OMG! OMG! OMG!!! HYPE! HYPE! HYPE SUPER HYPE!!! DOUBLE SUPER HYPE!!! IT’S FINALLY HERE! AGAIN! We’ve been waiting for this like forever! I don’t know why they did this by breaking up the third season into 2 parts and taking a cour’s break. Did they think we can’t handle the shocking truth and sheer awesomeness and we will die before the series reaches its conclusion? Don’t underestimate us! Because of that, just to be clear, Shingeki No Kyojin S3 part 2 is actually the second part of the third season and hence making it the fourth instalment of the TV series overall. Confusing? Nah. They did that with Shokugeki No Souma’s third season so I’m not surprised. But we’re not talking about cooking food here. We’re talking about Titans eating humans as food! GAWR!!!

Episode 50
Our usual gang is taking Eren to Shiganshina. They stumble into a Titan but thank goodness it is motionless thanks to the moonless night. Eren realizes his hands are shaking. You scared? You might not want to admit but everyone is too. Will this mission be a success or failure? Once they reach Shiganshina, everyone takes off to their positions. As Erwin narrates, everyone is wearing hoods because they do not know if there is an enemy in the midst so this is to also help conceal the real Eren and avoid him being directly targeted. Once everything is ready, Eren transforms into a Titan to plug the outer Wall Maria. Success. The world is completely sealed up. If something feels off because it’s too easy, damn right it is because Armin has done some investigating and realizes someone has been camping nearby. There could be at least 3 enemies and they might have seen them coming while camping on the wall. Erwin is impressed with his thinking and makes him in charge. Armin is awkward with this new chain of command but issues his first order to sniff out enemies. As he thinks and thinks and the soldiers could not locate them, he realizes the enemies could be hiding inside the wall and has the soldiers look for cavities near the wall. When one of them finally found a hole, Reiner pops out and kills this dude! Although Levi swiftly stabs his sword through his neck, Reiner didn’t die. He was a second quicker to activate his Titan power as he soon transforms into the Armoured Titan. This signals to all his other comrades outside. The Yeti Titan and all other Titans now surround the inner entrance of Shiganshina. Yeti Titan then throws a rock and seals off that inner entrance. Erwin realizes they want to prevent them from escaping via their horses.

Episode 51
Smaller Titans rush in to attack. But Erwin is puzzled. The enemies could have just killed the horses and wait until Survey Corps tire out and unable to fight back to capture Eren. Whatever their plans, Erwin’s goal now is to prevent their horses from being slaughtered. He orders Hange’s squad to take down the Armoured Titan and approves the use of Thunder Spears. Indeed Reiner’s goal is to kill the horses but seeing Eren running in the opposite direction, he knows this is a bait. However he is forced to take this bait because Eren might circle around and escape, thwarting their plans to capture him. Once that happens, they have no reason to stay back and fight. Eren and Reiner clash and the former has gotten and improved in his close quarter combat. So while Eren keeps Reiner busy, Hange has her team get ready the Thunder Spears. Flashback shows she used this powerful technology that was kept secret by the Military Police that gives them a fighting chance against the Armoured Titan. Once Eren has got Reiner in position, Hange and co drop in their first Thunder Spears. Their environment makes it advantageous for this to be used because the buildings can be used as anchor while using Thunder Spears that literally explodes upon contact. With Reiner in pain, the rest use their remaining Thunder Spears to finish him off.

Episode 52
Flashback shows when Eren first transformed into a Titan and plugged up the breach, Marco overheard Reiner and Bertolt’s plans. Though, he thought it was a joke. But then Reiner pinned him down and knew he was too clever to brush that off as a joke. He then forces reluctant Annie to remove his 3DMD to prove her warrior status. They then left devastated Marco to be eaten by a Titan. Oddly, Reiner’s split personality then made him go in shock upon seeing Marco getting devoured. Fast forward to moments before Erwin’s squad arrive at the wall. Reiner and Bertolt are talking to their boss, Zeke (the Yeti Titan) about recovering the Coordinate and ending this cursed history once and for all. Connie and Sasha crying over Reiner’s death? Wow. Must be real bros. But Reiner isn’t exactly dead. He manages to give a loud roar in which Yeti Titan throws a barrel over Shiganshina. This is where Bertolt is hidden. The plan is for him to transform into the Colossal Titan in mid-air. The explosion will cause all those around to perish. But the moment he sees Reiner, he goes down to him. His head might be blown off by Bertolt can tell he is still alive because using the Titan power, Reiner managed to transfer his consciousness to his nerves. Bertolt has made his resolve. He needs Reiner to just move a little. Armin wants to negotiate with Bertolt and even throws Annie’s name into it. But Bertolt knows this is just to buy time so the rest could kill Reiner for good (at this point, Reiner turned on his back, making it hard for the soldiers to kill him off). Bertolt mentions about their mission of capturing Eren and annihilation of all humans inside the walls. He doesn’t view his friends as evil but they will still have to die. Conversation ended with Mikasa trying to do a sneak attack on him but he got away. Then Bertolt goes into mid-air and transforms. The blast seems to have killed almost everyone in the squad except for our usual heroes. As the Colossal Titan, he is using debris of the buildings and raining them like projectiles. Armin’s plan is to retreat for now but when Jean points out Bertolt might set fire to the wall and make everyone stuck in between the fire and the Yeti Titan, Armin dreads the idea of defeating Bertolt right now.

Episode 53
Armin is so panic that he passes the leadership to Jean, believing he can make better judgment. Though quickly makes a decision to get near the river, he will still be counting on Armin to come up with the ultimate plan. Yeti Titan is now smashing rocks into smaller ones and throwing them. This takes out many of the soldiers. Almost everyone is wiped out except for Erwin, Levi and the new recruits. They are forced to take refuge at houses near the wall but at this rate, Yeti Titan will flatten all the houses and there will be no place left to hide. Bertolt is moving closer to the wall. Jean has Eren to distract him but Bertolt ignores him. In a desperate move, Eren tries to stop his feet but is easily kicked away like a football! The rest try to use Thunder Spears but it backfires as Bertolt releases his hot steam to deflect everything. Armin, how is that plan coming up? Nope? Ah sh*t. Reiner has fully been recovered too! Levi’s plan is for Erwin to wake up Eren, have him take as many people to escape. A demoralised soldier, Floch Forster then rants about the dream of becoming a hero but he realized too late when reality sinks in. They’re all going to die. Everything is for nothing. But Erwin has a plan that could have Levi take down Yeti Titan. He didn’t say it because it involves everyone else sacrificing their lives just to give him this chance. He will lead them to a suicide charge and so as to ‘convince’ the new recruits to die to him, he will lead the charge and die first. His only regret is not seeing what’s in the basement. So close yet so far. When Erwin is breaking down, you know sh*t has already hit the fan. Hence Levi has decided. Give up on your dreams and lead your men to death. In exchange he will slay the Yeti Titan. So we see Erwin giving one last ‘motivation’ speech for his soldiers to go out there and die. Sacrifice and meaning of lives, blah, blah, blah. You ready? Here we come! CHARGE!!! They fire their flares simultaneously so as to affect Yeti Titan’s aim. Meanwhile Levi goes around taking down the other giant Titans while what’s left of the Survey Corps acts as decoy.

Episode 54
Oh well. Erwin went down first. Now it’s a crazy charge to their deaths. Yeti Titan gets more and more angry each time he sees what’s left of the Survey Corps inch closer to their mindless death. Till there is none. By the time it’s over, he realizes the other Titans have fallen. Too late as Levi cuts everything up and pulls Zeke out. Levi hesitates to kill him because he is hoping for a single survivor to use that Titan transforming serum and eat this Yeti Titan to take his abilities. This causes a Titan to snatch Zeke away as Zeke orders the other Titans to kill Levi. Levi is only left with fury. His promise to Erwin… You Titans will pay! Ironically, Floch is the only survivor and unscathed… Armin has observed the Colossal Titan is getting thinner thanks to expending a lot of power. He now has a plan. He will wake up Eren. They will be enough take Bertolt down. The rest are to distract Reiner and keep him at bay. Reiner’s memories are still hazy. Mikasa and the rest have to cautiously use their limited Thunder Spears to take him out. The first part almost fails. Connie while nailing his Thunder Spear, Sasha misses and this also causes her to be wounded. Mikasa is carrying the last Thunder Spear. The goal to open Armoured Titan’s jaw has not succeeded. Time from Hange to return from being dead to plant her Thunder Spear and force open that jaw. Enough for Mikasa to blast her last one inside and send Reiner blowing out. Bertolt uses his steam to blow away Armin but he seems to be hanging on. His observations were right. Using his 3DMD to cling onto the Colossal Titan’s teeth that is the only part that isn’t affected by the thinning of the steam. Bertolt cannot understand why he is doing this. Eren is down and not moving and the rest are busy with Reiner. Armin hangs on until he is totally burnt and blown away. Bertolt then realizes that Eren Titan was just his hardening skin. Armin has bought enough time for Eren to get out as he slices Bertolt out of his Titan body. Sadly, Eren sees Armin’s charcoal corpse… Armin… NOOO!!!!!

Episode 55
No time for tears. Zeke arrives so Eren becomes defensive and threatens to kill Bertolt. Zeke claims Grisha has brainwashed him but will be back to save him another day since Levi is hot on his trail. Levi is out of gas and wants Eren to give his 3DMD. Then he hears Armin’s cough… Meanwhile Hange takes something from Reiner. A letter supposedly from Ymir to Historia. Because he won’t let them know what they want, Hange will kill him. Ironically Jean stops her. Why not use the serum and take his abilities? Hange cannot risk it so Jean argues how are they going to kill the enemy if they don’t know anything about them? Flashback shows Erwin explained to everyone about the serum. As it is the only one left, he left it in Levi’s care. Hange wants Mikasa to seek Levi and if for some reason she cannot get it, fire her flare. It will be her signal to kill Reiner. For the longest time we haven’t seen Mikasa this emotional as she sees Armin’s charred body. Eren arguing the need to use the serum on Armin to take Bertolt’s power. Mikasa fires the flare. Just then Zeke retrieves Reiner. Jean feels guilty it is his fault that led to this but Hange asserts the decision was hers. As Levi is about to give the serum to Eren, here comes Floch carrying Erwin on his back! Barely alive, he wants Levi to use the serum on their commander. Because Levi views Erwin as the one who has the highest chance to save humanity, it becomes a showdown between Erwin and Armin camp. Mikasa pins a weakened Levi down while Eren paints a picture of Armin being the brains and the one who got them out of all situations. Then Floch blows his top. They’re not the only victims. He relates how everyone else from the Survey Corps is dead from Yeti Titan’s baseball practice. When he returned, he noticed Erwin still breathing and wanted to kill him. Then he realized he shouldn’t let him go so easily and should suffer like them. That’s why he brought him to Levi. With Hange somehow managing to convince Mikasa to calm down because in that case there are hundreds of more comrades whom she wants to bring back alive, Levi has everyone clear the area as he will inject the serum into Erwin. Last ditch effort by Eren to talk about Armin’s dreams of the sea compared to his blinded hatred to kill all Titans just for revenge. No change of heart. As Levi prepares to do it, Erwin smacks his hand away. Levi thinks hard. In the end, we see a Titan Armin devouring a very scared Bertolt in his final moments. Levi’s reason to give the serum to Armin was his realization that it was everyone else who forced Erwin into a demon. He was finally freed but they almost brought him back for another round of hell. As Erwin kicks the bucket, the other friends pull a revived Armin out from his Titan shell.

Episode 56
Armin wakes and since his memories are still hazy, Levi has Eren explained all that has happened. Shocked at Erwin’s death and other developments, he too has the same thinking that Erwin should have been administered the serum. While it looks like Armin would be replacing Erwin as commander, it doesn’t mean he is Erwin’s substitute. Levi doesn’t want anybody regretting this decision and that’s an order. Now Levi, Hange, Eren and Mikasa head to Eren’s house. Walking through the abandoned streets, time to hit up the nostalgia. The moment of truth we’ve all been waiting for. What’s in the basement. The key… Doesn’t fit!!! Levi just kicks down the door! That was easy. You’d think Grisha would have given Eren the key to the lock of something flimsy, huh? So they search the basement but mostly are Grisha’s notes and medicines. Then Mikasa spots a keyhole in the drawer. This time the key fits. There are 3 journals that are very well preserved. Opening the first one, there is a photo of a family (note, photography is not known in this world, at least not to those living behind the walls). Behind the photo is a note claiming he is from a civilization outside the walls. Meanwhile news break that the Survey Corps have successfully retaken Wall Maria and the people erupt with joy as they prepare for the heroes’ return. We have a short glimpse of Grisha as a young boy living with his younger sister, Faye. They were curious about the airship so one day Grisha took her past the restricted zone to its landing strip.

Episode 57
The duo are caught by officers, Kruger and Gross. Because they don’t have exit permits from the Liberio Internment Zone, he gives them a choice of manual labour or punishment. Grisha chooses the latter and will also take it for Faye’s part. As Gross leads Faye away, Kruger beats him up and then lets him watch the airship. He came here for that, right? Next day, Faye’s body was found by the river. Gross and Kruger talked to Grisha’s parents and lecture them about raising their child right. Grisha is in shock because he knew the officers were lying as they were slacking off then. At that moment he started hating Gross and especially his father because he obeyed the authority’s words like a dog. Grisha’s dad then starts to indoctrinate him about the sins of their ancestors. 1820 years ago, Ymir Fritz made a pact with the devil and obtained the power of Titans. After her death, her soul split into 9 Titans who built the Eldia Empire. They then destroyed the Marley Empire just to rule over them and persecuted other races inferior to them. This went on until some Eldians conspire with the Marleyans to bring down Eldia from within. They managed to do so by stealing 7 of those Titans. The Eldian king retreated to an island known as Paradise Island and hid behind 3 walls he constructed with his people. The rest of the ancestors were abandoned on this mainland. But the generous Marleyans did not kill them. At this point, Grisha didn’t care all that BS because it’s a sin neither he and Faye committed. Father tells him it doesn’t matter. All they can do is live humbly in this zone and please don’t send them to Paradise Island. Grisha backs down and continued this mundane life, taking over his father’s medical practice. Until one day a guy comes to see him and has info about how Faye was killed (Gross let loose the dogs to devour her). These people are a small group of Eldian revolutionists and are planning to restore the old Eldia Empire. Grisha soon became the leader, even go so far as to decipher the real history how Ymir actually brought prosperity to all nations. The revolutionists also receive a boost with the joining of Dina Fritz, the last surviving member of the royal family. Grisha fell in love with her and they get married. Soon they have a son named Zeke.

The revolutionist has an informant working inside Marley only known as Owl and they discover that the Marley side also has plans to infiltrate Paradise Island as it is rich in minerals. However the then Eldian king warned if they do so, millions of Titans will be unleashed upon them. That is why the Marleyan government is selecting children in an experiment to become Titans to storm the island. Grisha realize they have only an option left. He is going to use Zeke and make him a double agent in Marley. Like father, like son. History repeats itself as Grisha indoctrinates Zeke. However this backfired as Zeke rats them out. The revolutionists are brought to Paradise Island. One of the guys is dropped and left running for his life while his other partners turned into Titans to chase after him. Grisha becomes dismayed when Dina is also turned into one. He is shocked that the deal was to let her free after he told everything he knows but I guess that didn’t happen. Making it worse, Kruger and Gross are here. More disgusting is how Gross mentions he is doing this because it is fun and shows no remorse in killing others. Especially Faye. Ah, nobody forgets that day. We take a short detour to see Eren and Mikasa dreaming this same dream in their insubordination cell. Back to the story, with Gross hoping for the complete annihilation of Eldia, Grisha thought this is the end for him but Kruger pushes Gross down and lets him get devoured by the Titan. Not so fun now, eh? Kruger then reveals himself as Owl. Why am I not surprised? Then he shows Grisha how to use the Titan power as he himself transforms into one and goes on a rampage.

Episode 58
Kruger explains more about himself. His full name is Eren Kruger and the bearer of one of the 9 Titans. In other words, a subject of Ymir. Kruger managed to infiltrate into Marley because of the help of a doctor fabricating his blood result. Grisha blames him for letting everyone else die but Kruger gives Grisha his final mission. He wants him eat him and take his Titan power to storm into the walls and steal the Founding Titan’s power. Kruger can’t do it himself because those who bear the Titan’s power only have 13 years to live. This is called Ymir’s Curse. Guess this is his final year. Kruger goes on further to explain his father was also part of the resistance but died without achieving anything since the Marleyans burnt him alive. Since then he vowed to get revenge on Marley and restore Eldia. However by doing so he has only sent many of his brethren to death just to keep his identity safe. More explanations on Ymir’s Curse that if a bearer dies without passing on the power, that power awakens within a baby among the Ymir subjects. In some way, all of Ymir’s subjects are connected. Eventually all those paths converge at a single coordinate: The Founding Titan. Thus all Ymir subjects are connected by the Coordinate. Grisha wonders why Kruger didn’t help Dina even though she is of royal blood. He couldn’t afford to let her fall into enemy hands. Because it would be messed up if she bears the child of the enemy nation. Grisha is now depressed and feeling all the guilt that he tries to give excuses he can’t do this final mission. Kruger tells him the reason why he chose Grisha is because he was the only one who went past the walls. Had he not taken Faye past the walls, he would have inherited his father’s medical practice and Faye might have grown up and bore children. However this is reality and the story he started ever since he went past that wall. The Titan power he is about to take has a name like with all the 9 Titans. This Titan moves forward and fights for freedom and is hence called, wait for it, Attack Titan AKA Shingeki No Kyojin! Roll credits!

Eren and Mikasa’s imprisonment has ended. They are taken to see Historia who will have an audience with the surviving members of Survey Corps. We see her reading a letter from Ymir. Nothing really important except her regrets of picking the other side instead of her and not being able to marry her. I don’t think it was meant to be a joke. Historia seems to receive Ymir’s memories when she touches part of the letter. With the journals, the truth about the Titans and human civilization is now known. Hange addresses the audience in the hall about the true enemies not being Titans but humans of the entire world. As they are able to transform into Titans, it is a reason why the world wants them eradicated. If Marley get their hands on the Founding Titan, it is all over for Eldia. Grisha thought the king will not let that happen but unfortunately as Kruger states, the king has renounced fighting. Hence the million Titans threat was just a ruse to keep other nations from attacking while he hypnotizes his own people that the outside world is decimated so they could live in this fake peace. Kruger views a king who doesn’t protect his people is now king and that’s why he wants Grisha to seize the Founding Titan from within the walls. Grisha completed that mission and passed it to Eren. Any royal descendants who inherit the Founding Titan’s power becomes subordinated to the king. Eren is not of royal blood and he may have potential to use this power. That is when Eren realizes something very important. He has not told anybody about this. The Titan who killed his mom and Hannes was Dina. Eren realizes by touching a Titan that carries the blood of the royal family, it is possible to use the Founding Titan’s power. If he tells anybody about it, what would they do to Historia? Lastly we see Kruger telling Grisha to start a family once he gets inside the walls. He believes someone down the line will be watching this. If he can’t do that, history will only repeat itself.

Episode 59
With this newfound information, the hall is divided whether to tell the public as it will create chaos. However if they withhold this, would they be no better than the previous king who lied to his subjects? Hence Historia announces to release all the details to public. There are various reactions from shock to laughing it off and it is all just hogwash conspiracy theory. Well, you do what you want with the info. There will be an award ceremony for the Survey Corps and to honour the fallen. Surprisingly Hitch attends but I figure this is so that Floch could tell how Marlo died a hero. However he might have said too much that Marlo could have regretted his last moments there. But it’s the truth. I think Hitch can’t take any more of that. But this has Floch now questioning that everyone would have come to the same conclusion after reading all this: Why wasn’t Erwin the one alive. Despite Eren trying to speak up for Armin, Floch gets honest. Sure, Armin is not his friend and he knows nothing about his achievements. He blames them for making Levi make an irrational decision because they let their emotions take over. Eren might think he did the right thing and is dead set on it, that’s why he isn’t remorseful. Medals and awards don’t matter. What matters next if they tell the truth to the next set of Survey Corps recruits. Don’t you dare let cowards like him sign up. But no matter how useless a coward is, he is still entitled to his own opinions. As Historia gives out the medals, Eren is still indecisive. He isn’t willing to sacrifice Historia yet. Touching her hand, we see glimpse of Grisha’s flashback when he managed to find Frieda and her family. He explained about being the same as them as Eldians and subjects of Ymir. He warned her to kill all Titans that breach the will or their people will die. A year after the attack on Trost, all the refugees are returned there and life in the district blooms again. The Survey Corps are able to exterminate every Titan and then venture outside Wall Maria. They spot a crawling Titan and Eren can tell its origin by touching it. Another Eldian sent here as punishment. They just leave it there since it can’t do anything. The long journey finally leads them to the ocean. The first time everyone is amazed and stunned by this endless huge body water. Everyone except for Eren. Maybe he seen it too many times in his father’s memories? But despite everyone frolicking like kids in the water, Eren puts on his gloom cap. Because he once thought freedom awaits them across the ocean. But he is wrong. There lies only enemies. Would they be truly free if they kill every last one of their enemies? So it is no longer kill all Titans but kill all non-Eldian humans???!!!

Clash Of The Titans
OMG! WTF?! Only 10 episodes for this second part. Oh man, I’m so ‘disappointed’… But nothing says hype and much more hype when the final season of the series is announced. Uh huh. You can’t get more hype than that when you add ‘final season’ into your title. Oh boy. That is sure going to drive up the hype and excitement. Don’t forget all the anxiety and worrying too along the way. Now I am ever so eager to watch the final season… There had better be some good animes to keep my company while I wait for that very anticipated final season to arrive… Or a whole load of crappy ones which will just make me fully appreciate this truly awesome and superb masterpiece when the time comes and thus making the painstaking wait worthwhile.

This season is still so amazing and awesome that I might sound like a broken recorder if I continue to praise everything about it all over again. But I’m so lazy so please read my previous blog ;p. This series is one of the very few and rare anime series that I have watched throughout my entire life in which the next season gets better and better. So many other series have fallen to the wayside to even live up to their second season but this one is still going strong. And my only ‘fear’ of all this is because of the hype and excitement that has been building up over the years, the final season would come out sputtering. I know it’s wrong for me to be so negative even when I haven’t even started to watch the final season yet but this anxiety originates from that Game of Thrones final season… Yeah… Remember that fiasco? I didn’t see that HBO series but because of the disappointment of the final season, it left a negative impact (comments and criticisms alike) so great on the impact that even I had taken notice. So can you blame me for being so negative when there is already a precedent that something so great can even stumble so hard? Yeah, I guess better than never getting a conclusion at all.

Besides the awesome Titan action in retaking Wall Maria, this season we have some few shocking developments like the death of Erwin (as well as Bertolt) as well as finally the damn truth. Finally we get to see what is in the basement that has been a nagging thorn to us viewers. The truth of course but I was expecting to be some sort of hologram device with audio to narrate the entire true history! Haha. Just kidding. The history of the real world is indeed interesting and sometimes it feels like a big fairytale. But then again, remember the characters who have been living within the walls are as good as the frog who lived in a well. It was also shocking that Erwin had really died. Honestly, I thought that guy would never die. At least because he is such an important figure and reeking that charismatic aura that is on par with the main character, they can’t kill him off, right? I was wrong. His guilt and reflection of standing atop the corpses of his fellow Survey Corps to get where he is seemed like a death flag now… Oh well, rest in peace, Erwin. Because of his sacrifice, we’ve come to where we are right now. So it’s not just Erwin who won’t know the truth but all those dead Survey Corps who died previously too. Maybe they’ll learn the truth as they watch in heaven… Hey, we got a history here talking about gods and demons and Titan powers so why not our departed souls watching from heaven?! Also, RIP Marlo… So with the big revelation about the people of the world, come to think of it, isn’t this entire series just one big civil war among the Eldians? Yeah, they have to be united before they can face the entire world who wants them dead!

Possibly the ‘funniest’ realization is when they gave this Titan that Kruger gave Grisha, a name. Not so much funny if you’re Japanese but if you know the official English title is called Attack On Titan. And now we have this roll call that this Titan’s name is Attack Titan. Both carry entirely different meaning literally. Japanese won’t have any problems but we English speakers might be left confused. Truthfully, even when this official English title came out when this series first aired, I was even sceptical of how this naming sense even made sense. Attacking Titan would have been such a better and accurate translation but I guess it doesn’t sound as cool as Attack On Titan. After all, Attack On Titan shows us from the viewpoints of the heroes doing just that whereas Attack Titan would also still be correct but sounds a lot lamer. And now with this revelation on why the series is named so, it would be weird for the English side to officially change it so. If this was some subtle way for us not to figure this out, then in some ways it worked. We didn’t see this coming, right? Did we?!

This season Eren doesn’t feel like a wuss because I guess when you’ve been such a big wimp last season, he has somewhat hardened his heart and resolve to end all this crap. So thankfully he does his mission well that ultimately helped the Survey Corps regain Wall Maria and obtain the Colossal Titan’s power. It was a scary moment for us when Eren and Levi almost go head to head over who to save with this last serum. After all that they have been through, this one little decision on who decides who to live could have become the biggest deal breaker and it would have been really heart wrenching for us all if that fallout and bloodshed actually happened. We don’t need another ‘civil war’. We have already seen that when Reiner, Bertolt and Annie have defected and what is left of the Survey Corps is threatened to split apart even more? Wow. It was sure scary. Mikasa still kicks ass and like in previous seasons, isn’t so overprotective over Eren.

Armin and Jean try to showcase their leadership and thinking skills and I think they’re cool but somehow I feel it is to give them some screen time. Same case with Connie and Sasha. Can’t be jokers in this time of distress. Though, (thankfully) Sasha is still Sasha despite being gravely injured. Historia so lacking this season because she is already queen (she still think it’s unofficial?) since last season she already had her run so I guess she now has to play her real duty instead of going on a dangerous adventure. One last note on Armin, I know he feels guilty about being alive in Erwin’s place but he better not turn into an annoying one because it will also start to influence and make me think that yeah, perhaps Erwin SHOULD have been the one to live! It’s like as though he doesn’t value the second chance he has been given. He might not be able to be as charismatic as Erwin or come up plans that will assure victory but I’m sure in time something will change and happen. Like how we see a year later Eren has grown his hair a bit longer and he looks slightly mature and giving off this gloom face. Haha! Yeah… So Armin, don’t make us all believe including yourself regret that decision to be alive! Please, just don’t. We want to face this reality and move on already.

Remember how last season I complained that the opening song sounded like a wuss? Sounded so gay that it took away all the epic feeling that defined the series? Well, probably they heard my complaints (and from others as well) so they decide to go back to that trademark epic theme. Yes, Shoukei To Shikabane No Michi (once more sung by Linked Horizon) might sound like a copy and paste of its predecessors, Guren No Yumiya and Shinzou Wo Sasageyou (just change the lyrics!) but I guess I must live up to my promise not to complain about it. Better to have this than some gay sounding sh*t! This season’s ending theme, Name Of Love by Cinema Staff is a slow ballad. It might sound unsuitable for the series at first but after watching the events unfold and all the madness that had happened, I think this homecoming-like song is definitely fitting to wind down.

Oh well. I suppose it is that time again where we have to wait for the final season to arrive and it is that agonizing moment of waiting again. But it is good to know that good things come to those who wait. So just a little while more, okay… But for now, I’ll have to be contended with this amazing second part of the third season that left me breathless and yearning for more. Amazing Titan action as well as intriguing story have certainly defined this season. At this point, I can safely and definitely say that Shingeki No Kyojin is definitely the top and best anime series that I have watched in recent years. Even ousting One Punch Man and Boku No Hero Academia per se. Even Gintama too. Once this series truly ends, it will be difficult to find another series to top and replace this masterpiece, let alone get even close to it. As Erwin said about everyone dying one day and this doesn’t mean life is meaningless, I’d like to modify that: Even if no other series outshines or surpasses this one, it doesn’t mean all animes are crap or inferior! (Although, some definitely are!).

Shingeki No Kyojin S3

March 2, 2019

OMG! OMG! OMG!!! HYPE! HYPE SUPER HYPE!!! IT’S FINALLY HERE! Yeah, sounded like I have waited my entire life for the release of Shingeki No Kyojin S3. Uhm… Hey. Why does my opening sentence sound nearly as familiar when the second season came out? It doesn’t matter because one of the greatest anime series that have ever graced the planet is finally into its third season. God, why do such good shows feel like an eternity waiting in between? But that makes it only worth all the waiting.

