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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.

  1. April 14, 2013 at 22:05

    Honestly I feel like the mystery of the Titans themselves is driving the show. We don’t know anything about where they’ve come from or why they look like oversized humans. It’s a very tantalizing mystery indeed.

    • April 16, 2013 at 16:43

      I agree. The show will reveal a lot of interesting tidbits about the titans as they move on, and where I got to in the manga, there’s a big reveal involving them that should be fun. I won’t spoil if you don’t know, but it does give me an Evangelion type of feel.

      What’s interesting is that they just seem to ravage humans, and only humans. It’s like they’re some form of white blood cells that only go after humans, or a punishment from the gods or something.

      • April 16, 2013 at 16:53

        Yeah I noticed that too. Honestly between Psycho Pass and SnK, production I.G. had returned to form.

  2. April 15, 2013 at 02:35

    I think it’s so effed up that the even more gigantic titan shows up and cracks a whole in the wall, and then another one decides to knock the gate open. And it seems they both leave after their missions were over. Of course, if they stayed, the show will be over, but I just find it really sheisty for crap to keep falling on these poor people.

    Well, at least the kids. The people who made the refugees fight/commit suicide aren’t that good either.

    Still, I had to watch the concerts of both Uta’s seasons to watch the taste of this anime out my head.

    • April 16, 2013 at 16:45

      I guess I can understand if people see this as hard to watch at times. I mean these people are just minding their business when the titans just decide to up ruin their peaceful lives. I don’t get the motivations, if any, right now. The humans up to this point aren’t even outwardly doing anything to hurt the environment.

  3. April 17, 2013 at 01:30

    Too scheisty if there are no motivations. Well, I can get it if the little titans have no motivations- they seem like humanoid animals.

    But Giant Titan and RoboTitan- they got something up their sleeves, I’m sure.

  1. April 22, 2013 at 04:05

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