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「偶像 ―トロスト区攻防戦⑦―」 (Gūzō ―Torosuto Ku Kōbō Sen ⑦―)
“Icon ―Defense of Trost (7)―”

I don’t know if I can do it, but I’ll do it.” Because when one’s forced into a do or die situation, there ain’t no substitute for victory. Still, it’s admittedly somewhat questionable how easily Pixis will believe in something that’s such a shot in the dark. I pointed out this aspect last week already, but yeah… you can be a great commander all you want, but there’s a stretch to how much someone can supposedly “see” or “recognize” before you step into the territory of pure fantasy. Still, he is pretty cool for doing this (Stilts would approve)… kind of. Well, until you get into the whole under age drinking thing.

Regardless, Eren does make a key point at this point. If this is potentially one way for Titans to exist, then they potentially aren’t just fighting against Titans anymore. Sure, the chances are small, but once you plant the seed of paranoia… suddenly no one is safe from suspicion. Indeed, Eren’s ability to transform brings with it not only the unknown element of himself, but the question of who else might secretly possess such a power and whether or not someone human is behind it all. Combine that with the fact that the Titan’s appearance a few weeks back was as sudden as Eren’s transformation… and things are potentially grimmer than we ever expected. Talk about suffering.

In addition, Pixis’ dialogue is also quite interesting as well—as he notes how before the Titans, humans fought among themselves. Furthermore, he notes how it was said that if a powerful external threat were to appear, humanity with unite against the threat. Considering how this comes on the tail end of the aforementioned… one wonders if all of this isn’t just a ploy by someone who tried to unite humanity. It would be an interesting twist to say the least—both in the context of the series and in how it basically says that even the best intentions could end with some terrible results. In addition, it’s notable how both Eren and Pixis note that that’s just a false dream, and it goes to highlight a commentary on human nature—particularly how we’re such a species where a threat that could cause our extinction might not even lead to us uniting against it.

Indeed, it’s a grim outlook, and one that just highlights the suffering here in Shingeki—especially via Dazz, who gives a face to the fears held by many soldiers, and the belief that trying to take back Trost is the equivalent to mass suicide. To say the least, the military is sitting on a powder keg that threatens to be the final nail in the coffin for humanity. But true to his now godly nature, Pixis pulls the biggest surprise of them all, and reveals Eren’s ability to change into a Titan to everyone. There ain’t nothing like suddenly telling troops you have hope (due to secret experiments no less!) to turn the tide. Combine that with the fact that their battle plan addresses the soldiers’ unease by making it so that they theoretically don’t need to fight (much), and it’s some crazy stuff—but just the way I like it. Not only that, but he owns those trying to desert too—by first appealing to them by saying he’d let them leave… then whacking them metaphorically with the comment that they’d just be spreading back their fear to their loved ones. To top it off, he then lures them back in with the confirmation that the attempt to take back Wall Maria was just a culling, and that it’s their obligation to fight in order to bear the sin that is continuing to live due to the sacrifice of those that died that day. Superb stuff. Just superb.

Also notable in all of this is the realization by Eren that there must be a symbol to unite everyone. In all great wars in our history, singular, charismatic figures have lead their countries to victory, and this situation is the same. Humanity needs something to rally around following so many losses, and Eren is in a position where he can be that icon. This is it. All these years of fighting, hiding, and just barely scrapping by have led to this singular moment—a shot in the dark that either speeds their path toward extinction or leads them on their first real victory.

In the end though, beggars just can’t be choosers, and it’s true here considering the plan to retake Trost. It’s admittedly still quite ludicrous how things developed over the course of the last few episodes however, and the fact that Eren seems to lose control at the end just hammers this in. I guess it’s like what they say though. All roads led to Rome back then, and all roads lead to the path of most suffering here.

Author’s Notes:

  • As usual, there will be a zero tolerance policy on spoilers. Spoilers should generally not be written in general if it can be avoided and any spoilers should have a comment detailing what kind of spoiler it is and should be in response to a query. Those found violating this will find their comment deleted and multiple violations (in the form of comment deletions) will lead to bans. Note though, when deletions of the offending comment are removed, so will accompanying replies. This does not mean that those whose accompanying replies are at risk of being banned, unless they also violate the rule in some way.


    June 15, 2013 at 5:55 pm
    • June 15, 2013 at 6:18 pmGeoff

      Cliffhanger. Thy name is evil.