Episode 38
What is the second most fearful thing to Titans? If you don’t clean up a room before Levi returns! Luckily cleaning can be shelved for today as Levi wants to start the experiment suggested by Hange. However it failed as a transformed Eren collapses and the lower half of his Titan form is like malnourished. This experiment was to see if the Titan’s hardening ability could seal the wall but looks like they’ll have to try another time. Back at the cottage, Eren is glad Historia is now talking normally again. Because she was also so happy acting as Krista that it crept him out. Bad news just came in that Nick is dead. When Hange went to check on him, a couple of First Interior Squad of the Military Police guarding the place claimed he was murdered. With some great acting by Hange, she was able to tell Nick was tortured by these guys and then murdered. Because he saw all of Nick’s nailed pulled out, she believed he stood firm to his beliefs until his very last breath. This could mean that nobody has realized they have learned about Historia’s background. Thus Levi has everyone move out now and leave no traces of their presence behind. Soon enough, other Military Police personnel came searching this cottage. Levi suggests hiding in Trost to have a better chance of hiding Eren and Historia since the town is in panic. But as they move about in Trost, suddenly Eren and Historia are kidnapped! The rest aren’t panicking yet since those are just diversions. Yup, Jean and Armin disguised as Eren and Historia respectively. Poor Armin, getting molested by the kidnapper… When Levi’s side locate them, they wonder why amateurs are sent to do such an important job. Mikasa and the rest easily disarm the kidnappers. Levi can’t help feel something is wrong with this. He wonders if the real perpetrators are waiting for a chance to strike. This reminds him of Kenny the Ripper who slit the throats of 100 Military Police. It is no urban legend as Levi grew up with him. And before he knows it, Kenny creeps up on him and kills a few of Hange’s soldiers with his other men.

Episode 39
Levi miraculously escape the onslaught of Kenny and his men. However the real Eren and Historia, they are hiding in some carriage and now they are truly kidnapped and put to sleep. Levi and the rest try to wrest back Eren and Historia. Jean hesitates to kill and would have been killed had not Armin shot her. However the carriage changed hands again and once it enters deeper into the walls, Levi and co are forced to stop their pursuit. While resting, Armin and Jean are having some reality check issues as they are still in shock. Levi explains Jean lived because Armin pulled the trigger. However that was also thanks to that girl who hesitated to kill Jean. Because he pulled the trigger, nobody else in their team died. Now his hands are tainted, he cannot go back to the old ways. Then they interrogate the kidnapper, Dimo Reeves. He was that merchant who tried to block the entrance with his overloaded wagon during that Titan invasion panic. He reveals they are only doing as the Military Police ordered them. Believing everyone will be silenced by them now, Levi thinks not because his company helped keep the economy floating during winter. Levi suggests they team up and they just need to know where Eren and Historia are. That night, Dimo lures a couple of Military Police, Djel Sannes and Ralph. Levi and Hange torture him to make him reveal their agenda but his mouth is tightly zipped. He sticks hard to his belief that because they eliminated scums and dirtied their hands to protect the peace, humanity survived. He is willing to die and accepts his fate to be killed. After all, they can be replaced. Levi and Hange take a break but outside it seems they make a deal with Ralph to reveal some juicy bits and Sannes overheard it. When they return to continue their torture, immediately Sannes says Historia is the real heir to the throne. Telling this to the rest, they believe Eren and Historia are believed to be where Rod Reiss is, Historia’s father. Meanwhile Dimo is taking a break outside when Kenny slits his throat for his betrayal. He won’t pursue Levi and knows he will come to him. Dimo’s son, Flegel is the only witness but out of fear he continues to hide.

Episode 40
We hear Historia’s past. She lived in a farm with her mom. She never talked to her and is always seen reading a book. By night fall, she always dressed fancy and headed somewhere. When she tried to interact with her, she was shoved away and mom’s reply was only if she could kill her. Soon mom left and many years later, Rod returned to bring her to live with him. But with mom denying she is her daughter and unrelated, Rod reluctantly agrees and her mom is killed. Historia would have been given the same treatment but Rod made a deal for her to live in a faraway place under a new alias, Krista. So now Historia is reunited with dad and he is glad to see her. He did all this to protect her and she is the only one who can save humanity. Sannes is disappointed Ralph betrayed his loyalty but realizes after Hange reveals they just threaten him to make him read out of a script. Sannes knows they are over and will be replaced. The world cannot be rid of cruelty so easily. So him wishing Hange good luck is it for real or sarcasm? Hange calls the gang to explain what Ymir said to Bertolt as heard from Eren. From what I understand it seems when a Titan eats a transformed Titan, that Titan can turn into a human again and gain the powers of that eaten Titan. This is probably Eren’s worth as he is a replaceable vessel for that power of commanding other Titans with a scream (that’s why in the last battle Reiner was throwing Titans at Eren in hopes one of them would eat him).

Pixis sees Erwin and agrees to lend his cooperation after hearing his plan to overthrow the current king without bloodshed and show the people the current system they have been following is all a lie. Word gets out that Erwin and his Survey Corps are suspects in the murder of Dimo. Erwin knows his days are numbered and hands over his captaincy to Hange. Erwin visits the murder site and whatever nonsensical accusations the Military Police throws at him, he agrees to surrender. Many of the Survey Corps members are also arrested. Time for Erwin’s flashback. His father was a teacher. Erwin was puzzled by the history of humans retreating behind the wall so his father told him the truth. Young and naïve, Erwin then told other classmates but a few days later his father was dead in an accident. He knew he was silenced by the government. When humanity retreated behind the walls over 100 years ago, the king altered their memories to keep them peaceful. Erwin never understood why his father died even if he was close to the truth. Then he realizes that many at the top aren’t interested in protecting humanity but their own self-interest. Knowing his father’s death was unjustified, he started believing in his theory and it has become his life’s mission to prove that theory is correct. The Military Police are handing out wanted posters of the remaining Survey Corps members on the run and go so far as to make up lies about them.

Episode 41
Marlo and Hitch are patrolling the forest. Marlo is stumped that the Survey Corps is branded as killers as they risked their lives for humanity. They see Armin fetching water but this is just a distraction so the rest could capture them. Meanwhile Flegel is being chased by several Interior Squad. Luckily he is saved by Hange as she knows he must know how his father died, hence they want to silence him. She wants him to fight with them instead of running around but Flegel is not willing to risk his life and views everything as lost. Too bad Hange won’t let him off. He’s in for the ride. Levi interrogates the duo when Hitch starts blaming them for causing that Titan destruction at Stohess. She thinks Annie is dead and her body beyond recognition but she’s in for a shock when she finds out that Annie was that female Titan. Marlo wants to help them but Levi doesn’t trust him. As Jean takes them away, suddenly he wants to kill them. They plead for their lives and that they truly want to help them but if you were in Jean’s shoes, could you trust them? Marlo adds he regretted joining the Military Police and as long as the Survey Corps risked their lives to save humanity, he will always be on their side. Of course this is all just a big test by Jean to see if they’re trustworthy. For starters, they tell Levi the weakest checkpoint before returning to their post to avoid suspicion. Levi and co barge into the checkpoint and interrogate the leader who is from the Interior Squad. Meanwhile Flegel is cornered against by those Interior Squad guys at an abandoned place. He wants to know why Dimo was killed before he dies. For betraying them and assisting the Survey Corps. Had he not done that, he too will be killed for knowing too much. Now that the cat is out of the bag, Flegel is done doing business with them. Hange overpowers them and calls out all the hiding people who have heard the big confession. With this, they decide to rebel against the government. Flegel grows up as he takes charge and becomes the new man of his father’s company and hires all these people. He promises to take care of them. Levi’s interrogation doesn’t yield results of Eren and Historia’s position although they get to know all Survey Corps will be executed and Erwin will be the first one. Erwin too is beaten up and interrogated but he said nothing. Niles sees him and tells him his audience with the king will determine his sentence. Oddly, Erwin asks about his wife, child and home. Because he entrusted something to Pixis and if something happens, it is up to them to act. Erwin is brought before the king and the nobles think his death means normalcy will return as the secrets of the walls stay safe.

Episode 42
They’re so kind to give Erwin say his last words. Erwin theorizes if Titans breach Wall Rose right now, people would flee into Wall Sina. This means food shortages and there will be factions fighting for survival. The only hope is to reclaim Wall Maria and give humanity a new future. Of course they brush him off and tell him his charge is the violation of the charter of putting his self-interest before humanity and that is to hide and refuse to hand Eren to them. After a few discussion, it is decided Erwin will be executed now. Suddenly a report comes in that Titans have breached the Wall Rose. Immediately Pixis and Niles order their troops to defend the wall and allow refuges to come into Wall Sina. However the nobles disagree. To prevent a civil war (even if it’s just a possibility), they are willing to sacrifice half of humanity. Niles is starting to see how all of this is wrong and opposes their decision even if it means him being branded a traitor. However Zacklay stands with Niles. He reveals that report was just a false alarm. Pixis now makes his statement. He thought it was best left to the government to make decisions if it was for the benefit of the people. After all, they possess knowledge of the Titans and walls that they do not. If that was true, he wouldn’t mind having Erwin been executed and he himself is prepared to die. But now that it has turned out like this, he daresay that their ignorance of such knowledge can save more people than them. This is not a threat. This is a coup detat. With that, the nobles and fake kings are arrested as they wait to install the true heir. Many of the Interior Squad members have also been arrested. Hange relays this good news to Levi and co. They couldn’t have done it without the cooperation of so many parties.

Erwin might be saved for now but his thoughts on the government’s decision also had some truth. Was it better to kill half of humanity than to face absolute extermination? He wonders if he should have entrusted everything to the government. After all, all of humanity is worth more than a single life. Even so, why didn’t he do it? Zacklay has his own answer. He hates those arrogant bastards ever since and even if Erwin didn’t do it, he would have at least wanted to try once before he dies. They might not be conscious about it but they too prioritize their own lives over humanity. Hange has also done some investigation on the Reiss family. There was an incident 5 years ago that shook the family. That night when all of the family was in the chapel, bandits raided and set fire on it. All but Rod survived. This means the first thing Rod did was to seek out Historia. All this happened a few days before Historia’s mother was killed. There must be a reason he is seeking her now. Hange finds it strange that the chapel was damaged in a way that would take a lot of time and effort. Bandits would normally steal and leave instead of going so far as to destroy it like that. Suspiciously, Rod is the only one who saw the bandits and he used his fortune to later rebuild the chapel. They are all rushing to Reiss’ estate now although they are not holding their breath that Rod will be there. But they have to get there before Eren gets eaten. The revelations only raised more questions for Armin. If Titans can turn into humans and gain their ability by eating one, how did Eren became one and who did he eat?

Episode 43
Historia tries to convince Eren that Rod is their ally. The best way to explain it is to restore your memories. As father and daughter place their hand on Eren’s back, we see snippets of his memories. Actually, memories of Grisha. Among them include him storming into the chapel as well as turning his son into a Titan in which it looked like Eren killed him. Also, this has Historia remember her own memories with her half-sister, Frieda. She was the one who taught her a lot of things but at the end of the day, she used her power to erase memories of her. Unfortunately she was killed by Grisha. 5 years ago when Grisha came to the family, his goal was to obtain the Titan power that Frieda had. Both transformed into Titans and fought but the got eaten by him as she lacked fighting experience. Grisha continued to massacre the rest of the family although Rod was the only one who escaped. Flashback interrupted with Kenny updated Rod about the coup detat and to finish things up quickly. Pixis informs Erwin that all the nobles have been saying the same thing, cementing his father’s theory that everyone is brainwashed. Although the Reiss family can alter people’s memories, some nobles are immune to the effects. If the Reiss family obtains Eren’s scream, this uprising will be forgotten forever. Because Levi just realized Kenny’s surname is Ackerman, he asks Mikasa if they are related. Her parents did tell her how their family was persecuted in the cities but nothing more. Because sometimes Mikasa used to have strange surge of power, Kenny also had that surge. So does Levi. Kenny’s flashback reveals his dying grandpa told him the truth of why the Ackerman who used to be protectors of the royal family became hated. Actually, they were feared because their members cannot be controlled. The royal family passed down powers of Titans from generation to generation, that is the power to alter memories. Some of them were immune and there were 2 groups who turned their backs on the king. One of them being Ackerman and the other an oriental group. Levi and his team prepare to barge into the chapel but Kenny’s men are also expecting to give them a warm welcome.

Episode 44
Levi’s side drop in a few bomb barrels. This is to create smokescreen and hide behind it while they fight the defenders. Strange, do they know this place well like the defenders if they cover it with smoke? Because our heroes are the one killing the enemies like pros with Jean not hesitating to make his first kill. Even Kenny joins the fray but Levi gets the better of him, enough for him to make his retreat. The attack stops only when Hange takes a seemingly fatal damage. Yeah, enemies dying like flies and the killing keeps going. But one of them falls and the plan is derailed. Rod gives Historia a serum that would turn her into a Titan to eat Eren. After all, this serum contains memories of Frieda so she’ll be able to see her technically. However Eren is in despair. He tries to warn Historia not to take it because that was the same serum that Grisha injected into him in hopes it will avenge his mom. Rod explains Eren’s power will finally return to her. The same Titan power that created this place and the walls. The Titan’s power controlled the people’s hearts and memories. Some were exempted. One of them being Frieda. Frieda obtained that power after she consumed Rod’s brother, a ritual that has been passed down by the Reiss family for generations. That power holds the memories of the origins of the world and had not Grisha come to steal it, Titans could have been eliminated from this world.

Kenny is not pleased to hear that only a Reiss bloodline can inherit the power. Because this means if he himself becomes a Titan and eats Eren, nothing will changed. Historia is bent on doing her duty to eat Eren and exterminate all Titans. Kenny thinks she is being manipulated because otherwise why would Rod let other family members do it instead of himself. Kenny won’t interfere anymore but will take away this advantage as he cuts Eren to make him bleed. As Rod quickly gives the serum to Historia, Eren isn’t transforming. He is filled with guilt that because Grisha did all this, a lot of people died. Knowing he can never atone for it all, the least he could do is get eaten and end it all. Historia now has doubts. She wonders if their family has been given such powers, why didn’t they save humanity and kill all Titans? Rod explains the first king who built the walls believed this was the only way to achieve true peace. Long time ago, Rod and his brother used to beg their father to save humanity from Titans but that look in his eyes said he was never interested in it. So when his brother took on the Titan power, Rod saw his eyes. He became an omnipotent being that will govern the world. In other words, God. Hence Rod can’t become a Titan because it is his duty to bring God back and lead mankind back to salvation. Historia has had it. Screw this justification to continue manipulate humanity. She throws away the serum and frees Eren. She shuts that whinny brat for still having guilty conscious. She doesn’t care about humanity anymore. She is humanity’s worst enemy. Rod licks what is left of the serum and turns into a Titan.

Episode 45
Rod is slowly turning into a Titan that is twice the size of the Colossal Titan. This means he is going to break the cave ceiling and crush everyone in the process. Even with Levi and co coming to free Eren, this dude is still whinny and being a wuss. So he is giving up and willing to die now? Until Levi tells him he has to make a choice. For a long time, Eren starts to believe in himself. Eating some pills, he turns into a Titan as everyone takes shelter underneath him while the ceiling crumbles. This pills allows Eren to finally successfully harden in his Titan form. With this, it is now a possibility to use this and seal Wall Maria and investigate that basement. As they get out of the underground cavern, we see Titan Rod crawling its way towards the direction of Orvud district. They meet up with Erwin as they head to Orvud to make their next plan. As now the gang know about the powers of the Founding Titan as well as the first king’s brainwashing, it seems the most likely plan is to have Rod eat Eren to turn back into a human and undo the brainwashing. Something which Eren is prepared to die. However as they think further, Historia and Armin argue there is no guarantee Rod will turn back into a human nor will the brainwashing end. Historia allays Eren’s insecurities once more as she believes what Grisha did to kill off the Reiss bloodline was to save humanity since they possessed the power to brainwash. They need to find a way to free humanity without using the Reiss bloodline and thus the other possibility is the need to kill Rod. Historia admits she was willing to kill Eren not to save humanity but because she wanted to believe her father. But now it’s time to part ways. I guess that’s the greenlight needed to say it’s okay to kill her old man. Levi tells Historia that under Erwin’s orders, after all this is settled, she is to become the next queen as the people will not tolerate military rule for long. The rest feel it is unfair to thrust such a role on her seeing she just freed herself from the Reiss responsibility. Although Historia agrees to that but on one condition that she decides her own fate. As the strategy meeting begins, Erwin doesn’t call for the evacuation of the people in Orvud. They have the right to remain where they are.

Episode 46
The reason is that such a huge Titan is attracted to big crowds. If they flee to the capital, Mitras, it will only change its path and more people will be in danger. Of course the Survey Corps will still protect the people when it comes down to it. The citizens are told to do a drill and they’re not too happy thinking about it. Complaining the military is trying to show their strength after ousting the fake king and if that’s the case they prefer the fake king. I don’t think all that matters now when they see the wall cannons start firing. Not surprisingly, it does not have any effect on the Titan. Erwin talks to Historia about the queen role. This means he cannot have her on the frontlines anymore. She digress thinking the people will not simply accept her by name. Erwin hints that with his body in this shape, he can’t stop her. So you go all out girl? This has Eren reflect on how useless and weak he has always been. Oh no. Please not this again. Time to snap out of it by punching himself?! When the Titan has reached the wall, it’s like one big horror show. As it has been crawling all night, it scraped off its face and guts! The Survey Corps put their plan into action. First they bomb its mini hands to make it lose its support on the wall. Thanks to that gaping hole in its face, Eren now transforms into a Titan and drops all the bombs into its throat. That saves them from cutting its nape. Its heat will light up the bombs. As the Titan meat explode all over, the Survey Corps now have to move out and cut the core. It’s like a needle in a haystack so cut every meat you see. The one who hit the jackpot is Historia. I guess this is formally goodbye to father. Once she lands safely, she proclaims herself as the ruler of the walls. Meanwhile Kenny is bleeding and suffering from serious burns. Levi finds him and thinks he is done for. Kenny doesn’t think so. So this special vial is going to do it?

Episode 47
Flashback sees Kenny almost getting owned by Uri (Rod’s brother) in his partial Titan form. Scared and giving excuses for his life to be spared, Uri only did so thinking he is from the Ackerman clan and is doing this out of hatred and vengeance. Because Uri regretted he couldn’t bring peace within the walls and bowed his head, Kenny admired his guts and wanted to work for him. Kenny was made to do some work he didn’t like. But that ended the persecution of the Ackerman clan and he had lesser enemies. Kenny visited the underground city to see his sister, Kuchel who has been working as a prostitute. Unfortunately she died and she left behind a scrawny zombie son, Levi (he looks like Death Note’s L!). Kenny took it upon himself to raise him and taught him that power is the only thing you need to reach to the top. When Uri’s days was numbered, Kenny learnt how his power is transferable to the next generation. When Frieda took over that role, she preached the same crap of love and peace. It made him wonder if everybody who obtained the power became like that. Hence he formed his own squad of disillusioned Military Police member to further his dream. He wants to know if he can wield such power and see what those who have seen. Now, Kenny thinks this vial he stole from Rod can turn him into a Titan. He had chances to do it but why has he been hesitating? At that point he somewhat understands what Uri was seeing. Everyone had something in common. Their dreams, hopes, etc. Kenny reveals to Levi that his mom is his sister and he left him halfway because he thought he couldn’t be a good parent. He passes the vial to him before kicking the bucket. Historia is crowned queen and the crowd rejoice. They love her as they have seen her take down a Titan. This is all part of Historia’s plan and suggestion to Erwin to unite the people further. So as queen she can do anything she likes? Like punch Levi even if it is Mikasa’s suggestion? I’m sure she’s bragging about it but the shocking part is how Levi smiles and thanks them all! Backfired? It’s been a while we’ve seen Reiner and Bertolt. Looks like Reiner lost his Titan fight to Yeti Titan. This means saving Annie is put on hold and the priority is to retrieve the Coordinate.

Episode 48
Historia might be queen but she prefers to take care of the orphanage and less privileged. It is part of the deal when she assumed her role. At least the people from the underground are taken care of. With Eren’s hardening ability, Hange is able to test a new devastating weapon to kill Titans without risking a man. When a Titan gets stuck between the hardened shells, a heave log is dropped on their nape. Enough to kill it. Marlo has officially joined the Survey Corps and he is probably the few who is happy to do so. Hitch tried to talk him out of it but he tells her to take her cowardice elsewhere. Eren keeps wondering about a certain man from Grisha’s memories. Then it hit him. He is Keith! He was Erwin’s predecessor. They go to see him to hear his side of the story. During his younger days (when he had a full head of hair), he stumbled into Grisha. He was shocked that somebody was outside the walls but Grisha had no recollection of how he got here or the past. He only remembered his name and is a doctor. Keith got pretty motivated when Grisha thinks he is a special person destined for greatness. This inspires him to try to be the next commander of the Survey Corps. An epidemic sweeps through town but thanks to Grisha’s skills, they are saved. Including the barmaid that Keith has a crush on, Carla.

On the day Keith became the Survey Corps’ commander, nobody attended. At least there were a few crowd at Grisha and Carla’s wedding. With failed expeditions, it started to hit Keith badly. When he sees Carla with baby Eren, she asks if he was going to do this till he dies. That is when he snaps back that normal people like them lived their entire lives without accomplishing a single thing. Their lives are nothing and won’t know greatness when they see it. Keith then hands over the leadership to Erwin, coming to terms he wasn’t really anybody special to begin with. When the wall was breached, he was devastated to hear news of Carla being eaten. He saw Grisha take Eren along. Keith didn’t like the idea of Grisha putting the burden on revenge on his son. What if he is not someone special? None of your business. He is not like you. Keith later saw unconscious Eren in the woods and brought him back to the shelter. Hange is angry that Keith resigned out of inferiority complex. Looks like Eren also has the same thinking. He feels he is nothing special. Just the son of a special man. But Keith adds that after his lashing at Carla, she told him this: Is it not okay to be not special? Even if her son wasn’t special, she’s fine with it. The fact he is born makes him special to her. When Eren joined military training, Keith realizes he is following what Grisha wanted. Keith was the one who secretly tampered with Eren’s training device in hopes he would give up but he soldiered on. Proving there was nothing he could do to change anything. He was just a bystander.

Episode 49
It seems Hange can’t analyse further what is in the vial because when exposed to air, it evaporates. It is suggested that Levi is entrusted to hold it as he is the strongest soldier with the best odds of surviving if he ever uses it. The Survey Corps’ heads gather to discuss their plan to retake Wall Maria. Once that happens, they’ll be able to know the truth in that basement Grisha has been teasing us ever since the start. Later Levi talks to Erwin alone and wants to know his next action after taking Wall Maria. Naturally it would be to solidify their defence since there are others outside of the wall who want to kill them. The point is, Levi doesn’t want Erwin to go down to the battlefield due to his body’s condition and even threatens to break his legs. However Erwin is adamant to not sit idly when the truth of the world is discovered. This is even more important than mankind’s victory. The Survey Corps throw a party with glorious meat! Oh my. Somebody stop Sasha before she eats everything! Also, a timely reminder in case for some of us who have forgotten the silly rivalry between Eren and Jean. Yup, they’re turning it into a slugfest. Mikasa isn’t stopping them since Eren looks like having fun. Is everyone having fun watching them that the duo are even getting tired and thinking nobody’s going to stop them? Yeah, until Levi comes in to beat the sh*t out of them. Next day when the Survey Corps leave for their mission, a big surprise as everyone give them a great send off. Lots of encouragement. Never happened before, eh? Wow. Erwin is even shouting with the crowd for the much needed rallying. And now on forth to retake Wall Maria!

Titan Fall: Remember The Titans
WTF?! What the hell?! What is this sh*t they are pulling?! No, I am not complaining about the series in general. I don’t know why they decided to split the cour like how Shokugeki No Souma did (coincidentally, that series also split its cour for its third season). So now we have to wait for a few more months just to get to the second part of the third season? Why not just call it the fourth season? I guess they don’t want to disappoint fans with very high expectations (like yours truly) by announcing they only had 1 cour for the season. Of course this awesome series needs to have at least 2 cours, right?! Because having a single cour like they did for its second season definitely feels too short. But now we have to take a break and suspend our excitement until the second half comes along. Oh well. At least I know it’s going to be worth it.

It goes without saying that this season is totally awesome. The plot is really starting to pick up and going somewhere. We might not be anywhere near knowing about the real truth of everything but it is safe to say that we are much closer than when we started. So it might seem a bit out of place when they suddenly introduced a new character like Kenny. Like suddenly, who the f*ck is this serial killer? And has ties with Levi? But it all ties up nicely and related to just about everything. Too bad for Kenny, he feels like a plot device. A new character introduced and once done telling his side of the story, he is then killed off. Tossed away after playing his part and no longer having any use. Same like that Dimo guy. Admit it. You don’t remember him at all until when they brought up that exact scene. And when you finally do remember this guy and before you can wonder how he will fit in as a team player, plot change! He gets killed off so his son can take over. Yeah, just feel sad in that sense for these characters.

But this season’s biggest plot twist reveal about the Reiss family being able to do brainwashing on many others, I won’t say that I dislike that idea but I am not totally impressed either. Because these days, such brainwashing excuse for the story sounds like lazy writing. You know, like for example, it was all just a dream. Gotcha! So this power to brainwash people and change their memories feels like so and it is a convenient tool to cover up whatever inconsistencies. Because you know, their memories were altered. But it still doesn’t change the fact that we do not know a lot more about the Titans and personally I am ever more curious and dying to know the true real truth. Yeah…

Historia takes the cake here as she as the spotlight is now focused on her this season. It is nice to know that she is more than just a pretty face in the Survey Corps. Although the path she takes feel cliché (girl destined to continue family tradition breaks it, decides to follow her own path) but they execute her story nicely so I don’t see any problem with that. Thankfully, Historia will always remain Historia even when she is queen. That is just a title to her and bears insignificant meaning compared to the things her heart really wants to do. But at least she has authority now. Who is to say and oppose she can’t go down on the ground to do charity work? She’s the queen, baby! Show some respect!

Is it me or do I find it that season in and season out, is this some sort of running joke that Eren is always the target of kidnappers? Sure, he possesses some coveted power but the way they go gung-ho this time to get him has me going, “Oh dear. Here they go again. It’s that same plot device to kidnap Eren”. Yup. Just like I predicted the last time. But that is not the worst part. The worst part is when Eren descended into some wuss who has given up on fighting after hearing Historia’s tragic sob story. It’s like he just gave up on everything and wanted to take the easy way out by giving back the power that supposedly belongs to Historia’s family. Like shoving the responsibility back to her, eh? Making this part seemed even worst was how Eren’s crying and bawling made it look so cheesy and pathetic. Ugh. I was like, is this really you Eren? And then once he is over that and got his resolve back, he sounds more sullen and sombre. Yeah, I understand after that high octane roller coaster drama, you want to experience that ever again.

Levi also feels a bit subdued here (although not short of giving some cool advice and quotes). But I guess he has to play it cool since he isn’t the one leading the team and has to tackle the conspiracy against the Survey Corps. Instead, it was Hange who was the temporary de facto leader of the Survey Corps after Erwin entrusted it to her. So she had to get things going by doing some torture techniques and get the people to rally on their side to fight against the real oppression.

Other characters in Eren’s league feel like they don’t play much of a role this season. Mikasa, Armin, Jean, Sasha and Connie don’t feel significant enough to feel like they have contributed to something. If there were something for them to be developed or changed, it is just minor. Like how Armin and Jean made their first killed and have now blood on their hands that cannot be washed off. So I guess Jean can’t be that cocky anymore now that he has got a taste of what taking a human life feels like. But perhaps a few more times and his feelings harden, probably he’ll be back to where he was. Mikasa also feels like a side character. Although she is still staying by Eren’s side and thinking about him, this season like the last doesn’t feel like she is an overly possessive girl over Eren. Yeah, there are too many other things going around to focus on this obsessions of hers. Like overthrowing the fake king. I’m not sure if I can make anything out of Grisha yet. At first he might look like a dick stealing the Reiss’ family’s Titan powers and then putting the burden on his son. I hope there is more to this that will be revealed next season.

With the plot moving along, is it safe to say that this season has the least Titan action in it? Because ironically that is what the title of the series should be, right? Now that the enemy turns out to be their own mankind, Titan killing takes a backseat until they get to the bottom of this. But still, the most memorable action sequence was Levi evading with skill, Kenny’s men chasing him throughout the streets. That was just f*cking exhilarating and amazing. I suppose you need to move even faster when you’re dealing with humans who want to kill you. They should rename this season as Shingeki No Seifu AKA Attack On Government. Damn, this sound so real conspiracy if the series itself isn’t already filled with so much conspiracy.

Normally I have nothing to say about the art and animation as they are gorgeous as before and their eyes looking oh so real. But there is one thing that strikes me that I need to point out. In this season, Erwin talked about his past with his father. No, it’s not the story. It is how Erwin looked so mature when he was a kid! OMFG! It looks as though he is some sort of midget! And he sounds almost like his mature adult that we know! Seeing Erwin in his child form was just mind blowing. It just feels so odd to see him in that form. Weird. Really. If I’m not having Titan devouring nightmares, I’m going to have this midget Erwin one instead. Yikes! Also, adding nightmare fuel was Rod’s Titan with his scraped face off! That was really horror movie material!

