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「絶望の中で鈍く光る ―人類の再起①―」 (Zetsubō no Naka de Nibuku Hikaru ―Jinrui no Saiki ①―)
“Shining Dimly in the Midst of Despair ―Mankind’s Recovery (1)―”

When faced with the prospect of death, animal response can be typically generalized as either flight or fight. As we see with this week’s episode of Shingeki no Kyojin, it’s something that applies especially to mankind, and something that manifests itself in the difference in views between the soldier recruits. Ultimately though—whether the reason for joining was to just live a comfortable life within the inner most walls or wanting to take the fight back to the Titans—the important part is this: you can’t blame anyone for believing what they do, and it’s a notion that really highlights the uniquity and free-will of the individual. Suffice to say, it’s a darn powerful notion, and something that really contributes to making this episode one of the best developmental ones I’ve seen in a while…

…because as we find out, all of our recruits―Eren, Mikasa, Armin Arlart, Thomas Wagner, Jean Kirschstein, Marco Bodt, Connie Springer, Sasha Braus, Reiner Braun, and Berthold to name some―come from a variety of different backgrounds, all possess their own trauma, and all possess their own unique personality as a result of the experiences only they have. Needless to say, it’s an exceptionally large cast, and something where the mere fact they were able to introduce all of them in the span of one episode―while not rushing and providing some great moments of hilarity to boot―makes this episode superb already. Yet, not only do we get all of the above, we also get the revelations of the initial aptitude tests necessarily to see if the recruits are even capable of starting their training…

…which serve as quite the device for hammering in the fact that emotions alone cannot do anything, and you can’t just go in saying things like “those with no strength have no right to be here.” Eren finds this out the hard way this week by failing to properly execute the proper maneuvers in the first go, and it’s here that the episode really shines. Because as they say, “the journey is just as important as the destination,” and what Eren’s realizations here demonstrate is the fact that Shingeki ain’t just gonna hero status Eren as a guy who’ll dominate from the start. Indeed, he gets tossed to the ground (both literally and figuratively) multiple times this week―to the point where he even begs for help―and it’s just great to see that Eren’s really getting proper development before hand. I mean, it’s pretty much all but confirmed he will become the dominant force he says he will be in the future, but at the very least, Shingeki’s not falling into the trap of just saying “well, he has natural talent, and so he’s just going to fly through everything and end up being an epic Titan slaughterer.” There’s definitely a lot of things building up to the realization of his potential and it’s something that’s done absolutely splendidly this week… contrary to a certain other show last year where the hero merely became one without proper development and with the help of quite a bit deus ex machinas.

Ultimately, Shingeki’s shaping up to be every bit as great as expected, and it looks like next episode will hold more of the same―if not more, considering the grim foreboding in the preview. Before we leave things off for today though, I’d just like to attach a blurb from the opening’s lyrics below―lyrics that are well, quite symbolic in nature to say the least. You’ll see what I mean.

They are the prey and we are the hunters.
Prayer won’t change anything
What you need right now is the resolve to fight.
The pigs that laugh in the shadows
At the will to move forward
Are no more than peace-befuddled livestock
In a world of false prosperity
That stifles the freedom of the hunter.
The humiliation of captivity
Serves as the signal for retaliation
As he moves to slaughter his prey
That waits beyond those walls

Additional Notes:

  • Gotta love the Sasha + potato moment, the final comments from the drill sergeant (sent chills down my spine!), along with that last bit where Mikasa properly interprets the true meaning of Eren’s expressions (great vocal insert for that moment too).
  • **Once again, please refrain from discussing the source material in your comments―ESPECIALLY events that come after what’s been covered so far in the anime.


    April 20, 2013 at 8:13 pm
    • April 20, 2013 at 8:18 pmKarmafan

      There is so much material I just can’t see how they are gonna complete this series unless they are planning for multiple seasons.

      • April 20, 2013 at 8:20 pmZephyr

        It’s at least a two cour so far. We’ll see how it goes.

      • April 20, 2013 at 11:53 pmTSouL

        There is at least 25 episodes confirmed so far, so it should cover a large amount of material.

        I also like the adaptation’s sequence of events. The manga has lots of flashbacks instead of a continuous flow seen here.

    • April 20, 2013 at 8:18 pmerednay

      Oh boy, great episode,I almost cried OMG when he failed the second time, also showing the result of his effort event thought he wasn’t at fault there.

    • April 20, 2013 at 8:21 pmF


    • April 20, 2013 at 8:23 pmLuxor

      When I saw Sasha’s face here, I was like WHY THE HELL ARE YOU GIVING HIM THE SMALL HALF? Nope, she was like herpderp. Oh, and when she gets trolled by Mikasa, LOL. But we still love you, Potato Girl. :D

      And that sequence where Eren’s flipping at the end—really great animation, it looks like they painted a hell of a lot of backgrounds.

