The Beast Titan Blocks an Escape Route – Shingeki no Kyojin S3 Episode 14 Review

Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2 Episode 2 (or 14) Review.

Check out last week’s Episode 13 Review here.

Okay, this episode was so good that I: watched it twice upon its first airing, went back to rewatch episodes 3, 4 and 9 from earlier in the season, and then got depressed after watching the latest Game of Thrones abomination. I haven’t watched Dororo yet, (those reviews will be on time, someday…) but I did watch The 100 and was reinvigorated by well-developed characters and narrative storytelling.

So here I am, at 12:22 AM on a Wednesday morning sitting in front of my laptop attempting to review a Shingeki no Kyojin episode I have absolutely no problems with. I’ve got to give it up to those of you who blog about anime weekly and cover maybe seven to ten shows. I don’t know how you do it, you are all amazing.

I keep having this internal struggle where I enjoy the episode and don’t want to say anything but remember I said I’d do reviews , or  disliking the show that week and wishing I didn’t have to relive the pain by typing the tragedy out and giving my thoughts.

Okay, maybe not a tragedy. I’m being dramatic.

It also doesn’t help that I usually write longer, serious pieces. I’ve been having fun writing these recaps for the most part off the cuff, and I’m not sure if my deadpan sense of humor is proving to sound sarcastic or disdainful.

A very fine balancing act I am not sure that I’m managing well.

Anywho, I should really start talking about the episode, yes?

I love despite the perilous tone of the situations surrounding the story, there is always an unintentional silly moment. Whether it be Erwin’s terrible drawings, just Hanji Zoe’s goofy presence, or the titans and their ironic poses.

Titan serving fierce looks, Shingeki no Kyojin episode 13
Titan serving fierce looks, Shingeki no Kyojin episode 14

I know the titans are meant to be mindless killing machines, but reflecting on Ymir’s experience of having a degree of sentience, along with the Ilse’s Notebook OVA…they have to retain some of their core personalities.

Reach for the sky, Shingeki no Kyojin Episode 14
Reach for the Sky, Shingeki no Kyojin Episode 14

After all, they are eating people in subconscious hopes to regain their humanity and end the nightmare. Then again, Ymir had a strong personality and that cult worshipper was sincerely devoted in life so, maybe anyone who has a connection to the progenitor has a stronger will to live?

I really appreciate the internalized monologues coupled with believable character motives backed by subtle actions. The series will explore this more, but Reiner struggles with his identity as the Armoured Titan. The ending credits are a vast montage of memories the teenagers had during their time in the army. When Hanji, who didn’t share the same bond with Reiner, instructed the team to take him out they hesitated.

The portrayal of their realization that he actually needed to die and this is what they came here for was wonderful. The myriad of emotions that later change to anger at the additional realization that they are home and Reiner took this away from them was simply the icing on top of a delicious sponge cake.

I also love that Erwin is a hypocrite. The great leader of the survey corps, humanity’s greatest defense – doesn’t even believe the words he recites. Telling new recruits to “give their heart” while the commander reflects on the pile of bodies it took to allow him to stand atop Wall Maria once more. One step closer to the basement filled with secrets that will progress the plot.

Either way, I think I’ll end this here. This was a wonderful episode, and since I experienced a week busier than normal, it’s now Sunday and the new episode is out. On to the next!

Do you sympathize with Erwin Smith’s goals? What do you think the survey corps will find in the basement? Do titans still have a personality? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below, I’d love to hear from you! Also be sure to follow us for more Shingeki no Kyojin Season 3 Reviews!

See you back here same time next week!

次のエピソード: The Last of the Survey Corps

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I write in my personal time and I haven't published much at all. I don't know if that qualifies me as a writer or not, but I'd like to change that. I have a deep passion for travel, cinema and (mainly) East Asian things, but I plan on writing various things to keep it spicy. Let's prosper together ~ よろしくおねがいします。

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