Remember how the past 2 seasons we had the very epic and trademark opening themes that defined the series? Well, this season seemed to have thrown all that away and replaced it with a much gayer and toned down song! WTF?! I guess they heard me complaining how Shinzou Wo Sasageyo sounded so similar to Guren No Yumiya that it could be a rip-off. So this time no more Linked Horizon singing it by Yoshiki featuring Hyde doing Red Swan. Hearing this song feels so out of place although if you consider the drama and conspiracy happening this season, I guess you could say that they somewhat fit that narrative. But still, I believe that this song doesn’t suit the epic greatness of its predecessor. Okay, I promise I’ll stop complaining about the epic songs being a rip-off of each other and give me my “Seid ihr das Essen? Nein, wir sind der jager!”.

The ending theme isn’t as weird as last season’s alien-like song. But Akatsuki No Requiem is still weird in its own ways. It sounds like a song for a dramatic opera. But if they sound familiar, it’s because Linked Horizon sings it. But just not in the trademark epic way that we know them. If you take away the lyrics and words, I suppose this song can sound as worthy as a classical piece. Also to note, the children choir voices singing in the background can sound both cute and creepy. This makes certain parts of the song feel like it is a holy song for Christmas! No kidding! Now I just remember why I also felt conflicted and familiar hearing this piece. Also thankfully unlike last season’s ending credits animation where we see disturbing and creepy pictures of what I think it is as Titan’s history, at least this season is all on Historia.

Overall, this season still rocks and now that we are going into the supposed final stretch, let’s hope the second part can keep up this momentum. My expectations have grown so high that it is too big and titanic for this series to fail. RIGHT?! Or else there will be heads rolling and necks being severed! Hah. You can’t disappoint us now that the franchise has grown so popular and big. Bigger than the Colossal Titan many times over! I can speculate and theorize a lot of stuffs just to keep myself occupied while I wait for that season to come but I’ll see the real truth when it finally arrives. Damn that end credits teaser of Levi being disappointed in Eren, beating him up and Mikasa turning against him, they’ve turned up the notch and increased the hype in me now! I really can’t wait for the next season to arrive! Where’s a time travelling machine when you need one?! Until then, the wait feels like a Rod Titan slowly crawling towards its destination (date of airing) and I hope all the enthusiasm I had won’t be scraped off by then.

I know it is long overdue and I can’t even remember nor fathom why I kept delaying watching a great series. Even if Shingeki No Kyojin – Lost Girls is just a 3 episode OVA series focusing on the 2 toughest female chicks in the series that took about almost 2/3 of the year to come out. Even the first part of the third season is dusted and gone. Is it so that I could make puns of how these are the lost episodes? Heh. Me making lost jokes on a Titan series? Yeah, I don’t even know what I’m thinking but at least now that I remembered, better late than never, right?

Episode 1
Annie is still reeling from nightmares of killing her comrades or watch them die. In the morning, her fellow Military Police partner, Hitch Dreyse passed off to her a case in which her friend too passed it on to her. In exchange to cover for Annie’s absence tomorrow (to kidnap Eren), she is tasked to find Carly Stratmann, the daughter of Elliot G. Stratmann who is the president of Marleen Company who went missing. Annie goes to talk to Elliot for more details and he can tell his case was not taken seriously until it reached her hands since not a single lead of her disappearance is found. It showed the Military Police had no interest to even look into this case. He is free to hire a detective but he trusts her despite her inexperience unlike private detectives who are just out to swindle his money. So as Annie asks questions, we learn that he doesn’t know what Carly does or thinks ever since she graduated from university 3 years ago. They have this mutual understanding not to get into each other’s life. Carly cannot be kidnapped as Elliot has not seen any ransom demand. Annie leaves when Elliot gets a note from another visitor. Annie sees Marlo for some records. She finds it strange that Elliot continues to maintain a luxurious lifestyle when his company is failing. Also, Carly did not help out when the business was in decline. What a weird family. This only has her remember her own. If there was a word (or two) that described her relationship with her own father, it was unconditional obedience. Further investigations showed she was arrested 2 years ago by the Military Police after causing a brawl at a bar in the slums.

Heading down there to interrogate, those hooligans think Annie is easy meat until she beats them up and threatens to report them in possession of the illegal drugs called coderoin unless they cooperate. They relate how Carly was a regular here and always bought everyone drinks. They loved her. One night she flew into a rage after they took out coderoin. They are unsure why because they did many other drugs too and she said nothing. Because her pockets were deep even during bad times, they started wondering if the money she has was bad. Because a few days ago, a weird guy in an expensive suit with a fake red eye came asking for her. That’s why they didn’t want to cooperate with Annie at first thinking she would arrest her. When Annie is still going to report them and they’re begging not to, the bartender tells her perhaps she could bug Carly’s boyfriend, Kemper Boltz. Making her way into the dangerous slum area that even Military Police gave up on patrolling, of course more hooligans think she is easy meat. Better fess up to Kemper’s whereabouts if you don’t want you ass kicked. Strangely, Kemper’s door is unlocked. Looks like as though he knew she was coming and fled. Annie searches around and finds a box filled with coderoin. Then she looks underneath the bed. Holy sh*t! Shock of her life! A dead body!

Episode 2
Annie identifies this is Kemper’s body and since it is still warm, he has died not long. If she reports this, she will be subpoenaed and will not be able to go on to tomorrow’s mission. Her only way out is to find Carly and pretend she never step foot in here. Which reminds her of another flashback. A harsh training with her father caused her to critically damage his leg beyond healing. However father was happy because she is now stronger. As Annie decides to go back to Elliot, she is usurped and forced to follow Wald Richter (man with the fake eye) and his subordinate, Lou Meade. From their talk, it seems they know where Carly is but did not kill Kemper. Annie wants her ring to be given back but Lou fools around with it. Wald takes a look at it and finds it suspicious. With Lou continue to fool around with it, Annie strikes. Accidentally Lou scratches her with the ring and Annie transforms into a Titan. At least only an arm. She beats up Wald to get more information but is shot by Lou. Lou then betrays Wald and shoots him. I understand Annie has powers so she can’t easily die but Lou is such a bad shot that he didn’t outright kill Wald? I guess enough time to talk and reveal stuffs to Annie. Wald reveals Elliot hired them to look for Carly a few days earlier. It didn’t take them long to track down Kemper and he wanted to make a deal with them. That is to blackmail Elliot with Carly’s secrets and make money out of it. All they had to do was hide her and collect the money a few days later. Wald laments how things always slipped through his hands at the last minute. Because 5 years ago when the Titan broke through the wall, he lost his family. Had it been a day later, they would have been in another town.

Annie beats up Lou and his men at their hideout. Chicken Lou passes out after being threatened if he ever rats on her. Carly is here and she seems cool about everything. Time for all the pieces of the puzzle to come together. It seems she is the one who is making coderoin and Kemper is just a dealer while Elliot was in charge. When she made coderoin, Elliot promised not to sell it in this town which was her territory. So when he broke that promise, the reason she became angry. The original plan was for her and Kemper to move to another town but he disliked the idea of settling in an unfamiliar place. She hopes Annie will continue to report her as missing. Carly started making coderoin to help papa obtained everything he lost. But now if she stays, she’ll want to help him again so with Annie’s help, she moves to another town. Annie returns to Elliot and claims he killed Kemper. That note he received earlier was from Kemper who was watching and decided to speed up his plan. The note probably said to bring the money to his place so when he got there, they chat and something went wrong that had Elliot killed him. Proof of Elliot’s presence there is the only tobacco he smoked found at the crime scene. Elliot comes clean he got mad and accidentally killed him after learning Kemper will not return his daughter and will continue to blackmail him for more money. Annie doesn’t care about that since it is a long tired day and when Elliot is ready to head to prison, instead Annie has him dispose of Kemper’s body in the water purification plant. Though she claims she is doing it for herself. Elliot will always welcome Annie to his home but she says she is returning to her hometown soon. Annie writes her report that Carly and Kemper may have fled to another town with fake names and passports and hence further investigation will be fruitless. More flashbacks with her father. He was glad she remembers his teachings but that fateful day when he realized everything he taught her was wrong, even when she finds the whole world against her, he will always be here for her. So please promise that she’ll come back. Annie sets her sights to capture Eren and fulfil her promise.

Episode 3
Mikasa always had a feeling that Eren will leave them once everything ends. Hence a strange scene starts playing in her mind. A strange voice tells her that she can redo any reality the way she wants. The catch is that Eren will eventually always die. So instead of the original Mikasa’s story that we know of how her family was killed by intruders, this time we see Grisha bringing Eren to their cabin and they become friends. Not sure about this scene in the woods where they stumble into a pack of wild dogs feasting on corpses and the pack turn to them, Mikasa’s prayer or something causes them to lose interest and turn away. So she can wish things to turn out her way? They spend more time together as Eren tells about his friend Armin who knows everything and hence he is very interested to know about the outside world and join the Survey Corps. One day Mikasa gets permission to meet Eren in town. Just in time when the Survey Corps return from their expedition. Just like the real history, they are battered, bruised and morally demoralized. It puts doubts in Mikasa’s mind. When a few guys badmouth the Survey Corps’ failure, Eren fights them but gets beaten up. Eren subsequently can’t come because of some infection and this makes Mikasa worry a lot. She realizes she wants to be with him. So the next time they meet, he tells her about the disbandment of the Survey Corps over their failures. However this has not stopped him and Armin from trying to get out. Tonight they are going to leave beyond the walls via hot air balloon and if Mikasa wants, she can join them. He gives his scarf as motivation for her to return it to him.

That night as she rushes to the meet up place, she is suddenly snatched by this weird masked magician street performer who intends of turning her into a killer. Nobody is paying attention. This dude hands her a knife as well as tells her this world is just a fragment of her imagination she created because she cannot accept Eren’s death. Although it is useless to protect him since he will die anyway, she must kill him and become stronger and then go back to her original world. Because that’s how the way the cruel world works. Mikasa becomes obsessed of wanting to be with Eren that she killed him. Oh, now the crowd pays attention. But he gets up and reveals his tricks. Now the crowd is astounded. But as Mikasa rushes to the meeting place, she only sees dejected Armin there. The hot air balloon started to lose altitude when it lift off. Eren pushed him off to save him but the balloon crashed into the wall. Armin blames himself for not being able to do anything as this wakes Mikasa up back to reality. The part where she was going to be sandwiched and killed by Titans but here comes Titan Eren to the rescue! Mikasa has accepted that she cannot stop his fate but wants to be by his side no matter where he goes. That is her only wish.

Girls, Interrupted
Interesting side distractions if I should say. If you’re a big fan of Annie and/or Mikasa, these OVA episodes do them enough justice to put them in the spotlight. While Annie’s story feels like it was filling the gap before he big capture Eren mission and hence Annie taking on a detective role while maintaining her tough badass side is much delighted, Mikasa’s story feels more like fantasy. I mean, it shows her trying to escape harsh reality with an alternate story in her head but whether this timeline was real or not, eventually she has to come to terms with the inevitable fate that is to befall on Eren. So it’s somewhat of a bittersweet side for Mikasa and with all the violence and cruelty she has seen and faced, it’s the reason why she puts up that poker face and became Eren obsessed. In a way, both ladies have strong but opposing interests why they want Eren. Too bad it doesn’t feel like the romantic kind.

Going back to Annie’s story, sometimes I can’t help feel a little disappointed because I was hoping to see more about her past with her father. I suppose that they do not want to reveal too much before the third season rolled out but we were given enough clips to at least have a glimpse of their relationship. At least we now know a reason why Annie did what she had to do and answered that promise that she needs to keep. Too bad as we have seen her fate at the end of the first season, it looks like her promise is not going to be fulfilled. I suppose it’s not a great time to make this pun and joke, “Annie are you okay? Are you okay Annie?!”. Haha! Oops… Sorry… But still, her arc was interesting enough so I guess the slight disappointment was just me nit-picking and do not affect my overall praise for this series.

Not sure in the future if they are going to make more OVAs of other more popular characters. Levi had his in No Regrets, now Annie and Mikasa already had their turn. I suppose if they don’t reveal too much of Krista AKA Historia’s background in the TV series, they may make one on this pretty cute chick. Or maybe that is just me and my wishful thinking. There are so many other characters in this series, they could even surprise us by focusing on lesser known characters. Like Marco. Heh. As long as they make it interesting. Otherwise we can only make do with what we have with those that have been adapted and the rest of the other untold stories forever lost in the sands of time.

Shingeki No Kyojin S2

October 28, 2017

OMG! OMG! OMG!!! Yattekita! IT’S FINALLY HERE! Yeah, sounded like I have waited my entire life for the release of Shingeki No Kyojin S2. That epic man versus Titan was just too awesome to not have any sequel. Though, it did get a little setback of getting delayed. However all is forgiven and a distant memory since it is now here. Sorry can’t stay long to chat. Need to find out more epic and awesomeness this season has to offer. Hype! Hype! HYPE!!!

Episode 26
Starting off from where we left off last season, after Annie’s crystallization, everyone is shocked to see a Titan’s face behind a broken portion of a the wall. Minister Nick hurriedly tells Hange to cover it up before the sunrays hit it. After doing so, Hange hounds him for answers. It is a matter of life and death. Because he will not speak, she threatens to throw him off the wall. Nick is willing to die in that case. Hange of course can’t kill him. It’s not over yet because a messenger returns with a horrifying message that Titans are spotted inside Wall Rose. Flashback 12 hours earlier at the south of Wall Sina, some of the new recruits of the Survey Corps (Connie, Sasha, Reiner, Bertolt, etc) are bored being detained under suspicions that they may have this Titan transformation too. At first nobody believes Sasha when she heard thumping footsteps. Then their worst fears come true: Titans are spotted inside Wall Rose. Mike gathers the newbies and knows they aren’t the culprits. Their mission now is to split into teams and warn all the village in the vicinity. Sasha’s home is nearby as she volunteers to go. Connie is in shock because his village is at the south where the Titans are believed to have breached. Reiner will go with Connie to check out the southern village. As the teams separate, Mike goes to buy them time by facing the Titans. Eren just woke up from his slumber. Sorry no time to waste because Armin just reports the wall breach. Mike has managed to slay a few Titans. However he notices there is one very different Titan. Yeti Titan?! When Mike calls for his horse, Yeti Titan suddenly grabs it and throws it at him! He loses his balance and is about to be eaten by Titans. But what is most shocking is how Yet Titan can speak!!! He is asking about his 3DMD. Mike is too scared and in shock to speak. Yeti Titan turns away as he takes Mike’s 3DMD. Mike goes crazy trying to kill it but that is when all the other Titans devour and tear him apart. Rip and RIP Mike.

Episode 27
Eren and co along with Levi move out. Hange brings Nick with him in hopes after seeing with his own eyes the horrifying reality might change his mind to speak. Threats do not work and it seems this secret is a lot more important than the fate of humanity. Sasha returns home after a long while. She came from a group of hunters and was always fighting with her dad who scolded her for stealing food (there wasn’t enough to go around, at least not for her). With the shrinking forest area and less animals to hunt, father wanted to sell the land and the family to give up hunting. The world has changed. However Sasha was bent to keep the ways of her ancestors so father reminded her that she is free to live the way she wants. But just remember when you turn your back on others, you also lose the right to look to them for help. Now Sasha is back after 3 years and wonders if her family really bothered about looking for her when she was away. Sasha sees a Titan eating a mother and her daughter nearby in shock. Sasha tries to attack the Titan but when that fails, she takes the girl and run. Flashback shows Ymir chided her for putting up a stupid act and acting dumb. She should be real to herself. Sasha lets the girl run while she faces off with the Titan equipped with only bow and limited arrows. She makes her shots count by temporarily blinding it. When she runs, she stumbles into a pack of hunters. Her dad. That girl came across them and told them there was still someone left behind. Now they are going around to give horses to everyone to escape. Connie reaches his village. He is devastated to see it destroyed. Even more so when a Titan turned turtle over his home. It’s not dead. It cannot move. How did it even get into this position?

Episode 28
As the village is void of people, everyone deduces they might have escaped. But Gelgar finds it odd if so, why did the Titans stay back to destroy the buildings? Even odder, the horses are still in the stable. They now move on to locate the breach in Wall Rose. Connie suddenly hears the Titan welcoming home. Oh no. Could this Titan be his mom?! When he tries to tell Reiner about it, he is told off not to be selfish and think about his own family. Nanaba, Krista and Ymir are also trying to locate to the wall breach. Ymir wants to withdraw instead of becoming Titan snacks but Nanaba needs somebody to return and report. Krista tells Ymir to stop pandering to her. She joined Survey Corps on her own. Noticing Ymir is always doing things for her, is it because of her family’s history? Ymir admits it is but assures she is also here on her own accord. Gelgar and Nanaba’s group surprisingly come into each other. They are shocked that neither have found any wall breach. Could they have missed it? Missed any Titan size hole? Not possible. With the moonlight out, they see a castle nearby to rest themselves as well as their horses. Levi notices Hange looking at a rock. She says this is the hard skin that Annie dropped that did not evaporate. She studied it and found it has the same properties as the wall. It is safe to say there are Titans behind walls. Hange is thinking unless they can find a boulder to plug up the breach, the only way is for Eren to use his hardened skin to seal the wall. Armin suggests moving at night where Titans do not move freely. This job might be a lot of pressure for Eren but he has no choice but to do it and succeed. Nick sees all the depressed people, people who have lost something, people whom the church have abandoned. He becomes dejected but Levi tells him not so fast. So is he ready to talk? We still can’t say… This is too much of a burden for a single person. However he can share the name of a person whom they are instructed to watch over: Krista. She may be able to tell them truths that they even do not know. Reiner is shocked when he learns something from Ymir. However everyone gets a rude awakening as the castle is besieged by Titans! Where did they come from? How are they moving at night? And there’s that Yeti Titan…

Episode 29
A couple of hours ago, Connie told everyone about the situation about his village. When he said that Titan over his house reminded him of his mum, Ymir laughed and mocked how stupid he sounded. She went as far as to say if both his parents were Titans, how the heck did they have sex?! Later as Ymir scavenges the castle for food, Reiner thanks her for that talk to distract Connie and hopes she could continue doing it. Reiner is shocked when Ymir can read an unknown language on a can food. That’s when the Titans attack. While the seniors move out to take them down, a smaller Titan has entered the castle. Reiner and co fight it by slamming the whole cannon and pinning it down. Reiner saves Connie from a Titan. However it bites Reiner’s arm. He then carries it to throw it out the window! Its strong jaws won’t let go so Connie uses his knife to weaken its jaw muscles before Ymir kicks it down. The seniors seem to have killed quite a lot of Titans. But Yeti Titan throws rocks at the castle, instantly killing a couple of them. Worst nightmare comes true when even more Titans are seen coming. Gelgar and Nanaba are out of gas and blades. Gelgar is injured, fast losing consciousness and succumbs to his fate. Nanaba tries to save him but it’s all in vain. They get eaten. With the Titans trying to bring down the castle, it is only a matter of time. Ymir warns Krista not to do a suicide mission. Don’t waste your life dying a heroic death. She wants her to remember a promise they made at the snowy mountains. She borrows Connie’s knife and then jumps off. As she slashes her wrist, she turns into a Titan!

Episode 30
Flashback during Eren and co’s training regimen. They were doing some trekking in the winter. Eren is worried and wants to go back and look for Krista because she along with Ymir stayed back to help a fallen comrade, Daz. They thought they would be in the last team but it seems they aren’t. With the blizzard building up, the instructors disallow them to go out and risk getting stranded. Krista drags Daz as Ymir thinks this is futile as he is already half dead. Either they save themselves or die with him. But Krista is adamant to save him and Ymir should go ahead. But Ymir is puzzled. Why has she not asked her to help? She deduces she has no intention of saving Daz and wants to die looking like a hero. Ymir knows Krista’s past as an illegitimate heiress who was nearly executed. She overheard a few priests talking about this succession problem by killing her. However they decided that she should change her name and live a normal life. That’s how she ended up here. But Ymir didn’t join it to find her or be her friend. Unlike her, Ymir isn’t going to change her name otherwise they win. The only way to get her revenge is to live her life to the fullest. So why is Krista trying to kill herself and make everyone who ruined her life happy? Ymir has another idea. Throw Daz down the cliff and hope some passing soldier pick him up. Since Krista is still stubborn, Ymir throws her aside and does the job herself. When Krista tries to find them, they’re gone. Eren and co are trying to sneak out to find them. So they’re tagging along to avoid the other from being missing? But no need to. They see somebody coming from the distance. By the time Krista reached the camp, Ymir is already waiting there for her. What happened to Daz? He lives and everyone is treating him inside. Krista realizes Ymir might have jumped down that high cliff. Even if she had a rope, it is still too high. Ymir doesn’t mind telling her secret but in exchange she wants Krista to take back her old name and live.

As Ymir tries to kill the Titans, everyone is shocked to find she is a Titan. Especially Reiner and Bertolt who remembers her as that same Titan who devoured their friend when they were young. Asked if Krista knew Ymir was a Titan, she doesn’t. They discuss if Ymir who unlike Eren didn’t know he had Titan powers, could she have known them along but kept it a secret? Krista tries to get through Ymir by chiding her to die protecting this tower (because she could have just run away and abandoned them instead of fighting off the hordes to protect this tower). She warns her not to die because if so, might as well collapse this damn tower. Ymir actually does that! But she lets her friends hang on as the tower collapses onto the Titans. Of course that won’t be enough to kill them. Ymir returns to fight the Titans but they all gang up to devour her. Krista rushes to her side as she hasn’t told her real name yet. At this point you might think Krista and co will also meet their doom. But we should know better. Here comes Mikasa and co slicing and dicing them to save the day! Once the killings are done, everyone is shocked to know Ymir is a Titan. Now she is in her human form but a few limbs torn off. Krista whispers to Ymir her real name: Historia Reiss. Ymir has this calm smiling look on her face as she closes her eyes.

Episode 31
Ymir would have died if she was a normal person. Yup, she isn’t dead despite losing limbs and her internal organs roasted. Talking to Hange, she believes Ymir might have known something all along but refused to speak up so as not to put herself at risk. But she has now changed. After turning into a Titan and saving them, Ymir is on their side. Hange hopes so. Mankind’s future depends on it. Eren talks to Reiner who is in depression after nearly being killed by a Titan. Bertolt tries to cheer him up that they are close in returning to their hometown. Reiner agrees but this leaves Eren confused. When Hannes returns, he says that no holes in the wall were spotted. Everyone is in shock. Don’t tell me the Titans are digging underground! As everyone prepares to return to Trost, Reiner pulls Eren over to talk. He reveals he is the Armoured Titan while Bertolt is the Colossal Titan!!! Their mission is to destroy mankind. If Eren comes with them now, they don’t have to destroy the walls anymore. Eren is confused. When Sasha returned with a message regarding Annie’s background check, it revealed 2 name from the same Training Corps from her same area: Reiner and Bertolt. During the expedition using Erwin’s new formation, each unit was given different information about the whereabouts of other units. It could mean that his position was given away for the Female Titan to attack Eren’s wing (which turned out to be Armin’s wing instead). Armin then remembers Reiner asking him about Eren’s whereabouts then. After Reiner broke free from the Female Titan’s clutches, she instantly ran off in Eren’s direction. Could it be that Reiner carved a message on her hand as she was seen staring at it. For now, Hange didn’t want them to catch on their suspicions and to avoid mentioning Annie’s name. Eren tries to change the subject that the stress has gotten to him. This makes Reiner go crazy. He thinks he has been living around idiots long enough. He can’t tell what is wrong or right anymore. He is going to face his consequences as a warrior. The wound on his arm suddenly heals as he tells Bertolt they’re going to do it now. Instantly Mikasa tries to cut them down. However the duo turn into their respective Titans. They try to kidnap Eren and Ymir. Eren must have realized that trying to believe everyone is his batch trying to play good is good. He’s done with that. Calling Reiner a traitor, Eren also transforms into a Titan.

Episode 32
The Colossal Titan swallows Ymir and another soldier. Hange orders the Titans to be killed as saving them for interrogation is pointless now. Although the Colossal Titan moves slow, the rest think they can easily cut its back. However it unleashes hot steam that prevents them from get closer. Then it just sits there unleashing all those steam. Since there is nothing they can do, Hange orders the several units to keep watch until it shows an opening to attack. It can’t stay like this forever and will have to come out. Hange and her team go fight the Armoured Titan. Speaking of which, Eren is getting owned by its strength. He thinks back of always looking up to Reiner and aspiring to be like him. He is now so disappointed with all that has happened. Especially that fateful day when his mom was killed. He now hates those traitors. But being angry doesn’t make him do anything better as he still gets overwhelmed by its strength. Not even Mikasa’s blades can put a scratch. Basically the entire body is armoured. More flashbacks of Eren’s training during Training Corps with Annie. Despite she was weaker than him, she managed to overpower him using his own strength. Plus, she didn’t give him room to give up despite Eren wanting to quit the mock sparring. She wanted him to learn that technique. However if you still remember Mikasa being an overprotective stalker of Eren then, she confronted Annie and wanted to lean that technique. That’s sarcasm. And so the strongest fighters of their batch faced off… Who won? Well, Eren can’t remember so we don’t get to know who? I guess this flashback is necessary so Eren is able to use Annie’s technique to bring the Armoured Titan down with his grappling moves. He manages to do some cracks in his armour and tear off an arm. Eren manages to control his sanity in this form as he is able to listen to his comrades’ orders. They want him to stay away from Reiner as it is their plan to kidnap him. But they won’t let him go so easily. The Armoured Titan breaks off a few chunks in its armour to move faster and tackle Eren down. Mikasa is able to slice a ligament to make it lose its footing. Eren tries to break its neck but the Armoured Titan seems to be dragging him to a spot despite its unfavourable position. Then it screams as a signal for the Colossal Titan to fall over them.

Episode 33
After the Colossal Titan crashes down, the Armoured Titan rips out Eren. Bertolt slips out and takes Ymir with him and hitches on the Armoured Titan as he escapes. We finally get to see Jean. He is hanging out with the Military Police who is also being sent to the frontlines for the search. They even joke Levi is hiding the Titans when they went out to search. Sorry guys. You’re just unlucky today for not seeing any Titans. A messenger returns to report to Erwin about the no breach in the wall as well as the shocking development of 3 more soldiers can turn into Titans. Many of the soldiers who were caught in the Colossal Titan’s steam are seriously injured including Hange and Mikasa. Mikasa dreams of a time when Eren was bullied (he tried to fight back to get back Armin’s bread) so she went to beat them up. Eren didn’t want to lose out to a girl and continued fighting. Eventually they damaged a stall and the owner got into a fight with Hannes since his drunk ass refused to do anything since it’s just a kid’s fight. It was really messy. Even when the bullies ran away, Eren continued chasing them. Mikasa wakes up and is appalled to know what happened to Eren. Don’t look at me with those eyes! Then Armin explains to her (with those eyes) how nobody went to chase him because the horses are on the other side of the wall and many of their comrades are injured and it will take time for reinforcements to come. They feel helpless. Eren was always like running ahead and leaving them behind. Hannes tries to cheer them up that Eren will be Eren as he will not give up without a fight despite being a poor fighter. He loves those boring old days and will do anything to get it back. But things won’t go back the way they used to unless all 3 of them are together. That fired them up. By this time, Erwin leads his Survey Corps as well as the Military Police with lots of equipment for their hunt. Before they go, Hange tells them the nearby forest Reiner and Bertolt might be heading first. She figures that after that titanic fight, they are tired out and need to sleep (just like in Annie’s case). Because there are Titans who might target them, they would want to play safe and wait it out till nightfall at this forest before moving outside of Wall Maria. Therefore their only chance of saving Eren and Ymir is to reach the forest before nightfall.