      • April 20, 2013 at 8:28 pmZephyr


        My sides were hurting so bad after that. Good thing I wasn’t eating anything during those moments as well, because I’m pretty sure I would’ve either choked or spat it out.

        • April 20, 2013 at 8:51 pmLuxor

          Oh and this is her face in that scene in the manga. This isn’t a spoiler for those who have seen the episode. http://www.mangapanda.com/shingeki-no-kyojin/12/17

        • April 20, 2013 at 9:38 pmLondo

          I love the others’ expressions when Sasha was talking to the officer.
          The “WTF are u saying????” expressions cracked me up! She even had a pissed off look when she gave the potato to him haha!!!

      • April 20, 2013 at 9:40 pmMasterDragonKnight

    • April 20, 2013 at 8:29 pmWuz

      Ymir’s character looks a bit off because of her lips…but at least they nailed her personality, so i won’t dwell on that.

      • April 20, 2013 at 8:53 pmintroverte

        In addition to her lips, I felt that something about her eyes made her character look a bit off as well, but I wasn’t quite sure what it was. My imagined personality for her was something a bit more rough and crude, but her seiyuu’s voice seems too feminine/soft/something for that.

      • April 20, 2013 at 10:34 pmsortedevaras

        They made her look a lot more feminine, it took me a while in the manga to realize she was even a girl.

    • April 20, 2013 at 8:34 pmCybersteel

      Oh man these guys are here.

      • April 20, 2013 at 8:36 pmOmni

        Cybersteel, Please refrain from spoiling material. You may have not tried to but by implying “these guys” you have done so.

        • April 20, 2013 at 9:37 pmsortedevaras

          That’s not a spoiler, he just linked a picture from the post and said those guys are here. If they are in the picture then indeed they are here.

        • April 20, 2013 at 11:09 pmintroverte


          But there really isn’t any reason to mention that except to imply that they have some greater importance.

      • April 20, 2013 at 10:35 pmOmni

        It imply’s they have some significance within the story…which leads to spoils

        • April 20, 2013 at 11:15 pmsortedevaras

          So? That is not a spoiler. A spoiler is when plot elements are clearly revealed, not that characters exist. Those characters appeared in this episode, had significant screen time and the main character specifically asked for their names.

          Oh man these guys are here.

        • April 21, 2013 at 12:27 amReagal

          Had you not said it is a spoiler, less people would’ve noticed it.

        • April 21, 2013 at 10:09 pmNice Boat!

          Long time no see Omni!

      • April 21, 2013 at 8:39 amZephyr

        **Just to confirm, this is NOT a spoiler.

      • April 21, 2013 at 4:12 pmAnanas

      • April 21, 2013 at 10:11 pmJel

        I can’t believe someone would decide to pose as Omni in this site.

      • April 22, 2013 at 6:25 amThe Moondoggie

        Just go out and say it:
        Show Spoiler ▼

    • April 20, 2013 at 8:49 pmMrRei

      Attack on Stilts! (Stilts looking over a wall of an all-girls elementary school)

      • April 20, 2013 at 9:30 pmMasterDragonKnight

        To lighten the mood a little, have a parody picture.

        Attack on Miku!

        • April 20, 2013 at 9:55 pm3242

          That is even more terrifying
          Imagine episode 1 but with the Titans chanting-

        • April 21, 2013 at 12:40 amotamega

          i like this better Shingeki no Kuroneko

        • April 22, 2013 at 11:30 amAnoBakaDesu

          Kinda hilarious in that Hatsune Miku’s VA is in this series as well.

    • April 20, 2013 at 8:53 pmkondee

      Sasha Braus,”the Potato Girl”, is on the top of my list of people I want dearly to survive. She has mastered the art of comedic timing.

    • April 20, 2013 at 8:55 pmSteins

      “along with that last bit where Mikasa properly interprets the true meaning of Eren’s expressions (great vocal insert for that moment too).”

      I think you didn’t understand that last scene correctly, if anything Misaka said the opposite thing that Eren was thinking. That shows how delusional Misaka is when the subject is Eren.

      • April 20, 2013 at 9:41 pmZephyr

        Well, the thing for me was that by him saying “now you don’t have to baby me anymore,” he’s saying he can now be someone who is on equal terms with Mikasa. He’s relieved that his dreams of fighting are still alive and as a side addition, he gets to fight with her rather than ending up at some other thing with her tagging along.

        So in that context, she’s completely right in that it’s not just a “see that”. It would definitely fit her character more for this interpretation as well eh. I kinda feel like the way it ended up getting translated just tweaks it a bit so that it’s somewhat off.

        Though at the same time, it’s also possible of course that Mikasa is kind of shocked he actually succeeded, so there’s also that. I kinda feel like it’s more of the above though, but I see where you’re coming from.

        • April 21, 2013 at 8:07 amSteins

          I think Armin was the one who got what was happening right, when he said “Look at his eyes, he’s totally challenging you”.

