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「解散式の夜 ―人類の再起②―」 (Kaisan Shiki no Yoru ―Jinrui no Saiki ②―)
“Night of the Disbanding ―Mankind’s Recovery (2)―”

Shingeki no Kyojin rolls into its fourth episode, and gosh darn, it doesn’t look like we’ll ever get a break with this series. But that’s just fine with me, because there just hasn’t been any other series in recent memory that’s been able to give us not only two, not only three, but four superb episodes in a row to start—which is what Shingeki has managed to do, and it’s a quite the feat to say the least. Moving right on in though—this week’s episode notably gives us quite a bit to talk about, so bear with me, because this’ll end being a fairly long post.

And first and foremost on our agenda? A discussion about the cast. Having been introduced to them previously in last week’s development-filled episode, we already had a nice grasp of the individual characters and their respective quirks/personality/pasts, but this week follows it up with a bit more—in the form of individual critics from the drill sergeant:

  • Reiner Braun – great mental/physical fortitude. Reliable.
  • Armin Arlelt – lacks physical strength, great academics.
  • Annie Leonhart – lone wolf. (She kicks ass by the way.)
  • Bertolt Hoover – highly talented, lacks initiative.
  • Jean Kirschstein – 3D control is great, but blunt personality causes friction.
  • Sasha Braus – unconventional, but not fit for organized activity. (POTATO GIRL!)
  • Connie Springer – skilled at making sharp turns, but mind isn’t sharp at all.
  • Mikasa Ackerman – genius. (Gotta say, it’s nice seeing the a female heroine be the one with natural talent, rather than the male lead.)
  • Eren Jaeger – lacks any outstanding talents, but has improved through diligence. (Gotta love the contrast between him and Mikasa.)
  • And suffice to say, it was superbly done. Because as you can see, they manage to give every character his/her own moment in the spotlight, and it’s something that’s pretty amazing when you consider how they not only have to juggle fitting a large amount of material into this adaptation, but have to do so with an exceptionally large + diverse cast—something that a fair amount of series struggle to do with casts half the size of Shingeki’s. Really, it’s just a testament to how well the development’s been done when you’re already feeling at home with such a large cast four episodes in, and it’s just great stuff…

    …especially when you note how they’ve tied in each person’s past into how their personality + views have developed—something that shows itself both in the discussion between Annie and Eren mid-episode and Eren’s announcement that he would be joining the Recon Corps near the end. Indeed, we can see how Annie’s ability to see the contradiction behind people training to fight Titans just so they can get the privilege to avoid them is something that correlates to her past, and on the flipside—we can also see how Eren’s past made it so he didn’t. And it’s something that ultimately mixes itself into a discussion about what a soldier’s duty is and the double-edged sword that is human nature…

    …the latter of which is something that can either cause our own downfall or guide us to our salvation. Needless to say though, Shingeki’s really hammering in on the negative parts of human nature… and it’s not a pretty sight. After all, overconfidence and complacency led the humans in Shingeki’s universe to the situation they’re in now. At the same time though—and this is perhaps the most important thing when talking about human nature—you can’t blame people for feeling and acting the way they did, which really adds a measure of complexity to the developments in this series and also highlights the maturity of Eren when he meets Hannes again.

    Going back up to the soldier’s duty part for a moment though, I gotta say… I had already noted that Shingeki borrowed heavily from the Muv-Luv Alternative VN Trilogy, but I never expected it to be this similar. The entire bit about soldier’s duty just conjured up many memories from the VN, and it’s something that makes it so I have to at least put this fitting quote from MLA out there:

    “Achieve your mission with all your might.
    Despair not till your last breath.
    Make your death count.”

    Sounds quite fitting to Shingeki does it not? But yeah, it’s something that just highlights the importance of how you can’t give up just because you think you can’t win. If you give up, you lose before you even start. But if you stay alive and try to fight, at least you have a chance, no matter how slim it is. It’s about hope, and it’s about fighting for the memories of those that fell before you to get you this far. Some truly powerful concepts there…

    …just like “human resilience”, which shows itself this week in the form of “humanity regaining its dignity” in only five short years. Going back to the discussion about human nature, this is arguably the one thing that really balances out the negatives—this ability to fight back in the face of adversity—and it’s just nice to see the series sneaking this in…

    …even if it’s short-lived, as the Titans make their epic return as well. Seems like the series just loves its epic SURPRISE! moments (which have spawned many a memes) and it looks like Eren and the rest of our cast’ll have to go through a trial by fire to start off their new lives as full fledged soldiers. And well, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Ultimately, it’s just another great episode, and I just can’t wait for next week.