Episode 34
Eren and Ymir might lack limbs but they’re regenerating very slowly. Eren thinks of still transforming to fight them but Ymir stops him. Look around. There are Titans below them and some odd ones just creepily starring at them. Even if Eren transforms, can he easily get away in his weakened state? Eren is forced to control his emotions as he needs to gather more information. He is in the dark about everything unlike them. When Reiner starts thinking about how hard they have been working and should be eligible for promotion, I guess Eren loses it. So much about staying calm. Ymir forces them to say it since they’ve been acting strange especially Bertolt who is just remaining silent all the while. Bertolt then speaks. He reminds Reiner they are warriors, not soldiers. It causes Reiner to go crazy. Some vague flashback Reiner perhaps saw Marco getting eaten. Ymir deduces that they might have some sort of split personality disorder. They infiltrated to destroy mankind but became conflicted when they become soldiers. They have been doing this for so long that they are unable to tell which identity is real. Thus to maintain their sanity, they keep convincing themselves as soldiers protecting the wall. Eren is not impressed. It’s like they’re playing the victim card. He told them how his mom was killed and you can say they are the cause of it. What were they thinking when he told them about it? They just felt sorry about it. Eren loses it again calling them murderers. A shouting contest erupts between him and Reiner. Shout all he wants. It’s not going to change anything. He promises to give them the most horrible death but Ymir calls that as childish and won’t get him anywhere. Ymir asks about the Yeti Titan because they looked fascinated when they first saw him. She deduces they want to bring Eren to him so they can get back home. Before Ymir could tell Eren the real enemy, Reiner stops her and wants her to think before she speaks about the world if it is worth saving. Reiner wants Ymir to join them and knows her reason to exist is to protect Krista. They too would want to protect her. So does she think Eren can do a better job in protecting her? Even if she comes with them, her safety isn’t guaranteed but they assure they can do something to save Krista. Which is more important? Your own measly life or Krista’s future? Ymir zips her mouth and doesn’t say anything more to Eren. Then they spot flares from Survey Corps in the distance.

Episode 35
Reiner and Bertolt discuss they have to trust Ymir since they all want to save Krista (her family is affiliated with the church) and if Eren isn’t the Coordinate, they’ll have to come back here again. Bertolt just wants to end this so they don’t have to come back here again. They can take Annie, Krista and something else home. Reiner agrees but wants Bertolt to confess his feelings to Annie after that. Reiner tries to get Eren but the latter looks comical trying to throw weak punches with his handless arms. Bertolt asks Ymir if she remembers eating anyone before she became human. She doesn’t. He doesn’t blame her. None of them did. Possibly Eren too. And something about her wandering about outside the walls for 60 years too. As they flee, Ymir realizes the Survey Corps are closing in. She believes Krista is with them and wants Reiner to take this chance to get her. However he claims the odds aren’t in their favour and will have to come back for her. Ymir is not convinced. It’s like she is lying to herself again. Flashback reveals her first lie. She was plucked from a homeless child to become the queen of some cult just because they think she has some king’s blood. She didn’t mind as she got to eat well, sleep well and people worshipping her. Life was good. Then one day, the police barged in to arrest them all. Some followers blamed her for misleading her. At first she was scared but decided to lie again in hopes of saving them. It didn’t turn out too well. The outside people hated them and they were deemed for execution. After being pushed off the wall, she thought how all this was her punishment for being told to deceive all those people.

She became a Titan and started wandering before lying dormant throughout the years till she is buried. When she wakes up, she attacked Reiner’s group and ate his friend. The next time she comes to, she realizes the freedom of this world and decided to live her life without lying. So she became a petty thief? Then she heard and met Krista. She could tell right away she was the same as her, lying to herself and desperately trying to convince herself of something. Though she doesn’t blame her, she hopes to be given one more chance to be honest with herself. Ymir causes a commotion as she forces Reiner to give in to her demands to go back for Krista or she will stop playing along with his game. She believes her Titan form is able to move freely amidst the forests despite she will still be weaker than them. She admits she wants to see her one last time before she dies even if it means ruining her future. The Survey Corps have reached the forests. They avoid fighting with the other Titans as their priority is to find and locate their enemy. Mikasa and co stumble into Ymir in Titan form. Connie tries to ask her questions about Eren’s whereabouts or if she had fought and escaped from Reiner. However Ymir is acting strangely and looking around. When Krista comes into the picture, Ymir immediately eats her and swings away. The rest are stunned that they have been fooled and start chasing. Once Ymir returns to Reiner at the edge of the forest, he transforms into the Armoured Titan and the rest latch on to him as he continues his run. The Survey Corps also continue chasing. They’re getting Eren back no matter what.

Episode 36
Erwin changes his formation as he leads his team to lure other Titans to chase the Armoured Titan. Ymir talks to Krista how she needs to come with them since it is dangerous living behind the walls and the outside is much better than she thinks. If only other Titans aren’t busy trying to eat her. Krista thinks Ymir was threatened by Reiner and Bertolt to help her. No matter what happens, she’ll be by her side. Bertolt blames Ymir for her plan because the Survey Corps are catching up. Are they doing all this for nothing? Does she want to trap Krista inside the walls with her? Ymir adds she stole the Titan’s power from one of their friends and will be killed for that. However if she handed Krista to them, she’ll be spared since Krista is an important person who knows the secrets of the walls. Ymir reveals she did all this to save her own skin. At the castle she was afraid of dying but kept thinking she was doing it for Krista’s sake. So please come with her. Krista reminds her she will always be by her side. By the time Eren wakes up, the Survey Corps have begun attacking. It’s been a long time we’ve seen those scary eyes in Mikasa. She is going to kill them! The Armoured Titan shields Bertolt and Eren. Mikasa intends to kill Ymir first but Krista stops her. But Mikasa doesn’t give a f*ck. She is too tired to do that. Anybody who gets in Eren’s way will die! She makes Krista choose who to side: Eren or Ymir. Krista tells Ymir to back down in which she does. Mikasa and the rest focus on getting Eren out. Everyone is trying to get answers if everything was a lie. Mikasa doesn’t give a f*ck. Just kill them! Finally Bertolt speaks out. Who in the world would enjoy killing other humans? Maybe they have deceived them but it wasn’t all lies. They might not have the right to apologize and wishes somebody would just find them.

Hannes warns them all to get off because Erwin has led the other Titans to clash with the Armoured Titan ahead. Although the Armoured Titan ploughs through, it feels like they’re playing rugby? Eventually the Armoured Titan is stopped in its tracks. It becomes a chaotic mess trying to retrieve Eren as Erwin gets partially eaten! Yeah, more soldiers dying. After coming this far, the Armoured Titan releases Bertolt. Time to go on your own. However Armin drops in to play some psychological game with him. He tells how Annie is trapped deep inside and they are finding new ways to torture her. This makes Bertolt really angry. Enough time for Erwin to cut Eren loose (how did he escape?) and Mikasa to rescue him. The Survey Corps initiate their retreat. Connie and Sasha take Krista away. She intends to stay with Ymir but they are sceptical of Ymir. She only gets serious when Krista is in danger. They both need to calm down since staying outside will increase their chance of dying. The Armoured Titan starts throwing Titans at the retreating Survey Corps. Mikasa and Eren fall off their horse. But a familiar Titan approaches before them… Isn’t that the Titan who ate Eren’s mom?!

Episode 37
Hannes protects the duo. He goes crazy trying to get revenge for Eren’s mom. Ymir is in a dilemma. Erwin’s plans has put her in a dilemma. She can’t help Reiner now so should she help the Survey Corps? Because even if she survives, there will be hell to pay and hence no future behind those walls. Krista talks to Ymir about lying she is doing this for herself. She reminds her that they should be living for themselves and not for others. Jean gets knocked out by a flying Titan. Armin tries to defend him with his weak sword swinging? Once Eren has his limbs fully generated, he is going to transform into a Titan. However no matter how much he bites and bleeds, he won’t change! Hope he doesn’t bite off more than he can chew. Because of that, he gets to watch history happen all over again with the Titan eating Hannes! NO! Eren’s turn to go crazy. He’s mad. He’s sad. He’s useless. And it’s like Mikasa has this screw it feeling too. Amidst all the chaos, she thanks him for all the things he has done especially the scarf he gave her. Thanks for teaching her how to live. I don’t know if she was going to kiss him but Eren looks like he got his groove back. By being angrier, that is. So with his scream, suddenly all the Titans stop what they are doing and rush towards Eren’s mom’s killer and ripped it apart!!! The Survey Corps take this chance to escape. With the Armoured Titan heading for Eren, he tells him not to come close or else! Instantly all the Titans now focus and target the Armoured Titan. Reiner is shocked that of all people, the power of the Coordinate is with Eren. Ymir stays back to help the Armoured Titan fend off the others (Bertolt is defencelessly hanging in there). In the aftermath, Reiner, Bertolt and Ymir survived the crazy onslaught. Ymir says she decided to go with them because she is willing to be their trophy so they don’t return empty handed. She also wants to thank them that had they not broke the wall, she wouldn’t have woke up from that living nightmare. Hange takes Connie to see Erwin. They are shocked to learn that Titans could be humans although there is no evidence yet. Eren is back to guilt mode since he learns half the Survey Corps got wiped out just to rescue him. Armin and Jean tried to figure out why the Titans acted so and they believe it is because of Eren. No proof yet, though. Jean warns him he is in a tricky position now. He has to proof his life is worth more than all those sacrificed. The Yeti Titan is watching from afar, noting that it still isn’t done yet.

Mean Titans GAWR!
WTF???!!! WHAT THE HECK???!!! Why are there only a dozen episodes this season?! Why is it only a single cour?! Because in the same season whereby we had anime with sequels like Boku No Hero Academia and Shingeki No Bahamut: Virgin Soul, both these equally awesome series doubled the number of episodes from their first season to have 2 cours worth of episodes! So why does this series not maintain that?! I’m so angry! I want more! Oh… They say they are going to have another season… Yahoo! I guess it is going to take some time to craft an interesting story and make it even much better than it has ever been. But wait. How long do I have to wait for that to happen? I want it now! I want my Titans NOW! Oh well, time to stop being a dick and just wait like everybody else. (Or else the producers will just tell me off to get eaten by a Titan).

It goes without saying that this season is super awesome! It is hard to tell whether it is better than the first season, though it has its few flaws (one of that being too short). Anyhow, it is still awesome and I am glad this is one of those few anime series that didn’t suck with its sequel. This season is even more intense and exciting than before. Although there were a few questions answered (like the identity of the Armoured Titan and Colossal Titan), the direction of where it is heading also brings about new questions and conspiracies. Especially the truth about the Titans. There is a big speculation on my part now that the Titans are humans (obviously how else can you explain there are no holes along Wall Rose and a Titan looking like Connie’s mom?) and that the walls are hiding something that Titans are sent to go devour humans living in it. And that there is more to than just the humans living behind the walls because it looks like a whole new world outside the walls. And possible being overrun by Titans. I could write paragraphs and paragraphs of my speculation of what lies ahead but I don’t want to ruin myself with all the hype. Let’s just focus on this season, shall we? Oh… Could humans be actually Titans in their true original form and those who deviated or broke off became humans?!

With everything so great and thrilling, there is not much left to discuss and praise further. From the gritty art style to the voice acting to the bloody action where soldiers get devoured to the ‘useful’ declassified information in the mid-intermission, everything maintains its perfection like before. That is why it is somewhat conflicting for me that at this point all there is left to talk about are the ‘flaws’. I am not saying that they make this season less great but I blame because of the very short number of episodes, there was not much other developments that I was hoping to see. Remember about the key Eren’s dad said he needs to get to take a big step in solving this mystery? Well, it seems to have taken a back seat this season.

For instance, let us start off with the characters. This seasons is great because we get to see insights and the past of some of the main characters like Sasha (she isn’t as stupid as she acts out to be), Krista (glad she is more than just a pretty face), Ymir (she’s more than just a Krista lesbian wannabe), Reiner (split personality?) and Bertolt (he likes Annie?!). All very essential to driving the plot. I was expecting some sort of twist this season but I actually didn’t expect that twist of Reiner and Bertolt to just admit upfront and right in our faces about their Titan forms. It was like a, “Wait… What?!” moment. It really catches you off guard. Just like the rest of their buddies, we hope it is a lie because we have spent lots of time together and we’re like a band of brothers that suspecting them as the antagonists do not cross our mind. Well, this wasn’t the first time it hit us as last season we had Annie doing it. However Annie had this suspicion looks written all over her face unlike Reiner and Bertolt who did not. So when the truth really came out, it really hit us hard. Their intentions to go home and all makes it even more intriguing since nothing was really explained in detailed at this point yet.

I suppose this shocking development is the main plot for this season. Because of that, many of the other beloved characters fell to the wayside. Not to say that they are casted aside and no longer important, at least they do not play so much of a prominent role this season. Take for instance whom I consider as the ‘biggest offender’ of this: Jean. This guy didn’t even pop up till halfway through this season! And even that we don’t get much glimpse of him. Sure, he might be stuck behind Wall Sina but seeing him back in action doesn’t feel the same because his eternal rival Eren wasn’t there for their whatever challenge-cum-rivalry so you don’t see that cockiness and proudness in him that we know.

Speaking of Eren, this season he feels like a supporting character since the plot is focused elsewhere. It feels odd again because Eren is once again ‘taken away’ and has to be ‘rescued’. If you remember last season he was being kidnapped by the Female Titan who was no other than Annie (in which after he was rescued eventually) but then his friends had to help him escape again after he was summoned to the capital for the mission’s failure and this led to all that sh*t from turning Stohess district into a giant playground-cum-battlefield for Titans and the Titans behind the walls discovery. Yeah, Eren is like the damsel in distress of the series. He is too weak to save himself (blowing his top is what he does best) and has to always rely on Mikasa. Speaking of her, we too don’t get to see much of her. Because of that, we don’t see our usual overprotective Mikasa who wants to keep Eren all for herself. Sure, we finally get to see them eventually and that is when we are reminded, “Ah, this is the Mikasa we knew”. But at least now we know Eren has some sort of power that makes him really coveted and important. So another attempt to kidnap him next season?

Fan favourite Levi is also missing a lot. But I guess that is only fair since he had his own OVA of his origins a couple of years before. Oh, that feels like a long time ago… Heck, we don’t even get to see him in Titan slashing action. Then there are others like Hange, Pixis, Keith and whoever I have forgotten at this point (especially those from the inner wall districts like Nile and Zacklay). RIP Mike. You came back in the second season only to die in the first episode. Sad… And it comes full circle and culminated with the death of Hannes in the last. So he atoned for his failure to avenge Eren’s mom? Or was that considered a failure too? Well, we all know this drunkard won’t show up anymore. RIP Hannes…

With quite a handful of characters being able to transform into Titans and the scary fact that humans may be Titans themselves, this season I find myself feeling a bit odd because there are points in which I want to become a Titan too! Not because I want to run around screaming naked and without genitals, mind you! While swinging around freely like Spiderman with the 3DMD seems awesome and fun, but wouldn’t it be fun too to become a giant Titan and run around with your unique ability? I don’t know. Seeing Reiner as the strong and unbreakable Armoured Titan and Ymir as the agile and flexible type made me feel that perhaps being a Titan isn’t so bad after all. Except when you’re being Titan fodder, that is.

Why do I have this feeling that the opening theme, Shinzou Wo Sasageyo is so much similar to the first season’s Guren No Yumiya? Well, it is sung by the same band, Linked Horizon but it is so similar that sometimes I couldn’t tell it apart. I believe they want to maintain that total epic feel of the song like those background choir voices and the likes. So it’s like taking last season’s song and just modify it to get a brand new song? Not that I’m complaining. The awesomeness of this series has blinded me to this point. However the weirdest of the lot is the ending theme, Yuugure No Tori by Shinsei Kamattechan and totally in English. The way the song is sung sounds creepy although the tune of the song itself is not. It feels like a bunch of aliens are singing this piece. But what is even more disturbing are the animations shown here. Indeed very disturbing. Images of what could be big hints of the history of the Titans. Very big. It’s already creepy enough to hear the song and then seeing such troubling animation, it is the kind that will give you nightmares for a long time! Thankfully I didn’t. I hope.

Overall, there will never be enough praises to sing to paint how awesome this season is. Much more than the praises those worshippers have faith in God. Hah. So I truly cannot wait for the next season to be around. Sorry but not sorry if I am very biased in claiming this to be one of the best animes in my life because of how it draws and fascinated me every second of it that when an episode finished, I literally didn’t want it to end. I figure that if an anime can do that to me, then is it not worthy to be considered one of the greatest in my books? So I recommend this anime to everybody. Even young kids and toddlers to watch! Controversial? Inappropriate? Violent? So you want to wait till the hard facts of real life hit your kid and lose his/her innocence then? Being slowly devoured alive like that is much worse than being devoured by a Titan…

From the same producers that made one of the most epic and greatest animes of all time, Shingeki No Kyojin (SnK) as well as another equally proportionately epic ‘clone’, Koutetsujou No Kabaneri (KnK) (okay you haters, this one might be debatable but I still think it is a pretty impressive anime series in its own right), comes the inevitable showdown of my versus blog in comparing both series. The hits and misses, the similarities and the differences. Are we ready to uncover it all before we become Titan/zombie bait? And also because I haven’t been doing one in such a long time so it gives me an excuse to come up with this entry. Sorry ;p.

Official English Title
Because weeabos still can’t understand Japanese.
SnK: Attack On Titan.
KnK: Iron Fortress Of Kabaneri.

The main character
Every show always needs a hero.
SnK: Eren Jaeger.
KnK: Ikoma.

The main heroine sidekick
Every show always needs a female lead too. Because feminism.
SnK: Mikasa Ackerman.
KnK: Mumei. Real name Hozumi.

The sidekick
You always need a friend and the third person for the third wheel.
SnK: Armin Arlert.
KnK: Takumi.

The group
Well… The rest of the pack.
SnK: Reiner Braun, Bertolt Hoover, Jean Kirschtein, Annie Leonhart, Sasha Blouse, Connie Springer, Krista Lenz, Marco Bott and Ymir.
KnK: Takumi, Ayame Yomogawa, Kurusu, Kibito, Yukina, Sukari, Kajika and Suzuki.

The monster antagonists
If natural disaster catastrophes can’t do the job to wipe out humans, these will.
SnK: Titans. Giant size.
KnK: Corpses. Adult human size. Either way, you’re both pretty much f*cked up when they start chomping down on you. Because there is no way you can run away from these fast mother*ckers.

What happens when you become their ‘victim’
SnK: You become something they can chew on, swallowed and then stay in their stomach for some time before being spit out because they have no digestive system.
KnK: You become infected and become one of them.

How to kill them
The only way to bring down these mother*ckers.
SnK: Cut a piece of slab behind their neck. Cutting anywhere else will have the Titan regenerating.
KnK: Pierce through their iron caged heart which is as hard as f*ck. Or you could just decapitate them. If you’re lucky to get that close.

Variant types
Different than the ordinary.
SnK: There is this Colossal Titan that is the biggest Titan ever. There are also Abnormal Titans that display higher intelligence and unpredictable actions.
KnK: Learners retain their fighting skills and are vastly dangerous. There is also Smog made out of many Corpses acting as a single giant organism.

Variant types (ally)
SnK: Titan Shifters are humans who can transform into Titans.
KnK: Demi-corpse AKA Kabaneri are Corpses who still retain their humanity.

Main human antagonist
Traitor of the same kind.
SnK: Annie. She crystallized herself in the end.
KnK: Biba Amatori. He was killed in the end.

Gated community
The place where humans cower and live inside under the fake pretence of security.
SnK: Thick walls that could reach as high as 50 metres. Human territory is divided into 3 main walls: Wall Maria, Wall Rose and Wall Sina.
KnK: Train stations acting as forts scattered throughout Japan and trains known as Iron Fortresses are the only means of transportation to commune from one station to another.

Strongest bastion
SnK: Districts behind Wall Sina are the safest such as Stohess district.
KnK: Kongoukaku is where the shogun lives.

Main character’s dead family
Seen them die right before their eyes.
SnK: Eren’s mother was devoured by a Titan.
KnK: Ikoma’s little sister was bitten by a Corpse.
Because of this, death to all Titans/Corpses!!!

Main heroine’s dead family
Apparently our main heroines too have this tragedy of having their parents dead before their eyes. Is feminism trying to match this sh*t?!
SnK: Mikasa’s parents were brutally murdered when kidnappers barged in to kidnap her.
KnK: Mumei’s mother died while trying to protect her from a crazy dude.

Main character’s physique
Apparently he is the only one among the crowd who can do this.
SnK: Eren can turn into a Titan by suffering some blood inflicted injury. He has no recollection of his memories in this form.
KnK: Well, Ikoma is pretty much a Kabaneri for almost the entire series. From time to time he will crave for blood to maintain his sanity. Also notice how at one point they lose an arm?

The other person who also has this feature
Because it is no fun when you are the only one in this state.
SnK: Annie.
KnK: Mumei.

Main character’s humiliating training
SnK: Eren joins the Training Corps and was on the verge of being expelled simply because he cannot handle the Three-dimensional Manoeuvre Device (3DMD). Luckily for him (and all of us) the equipment was faulty in the first place.
KnK: Ikoma lacks basic fighting skills so he got owned when Mumei offers to train him as he got his ass handed to him. Ironically with such little time and practice for ‘training’, Ikoma eventually turned into a decently skilled fighter.

Main character’s resurrection
They supposedly died and do a Jesus Christ and spring back to life. Somehow.
SnK: Eren was devoured by a Titan while trying to save Armin from being the Titan’s lunch. Apparently floating inside a Titan’s tummy evoked some sense of trauma because this guy then busted out angrier and went on a rampage in his new form.
KnK: He was already bitten by a Corpse and should have followed the protocol of dying and becoming a Corpse like anyone else. But nooooo. Apparently he tried choking himself to prevent the virus from reaching his brain and coupled with his iron will, that’s how he cheated death and was ‘reborn’.

Main character’s incarceration
SnK: Eren is imprisoned and being put on trial after everyone discovers he can turn into a Titan.
KnK: Ikoma is put in a cage to prevent further rebellion once Biba and his Hunters begin their final phase of their plan to bring ultimate freedom.

Main character and heroine’s relationship
SnK: Mikasa is just an overprotective b*tch over Eren.
KnK: Ikoma just wants to protect her and turn her back into a happy girl filling her stomach with rice. Ugh. Doesn’t that sound perverted?

Dead supporting character
Somebody has to die to stir up some emotional drama.
SnK: Marco.
KnK: Takumi.

First named character to die
SnK: Thomas Wagner.
KnK: Shimon.

Cocky dude
We also need to have an arrogant guy.
SnK: Jean.
KnK: Kurusu.

Muscle lady
Look at those muscles and abs!
SnK: Mikasa.
KnK: Yukina.

Stout guy
SnK: Reiner.
KnK: Kibito.

Joker character
SnK: Sasha, Connie, Oluo Bossard.
KnK: Takumi. Well, close enough.

Caring lady
SnK: Krista.
KnK: Kajika.

Weakest character
Almost. So much potential but yet…
SnK: Armin.
KnK: Ayame.

Research
To defeat the enemy, one must know the enemy.
SnK: Hange Zoe keeps a couple of Titans in her lab and isn’t afraid to get near them.
KnK: Souei is part of Biba’s team keeping a horde of Corpses in their cage for experimentation.

Injection
SnK: Grisha injected some sort of drug that alters Eren’s memories and a power that would allow him to transform into a Titan later.
KnK: Biba injects serum into Horobi and then later Mumei to turn them into Smog.

Steam equipment
SnK: Each fighter is equipped with a 3DMD that allows them to ‘fly’ and have better mobility to fight Titans more effectively.
KnK: Mumei has this equipment behind her back when she goes to kick Corpses’ butt. I’m not sure about this equipment but does it have some sort of limiter that she has to finish kicking ass in a certain time limit? Ikoma also have something similar for his Piercing Cannon.

Elite squad
SnK: The Survey Corps. Some might argue the Military Police are better because they are the cream of the crop from the training. But personally Survey Corps are better because they kick ass and live on the edge of danger compared to those complacent bullies. Notable personalities under Survey Corps are Erwin Smith and Levi Rivaille.
KnK: The Hunters. An independent force under Biba that exterminates all Corpses. Notable personalities are Horobi, Sahari and Uryuu.

Mike Zacharias vs Sahari
Don’t they look the same?

The Yuuki Kaji factor
He voiced a character from both series.
SnK: Eren.
KnK: Takumi.

Number of episodes
SnK: In addition to the 25 episodes for the TV series, they also have 3 OVAs to complement that as well as the OVA spin-off No Regrets. Furthermore they have a chibi comical spin-off take, Chuugakkou. If that isn’t enough Titans for you, there is a second season coming.
KnK: Just 12 episodes for the TV series.

Movie retelling
Suspiciously, both also have movies which is a summary of what happened over the TV series. And they split it into 2 movies just to make it look longer.
SnK: Part 1 is Guren No Yumiya and part 2 is Jiyuu No Tsubasa.
KnK: Part 1 is Soushuuhen 1 and part 2 is Soushuuhen 2.

Conclusion
SnK clearly wins this one hands down although by no means that KnK is pretty much very bad. It is still great but when you start comparing to one of the greatest animes of all time, everything seems to fall short. That is one of the disadvantages when you size up the underdog against the favourites. Overwhelming odds stacked against you. Titans squashed Corpses? Well… It is no doubt that SnK fares pretty much better than KnK because it has more episodes to flesh out the characters and plot properly. I mean, there is only so much a dozen of television episodes can do justice to a series, right? Either way, both series would probably be the hardest “Would you rather” choice to make if you have to pick which world you would rather live in. Great steampunk fantasy world to watch but not to live in.

I know we are all excited for the second season of Shingeki No Kyojin to come. Even with that Levi and Erwin short origin story, it still wasn’t enough to whet our appetite. The wait continues to look very long. So what other better way than to distract us by turning our favourite heroes of the series into chibi form? Yup. That is what Shingeki! Kyojin Chuugakkou is all about. Just like how that Haruhi series and even that Naruto character, Rock Lee had a chibi series spin-off of itself, it is time for this one to get its spin-off too. Before we get ready to deal with terrifying and horrifying Titans, might as well take a light hearted comedy stance of the characters in junior high. Don’t worry. Although there are lots of ‘eating’, there are none who will die. Trust me.

Episode 1
A typical Japanese setting. A setting where everyone dead is still alive. For now. Eren and Mikasa are running late for their first day at middle school. As typical as it gets, they bump into girls running with food. I guess Sasha wasn’t as cute as Krista so Eren didn’t compensate her watermelon like he did for Krista’s bread. Or is it watermelons are expensive? With so many accidental bumps, Mikasa also devices her plan to be bumped by him. But Connie got in the way and Eren is sent flying into the air. When they reach school, everything seems to be so large like as though they have shrunk. When stationery sets start falling on them and they realize a Titan is in the class, all hell breaks loose. Till Hannes brings them away to the right school. That school is for Titans. This is your middle school. Now everything here is the right size. Keith is the homeroom teacher of Eren’s class which features familiar faces. Eren and Jean get into a petty argument about being superior to each other and parodying the anime itself, Keith catches Sasha eating onigiri in class. Cheaper alternative to a watermelon? When everyone gathers outside for the opening ceremony, the Colossal Titan strikes! The wall breaks and many Titans stream in. And as usual, Thomas becomes the first to die again. But wait! It seems the Titans aren’t eating humans. They are eating their lunches! Yum! I suppose you would have figured out something fishy when Eren has been reminding us how much he hates Titans and wants revenge on them for taking away his precious which isn’t his mother who is very much alive right now. That precious stuff turns out to be his lunch. So when he gets into action to kill them, he realizes too late he didn’t have his 3DMD and flops. The Titan gets his lunch while Eren is left to regret he couldn’t savour his favourite cheese hamburger steak. It leaves everyone stunned. Crying over lunch is like crying over spoilt milk?

Episode 2
Eren and some of the guys have not joined any clubs. Keith tells them to do so by tomorrow or he will put them in whatever club he chooses. This means they have to get forms from Armin but that guy has never been to school as he is always out with a cold. As they buy food to visit him, they are attacked by another lunch-stealing Titan. Levi came to save the day and when Eren sees how cool he is, he wants to join whatever club he is in. However Levi leaves to tend to Armin’s grandpa who seems to be beating the futon the wrong way. Eren and Mikasa enter Armin’s room. He is afraid of cold and thus why his room is so hot. For some reason, Levi steals his favourite futon. Since he dropped his badge, this is the only clue they have to track him. They return to school to find the rest of their pals having bad experience with the clubs with joined. All Titan related problems. When Eren shows the badge, they think this must belong to a secret organization in the school and supposedly rumoured the strongest man in the world. It didn’t take long for them to find the secret hideout of the Survey Corps. Even busting their secret identity is dumb Oluo who denies everything so secret which just reveals the secrecy of everything. Like in true parody to the series, his argument with Eren has him accidentally bite his tongue. While Petra welcomes them in, Hange returns from a Titan expedition. She is ecstatic that more Titan-loving weirdoes would like to join this club. When Eren shows the badge, Hange knows a fast way to summon Levi. She has Eren throw a plastic bottle in the bin. Instantly Levi comes in and beats him up for throwing the wrong rubbish in the wrong bin. Levi took Armin’s futon because it was broken and sewed it back. It feels warmer now and his chronic sneezing stops. Eren wants to join this club and so do the rest (to avenge their lunches). Levi gives them a smack of approval. Welcome to the club. However the next day, Eren and some have been enlisted in the Wall Cleanup Club. Although they submitted their application, but bear in mind the Survey Corps is an unauthorized club so there was no way it was going to be accepted.

