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,


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.

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