          That was what Eren was doing, because he thought that Mikasa was looking down on him last night at dinner, when in fact she was trying to comfort him (in her own way). That’s why Armin, Reiner and Berthold end up with stupid looking faces after Mikasa said her line, because she was interpreting the whole thing wrong.

          Gotta love those misunderstandings :D

      • April 21, 2013 at 9:45 amsonicsenryaku

        Both interpretations are correct; while Armin is seeing the surface content of Eren’s Victory expression, Mikasa is seeing the inner facets of what this victory means to Eren.

      • April 21, 2013 at 10:01 amLOL

        Just looking for some confirmation but according to the Manga translation for this part. Mikasa actually said “Eren wont have to stay close to her anymore and it makes him happy.” So Im just curious did the fansub translate this part of the anime correctly.

        • April 21, 2013 at 11:37 amSteins

          The ones who did the scanlation of that chapter mistranslate that line-

    • April 20, 2013 at 8:56 pminfinite

      So the belt was just defective. I thought for sure Marco Bodt was the reason behind it.

      • April 20, 2013 at 9:12 pmkondee

        I want to draw attention to a mistake on the post. Marco Bodt is actually the freckled kid while Jean Kirschstein is actually the guy who got into a confrontation with Eren. The person listed as Jean in the blog link is actually some random guy with no importance and the one listed as Marco in the blog post is actually Jean…

        If you can fix it when you have time Zephyr that would be cool :P.

        • April 20, 2013 at 9:30 pmZephyr

          Oh whoops. My bad. I had listed them in order to try and reduce chances of error, but hmm. Seems to have mixed up anyway. -_-


      • April 20, 2013 at 9:59 pmGeoff

        Especially when the drill instructor noted that he’s never seen a defective belt before.

        That’s when I’m thinking Sabotage instead of Defect.

        • April 23, 2013 at 7:31 pmkyuuzo

          what are the odds that mikasa was the one behind it?

    • April 20, 2013 at 8:57 pmKen Sanders

      They should have hired Spider-man for the 3-D Maneuver class. Spider-man is much better teacher for swinging.

      • April 21, 2013 at 12:28 amGoodwillWright

        Sorry, but no. Spiderman would be a bad teacher, first and foremost reason is because of the stark difference in technique (if Spiderman even applies any).

    • April 20, 2013 at 9:06 pmJust A Random Guy

      Other action anime that take the standard of ‘blow the budget in the first two episode and drop the quality of the third one’ should take notes.This is how you do a third episode. Fill in the lack of action with good control of character development and story telling.

    • April 20, 2013 at 9:11 pmKaka

      Kobayashi is definitely the best one to voice potato girl. She is hilarious :D

      Btw what’s with the extensive shawdowing? Can someone interpret this scene

      • April 20, 2013 at 9:18 pmSteins

        For me that scene was hilarious.

        Boy falls in love at first sight, but finds out that the girl is already taken by the guy he had a fight early on, boy loses hope in mankind. Freaking hilarious xD

        • April 20, 2013 at 9:56 pmZephyr

          “Oh nothing, only my faith in humanity.”

          Oh and err, the shadowing and the scene itself seems like it was just done for added effect eh.

        • April 21, 2013 at 11:38 amChen2

          Not to mention how he told Mikasa he’s really attracted to her because of her long beautiful dark hair. Then hears Eren telling her to cut it and she agrees.

      • April 21, 2013 at 9:43 amRamen

        more shadows = more despair
        therefore we can conclude that he has a lot of despair to spare.

      • April 21, 2013 at 7:36 pmKaka

        Thanks. I kinda guessed that’s what it meant but I thought the shadowing was a bit over-exaggerating.

    • April 20, 2013 at 9:11 pmJager

      • April 20, 2013 at 9:49 pmZephyr

        That’s what we call a real KO.

    • April 20, 2013 at 9:21 pmApollo

      I.G is doing a phenomenal job. At this point I’m honestly am glad they did this not any other studio(especially A-1)

      The only thing they have really changed up so far is the placement of this arc. Instead of doing it like a flashback they decided to do it chronologically, which I believe may really help since it seems to be making the character development that much better.

      They really brought this chapter in the manga to life with this episode. Getting every facial expression right and not missing out on any important parts that this chapter had in the manga. Great job, please keep it up I.G!

    • April 20, 2013 at 9:24 pmBlackStealth1989

      they are moving faster than Air Gear..

    • April 20, 2013 at 9:24 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

      I’m probably going to be in the minority, but the end of the episode kind of disappointed me a bit (with Eren succeeding as he did).

      With this and the previous episode, I was hoping Eren would get a bit more humility and realism knocked into him and it seemed like, with his earlier failures of the aptitude tests followed by his begging for help and other things, that was now happening and with his success at the end, it seemed like he was really learning. But suddenly turning around and saying the ONLY reason he failed was due to defective equipment and that he was capable of the exercise the whole time almost feels like it negates the lessons he learned throughout the episode.

