Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Anime Review: Rage of Bahamut: Genesis

I have possibly found one of the greatest anime of the 2014 Fall: Rage of Bahamut: Genesis.

I don't know anything about the background of this anime, I actually think it was a game at first, but I'm not certain. All I know is from episode one I was hooked.

This is kind of a typical Swords n' Sorcery fantasy type world but the animation, the characters and the swift and exciting plot all make it a very interesting show.

Mistarcia is our magical land, a place filled with demons and gods, magic and beasts and the humans who try to live in between all the crazy. Our main protagonist is Favaro - a Rogue type of character whom, after four episodes, we have just learned a little bit more of his background.

His father was some kind of Robin-hood/bandit king who was charasmatic and ended up betrayed at the hands of one of his own men and a demon and died tragically (and with great amounts of blood, one assumes.)

Favaro is actually really interesting. He's kind of an anti-hero; he's selfish, not serious (mostly) he does what he wants, he spends all his earnings on alcohol and fun times and he's very fast on his feet, and quick in the mind.

He is currently a bounty hunter of the demon beasts that plague human-kind and is on the run from childhood friend turned enemy, Kaisar.

Kaisar is the opposite of Favaro - he came from a rich, noble family of knights that were betrayed by the same demon who killed Favaro's father, both boys having ended up losing both fathers.

Kaisar is then forced into being a bounty hunter to just get by and he blames all his misfortunes on Favaro, thus creating a hilarious I WILL CHASE YOU TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH kind of dynamic between the two.

While Favaro is very smart and quick on his feet, Kaisar is...well, kind of a naive big dumb lug who is very compassionate and tender hearted but seriously, not the sharpest knife in the box.

Our third main character is the mysterious Amira, who appeared quite literally out of thin air.

I, actually, really like her character. She is a magical being, whether or not a Demon or God we don't know. She has a demon-esque form that is insanely powerful but white magic doesn't touch her (in fact, she said it just 'tickled')

She eats like she has a bottomless pit of a stomach and has roped Favaro into being her guide to a place called Helhiem. Actually a drunk Favaro was boasting about having been there (he hasn't) and she overheard him and put him into a magical contract complete with tail. I do like it when she smacks Favaro for being an idiot.

And of course, what would our love triangle be without Kaisar falling head over heels in love with her? Though, to date, so far Favaro doesn't seem to have any romantic inclinations towards her, being for the second episode he was doing his damndest to kill her to get rid of his tail.

There isn't much more to say about the series. It's tight plot, amazing graphics, zombies, demons, fish-people galore and wonderful comedic moments make it well worth watching. So go watch it.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Attack on Titan Episode 19 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 19: Bite/The 57th Expedition Part 3

The last episode left us off with a bit a nail-biter. Our Levi Squad is riding flat out to keep ahead of the fifty foot woman who's intent on Eren for Reasons Unknown.

The Squad is reasonably concerned and screaming at Levi for instruction when he says cover your ears and fires off an accoustic round. A signal of some sort?

That more or less calms everybody down; I guess when you're momentarily deaf the terror of being flattened beneath a size 106 lessons the fear somewhat. Levi lets his badass self shine through while he berates everyone for losing their heads, and nearly disobeying direct orders that came from Commander Erwin.

Eren's Rage Beast is showing as soldier after soldier is squashed like an afterthought by the Female Titan then he remembers-! He IS a Titan.

Hey, WHY NOT TRANSFORM AND FIGHT?! Brilliant plan, Eren, I'm sure nothing can go wrong with that.

Levi-squad comes down hard on him. His comrades are screaming at him to stop and Levi says do it if you think you have to but think about what you are putting your faith in. Do you trust yourself enough to take on the Female Titan and not regret the consequences or will you put your faith in the experience and judgement of the Elite of the Survey Corps?

Whatcha gonna do?? Put the hand down, son.

Aw, Eren is getting full blast Petra Eyes - all doe-y and pleading and this is an excellent time for a flashback.

Some month(s) previous the Levi-Squad is doing Getting to Know You exercises and trying to figure out how the hell Eren even works. Creeper Hanji is being Creepy (and wonderful and weird and damn I love that woman). Levi and Hanji figure if they stick Eren in a dry well and he transforms maybe being planted sixty feet in the ground will slow him down enough for Levi and and Hanji to figure out how to take him down without too much harm to Eren. So they send off the signal for him to transform and wait.