    • June 15, 2013 at 6:24 pmEdios

      Eren’s abs in titan form go from 6 pack to 8 pack to 10 pack, depending on the mood of animators i presume, I’m starting to assume it’s a power level or sort.

      • June 16, 2013 at 5:22 amMisk

        Or budget level

    • June 15, 2013 at 6:26 pmderprito

      gonna take 15 episodes to seal the hole at this rate

      • June 16, 2013 at 2:40 amName (required)

        no, i think it the hole would be sealed at episode 13.
        episode 14 is recap
        and episode 15 is new arc

        • June 16, 2013 at 5:23 amfyram

          Agree. I guess it will be sealed at the end of episode 13 followed with the appearance of the second OP “Jiyuu no Tsubasa”. That would be a great fit after all.

      • June 16, 2013 at 11:08 amjhpace1

        This series was good to get to the cliffhanger in episode 5, then it keeps us living almost real-time (with flashbacks) all this way. A little compression for the next 2-6 episodes would be nice.

      • June 16, 2013 at 10:41 pmSaki

        Isn’t this a spoiler? I mean, I have no idea if the hole would really be sealed or not (and with the show’s depressing tone I’m actually guessing that they won’t really be able to seal it).

      • June 18, 2013 at 1:38 amsato

        They should have condensed eps 10 and 11 into one episode. The new pacing makes my eyes roll.. feels like I’m watching One Piece or DBZ!

    • June 15, 2013 at 6:26 pmUngas123

    • June 15, 2013 at 6:27 pmLuxor

      I went frame-by-frame at the 3D gear sequence before Eren’s magical girl transformation scene and it was… amazing. :O

      And Zephyr, technically Eren spit out the alcohol so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

      • June 15, 2013 at 9:08 pmCybersteel

        I think it was medicine in the manga o.O?

        • June 15, 2013 at 10:51 pminfo600

          i don’t recall Eren drinking alcohol in the manga…

      • June 16, 2013 at 4:31 pmMgMaster

        I’ll forever be amazed at how much a taboo underage drinking must be in Japan,or maybe it’s just portrayed that way in anime?And how the teenagers themselves reject it and only the biggest & baddest delinquents actually drink(sometimes not even that).In most other countries even a 14 year old wouldn’t hesitate so much to take a tiny sip of alcohol and by 16-17 there’s barely any hesitating at all.

    • June 15, 2013 at 6:30 pmTheFadingMoon


      ^The sequence near the end of the episode… that budget blowout.

      • June 15, 2013 at 6:46 pmUngas123

        The Amazing Erenman… err… i mean… Spiderman

        • June 15, 2013 at 11:26 pmCaptain Sunshine

          And then at the end, he turns into the INCREDIBLE Eren.

      • June 15, 2013 at 7:11 pmvane

        Mikasa in this sequence was awesome too.

      • June 16, 2013 at 12:27 amTheOrangeOne

        As awesome as that was, in terms of action or plot, almost nothing happened. People here complained of still shots, and they were retorted by people saying that its to conserve and use the animation budget wisely. Yet… Here we see THAT to show… a person using 3D gear to move around. It would be definitely be incredible to have that sort of animation throughout the entire series, but that burned the metaphorical wallet faster than any flamethrower I could think of.

        • June 16, 2013 at 10:19 amvane

          Sorry, but I don’t agree with you… action or plot = nothing? What exactly do you mean by that? The anime follows the manga faithfully… the development is happening, the anime can not have 25 minutes of action, I’m sorry, but I find ridiculous when someone says that “almost nothing happened”. About the plot, a lot has happened in my opinion. It was possible to see the whole Armin strategy… and attempt to close the hole, and of course, the great Pixis: Eren be seen as an “experience”, this way, nobody would find strange a titan on their side while they hiding the truth… How “almost nothing happened”?

        • June 16, 2013 at 12:05 pmSDFGS

          really the only ones who complain about nothing happening are the shounen battle freaks that salivate over constant fighting. They’re mad that last ep it was all dialogue along with this ep too *sighs* why can’t they just appreciate both a well planned out plot and action? Seriously, these people don’t need to be fighting Titans every single ep.

        • June 16, 2013 at 4:47 pmMgMaster

          I personally considered this the best episode up to date(DEM FEELS!)and there’s enough happening,it’s just that SnK is taking it’s sweet time in doing so(and judging by the phenomenal success of the series,it’ll keep doing it so best get used to it’s pacing now rather than later).It’s pretty much what Pixis’s speech was,about humanity finally launching their own “Attack on the titans” rather than constantly being on the defensive.