      Now, of course, I’m not saying that’s what happened or anything (the lessons being negated), but I do feel it could’ve gone without the sudden defective equipment bit at the end as, to people like me anyway, it could give off such impressions that there could be dangers of Eren thinking that he really didn’t need help after all, and end up inflating his ego and cause more problems later. Again, I’m sure that’s not the intention, but just the impression it can give.

      • April 20, 2013 at 9:47 pmZephyr

        Actually, I think you’re absolutely right in terms of the impressions “that there could be dangers of Eren thinking that he really didn’t need help after all, and it’d end up inflating his ego and cause more problems later.”

        The way it’s being set up, it definitely looks like Eren’s going to end up going through at least one (if not more) extremely traumatic events before he ends up reaching his true potential.

        For me though, I felt like the fact that he was even capable of lowering himself to begging (and has that within himself despite his emotionally fueled arrogance), was worth noting as a great character trait/development, which is why I liked this episode. But yeah, I definitely get where you’re coming from.

      • April 20, 2013 at 9:51 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

        To be a little more specific, the only reason Eren was begging for help and all was because he legitimately thought he was failing, which of course, would prevent him from being able to join the Legion and being able to go out and face Titans, so he learned that he did need help to be able to overcome that failing when it was shown that he alone couldn’t just fix it “with passion”. But with the whole problem from the beginning being nothing but defective equipment, it basically means he DIDN’T have any actual trouble to begin with as, otherwise, chances are he would NOT be failing in the first place, which makes all the development throughout the episode feel almost pointless.

        • April 20, 2013 at 9:53 pmZephyr

          Well, at the same time though, he felt the need to beg and was actually able to do it when push came to shove. So, that’s why I feel like he deserves some props, because he’s not some guy who’s so arrogant to think that he’d succeed without help, even if the scenario ended up somewhat artificial eh. It’s likely he’ll forget this moment for the time being, but I just can’t help but feel like for future reference, this’ll come back and serve as the moment where he later remembers what it means to be humbled, and he’ll really carry on from there.

        • April 20, 2013 at 10:37 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

          Bah, replied in wrong place;

          Yeah, I get that and could see it playing some sort of part in the future. Just that, at the moment, it’s how it comes off as. Could just take out those last couple minutes and there’d be no problem for me.

      • April 21, 2013 at 3:36 pmMgMaster

        Well,it bothered me too and I wish there were at least some slight hints that his gear might’ve been rusty earlier on.At the same time though,I’m also a bit relieved because him being naturally talented(or just good anyway)would remove the need for a deus ex machina power up later on that I was fearing might happen due to Eren’s somewhat shounen protag nature.

        At any rate,I’m eagerly anticipating the episode(s) that will REALLY aid his character development such as a few of his fellow trainees or soldiers dying on a failed mission,defense or something.I hope we’ll get something like that because Eren doesn’t seem to be the type that will grow too much as a character withouth experiencing some more life-threatening situations or some actual failures 1st hand.

        • April 22, 2013 at 11:18 amHalfDemonInuyasha

          Or his own emotions of hatred/vengeance/etc causes him to try to do something stupid and reckless in a battle, leading to the severe injury or even death(s) of another character(s).

      • April 23, 2013 at 7:43 pmkyuuzo

        i honestly don’t see why he needs a bit more humility and realism knocked into him when he really isn’t trying to win a competition or anything. besides the “i will kill them all” speech that he’s kept as a mantra, he really hasn’t been boastful enough to proclaim that he “alone” will make this a possibility. why bother joining a team if all you want is all the glory for yourself?

    • April 20, 2013 at 9:25 pmFafnir

      “Whats your name?”
      “I’m Armin Arlart!”
      “Really, that’s a retarded name!”
      Damn that hurts >.<

      • April 21, 2013 at 12:27 amHalfDemonInuyasha

        Thank god they didn’t ask for height…

        “How tall are you?!”

        “Sir, five-foot-nine, sir!”

        “Five-foot-nine, I didn’t know they stacked shit that high!”


        • April 22, 2013 at 4:09 pmTre

          Armin is 5’9″?

          How barbarically tall is everyone else in this series, then?

        • April 23, 2013 at 4:50 pm3242

          Now lets remember how small the average human is compared to a titan.

      • April 21, 2013 at 1:14 amdeVacto

        thats how in militer do

      • April 23, 2013 at 7:47 pmkyuuzo

        maou would have just replied “apologize to all the armin arlart in the world!!”

    • April 20, 2013 at 9:26 pmTitan

      Your link for Marco Bodt and Jean is wrong @.@

      • April 20, 2013 at 9:34 pmZephyr

        You saw nothing! :D

    • April 20, 2013 at 9:33 pmLondo

      Holy shit Sasha has a LOT of balls to eat the potato in front of him , AND give him half of the potato too!

      • April 20, 2013 at 9:48 pmLuxor

        The SMALL half, mind you.