And wait.

aaaaaaand wait.

Nothing. What happened!? Levi says they're going to be screwed if Eren suddenly loses the power to transform.

It's a somber tea break as the group sits around the picnic table having their lunch. Eren's hands are still messed up from the harm he inflicted on himself in an effort transform. It makes him clumsy and he drops the spoon he was using to stir his drink. Reaching over to pick it up - BOOM!

NOW he transforms, scaring the ever loving shit out of his comrades.

Eren has partially transformed - the arm a giant has popped out of himself. Nearly unhinged by the sudden and unplanned change Eren calls out to his commander who stands before him saying 'calm down'

Except, it ain't Eren he's talking to. The Levi-squad is bristling like a cat confronted with water. They are ready to take him out.

Hanji is ecstatic and completely unhinged with the transformation and begs Eren to let her touch his arm - as it turns out it's scalding hot.

It's complete chaos for the next few moments; everyone is screaming at Eren and Levi is telling everybody to seriously, CALM DOWN, and Hanji drooling, and it looks like someone is going to lose an eye or something when Eren screams,

WOULD YOU KINDLY SHUT THE FUCK UP, PLEASE!!

He takes advantage of the momentary stunned silence to pull his arm out of the Titan form - letting it dissolve back to nothing (to Hanji's immense disappointment)

Later, as the higher ups are deliberating the incident, Eren realizes just how much little trust the squad had for him, and how terrified they were.

Well, DUH, says Levi.

Eren could easily wipe them all out, and they know it. It's a strange relationship of prisoner/protector.

Hanji summons them and we find out a little more about Titan powers. Eren could not transform earlier because he didn't have a clear motive. Protect his friends. Stop the canon ball. Pick up spoon.

Aaand, knowing Eren didn't do it on purpose let's the rest of the squad be at ease. Everybody is friends again.

Back in the present, Eren is still deliberating whether or not to transform.

He decides, finally, to put his faith into the Levi-Squad and they ride valiantly forth. Who knows for how long because the Female Titan GETS EVEN FASTER and is going after them like an Olympic runner. They are going to be flattened until-

awwwwww, yea TRAP!!

That sneaky Erwin was planning on taking a live captive this entire time.

Metal line after metal line is shot into and wrapped around the Female Titan until she can't budge an inch. Notice, though, that in a split second she has covered the nape of her neck. Whoever this is, she is DAMN good.

Things aren't looking so good the for Female Titan.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Convention

errrr, no I haven't forgotten about Watership Down but I have hit a sort of wall reading the damn thing PLUS three day anime convention where I have a table. I'll see if I have the energy to get to it tonight.

Edit: 8:19pm

Sweet God, I forgot how much energy these things take. I feel like a wet noodle. Tomorrow and Sunday are the same hours, if not more. There really is something about being put into a giant room with noise and crowds and people that just...drains me after so many hours. Can't do it, nope. This is all for the glory of anime figures. Basically what profits I make go towards buying shiny things.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Book Review: The Elvenbane by Mercedes Lackey

Since we are on a Mercedes Lackey kick let me introduce another fine series: The Halfblood Chronicles, with the first book titled The Elvenbane.

The series was written between Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey and sadly, before the last book was done Andre Norton passed away (another extraordinary lady fantasy author who had a prolific and amazing career. If you don't know her name you've been living under a rock) so I think the series remains unfinished, which hurts me deep.

What I love about this series is that it takes all the classic hallmarks of fantasy - elves, magic, swords, sorcery, dragons and intrigue, and manages to make it an amazing, involved and enjoyable read. These are staples of fantasy, and they have been used to the point of ad nauseam BUT put into the hands of two masters they rearrange overused tropes (vampires*cough*vampires*for example) to make an amazing story.

So! The story.