          For me however,the best part was that this seemed to be a good episode that will add to Eren’s growth as a soldier & individual(I don’t really care too much how powerfull his titan form is and I’m actually glad the series isn’t focusing or showing that much of that so far).We finally got to hear something else from him rather than “I’LL KILL ALL THE TITANS!ROAAAAAARRRR!”(I’m all down for GAR moments but there’s only so much one can take).I might actually start liking him if this keeps up.

          So yea,if you think about all that,a lot has happened – even at by SnK’s slow pacing standards.

        • June 16, 2013 at 8:02 pmTheOrangeOne

          @I’m baffled vane. I state what I’m talking about; Eren moving around in 3D gear using up animation budget. And you translate that with me talking about the entire episode having nothing plot or action relevant? And everyone agrees? Umm…?! I don’t know how to counter that. Its like me complaining about a gun in a video game being too long to reload, and then everyone thinks I’m talking about the whole game being utter shit.

        • June 16, 2013 at 11:07 pmTheOrangeOne

          It is just the way I structured my sentences maybe? I really don’t know how show my opinions if it goes off the mark that badly. I’ll try to say it better this time.

          Like what the original comment said, a lot of budget was on Eren using 3D gear to move around. That by itself, almost nothing happened. He merely went from point A to point B. Its a cool thing to do with 3D gear, but there were plenty of other scenes with 3D gear that could have been animated better when fighting titans, or say a titan eating a person or whatever. Perhaps even do fluid gestures in important speeches to really put more power into the words spoken in relation to plot. The budget being used in the manner shown is basically an opportunity cost I don’t like personally.

          To all the comments in reply to mine: I’m not talking about the episode itself at all. Nor action scenes importance in pandering to a demographic who like it verses those who like dialogue just as much. I’m still not sure how my comment got mixed up in such a discussion. Can anyone clarify as to why it did?

        • June 17, 2013 at 12:29 amMgMaster

          As awesome as that was, in terms of action or plot, almost nothing happened.

          I for one um…well I..*lowers head in shame* somehow assumed you were talking about the whole episode,forgetting that it was a reply to TheFadingMoon above that specific scene then I got carried away typing and yea…My bad!

        • June 17, 2013 at 5:18 pmTheOrangeOne

          Its okay vane, I don’t think its your fault specifically. Even after I clarified, people still seem to hate my comments, so perhaps a fault in perspective on the topic I discussed is not the problem. I think now the question is, if people disagree with my opinion still, why is that? Do they love the budget used for 3D transport more than using it in action scenes against titans or some other opportunity? I doubt I’ll get an answer at this point though.

        • June 17, 2013 at 5:22 pmTheOrangeOne

          Woops I meant MgMaster. Sorry!

    • June 15, 2013 at 6:31 pmAmarrez

      The best part of this episode was Rico’s incredible running form.

      • June 15, 2013 at 9:03 pmSDFGS

        Rico just joined up on the growing lists of kickass Shingeki female characters just for that form itself! (and that voice hhrrrgghh!!)

    • June 15, 2013 at 6:54 pmZelos

      Commander Pixis is such a boss. I’m loving the anime version of Rico. Her VA got a sexy voice.

    • June 15, 2013 at 7:04 pmLondo

      • June 15, 2013 at 7:09 pmLuxor

        We know who the REAL boss here is.

      • June 16, 2013 at 4:50 pmMgMaster

        Someone needs to make a “LIKE A BAWS!” vid of commander Pixis,but perhaps we need more eps of him for that :P

    • June 15, 2013 at 7:07 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

      Watching that sequence makes me hope a game will come out where you can do such things, lol.

      • June 15, 2013 at 9:42 pmSekai

        Try Spider-Man 2. A relatively old game, but an amazing one nonetheless.

        • June 15, 2013 at 11:25 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

          I actually have Spider Man 2 on the PS2, lol. Still, being able to fly around so quickly like that would be awesome.

    • June 15, 2013 at 7:14 pmF

      Dammit!!! The Cliffhanger are killing me (urge to read the manga rising!!)

      • June 15, 2013 at 7:50 pmTre

        You won’t escape the cliffhangers if you read the manga, since practically every chapter ends on one.

    • June 15, 2013 at 7:38 pmRadler

      You know.. the one thing i wonder the most is how the anchoring system releases itself given how deep they embed themselves…. hmmmm… the anchors themselves are pneumatic? Expands to anchor and contracts to release?