        • April 20, 2013 at 9:55 pmZephyr

          Surprised the instructor didn’t pop a vein on that one. (Though then again, maybe he did)

        • April 20, 2013 at 10:19 pmJani

          Hahahahaha I couldn’t believe it!! I was dying of laughter during this whole ordeal. At first I really thought she was just being a smart ass about eating the potato in front of him, but as the banter went on I realized she wasn’t the brightest bulb, but I still love her for this.

    • April 20, 2013 at 9:56 pmUnknownVoid

      I think they added in the nighttime walk with Reiner and Berthold, which would explain why it felt out of place to me. They bring him up there and then give him some advice and its like…why was the view necessary for that advice? Maybe it implies they helped him all night, but still it just seemed random. Otherwise though, great episode.

      • April 20, 2013 at 10:02 pmZephyr

        Hmm. I felt like the view was an interesting touch… kinda like a “this is the world you can help take back for humanity if you succeed, just believe in yourself” thing.

        • April 20, 2013 at 10:09 pmUnknownVoid

          I would agree with that if they had mentioned it at all. None of them seemed to even be in awe of the view. Not a big deal though. I am fine with one slightly changed scene and a few missed lines instead of some incredibly different adaption. Just think of it as me venting about changes because some of my all time favorites probably will never be animated faithfully.

      • April 20, 2013 at 11:16 pmFarHorizon

        Yeah, the scene worked thematically .. but they could have just taken 5 seconds to explain why they were walking around at night. The barbed wire also made me curious if they were going somewhere they shouldn’t have gone ..

        • April 23, 2013 at 7:51 pmkyuuzo

          remember the scene right before that? they were talking about their experiences with the titans and how the others are not like them. the walk in the woods for me was more of like a “let’s take a walk and talk more” since they are in their rooms surrounded by people that wouldn’t be able to understand what they are talking about.

    • April 20, 2013 at 10:07 pmGeoff

      I felt really smug satisfied when he got knocked down a few pegs, although I thought him begging for help seemed completely off his character.

      I’d have expected him to go out in the middle of the night and keep trying by himself or dragging the girl along to help him out before admitting defeat and seeking help. He did do that, but only for a few scenes and not even for a day. I’d have seen him try and try again for a full week before admitting defeat.

      If you don’t have talent, you still have hard work to fall back on. It felt like he skipped that step and went straight to asking for help.

      It could also just be that if he failed that day, he’d be kicked off the next day, so the time pressure would have forced him to do that. I wish they’d explain it that way since it suddenly makes much more sense why he’d been so pinned as to ask for help anywhere he could find it.

      • April 20, 2013 at 11:11 pmintroverte

        He only had one day to pass the aptitude test before they would ship him back to the landfill…

    • April 20, 2013 at 10:15 pmc2710

      Throughout the whole episode, I saw nothing but potato girl and Mikasa

    • April 20, 2013 at 10:16 pmChris

      A moment of silence for Jean, our brother who just joined the friend zone…

    • April 20, 2013 at 10:16 pmChubbyChaser

      Do titans have butt-sex to procreate?

      • April 20, 2013 at 10:24 pmagr0n

        Chubby how would that even work we have seen the spot between their legs and their butts, they don’t have parts or buttholes so how would that work? That’s why they don’t know how the Titans reproduce and why there isn’t hills of crap laying around the city :p

    • April 20, 2013 at 10:26 pmagr0n

      Zephyr dude your picture link for Mikasa is way off, last I checked Mikasa was a babe and that’s a dude :p

      • April 20, 2013 at 10:32 pmZephyr

        It’s just a test to see if people actually read eh. :D

        (Darn HTML)

        • April 21, 2013 at 11:53 amagr0n

          Well now I look like an idiot for posting that xd

    • April 20, 2013 at 10:49 pmDdadain

      Why hasn’t anyone pointed out how FUNNY this episode was ROFL I couldn’t help but snigger at the strange humor the show has brought >;3

      And Mikasa’s slowly blossoming to a beautiful flower (read as psycho-bitch-stalker) when it comes to Eren. As a totally oblivious watcher that has stayed away from manga-spoilers like the plague, I’m finding the pacing enjoyable and the characters very interesting.

      One of the best this season ;3

    • April 20, 2013 at 10:56 pmal

      oh god don’t tell me there is going to be a love triangle….

      I don’t want romance at all.. and that jean is not funny,kind of a jerk

      • April 21, 2013 at 9:37 amRhoen

        I don’t know if this would be considered as a spoiler but Show Spoiler ▼

        • April 21, 2013 at 12:11 pmal

          I guess I have to believe you..

          ohh look 3 fagots disliked my post, didn’t know jean has fangirls out there xD

    • April 20, 2013 at 11:07 pmNoTitan

      Such Classical Weapons to use against such Mighty Titans.I really wonder how they’ll handle this.I think that we could lend them some of our modern weapon like Nuclear Bomb,haha.

