Monday, September 8, 2014

Attack on Titan Episode 13 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 13 Recap: Primal Desire/Attack on Trost Part 9

Take a deep breath, WE ARE ALMOST DONE with this Attack on Trost plot that’s been stretched out waaaay too long.

OKAY. So, finally, Eren got over his Plot Device emo moment of WHAT IS MY PURPOSE IN THIS ANIME and got off his ass to plug the Titan hole

And, incidentally, I should add that there may be some upsetting screen caps in this recap, along with material that may be squicky gross to some viewers, so beware.

Eren the Rage Beast is back oh, and Jean got trapped in a house by a Titan when his gear inconveniently broke down (you would seriously think that they would have designed the gear a little better than that – if it breaks down on a whim, or when the plot demands it, the character is going to get eaten)

The Trost retake isn’t going so well; everybody is, well, being eaten.

But Jean’s a main character, almost as main as the Trio so it’s unlikely that anything is going to happen to him and this whole OH NOES MY GEAR BROKE DOWN is another plot device to stretch out the episode.

And what do you know – there’s some ridiculous WILL THEY WON’T THEY escapades with Jean and his comrades (Annie, Connie, Marco) and they prance around distracting the Titans aaaaand-

YUP. Jean is safe, do not worry.

But wait! What’s that sound!? IT’S EREN, carrying the largest boulder in creation over his shoulder!

Yay, GO EREN GO!!

Most emotional hole plugging ever.

Armin goes to pull Eren out of his Titan body and OH NO – the Titans are going to EAT them but-

No, Levi makes the most dramatic entrance EVER. Seriously, all he needed to complete his entrance was swirling rose petals and a mask.

Time for a voice-over. For the first time in centuries humanity has won against the Titans (by using a Titan, which is Eren in Titan form and….yeah..)

The voice-over lady says that even though they won, the casualties were too numerous to make them happy (which, kind of confused me because it said something like 207 soldiers were eaten/killed but I was thinking well, fuck, WW1 had goddamned MILLIONS of casualties – 207 is a cake walk. Maybe because there are so few of humanity left?)

So to wrap this up the Elite Scouting troop (Levi and Co.) made their way back to help slaughter the Titans left in the city and they managed to capture TWO Titans alive.

By pinning them into the ground like insects.

Now comes the terrible part (even more terrible?) of being a soldier – cleanup.

Here we learn that Titans don’t ‘eat’ humans, they just sort of gnaw on them, swallow them until they can’t hold any more then vomit them back up in a great big disgusting ball of body parts.

Ew.

Jean is one of those unlucky bastards given the duty of cleaning up the bodies before disease spreads, when-

Shit. HOLY SHIT. Is that…MARCO? WHEN THE HELL DID MARCO DIE?!

Jean is just as shocked and horrified – the last we had seen Marco was him alive and well and gearing up to be one of the Main characters and now –

Nope, dead as a dodo.

So what happened to the Trio in the three days since the end of Attack on Trost?

Well, Eren has been taken into Military Police custody and has been chained to a bed in a cell during his recovery as being a Titan (which is apparently exhausting)

He wakes up in chains with Commander Erwin and Levi staring at him. Not the best way to wake up in the morning.

News has spread of his…condition, and now the higher ups need to decide what to do with him. A Titan is an incredible source of power – what if Eren decides to rampage against them?

Erwin takes out Eren’s key and says the key (HA!) to understanding EVERYTHING is in Eren’s basement.

The new goal is to retake wall Maria and get to Eren’s basement.

He then asks Eren what does he want to do?

Hoooo-boy. Eren thinks back on his purpose in life and get’s the Crazy Eyes going. What does he want to do? Why, join the Scouting Legion and

KILL ALL TITAANNNSSSS!!!

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