Monday, September 1, 2014

Attack on Titan Episode 12 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 12 Recap: Flaw/Attack on Trost Part 8

So Eren is a Titan. Eren as a Titan can’t control himself so well. Hmmm, I’m just coming to realize (after watching AoT through a second or third time) that a great deal of the first season is a thin plot stretched out over too many episodes. At least, this whole Trio cadet/will they survive the attack on Trost arc is stretched out with a lot of unnecessary dialogue and action.

Sigh.

Okay. Continuing the Eren as a Titan will plug the Bad Things hole and save humanity suuuuper long arc.

As you may recall he took a swing at Mikasa who narrowly misses getting killed. She dodges a second time, wondering what the hell is going on with him and gets right up on his face to try and talk sense into him.

Ha. That works as well as you would think; it DOESN’T and the idiot smacks himself in the face, setting himself down on the ground where he doesn’t get up. Plan Save Humanity ain’t working out so well.

The Elite squad realizes that this may be hopeless and fires off the red signal gun, calling it off.

Pixis says OH HELL NO GET YOUR ASSES BACK IN THERE and the Elite squad decide to believe in Mikasa (after she gives them the Death Glare for talking openly about abandoning Eren) and take off to cover her while she tries to figure out how to get Eren’s ten ton ass off the ground and back into battle.

Oh dear, dissent in the ranks – the Elite realize that too many soldiers have already died, and more still are being squashed like ants while Eren gets his ass in gear (which he may or may not do).

He also represents a rare chance; he is a Titan that is on their side (sort of). They will never get such a chance again, and therefore its worth the sacrifice to get him enough time to plug the hole to take back Trost.

Plan Save Humanity is a go.

I had an extreme moment of WTF in one of these scenes. The Elite commander says, firstly, that he’s scared shitless of Mikasa (smart man) and secondly they are going to buy her time to save her ‘boyfriend’, in which she blushes and corrects him saying that he is family.

I…don’t know what to feel about this, having already gone over Mikasa’s fragile emotional state. I really can’t imagine ANY romantic intentions between the two. He is more a representation for her, a blanket of safety, than a romantic interest so I’m not sure…

Was that in the manga?

I feel the effects of Y.A. in this episode. Meaning EVERY SINGLE TIME there is a male and female within the narrative THEY MUST END UP TOGETHER. No matter what. A tried and true trope that’s almost as overused as the rape trope.

Alright, anyway - Armin is off to join the fray!

What IS going on with Eren. He seems to be stuck in, or is retreating into an imaginary world where his family is still together and his life was never broken (we’re just going to ignore for the moment that he murdered two fully grown men by hacking at them to death).

He’s been slumped in his Titan form on the ground for a while now when Armin catches up to them both and tells Mikasa that he’ll handle this.

They are soon going to be overrun by other Titans and EVERYBODY will die, if Eren doesn’t get off his giant ass soon.

In a moment of desperation Armin stabs through the back of the Titan form and pierces Eren’s arm, kind of waking him up out of his stupor.

Armin then tries to proceed to get him to move even though Eren is being a dumbass inside a Titan’s body.

FINALLY, Armin uses the I WANT TO GO OUTSIDE THESE DAMN WALLS, DON’T YOU!?! Speech and Eren goes OH YEAH, we totes wanted to have a beach day!

Ta daah! Eren has found his rage again aaaand you’ll have to wait till the next episode for the conclusion of this seriously drawn out WILL THEY/WON’T THEY PLUG THE TITAN HOLE.

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