Attack on Titan Episode 31: Oh by the way…

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Even though I knew what was coming, I still enjoyed watching it all play out. I really do appreciate it when a series leaves so many hints and I think that watching it for a second time makes it more enjoyable. I was able to really focus in on those hints and gain a larger appreciation overall. But yeah, this was a pretty dark and suspenseful episode which leads into a hopefully more action-focused episode next week. Sounds like a good deal to me.

Side note: I feel like I’m obligated to complain about the extended recap at the beginning of the episode. I think it’s the first time we’ve really gotten something like this and it felt ridiculous because Ymir didn’t even have a major role in this episode.

Not to be a stickler, but how does he know this? Also, I heard “scrambled eggs” in the Japanese, so I’m going to blame the original dialogue for this line.

Huh…that was easier than I expected. Though, I guess Hange has more reason to trust Ymir than someone of influence in this world.

Time to re-evaluate some life choices? Is Reiner blaming his nature for putting him in these dire situations? I don’t quite get this one.

Going a little bit off the deep end, aren’t we? I guess I’m also wondering why Eren brought up their hometown in the first place.

It’s weird. This line feels like such a repetition, but when I think about it, this is the first real confirmation. We’ve been given so many hints up to now that I had basically taken it as given that there was no hole, but it’s a counter-intuitive conclusion and the only other investigation was done in the dead of night.

Come again? Haha this is the most casual reveal I’ve ever seen. Now I can finally say it. Even before this reveal, was I the only one who was really confused at how similar the Armored Titan and Reiner were in appearance? I don’t think that part of the reveal should be surprising at all.

I mean, it makes sense that they wouldn’t have a reason to investigate a person’s background heavily in a world like this, so I won’t really get too upset that they’re just finding this out now. Overall, I think that this scene’s pretty sweet. Very detective-like.

I really like how this reveal plays out, how all of these scenes are placed to seem innocuous and yet allow for this level of deception to be happening in the background.

Honestly, I was going to complain about Eren’s words here. They’re practically impossible to believe. But then I considered a different angle. Eren has been the most resistant to the idea that Reiner and Bertholdt have been lying to everyone all along, so he’s probably trying to reject the reality himself.

Having the flag snap to give a sound to the “snapping” in Reiner’s mind as he gives up playing his role is a nice touch.

It’s about time we got a good Titan fight in this season.

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1 thought on “Attack on Titan Episode 31: Oh by the way…”

  1. I agree, that was the most casual reveal of critical information ever and yet it all made sense when thinking back and with the flash backs thrown in just to be sure we remembered what had happened. Really enjoyed this episode.

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