So many things happened this episode that I don’t even know where to start. We learned so much about the world and yet there was still so many mysteries.
The very first thing I have to address is the meeting / dream between Eren and his father. I have no idea if this was a foreshadowing of the future for him or if some kind of supernatural event occurred or if this was in the past somehow, but I just can’t make any sense out of that scene. Eren wasn’t in possession of the key when the attack occurred, he didn’t meet with his father in between and somehow he managed to get that key from somewhere. I have no idea if I missed something along the line or if I misinterpreted that scene, but I just feel like there was a continuity problem there.
Speaking of continuity problem, it was a bit weird that in one scene we saw Armin leave on a boat with his grandfather, Eren was on the coast. Last scene, Eren and Armin are together on the same boat and talking to each other. Here again, I’m not sure if I simply missed something or if this is really a continuity problem with the story. It would just be really sad if it were the case because the show is awesome, both in term of story and character and drama, so I wouldn’t want to see it filled by bad continuity throughout the show.
Having those little thing out of the way… This episode was amazing. The show is really good at conveying the emotions of their characters, this episode it was easy to see the pain and suffering of the people of the village. You could see them try to jump on the ships to escape certain death, meanwhile you could hear the mother crying for their children to be saved. The drama is especially well executed in the show; the argument between Armin and Eren about their freedom and the way they should live was especially entertaining.
I think the one think where I wish more time was spent was the decision to send a large portion of the population to fight the Titan in order to solve the food shortage problem. It is one thing to have the Titan come through the wall and destroy your home, it is another to have to go on a pointless suicide mission because there isn’t enough food for everyone. They say that a 100 person came back out of the many thousands, I’m even surprised that some of them were allowed to come back. I’m pretty sure that not even a single Titan was killed by this attack, it just goes to show how meaningless that move was. It was the logical thing to do, a way for people to end their life in a “meaningful” and dignified way, rather than dying of hunger, but on a person to person basis, it must have been horribly difficult to convince people of this plan.
I’m completely sold for attack on titan, this show is A+ quality and worth every second of my time, I’ll be on-board for the 23 episodes yet to come.
ZeroGhj signing off