The human world, long ago, was invaded by elves. Not your sweet, nature loving, flower arranging elves but the ones with power, lust and subjugation. Humans didn't stand a chance and here we are hundreds if not thousands of years later with the humans firmly under their thumb, a well established hierarchy according to magic power, assassination and intrigue a plenty and a rebellion brewing in the wings. See, the elves didn't realize that this world ALSO had dragons, who are like caretakers of the earth and never really involved themselves in the struggle. They felt pity for the humans and helped in little ways, but mostly stayed in the harsh deserts, far away from the greedy elves and their political murderous plots for power.

Now things are changing. The elves are a little TOO powerful. And the humans (the free ones who managed to escape) are getting a little tired of being hounded. Humans have magic of their own, different from elves. Breed an elf and a human together and DAMN you have a halfbreed - best of both magic worlds and crazy powerful.

One such creature is born to Serina Daeth, a former favored concubine of one of the most powerful elven lords in the kingdom. Serina doesn't survive the birth but the tiny squalling child is taken in by a dragon, who realizes the potential of the babe. She may be able to fulfill a prophecy the dragon's have been spreading for hundreds of years: The ElvenBane. A halfbreed with the power to topple the elves.

NOW it gets fun.

Shana is the Elvenbane (actually, she reminds me a whole lot of Korra from the Legend of Korra), raised by dragons, thrown into the world of slavery and elves, and the key in the uprising against the Elven Lords.

And that's just book one.

What I really love about the series is how different each book is. The first is an introduction to the Elves and the misery of their human slaves. Its pretty black and white - humans are suffering horribly and they need a champion. But then you get into the second and third books where the narrative isn't just Shana's anymore.

You have a homely wall flower elven maiden and her secret halfblood brother who have to run from their lordly father to survive. The humans aren't the only ones subjugated; most of the elven women are held pretty firmly in a cage of tradition that mostly limits them.

You have the strong tribal wanderers who will become a powerful ally to Shana and her growing diverse following.

You have elven families who sympathize with humans and take them in to care for them, under a very real threat of annihilation.

You also have the extreme friction between the halfblood humans and the regular ol' humans.

Aaaand by the third book we are thiiis close to toppling the elves when...sigh. No more books. There's really too much to get into and all I can say is read the damn things.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Attack on Titan Episode 18 Recap

((Some minor notes. For a while I've been torn between which passions to follow. I really love making art. I really love writing. Apparently I'm shit at doing both at the same time and it just ends up with me being a frustrated mess that hasn't really accomplished anything. So I'm going to try something new. For November I am going to devote myself solely to writing for the entire month. Nothing but. I'm going to do the NanoWriMo challenge. I have two short fictions and one novel that need to get FINISHED. I have a crap ton of things for this website that need to get done. They aren't getting done because I feel like my attention is schizophrenic. I'm going to open up my tumblr account for anybody who wants to see the mad, mad process of writing - plus there is a lot of randomness and sometimes naughty pictures.

I'm going to see what I can do about exposure and adding more article type things on this blog. Self PR is the worst, and admittedly I am the worst at it. I can't self-promote worth shit. This week is the convention, which is why this is super late today - I spent most of the day packing and pricing. I guess I could always write about that experience, though one con is much like the other. Also, still have computer virus issues and my laptop is still dead.))

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 18: Forest of Giant Trees/ The 57th Expedition Part 2

Strap on your safety belts, kiddies, we're going for a ride.

The Scouting Corps is scouting outside of Trost going on 'maneuvers' Erwin calls it, while the ranks are decimated by the most terrifying Titan they have ever come across: the Female Titan. Ugh. Terrible naming skills. Why not Avatar of Doom, or Giant Squasher of Military Insects?

Well, the Female Titan is all up in their grill, what with the annihilation and destruction of everybody who gets in her way. Except for Armin, apparently. Jean Reiner and Armin have just (barely) survived a Giant Female attack and are now more or less stranded in open land. Bad news, there is no defense against a Titan in open land. Jean whistles desperately for his horse, but there is no reply.

The lads are now contemplating who gets to stay behind but! there's Krista, arriving like a miracle on high, with TWO horses in tow. None of our Mains are going to get eaten any time soon.

Despite some severe casualty losses it appears the plan is going proceed. All ranks except for the middle column are told to keep heading to the forest, and eventually surround the perimeter. Eren's group is told to head straight into the Gloomy Overgrown Hugeass Forest of DOOOOM.