    **EDIT#1: REFRAIN FROM SPOILERS PAST THIS POINT IN THE MANGA. I’m seeing a whole lot of things being discussed that just have no business being talked about now (either with or without spoiler tags). If I see repeat offenses, your comments will be deleted and I may have to think about asking for bans as well.

    **EDIT#2: Due to personal reasons, I have asked Asobi (thanks!) to cover Shingeki 05, so the next post will probably release at a different time than the norm. I am currently unsure if I will return for episode 06, but I will resume coverage on episode 07 at the latest.

     

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    April 27, 2013 at 9:30 pm
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    • April 27, 2013 at 9:36 pmRei

      SO GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD

      • April 27, 2013 at 10:14 pmJustin

        I’m dying for the next episode!!!

        • April 28, 2013 at 8:02 amotamega

          there will be blood..

      • April 27, 2013 at 11:30 pmAkizuki09

        I agree! Was so pumped towards the end I almost fell off the chair yelling when the “To Be Continue” popped up. That buildup + the stare down between Eren and the Titan was just too epic! Going to be a painful wait for next episode… T.T

      • April 28, 2013 at 1:52 amc2710

        Alongside Railgun and few others, this’s this season’s GuP for me

    • April 27, 2013 at 9:36 pmChubbyChaser

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      • April 27, 2013 at 9:48 pmTitan

        I’ll eat you first :D

      • April 27, 2013 at 10:21 pmTitan2

        OMG!! more food!!

      • April 27, 2013 at 11:26 pmrecon corps soldier

        I will save you.Don’t worry.

        • April 28, 2013 at 3:48 amDualash

          I don’t know but I found it to be quite humorous that rescue corps soldier got disliked (and how were the titans able to type? 0_0 )

        • April 28, 2013 at 6:13 amStarFang

          The Titans are evolving in being of human’s(if not superior)intellect.

          Truly fascinating and morbid creatures.

        • April 28, 2013 at 11:44 amLuxor

          StarFang, are you implying a Shinsekai Yori and SnK crossover? xD

      • April 28, 2013 at 1:19 pmAnnon

        Oh but little did you know… little. did. you. know.

    • April 27, 2013 at 9:37 pmTSouL

      The fluidity of the action sequences is probably the best from this season. The 3D Gear scenes surpassed what I imagined from the manga.

    • April 27, 2013 at 9:37 pmJust A Random Guy

      OMG THE LAST COUPLE OF MINUTES…

    • April 27, 2013 at 9:46 pmqwert

      I’m really hoping there’s some in depth exposition at some point on the nature of the titans and detail on things like why they can appear in flashes of lightning just outside the walls but don’t just plop down in the middle of the city instead.

      • April 28, 2013 at 1:06 amchad001

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        • April 28, 2013 at 6:42 amqwert

          If there’s something worth spoiling that’s good enough hope for me but there’s no way in hell i’m clicking either of those…

        • April 28, 2013 at 8:09 amTre

          Yeah seriously, don’t click on those spoilers above. It’s pretty much THE BIGGEST plot twist that has occurred in the manga so far.

        • April 28, 2013 at 9:16 amGH

          A friendly advice for every anime-only watchers: read the manga as soon as you can. Chances that you will be spoiled on this website or elsewhere are REALLY high. Don’t even read Attack on Titan’s wikipedia entry, the characters’s bio are full of spoilers (and there’s no spoilers warning!).

          Read the manga and enjoy the ride :)

        • April 28, 2013 at 5:35 pmqwert

          @GH

          Wikipedia is the mistake I made with Another. Really wasn’t expecting the main reveal of the series to just be sitting in a character bio.

    • April 27, 2013 at 9:48 pmCybersteel

      She’s good!!!

    • April 27, 2013 at 9:48 pmVincent

      “Sasha just ripped a giant fart, sir”

      • April 27, 2013 at 9:57 pmZephyr

        AGAIN!? LEARN SOME SELF-CONTROL

        • April 27, 2013 at 11:22 pmlyncpin

          Mikasa satisfied sasha by bread.

        • April 28, 2013 at 1:40 pmMagoiichi

          That looked like the best bribe ever lol

      • April 29, 2013 at 3:54 amJay

        Potato girl best girl

      • May 3, 2013 at 8:17 amnazgul

        Best part was the look on everyone’s faces. Especially the twintail girl.

    • April 27, 2013 at 9:55 pmKiess

      Yeah!! Time for some Titan v Human fight!!

    • April 27, 2013 at 10:01 pmbillng

      Amazing episode after Amazing episode, this will probably be a great contender for Anime of the Season

    • April 27, 2013 at 10:03 pmNadester

      Dat animation…and fart too. lol

    • April 27, 2013 at 10:04 pmRofla

      I always wonder who’s the narrator at the beginning of the episodes. Really cool voice!

      • April 28, 2013 at 8:19 amyeahair

        Sounds like Marina Inoue to me, the seiyuu that voices Armin.

