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Hmm what do I even say about this episode?
I already saw it coming, but it was great anyway. Yeah – let’s start there.
It’s rare, but I think I actually enjoyed the anime adaptation of chapter 105 more than reading it in the manga.
It’s the little things that really add up, and make a difference, I think.
There’s so much to cover, but I think I’ll just go with what’s at the front of my mind right now.
Let’s start with Eren.
Eren Laughs At Sasha’s Death
At the end after Sasha’s death, Eren asks Connie what her last words were.
Once he finds out, Eren does this weird sort of mix between a laugh and expressed mental anguish.
Eren fondly remembers the memory of when they were recruits and Sasha stole meat from the higher-ups. While everyone told her to put it back, she said it would be alright because once they retake their land, they’ll have more room for cattle to grow strong again.
Just then, Bertholdt appears with his Colossal Titan and offsets the years of peace the recruits all had.
After receiving that memory, Eren is shown to be angry – gritting his teeth. Or as I initially read it, just incredibly sad and frustrated.
His visions are coming true. It’s season 3 all over for him, already knowing what’s going to happen.
Unsurprised by what transpires around him…
Which gives us the line Eren told Levi, about all of his letters being the truth.
I don’t think this is a spoiler, so I’m going to mention it: throughout the rest of the series and until a certain point, Eren is going to keep trying to do this. He’s going to keep trying to disprove his visions of the future, attempting to make absolutely certain it isn’t set in stone.
He’ll even do outlandish things that make no sense at the time, but all served a purpose.
In an attempt to “save them” from the “grim future (we) share” – to paraphrase Reiner.
Speaking of Reiner real quick, I’m actually laughing at how many people thought this would be a Reiner vs Eren round two.
Never mind the fact that the plot armor titan even lacks the will to live right now, least fully transform.
Besides, this was never confirmed to this day in the manga – but I don’t think Eren wanted to kill Reiner.
Yes, he said he was out of steam but…was he really?
Especially the way he said goodbye to him, or rather see you around.
It’d get into spoiler territory if I go even further, but let’s just say when Reiner got back up and Eren gave that shocked face while about to eat Porco…he had already decided to let him live.
Eren isn’t about taking away anyone’s will to live…or their freedom.
Moving swiftly along, did you all see King Floch?
My boy looked good this episode! The animation was top tier regardless, but did you catch him mentioning the New Eldian Empire? Or Lobov mentioning that he’s just a recruit, and that he doesn’t need those money hungry garrison folk anymore…
The next episode will show this when the volunteers arrive, but there have been some major changes on Paradis Island. And the Survey Corps is winning, for once. Or at least, it appears that way for now…
Also it’s a good thing Lobov switched places with Jean, otherwise he’d most likely be dead right now.
Jean Tries To Shoot Gabi
Another thing I really enjoyed was the exchange between Jean and Gabi.
With Falco, (although again, never confirmed) I wholeheartedly believe Jean hesitated to kill him while he was defending Pieck.
Jean didn’t hesitate with Gabi though, but in the manga it wasn’t clear that the bullet he sent toward her was almost immediately sent right back at him – and through him at that!
(I thought it was a missed shot from Gabi’s rifle that almost got him.)
Keep this scene in mind, in a few episodes we’ll come back to this…when we reach the titan forest for the second time…
Falco and Gabi being beat up by King Floch and his crew was actually much clearer in the anime as well, so props to MAPPA (and Isayama-sensei) for that.
It was inferred with their cuts and bruises after seeing Zeke, but never shown.
Which brings us to the dessert of the episode – motherfucking Zeke Yeager.
Sorry to cuss, and I know I said I’d be unbiased (or at least try to be) in these reviews…but I can’t stand Zeke Yeager.
If there’s one character I detest the most in this story – it’s him. And I say this with a full understanding of his character (at whatever capacity I can emotionally comprehend him) and after knowing Zeke’s true backstory.
We don’t have sympathy for The Devil over here at In Asian Spaces…unless it’s Eren Yeager.
Or Erwin Smith, haha.
Eren, Zeke, and Yelena On The Airship
So about monke…he is a total and complete liar.
Utterly everything he says in this story (for the most part) are half-truths, or outright lies.
(And I am humbly awaiting a certain character calling him out on it later on in the story.)
There is only one person Zeke would never lie to. As for their identity…I’ll leave that one to your imagination.
In the manga, Zeke’s glasses have the typical anime-esque foggy villain lens that let you know he is obscuring something.
When Zeke is flat out lying, his glasses are completely opaque.
When he’s telling truths mixed with lies, only one lens is visible.
It’s actually going to be a lot of fun looking out for these visual cues as the season progresses, because it took me awhile to figure out which was which in the manga.
Zeke does choose his words very carefully however, so I’ll give him that.
He’s not dumb per se, but Zeke is prone to overestimating his intelligence.
(similar to how time after time Porco’s arrogance is ultimately his downfall)
Whenever Zeke is involved with a plan, you always have to account for one, or two miscalculations…
Anyway, I think I’m going to end it here.
And since I didn’t forget but wasn’t sure where to fit this in, Rest in Power Sasha Braus.
Out of everyone in this cursed Attack on Titan story, I truly think you could have had the happiest ending.
Surrounded by friendship, family, and love…we even get to meet Sasha’s special friend next week.
My favorite new volunteer.
Was Sasha meant to die earlier in the series, and Isayama only killed her off now?
Does Gabi regret shooting and killing Sasha?
What about that silent exchange of troubled glances between Mikasa, Eren, and Armin on the airship?
Does the cycle of hatred and violence continue in Attack on Titan?
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2 thoughts on “The Other Sharp Shooter – Attack on Titan S4 Ep 8 Review”
This episode was sad for me since Sasha was my favorite character. I heard this one rumor that her last words were Meat (Niku) but she was actually trying to say Niccolo, Aka Lover Boy. But I guess I’ll never know the truth about her last words.
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Oh wow. That actually just made me incredbly sad.
Could you imagine if that really is the case?
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