      If that’s the case… wow… Spiderman would be green with envy… hehehe

      • June 16, 2013 at 8:54 amGoodwill.Wright

        The whole anchoring thing is a bit farfetched when considering they are imbedding themselves into stone.

        But if I were to humor the premise, they are probably released using the “break handles” on the control unit. They don’t show it in animation, but it is the most mechanically sound idea when you consider how break handles work in real life.

        One thing that the premise didn’t consider though is that they have replaceable blades, but not replaceable grapple-heads despite them going through much more punishment than the blades.

    • June 15, 2013 at 7:56 pmRickyMack

      Still, he is pretty cool for doing this (Stilts would approve)… kind of. Well, until you get into the whole under age drinking thing.

      I remember my US history teacher in HS saying an argument made during the Vietnam was was that it was ridiculous that a country would send 18+ year olds to die in a war, yet still say they aren’t old enough to have a drink until they are 21.

      I seriously love how they do some funny scenes with serious still shots. Like when Potato Girl was asking for Mikasa’s bread.

      • June 16, 2013 at 11:10 amjhpace1

        You really don’t want to hear the phrase “If a soldier won’t _____, he won’t fight!”, which is why you had camp followers and brothels associated with so many armies.

    • June 15, 2013 at 7:58 pmboingman

      I had hoped for a faster pace. Instead he only transformered at the very end of the episode. I will have to check how many chapters this episode covered.
      I feared that Rico would never stop listing all those names.

    • June 15, 2013 at 8:05 pmRika

      Last few minutes of each episode are just “wow” :-0

    • June 15, 2013 at 8:25 pmfrubam

      This episode felt a bit overdramatic to me =0\. I know the dialogue for this ep is supposed to emphasize what’s at stake, but still, it was a bit long-winded for my tastes.

      And I hope Eren will stop getting angry at Mikasa every time she wants to come with him. I’m not expecting him to realize her feelings, but at least she should be treated with some respect and appreciate that she cares enough about him to want to protect him(I’m sure that, somewhere inside himself, he feels the same way).

      • June 15, 2013 at 9:47 pmjimmy

        while i agree, have too remember he has a inferiority complex. because of her always saving him an been a better fighter, an when she keep saying i want too be with you, you will die with out me it cause him more anger

      • June 15, 2013 at 11:14 pmsands76

        I dunno about it being over-dramatic. The way I see it, this episode firmly explained why Pixis was making such a decision and he needed a way to make his soldiers see it too. He needs soldiers, after all.

        And this is also where I disagree with Zephyr about Pixis’ handling of things. Zephyr states that Pixis was betting on a complete unknown, which was foolish and unrealistic. The way I see it, Pixis has no choice. The second wall must, emphasis on must, be maintained. If it falls, humanity will die. The innermost wall simply cannot maintain humanity. This means that Trost must be defended at all costs. If that cost is an unpredictable new weapon, i.e. a titan-transforming Eren, then I think he’ll take it. If Eren was going to wind up killing them all anyway, then what would it matter if he does so alone with Pixis or not?

        • June 16, 2013 at 3:26 amGermanguy

          Yeah, when Pixis mention that the Inner Wall cannot maintain the survive of the Humans. That alone changed many things into his favor. If Humans are in Despair (and i mean all Humans) they begin to kill each other for Surviving.. So if they take this Wall, Humanity is on brink of Self destruction

        • June 16, 2013 at 4:55 pmMgMaster

          I can see where Zephyr is coming from though.I would’ve also expected a Pixis to at least have some sort of back-up plan in case something goes wrong – he’s an experienced superior officer after all.

      • June 16, 2013 at 3:22 amGermanguy

        Perhaps it is his deepest Fear, that something could happen to her under his “watch”. And he would not take this

      • June 16, 2013 at 5:03 pmMgMaster

        I disagree about the bit with Misaka.She’s too damn one-dimensional and that needs to change,it’s only natural it would bug Eren.Even…no,ESPECIALLY if we’re to have some romantic developments between them,she needs to drop her Eren obsession.

    • June 15, 2013 at 8:39 pmSenjougahara Hitagi

      Eren, y u no show some love for Mikasa?