    • April 27, 2013 at 10:05 pmXDark-AlchemistX

      OHHH HOHOHOHO!! S**T JUST GOT REAL!!
      http://randomc.net/image/Shingeki%20no%20Kyojin/Shingeki%20no%20Kyojin%20-%2004%20-%20Large%2036.jpg

      The hype just keeps rising! That’s pretty much the 4 chapters so far in a nutshell.

      Although from this point on…we’re in for a great deal of action…AND MOAR POTATO-wait..
      potato girl just right now stole a steak…so…right now is steak girl??
      GRILLED POTATO AND STAKE GIRL!!! (and loud fart one, lol)

    • April 27, 2013 at 10:11 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

      And they seemed to forget that it was because of their continuing to “resist” and live that they were still alive then; humanity building the walls and protecting what’s left of mankind could be seen as their own way of “fighting”. Sure, today, it’s easy to see people “living comfortably” within the walls like “giving up”, but as mentioned, you can’t exactly blame them for wanting to do so and, sadly, it’s just how a lot of humans tend to be.

    • April 27, 2013 at 10:14 pmGeoff

      It appeared in a lightning bolt, anyone notice?

      Something that big would have been spotted miles away.
      The plot thickens.

      Also, place your bets on who’s going to be dead by the end of the series.

      • April 27, 2013 at 10:44 pmGoodwill.Wright

        I bet generic citizen 73 will be dead by the end of the series.

        • April 28, 2013 at 2:34 amginobi47

          i hate to break it to you but generic citizens #41 to #513 dies in the next episode

        • April 28, 2013 at 4:50 amGoodwill.Wright

          @ginobi47

          Seriously man, SPOILER tags. I honestly thought #41 was going to survive.

        • April 30, 2013 at 8:33 amjhpace1

          Didn’t generic citizen #000001 through #199,871 already die in the 3rd episode? In order to reduce the population within Wall Rose?

        • April 30, 2013 at 12:44 pmGoodwill.Wright

          No, that was generic citizen #199,871~ onwards. Maybe a few were caught up before it. #41 was seeing his aunt in Wall Rose at the time so he didn’t get caught up in the first Titan attack. #51 has a part time job inside Wall Sina and due to it, he rarely has time to go back to his home in Wall Maria. I can’t really remember some of the others.

          But some of the earlier generic citizens avoided the first Titan attack as there was a huge market sale going on in Wall Rose so they weren’t in their homes at the time.

    • April 27, 2013 at 10:34 pmJhacks

      Yeah, kinda agree with Eren that joining the RC is much more badass and awesome, just look at these crests, who would want to wear roses and unicorns as their symbol. xD
      And wow, the gods in this world are just toying with the humans, they are just summoning giant moving flesh out of nowhere, and for what reason, I really want to know.

    • April 27, 2013 at 10:42 pmdeathtogeneric/formulaicshows

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      • April 27, 2013 at 11:10 pmStratski

        In terms of the manga and the anime comparisons, I really can’t complain.
        Like others have commented previously, it’s nice, and frankly better, that everything is happening linearly rather than constant flashbacks in the middle of big plot moments/fights.

        Honestly, while some of them were quite fitting, others were just plain annoying to have a flash back inserted seemingly at random.

        As for the anime cutting anything, I have yet to see any complaints really. Its following the source material quite well, and, if anything, I’m anticipating seeing the net few episodes… Hope they do everything justice!

    • April 27, 2013 at 10:51 pmMeldoy

      Next week’s episode is going to be gooood.

    • April 27, 2013 at 10:56 pmKinjutsu

      That music from the final scene was beyond epic! Reminded me of 300.

    • April 27, 2013 at 11:10 pmdh19440113

      Anyone knows the name of the songs in this episode?
      As Kinjutsu mentioned above and the song in the intro of characters in the series.

      • April 28, 2013 at 1:40 amKinjutsu

        If you end up finding out, post it.

      • April 28, 2013 at 8:23 amyeahair

        The song that played when the 10 were standing in a line reminded me of a track out of Gundam Unicorn. I shivered. Really need the soundtrack and the name of that track.

      • April 28, 2013 at 3:56 pmZephyr

        It’s another Sawano Hiroyuki vocal stable eh. It should definitely be included in the OST though. Just gotta wait until we get an actual track list to see what the vocal inserts are.

        • April 29, 2013 at 2:27 pmyeahair

          No wonder it sounded so familiar.

    • April 27, 2013 at 11:14 pml3reezer

      YO, 5年ぶりだな
      Hello there, it’s been five years, hasn’t it?

      On another note, I find it intriguing that the two series I look forward to the most weekly, (Shingeki no Kyojin and Hunter x Hunter) now have antagonists that similarly feast upon human beings.