    • April 20, 2013 at 11:10 pmJel

      I was getting worried that close to no progress for Eren in this episode, but that plot twist at the end was great and I’m looking forward to when they finally put the 3D Gear to use from what we see in the opening.

    • April 20, 2013 at 11:25 pmlivid

    • April 20, 2013 at 11:43 pmKitty


      Silly video to the OP of Attack on Titan, watch it~

    • April 20, 2013 at 11:50 pmyin13147

      I felt sorry for Eren in his first few tries in the aptitude test. But I was really relieved when the reason as to why he kept falling was because his belt was damaged, and it wasn’t because he was bad at it. If his belt was fine in the first place, he would have already passed the aptitude test in no time.

      And I couldn’t help but glare at the others for making fun of Eren. They would have acted helpless too if they were in his place.

    • April 20, 2013 at 11:55 pmTerrorhunt

      Wow… Mikasa looks more attractive with short hair.

    • April 21, 2013 at 12:09 amEntrav

      Really like how they adapted everything and made it deeper as a result.

    • April 21, 2013 at 12:46 amZangkin

      I am not going to like that Jean guy. He looks like he’s going to become a problem character. Anyways at the very ending I love how they showed Eren using his Multiaxial machine. Looks like it’s going to get even more interesting from now on.

    • April 21, 2013 at 1:10 amVincent

      • April 21, 2013 at 1:36 amcreaothceann


      • April 21, 2013 at 10:03 amretardman

        i almost choked to death on my drink when i saw that part. unintentional hilarity

    • April 21, 2013 at 1:24 amJhacks

      The only thing that rubs me the wrong way is how the girls looks disturbingly pretty, especially Mikasa. When you compare her appearance to Eren, she looks like his mother (wink wink nudge nudge). Another great episode, overall.
      And as much as I like the Drill sergeant, that guy need to take a note from Sousuke Sagara on how to abuse trainees. xP

    • April 21, 2013 at 3:47 amThe Moondoggie

      Potato girl is here! XD

    • April 21, 2013 at 5:31 amFlappy

      • April 21, 2013 at 10:45 amPanino Manino

        Have freckles?
        So is Ymir.
        And now she seems even more of a travesti.

    • April 21, 2013 at 5:31 amchad

      “well, he has natural talent, and so he’s just going to fly through everything and end up being an epic Titan slaughterer.”
      But they did, he wasn’t able to that because of the rust, not because he was actually bad, that moment they said it was the rust was kind of a disappointment for me.

      • April 21, 2013 at 5:37 amchad

        PS:No reference to the amount of still images this episode?

        • April 21, 2013 at 1:30 pmintroverte

          Were you bothered by that as well? Since no one was saying anything, I thought I was the only one…

        • April 21, 2013 at 4:04 pmLuxor

          I saw a lot of stills this week too. Maybe it was to save budget, or maybe it was just an artistic choice, but some of them worked fine and some didn’t.

          Also, did anyone catch the left-to-right scene transition when Eren switched his faulty belt? I was like OMG IT’S THE STAR WARS TRANSITION!

        • April 22, 2013 at 6:42 amchad

          I’m glad someone else noticed that, it was so noticeable for me that I was surprised nobody else was saying anything about it.

      • April 21, 2013 at 6:38 amtotoum

        Being able to pass that test doesn’t mean he’s incredibly talented (as you saw quite a few others were able to pass as well) it just means he’s good.

        • April 21, 2013 at 7:02 amchad

          Yes,you are right. But he’s not bad, and he didn’t have true difficulties, the ones he had were caused by the rust.

      • April 21, 2013 at 8:08 pmCobeurn

        You know… for a while I thought the drill sergeant was just BS-ing about the rust and that he just wanted to give Eren another chance or placebo effect by giving him another harness. Nevertheless, Eren had some development when he thought he was failing, let’s hope he would not be amnesiac about it.

      • April 23, 2013 at 7:58 pmkyuuzo

        i don’t know which subgroup you are watching, but from the one i saw it said that the reason was that the belt was defective and not because of rust specifically. which made me think that it might be sabotage.

    • April 21, 2013 at 7:57 amGH

      I’m enjoying a bit too much that part when Jean and Connie are making fun of Eren.

    • April 21, 2013 at 9:22 amZaku Fan

      Potato girl is LOL! Good setup episode to introduce the peeps. A lot will probably die from the comments by the Braun(?) guy as most of the recruits really do not seem to know what they are getting into

    • April 21, 2013 at 10:43 amPanino Manino

      “along with that last bit where Mikasa properly interprets the true meaning of Eren’s expressions (great vocal insert for that moment too).”

      But, that is not wrong?
      -> http://image.noelshack.com/fichiers/2013/16/1366550219-1366525743006.png

      Fan translation in scan is more accurate, from what we all know, Eren don’t like Mikasa’s protection. Mikasa say what subtitles in anime say she said, and the oficial translation, simply contradicts everything we see on all other pages of the entire series.

      I also didn’t liked the comedy as shown in the anime, don’t felt natural and unexpected as in manga. The author has a great comic timing which is absent on animators.

