recap: What Happened to His Arm?/ Attack on Trost Part 5

Okay, again, slight warning for this episode; it is a little graphic and I don’t know people’s thresh hold for these kinds of things.

With that said and done – Eren. Titan. Whut. The greatest WTF in the history of anime.

But the episode isn’t going to start right there, we are going to start with an important little tidbit to the story. That morning the Elite of the Scouting Regiment just so happened to have left for maneuvers. COINCIDENCE?! I wonder.

We’re coming back to Levi, one of the commanders in the Scout Regiment (which, also has a 30% death rate, if you’re crazy enough to join them.)

Levi is….well, Levi. One badass midget mofo with a serious dislike of being dirty. (OCD?)

You want to know how badass the Scout Regiment is? Badass enough to be shouting insults at a Titan WHILE IT’S EATING HIM. Lo’ here comes Levi to save the day, sort of – the soldier dies anyway but it’s a good intro for the badass-ness of Levi.

Here’s the other character we will being seeing a lot of pretty soon: Hanji. She’s badass AND batshit crazy.

Fun mix.

Commander Erwin realizes something is up, as the Titans are all of a sudden heading towards Trost and says, let’s skedaddle.

This seems like a good time for a slight flashback. Eren. Eren as he is being eaten. Eren inside a Titan’s ‘stomach’ giving a whole new meaning to the word ‘nightmare’ as he is being digested (kind of) alive, surrounded by the dead and dying corpses of his comrades.

Yow.

Eren is understandably in shock and denial. It’s a suckey way to die.

Here’s where the full Shounen factor kicks in though. Eren is dying, seeing the image of his mother before him and HERE COMES THE RAGE.

ONLY in Shounen would the Power of Rage allow the protagonist to transform into a rage beast of amazing destructive power.

I think I’m going to start calling him Crazy Pants.

Thus Eren’s rage beast is born in the form of a Titan. How? Why? When? What? Who the hell knows, he’s a Titan now and full of RAAAGEEEE!!!!

We know how that ends; he kicks ten kinds of shit out of the invading Titans of Trost and pops out of his Titan body like a demented daisy.

We end this little flash back with Eren still in a dream state as he murmurs almost lovingly that he’s going to ‘kill them all’.

Now fully awake he sees he is not alone; Armin is holding him up with a freaked out expression, having no idea what Eren is talking about. They are completely surrounded by terrified soldiers and one commander.

Oh dear, this looks bad. How do you explain something like Eren?

And - oh crap, see the commander threatened Eren and that pisses Mikasa off. Bad move, commander.

Mikasa is ready to rend some limbs herself as Eren is freaking out about being a Titan – he doesn’t remember how it happened (convenient plot point)

Again, he has a flashback with his father screaming, THE BAAASEEMMEEENT, GET TO THE BASEMEEENNTT!!

Jackass commander orders the canons on the Trio and OH CRAP, Eren better act quick!

POOOWERRR……UP!!!

Eren pops out half his Titan form and stops the canon ball.

Maybe I should start calling him….Freaky Pants?

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