    • April 27, 2013 at 11:23 pmbodyvamp

      I almost expected the Titan to make the trolling Face.

      • April 28, 2013 at 7:34 amFumbal

        Haha, i think so too :)

        The titan that ate Eren’s mum should have that face. Adds in a comedy element in the show.

    • April 27, 2013 at 11:26 pmwargear

      Your forgot to mention they change the crest @ the op from Maria to Rose I like that they actually changed it accordingly now that’s attention to detail!

    • April 27, 2013 at 11:26 pmJel

      DAT CLIFFHANGER. OH MAN.

      Also, when Eren and co. met up with Hannes again, they looked extremely matured. 5 years, but even in the last couple episodes they looked different. Lol.

      This series is fantastic, and I think I might pick up the manga this weekend for that cliffhanger… can’t wait another week for that…

    • April 27, 2013 at 11:53 pmyin13147

      And this episode shows why Eren is misunderstood and is actually an awesome character.

      • April 28, 2013 at 12:03 aml3reezer

        Maybe not misunderstood. I wasn’t particularly fond of him for the first two episodes, but that’s definitely not true now that he has grown and matured. He is in fact awesome now, especially with that sheer amount of character development in the last scene. In this episode, Eren himself said to Hannes that he is no longer ignorant, so it makes perfect sense for him to be portrayed as strongly displeasing in some characteristics until now.

        • April 28, 2013 at 12:28 amyin13147

          To me, Eren’s actions at that time were very much understandable. I mean, he was young back then; he was just a kid so any irrational outbursts from him at that time were justified. But I agree that right now, he is undeniably and incredibly awesome!

        • May 1, 2013 at 8:05 pmFarHorizon

          He has matured quite a bit – I also found him annoying in the first two eps.

          I think he has a ways to go though – I’m not sure he realizes how tough of a goal he’s set for himself.

    • April 28, 2013 at 12:04 aml3reezer

      Always, always, we remember the Titans.

    • April 28, 2013 at 12:20 amEliteF22

      Their going to explain where the colossal titan came from right? Looked like it was summoned out of thin air.

      • April 28, 2013 at 1:07 amZack

        They will, but not until later. It’s considered a huge spoiler storyline wise, so be careful that you don’t accidentally stumble upon it via reading the comments or whatsoever.

        Here’s the explanation (only click on it if you want to spoil yourself):

        SPOILER WARNING!

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      • April 28, 2013 at 2:20 amTassadar

        Indeed. I have yet to understand how no one seems to notice something THAT massive approaching. So he either appears literally out of thin air or something entirely different is going on, that they have yet to explain us.

      • April 28, 2013 at 12:38 pmKentaiyoshimi

        There’s obviously a cardboard box involved.

    • April 28, 2013 at 12:25 amEntrav

      RAWR what I’ve been waiting for is finally here! YEESSS!

    • April 28, 2013 at 1:02 amChris

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=FLjbLbb_KVdONJenaF8bEY9w&v=2n4TBef0aws&feature=endscreen&NR=1
      Shingeki No Can Can, made from scenes from episode 3. Looks like the production team is saving the budget for next episode onwards. Shit is going down. Can’t wait. Loved how Sasha was framed by Mikasa.

    • April 28, 2013 at 1:06 amJHN

      I especially liked how when Eren was being all peaceful, I went “BOOM!” and mr. big titan appeared at that exact moment. XD

      Why is Mikasa being so mean to Potato Girl though, She’s awesome. Who else dares to steal meat and save someone’s life by impaling their leg. :D

    • April 28, 2013 at 1:11 amDualash

      When that titan appeared after the lightning…he kind of reminds me of certain superhero ;P

    • April 28, 2013 at 1:34 amKinjutsu

      Looks like there may be a film in the works…
      Wikipedia:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attack_on_Titan

      A live action film is in production. In December 2012, it was reported that Tetsuya Nakashima has left his position as director of the live-action film. According to film distributor Toho, Nakashima had considerable creative differences on the scriptwriting and other matters.[2][7]

      • April 28, 2013 at 4:45 aml3reezer

        That’s quite interesting. Although I can whole-heartedly believe it won’t be anywhere nearly as good just because of the disadvantage of mediums.

    • April 28, 2013 at 1:51 amGermanguy

      I dont get this “Surprise, Gigant is here!” scene at the End. Nobody saw him coming? Well, he is not so easy to been overseen. Or is Eren playing Mr.Ice?

