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.

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