Check out last week’s episode review here.
Ahh. Finally, the Euthanasia plot has been revealed.
Now the real game of chess can begin.
Also full disclaimer, I don’t like Zeke.
I’m about a notch away from full hatred still for this character with the manga ending in less than 4 weeks.
I was wondering, and maybe even hoping that I’d feel even the tiniest bit of sympathy for his character now that his backstory is animated. But, nope. Nothing. Nada. Zilch.
If anything, I found this episode to be comedy.
The dirty, mildly disgusted look Grisha gave Zeke at dinner made me chuckle while reading the manga, and gave me a full-on laughter fit while watching it animated.
They captured Grisha’s disdain at having a royal son that was not living up to his expectations perfectly.
Many people online (mostly anime-onlys) are currently bashing Grisha Yeager.
Grisha did love his son, but mainly he and Dina raised Zeke to be a tool. A means to an end for Eldia, so to speak.
When the tool wouldn’t work, and wanted to instead live a quiet life and just play ball…they couldn’t handle it.
I mean if it’s any consolation, this should all make sense later on in the season…whatever iteration it ends up taking.
Grisha was just…blinded…by his mission at hand.
It’s no excuse for how he treated his firstborn son, but maybe they were both victims at the end of the day.
Another thing really great about the anime, is that you can see Oscar-worthy acting from here on out.
The boy who was raised with love, and whose mother said he was special simply for being born into this world.
The boy who was raised as a tool for a vague goal, and who wished he had never been born into this world.
Surely, things will go smoothly…right?
Especially since the one controlling The Founder has the final say in how all of this ends.
Oh. I wish people who read the manga would really hear that line. Really take into account who’s in charge of all of this. Whose story this series is named after.
Oh well. I’ve said too much.
Or, maybe I haven’t said enough.
Either way, let’s end it here for tonight.
It’s quite unfortunate that this is the part the season will end off at.
In a way, everything we’ve seen these past 15 episodes was just prologue for what’s to come next. And the final battle, back in Shiganshina district. Where it all began…
Do you also find a certain poetry in the war of ideologies brewing in the Attack on Titan series?
It really makes you think, and examine yourself in a way.
Maybe I’ve been a bit too honest in my recent reviews of this series, but you should know how I feel inside. Or if you already don’t, it’ll make more sense when the rest of the season picks up – if you stick along for my reviews that long ☺.
Which Yeager brother do you sympathize with more? Eren, or Zeke?
Was Grisha Yeager a bad father?
And I guess for one final question…do Zeke’s erratic actions make a bit more sense now?
Although despite wanting a quiet life since birth, even you may be able to admit that as a child he was manipulated by all of the adults in his life…even Xaver. (“Ksaver”)
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