Shingeki no Kyojin – 02
「その日 ―シガンシナ陥落②―」 (Sono Hi ―Shiganshina Kanraku ②―)
“That Day ―Fall of Shiganshina Pt. 2―”
Starting things off this week, we get a bit of little extra information about the history behind the series—particularly the configuration of the walls (Maria, Rose, Sina respectively) and how Shiganshina is pretty much an outpost meant to lure the Titans while also saving funding/resources. To say the least, it’s nice to see how they’re just not info dumping on us and gradually just piecing together things as we go along… because gosh darn, it’d be insane to detract from the suffering train—which just doesn’t stop.
Indeed, the continued demolition of Shiganshina resumes this week—ultimately culminating in the breaching of Wall Maria by this monstrosity and the triggering of all kinds of havoc. With food shortages galore and the refugees unwanted within the inner walls, what we end up getting is the sacrifice of virtually of all of them (almost 250,000 people and 1/5th of the population!) in order to take it back and ease the former a bit. And well, that’s just the definition of insanity if I’ve ever seen it. But, that’s just scratching the surface of the pain and suffering everyone goes through this episode, as there’s just so much else that just keeps piling on and on. There was the whole bit where Shiganshina’s defenses just prove useless, the part where this woman tries to escape by hiding in an alleyway but gets eaten anyway, the mad prophet screaming in the background, people jumping to try and get on the ship after it already reached capacity (and dying while trying to do so), Eren’s regrets regarding the final words he said to his mother…
…and it just hammers in one big thing: humans are weak in general (especially in this world). At the same time though, that doesn’t mean you have no choice but to cry. Because as long as you’re alive, you’re going to be able get stronger—which is pretty much the lesson we’re getting here. Sometimes you just have to accept that you just can’t do anything in some situations and that’s the painful lesson Eren learns this week. Luckily for him however, he has the trusty Mikasa by his side force feeding him and vowing to keep him alive, so at the very least, he doesn’t end up just sacrificing his life for nothing right then and there.
On that note though, Eren’s comments are still important ones—despite them being said pretty much on the spur of the moment. After all, it’s a valid question. Could you consider yourself truly living if you just live your life hiding behind walls and hoping that they’ll protect you? Is that how people should be? And isn’t that kind of complacency and fear the reason the they were devastated so easily? Indeed, there’s a lot of rather serious notions that Eren (and this series) brings to the forefront, and it’s something that just adds a nice touch to a series whose action sequences are more than enough already to make it worth watching. Combine that with a debut of an exceptionally epic (and great looking) ED sequence and there ain’t no better phrase that comes to mind except that “we have a winner!”
Needless to say, the overall impressions of Shingeki so far is that it’s just been absolutely amazing. With two cours (at least) to look forward to, I’m just foaming at the mouth at the moment, because there just ain’t anything better to have on a weekend than a dose of Shingeki no Kyojin. Really, this series just makes braving through the things the week throws at you worth it—and that my friends, is the mark of a great series.
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ED: 「美しき残酷な世界」 (Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai) by 日笠陽子 (Hikasa Yoko)