      That what i see in the last Pictures

      So Titans, appear out of now where

      • April 28, 2013 at 2:00 amGermanguy

        i get the “Claymore” Vibes here…

        • April 28, 2013 at 2:16 amGermanguy

          Dunno, but i want to be save and put it in…

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          You must follow the Manga, to understand my Gist here

        • April 28, 2013 at 4:43 aml3reezer

          I think they’re definitely making that sudden appearance a point with the what you could assume to be a lightning strike of sorts.
          I can’t tell if you’re talking about Shingeki or Claymore strictly at this point, but if you read the manga, why are you posing the question?

        • April 28, 2013 at 5:52 amGermanguy

          You must follow the Manga, to understand my Gist here

          Well, there is a little misunderstanding. I mean Claymore Manga. Because the Claymore Anime, dont answer my 2nd Point.

          Hope i cleared it now

      • April 28, 2013 at 3:35 pmRei

        You’ll find out later.

    • April 28, 2013 at 1:56 amc2710

      The whole episode I saw nothing but Mikasa and Kartoffel Fraulien

    • April 28, 2013 at 1:58 amShroompat

      Eren was like “Bring it on you fat lump of muscle” xD

      • April 28, 2013 at 3:44 amDualash

        Everyone was very impressive, from Eren’s stern expression to even Sasha’s quick rescue.

    • April 28, 2013 at 2:03 amjanikka

      FUuuuuuuuuuu… i cant wait for next week!!! the ending was intense!

    • April 28, 2013 at 2:36 amdarkdragon88

      If there was an episode to remember who is who, this is certainly one to remember (or at least bookmark to come back to).

    • April 28, 2013 at 3:27 amTwist

      Dat ending.

      Shit’s getting real next episode.

    • April 28, 2013 at 3:29 amSomebodyAround

      man, not one mention in the comments or summary about my favorite character in the entire series finally appearing. Even the screen cap cropped him out. This is not how humanities greatest warrior should be treated

    • April 28, 2013 at 3:41 amZaku Fan

      If the wall breaks and they can’t shore it up, that would be pretty much half the population dead from starvation again. Great episode with some humor thrown in

      • April 28, 2013 at 4:04 amZaku Fan

        Also Armin’s brain is wasted in the front lines, just like Eren said.

        He should instead be the guy looking at viruses and diseases that kill giants only, looking at dissecting giant bodies to see if there’s more weak points, making better cannons and weapons, making human ridable balloons from which they can bomb the giants, etc

    • April 28, 2013 at 4:15 amswordhack4

      Mikasa framed Potato Girl was too funny. XDDD

      DAT TOP 10 GRADUATION LINEUP!! >:D

      DAT FRIGGIN ENDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I haven’t been so hyped for a new episode since how long!?

    • April 28, 2013 at 4:48 amChaos_Alfa

      You missed Marco in the list.

      • April 28, 2013 at 8:46 amChaos_Alfa

        To clarify what I meant:

        Zephyr, in the list you made you forgot to add Marco.

    • April 28, 2013 at 4:59 amcastlevaniapro93

      Please do not sacrifice logic for epicness.
      Huge Titan appearing out of thin air with the strike of a THUNDER is just… you know.

    • April 28, 2013 at 5:02 amKyle

      Awesome as hell bgm when they showed initial top 10 cadets! Its like they’re the beacon of hope for mankind!

    • April 28, 2013 at 5:16 amEdios

      Zephyr it’s Bertholdt Fubar, not Bertolt Hoover, don’t rely on fansubs, also you can check http://shingekinokyojin.wikia.com, Hoover doesn’t exist.

      • April 28, 2013 at 8:55 amAkoriko

        Crunchyroll uses Hoover, which in contrast to Fubar is at least a real/common surname. Although, considering that most of the characters have German names I personally think Huber is meant. The Japanese spelling allows all the aforementioned transcriptions.

      • April 28, 2013 at 11:35 amRob

        It’s also hilarious that someone in a show like this would have the acronym FUBAR as a name

      • April 28, 2013 at 4:30 pmMagoiichi

        In whatever subs, I think it’s horrible subs, they call Bertholt, Bernard and Rivaille, Levy….

    • April 28, 2013 at 5:54 ambruce

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      • April 28, 2013 at 6:10 amEdios

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    • April 28, 2013 at 6:38 amEclipse

      Amazingly done especially during the 3D maneuver gear scenes. However I noticed a slight drop in quality during various scenes in this episode. I hope that the next episode will make up for the drop of quality in this episode ^^

      • April 28, 2013 at 8:42 amyeahair

        Yeah, the faces looked off when they were in the tavern and Eren told them that he didn’t want to join the police, other than that I have nothing to complain about.