Episode 3
When Krista asks, Annie is going to reveal she loves cheese hamburger steak too but upon hearing how the rest are making fun of it, she is forced to lie that her favourite is some seaweed. Now she hates Eren and challenges him to dodgeball tomorrow. Jean is fired up for his team but to his dismay, it consists of weirdoes. From stupid Connie to glutton Sasha who can only dodge while she is eating and Mikasa completely useless and losing her capabilities at a steady rate since Eren is not around. Where is that guy anyway? He overslept! I think their team barely won. Then there is Annie’s team whose teammates are all at their freaking top form! OMFG! They’re playing them next! Jean is so screwed. Because Keith already warned if he found anybody slacking, he will send them to become Titan’s food, the rest try to disguise Jean as Eren to fool him. Annie is suspicious till the real Eren shows up. You’d expect that loving from Mikasa? A warning threat never to be late again! So when both teams are ready to fight, the match turns out this way. Eren rushes in but trips, Annie slams the ball hitting him, Mikasa saves the rebound, rinse and repeat. Till the final showdown between Annie and Mikasa, they’re going to collide and somehow Eren got in between them and bear the brunt of the collision. Poor guy. Eren asks Annie’s hatred towards him and she reveals the truth. With Eren and Annie making up, the crowd applauds but only Ymir is not impressed with the stupidity. As Eren and co eat lunch, he is devastated his only cheese hamburger steak accidentally drops on the ground. What a waste. Annie joins them and gives him her portion. Jealous Mikasa forces food down Eren’s throat and Annie joins in. You have guessed it like Armin. A love triangle may be brewing at this rate.

Episode 4
Eren dreads going to do his first activity for the Wall Cleanup Club. The only member of the club, Riko forces them to get cleaning the area. After hearing how some girls call this cleaning lame, Jean wants to escape but not on Riko’s watch. Everyone is impressed at how she uses the 3DMD in which she uses it to scale walls for cleaning. Eren and Jean fight over to borrow and use it so Riko tells them off about taking responsibilities. They must do their duties of cleaning windows first if they want to have a chance of using this gear. When she checks on them later, the windows are so freaking shiny that it is blinding! As promised, she trains them to use the gear. Just like in the anime, Eren seems to be the only one who can’t balance himself unlike the rest who easily fly around with ease. If he cannot master the basics, he might be kicked out of the club. Because brains or abilities have nothing to do with it, Armin deduces the only possibility that the gear is broken. Riko is confident it is flawless and even bets to eat spaghetti through her nose upside down. You don’t say… Because she spots the gear is indeed broken! Then Hannes comes by to show Eren how it is done. The gear breaks and causes him to slam into the wall. He thinks he was drunk and Riko uses this as a cover up that he broke the gear. She goes back to fix it and the next day, Eren gets to use it flawlessly. Suddenly they have to hide when Titans rush into the area. They are vandalizing the wall with paint graffiti. I suppose this is the reason why the club was founded. Eren is so worked up that he rushes in to fight them. But since he didn’t have enough practice using 3DMD, he blunders greatly. The Titans get away scot free. It’s back to training for him.

Episode 5
You know Sasha did very badly for the tests when Keith blows his top and beats her up. She would love to have Eren tutor her but he’d rather visit the Survey Corps. Mikasa? Following Eren… Jean? Don’t want this proud bastard. Connie? This guy did worse because he got all zeroes! So I guess Armin is left, eh? Using food to substitute algebra in maths, Sasha seems to be quite motivated. Meanwhile Eren, Mikasa and Jean are at the Survey Corps and they are forced to hear Oluo lament about his bad scores while Petra wants him to quit acting like Levi. Then it turns out he scored 94 and that is bad because scoring perfect was the goal. So he just wants to brag? Petra punch + tongue biting folly. Hange thought she could get Levi to treat her food if her scores were higher. When she learns his is higher, she tries to change the subject for him to treat her. He tells her to go buy some squid with her measly 21 Yen. She’ll go harass her juniors then. When Levi enters the clubroom, he sees Eren and Jean tying her up for the rampage she is causing. The club members know what is coming when Hange seems interested to reveal why she is short of money. They run away and leave Eren and co wondering what the heck is going on. Hange brings them to a room where she is keeping a couple of Titans as specimen. She calls them Sonny and Bean while almost getting her head chewed off a couple of times. Levi sees this and now understands why she is poor. She spent her money to feed them. Hange thinks Levi felt pity and gave his food. Dog food? Those are for the Titans. She can go buy that squid with her own money. Ah, she just eats the dog food. Meanwhile, Sasha is doing well thanks to Armin. She is confident for the makeup test tomorrow and views Armin as a kind and smart person. But then again, he might be weak since he is afraid of the dark. Next day as she takes the test, her mind is so filled with food she cannot concentrate and flunk. What about Connie? He totally forgot about it.

Episode 6
What’s this? Jean finds a love letter in his shoe locker?! Because of that, he changes his hairstyle and puts on heavy cologne. He shows his pals but they wonder if it’s a prank since the letter is unsigned. Jean begins to wonder who it is from. Sasha? Is she capable of writing girly stuffs? But the thought of her breaking his wallet with her empty stomach is unfathomable. Hmm… Krista and Ymir aren’t bad too? With Riko and Petra in the picture, he starts fantasizing all the girls fighting over him! But could it be Mikasa? When Annie wants to talk to Jean, this sets a showdown between Mikasa and Annie as the tension rises. Jean thought he could be a gentleman and stop them but gets beaten up by them. Then Jean sees a love letter dropping from Annie’s pocket. Could it be? After school, Jean and co caught Annie putting the love letter in his shoe locker. It says to meet at the park after school. After happy guy rushes there, Annie is seen wanting to talk to the rest about the love letter. When Annie meets Jean, he misinterprets her shy ambiguous moves and proclaims he is willing to date her. He sounds like a jerk now. He thought she is going to kiss her but actually judo throws him. She thought of talking to him nicely as suggested by others but it seems he was pushing his luck too far. She reveals the letter is written by her friend. What friend? You mean this Titan lady is her friend?! OMFG! How are they friends? They go to the same cram school. Annie helped her write the letter. Flashback reveals when Jean and Marco tried to run away from this Titan lady, they threw their lunch and it seems she took it as a sign of love. I think Jean is so disappointed that he became broken and accepts this Titan as his girlfriend. But the sheer size difference means he gets pounded. Once he returns to reality and rejects her, the heart broken Titan smacks him and runs away in tears. I don’t know if this is Sasha’s way of cheering him up because she plays out a silly act of her food fighting over his love. So broken and even further broken when Jean fantasizes his food lovers fighting over him. Yeah, he’ll make them both his girlfriends.

Episode 7
Because Jean has been skipping his duties, Riko punishes all of them collectively to cleaning duties. Because of that, they end up late for the Survey Corps’ meeting and also get chided for their uniform violation. Another collective cleaning punishment? Although they have just started cleaning for 10 minutes, Levi is not amused at their slowpoke pace. Some rebel against his high and mighty attitude so it is decided that they will face off at the sports festival and the losing grade will have to clean the Titans’ building. While cuties Krista and Annie are acting as cheerleaders, the first bread race pits Sasha and Hange. However Hange ‘cheated’ by riding her Sonny and ate all the buns. Boo hoo. None for Sasha to eat. Jean is showing off using his 3DMD for the ball tossing game but eventually everybody targeted him and he got defeated. The juniors are vastly behind in the score so Mikasa rallies them by calling them disappointments unlike herself as strong. What has she been doing? Jean rallies the rest with his positive words to work together. In the final kibasen event, Mikasa and Armin sacrifice themselves so Eren can face off with Levi. Unfortunately he got easily defeated. Hange then accidentally releases a huge ball containing confetti and flood the entire place. So the juniors are forced to clean up the endless tiny colour papers when they are surprised the seniors too decide to help them out. Both sides apologize for being disrespectful to each other. If you thought seeing such big mess would click Levi’s cleanliness obsession, where the heck is he? Trying to get Hange for making a big mess of this in the first place.

Episode 8
In order to deepen their bonds, Hange suggests a kimodameshi. Eren has his first scare when Erwin greets him from the back. He is the Survey Corps’ advisor? I thought the club was illegal? The kimodameshi’s route is for the juniors to head to several rooms and write their names before ending up in the gym. Eren and Jean sure act tough but they are as chicken sh*t as Armin. Eren’s group is in the first room and they got freaked out by the first of the 7 mysteries of the school, the laughing Mona Lisa. Reiner and Bertolt are puzzled to see an endless stairway so as they walk up, Bertolt felt they’ve been going up forever despite their school only has 3 levels but Reiner always replies it is his imagination. Ymir thought she could pull off that Hanako prank but when they hear her voice, the girls run out of the toilet. Heck, Ymir took the wrong Krista and Sasha instead. Eren and co continue to be freaked out by the school’s other mysteries like the ghostly Beethoven, the girl ghost in the mirror, the dancing human figure and screaming skeleton. Krista is lost and is comforted by a girl in white dress outside the building. When Ymir is reunited with her (must be a big relief), Krista wants to introduce her to her friend but she is gone. As everyone has reunited, in the gym they see a basketball player (Levi?) dribbling his own head. Then all the other ghosts appear to freak them out. A huge cannon joins in the chase (from Reiner and Bertolt’s endless stairways). Levi has had it with this folly and destroys the cannon. It is revealed this ghost prank is done by Hange and the seniors. The ghosts were just them in costumes. When they ask about the girl in white, nobody recognizes her so Erwin says she is the final seventh mystery, the girl who got lost during kimodameshi and hasn’t realized she has turned into a ghost. She still wanders the hallways looking for someone to scare. Eren continues to be scared when Mikasa claps her hand to kill a bug. The ghost girl watches over them.

Episode 9
Reiner plans to confess to Krista at the festival. But why is he asking Bertolt to come with him? Embarrassed? Reiner knows he has a crush on Annie and wants him to ask her to come too. Instantly Bertolt flusters. It’s all written over his face. Reiner successfully asks Krista to come to the festival. I’m sure Ymir doesn’t like this a bit but knowing Bertolt likes Annie, she joins Reiner in teasing and planning to get them together. After setting them up, Annie is about to reject going to the festival but after hearing how Eren is going (and the rest too), she decides to go. Yeah, it’s going to be a challenge with lots of unwanted people. At the festival, Bertolt’s chance to compliment Annie’s yukata but instead he compliments her sandal strap knot. Huh? Part of the plan is to make Bertolt look cool in the shooting game. However Mikasa and Annie end up in a competition to win items for Eren. The shop closes down… Then there is the plan to accidentally pour shaved ice on her and Bertolt will come to her rescue. Well, only if Sasha and Connie didn’t get lost buying the shaved ice. And when they return, Ymir purposely pushes them. Bertolt protects Annie from getting stained. He goes off himself to wash up. The rest felt they went too far in their plan and split up to look for him. Annie finds him playing die-cutting. They talk about stuffs and when the rest arrive, they hide behind the bush, waiting to hear those magical words. Just when Bertolt is about to say it, the stupid fireworks had to drown his voice out. But the pals rejoice when they hear Annie agreeing to it and though this gave away their position, they couldn’t feel happier for him. Then it all turns out to be Annie agreeing to do die-cutting with him. So disappointing… What else to do but to join in this patient game and watch another round of lovely fireworks.

Episode 10
Ilse is running away as she writes in her notebook the terrible evidence she witness in the student council. Thanks to her exposure, the student council is brought down and a new election will be held. So Jean and Eren become interested to run for president. Armin helps to a poster for Eren but I think Eren has a bad sense of fashion because he finds it cool his face like Picasso’s painting. When Jean and Eren try to put up their poster, the bulletin board is hogged by Oluo’s posters. Just paste over it! Unfortunately the duo scored 0% in the opinion poll. Hange and Levi suggest that their rating might increase if they get Ilse’s notebook since it contains deep information that every student would die to know. So it becomes a race for all the candidates to get her notebook and confused Ilse is left to run for her life. After it exchanges many hands, it is revealed the info inside only contains detailed tips on how to clean the school. I guess that is why Levi wants it. Disappointed? Marco hands the notebook back and tells Ilse that these guys have good intentions and anyone would be a good student council president. All the candidates are to give their final speeches. The crowd boos Riko when she wants to enforce compulsory cleaning. Reiner will hold aggressive training camps and swimming meets with cute girls. Though popular with the boys, the girls hate it. Especially after hearing Krista calling him the worst, a shocked Reiner withdraws. Oluo bit his tongue before he could speak. Eren’s passionate speech about killing Titans did not go well. It took Armin’s eloquent speech to turn the tide in his favour but Eren blew it when he orders everyone to vote for him. Finally there is Jean. He gets honest. He only wants to become the president to be popular. BOO! Marco then takes the helm and says all the right words to support Jean. Ilse is touched by his speech and rallies for everyone to vote for Marco as the president! In the end, everyone votes for him while Jean and Eren and left to rue their failure.

Episode 11
For the school cultural festival, Eren’s class are split up in doing several different things. But the main bulk is Eren and co doing a cheeseburger stand. Because of the strong competition next door by Riko selling her rice, Armin is made to cross-dress as a girl to advertise! Reiner loves to patron Krista’s maid cafe. Her omelette rice is always sabotaged by Ymir pouring other condiments to ruin it. Hange is organizing some biology class demonstrating her Titans and almost getting eaten several times. And she’s laughing the hardest about it. Jean is in some Snow White play. Because Eren and co are so focused in making their stall the best, they won’t switch and do the play. Gradually, Jean is left to do all the acting by himself. Even accidentally kissing that hideous Titan mannequin. I wonder who is watching all this. The cheeseburger stall has drawn considerably a long queue but the real battle is about to begin when Riko is close to finishing her rice. When she is about to open the pot’s lid, Eren unleashes his sales tactic for Armin to advertise their cheeseburger with double the cheese with the same price. Everyone starts rushing to buy this fabulous offer. However, the red alert is sounded when Titans are heard stomping into the scene. It seems they are here to steal all their food stalls. Eren won’t allow it this time and goes to fight them. Too bad he got stomped. Don’t worry. He still lives. The Titans make a clean getaway with all the food and history marks it as yet another lost for the cheeseburger. Curse you, Titans!

Episode 12
Eren wants to go to the Titans’ building and retrieve them. However the teachers are against this. Eren’s pals defend him and tell him to head there while they hold back the teachers. Eren and co head to the Survey Corps but it seems Levi has ordered them to be on standby. Eren disagrees on this and because he continues to be adamant of getting his cheeseburger back, Levi just tells him to decide what he wants to do and then only later choose what he will regret on. Eren and co make their way to the Titans’ building but are left running away because they don’t have their 3DMD. Hannes lures them into a secret spot so that Riko could hand them their 3DMD. It is believed the principal office houses their food stalls but as they head in, there is a miniature town inside. Also, there is a key in the middle in which they believe must be inserted to the door where their food is. Hurry up, the Titans are coming. While the rest distracts the Titans, Eren tries all his might to lift the key out but to no avail. Their entire heroic fight is being recorded by Ilse and viewed live by everyone back at school. Jean almost got eaten but his Titan lover saved him. Eren manages to take out the key by turning into a giant form. After opening the door, it leads them to the gym where several Titans are paying homage to the food stalls. Since their cover is blown, Levi and his Survey Corps initiate some rock concert to have the Titans worshipping like crazy fans. Then they realize they are actually inside the principal’s lunch box. He is no other than the Colossal Titan. Eren tries to save his cheeseburger and gets eaten! Oh, the disbelief! However he is spit out since he was carrying a mustard sauce and to everyone’s joy, Eren has saved his cheeseburger. Wait a minute. Just 1 lousy cheeseburger?! Erwin lectures the other teachers how Eren’s act has given hope to others the students can still enjoy a fun school life without fearing the Titans. Eren returns to the rest and enjoys his cheeseburger. Yummy.

What’s For Lunch?
Due to my biasness for the awesome series, perhaps it is the reason why I find this comical short to be very funny and entertaining. It is hard to just comment on this spin-off series as itself without referring to the original TV series because there are many aspects here which draws a lot of references and parodies to the original TV series. Therefore it is better for one to watch that awesome show first before jumping into this one. Otherwise there are many of the jokes and references that will make you feel lost. Even if newcomers who have never watched the original series start watching this one, they can still find it funny although they will miss many of the reference points that parody the show.

Although many of the characters retain their typical personality as we know them, many of its aspects are amplified for comical purpose. Like Sasha and Connie who are already the jokers and lucky dimwits of the series, their idiocy is further enhanced making them even more comical than ever. Connie is even more ‘stupid’ while Sasha continues to be the glutton and thinking nothing but food. Then there is Ymir (whom in the original TV series, she was only referred to as Sobakasu) who is constantly overprotective of Krista. It becomes a running joke that whenever Reiner or some other guy or thing tries to get to Krista, she’ll kick them away and after proclaiming she’ll protect her from this and that, it always ends with her asking Krista to marry her. I think her overprotective case is far worse than Mikasa for Eren. That girl is still does and goes whatever and wherever he goes. If Eren is doing it, she’s doing it. If he is going there, she is coming too. It’s like she is his shadow or something. There is also that running joke from Oluo as he keeps biting his tongue while he talks. Only thing is that he does it more often here than in the TV series. Sometimes Petra would just retort about biting it off and die for real or tell off that vain guy to stop pretending to be Levi because it just disgusts her.

Some of the characters are given ‘additional’ traits like how Armin cannot be seen without his blanket so he becomes some sort of hooded character wherever he goes. Then there is Jean who is very obsessed about becoming popular with the girls but usually ends up butting heads with Eren. Making it even more ‘shocking’ is the fact that a Titan female likes him! I guess it is good to have a little variety and detract from the original source. Another instance is Marco’s crush on Annie. We know this will never ever happen because we all know what happened to Marco, right? And we also very well know what happened to Annie at the end of the series, right? So there is no hell way in the world they will ever be together, right? Unless you’re talking about a parallel universe but that is a different story altogether. Like this spin-off. Say, I wonder what happened to that Annie’s crush on Eren? Was I just overthinking it?

Some characters never change like Levi who is still the unapproachable and serious guy. His clean freak behaviour is still there but it is hard to make him look funny considering the serious mug his has. Hange is also as wild as she is in the TV series especially her uncanny love for experimenting with Titans. Keith is also that scary drill instructor whom you’ll always wish to pass you by without picking you out for something to yell at.

The plot of having Titans rampaging and stealing food instead of eating human is quite a clever theme for this spin-off. It makes them feel like big bullies out to get your lunch other than horrible mysterious creatures trying to end mankind. It reduces the scary effects of the Titans that we see and know about. Even in the TV series, they look comical to the point that they look like mutated retards, the effect of them looking so feels less despite many of the Titans retain that look. Speaking of the art and drawing, with the chibified look on all the characters, somehow it enhances the cuteness of all the female characters. Like Krista who is (personally) already a cutie in the series and here, she is even cuter. Same case for Annie and the rest.

The opening theme, Seishun Wa Hanabi No You Ni is a parody of the series’ first opening theme, Guren No Yumiya in terms of the pacing and the tune. Even the opening credits animation is very much a parody of the show except everybody in chibi form. Also sung by Linked Horizon who sang that song in the TV series. At certain points of the song, I thought it sounded like a Christmas carol considering the background choir voices. The rock based ending theme is Hangeki No Daichi by the trio behind Eren, Jean and Mikasa. Oddly, I could only hear Jean’s voice in the foreground for most of the time.

Overall, like I have said, this spin-off is a good appetizer for those who are eagerly waiting for the second season to arrive. Fans of the series will definitely enjoy this parody version with some fun and laughs although I do read some comments that some ‘purist’ fans call this distraction a deviation from the original source material and it isn’t something to be proud of. Hey, come on. It’s a funny spin-off done well. What else more do you want to ask? Next time when your mother tells you to eat your vegetables, make sure you finish them before the Titans steal ‘em away. Not a bad deal you say for Titans eating vegetables on your behalf? Wait till they move on to your favourite cheeseburger and then acquired taste for… Human flesh and blood! Horror! That would be a food for thought.

With the great success of the TV series, it is no doubt that there would be a second season. But while we wait for that to happen in 2016, fans in the mean time get to rejoice with a couple of OVA episodes that tell the historic meeting of the most beloved characters of the series. Sorry guys, it is not Mikasa. Instead, Shingeki No Kyojin: No Regrets is how the fan favourite characters of Levi and Erwin meet each other and become one of the strongest and most respected members of the Survey Corps.

Episode 1
Levi comes from the underground district and despite being the safest place ever from Titans, the area is abandoned and all those here are leftovers from the sealed Immigration Plan. I know this looks like the slums but what is so bad about that since there are no Titans? Well, sunlight doesn’t reach here and without sunlight, your legs start to rot. Geez, it’s like between the devil and the deep blue sea here, huh? Levi and his friend, Farlan Church are no better than the thugs next door. They have been targeting underground merchants and their job has become easier ever since they stole 3DMD and are very good in using them. Life is tough. Especially their friend, Jan whose legs are getting worse and the toll to the Stairways have increased. The Stairways are the only means for these people to head up to the surface for sunlight but even if they can pay their way out, without citizenship, they’ll be thrown back down shortly. One day, a girl named Isabel Magnolia seeks refuge in their house. Of course Levi wants her to get out since she is dirtying the place. They realize a few punks are looking for her since she tried to sneak past the toll without paying. The thugs confront Levi and they see Isabel. They want her handed over or else they’ll be charged as accomplice. The thug leader made the mistake of touching Levi and got his hands cut. Don’t ever touch him. He doesn’t like being dirtied. His men are smart. They know these guys are dangerous and retreat. Levi notices a small bird Isabel has been holding ever since. She thinks it got lost through some ducts and wanted to bring it back up. So that’s whys she tried to sneak out? As she is impressed with them, she wants to join them. What do you say, Levi? If she wants to stay, make sure she knows how to clean before learning to use 3DMD. I guess that means a yes! And so Isabel learns how to ‘fly’ with those guys and finally they find a big hole where the sunlight reaches to release the bird. Hey. Why didn’t she come here and do so in the first place? Unless you need 3DMD to reach it.

One day, a guy seeks them for a job request. They are not interested but he has already paid a ‘deposit’. Jan is being taken to hospital on the surface to get his legs treated. The trio have no choice but to follow him. At the top of the Stairways, some big shot tells them about the job. In addition to being paid a large sum of money upon their successful completion, they’ll be offer full citizenship. Tempting, eh? After confirming who this big shot is and Jan is really being treated in a first class hospital, it is time to get this job done. At first it looked like stealing something from those underground but the Military Police is soon hot on their trails. However Levi and co can tell something is off. Those moves aren’t from the Military Police. That wing emblem… Yup. Those guys are from the Survey Corps. Levi is going to test how good they are as they soar and dash through buildings till it turns into close quarter knife combat. Levi is forced to give up when he is cornered by Erwin and his friends are captured. Erwin questions them how did they get the 3DMD and learn how to use it. They remain silent. Till Levi is messed up did Jan admit they learn it themselves. Erwin finds it hard to believe so he makes a deal. He can let his crimes go unpunished but in exchange lend him his strength and join the Survey Corps. Or else they will be handed over to the Military Police and you know it isn’t going to be pleasant after all the crimes they have done. Levi agrees to join him.

Episode 2
Some of the Survey Corps guys are against Erwin’s decision to have criminals join their ranks since it will demoralize the troops. Erwin vouches for their 3DMD skills and the commander says Erwin’s groundbreaking new formation is most important now because it is not how to kill Titans best but how to avoid them. This should reduce their casualty rate. The trio are assigned to be under Flagon’s squad instead of Erwin because he is in charge of the formation. Flagon doesn’t like these punks a bit and tells them to clean up their dorm. I guess that is a taboo word for Levi. Farlan apologizes on his behalf and later reminds Levi not to pull off that kind of stunt. Remember why they are here. That big shot, Nicholas Lobov told them the Survey Corps will come after them and will have them achieve 2 things for him. Meanwhile the commander talks to Erwin about the sudden approval of the budget for the next expedition. Lobov was so against it but suddenly turned around. Did he use some indecent means to change his mind? He warns he is taking a dangerous path and can never come back out. Erwin recounts the first time he saw his comrades being eaten by Titans. It made him realize the fragility of humans. Wealth, power and noble ideas do not mean a thing if the Titans breach the walls. That is why he will do anything and everything to ensure the expedition and efforts to take back this world from Titans are not abandoned. All for the sake of mankind’s humanity.

Levi remembers the 2 things Lobov wants them to do: 1) Obtain a scroll that Erwin possesses; 2) Kill Erwin. The newbies impress the rest with their exceptional skills. It’s like they’ve received military training before (but didn’t). Levi even impresses the non-believers with his unconventional way in holding the blades. It makes him faster and more effective in slicing the Titan’s neck. Farlan sneaks into Erwin’s quarters to find the scroll but could not find it. He thinks that he might be carrying it around with him. He thinks using the expedition to their advantage is the only way. Levi agrees to this idea but he will do it himself. Is he saying he has no confidence in his friends? Yes. Don’t give them that sh*t! He won’t move from his decision. So would they. Levi sees the clouded night sky. It is the same as underground. However they point out there is no ceiling compared to the endless sky. After bugging him about believing in them, he relents. And so the expedition is on the way and it is that flabbergasted look on their face when they head outside the walls the first time. They are told off to keep focus and stop fooling around in being over confident as they have never met a Titan before. They do not know how many good soldiers have been eaten. Speaking of Titans, here comes a few of them. Levi and his friends defy orders to go take down some of them. Wow. Their first kill. Impressive. But not Erwin. He tells them they are using too much gas on their 3DMD and should be conservative outside. Also, Levi is making many unnecessary moves. Is he beginning to have doubts? If so, that will be the end of him. That shock look on Levi’s face…

The weather turns for the worst as the heavy rain limits their visibility. This is when Levi wants to go in to deal with Erwin. Since it will be suspicious for all 3 of them to break formation, he’ll do it alone. Levi rides up till he stumbles upon a sea of fresh human corpses! He realizes too late from the footprints on the ground that the Titan passed him. He races back and when his horse trips, to his horror there is Isabel’s head! And Farlan is freshly devoured by the Titan. Shock turns to anger as Levi starts cutting up the Titan till it loses its head!!!!!!!! Mince meat!!! Erwin notes he is the only survivor in his squad. Levi gets mad and wants to kill him, revealing the reason he is here. Erwin then throws down the scroll. This is the fake one. The real one which contains Lobov’s crimes is already in Zacklay’s hands. Lobov is finished. Levi is stunned Erwin knew this all along. Words of his friends echo through his mind. Erwin leaves him with this advice: If he begins to regret, it will dull his future decisions and make others decide for you. If that happens, all that is left is for him to die. Each decision he makes holds meaning only by affecting your next decision. Erwin walks away, noticing Flagon’s corpse on the side. In the end, Levi never understood anything, even if he believed in his own strength or the decision of his friends. This man Erwin is looking up at something that he can’t even see. Whatever it is, he will not regret this decision as long as he lives.

No Turning Back!
It is without a doubt from start to finish that the double episodes do not disappoint. It is just so excellent and made me love the series even more. The only down point for this series is that is so freaking awesome that I have become impatient in wanting for the second season to be shown right now! Oh dear! It might be a few more months away but it seems like eternity! Don’t give me that go read the manga crap excuse! I want to see this anime!!! Back to this series… Fans who loved the original TV series are going to love this one too as it provides excellent insight and the past of Levi and how he turn out to be as we know him. I guess his obsessive compulsive disorder to be clean isn’t just a running joke, eh? His badass attitude may dangerously churn out more Levi fans screaming his name and swooning over him each time you see those mean slanted eyes. Then there is Erwin who is rising up the ranks of the Survey Corps with his unwavering and unparalleled vision for mankind. Leaders like him are rare and more so why he is so respected. Overall, everything in this little series is so awesome that I have no words to describe. Everything. The drama, the story, the pacing, the characters, even the same art style and music used, it is just perfect. Everything adds up and leads to where everything is right now. So do yourself a favour and watch this series if you haven’t already. Still not convinced? Then I hope that every decision you make, make sure you do not regret it. I can assure you will not if you watch this one. I know I didn’t.

Shingeki No Kyojin

September 14, 2014

Have you ever known true fear and oppression? The kind that makes you feel that you could be killed the next very second. Even the sanctuary and protection of whatever that keeps you safe isn’t enough as much a guarantee that you will see tomorrow’s sunrise. Or even tonight’s moonrise. Have that feeling of helplessness that there is an all-powerful enemy with seemingly no weaknesses that threatens your very survival? No matter what you do, you’ll never have a fighting chance. Yes, people. Happiness is only a false sense of security if you think you are living in a cage protecting you from such predators. Because if you look at it from another point of view, you are just a caged bird or cattle livestock in the enemy’s ‘farm’.