If it wasn't super apparent to everyone sneaky Erwin is plotting something.

Eren worries about the fate of his friends while the Female Titan is in full swing, DECIMATING the ranks. She is doing things that defy everything anybody knows about Titans. With three soldiers attached and attempting to attack she JUMPS into the air, dragging them along like naughty dogs on a leash. It does not end well for them.

Also, can we add how wonderfully terrifying she is? She's a killing machine.

Done with the slaughter she punt-kicks the squad leader into the sunset and continues on her way.

The soldiers are not happy with the new orders; it's defying everything they have been told about this mission. It was supposed to be a recon for the newbies and to get a general scope of the Titans but now, they are standing guard over the entrance of the forest with orders to keep all Titans out. Hmmm, almost like a.... trap??

Jean realizes that Armin is mulling something over and asks him what he thinks. In his head Armin is realizing that the objective of this whole mission was to use Eren like bait to lure out whoever was conspiring against them. Which means an attempt to capture the Female Titan.

hoooooot diggity that's gonna be fun.

Shout-out to Titan design, which is HI-larious on occasion.

Badass Levi is being badass which is hilarious because even he doesn't know what the hell Erwin is thinking. BUT it goes to show how much trust he has in the commander as he follows orders anyhow.

Very quickly Titans pop up in a moaning group of horror, clawing at the bottom of the tree trunks for braaaaaaaiins squishy human soldiers.

Eren-tachi rides on, full speed not knowing when to expect when- BOOM!! FEMALE TITAN IN YO FACE!!

She comes after them even faster than before, with terrifying speed. She casually swats a couple of soldiers into eternal oblivion and aaaalmost catches Eren. Levi-squad rides madly on screaming at their leader for instructions, but Levi ignores it.

Creepy Female Titan is being creepy and Levi pulls out a flare gun with the warning to cover their ears.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT?? (No, really, it's been so long that I've seen this episode that I've forgotten what happens.) Well, till next week then.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ok

Computer is... kind of working. Having someone come over today to take a look. Laptop is totally shot; I'll have to wipe the harddrive. I only had all my writing on it and the last four years of my life. Well, I found something wonderful:

For anybody who loves Fallout take a look.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Both computer and laptop have viruses and have crashed. Wiping it clean tomorrow, got most of my work off. Do you think I'm cursed?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Book Review: The Fairy Godmother (A Tale of Five Hundred Kingdoms) by Mercedes Lackey

I know most people my age discovered the splendor that is Mercedes Lackey in high school so I’m a bit late to the party; I didn’t read her books until I got a box full of sci-fi and fantasy at a bargain bin and her Herald series happened to be in it, in my twenties.

The Fairy Godmother is the first book of the Five Hundred Kingdoms series and is really a fresh look at classic fairytales.

We begin with the overworked and downtrodden Elena, our Cinder Soot, who is at the ripe old age of 21 and not married. She dresses in rags, eats scraps, is wise beyond her years and is waiting for something, anything to happen.

That something isn’t what you’d think it is; her prince isn’t going to show up. See, in this world, when a something like a tale begins as with Ella MAGIC happens. It swirls around the person, building, building until it makes something happen or…

Or you become a Fairy Godmother.

Elena’s prince is currently three years old so she’s out of luck in that department BUT the local fairy godmother is looking for an apprentice.

Thus begins Elena’s new life as a clever young godmother.

I have, by this point, read shall we say a butt ton of Mercedes Lackey’s books. Most are superb, I’d recommend her any time but sometimes I get the feeling that because she is such an established and prolific author that she goes ‘eh, fuck it’ and writes a story completely different from what we’re used to.

Some of those books I love, and some of those books I put down very gently and ask, ‘what the hell did I just read?’

Thankfully, this is not one of those books.

This has the hallmarks of what makes a book really work; everything is clearly written, there is no problem putting yourself in this world, or understanding and loving the characters within. Elena is a compassionate hard working and clever character who doesn’t wilt under duress.

This is a fun read. The world of the Five Hundred Kingdoms is a wonderful fantasy world and Mercedes Lackey take on classic fairy tales, delivering an almost back-stage look on how the Narrative works, and how it doesn’t always work for you. It wants an ending, any ending even if terrible things happen.