    • April 28, 2013 at 6:53 amPrototype

      There’s the lightning effect again…

    • April 28, 2013 at 7:03 amShirocat

      Sorry if someone have already asked/written about that, but how they stood after being promoted means their ‘rank’? Like Mikasa stood as the first so she was the best, Reiner 2nd, Bertolt 3rd, Annie 4th, Eren 5th etc? I assume it from what Jean said about being worse from Eren. ( and Mikasa being a genius )

      And someone knows if there will be new episode next week? Because there is golden week in Japan then, so I’m afraid that some of shows could not air :(

      • April 28, 2013 at 8:46 amyeahair

        Yes, they were aligned according to the rank they had gotten. From 1st to 10th.

        Episode 5 called “First Battle: Defense of Trost (1)” has been given a May 5 broadcasting date, so nothing to worry about.

    • April 28, 2013 at 8:21 amjbowman0

      best anime in a long time. cant wait for the huge development soon! im guessing that will be next week (hopefully)

    • April 28, 2013 at 8:53 amyeahair

      It’s been a while, Fate/Zero namely, that I was that hooked by an anime.
      Shingeki has that group/friends fighting against all odds feeling that I love so much.

      This really feels like “Muv Luv Alternative” the anime. So whoever enjoys this anime, knows which VN he should play.

    • April 28, 2013 at 8:58 amVloxalion

      I prefer the anime’s portayal of falling off the wall. In the manga, they’re all plummeting dumbstruck until Eren shouts an order to switch to 3D movement. Here, they’re that much more believably competent.

      • April 28, 2013 at 9:30 amGoodwill.Wright

        If I were them, I would’ve been fairly dumbstruck myself. If I recall, none of the others have actually seen the Colossal Titan. Not to mention they’ve pretty much had peace for 2 (5?) years. On top of the steam (?) that pushes them off the wall, that they wouldn’t expect.

        But inversely, I like how the anime did it better anyway, just much more cleaner and awesome.

    • April 28, 2013 at 9:24 amboshi

      With the hint from episode 2 flashback (where Eren’s father was injecting something to Eren), I’m having this ominous feeling of something might happen to all of the characters…

      I’m not talking about death, but something extraordinary such as Eren and rest of his team becomes a “titan” to fight the titans or something?

      • April 28, 2013 at 9:39 amkanade_

        I thought it was some kind of special medicine so that Eren can use ‘superhuman’ powers to fight the titans.

        I really doubt of him and rest of his teams becoming a titan.

    • April 28, 2013 at 9:30 amxyzop

    • April 28, 2013 at 10:55 amrnf.mello

      What i dont get is, if the Colossal Titan came from the sky why don’t it just land in the middle of the human settlement and NOT right outside of the walls and end it all? lol

    • April 28, 2013 at 10:58 amKentaiyoshimi

      Yes, let’s wait until the main cast graduates before attacking them at that exact location. – Titan Logic

      • April 28, 2013 at 12:36 pmColossalTitan

        You’ve got a problem with the way I think? It was more epic this way. This anime wouldn’t exist if I didn’t follow my, “titan logic”.

    • April 28, 2013 at 11:57 amパメラ

      I haven’t been this excited about an anime since Fate/Zero. Wow what is this character development doing all over my anime I don’t usually see this here.

    • April 28, 2013 at 12:08 pmLim Lynn

      Seems Mikasa becoming an expert at attacking dummy Titan compared to her brother. I think there will be romance between her and other characters must be.

    • April 28, 2013 at 12:19 pmPot Noodle

      How the hell did that titan manage to creep up on them!?? Seriously it’s huge, and that’s a wide open field beyond that wall with a view that goes back miles concidering their vantage point on the top of said wall. These guys could do with regular checkups at their local opticians. That said, great episode, and an epic one to come after I’m sure.

    • April 28, 2013 at 12:41 pmwhitey

      Wow! They definitely know how to build up an atmosphere! Can’t wait for the next episode!

      By the way, anyone else being reminded of the Band of the Hawks crest when seeing the RC one? (and I mean that in a good way)

    • April 28, 2013 at 12:52 pmMagoiichi

      I’m upset and happy at the same time.Maybe I’m remembering it wrong, but Show Spoiler ▼

      I’m upset about that, but I’m happy at how well Annie’s Muay Thai was animated <3.The scenes with the 3D Gear were incredible too.

      It sucks having read the manga beforehand already because I already know what's going to happen and there's not much for me to comment on besides what's different or changed and how awesome the animation is T-T

      Rivaille and Zoe makes their appearance <3

      The Lightning Bolt ruined that moment when the Colossal Titan shows up.In the manga, it just comes out of nowhere.

      Am I the only one that noticed Sasha had a Frau Bow moment when her mouth was watering duhuhu?

      • April 28, 2013 at 10:33 pmintroverte

        Rather than muay thai, I think Annie uses something closer to jujutsu or the like.

        I also preferred the Colossal Titan’s appearance out of nowhere a little more than in the anime. But perhaps if one wasn’t expecting it at all in the first place, the effect would be the same.

