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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.

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  1. May 12, 2013 at 21:36

    I was also glad to see Mikasa get some proper screen time. I think she’s by far the most interesting character, so I’m curious to see how she’ll be developed further in later episodes. So far it’s been inferred that her entire life revolves around Eren, but I’d very much enjoy getting to see what her character is like on her own terms, when everything about her is not completely defined by Eren’s presence.

    • May 14, 2013 at 14:47

      Yeah, it’s a tad disappointing to see her so tethered to Eren. At first, I thought it was just her keeping Eren out of trouble because she just knows better. But it’s almost a pet-like loyalty she has to him. I’m not frustrated by it or anything though, and it gives her character plenty of room to grow.

  2. sonicsenryaku
    May 12, 2013 at 22:36

    Three reasons i can think of as to why Eren is so “messed up”: 1. he’s a psychopath…that’s the easiest answer…watch the series so far to see why this is a possible answer. 2. He, unlike most of the people living behind the walls, was never satisfied with hiding. To him, that isnt truly living; going to explore the outside world is living and the frustration he has felt from living his complacent life made him aware of how the people around him were sheeple; how they didnt think for themselves and at times shit on others just to get by. Perhaps this twisted his view on people and that scum and those that dont fight for survival dont deserve to live. 3. Eren has a cuthroat sense of justice; if you’re scum, you deserve to die..which doesnt seem entirely wrong but for a kid..that’s pretty bleak. But Eren believes in survival, and those who try to take someone’s life must be off-ed. At the end of the day, he was only doing what he had to do to save Mikasa and acted violently in desperation.

    • striffy
      May 13, 2013 at 01:46

      I don’t really think Eren’s insane for what he did, though that was my initial reaction to him. I think it’s more like everyone’s cooped up within the walls to avoid the titans outside, but on the inside we’ve still got villainy and scum. His world’s all about survival and having murderers that double as traffickers isn’t really helping anyone. If he lets them go they’re surely going to kill more people, and at that point saving Mikasa was probably only possible through murder. What else was he supposed to do? Set up a bear trap or something?

      And waiting for the police (I forgot what the hell they’re called) wasn’t a viable option considering that he was right about them showing up WAY too damn late. By that time the murders would already have been gone and Mikasa would be a sex slave (or in his mind probably dead). He weighed out the options and at that moment, fueled by desperation, he decided that the girl was worth more that the other two guys.

      • May 14, 2013 at 16:04

        True, like I was saying in the previous comment, this may all be a matter of perspective and living in a different world. That said, he’s still a freaking little kid, and that was a ballsy, almost insane thing to do. Even most adults would be hesitant to pull that sh*t. I feel like more of Eren’s backstory needs to be told. He may just be a psychopath in an insane world. But I still desire more knowledge.

    • May 14, 2013 at 14:51

      All of those are very plausible reasons, and all may be true at the same time. Though reading the definition for psychopath, it fits him to a tee. It’s actually kind of eerie. But all this might be a matter of perspective and setting. The one thing that stands out for me compared to many of the other characters in this show is his intensity, and passion for his goals. Most people are only intense when the situation calls for it. Most of the people in this show seem pretty mellow, or even crestfallen most of the time. I haven’t seen anyone in this show quite like Eren, yet. Even the people who are more competent soldiers than him.

  1. May 18, 2013 at 22:38

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