Attack on Titan Episode 29: Another one appears

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Nice buildup in this week’s episode. I guess this is where it begins. I kind of regret having read the manga at this point, because it’s harder to react normally. For example, this episode is a pretty big one for Reiner where he ends up doing a lot, physically and mentally, for the show. But given how he ends up, I’m not as enthused. I guess it still doesn’t change the fact that he really gets to show off here. Anyway, the big reveal for the episode is Ymir, that she’s another Titan that’s been hiding in the group all this time like Annie. I get that she started getting some focus in the second season and she really tipped her hand in this episode, but it still felt overall random. I’m curious how people who are seeing this for the first time reacted. How did people feel?

This is apparently important. I wonder if the writing on that bottle he couldn’t read is what I think it is.

Ahh…still got that hope, huh?

You’re not suspicious at all, Ymir. Little bit much, don’t you think?

Aww man, I was going to ask that. Anyway, busted.

Surprise!

I know there are grooves in the staircase and all, but I still find it hard to believe the cannon stays on course like this.

Haha wasn’t expecting that in a show like this.

It’s always so weird to orient myself into the world of this series. Something like throwing rocks seems so simple, but it’s a deadly force in the hands of a Titan. And more importantly, it’s something these people have never seen a Titan do, which makes it much more impactful. I feel like I have to constantly remind myself.

Darn it, Christa. This is your fault!

Yeah, she’s being kinda whiny. I’m with you, Ymir.

Did the Titan transformations always show this much? Not that I mind it.

Attack on Titan Episode 28: Bump in the night

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I was really on board with this episode for the first half, but I kinda lost it in the second half. I really did like how this episode handled giving information to the viewer in the first half, showing us all of the hints without giving us the answer. I thought the same with how they’re handling the hole in the wall. But the Pastor Nick revelation was…frustrating for me. Anyway, next week is back to the action…I’m just now noticing that not much happened this week.

I can’t tell whether this kind of blind hope makes sense or not in a world like this. Of course, I know where this revelation is going, but the clues that the other soldier points out were pretty cool (all that stuff about the horses being in the stable and empty houses being destroyed).

When I first read this scene in the manga, it was really great. The clues have been laid out and it’s very obvious what conclusion you’re supposed to draw here, but the series gives you an emotional reaction from Connie rather than just blurting out the answer. My only comment, though, is I don’t remember this revelation amounting to anything later (for example, having Connie use it to explain something), which makes it feel wasted. But I say that tentatively because I may have just missed it.

And on a completely unrelated note, the song playing in the background is awesome. It has all of the tension you’d expect from Sawano’s music, but it’s much more melodic.

I can’t remember…were these two characters really prominent up to this point or is this the first time we’re hearing this? I know their relationship is eventually important, but I can’t tell if this is coming out of nowhere (because it seems like it is).

Ghost stories! Yeesh…they even turned off the music to make it creepier.

Convenient moonlight is convenient.

Alright, all we need now is for Eren to use a power that he hasn’t displayed before in the Titan form he still can’t control. Got it!

I was wondering how long it would be before they brought up the basement again.

While this is an interesting scene of suffering from the citizens, I’m surprised this is news to Pastor Nick. I mean, why does he need to be told this?

Really, man? I probably get overly frustrated when scenes obscure names like this, but they tell you who it is in the very next scene. It makes me wonder what the point of it is…oh, they’re not going to say her name? So dramatic!

Couldn’t resist, huh?

Breaking all the rules. Seems like these Titans may have the same target as the other Scouts.

You know things are serious when the song playing here starts up. So…these guys are dead, right?

No pressure, Eren.

Attack on Titan Episode 27: Village inspection

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A little bit more mixed with this episode, but I’d say overall I liked it. There were two main things that I thought were handled well in this episode. The first was Sasha’s change. I go into more detail below, but basically this is the point in the show where she starts delivering on the skills everyone says she has. The second thing I wanted to point out in this episode was the reversal that went on with Sasha and Conny as they investigate their respective villages. Things start out looking bleak for Sasha, but she eventually discovers her father still alive. However, this immediately cuts to Conny finding his own village in ruins with no similar hope. It’s pretty cool.