The caged bird and cattle are humans. The predators: Titans. The cage: A huge impenetrable wall that serves as the last bastion of mankind. Yes, everyone. Know thy true fear as you see it in Shingeki No Kyojin or Attack On Titan. As you could have guessed it, humans lived their puny lives behind great big walls from the threat of huge giants who seem to have a taste for mankind. Humans get to go on living happily like as though Titans never existed. And just true to our human nature, we eventually forget. We take things for granted. Happiness is only fleeting and lasting because the wall is doing a great job. What happens if it doesn’t?

The idea of giants terrorizing and craving for human flesh make some feel like this anime is very similar in many aspects to the Hollywood version of Jack The Giant Slayer. As I have not watched this movie, I can’t really compare it but I can’t find any sources over the internet to say if the American movie copied the idea from the Japanese manga series. Obviously the manga came out first (published in 2009) while the Hollywood movie was released in early 2013. However as I read, development of the movie began back in 2005 and was of course based on the English fairytales, Jack and the Beanstalk and Jack the Giant Killer. So did the manga creator get the idea from this? Or is it just a big coincidence?

Episode 1
In the district of Shiganshina, Eren Jaeger and Mikasa Ackerman are carrying wood back when they meet Garrison unit leader’s Hannes. Eren is not pleased they are slacking off and getting drunk in the middle of their job despite peace reigning for 100 years. It is like as though they have no resolve to fight back and even though everyone is eating and sleeping peacefully within the confines of the walls, it just feels like they are cattle. They then witness the return of the Survey Corps. Sombre mood. One of the mothers of the men wants to know if her son is alright. Well, here is his arm. That’s all that is left of him. Heart breaking. Mother thought her son carried out his duty significantly but the leader breaks down. He screams out that after all the sacrifice and years of venturing out, they have learnt nothing about the Titans. Eren wants to beat up a guy who badmouthed Survey Corps but Mikasa brings him away to cool down. She hopes that after witnessing what happened, should change his mind to join Survey Corps. When they return, Mikasa tells Carla (Eren’s mom) about Eren’s dream. Mom is of course against it but his father Grisha was calm. Learning that Eren wants to know what is happening to the world outside instead of living in cages, he understands his son’s inquisitiveness. When he returns, he will show him the basement that he has always kept a secret. Eren ends up arguing with Carla before storming out of the house. A group of boys are bullying Armin Arlert. They see Eren coming to help but it is the sight of Mikasa that scares the sh*t out of them that they pack and flee! Armin was bullied because he too would like to go outside the walls. Peace has reigned for 100 years only because the walls have been doing their job. Suddenly they hear a loud explosion. Before their eyes, a Colossal Titan! Its head is peeping out from the highest wall! With a big hole in the wall, other Titans start streaming in. The people run helter-skelter in panic. Eren realizes one of the walls that were sent flying flew in the direction of his home. To his horror, he sees Carla pinned under the rubble. Mother wants the kids to run but Eren is going to pull her out despite her leg has been crushed and cannot run herself. Hannes comes by and Carla orders him to take the children away. However he wants to play hero and slay the Titan so that they all can be saved. But when he sees the approaching Titan, he chickens out, makes a u-turn, take the kids and run! Eren sees before his eyes his mom being devoured alive by the Titan.

Episode 2
Eren is upset Hannes didn’t save his mom. Hannes bluntly puts it Eren couldn’t save her because he lacks the power and he himself couldn’t because he lacks the courage. The people are panicking to get onboard a boat to the inner walls. Some desperate to get onboard despite being full. Women, children and old folks get priority. To make things worse, an Armoured Titan runs and smashes through another wall and sends all the soldiers flying. Within hours, the southern Wall Maria has fallen and news spread like wildfire through all the human districts about the fall of Shiganshina. Eren is so upset in seeing this and that his last memory with Carla is that petty argument, he vows to eradicate every last Titan on the face of this planet. In the aftermath, the central government has reduced mankind’s territory to Wall Rose. 10,000 lives were lost. Because of the refugees, this means there is food shortage. Eren is still hot-headed. He is not happy to hear some guards commenting that they have to share their food with outsiders and should have been devoured by Titans. Had Armin not stepped in and quell the tension, who knows what might have happened. Eren even wants to head back to Wall Maria and doesn’t accept the argument to live like a cattle and coward. Mikasa beats him up, telling him they were no different. They were just as powerless and had no chance. Survival must be their main goal. Although the refugees were made to cultivate the land for food production, the food shortage was still an issue. Thus under the guise of capturing Wall Maria, 250,000 refugees were sent to ‘war’ and only hundreds survived. That solved the food shortage problem. One of those refugees was Armin’s beloved grandpa. Eren is still adamant to defeat the Titans so he wants to join Training Corps next year. Mikasa will also join to keep him from dying. Armin too.

Episode 3
Under the strict guidance of Keith Shardis, the new recruits experience the tough military drills. But among them, Sasha Blouse was brave (and dumb) enough to eat a potato right before Keith and has the cheek to share it with him! She is made to run laps till sunset. As Eren was the witness during that fateful day, everyone is all ears to his story. He is still adamant of joining Survey Corps to rid the world of every Titan. But fellow Jean Kirschtein has a different ideology. He wants to become the Military Police Brigade and live inside the inner walls of the city. Both of them butt heads but back down since it’s futile to fight against each other. They’re not the enemy. Sasha is on the verge of collapsing from all that running, Krista Lenz helps her but Sobakasu thinks it’s stupid to be kind. However she also helps Sasha to put her in her debt. She can count on her stupidity for that. Keith trains the trainees how to use the basic Three-dimensional Manoeuvre Device (3DMD) but it seems only Eren has problems maintaining his balance. This is a blow to his aspirations. After talking big of slaying very Titan and he can’t even do this simple stuff? It’s just embarrassing. If he can’t pass this, he might even be dismissed and drop out. He tries to seek tips from the rest but they can’t help much since using 3DMD is somewhat of a ‘feel’ kind of thing. Even top students Bertolt Hoover and Reiner Braun can’t do much. However they understand Eren’s feelings because they too experienced firsthand the terrifying invasion of the Titans. Unlike many others here who do not know such fear, they are mainly enlisted just to abide by society’s expectations. It’s D-Day for Eren to show he can handle 3DMD. At first he seems to finally get a hang of it before flopping shortly. Does this mean it’s over for him? Keith wants Eren to switch his gear. Seems Eren had a defective equipment all along. Usually such equipment is never faulty (how sure are they?) but this made everyone think that if Eren was able to stay up for a while even with this faulty device, it means he is a talented guy, right? Eren is so relieved that Mikasa sees in his victory eyes like as though he doesn’t need her anymore.

Episode 4
As the trainees continue their training, Keith makes remarks on each of their character, skill and progress. Among them include, Armin, Bertolt, Reiner, Jean, Sasha, Annie Leonhart, Connie Springer, Mikasa and of course Eren. Eren and Reiner are in hand to hand combat training. Because Annie has been slacking off while eluding the instructor’s attention again, Reiner wants to teach her a lesson as a soldier. He makes Eren fight her and he instantly loses! Of course Reiner himself has a go. No chance! Annie hints to Eren the irony of this world. The more you can fight against the Titans, the further you can get away from them. Because she is not stupid enough to go play soldier. It dawned to Eren that those enlisted in Training Corps are perhaps those who want to get away from Titans by living in the inner walls. Eren and Jean get into another argument. This time a fist fight was inevitable. Eren uses a move that Annie did on him to put him down. They are stopped when Keith comes in after hearing a commotion. Mikasa quickly blames it on Sasha’s fart! As the Training Corps will soon graduate. They are told they have 3 options. 1) Garrison – responsible for wall fortification and defending the towns; 2) Survey Corps – venture outside the walls into Titan territory; 3) Military Police Brigade – governs the citizens and maintains order. Only the third option is available to the top 10. And the top 10 are (from top to bottom): Mikasa, Reiner, Bertolt, Annie, Eren, Jean, Marco Bott, Connie, Sasha and Krista. Eren maintains his ambition to join Survey Corps as his goal is to fight Titans. Some are being pessimistic as they think humans have no chance of winning against them. But Eren remains optimistic. Mankind has been losing because they lack information but now they can use that obtained through fighting and bring hope. He is not going to wait for Titans to devour them. Mankind has not lost yet. He will exterminate them all and escape these walls. This is his dream. Of course Armin and Mikasa also will join him. They don’t want to lose anymore friends and family. Thanks to Eren’s moving speech, some even changed their mind and want to join Survey Corps like Connie and Thomas Wagner. Sasha is still causing trouble since she stole precious meat for them to eat! As the graduates are cleaning the cannons, suddenly the Colossal Titan appears and smashes a hole in the wall! Where the hell did it pop up from? Ah well, there goes 5 years of peace…

Episode 5
Eren is ‘happy’ to see the Titan and goes into swinging action to kill it. However it suddenly vanishes into thin air! Just like how that Titan did came and go so suddenly back at Shiganshina. Eren notices this Titan has a mind on its own because it destroyed all the cannons in one swing. The soldiers scramble to their posts as panic spreads of another Titans invasion. Armin becomes a nervous wreck but Eren calms him down. Meanwhile the noble marquis of the Trost district, Bart is drinking with a high ranking military officer, Dot Pixis. When word reaches them that the Titans have invaded, Bart panics but Pixis wants to go into action. Bart doesn’t want him to leave his side and couldn’t care less about the other soldier. Pixis doesn’t pay heed and leaves. Some of the soldiers especially the newly graduated ones are feeling scared. Especially when they learn the vanguard squad are the front has been eliminated. Jean is upset that the Titans had to pick today to invade. For tomorrow he would have been in the inner walls. Eren gives him a pep talk that they survived hell and made it. So he is going to survive today and be in the inner walls by tomorrow. Mikasa is on a different squad from Eren (her top skills means she is needed to protect the elite and other residents). She wants Eren not to die. Duh… Eren and his team await the incoming Titans. He remembers those Titan lessons at school. Their origins unknown, have no reproductive system, show no interest in any other organisms except humans. Because they have survived without humans for 100 years show they do not need sustenance to begin with. It could only mean that their goal is to slaughter humans. However defeating a Titan is not easy. Even when a part of their body and their head is blown off, they can regenerate. It’s like they are immortals. However they have a weakness. If there is substantial damage to the back of their neck, they will die. That’s why it is essential to hack through their flesh with 2 blades. Now that it’s time to go into action, the horrors of reality sink in. They see Thomas getting devoured by a Titan. Eren is upset and tries to go after it but was slammed away by another Titan. Slowly, every team member gets devoured and Armin is about to meet the same fate. Eren remembers Armin telling him about the fascinating world outside as read from a book he ‘stole’. Seems they have never seen what an ocean is. Eren gets the strength to pull Armin out from the Titan’s throat but he himself gets devoured.

Episode 6
Armin is the only survivor of his squad and is reeling from the trauma of seeing Eren devoured before his eyes. He thinks a useless person like himself should have died instead. Elsewhere, a selfish merchant is blocking the entrance simply because he wants to get his overloaded wagon through the narrow passage. Obviously it won’t go through but he remains stubborn and reminds the people that his resources are what makes them survives. An Abnormal Titan comes rushing into the scene like a crazy madman. The crowd panics and starts pushing. However Mikasa swiftly cuts it down. When Mikasa sees the lagging evacuation due to his selfishness, she wastes no time to prepare cutting him down. After all, what is one sacrifice compared to the hundreds of lives that can be saved. Instantly the merchant becomes scared and withdraws his wagon. An earnest thank from a little girl brought back memories she doesn’t want to remember. She lived a peaceful life with her parents till one day kidnappers killed them and kidnapped her. Because of her rare oriental looks, she would fetch a high price to those with such fetish in the black market. Though, it was her mother who would have been their fine catch had not for a panicking kidnapper who killed her when she tried to attacked back. Grisha and Eren visited their home for the usual check-up but find the dead bodies. Although Eren was told to wait at the base of the hill, Eren went to the kidnapper’s base and killed them to free Mikasa (they were animals and not humans he reasoned). He was unaware there was a third one and was ambushed. Eren is on the verge of being killed. He tells Mikasa to fight. If she doesn’t fight, she cannot win. It was then Mikasa realized the cruelty of the world. Even in nature, a mantis eating a butterfly or her father shot a duck for dinner. It’s kill or be killed. Mikasa never hesitated since and took up the knife to kill the kidnapper. As Mikasa has no home to return to, Grisha suggested living with them. Eren gives her his scarf to keep her warm, something she wears till today.

Episode 7
Although there were no civilian casualties in the evacuation, the fighting squads are stuck. Their equipment is out of gas which makes them unable to climb walls. They’re like sitting ducks. Worse, the Titans are swarming the supply building and killing everyone there. Those trapped, some killed themselves as not to be devoured alive. Mikasa arrives and asks Armin about Eren’s whereabouts. He emotionally reports his squad’s death. Mikasa was calm. She thinks they can win if they eliminate the Titans swarming the supply building. The rest think she’s crazy doing this suicide mission. She can. Because she is strong. Stronger than all of them cowards. So sit back and watch her defeat every single one of them. This motivated the rest to not lose out as they follow her lead. But Armin knows Mikasa is not her usual self. She may look calm but her rash actions indicate she is taking out her emotions via her actions. At this rate, she will run out of gas and true enough it happened and Mikasa crashes below. Armin and Connie go to her aid and leaves Jean with responsibility in leading the rest. However Jean is paralyzed in fear when he sees some of his comrades get devoured. He questions himself if he has the right to shoulder such responsibility. Meanwhile a Titan approaches Mikasa. She is on the verge of giving up when her body suddenly moves by itself to avoid the Titan’s slam. She realizes that if she dies, she cannot remember Eren anymore and vows to fight and live on. She is about to get into action when another Titan approaches. However, this one beats the crap out of the Titan and smashes it till it died! OMG. Never heard of a Titan fighting among themselves?! Not only that, it ignores Mikasa, Armin and Connie to go fight and kill another Titan! Armin switches gear with Mikasa because his has some gas left. He wants to be left at least a blade as he doesn’t want to be devoured but Mikasa throws it away. Mikasa notes the awesome scene of a Titan killing another Titan was uplifting. She felt a great morale booster like as though that Titan was the embodiment of humanity’s rage.

Episode 8
Armin has an idea to make use of that ‘friendly’ Titan. As it attacks other Titans and shows no interest in humans, they should guide it to the supply station where other Titans are swarming. It’s a risky move, either they all end up being saved or be eaten but it’s better to do something than to wait to be eaten. Jean is still in a dilemma about his leadership. As he is paralyzed in fear watching his comrades get eaten, an idea suddenly hits him. While the Titans are busy devouring his dead comrades, he yells to the rest to take this chance and move to the supply building. Everyone follows his lead and but only a few land safely into the building. However Jean is left feeling guilty once more as he ponders how many died on the way. Mikasa’s group also arrive and tells about the ‘friendly’ Titan. While it is taking out the other Titans, the smaller ones are inside wandering around the supply room. Armin hatches a plan to fill the elevator with people armed with guns. They are used as bait to lure the Titans close. Once that happens, they will fire and temporarily blind them and the best soldiers will swiftly jump down to cut their back necks simultaneously. It is a big gamble as everyone must succeed in this one shot. Everyone gets into position. It is nerve wrecking for those in the elevator as the Titans get close. Once close enough, they fire and it is signal for the rest to jump down and cut. Most succeed however Sasha and Connie blunder theirs. Sasha is on the verge of being eaten but Mikasa was quick enough to cut down the Titan. Connie’s is done in by Annie. Sasha feels bad that she almost surrendered to a Titan. After everyone resupplies, they are surprised to see the ‘friendly’ Titan being overwhelmed by the rest. It cannot regenerate anymore. Mikasa thinks of saving it since it might be the weapon that may pull them out of this hopeless situation. When the Titan that devoured Thomas appears, the ‘friendly’ Titan becomes enraged, breaks free and quickly bites it to death. But the most shocking revelation is that when the ‘friendly’ Titan collapses, they see Eren emerging from its back!!! Mikasa dives down to retrieve him and is surprised-cum-relieved that he is still alive. However Armin is baffled. His limbs are still intact when he clearly saw his leg severed and his left arm bitten off.

Episode 9
We are told about the Survey Corps and how 30% of those sent out never make it back. Also introduced are some of the greatest elites of the military of the Survey Corps. First there is Commander Erwin Smith. Then there is Lance Corporal Levi Rivaille and the crazy Hange Zoe who is always excited wanting to meet an Abnormal. We see Levi’s unrivalled skill and agility in taking down Titans like as though it is child’s play. Each of his comrade’s death spurs him on despite putting a brave strong front. Meanwhile Eren is in a pool of blood. Possibly inside the Titan’s stomach. He sees dead bodies floating everywhere. He cannot accept this reality and the fact Titans have robbed them of everything. So upset that he vows to kill them all. That’s when he emerges and breaks through from the Titan who devoured him as that rampaging ‘friendly’ Titan. When Eren wakes up from his daydream, he is shocked to see Armin and Mikasa by his side and the rest of the military pointing their blades at them. It’s like they’ve become a villain. They heard him mutter he’ll kill everyone. The squad captain, Jesus (I can’t remember his real name but because he looks like a crazy version of Jesus Christ…) wants to know Eren’s true identity because everyone saw him emerged from the Titan. He thinks he is another version of a Titan and will not risk more of their kind to breach beyond the walls. Mikasa defends Eren and warns them that her special ability is to cut flesh. Those who want to experience it personally, please feel free to approach her. Eren feels weak and he doesn’t have memories prior to what happened. He thought all that was a dream. When he answers back he is human, Jesus isn’t convinced and orders his men to fire. As Mikasa takes Eren away, he remembers about the key and basement his dad wanted to show him. He was told he must survive and recapture Wall Maria to go to that basement. In tears, Grisha injected some drug that would affect his memories. It is some power that should prove useful then and his memories will teach him how to use it. The path is tough and harsh but he must succeed and master this power if he wants to save his friends and everyone else. Eren bites his thumb. Though the cannon fire hits them, what everyone sees next leaves them in true shock. Eren has turned into a Titan to protect his friends!

Episode 10
The soldiers’ morale are low, the reason why Jean and the rest can’t let the word that Eren turned into a Titan spread. Then they hear the cannon shot and swing over to see what’s happening. But the thick smoke is blocking everything. Eren is able to get back to his conscious and break out from the Titan, though it’s bones are starting to crumble. He thinks the mystery in the basement will contain some useful information on Titans. If so, he is upset his dad kept it locked up instead of sharing with the rest. So many lives have been lost. There are 2 options now. One, he goes solo from now on and will leave this place and try to get to the basement. Armin feels he has been a useless coward and will die as one when Eren explains the second option. Armin must convince that Eren is not a threat, he will stay. Whatever his decision, Eren will respect. Why him? Because in dire situations, it is always Armin’s decision that brings them back alive like how he called for Hannes’ help 5 years ago. Otherwise they would have been Titan’s meat. The choice is obvious. Without hesitating, Armin drops all his arms as he goes to convince Jesus. He believes he was always convincing he was powerless and a burden. He can’t doubt himself now as the most trusted people are trusting him with their lives. Armin suggests having a Titan as an ally but Jesus is too scared and has abandoned all reasoning. He wants to eliminate the ‘threat’. Armin is willing to lay down his life for mankind’s revival but before Jesus can signal the order to shoot, Pixis stops him. He heard from a messenger what’s going on and wants to hear what they have to say. Survey Corps once predicted the Titans will attack from the south. Wall Maria of the southernmost district, Shiganshina was attacked. Based on this prediction, next will be the south wall of Trost. Pixis is the executive in charge of all southern territories and is given full authority to implement whatever defence tactics for it. Pixis hears them out on this Titan power thingy. But Armin too wasn’t sure. He said it out on both believe and an act of desperation. What he wanted to say was to suggest Eren trying to move the boulder to seal the broken wall where the Titans broke in. Hence Pixis asks Eren if he wants to seal the gate. Eren is frank that he is unsure about his powers so Pixis rephrases his question. Will he do it or not. Eren notices him overlooking his shoulder. Behind him is mankind’s civilization. I guess he got the hint. Whether can or not, he will do it.

Episode 11
Pixis is going to execute the plan now and assembles the soldiers. He reveals Eren’s ability to transform and the plan that in his Titan mode, he will lift the boulder and seal the hole. Because Titans are attracted to large groups of people, the soldiers are to lure them to a corner while Eren and a small group of elites tasked in protecting him get their mission done. However there are some who are still afraid. One in particular is making a fuss that he is going to quit this suicide mission and return to his family. Although the officer threatens to cut him down for treason, he doesn’t mind it and prefers to die this way then being devoured. This fear spreads to the other sections of the soldiers. They’re having doubts now. They begin to leave in droves when Pixis tells them those who want to leave can do so. He doesn’t blame them after coming face to face with a Titan. But if they want their loved ones to experience the same thing, go ahead. Instantly, everyone turns back. Pixis continues that the operation to reclaim Wall Maria 4 years ago was just a sham to reduce their population due to limited resources. The rest survived thanks to their sacrifices. Mankind including himself bears that sin. Nobody made a fuss since the population of Wall Maria is small but if Wall Rose falls and mankind is driven back to Wall Sina, not even half the remaining population can be supported. It is not Titans who will end mankind but themselves as they will kill each other over limited resources. Pixis assigns the best elites of the Garrison squad to protect Eren: Jan Dietrich (squad leader), Riko Brzenska and Mitabi Jarnach. But they question if this plan can succeed as they are relying on a vague factor called Eren the Titan. Pixis wonders if they love losing to Titans that much. He wants to win so badly even if this vague factor is their only chance. Eren is not amused that Mikasa continues to be a worrywart over him. Yeah. She wants to come along with him despite being assigned to the luring squad. However that changes when Jan wants Mikasa on his team. Happy? As Eren’s team head to position, Riko talks to him how everyone here is willing to die for him although if this mission succeeds, nobody will die. So she wants him to fulfil his duty with his life on the line too so as not to let those deaths be in vain because they too like everyone else aren’t just disposable pawns. They have families and feelings too. The operation begins and Eren changes into this Titan form. Instead of lifting the boulder, he suddenly attacks Mikasa!

Episode 12
Riko fires a flare to signal the plan has failed. Mikasa’s persuasion to Eren also fails. Because Mikasa was like a fly on his face, he punches himself and gets knocked out! Pixis sees the flare but he wants everyone to maintain their position. The mission continues. Although there have already been casualties, he has given the elites a task. They are the best of the best so conceding easily is not an option and must struggle till their last breath. Mikasa still clearly wants to protect Eren but Riko and Mitabi are against it and want to retreat. Jan as the leader is in a dilemma. Worse, bigger Titans are coming in. Jan decides that they stay back and protect Eren. For he is valuable and may hold the answer in defeating Titans. He is irreplaceable unlike them. As they know no other way to defeat Titans, the only way left is to become brave sacrifices to this questionable human weapon. Riko does not agree with him but will obey his command. They head off to cut off other Titans approaching. Mikasa thanks him but he doesn’t need it. It’s to protect her lover. Mikasa blushing? Mikasa then notices Eren not regenerating. Will it affect the real Eren? Speaking of him, he is inside still in a daze. He sees a vision of his family back in his comfortable home. As Mikasa cuts down Titans, she wonders why there are so many more streaming in. Could it be they are attracted to Eren? Armin has rushed all the way here and heard from Mikasa. Armin will try and get Eren out. He remembers how Eren emerged the last time and carefully aims his blade so as not to hit his vital part. He stabs through and the pain jolts Eren. He tries to convince Eren to wake up but why would he? It’s comfortable back here… But the question of why he wants to go outside makes him realize something. Meanwhile Jean’s team is supposed to handle stray Titans that aren’t at that corner. Jean’s 3DMD malfunctions so he is forced to run away from hungry Titans on foot and take shelter in a shop. He sees the 3DMD equipment of a dead comrade nearby. Can he reach it in time? Armin continues his ‘sweet talk’ about their goal of going outside. He asks why he wants to do that even if it means death. Eren in a fit of rage now awakens from his slumber. His response is because he was born in this world.

Episode 13
Jean tries to take the 3DMD but the Titan is closing. Marco, Connie and Annie jump back down to distract the Titans and from heart stopping action and manoeuvres to another they amazingly manage to climb back up to the safety of the wall. The ground is felt shaking. It is Eren the Titan. He is in control, picking up the boulder and making his way to seal the hole. Jan orders the rest to keep the other streaming Titans away from him. Their best bet is to stay low on the ground. They will put their lives on the line just to let Eren complete his mission. As Eren trudges on, he sees the deaths of many of the soldiers including Jan and Mitabi. He finally drops the boulder to block the hole. Riko fires the flare indicating success. Pixis orders a team to go rescue the elites. Armin is having a hard time pulling Eren out. His body is burning. A Titan is approaching. It wasn’t Mikasa who cut it down but Levi. As narrated, the Survey Corps and Garrison annihilated the remaining Titans crowding at the wall, though it took the entire day. Over 200 soldiers died and close to 900 were injured. As they have reclaimed Wall Maria, corpses are being identified and picked up to avoid epidemic. Jean is shocked to see Marco’s body. He cannot accept it is him but was told by the emotionally-numb nurse to do so or else disease will break out. There is no time to mourn. Jean with a heavy heart identifies him as Marco. Also all over town are giant spit balls believed to be from Titans containing devoured soldiers. As they have no digestive system, once they are ‘full’, they will be spit out. Eren wakes up in prison and chained. Erwin and Levi are here to interrogate him. Erwin has his key and knows about the basement. What he wants to know is Eren’s intention as it may be the key to mankind’s freedom. Eren’s answer is that he wants to join Survey Corps and slaughter every Titan. Levi likes the looks in his eyes and will take responsibility of him. Not because he trusts him, it’s so that he can cut him down when he goes berserk. Welcome to the Survey Corps, kid.

Episode 13.5
Recap episode! Although no new scenes, it is basically a recap of important scenes that involve Eren. So you can take out all those boring drama parts and see Eren in swinging and slashing Titan action. Okay, for most of it. From when the Colossal Titan first broke through the wall to his mom’s devouring to the second attack again (thank goodness they skipped the training arc) and the intense battle between everybody and himself as a Titan to seal the hole. And it’s like they prepared all this beforehand because the first scene of the first episode has young Eren waking up from such long dream and in tears. A premonition of things to come?

Episode 14
Different people have different ideas about Eren. Those living in the inner walls think Eren will turn into a Titan and attack them. The rest believes he is mankind’s saviour. Pixis and Erwin talk. It seems the Military Police Brigade wants custody of Eren and kill him as many among the soldiers still fear Eren’s power. Currently Eren is in the custody of supreme commander Dallis Zacklay, the big boss over all 3 of the army factions. A trial will be held to determine whether Eren lives or not and Zacklay is the judge, jury and executioner. Eren is brought to the trial and he sees lots of odd faces, new faces, fearful faces and familiar faces. Mikasa and Armin are also summoned as witnesses. With Zacklay entering the courtroom, he wastes no time in telling Eren what the trial is about: His continued existence and which faction will take custody of him. Military Police Brigade is represented by Nile Dok. He proposes to get rid of Eren once they have squeezed every information about him. So much about gratitude. Erwin representing Survey Corps proposes using his power to recapture Wall Maria. That is all. Of course those fearing Eren’s power quickly jump to conclusions he should be killed. Levi had to tell those bastards off that the Titans won’t just sit around for the wall to be resealed. He hints people are starving due to lack of land and you know what capturing Wall Maria means, right? Zacklay has read reports about him in Titan form attacking Mikasa. To Mikasa’s dismay, Riko didn’t lie in her report. How could she? Mikasa tells the truth but also how Eren saved her on 2 occasions.

Nile rejects her argument and adds that their investigations show they killed kidnappers when they were young. Although it is self defence, their basic human nature needs to be questioned. Can they be trusted? When everybody starts thinking Mikasa is also a monster, Eren blows his top. He tells off those f*ckers that they’re just cowards. What are they so scared off if they haven’t even seen a real Titan? So just shut the f*ck up and bet everything on him! Nile’s side get ready to shoot him but Levi beats up Eren till he loses a tooth! This is training? Mikasa is so mad… But she have to hold it in… Levi continues to beat him up till the opposition feels pity. Shouldn’t he stop now? Levi says Eren in this form is no match for him. But can you bastards kill him? Erwin adds although Eren’s power has lots of uncertainty, he wants Eren to entrusted to Levi and venture outside the wall. He will be judged based on results of the expedition. Zacklay wonders Levi can do the job. He is certain he can kill him. The problem is that there is no other alternative. Zacklay has made his decision. And so Eren gets to live and in the custody of Survey Corps. Erwin thanks Eren for holding out so long, otherwise they couldn’t have gotten that proposal through. Hange has collected his broken tooth as experiment sample. Glad Eren isn’t going to be dissected by the other side, eh? But now he has to put up with weirdoes of the Survey Corps. Like Mike Zacharias who loves sniffing people… Hange takes a peek into Eren’s mouth and finds that missing tooth has already grown.

