Attack on Titan ep2: you haven’t experienced life, if you haven’t experienced regret
As the assault on Eren, Mikasa and Armin’s town continues we see a lot of the worst of humanity. People panicking, running around without a plan. People fighting other people to get to safety, soldiers crumbling under the pressure of their duties, and all this seemingly meaning nothing to the titans themselves as they merely walk in on a free meal. How can creatures seemingly so big and dumb swarm the way they do? Welcome to Attack on Titan.
This episode was nothing but a continued series of regrets and losses for our main characters and humanity in general. Though I gotta say, a moment did stand out for me among the slaughter and panic. It was seeing another one of those “super titans” One that was not nearly as big as the utter monstrosity that initially cracked the war in episode one, but still was huge and shared the same appearance. A enormous beast resembling a human without skin, and the body temperature of a running car engine, this titan pulled off a shoulder tackle that cracked the wall that separated the invaded town from the rest of humanity. Hell, I’d say that thing resembled a giant robot more than anything else. Even weirder was that it seemed to appear out of nowhere. Did I miss something, or are those things actually sneaking up on people?
Once the assault is done, we see everyone struggle with survival and the food shortage that comes from an influx of so many refugees. I gotta say, Eren was a right ass through most of this episode. Though it’s awkwardly understandable. He lost his mother ultraviolently, and his last memory of her was a somewhat petty fight. There’s no one I know that wouldn’t regret that being the last memory of their mother. He’s clearly a kid with anger issue, and that can only exasperate them. His lone pressure valve is Mikasa, who seems to have more calm and common sense than most characters in this show so far. The same can be said for Armin. Eren’s insistence of fighting anything that catches his eye while angered is troubling to say the least.
We get a sobering little story during a time skip, showing how a massive force of humans was sent out to retake the area behind the wall lost to the titans. And how far less than one percent survived. It was basically just a way to clear out some of the refugees while attempting to save a little face. Shameful.
The episode ends as we see our main characters in basic training for the military, or self defense force, whatever you wanna call it. We also get a glimpse of some characters that may become important, but more likely will die horrible, tear-filled frantic deaths at the hands of the titans. I’m not taking bets on whether Eren can get through this experience without punching someone.
This episode stayed true to the form of the first, just a tad inverted. The first episode started out with a lot of world building, and portraying what was normal before completely f*cking it over. This episode starts in a utter chaos, but ends showing everyone what their new normal is, while moving the plot. For anyone wondering if Attack on Titan has a “training arc”, it doesn’t exactly, but the upcoming episodes may be as close as you’ll ever get. After all with humanity aggressively getting pushed back more than it has in a hundred years, there isn’t much choice but to start throwing bodies at the titans.