Attack on Titan ep6: am I the only one that thinks the “abnormal” titans are just “full retard” titans?
Boy they’re really stretching out the manga’s material aren’t they? Then again, I can’t blame this show for milking a self contained story like the one for how Mikasa came to know Eren. The only thing I’m confused about is how Eren ended up so messed up and violent when he has had two gentle parents, and the bad stuff appears to have happened to Mikasa?
We begin the episode with Connie trying to figure out what happened to a spaced out Armin. As we all know from watching the last episode, he basically witnessed all his comrades, including his best friend get eaten. Also, he did spend a more than harrowing moment on the tongue of a sleepy-faced titan himself. Armin comes to his senses and heads back towards the Rear Guard. Along the way he comes across a loving couple, well one half of a loving couple. Franz and Hannah were seen in the previous episode lovingly holding each other before the battle. Now we see Hannah desperately trying to resuscitate Franz’s corpse. How are things so clear about his death? Because he’s missing everything from the waist down.
Back at the Rear Guard, we see some a-hole and his cronies holding up the civilian evacuation because his obviously oversized cart is blocking the path. No one has the courage to stand up to the guy, who is using his men, his status and the fact that he’s carrying food to defend his stupidity. As this is going on, a very retarded looking titan comes sprinting around the corner at the civilians. He’s too fast for the soldiers to head off, and he doesn’t even seem to care about them either. It’s only Mikasa who is able to chase it down and slay it just before it tramples the civies. I was impressed at how she was the first solider I saw really use that three-dimensional system to its fullest potential. And even then she thought that she could still do better. We’re then treated to the main focus of this episode, her back story.
It turns out that Mikasa had her own happy family a long time as a child. Until they were killed and she was kidnapped. I guess in this universe, Asians are rarer than mermaids, and the trio of kidnappers were hoping to use that for some sort sex slavery trade. Where Eren comes into this is his father was making a routine checkup visit on their cabin, but I guess they arrived after the kidnappers. Eren decides to go out against his father’s wishes and find the kidnappers and rescue Mikasa.
I don’t know what happened to Eren before this, but he’s done this before. He hunts down the kidnappers and murders two of them quickly and brutally. His only mistake was not accounting for the third kidnapper who was out back. In the end, he needed Mikasa to discover her knack for killing and athleticism to save him. With no family left, Eren’s dad takes her into the family, and her and Eren become friends.
With the flashback done, we see Mikasa head off on her own to find Eren’s squad. That’s too bad. She’ll be looking forever before she finds that pile of meat.
This episode was all about Mikasa, and it’s none too soon. She’s gotten little in the way of dialogue or screen time. And considering the fact that she’s the most physically competent character in this series, it was nice to see her take down some titans as well. She’s an awesome combination of Spider-Man, samurai and a cute little sister character. And I don’t mean in that annoying sexualized way either. It’s an admirable loyalty that is explained well enough through this episode’s flashback. It also explains a little bit of Eren’s attitude towards her. Even though she’s clearly more athletically gifted than him (and everyone else), he’s still the leader in confidence, and has a wolverine’s aggression. I’m sorry. Had. He had a wolverine’s aggression.
Now then, I’m still avoiding spoilers, but I am very much looking forward to the next episode. It will be a good example of how tense and scary this series can be, hopefully. And who knows, maybe Armin’s shivering, crying butt will be of some use. Oh who am I kidding, most everyone will be shivering and crying by the end of the next episode.