Episode 15
Eren and the Survey Corps are making their way to the outskirts where an old abandoned castle will serve as their base of operations. Oluo Bossard thought he could be cocky giving Eren some ‘advice’ but when his horse trips on a stone, he accidentally bites his own finger!!! Comical! Eren notices the elite members under Levi’s squad, each with their own impressive record of Titan kills and assists. They include Oluo, Petra Rall, Erd Gin and Gunter Schultz. As they clean up the castle, Eren is being told his quarters will be the basement. In case if he turns into a Titan, they can better restrain him underground. During dinner, everyone talks about the new recruits that will be joining them. Some want to know about Eren’s power but he himself is surprised he somewhat knows what to do to be a Titan. When did he know something like this? When Hange comes in, this crazy woman hopes Eren can come with her tomorrow for a Titan experiment. A what? Everybody starts leaving when Hange starts explaining what it is. Oh no… It’s about those Titans they have captured and she’s using them as experiments. And so it begins… Her long story… There are a couple of Titans pinned down with pins and wires. Hange begins her once-upon-a-time story about some cannibal tribe, blah, blah, blah, which turns out to be some naming ceremony of hers. Yup. She names them Sonny and Bean!

She also narrates the various experiments done on them like cutting out sunlight to see their reaction since they are less active at night. The result differs. Sonny became less active after an hour while Bean lasted a full 3 hours. There are many more experiments she wanted to try but had to be careful so as not to kill them like how it happened to some. There were also experiments to test their pain reception! Hange was crying as she stabbed them! I think it hurt her more than it hurt the Titans! Eren wonders how she can stay so cheerful before mankind’s enemy. She entered Survey Corps to avenge her friends but one day she realized something. She kicked a decapitated Titan’s head and finds it very light. Even cut off parts are lighter than they seem. So when she heard Eren became a Titan out of thin air, she thinks the essence of what they see and think are completely different things. She wants to view Titans differently from her comrades. Eren realizes Survey Corps is a home for weirdoes but also people who want to change. He is interested to hear more of her stories. She couldn’t be happier. Yes, every one of them… And it lasted till morning… Oh those bags under Eren’s eyes… Regret? Don’t sleep yet, there’s more! Suddenly there is a report that Sonny and Bean have been killed! They rush to the scene and Hange goes crazy. Seems the attack was done before morning and witnesses saw a couple of guys in 3DMD fleeing. Erwin whispers to Eren and asks what does he see? Who is the enemy here?

Episode 16
Everyone has their 3DMD equipment checked. Although the culprit is never found. This has Connie remember when everyone learnt about Marco’s death. Jean seems distraught that if he had known this was coming, he would never have become a soldier. Even though he is scared, he told them he was going to enlist in the Survey Corps. He asks Annie for her opinion but she tells him to decide himself. She has already decided a long time ago. It was to save herself. The day all the trainees are they choose where they are to be enlisted, Jean tells his pals about his reason of joining Survey Corps. Well, sounds more like he-is-not-joining-because-of-this-because-of-that. Erwin makes his speech and gets straight to the point to recruit soldiers for Survey Corps. He lists down all the facts that would easily scare them off from the mortality and survival rate in Survey Corps and the basement in Eren’s house that holds the key to mankind’s victory. He wants them to ask themselves if they can offer their lives for mankind and those who do not want to enlist here can leave. Soon, droves of trainees start streaming out. Jean and the rest are having doubts to stay. This is their chance to escape. But why aren’t they moving? In the end, with the exception of Annie, everyone stays back. I hope they won’t regret their decision. I just thought they were too scared to move so they got stuck. Haha… Eren finally meets up with his friends (though Mikasa has a bone to pick with Levi for going too far with Eren). He is surprised everyone has joined Survey Corps. Even more surprising, Jean is here. He learns the shocking truth of Marco’s death. Nobody knew how he died. As everyone gears up for the next expedition, Jean asks Eren about him attacking Mikasa in his Titan form. He doesn’t deny it. Mikasa wonders why he is driving Eren to a corner. Jean replies that everyone else isn’t ready to die blindly for Eren like her. They need to know what they’re risking their lives for otherwise they’ll waver at the moment of truth. They expect something out of Eren and whether it is worth their lives. That’s why Jean is seriously counting on him. Soon, Erwin leads the next expedition to Shiganshina.

Episode 17
As the expedition gets on the way, Survey Corps maintain their long distance scouting formation created by Erwin. Some support units act as diversion for Titans as the big group makes its way out of the wall and into Titans’ territory. We learn the different smokes fired by the formation when encounter a Titan (red smoke) and formation of a new course (green) to avoid facing off with Titans so they can advance to their destination. Of course Abnormals can cause such formation to break as we see in Sasha’s case. She’s a damn lucky girl to have escaped one by the skin of her teeth! Or its teeth rather. Squad leader, Ness and Sys protect Armin from an Abnormal. They thought they have to quickly deal with another one but this Female Titan surprises them. It is running at full speed heading their way and when it is aware they are going to cut her nape, she smashes them away! Armin flees for his life. He notes this Titan has intelligence. It cannot be an Abnormal. It must be someone like Eren who can control a Titan. Armin is smacked off his horse and he thinks he is going to die. But Female Titan takes off his hood, stares at him and continues her running. Jean and Reiner rendezvous with Armin as they chase the Female Titan. They relay to him that the right flank has been entirely wiped out. This Female Titan was the one that brought hordes of fast Titans with it. Seems she came from the direction they came from and Armin wonders if she was leading the Titans here and for what purpose.

Armin explains his analysis about the Female Titan who is no ordinary Titan like how she flung and crushed Sys when he wanted to cut her nape. Also, she didn’t come to consume humans but came for the sake of killing. When the Colossal Titan destroyed the wall, she must be the one who brought the hordes of Titans and their goal has always been to attack mankind. Armin thinks Female Titan is looking for somebody and it’s Eren. Jean plans to get her attention so that the formation can withdraw so Armin suggests to put their hood on because she won’t mindlessly kill them until she knows who they are. When Jean is about to cut her heel to slow her down, it’s like she knows when he is about to move and slaps Armin off his horse. Jean closes in trying to cut her nape to save Armin. However she covers her neck back! Jean is forced to swing around avoiding her punch but knows the next blow will be fatal. He is only seconds from death when Armin yells out to avenge that reckless idiot. This causes the Female Titan to completely stop. Armin continues about his death in the right flank. Reiner thought he could finish her off in this distraction but she grabs him! Jean fears he has been crushed to death but Reiner breaks free from her grasp. There are other exceptionally capable soldiers other than Mikasa, you know. Reiner grabs Armin and calls for a retreat since they have bought enough time. Female Titan continues her running but Armin realizes that she is running towards the centre rear, the safest spot in the formation where Eren might be.

Episode 18
Reiner tends to Armin’s little injury as they take a rest. But Jean is very worried. They have only 1 horse and the thought that somebody must be left behind is weighing on his shoulders. Armin volunteers to stay behind but in exchange he wants a message to be relayed only to Erwin. Thankfully nobody will be left behind since Krista saw their smoke and came with a couple of extra horses. As they continue their journey, they see green smoke and this means the operation is continuing as normal. They are appalled that a retreat order wasn’t issued and wonder what Erwin is thinking. Soon Eren’s side receives word that the right flank has been annihilated. Eren is worried because he thinks Armin is there. A black smoke is fired (signalling an Abnormal) nearby. It is the Female Titan and she is massacring all the soldiers who try to cut her down. Squashed by her foot, smashed like a fly, tossed like a rodeo rope and even kicked away like a football! There’s no stopping her! The formation now enters the Forest of Giant Trees and the soldiers aren’t too happy of entering this place which was once a tourist hotspot. Because there is no room to see if a Titan is approaching. Erwin orders the centre line and supplies are the only ones allowed to enter the orders. This means the rest have to go around it. However a squad leader orders everyone to be on standby on the trees and take out any Titan that approaches it. So the soldiers are just standing there, doing nothing and wondering what the heck is going on because hell they didn’t even get an explanation about this. But it seems they don’t need to fight Titans as they’re high above the ground and the Titans without any climbing abilities are just ‘stuck’ at the bottom. Eren questions Levi about the tactic to run into the forest. He hints about the best place of using their 3DMD. Eren admires these experienced Titan slayers but when he looks at the faces of his other comrades, they have this freaking scared look! Does it mean they don’t know what is going on? More importantly, does Levi know what is going on too? Then a black smoke is fired right behind them. Levi orders to unsheathe their blades and when this Titan appears, it will be over in a second. But when the Female Titan appears, the backup squad quickly gets terminated. Her swiftness stuns everybody as she closes in on Eren’s group. The comrades are panicking and scream to Levi for orders to switch to 3DMD but he remains silent. Finally he speaks. Everyone, cover your ears.

Episode 19
Levi fires a sound blast that does little to slow down the Female Titan. He reminds everyone about their mission and getting overwhelmed by emotions isn’t it. Their job is to guard Eren even if it costs them their lives. Eren is distraught seeing more backup reinforcements getting massacred. He wants to prevent more deaths but the rest tell him to move forward and obey Levi’s orders. Eren wants to turn into a Titan and surprisingly Levi tells him to do what he wants. He calls him a monster not because of his Titan abilities because holding him down into submission is impossible. So he has to decide to believe in himself of the Survey Corps. Even when Levi believes in himself and the outcome comes out a mystery, that’s why he wants Eren to do what he believes is the best and leave no regrets. Petra reminds Eren to believe in them. Flashback to before the expedition when Levi has found a way to not kill him in Titan form although it will severely injure him (cutting him out him from the nape). Hange has Eren enter a well for an experiment. She wants to see if Eren will be trapped when he transforms into a Titan. As they wait, nothing happens. Then they go check it out. Eren has bitten himself many times but didn’t transform and his wound doesn’t heal. So Levi orders him to do something about it or sealing Wall Maria is nothing but a dream. The other comrades seem to be relaxed and don’t want Eren to worry too much about it. But when Eren accidentally drops his spoon and decides to pick it, he suddenly transforms into a partial Titan! His comrades are ready to slice him for transforming without orders but Levi orders them to back down. Emotions are running high as they want Eren to prove he is not a hostile. Hange is ecstatic of seeing a partial Titan but when Eren pulls his hand out, it disintegrates. There goes her hope.

Back in the bunkers, Levi tells him that based on popular survey, his comrades don’t consider him as one of them till he completes a mission, thus it’s reasonable that they had little faith in him. Therefore quick action and extraordinary determination are emphasized. Hange points out to the spoon Eren’s Titan’s hand was holding. For some reason, it was not deformed from heat or pressure. It could be the reason why he couldn’t transform before. Because when he did, he had a clear goal in his mind before transforming. It is unlikely self injury will trigger it on its own. The rest realize he didn’t act against orders on purpose. So they all bite their own hand as form of apology. Petra explains they want to rely on him but also on themselves. That’s why she wants him to trust in them. And so, Eren decides to believe in them and move forward. But the Female Titan is picking up speed. When they pass a certain point, Erwin orders to fire and all the spears simultaneously strike into the Female Titan, immobilizing her in an instant. Though, she is still alive. Levi is going to act separately for a while and has Erd lead the squad to hide Eren at a good distance from that Titan. Levi meets up with Erwin and reports all that happened, including the backup reinforcements that gave their lives to buy them time to reach here. Now they’re going to find out who is behind this Titan.

Episode 20
Outside the forest, some Titans show learning ability as they’re trying to climb the trees albeit with not much success. We hear the similar conversation among Eren’s group as well as Jean with Armin about Erwin. Because if his trusted aides weren’t even told about this operation to capture the Female Titan alive, it could only mean one thing. There might be a spy among them. Only those survivors from 5 years ago were informed of it. Assuming the enemy slipped inside when the wall was broken for the first time, he might be narrowing down the suspects. Perhaps the same person who killed Sonny and Bean. Eren now understands what Erwin meant when he asked who the enemy is. Also, Erwin is entrusted the commander of Survey Corps because he is able to abandon everything including humanity. That’s why many died in this operation. Because those who are unable to abandon everything cannot change anything. Levi and Mike continue to try and cut the Female Titan’s hands but each time she armours part of her body. Though with each attack, the armour weakens. Erwin knows he has no time to experiment this and wants explosives set to sever the wrists. Levi is provoking the Female Titan that she enjoyed killing his subordinates. Now he is enjoying this moment subduing her. He wonders if he should sever her real hands and feet because it will be a pain to kill her.

Suddenly the Female Titan starts to fear. She screams a loud deafening voice enough to shake the entire forest. Even more shocking, all the Titans turn into Abnormals and start rushing to where the Female Titan is. All soldiers waiting outside are ordered to engage to prevent them from getting in but there’s just too many. They even ignore the humans and go straight to attack her. Erwin orders everyone to defend her but seeing the overwhelming numbers devouring her, he orders their withdrawal and retreat to base. He realizes they’ve been had and this proves the enemy was prepared to abandon everything and devoured themselves to avoid leak of information. Erwin also orders Levi to resupply his 3DMD even though his current supply is more than enough to get back. The smoke signal to retreat is fired. Everyone prepares to withdraw. Eren’s group sees a green smoke signal and thinks it is from Levi telling them to regroup with him. Hange wonders why Erwin ordered Levi’s resupply. He explains when the Female Titan was devoured, he didn’t see anybody inside. If the enemy is a type that can move to the extent even after transforming, furthermore assuming they even have a 3DMD and wearing the same uniform as them, the one controlling the Female Titan could have slipped through their ranks. Gunter thinks he has spot Levi but he realizes this hooded person isn’t him. He is attacked, slashed and killed!

Episode 21
Erwin thinks the person inside the Female Titan had prepared 3DMD for escape but from Hange’s observation when Eren emerged from his Titan, his uniform was burnt and he barely had enough energy to stand. Erwin notes if the Female Titan had the ability to call other Titans, then Eren is an amateur if powers as Titans are commensurate with one’s skill. Armin continues to talk to Jean as they withdraw. He thinks Erwin knew the Female Titan was targeting Eren based on the Titans suddenly stopped attacking during the last incident. When The Colossal Titan broke through Trost, the Titans stopped attacking. The same when Eren transformed into a Titan and sealed the hole. Was there something more important than destroying the walls? It could mean that there was somehow who saw Eren’s transformation and could be the one controlling the Female Titan. Though Eren is distraught with Gunter’s death, the rest tell him to keep moving. The enemy is in sight again and as Erwin fears if the enemy had conserved enough energy, he can transform into another Titan again. And true enough, it happens. Erd, Oluo and Petra want Eren to head back to HQ and believe in them to stop the Titan. Eren watches as the trio trick to slash and blind her. In the span of 1 minute, they are going to kill it but she covers her nape and leans back against a tree. They cut her shoulder muscles to weaken her arm muscles. Once they are going in for the kill, suddenly she has an eye regenerated. She sees Erd coming in and bites him into half! Petra couldn’t believe that it isn’t even 30 seconds and is it possible to prioritize to heal a part? Petra gets stomped. Oluo cut have cut off her nape but she armoured it. He got kung-fu kicked.

With all his comrades down, Eren becomes so mad that he now transforms into a Titan to kill her. Eren’s Titan screams resonate throughout the forest and everyone recognize this Titan shriek. Mikasa heads back into the woods. Clash of the Titans if I should say. Eren beats up the Female Titan who is no pushover either. Whenever he strikes, she dodges. When she has a chance to fight back, she punches and kicks. Eren still feels guilty only if he had believed in himself and acted faster, many would never have died. There was no need to even capture her. Probably the punches are tiring out Eren. The Female Titan wanted to use this change to escape but turns back and throws a powerful punch that severs his head! Then she devours Eren. Right before Mikasa’s eyes. Now she is a mad girl as she tries to cut this giant b*tch down. She’ll follow her to hell if it what it takes to bring Eren back. Despite continue to cut her here and there, the Female Titan armours her important parts. Mikasa is taken away by Levi. He saw the bodies of his comrades and thinks Eren is dead after being bitten out from the neck. But Mikasa believes he is still alive. They maintain their distance following the Female Titan. Levi notices she is tiring out as her pace is getting slower.

Episode 22
The plan is to get Eren out assuming he is alive. Mikasa will distract it before he goes in to cut her vital parts. The Female Titan knows Levi is coming and turns around to punch but Levi saw it coming and does some fast cutting manoeuvre to take her by surprise and blind her. Her muscles weakened, Mikasa thought she can cut her nape but Levi recognizes this pattern and saves Mikasa before she gets slammed by her hand. After Levi cuts her muscle jaws, Eren is seen covered with slime in her mouth. They rescue him and quickly evacuate. Levi sees tears streaming down the Female Titan’s eyes. The Survey Corps are outside the forest and have done a herculean job to recover dead bodies of their comrades or part of them. Those who cannot be found will be listed as MIA as ordered by Erwin. But one of the soldiers, Dieter is not pleased. Because his friend, Ivan’s body is not retrieved and wants to head back to get it. Levi says confirming his death should already be sufficient and it doesn’t matter if there is a body or not. His death is final. This causes Dieter to accuse them for not having a shred of human emotions. When Survey Corps continue their return to the wall, a couple of Abnormals are seen. Seems Dieter defied orders and went back to get Ivan’s body. Eventually he had to drop the body. The dead body or you life. One of his buddies got eaten and it took Mikasa to save him before he gets devoured. Meanwhile the other Abnormal is gaining and there is no choice but to dump some corpses to outrun them. After a safe distance, Dieter regrets his decision but Levi gives him Ivan’s badge. He breaks down. When Eren wakes up, Mikasa is by his side. She tells him the mission has failed and the Female Titan got away. He isn’t pleased that she saved him again. Once they return behind the walls, if their defeat wasn’t bad enough, they had to hear hurtful comments from others that this expedition is another failure and wasted tax money. Eren is seething with anger but when he sees a couple of kids admiring them of how brave and strong they are, they remind him of how used to be, admiring from a distance. Survey Corps is in gloomy mood. Petra’s father keeps talking to Levi about her daughter’s bright future while many others hound Erwin for answers about the sacrifices. Was it worth it? They didn’t say anything and trudge on. After this humiliating defeat, Erwin and those responsible are summoned to the capital and Eren gets a new supervisor.

Episode 23
Annie gets in line along with the new recruits of the Military Police Brigade. Their job will be escorting several Survey Corps passing through the streets to the capital. One of the recruits, Marlo wonders about taking precaution of petty criminals but the superior shoves the responsibility to him. He’s busy, you know. Busy drinking and playing poker with his buddies. With the recruits bumming out, Marlo mentions about his goal to change the Military Police Brigade and his brand of justice. Of course this is laughed off by his fellow colleagues. But Annie surprises everyone by talking (she normally doesn’t). She views if there were more ‘good’ people like him, that would hardly be the end of them. She knows there was this idiot brave enough to go against the system and respected him. Marlo knows who she is talking about and doesn’t want her to categorize him as the same. As they patrol, they see several corrupted seniors misappropriating government equipment by selling them to the black market. He goes to tell them off but they give him some money to shut him up. Marlo refuses to do that and gets beaten up. Annie stops the fight and hopes he will leave it there because their commotion has caused quite an attention. Marlo thinks of taking the gun and shoot so Annie wonders if he can do it. She doesn’t mind helping him out. Marlo bitterly remains a ‘good boy’.

Once the Survey Corps’ carriage passes through the gate, Annie is called by Armin in the alley. Surprised? He hopes she can help to assist Eren in escaping. This in turn he hopes will overturn the commission inquiry’s decision. Annie denies to at first but after Armin begs that a Military Police Brigade is crucial to pass the Wall Sina inspection and something about being good guy or bad guy, Annie agrees. She leads Eren, Mikasa and Armin through the streets. Seems Eren swapped places with Jean. Yeah, they don’t look alike except for that evil glint in their eyes. Annie wonders why they’re going through all this trouble so Armin explains that it is better to feign obedience than openly defy to decrease suspicion. As they are about to enter the underground ruins, Annie seems ‘afraid’ and won’t follow. If they’re not moving above ground, they’re on their own. She also notices that this section of town has been void of people for a while. Armin asks why does she have Marco’s 3DMD (he recognized the scratches and all). She somehow picked it up. Armin seems to be hinting that Annie is the one who killed Sonny and Bean and that she is the Female Titan!!! The guys are getting desperate wanting Annie to come with them but Mikasa can’t hear anymore of this and will cut that Female Titan down. Annie laughs like a maniac and is glad Armin’s gamble paid off. Now she wants to see if hers does. Before she can bite her finger, he fires his gun to signal all the guys hiding in the corners to jump in and restrain Annie. However she has a ring with a spike on her finger and uses it to cut herself.

Episode 24
A few days before when Erwin and the rest of the Survey Corps meet, they are planning an operation that they will put all their bets on because they have a suspect of who the Female Titan is. As they pass through Stohess district, Eren will lure the suspect into the tunnel to restrict movement. Eren could not believe when Annie is named as the suspect. So the trio are now running underground and Annie is stomping the ground above to bury them. Eren bites his hand but doesn’t transform. Mikasa thinks he is not resolved to fight Annie. Don’t tell me he is still thinking they were mistaken that Annie is the Female Titan. Eren remembers how Armin deduced it was her. She reacted to Eren’s nickname that only their group would know. She was the one who probably killed Sonny and Bean as she is highly skilled with her 3DMD. Although she passed the inspection test, it was because she was using Marco’s equipment. The big hint: Doesn’t the Female Titan look a lot like Annie? Still can’t believe, Eren boy? What’s more, when Eren was fighting her in his Titan form, she was using a unique martial art stance. So… Shouldn’t Eren be fighting? Or is there some sort of emotions hindering him? Mikasa’s staring eyes are scary! Armin has a plan. He and Mikasa will simultaneously exit one end of the tunnel. Whoever Annie chooses to be distracted with, Eren will escape with the other. Yeah, one of them may die but it’s better than all of them dying. So you have any other bright ideas, Eren? Annie goes with Mikasa and she toys around with her. However Eren is still reeling from everything and almost gets stomped. Though, the building debris is crushing him. Armin tries to pull him out.

As the explosion is heard, Erwin initiates his men to go into operation. Jean gets out of his disguise and makes his way to Eren. Along the way, he sees the citizens panicking while the Military Police Brigade just standing there watching in shock. Is this what he would become had he joined them? Erwin loads his gear but Nile and his men arrest him for treason. When Jean reaches Eren, he learns that he cannot transform due to the fact that Annie as the Titan is hindering him. Jean gets upset and lashes out about him being entrusted mankind’s future. But they can’t stay here and lecture half dead Eren and need to go settle Annie. Armin lets Eren know one last thing he told Jean. Something about tossing aside humanity in which Annie was capable of. Those who can do so is victorious. Armin and Jean go lead and distract Annie. They lead her to where Hange and her men are hiding. Once Annie crosses them, the same spear traps are fired to pin her down. It works like a charm but Hange had to go say something that scares the sh*t out of Annie as she uses her strength to break free and runs like the wind. Eren thinks back at all the deaths he has seen and the vow to exterminate all the Titans. There’s no time to think about ideals because this world is a cruel place after all. In his rage, he finally transforms into a Titan and runs up to Annie to payback the favour. Eren Punch! Go, Eren Go! Woot!!! Man, he is one mad Titan!

Episode 25
Stohess becomes a giant playground for the Titans playing tag. Yeah, better get out of the way if you don’t want to be stomped of the debris smashing onto you. Eren continues to fight Annie and he is so mad this time that whatever punches and kicks she throws at him, he just gets back up and returns the favour. Nile is ready to execute Erwin at where he stands but Erwin doesn’t mind. As long as Nile takes over the operation of not letting the Female Titan escape, he is willing to die. Not willing to take responsibility, eh? Erwin is taken into custody and Nile will let the law pass judgment on him. Annie pounds Eren hard but even her armoured skin isn’t enough to put him down. She remembers something between her and her dad. When Annie realizes she cannot win against this rampaging Eren, she is going to climb the wall. If she does, the operation to capture her will fail. Mikasa swiftly cuts her fingers to send her falling. Her head is torn off and Eren seems like as though he is going to tear the real Annie apart too. Annie remembers her dad telling her even if the entire world turns against her, even if everyone hates her, he wants to know he will always be by her side and promise that she will come back. Eren although rips out the Female Titan’s neck flash, he stops short of killing Annie after seeing her tears. Then it’s like he is trying to fuse themselves so Levi cuts Eren out to stop him from killing their important witness. However Annie has been crystallized in a hard crystal and in a coma state, she is practically useless. They can’t draw any information out from her this way. The costly operation may have failed. Erwin is being questioned by the higher ups and he didn’t waste any time to spill the truth. Even if this operation may be all for nothing. He believes he has grasped a great potential to save mankind. Compared to the time they couldn’t fathom humans transforming into Titans, they have come a long way in restraining their enemies. This time it is their turn to attack the Titans and bring all the enemies down to their knees, all the Titans within the wall. Eren is recuperating with Mikasa by his side. Annie may have given them the slip but it’s partly thanks to Eren who ‘aided’ her in that. When he saw the real her, he froze. All Mikasa cares is that she is glad he is back. In the aftermath, the Survey Corps and Eren’s summon to the capital is put on hold, Annie is given to the Survey Corps and is held deep underground. Lastly, a wall cracks and we see a Titan’s face lying beneath it.

OVA 1
Taking place while Eren and co are still in training, this chronicles the Survey Corps during their 49th expedition. Hange’s suggestion to capture a Titan alive is shot down by Erwin simply because they have no manpower to spare. When a Titan is sighted, Hange disobeys orders and goes off herself. She runs into a Titan in the forest and the Titan seems dumb enough to chase her and crash into trees. But halfway, the Titan gives up and runs back. Hange follows it to a tree where it bangs its heads on a giant tree. Hange approaches it but was it a feign by the Titan just to get her? Hange isn’t so stupid to be Titan chow and avoids in time. Much to her dismay, Levi kills it or it would have devoured Oluo. Petra is terrified to see a decapitated soldier inside the tree hole. Based on the emblem, Ilse Langnar is from the 34th expedition and died a year ago. A little notebook of his is seen on the ground. It chronicles Ilse’s journey during his return. He lost all his comrades and even his horse when they ran into Titans. His 3DMD malfunctioned and he had no choice but to run on foot. Chances of him reaching the wall are slim but he vows to carry on and keeps writing all that he experiences. Wow. He can write and run together. Then one night, he runs into a Titan. He is backed into a tree and shivering in fear in his last moments of death. But oddly the Titan didn’t straightaway devour him and stared at him. And then it spoke! It said something about Ymir, Ymir’s people and welcoming her back. It even bowed to her in respect! Ilse tries to ask questions but it remained silent. Then he snaps about devouring humanity. The Titan goes crazy as it rips its own face flesh. Ilse panics and runs but the Titan goes after him and grabs him. It bites his head off. That’s the end. It’s amazing that he is still writing describing this even when his head is being crushed!!! The note ends there and Hange assumes the Titan stored Ilse’s body back into the tree to worship it or something. Hange then writes a letter to Erwin about her goal to capture a Titan alive. It shows how little they know about them and have a responsibility to use all the information they get even from Ilse’s little notes. Hange returns Ilse’s stuffs to her parents. A few days later and with Levi’s support, Erwin approves of Hange’s suggestion and they captured their first Titan alive using Hange’s method. Not a single soldier’s life was lost.

OVA 2
This episode is about Jean. And he is full of angst. He isn’t particularly fond of his loving mother, though. Taking place after they have completed 2 years of training and returning back to the city, during one of the mock Titan battles, Jean leads his team but everyone cuts in on him to slay a Titan each. This causes Jean to be pissed especially with Sasha. He wants them to settle in a battle to see who can take out the most Titans but Pixis heard everything and has a better idea. They will battle it out in a cooking showdown. Jean is shocked but meat lover Sasha is rejoicing it. Because of his pride, Jean is forced to accept it. Jean and his little team of Armin and Annie go out hunting for ingredients. Same case with Sasha along with Connie and Gunter. Though they get lost, it is Sasha’s team who finds the colossal boar first. Soon both sides engage in combat to get the boar but Sasha wins the right to it when she fires an arrow into its head. That evening, Jean’s mom comes looking for him as she is worried he didn’t come home. Jean is probably embarrassed by his mom so he scolds her and tells her to get the f*ck off. I can’t believe he chased her away after she was so nice to bring apples and pleaded to everyone to be his friend. Jean is desperate and plans to steal meat in the officer’s pantry. Armin panics and he ends up hurting himself. He is out. Annie doesn’t want a hand in this too so Jean is alone. While he is at it, an officer finds him but is to give him a meal his mom left for him. It is an omelette dish that he loves. Memories of them flood through his mind. Nostalgia. He gets fired up to cook. Sasha is crazily fired up cooking. And Mikasa is fired up training. Check out her abs! That night, Sasha goes first in the showdown. Her meat is so delicious that an earthquake occurs! Heck, I thought a Titan was attacking!!! Hell, it is Pixis’ super exaggerated reaction to how freaking awesome this meat is that he becomes a rampaging Titan! Now it’s Jean’s turn. A simple omelette? Pixis finish his dish without any reaction whatsoever. Sasha is confident she has won when Pixis declares Jean the winner! How could this be? He asks her what meat is. Meat is meat. Exactly. Nothing more, nothing less. Sasha breaks down believing those words. She forgot to put carrots and potatoes? Woah… She’s getting emotional… Enlightened? But Jean is humble in victory and extends his hand to her. New friendship? And this cooking contest was probably Pixis’ intention to get a decent free meal… Anyway Jean has his mother to thank and thinks of visiting her tomorrow.