      • April 21, 2013 at 11:43 amShirocat

        thanks for the link, although for me still the translation from anime and the official translation sound more similar to each other and only the translation from fan scanlation shows that Eren doesn’t want to be close to Mikasa = doesn’t want her protection. That’s why she has so painful expression. And on both anime and official scans for me they got wrong what she said, because they interprate that like she thought that Eren was happy to not have to be separated from her.
        Of course I could get it wrong, but I still think that in anime they portrayed Mikasa, like someone who misunderstood Eren and his will to be individual and strong. At least I got that impression in this episode, in manga is on the contrary. I’d be happy, if someone corrected me.

      • April 21, 2013 at 1:28 pmintroverte

        The scanlation makes far, far more sense in my opinion. However, based only on the text written in the raw scan, the official and anime translation seems to be the correct one.

    • April 21, 2013 at 10:59 amDuelistdusk

      Now i get why everyone was hyped last episode about the potato girl. But wasn’t mikasa kinda harsh on her when she ate that bread in front of her? Sure, I can understand the reason why she did it but that was just plain mean.

      • April 21, 2013 at 11:12 amPanino Manino

        Because “the world is a cruel place”.

      • April 21, 2013 at 3:06 pmBoozerX

        Dat Mikasa trolling.

    • April 21, 2013 at 11:56 amSingerOfW

      God bless Yuu Kobayashi, the single most insane CV in the industry.

      I’ve never read the manga, but I just love how the anime feels so far. There is a primal fear for gigantic things in every one of us, and out of that comes the oh-so-popular motif of giant-slaying. Some people compare SnK to Shadow of the Colossus; I say that it’s a whole series about David on Goliath on a much wider scale. The taller they are, the harder they fall.

    • April 21, 2013 at 12:10 pmT-Man

      Lets start the death pool!

      Eren, Mikasa, Armin are excluded as main characters voted survivors!

      Jean, I’m split as he’s the jerk of the group and feels like he’ll make good with the main characters; vote survivor

      Marco Bott, clearly labeled dead; vote dead.

      Connie Springer, the clown of the group position has been taken by Sasha, otherweise I would have voted him as a survivor; vote dead.

      Sasha Blouse, potatoes girl, just too funny to die. Loved it when she trolled Mikasa and visa versa; vote survivor

      Thomas Wanger, clearly Titan food; labeled dead; vote dead.

      Kind blond girl. Hummm too easy to call a titan fatality due to her kindness, so due to reverse psychology; voted survivor.

      Opportunistic Dark Hair Girl with freaks, she appears tough and opportunistic but I believe she will get killed when she either forgets to be opportunistic or proves to just have a hard exterior over a kind center. Another case of reverse psychology; vote dead

      I missed many others, please add!

      On a different note here is my best guess as what Titans are and some plot guesses:
      Manga readers please tell me how close I am by yes or no; no details; I thank you in advance. :)

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      • April 22, 2013 at 9:42 amNoName

        I would say ‘yes’ or 50/50. Not all you have said have been revealed in manga. Keep it up with your interesting theory.

        One of the best manga I ever read..

    • April 21, 2013 at 12:29 pmXDark-AlchemistX

      I’m actually surprised from how the 3rd chapter is taking the story to a more..mm..linear sequence of events? anyway…it’s actually better considering how confusing can get the manga.
      overall this chapter was more fun than anything…
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      Also, I was not quite sure if to laugh or feel bad about Jean’s broken heart when they showed his “My faith in humanity is lost” expression
      NO really! his grimm expression I think I’ve saw it before…
      Anyway…looking foward for next chapter!

    • April 21, 2013 at 2:19 pmAnanas

      The budget is already bleeding. The number of stills was just obscene, even worse it completely destroys the scene between Mikasa and Potato.
      Overall I’m very disappointed with the way things were handled after the potato question, it’s like they tried their best to make every memorable scene as flat as possible.

      Less detailed rocky backgrounds, more animation. And just stop with the speedlines already.

      • April 21, 2013 at 2:56 pmWormbook

        About the scene between Mikasa and Sasha, I’m pretty sure it was done with stills intentionally to make it surreally commedic. Personally I Liked it a lot because it managed to deliver the serious humor the manga had (and ofcouse cutting some cost).

        I don’t know witch scene you are refering to as “flat”.
        Sometimes the background works better than animation. I felt Erens concern reliefed at the moment the reached that lake.
        I’m not goint to praise everything what studio IG do, but giving you a suggestion to think the purpose of each direction (besides the budget issue). Maybe it was a cheap episode but it was directed very well.

      • April 21, 2013 at 3:13 pmtotoum

        Budget isn’t bleeding,budget is being allocated to the episodes that need it ,this isn’t one of them.

      • April 22, 2013 at 2:35 pmMagoiichi

        They animated it exactly how it as in the manga and it was flawless.