The magic system is interesting in that it revolves around stories. Ha, stories within stories within stories.

Definitely aimed more towards a female crowd but honestly, I think anyone can enjoy this book.

I can’t remember how many were in the series currently, there may be three books.

Also, for fans of Mercedes Lackey – did the Dragonborn Halfblood Chronicles (sorry about that) series ever get finished? I know Andre Norton died before they could finish but… that was one of my most favorite books series I’ve ever read. Hm. I think I should review that one next; it was pretty gritty and amazing. Something everyone could enjoy, I think

Monday, October 13, 2014

Attack on Titan Episode 17 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 17: Female Titan/The 57th Expedition

(I hope all you readers out there appreciate bloggers and writers because let me tell you – it takes effort to take time out life to get this shit written out. I’m just realizing HOW difficult it can be when in one week your brother throws a surprise wedding at you – I’m in Nevada, so this can be done with relative ease- and the next day you get pulled over by a cop for forgetting to register your vehicle, which ran me up towards four hundred dollars (also the DMV admitted to ‘losing’ the postcards they send out as a reminder so YAY), and throw con season on top of it all and I don’t get to write as often an I would like. APPRECIATE ME, DAMMIT I HAD A BAD WEEK.)

Ahhh, now we’re getting to the good stuff. I have to admit there is a lull in the AoT arc where you’re just cooling your heels with minor movement with the plot and as morbid as it sounds you find yourself asking WHEN IS SOMEONE GOING TO GET EATEN??

Well, wait no longer – we’re in for a ride with this episode.

Our Mains have foolishly or not decided on the crazy-ass path of Scouting Corps – where everybody dies, more often! Despite witnessing how hilariously and hopelessly outclassed they are concerning the Titans.

Such is Eren’s allure?

Well the Expedition is expediating (totes made that up, roll with it) and when you leave the safety of the walls you can see how beautiful this world is. Tree and cloud porn!

Or perhaps, how beautiful the world is without humanity? Food for thought.

In the open, without buildings to use the 3D gear with, the soldiers are at a distinct disadvantage. The land is flat and the trees don’t provide enough cover to fight effectively against beings that are regularly 14 meters tall (that’s 45 feet, Americans. INSANE).

So they must be on horseback, as that is the only way they can outrun a Titan. To communicate they have set up a system using flare guns – to warn against incoming Titans, to signal that it’s clear, or to retreat and also to avoid them entirely.

The perspective switches a few times but mostly we are with Armin in this episode, as he travels with one of the Scouting commanders they come across a Variant Titan – a Titan with weird and unusual abilities.

They down the bastard and ride on assuming that it’s the last of them but what’s this!?

In the distance, gaining speed – a FEMALE TITAN

She’s on them like a tick on a bloodhound’s ass, DAMN she’s fast! Armin gets his flare off but-

His fellow officer’s blade just shatters on her neck and it’s the end for him. SHE’S COMING FOR YOUUUU!!!

Run, Armin, RUN!!

From the intensity of the attack, and the incredible speed she mowed them down with Armin realizes something is up with this Titan. Its movements are too controlled, focused. It didn’t even bother to gnaw on his comrade, just slammed him into the ground. This means there is intelligence behind her actions. We have found another person like Eren – someone who can change, willfully, into a Titan and keep their awareness. That’s…..exceptionally bad news. Armin is easily overpowered and awaits death BUT!

The Female Titan merely pulls back his hood, which fell over his head as he was knocked from his horse. She looks at his face, stands, and leaves.

What does that mean!? Where are the reinforcements?!

Being decimated, apparently.

To further any proof that the Female Titan has intelligence behind her actions she LED Titans into the Scouting Corps squad – completely wiping them out as she continues her search for..??

Armin is met up with Jean and Reiner and he shares his theory on the Titan. He also correctly surmises that it’s after Eren. Comparing notes, they realize they have each been given false information about where Eren is in the company.

However, Armin, smart little bugger that he is, also guesses that the strongest position, therefore the safest position, would be in the middle rear.

Jean says if they don’t keep her distracted she’ll wipe out the entire squadron. This should be interesting.

