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(I mention minor plot spoilers from the manga in this review. Tread carefully, show-only watchers.)
There are theories that one’s life flashes before their eyes when near death. I wonder, if this was the case with Erwin. Before smacking the titan spinal fluid syringe away from his arm, he seemed to be thinking of simpler times.
Before he joined the survey corps. Before his father died. Before it all changed.
I like that they brought up that Erwin tuned into a monster in order to fight monsters. That’s how he survived, and the truth of the basement was the dream he held onto. Eren held onto his hatred, Levi – his devotion to his commander. Eren realizing that he lost sight of himself and forgot about seeing the ocean with Armin was touching, to say the least. It’s become a meme at this point, him recklessly pursing the death of every single titan on their earth.
Or, ours. 2,000 years in the past.
Zeke saying he will save Eren was another great moment, and I can’t wait until those two get more interaction. Last week while searching for Floch’s name, I came across spoilers from the latest manga chapter. It was a YouTube video where an artist colored the panels skillfully. The sheer amount of material the anime adaptation has to work with makes me excited about its future. Of course, Wit Studio is a little slow when it comes to doling out the anime, but I appreciate the care and quality the staff puts into its production.
I keep thinking about Armin’s transformation scene. When his friends remove him from the mindless titan body, he almost looks like a god. The divine lighting, the tears streaming on awe-stuck loved ones faces all juxtaposed with Erwin’s decaying body on a dingy, broken rooftop. Which by the way, did anyone else want to smack Floch? I was so annoyed when he gave his speech on why they should save the devil of the Survey Corps.
What gave him the right to even chime in? Yes, he was the lone survivor of the new cadets. Yes, he rightfully hates Erwin for ordering the troop suicide charge. But I mean, seriously – what gave him the right to tell Mikasa and Eren that their friend was worthless?
That’s what I love about good storytelling.
We, the viewers, know personally what the 104 training corps had to go through. We watched them struggle, get close to the traitors from Marley, and felt the pain of losing trusted comrades. Hell, I’m still upset the original Team Levi died because of Eren’s hesitation a while back. We have witnessed firsthand just how much humanity has lost, the greatest soldiers falling to their deaths through the Survey Corp branch like sand.
But Floch didn’t know any of that. All he knows is that on his (presumed) first mission outside the walls to retake Shiganshina District, everyone died. Soldiers who fully gave their heart for years. People like Moblit, who sacrificed himself to save Hange.
Floch just wants to see Erwin Smith suffer, and that is understandable. Eren and Mikasa want to save their friend who has saved the world countless times, and that is also understandable.
Neither of these people are wrong, and I absolutely love that.
Levi also seemed to feel guilty about saving Erwin initially, continually thinking about the conversation he eavesdropped on between the trio. I’m glad that they will all see the ocean together, even if everything goes to hell soon afterward.
So Paradis Island now has two titans, while Marley still has the bulk. I hope next week they show Historia’s reaction to the letter. I loved Christa and Ymir together, it’s a shame she had to die. I wish there was a way the titans could live forever, but I guess that would be unfair given the power they are able to wield their short time here on earth. Even if all they do is fight. What a shame.
Anyway, let’s wrap up this review here. Since I have the urge to talk about more things that the anime is nowhere near adapting yet.
Do you think they will expand on Erwin Smith and Levi Ackerman’s relationship next season? Why do gentle people like Bertholdt Hoover and Armin Arlert keep getting the Colossal Titan? Would you participate in a war against your own kind?
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