Shingeki no Kyojin – 08
「心臓の鼓動が聞こえる ―トロスト区攻防戦④―」 (Shinzo No Kodō Ga Kikoeru ―Torosuto Ku Kōbō Sen ④―)
“I Can Hear a Heart Beating ―Defense of Trost (4)―”
It’s another weekend, and with it, comes yet another insane episode of Shingeki no Kyojin. Suffice to say, it’s definitely fitting that I talked about the “definition of insanity” last week, because this week really starts taking things to another level in that respect. After all, never in the wildest dreams of our cast—and probably most of our viewers too—did they expect that they’d be siding with a Titan to fight against other Titans. I mean, there’s the phrase “the enemy of my enemy is my friend,” but I don’t think it’s something that was meant to apply to this situation.
Either way, I’m pretty sure I can speak for most people when I say that this week was one of those episodes where viewers really got what they wanted—and to some degree expected—from this series. Indeed, it was it rife with action, Titan slaughtering, and a nice show of military tactics—and even topped it off with some key situations that led to some obvious development for some of our characters. For instance, Armin finally gets the chance to shine by being the brains behind the rather “crazy” plans this week, Jean starts to realize that sometimes the best commander isn’t necessarily someone who’s “strongest,” but someone who understands others and has a survival instinct (even if it’s because they’re scared), and Mikasa shows some emotional reactions to top things off too.
Suffice to say, there’s a lot this week—though all of the above pales in comparison to the revelation we get at the end, which is that Eren was indeed involved in the “special Titan.” Undoubtedly at this point, it’s definitely related to the shot from Eren’s father, but it doesn’t look like we’ll get much in terms of explanation for a bit, as it looks like the negative parts of human nature rear their nasty heads in the coming episodes again… as the preview hints at Eren being treated not as a hero, but as a threat. It’s not particularly surprising though, considering the situation everyone’s been through—however ridiculous it seems to us viewers—and it’s something that really adds to the experience to say the least.
Ultimately, what can I say? This is just one of those episodes where words aren’t really adequate, so I’ll let the screen caps (extra this week!) do the rest of the talking—a picture’s worth a thousand words after all!
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