As for negatives, I’d say the recap at the beginning of the episode was annoying (can’t remember if that was done in the first season as well) and as I point out below, the timing of Sasha’s father’s entrance is a bit questionable.

Huh…I never really thought about that.

He’s going to tell us all about the walls!

Pfft…you might say that, but I know better. You’re just going to put him in the face of real Titans and get him to admit everything out of fear. Though, now that I think about it, Hange already tried that by holding him over the side of the wall…

This line’s a little on the nose, don’t you think?

Okay, Sasha…you’re just a little bit too obsessed with that piece of meat. Is she just hungry or is there something else going on here?

It’s a little jarring to see the older guy acting as the voice of reason and the younger Sasha clinging to tradition. Usually it’s the other way around.

That escalated quickly.

Okay, I’m willing to jump on board with this scene and the continuity it provides. It certainly explains why the young girl in the village said that line about Sasha’s polite way of talking. But I’m still having trouble understanding how the little girl noticed and why it would be important enough to call out.

Remember in season 1 when it didn’t really make sense that Sasha was one of the top graduates from the academy? This is the point where it stops being crazy for me…where she stops being the joke of the group.

Doesn’t this kill the drama of 20 seconds ago just a little bit?

Ouch.

Attack on Titan Episode 26: The return edition

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Well, the hype train is official, I guess. Not that I’m particularly complaining because I thought this was a strong episode to get back into the series, but it’s going to be tough to wade through all the hype. Back on topic, I think the episode handled itself well, especially coming back from years on break. It didn’t overdo flashbacks and didn’t spend too much time reminding you what was happening. It just…went. Like a normal continuation should. And for good measure, let’s kill a guy.

Still not sure how I should approach this series. As always with series where I’ve read the manga, I think I hold myself back a little too much to make sure I don’t give too much away. Should I keep going on with this? That being said, I will say that the stuff the Beast Titan says has a lot more meaning knowing what happens in the near future. But I’ll leave it at that?

Previously on this show…

The priest knows everything! I always forget this guy’s not completely crazy.

Just a training exercise?

Haha definitely laughed at this one.

Time for the action! Also, I have trouble keeping the names of the walls straight, so I had to remind myself. Wall Rose is the second wall, which is why this is a big deal.

Getting pretty deep there, man.

Why would you say this?

The screen gets darker here, doesn’t it? I’m not nuts, right? It’s the Blue Exorcist fire all over again!

Random flashback is random.

It can talk!

Yeah, he was kinda screwed without his gear. I think this is one of the stronger selling points of this series, though. No matter how amazing a person may seem, they can still easily be overwhelmed by standard Titans. Also, cool guys don’t necessarily keep their cool in the face of certain death?

Am I getting punked? There’s no way this is the actual ending song, right? It sounds so painful…

Death Parade Episode 2: It was all a lie!

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This week’s episode brings an interesting twist on last week’s episode. Retelling the story of the first episode, this week reveals that Machiko’s behavior at the end of the first episode was an act meant to save her husband from damning himself, actually suggesting that Decim made the wrong decision of sending her to the void. I don’t know about anyone else, but it really inspired confidence in me…maybe this won’t get as boring as Hell Girl.

It looks like next week will introduce a new couple to be judged in the bar. Hopefully, it remains interesting…I’m still very apprehensive about this show. I’m curious where the show goes from here too. Maybe this new girl is supposed to incite some form of change in the bar and how it judges. Or maybe she’s just some fresh-faced recruit that will slowly be corrupted by everything she will be witnessing.

Death Parade First Impressions (1): That got pretty real

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Basically, I watched this show because I was curious about how it incorporated the genres that were used to label it. In a nutshell, the series is about a bar that people are sent to when they die to be judged for the “afterlife”. It was pitched as deciding heaven and hell, but the end of the episode suggests a reincarnation system instead. It is interesting that the point of the game isn’t to decide a winner, but to show people’s true colors in order to make the final decision happen, but kinda expected.

I’m not sure how to really feel about this show. On the one hand, I can see it being interesting, but on the other hand, I can see it being a lot like Hell Girl, where every episode is the same recipe of deception and corruption. And honestly, that gets boring after a while. Music-wise, I don’t have any big initial complaints about the opening and ending songs…I’d probably have to listen to them some more before making a final decision. At first glance, though, the ending probably seemed more solid to me.