OVA 3
Taking place sometime during the Training Corps, to say this is Marco’s big episode is a little misleading. We all know that guy died and this had to be some sort of tribute to him for some screen time, right? Well, not really. Our trainees are split into 2 groups for an exercise that has them ride into the woods and record everything and anything. Yes, this includes the behaviours of the teammates and evaluating their ability to sustain themselves in the absence of a crisis. The first group has Marco as the leader while Armin as the record keeper. Eren, Jean, Connie, Sasha and Krista are part of this group. Everybody else is in the second group whereby Thomas is the leader and Mikasa the record keeper. Because Sasha says she can cook and Jean spots a lizard, he tries to go catch it for their food but somehow Eren had the same idea too. Their swords clash and the lizard got away. And then you get Sasha screaming how delicious it would be. I wonder how Armin is going to record this. Meanwhile at the other group, they realize somebody stole their 3DMD. Deducing their tracks and all, there could be several bandits who have stolen them during the night. Their priority now is to speed up the exercise, tell Marco’s team and return to base.

That night as Marco’s team eat the tasteless rations, Jean and Eren get into another useless argument. Krista thought she saw somebody moving in the woods. When everyone is asleep, Krista couldn’t and is alone by the pond. The bushes rustle. Before she knew it, somebody jumped on her. Eren and co get a rude awakening when the bandits point their guns at them. They want them to hand over their 3DMD because it will fetch a high price in the black market. They don’t believe the trainees will survive Titan attacks anyway and better off selling those ‘useless’ equipment. Eren won’t take this sh*t so he fights back. He tells everyone to do the same but since they are in disarray, one of the bandits fires and the bullet grazes Jean’s cheek. Back to square one. Though the bandits let them live, all their equipment are taken and are warned not to come after them or they will really kill them. Krista is taken along as well. Everyone especially Marco doesn’t know what the next step is. Do they report back to base? But will they make it in time? Eren won’t accept this and will save Krista. Jean won’t either. Everyone feels the same. But their horses have been released, how are they going to find where the bandits are? Sasha shows her brilliance by suggesting climbing to a higher place. They spot the bandits’ resting spot and need to cut them off before they reach some wide exit. Although without horses, they still can get ahead of them by leaving the forest. Everyone wait at their designated position. To tell which carriage is carrying Krista or their equipment, Marco waits for the rattling sound their equipment made when the carriage hits the bump. Once he identifies it is the second carriage, Eren and Jean jump into it and throw out the baddies. The bandit in the first carriage starts shooting but since Krista was freed during the commotion, she distracts him. Although the second carriage crashes, the gang retake their 3DMD. Armin gets an idea and shoots the flare. Eren and Jean go after the first carriage and cut the horse loose till the carriage crashes.

The bandits hold Krista to hostage and tell the kids to throw their weapons. Krista could hear the bandit murmuring about his fate. He laments he should have taught her daughter something about taking risks. The gang is about to drop their gears when suddenly Mikasa and Annie drop in to slice the weapons off the bandits’ hand. If not for Krista’s quick plea not to kill them, Mikasa could have slit their throat. In the aftermath, the bandits were arrested. Although the exercise is suspended, Armin is still required to submit his records of the incident in all honesty without pretence. He asks Keith if they should have turned back when their gear was stolen or continued pursuing the bandits. Keith doesn’t think there is a need to answer that because it doesn’t matter what you are, everyone responses to crisis differently. He asks back, between those options which would he considered as important. Armin couldn’t answer. He even thought that meeting the bandits during the process was imposed as part of the exercise. Marco talks to Eren that he wasn’t fit to be a leader. He thinks Jean would make a better one. Eren isn’t confident about that. Marco wonders what kind of soldiers everyone will be in the future.

Specials

Was it too shocking for you? Is something scaring you? After all that tension, it’s time to loosen up with 10 minute specials of the DVD: Shingeki No Kyojin: Chimi Kyara Gekijou – Tondeke! Kunren Heidan. With everyone in their chibi form, expect funny gags from the gang to bring in the smiles after heartbreaking frustrations against Titans in 9 short specials. Oh, somebody will always get devoured by a Titan in the end… And they do a South Park by coming back in the next episode unscathed…

Special 1
Eren is late for his class and tries to sneak in through a hole but gets stuck. Mikasa and Armin wonder why he is late and Armin thought Mikasa would have woke him up since she shared a ‘deep relationship’ with him. Deep relationship as in being family. Disappointed? Once Eren arrives, he blames Mikasa for not waking him up so she replies weird rumours will spread if she enters the boys’ dorm. Eren dismisses that they are dating and this breaks Mikasa’s heart. A Titan appears and swallows them! Next day, Armin passes out during Keith’s speech. Because it was long and boring so he fell asleep! But Mikasa is more concerned about Eren if he could remain standing in that speech. Eren wants to go back but Mikasa won’t let him go back to that hell and punches him out! He wakes up and starts crying after knowing Mikasa did that. Then the Titan swallows them! Armin is too lazy to come up with a plan to escape in such notice while Mikasa is happy as long as she gets to be with Eren.

Special 2
It’s the first day of training. Keith is ‘interrogating’ the newbies. Eren is thinking hard what he wants to say. Very hard indeed. As Keith questions Mikasa, Jean is smitten with her. Then when Keith goes up to him, he had to say he loves girls with long straight black hair. WTF. Head butt! When it’s Eren’s turn, he is really looking forward to it but Keith passes him! So much for the build up. Jean mocks him and they get into an argument. This has Keith reprimand them that they should be food for Titans. Speaking of which, here comes one and devours them! The blame game continues… Next day, Jean sees Mikasa cut her hair. Was it what he said? He thinks of pairing with her for cleaning duty but apparently she paired up with Eren and Armin. Since all other groups are fully taken, Jean is the odd one out. He tries to act cool and leaves but since nobody gives a damn, his heart breaks and shows his uncool side. During dinner, since Eren had trouble with his 3DMD training, Jean offers to show him. Impressive jump. But it has nothing to do with 3DMD. The rest aren’t impressed and his heart breaks when Mikasa also shares this same view. If that is the case, might as well be eaten by a Titan! You don’t say… Here comes one now!!! Into the tummy they go again…

Special 3
When Reiner lost his lunch money goes missing, Sasha becomes the first suspect. Obviously. But do they have proof? Howzabout that bread you’re holding and eating right now? Armin becomes a detective but eventually pinpoints Sasha since she was the one who stole meat from the officer’s room. This has Keith reprimand her. Just when they found Reiner’s lunch money in the dustbin (Armin threw it away thinking it was rubbish), the Titan devours them. Next day, Armin finds a porn magazine and reads it with the guys. They know they’ll get in trouble if Keith finds out. True enough he does and ‘confiscates’ it. Because Eren is the last to deny, Keith thinks he is the owner of this book and will reprimand him. After he is gone, Armin revs up the guys with his speech to convince them to retrieve the book. They manage to distract and knock Keith out. Then they argue about reading the book when the Titan swallows them. Still got time to argue in the stomach? Yeah, porn is important. Next day, right from the start Armin gets devoured. Eren wants to save him but Mikasa seems reluctant and giving lots of excuses. So she has him ask Keith the Titan’s weakness but he is in trouble of going through the entire lesson about Titan habits! Then he is made to complete his cleaning duty (which takes like forever) followed by food since they can’t fight on an empty stomach. Just when Eren had his fill, Mikasa stuffs him with more and has him prepare for bed. Next morning, looks like Armin has been forgotten. They only realize it when the Titan swallows them. Since they needed time to ‘prepare’ to get ready (Mikasa’s answer), Armin has been enjoying the hot bath in the Titan’s stomach.

Special 4
Eren is late for class so when he barges in, he didn’t realize the girls were changing clothes and got kicked out. Mikasa thinks Eren wanted to look at her body so badly… Armin pesters Eren to tell the guys what he saw and not keep the memories to himself. Sobakasu decides to take advantage of the situation, accusing Eren of making Krista cry (in which she didn’t). The shock makes them unable to do cleaning duties. Get what she’s saying? Mikasa stands up for Eren and that he wants to see her body. Eren disagrees. Mikasa disappointed. Titan swallows only Eren. Next day, the canteen is serving pudding and unluckily for Eren he is not around. This means an extra pudding so Sobakasu decides to take it for Krista. Mikasa vows to protect this pudding that she believes rightfully belongs to Eren. Sobakasu suggests deciding via rock-scissors-paper. Armin teaches Mikasa a trick. She announces out loud she will put rock. Only dummies like Sasha and Connie put scissors. Sobakasu won’t be fooled and puts scissors. In the end, Sobakasu wins. Mikasa is going to resort to take by force so Krista doesn’t want them fighting. She thanks Sobakasu for her feelings and gives the pudding to Mikasa. But that is not to be because the Titan devours them. Maybe the Titan wants some pudding too? Next day, Krista and Sobakasu want to go shopping in town but Krista think of asking more people to come. Of course Sobakasu dislikes the idea and argues why that person isn’t suitable. Jean? He is a Mikasa stalker for Christ’s sake. Reiner? He always looks at Krista with dirty eyes. Besides, he is closer with Bertolt. Sasha? That glutton? No way. Armin? That weakling can’t even rescue them from burglars. So it has got to be Eren, right? Definitely no. Mikasa the stalker… Besides, those guys always attract Titans. And so that is how they decide not to call anyone and go alone together. Just as they’re about to leave, they see Eren and co outside. Nice timing. Here comes the Titan to eat them all up. There goes the date Sobakasu wanted so much…

Special 5
Eren wakes up in the middle of the night screaming he’ll kill those Titans again. Armin thinks he should stop talking about this since he hasn’t even defeated Mikasa once. He suggests asking Reiner for advice. So Eren sits next to him and tries to copy his every move. Who can eat the fastest? Eren thought he won when Reiner vomits but he didn’t realize Mikasa already had several servings. Of course nobody could beat Sasha. She’s a monster. Speaking of that, here comes the Titan to devour them all! That is the undisputed fastest eater, right? Next day, Bertolt seems depressed because nobody notices him so Reiner to be more confident and his presence will show naturally. So he tries to be a punk hogging the seats but when Eren tells him nobody else can sit, he apologizes and runs away. Then he tells Eren and co about his problem and Armin gets this bright idea to give him wear a red cape. Keith sees this and is appalled he remodelled the uniform and takes him away for punishment. Hey, in this sense it is a success because the instructor noticed him, right? But then the Titan devours them! Armin laments the plan is a failure as the Titan didn’t notice Bertolt but devour them instead. Next day, Eren trains with Annie but cannot best her. Mikasa is giving that death stare. She views Annie is hurting him more than necessary and wants him to train with her. She gets pissed when Eren wants to continue his training with Annie instead. This causes the ladies to enter a showdown to see whose technique is stronger. They’ll each take it out on Eren and let him decide. But he is out cold after taking in Mikasa’s punch and Annie’s kick. No response. Looks like they’ll have to settle it themselves. The Titan eats them and all Mikasa can think of is whose technique is better. Neither! Being at the receiving end is definitely not it!

Special 6
Because Connie and Sasha seem like fooling around, Keith reprimands them. This has them thinking that they’re being discriminated and feel that they are in fact more serious in training than others. Yeah, right. They want to get back at him. So the old trick in the book of putting a duster on the door. Too bad Eren comes rushing late in and got the duster fall on his head. He thinks a Titan has attacked. Next trick is a trap in the woods but Eren gets tied up. Why him? Lastly, they dig holes but as usual Eren and co fall into it. Since they dug too many, they too fall into their own trap. Easy pickings for the Titan to eat them, eh? Next day, the guys are abuzz because of Krista’s braided hairstyle. Only Eren is oblivious. So what? They comment on Connie’s buzz cut in which he thinks makes him a better soldier. Look at its practicality. Hygienic, aerodynamic, no vision blocking and certainly Titans can’t easily grab you, right? Eren is disheartened that this makes Connie a better soldier than he is so he gets Armin to cut his hair. He would gladly to if not for Mikasa stopping him. If Eren insists, she too wants to cut hers. The guys argue she is a girl, blah, blah, blah. Armin’s concern is that if 3 of them have buzz cuts, how can they tell them apart from Connie? The Titan doesn’t care and swallows them! Next day, Keith hangs back the test results and those who do not pass must take a supplementary test. Those who failed: Connie, Sasha and… Eren! How can this be? He got the worst score: Zero! WTF?! So Armin becomes their teacher but why is Mikasa here? Worried about his grades? How will that help him? At the end of the lesson, Connie and Sasha become like goldfish. Eren is bored with the basics but why did he fail in the first place? Reviewing his test paper, they find his answers are off by 1 question. Otherwise he is mostly correct. This means he can ace the supplementary test, right? What about Sasha and Connie? Don’t care about them. Sasha is upset and hopes they get devoured by a Titan. You don’t say. Down the throat they go! Hey, at least they don’t have to sit for the supplementary test now.

Awesomeness Of Titanic Proportions!
No words can describe how awesome, epic, cool, amazing, exciting and superb this series is. Even that is very much an understatement. In a nutshell, this series has done a very good job in execution of just about everything and is definitely one of the best series there is. In fact, it could be one of my all time favourites too. It had kept me glued to the screen for each and every scene. Including scenes that are slow and those that are non-eventful. I don’t think there are many animes out there and in my entire history of watching them that has kept me glued so intensely to the monitor like this. Because time really flew by while I was watching this. By the time it ended, I was really amazed and in awe, partly disappointed that such awesome episode has ended and time has already zoomed past me. There was this feeling in me that I wanted the episode to continue further and hoping that this isn’t the end, please oh please but alas, 24 minutes is the usual duration for such weekly series, right? The only downside to this series is that it ended! Yes! With so much things going on, I thought it was really sad and a shame to just end it with just 25 episodes. So far I haven’t heard of another season but I am keeping my fingers crossed that there will be one. Yup. This is how much I really liked the series.

As much as I hate animes to end with such a cliff-hanger and questions go unanswered, the awesomeness of everything made me forgive it. Although I would have been more satisfied if it did. But then again, you can’t just end such awesome series in just 25 episodes and you need time to flesh everything out and tell the story slowly. That’s how you narrate a proper and good story. So it is just sad that we’ll never get to know about Annie’s reason for doing so and more importantly how she was able to become a Titan. That is the most curious question but given her situation as of now, the mystery of the Titans continues. There are so many other mysteries and questions surrounding this anime but the way it is presented makes it good instead of leaving you feel awkward. Things like how the Colossal Titan and Armoured Titan show up and disappear into thin air and even their very quirky traits shows how much human knows nothing about them. Even the mind boggling fact of how the walls were made and withstand Titans could be left unanswered. Certainly you don’t want to think this is just a convenient setting that everyone should accept, right? I am sure the Titans didn’t wait just for humans to complete making the wall, right? So was it really a God gift? Or something even more nefarious? Perhaps even the narration of how humans were made to remember they were living their lives as cattle is the biggest him. It is just one big farm where Titans go to harvest their meal. But that is just me thinking too much.

All the characters play a great part in this series no matter how small their roles are. Although I feel that there isn’t enough prominence given to the other trainee corps of the same alumni with Eren as this season focuses its lot mainly on Eren himself. Despite having not as much screen time and sometimes to a point of being reduced to mere supporting characters, I feel they have a lot of potential in driving the story and plot and especially the direction of where mankind is heading. Like Jean, he was such a stuck up guy who wanted to become part of the Military Police Brigade. Then he changed his mind after meeting Eren and Marco’s death spurred him further. It’s like he is so much facing a dilemma after his death, wondering if he had chosen the right path or not. The best character among the trainees is definitely Sasha. She’s just crazy. Only food occupies her mind. She has this crazy look on her face like as though she’s afraid she is starving even when she has food stuffed in her face. Sometimes it looks so funny that in real times of danger it just looks comical to see that kind of face when she just escaped from being devoured by a Titan by the skin of her teeth. If I should classify her, she is the joker of the pack. Put her together with Connie and you might have a manzai comedy duo. Not much is known about the other characters in this alumnus especially Reiner-Bertolt and Krista-Sobakasu pairs. Especially the latter with Sobakasu having this weird obsession with Krista just like how Mikasa does with Eren. Always sticking around her.

Eren as the main character isn’t perfect. He has got his quirks and weaknesses but he is still hanging on to grow stronger. His obsession with taking down Titans might get him killed as seen in certain situations. But I suppose he has lady luck with him that he can’t die that easily. The power of transforming into a Titan is also another big mystery. Something in his home’s basement may be the key to victory or failure. It doesn’t help that Grisha is currently missing. I hope he hasn’t become Titan’s food. Every soldier’s death spurs Eren to get stronger (and madder) so theoretically once he becomes the ultimate Titan killing machine, nobody will die? Impossible, right? Yeah. Then maybe I’ll term him as Eren The Giant Slayer.

Mikasa is a great character. Stoic, strong, independent and to some she’s like the cool beauty but with no emotions in her face. Maybe she shows no emotion just to hide her sadness. Now that she is the top graduate of her grade, if she breaks down, what will others think? It would be a big demotivation. Her goal in life is to be with Eren. Not so much about cutting down Titans. He is her reason for living so what good is this world for her if she doesn’t have him around? That’s why she became so good just to be able to protect him. But I think obsessive isn’t just the word to describe her. Add possessive to that. It might seem that she wants to do things with Eren or do not allow him to do certain stuffs just for the sake of his safety but sometimes I feel it is because she considers him as hers. That’s why I think she is a very possessive woman and won’t let go of Eren. It’s not like she does not believe in him either. Just crazily possessive and obsessive in him. But then again, maybe she doesn’t. Worst than a controlling mother or wife. I can’t imagine if she ever gets married to him. I don’t know if deep down inside her heart harbours some sort of romantic feelings or not but I guess it’s not the time for that when Titans can just waltz into your town and make a meal out of you. Likewise, I don’t know if Eren truly likes Annie in a romantic sense, the reason why he couldn’t face her head on initially. Or that he really puts his trust a lot in his fellow comrades of the same trainee division. Armin although the weakest of the lot, he has the brains to make up for it. Whenever this guy comes up with a strategy or reason, you better listen to him because it could be the difference between life and death.

Members of the Survey Crops are probably the quirkiest but the bravest of the lot. They dare venture into unknown territory risking their lives. People like Erwin, Levi and Hange are probably what mankind needs to make a difference because you have to be different and think outside the box to survive. Wait, on second thought, they may not be thinking outside the box as there is not even a box! Because by doing so, you are already establishing there is a box. Erwin’s exceptional strategy, Levi’s unrivalled skills and Hange’s fearless and even perverted obsession with Titans make them a truly formidable force. It is sad that the other elites had to bite the dust because they too are funny in their own ways like Oluo, he likes to talk tough like he knows everything to Eren but usually ends up biting his own tongue or finger due to a little trip. I thought this was going to be his running joke. Looks like it won’t be anymore. Pixis isn’t bad too but he is more in charge of the Garrison section. Speaking of Garrison, what happened to Hannes? Not relevant for now?

So many mysteries surround the Titans that it makes them both fascinating and deadly. The lack of knowledge about these giants is what makes us fear them. It is as though the Titans are there to put humans in their place. Despite this is just a show, sometimes I could feel the fear when the brave soldiers or the common people have a close encounter with them. I know it is just me being engrossed in the show but besides proving that this series is damn interesting for me to be so fixated on every frame, sometimes I feel that the Titan’s face is too close that it might pop out of the screen and devour me! Can’t say. There are lots we don’t know about them, right? Any small characteristic that deviates from the norm of what we know generates more questions than answers. Think they can never do that? You’d be surprise. It got me even thinking that maybe the Titans are the good guys and we humans are the evil pests that need to be eliminated. Why not? Titans are painted as villains because we seen it from humans’ perspective, no? That’s why Titans are truly fascinating yet deadly. Ultimate killing machines if I should say.

Besides Titans, the other true enemy is humans. As seen even living among ourselves is such a big pain in the ass. Limited resources only worsen the relationship. It makes you think that if the Titans really do make mankind extinct, it will be doing us a lot of favour. In fact, sometimes you just wished that the Titans just gobble up these arrogant and ungrateful bastards living in their ivory towers (how long would this last anyway if you consider the Titans are making progress in breaking down all the walls). It is ironic that people try to climb as high up as possible of the hierarchy just to avoid Titans. That is what the Military Police Brigade is for, right? And look at how some of them become? Therefore it is such a great dilemma. To live a safe life in your comfort zone or build character and risk your life. I’m glad that Eren and many of his comrades chose this path. Personally, I think that everyone should undergo military training so that in times of crisis, everyone can help kill some Titans instead of just panicking or evacuating to safety instead of leaving it to the young ones. Whether they want to do it or not is up to them but don’t you see at least if they receive military training, there is a better chance for them to survive instead of becoming sitting ducks waiting for Titans to snack on. It’s such a good idea so why won’t everybody do it? I speculate that there isn’t enough equipment and supply to go around. As said with the limited resources, not everybody can get to wear such sophisticated gears and wield cool blades. Besides, I don’t think old people’s muscles are flexible and shouldn’t be swinging around that much. But still, I think everyone should get some military training like how people when they reach a certain age, it is compulsory to be drafted into the military.

It goes without saying that the action is super awesome, nail biting, heart pounding, nerve wrecking, excitingly cool and each time the humans engage in a life or death battle with the Titans, some will die and you can’t help feel sad about the way they get crushed, smashed or even devoured. You want to root for them so badly but because the Titans put on some near-eternal cheat code of being in God mode, you can’t help feel the sense of helplessness each time one of them bites the dust. And each time a Titan is cut down, I can’t help but cheer out loud (in my heart of course) like as though your favourite football team has scored the winning goal. I want to sing out loud to Queen’s Another One Bites The Dust. However seeing the numerous Titans takes away all that joy because they pop up like cockroaches. How many more can you take down? Just depressing, isn’t it? But I really love to see them swing into action with their 3DMD because it feels like they are flying. Just like Spiderman but without shooting those sticky webbings from his hands. Even if they don’t use their equipment, riding on their horses and trying to outrun the Titans in the vast lands is equally good action stuff. In short, the execution of the action is done superbly well. You won’t be disappointed.

The drawing and art seems pretty cool too. Gritty, if I should say. Sometimes the art is cell shaded so I think it gives this unique feel. But the most outstanding part of the drawing is the eyes of the characters. They are so damn real! Especially when you look into the iris, you can see all those lines in it which makes it very real. So real that it is sometimes scary. The characters too look good and okay although the Titans may look comical and funny. However having said so, it isn’t any laughing matter because despite their funny looks and odd shapes (oversized heads), it makes them scary. It is like a clown. Some see them as funny but those with phobia would definitely see them as something evil, right? So it’s the same case. The Titans’ surreal look may want to make us laugh at their stupid facial expressions and grin but that is what makes them scary. As they are not dressed and fully naked too, thankfully as they lack any reproductive system, you don’t get to see any anatomy parts down there. Just imagine a human stripped of his skin and walking around only in his exposed muscles. Scary, right? Speaking about the scenery, the setting gives off this medieval feel with the houses and buildings having the European design and feel. On a side note, when the characters go into depression, typical animation would be your top face blackens, right? Somehow this effect looks comical even though it isn’t supposed to be. Like when Erwin and Levi returned from another failed expedition and the people hounding them for answers, that depressed look makes them look funny (though I know it is not). It’s like they may burst out into a joke or something. Speaking of jokes and puns, there are lots of them circulating around the internet. Just Google them. Some are just so ‘creative’ you’d really want to laugh… Attack On Puns, literally XD.

On a trivial note, the mid-intermission is a very interesting section because it lets viewers know about the ‘currently disclosable information’. From how the 3DMD works to the walls protecting and acting as mankind’s last bastion to even certain facts about Titans (as what we think we know about them), it gives a deeper sense and feel to everything instead of making things up. Just like obsessed Star Wars fans have a complete guide to everything they need to know about the Star Wars universe. I’m sure they can do a good compilation of this and turn it into an encyclopaedia guide for fans who hunger to know more about such stuffs. Although the one for the final episode seems to be like some long-winded fairytale-cum-myth-cum-legend about the wall. Not that it answered anything, though.

Thanks to the epic of everything else, even the voice acting department is great. Everyone truly fit their roles well. Yuuki Kaji once again is casted as the heroic kid of Eren like he did in so many other animes like Haruyuki in Accel World and Alibaba in Magi. This is my first time hearing Yui Ishikawa as Mikasa (though she had a handful of voice acting roles, they were from animes I didn’t watch like Darker Than Black: Gemini of the Meteor and Gundam Build Fighters) and she does a good job bringing out the stoic and level-headedness in the character. The rest of the extensive casts include Marina Inoue as Armin (in one of her rare boys’ role like Wataru from Hayate No Gotoku), Hiroshi Kamiya as Levi (Trafalgar Law in One Piece), Daisuke Ono as Erwin (Sebastian in Kuroshitsuji), Romi Paku as Hange (Hitsugaya in Bleach), Yu Shimamura as Annie (Hare in Guilty Crown), Kishou Taniyama as Jean (Natsuki in Uta No Prince-sama Maji Love 1000%), Yu Kobayashi as Sasha (I thought it was a waste that she didn’t go into her crazy voice like Kaere in Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei), Yoshimasa Hosoya as Reiner (Arata in Chihayafuru), Hiro Shimono as Connie (Keima in The World God Only Knows), Shiori Mikami as Krista (Ecarlate in Ixion Saga DT), Saki Fujita as Sobakasu (Ao in Yozakura Quartet), Tomohisa Hashizume as Bertolt (Mithrenes in Fate/Zero), Ryota Ohsaka as Marco (Jun in Rozen Maiden Zuruckspulen), Shinji Kawada as Oluo (Shino in Naruto), Natsuki Aikawa as Petra (Baker in Gundam Build Fighters), Susumu Chiba as Erd (Kondo in Gintama), Kouzou Mito as Gunter (Kanon in Code Geass R2), Kenta Miyake as Mike (Sydonay in Shakugan No Shana), Masahiko Tanaka as Pixis (Kyouichi in Initial D), Keiji Fujiwara as Hannes (Sven in Black Cat), Hiroshi Tsuchida as Grisha (Daikichi in Usagi Drop) and Anri Katsu as Nile (Tsuchimikado in To Aru Majutsu No Index).

The opening theme, Guren No Yumiya by Linked Horizon is also epic. With all those choir voices in the background like as though they’re singing a song for going into battle, it just enhances the awesomeness of what is to come. Although the second opening theme, Jiyuu No Tsubasa also by Linked Horizon is equally epic, but I don’t find it as good as the first one since I thought the opening choir voices sounded like some national anthem or a victory anthem so it feels a little odd. The first ending theme, Utsukushiki Zankoku Na Sekai is a slow rock ballad with a hint of sadness and struggling to survive in it. Oddly, despite sung by Youko Hikasa, she doesn’t have a voice acting role in this anime. Maybe as a very minor background character but not that I noticed it as the credits didn’t even list it down. The second ending theme, Great Escape by Cinema Staff is a rock piece but I still prefer Guren No Yumiya anytime. There is an insert song, Call Your Name by Hiroyuki Sawano but this slow rock is sung totally in English. Needless to say the various background music from the OST are good with some heart pounding scores to exciting battle themes, fitting the scenes well. Most of them employing the use of choir voices and drum covers. The rock pieces aren’t too bad either and usually employed during fight scenes.

I don’t know what else more to say. Even if there were stuffs that I missed out in this blog, probably I have forgotten them due to the awesomeness of everything. So my verdict (and everyone else), this anime is totally the best and it is no wonder why many would consider this the best anime of 2013. I know it is not perfect and has its flaws but like I said, the awesomeness of everything overwhelms and overshadows everything else. Therefore people, don’t just sit there. Go watch this anime! Highly recommended. Except maybe not so appropriate for your 2 year old kids in the midst of trying to learn his/her ABCs. Don’t want to scar and traumatize them about the scariness of Titans for life. That would be much worse than being devoured by one, bob around in its stomach undigested before finally being spit out. Ugh! I guess they like their meat raw without any sort of seasonings, huh? And remember people, always eat your vegetables ;p. (Sorry for Attack On Lame Jokes).