    • April 21, 2013 at 3:42 pmpetitorenji

      Mikasa is so very attractive; her voice, her charisma, her stance and aura… everything about her just oozes beauty and perfection.

      She may end up being the sole reason I continue to watch this series.

    • April 21, 2013 at 8:04 pmCobeurn

      …which serve as quite the device for hammering in the fact that emotions alone cannot do anything, and you can’t just go in saying things like “those with no strength have no right to be here.”
      I love it when shows do this.

    • April 21, 2013 at 8:45 pm7godeohs

      In my mind I have a perma-death flag being raised for Mikasa. I don’t want it there, but it seems like she would give up everything for Eren; and at some point she actually may.

    • April 21, 2013 at 8:47 pmzandy

      I already love Sasha!

    • April 22, 2013 at 10:17 amAmatsu

      Throws money at the screen!! I want my BD!

    • April 22, 2013 at 1:59 pmNierTevra

      man…why did they think it was appropriate to give mikasa lipstick…she looks 10 years older than everyone else…as if in her late 20s or something while the rest are just teens

      sasha stole the show with the potato bit…that was fucking hilarious

    • April 22, 2013 at 2:31 pmMagoiichi

      They adapted everything to near perfection


      WHY THE HELL DOES YMIR HAVE LIPSTICK/GLOSS? WTF?!?!?! I feel like the animation studio is full of a bunch of pervs waiting for some doujin circle to do what they do for this show.It’s not exactly a bad thing, but I’m just trying to understand the thought process behind this.

      Every relevant female character (except Sasha <3) got Super Bishoujo'd, I have never seen an adaptation do this before.

      Sasha definitely stole this episode, they adapted her scenes flawlessly and even kept the troll face <3.

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    • April 23, 2013 at 5:26 amWIWIWIWIWIWIWIWIWIWIWIWI

      I kept getting the vibe that Eren actually DID fail the test and the instructor is just being secretly nice and gave him a second chance to redeem himself cause:-
      1) even after getting a new belt he still seem to be struggling unlike the others, even though he apparently should be set apart in terms of skill from the rest cause he trained on faulty equipment.
      2) the up close shot of his ‘rusted’ belt is still shining without a single indication of rust
      3) the instructor knows his dad..

      Just sayin..

    • April 23, 2013 at 7:00 pmlagann

      I’m not very impressed with this series so far. The thing that’s keeping me from really enjoying the anime is the unnatural feel although I’m not sure whether it’s the characters or just the nature of the setting itself. Since ep 1, I got this vibe that something was off and ep 2 did it again. I guess one of my quirks was the pacing of the introduction. I am not a fan of time skips so whenever something like this happens and usually after a moment of great tension, it leaves me feeling uneasy. Other than that, I think the characters are the other problem. For some reason, I feel some of the interactions are either forced or contrived. I.e potato girl is funny but the way the interactions are pulled off between her and the other characters feel out of place(reminds me of Dan Eagleman in GC). It’s this same vibe I get when I see Eren interacting with other characters. I hope they develop his character because right now, to me he’s just a whiny version of Naruto.

    • April 24, 2013 at 2:35 amnagi

      I three-episode-ruled this and I was blown away.

      Best Anime of the Year! I’m so calling it.

    • April 24, 2013 at 7:31 amWhat if..

      What if these were all true?
      I just remembered the article that I’ve read last year.

      Google up “Giant Skeleton Found
      there’s a picture scale in google too

      • April 24, 2013 at 8:05 amZaku_Fan

        Anyone who believes that, i have several wonders of the world i would like to sell you. From the pyramids to the great wall of china. All at affordable prices from ten euros/USD and up. Also i can sell you the moon or the milky way galaxy for just a hundred euros/USD.

        An easy check of google turns up hoax, fake, photoshop…

    • April 24, 2013 at 2:05 pmHunterWulf

      “Man what the hell did you swipe on my shirt man !!!”

      “My faith in humanity”


      I cracked laughing .. that was just priceless (his facial expression was gold too) XD

      And Potato girl was amazing too .. she gives the drill instructor a tiny piece of the potato and says “here .. have half of it” .. lols .. she clearly has few screws loose .. but i still like her a lot XD, i really love how this episode made up for the lack of action with great character interactions and humor (although i didn’t even expect a story like this would have any humor .. well .. considering Berserk manages to pull that off without ruining it’s grim mood i don’t see any reason why Attack on Titan can’t XD

      And i’m still wondering what could possibly be in the basement of Eren’s house till now .. wonder how long will they keep this a secret XD

    • April 25, 2013 at 3:01 pmTheOrangeOne

      I’ll steal a potato… AND EAT IT!!!!… in front of drill sergeant nasty.

    • April 27, 2013 at 10:58 amPrototype

      Cant wait for the next episode…fews hours remaining for the next episode…

    • April 28, 2013 at 12:00 pmLim Lynn

      I love the interpretation done by Mikasa for Eren’s expression. Seems the potato girl got used to training the very least.