        • May 3, 2013 at 4:28 pmPong

          Looked like judo footsweeps.

    • April 28, 2013 at 2:04 pmIdiots

      Why do these idiotic manga users keep posting spoilers when nobody asks like they’re showing off their penis? OH CONGRATS YOU READ THE FUCKING MANGA. NOBODY GIVES A FUCK.

      Half of you fuckwads probably only started reading the manga when it the anime began airing.

      • April 28, 2013 at 7:59 pmGoodwill.Wright

        I give a “fuck” and I am not the only one. As long as they post it in Spoiler tags then there isn’t a problem.

        Just so you know, the manga readers also enjoy watching this anime as well, and are entitled to their discussion behind Spoiler tags.

        • April 28, 2013 at 8:03 pmGoodwill.Wright

          Granted that some-most of the spoilers have been out of place so I will agree with you on that.

    • April 28, 2013 at 2:19 pmAnanas

      That colossal titan popping out of nowhere had a pretty comical effect.

      http://i.imgur.com/p4q4j1W.jpg

      • April 28, 2013 at 7:53 pmGoodwill.Wright

        More like:

        Heeere’s Johnny~!

    • April 28, 2013 at 2:52 pmShishidoryoFan

      I really wish people would stop putting spoilers here; spoiler tags or not. There are people who are curious about what is going to happen and don’t think when they read/click on the spoilers until after they read them. You wouldn’t want to ruin the experience for them.

      • April 28, 2013 at 3:09 pmyeahair

        Downrep the hell out of them is all that we can do, unfortunately.

    • April 28, 2013 at 3:58 pmbalgas

      Did anyone else notice that Hannes had the wrong badge on? He had the Recon Corps wings badge on. He’s supposed to be in the Garrison, not Recon Corps.

      • September 15, 2013 at 6:23 amRima

        Atually, when Hannes appeared (around 18min into the episode), walking on Eren’s diretion, he WAS wearing the Garrison symbol. But then the angle changes and he’s shown from the side, and the badge changes to the Survey Cops on both Hannes’ and the other guy’s uniforms.
        But it’s the only time they got it wrong.
        If you look carefully, you’ll see that after he taps Eren’s head and his face is shown up close, the symbol on his ang his colleage’s sleeve is the Garrison’s again, and in the end of that scene the other guy is wearing the Garrison uniform again.

    • April 28, 2013 at 6:32 pmJani

      Geeeezz so many spoiler warnings going on around here.. just because they are asking the question doesn’t mean they really want to know the answer, it’s just more fun for us who don’t know, to guess and speculate. Anyways, totally blown away by the episode because it was awesome!! The colossal titan coming out of nowhere was the biggest troll imaginable. Eren was just talking about humanity making a comeback and this dude pops up outta nowhere like muwhahaha comeback my ass. Can’t wait for Saturday to come again!! See you guys next week :)!

    • April 28, 2013 at 9:04 pmagr0n

      Sasha got the moves!

      First we have the “fart” (well that was more Mikasa, but I wanted to mention it anyways), then we have the meat stealing incident http://randomc.net/image/Shingeki%20no%20Kyojin/Shingeki%20no%20Kyojin%20-%2004%20-%20Large%2031.jpg (got to love that scene), and her unconventional movements for the win, Samuel might have an impaled leg, but it’s better than being dead ;P

      On a side note I thought Eren’s speech was something else after all he managed to convince at least 1/2 of the top scores to join the recon and I’m not counting Armin or Mikasa.

    • April 28, 2013 at 9:36 pmBanana Furikake

      Must have astronomical dental bills- especially if they don’t floss.

      http://randomc.net/image/Shingeki%20no%20Kyojin/Shingeki%20no%20Kyojin%20-%2004%20-%20Large%2034.jpg

    • April 29, 2013 at 12:08 amTheOrangeOne

      These comments. You weren’t joking Zepher. Holy crap. I’d selectively take bans from those who can’t keep their mouth shut, even if they seem well intentioned. DON’T EVEN LET THEM TALK ABOUT THE MANGA IN THEIR SENTENCES.

      Example:

      Comment Guy: This is stupid, why does x happen? It makes no sense!
      Reply Guy: I can’t tell because it would spoil it! But I can tell you it is foreshadowing and it will vastly affect the plot!
      Me: Wow. Great Job.

    • April 29, 2013 at 4:09 amboingman

      Props to Yuki Kaji and the way he voices Eren, especially when he talks about “fu… killing the Titan bastards.” Badass. :D

    • April 29, 2013 at 8:23 amGiorno Giovanna

      http://i.imgur.com/cHjwYRh.jpg
      I found this nice fanart of the crew playing some sports.
      Eren really has no chance against that giant, I mean he’s charging at him like a giant with armor. Lucky Mikasa is there to back him up.
      http://i.imgur.com/drAIps4.jpg If Potato Girl saved my life like that, I would provide her all the potatoes she wants.