It goes about as well as you think it would – Jean nearly meets his end and Reiner is caught like a tiny squishy bug but-!

Using his overwhelming strength, takes the Female Titans fingers off and escapes, just barely.

But the Female Titan takes off again, this time in a different direction.

Armin realizes to his horror that it’s heading towards where he surmised Eren to be.

Hmmm, something fishy is going on here.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

In other news

Life has decided to be crazy again. My brother brought his girlfriend to meet us (the family) on Friday. I met her personally on Monday, and then he announced they are getting married on Wednesday (today). So I'm afraid reviews are, again, going to have to wait until maybe later or tomorrow. But I have some updates on the Hero of Bowerstone:

Chapter Fourteen: Dirty Dealings

Chapter Fifteen: The Bandit Coast.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Attack on Titan Episode 16 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 16 Recap: What Should I Do Now?/ Eve of Counteroffensive Part 3

Last time we had a nice little episode introducing the Levi Squad, a recap on how Titans work, and an introduction to Hanji’s scientific work which would have had a major breakthrough if the caught Titans had not been killed by an unknown assailant.

Now we begin this episode with an investigation of the 3D gear the soldiers use, which apparently will tell whether or not it was used the night of the murders? Can we take a moment of ironic appreciation that the soldiers are under suspicion of murdering a Titan ?

Thank you.

However along with the investigation now is the time for the cadets to choose which branch they will be going into. Given all that’s happened, all that they’ve seen it almost seems obvious that they will steer clear of the Scouting Branch, as that particular branch deals almost exclusively with Titans on a daily basis and has the highest risk factor.

The terror of the Titans is still fresh in their minds our Mains are having second thoughts.

This is a good Jean episode as well; he started out as a self-centered, arrogant brash young man who wanted an easy life with the Military Police. After everything he’s been through, all the things he’s seen and the friends he has lost, Jean is having a change of heart.

He’s decided to join the Scouting Legion and place his bets on Eren, though I’m sure it galls him to do so.

We also have a really sweet Armin and Annie moment as she backhandedly gives him a compliment of ‘you’re weak but you are brave’.

Armin, poor sweet stupid Armin, says that Annie has a soft squishy side underneath that hard exterior after all. Annie will NOT be joining the Scouting Legion. Erwin drops by to give a speech to the graduating cadets and doesn’t sugar coat it. Basically he boils it down to

YOU’RE ALL GONNA DIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEE -Oh, and Eren’s basement holds the key to salvation.

Interesting speech. Our smarty pants Armin realizes that Erwin is up to something, revealing sensitive information like that. Ohhhh, intrigue.

Erwin continues to lay out details in the plan to take back Wall Maria. Since the attack on Trost has destroyed the main gate and pathways carved out by the Scouting Legion they will now have to take a longer, more dangerous and new path to Wall Maria. He ends his speech with

YOU’RE ALL GONNA DIIIIEEEEE. So please join the Scouting Legion Today!

All who remain in the audience will be those who join the Scouting Corps. You can imagine that there is a veritable stampede as the majority of the newly trained scouts head for the exit. Who do you suppose remains?

Why our Mains, of course – minus Annie. All of them struggle terribly with the terror of the Titans, and the experience of the last few days. To choose to stay is extraordinary, a true mark of amazing courage. To join the Scout Corps is almost a guaranteed death sentence.

So our Mains begin their life under the Scouting Regiment which is…kind of boring so far.

Uh oh, rando character with vague doughy character design? I think we just found a red shirt. After all, it’s been AGES since someone has been eaten by a Titan, I’m sure within the next episode or two we’ll be knee high in gore again.

So the Mains prepare for scouting expedition, while Eren also prepares, as it’s all about Eren. Basically. Eren turning into a Titan, Eren’s basement. Eren Eren Eren.

Aw, class reunion – Eren meets up with the Mains again and Jean asks some pretty important questions like,

‘Is Eren worth dying for, because that’s exactly what we are doing.’

Pretty good question, considering. Also considering the fact that the last time Eren transformed he tried to swat Mikasa like a bug. Doesn’t inspire a lot of trust, you understand.

Well, let’s end this episode with an intense Erwin calling out the Scouting Corps expedition to EXPEDIATE . FORWARD TO GLORY.