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.

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