    • April 29, 2013 at 9:25 amKyochichi

      Shingeki no Kyochichi? What the heck: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pDKPe7BZPE

      • April 29, 2013 at 2:39 pmT-Man

        Someone had far, far too much time on their hands!

        I give points for creativity and entertainment!

    • April 29, 2013 at 11:00 amsilver_huskey

      Well, I guess they’re not having those sandwiches after all.

      Seriously though, humanity can’t catch a break here. This show and Gargantia are probably the two most refreshing anime series I’ve come across in a long time. This is definitely a strong spring season.

    • April 29, 2013 at 1:53 pmNierTevra

      man, Eren has real a knack for pumping people up with his absurdly serious attitude towards killing titans…pretty intense feel, i like it

    • April 29, 2013 at 3:45 pmilion4o

      Please can someone who’s read the manga help me. I have a theory spinning around in my head and it’s not letting me rest. I would like to confirm it, but I don’t want to get spoiled. Could some good soul please help, otherwise I won’t be able to sleep tonight:
      Show Spoiler ▼

      • April 29, 2013 at 11:51 pmGoodwill.Wright

        I guess for now we can leave it at Titan logic… I give props to how they think, makes things seems much more epic. But 5 years cold turkey without food… I can barely survive 4 hours without food…

      • April 29, 2013 at 11:54 pmNewhope

        Show Spoiler ▼

        • April 30, 2013 at 4:07 amilion4o

          Thank you very much!! ^^

    • April 29, 2013 at 9:37 pmsilog

      Almost crapped my pants this episode..

      I’m afraid that I’ll be needing a new pair NEXT episode.
      TOO EXCITED.

    • April 29, 2013 at 10:32 pmzandy

      ok, I have to ask the 2 very important questions. 1: What have the giants been doing the past 5 years? and 2: who is Eren going to get with and what other matches will be made?

      • April 29, 2013 at 11:54 pmGoodwill.Wright

        It’s like saying, “what have the Titans been doing the last 100 years after the wall was made”… I guess in the 5 year gap, they were doing just what they were doing back then; pacing around the foil that holds their delicious sandwich…

    • April 30, 2013 at 12:55 amAnima

      I was like “Wtf? Ninja titan?”
      That giant thing appeared out of nowhere lol!

      This series rocks. Best title so far for this year.

    • April 30, 2013 at 1:43 pmFrakyo

      Always glad than women are equal or better than men. Feel equal, fight equal. Almost boring episode until 20:42…

    • May 2, 2013 at 2:22 ampgod

      No one should have a problem with that titans appearance it did the same thing in the first episode. In a flash of lightning it was there. Just reminds you of what level the titans are on the humans are never safe, the sense of despair never leaves. Didnt watch this episode but it seems like they are following the manga pretty well. Which is great because this story is f***** up. And at the end of the current issues there are so many more questions to be answered.

    • May 2, 2013 at 6:33 amGoodwill.Wright

      Just me being picky, but around 9:12 in this episode where Annie has Eren pinned to the ground and the knife at his throat, I don’t see how Eren is holding the knife back… He is holding the arm that Annie is using to support/push the knife down with but her hand that is actually holding the knife is completely free… Not quite sure about this part but I think it wouldn’t have hurt for them to at least draw in Eren’s other arm holding back her knife hand.

    • May 2, 2013 at 11:26 amZephyr

      Just a heads up guys,

      Due to personal reasons, I have asked Asobi (thanks!) to cover Shingeki 05, so the next post will likely release at a different time compared to the norm. I am currently unsure if I will return for episode 06, but will resume coverage on episode 07 at the latest.

      • May 2, 2013 at 12:33 pmGiNoCo

        Noooooo!!

        Anyway hope things work out. Waiting for your return.

    • May 23, 2013 at 1:38 pmjeagerTITAN

      i cant wait for the next show, i feel like an addict or wait i am one already im loving this anime, only 7 episodes and its already ranking in my top 100!!! no wait!! top 20!!!
      all i need to keep me going is the names of the background music that plays and im going to survive another week
      PLEASE HELP
      :D

    • June 26, 2013 at 10:24 amWhovian

      Whenever i watch AoT i always think about the poem River Song recited

      “Demons run when a good man goes to war
      Night will fall and drown the sun
      When a good man goes to war

      Friendship dies and true love lies
      Night will fall and the dark will rise
      When a good man goes to war

      Demons run, but count the cost
      The battle’s won, but the child is lost”

      The show reminds me of Doctor Who a bit,imagined Eren as a dalek so many times XD “EXTERMINATE…..ALL THE TITANS”

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