      • June 22, 2013 at 10:00 amlaurethsulfate

        bawww mikasa lemme give you a hug ;___;

    • June 15, 2013 at 8:46 pmhaseo0408

      Pixis is a genious! Not only his plan is masterpiece but also I was touched by the whole scene, to mankind the titans are the incarnation of fear, there is nothing they fear more than death at their hands but he show them something even more terrifying: the idea of everyone they love experience the same fear as them. That was the momemnt when you see the change, the moment they decide there is something really worth dying that hoorrible death after all, guys that´s a whole new level of respect for someone who gives up his life for the ones precious to him.

      • June 16, 2013 at 1:21 amMacrossFan

        To be fair, it’s actually Armin’s plan that Pixis is going with. Just by seeing his actions, he’s a very excellent commander, no doubt, by recognizing the Armin’s tactical intelligence and having his subordinates manage the technical details as Armin comes up with overall strategy of the operation. So what has Pixis really done? Well he’s going to shoulder full responsibility if this plan fails but he recognizes this opportunity to flip the script in their struggle and is using all of his influence to get it started. His two subordinates seem to be of similar mind and probably would have thought the same but they would never have had the clout to get things started.

        Zephyr, Pixis probably sees the fall of Wall Rose as inevitable with the loss of Trost because the Armored Titan may appear again and break a hole into Wall Rose like it did before. Getting Trost back will rebuild the buffer they need and his curiosity was probably peaked when he heard Armin’s speech.

      • June 16, 2013 at 1:32 amMacrossFan

        Oh, and Pixis sure knows how to pick his subordinates. He tells them to listen to Armin’s plan and the guy has no problem with it at all and doesn’t pull any kind of rank when Armin apologizes. The lady is also incredibly sharp in reading the mood of the soldiers. Too bad they’re going to be in the back managing the battle–they seem pretty seasoned and would probably do well. Hopefully we see what Rico can do–I love how she runs too.

      • June 16, 2013 at 3:19 amGermanguy

        Me, too. Pixis speech was Awesome. He found the right words on the right time. He turned the brink of despair into a light of Hope. Every Army needs someone with strong Charisma for giving Hope or a shred of Light in their darkest hour

        The Script write, i bow in respect in front of you

        • June 16, 2013 at 3:21 amGermanguy

          btw, some president of some United States, falls into the same class here

    • June 15, 2013 at 9:11 pmCybersteel

      Judging from the previews, it seems that Armin might’ve killed Eren and become the true main character.

    • June 15, 2013 at 9:35 pmSmiledie

      I’m not sure if I really trust Pixis…Could be because he looks like a certain evil high priest from another series i.e., Orba from Hataraku Maousama…. /: That aside, this episode didn’t really catch my interest all too much save for the conversation between Eren and Pixis.

    • June 15, 2013 at 9:41 pmJel

      The highlight of this episode had to be Pixis’s speech. Just… wow.

      Once you’ve given in to your fear of the Titans, you will never be able to fight them again! Anyone who has succumbed to the terror of the Titans should leave! And anyone who wants that very same terror to reach the hearts of their brothers, parents, and loved ones may leave as well.

    • June 15, 2013 at 9:49 pmc2710

      mind blown. Enough said and DAMN THEM CLIFFHANGERS!

    • June 15, 2013 at 10:54 pmMi-Chan

      I felt the impact of that punch in the ending.

    • June 15, 2013 at 10:59 pminfo600

      I like how the Wit and Prod. I.G. are lengthening the chapters to actually fit within the episode with all those “minor” moments and “fun” moments, though the extra pressure onto Eren looks to backfire…

      (correct me if I’m wrong there)

    • June 15, 2013 at 11:40 pmBakaro

      Argh! The slow pacing…
      Where is my episode of action-packed awesomeness!? T_T

      • June 15, 2013 at 11:44 pmAmarrez

        Shingeki no Kyojin is as much about killing titans as Evangelion was about killing angels. You read the series for the mystery, not the action. This will become pretty apparent soon if it isn’t already.

        • June 16, 2013 at 1:43 amBakaro

          Don’t get me wrong. While I’m complaining about the pacing, I still like what is being showed.

          Can’t help but feel the content being showed in recent weeks can be well-packed into a single episode, as they did in first few weeks.

      • June 16, 2013 at 12:12 pmSDFGS

        the way I see it they have no other choice but to lengthen some parts. Because if this is going to end on its 25th ep or whatever on a point in the manga, they want it to be at a certain point (which I already have what point in mind), and not at some random chapter. So they need to draw out the episodes so the ending episode can meet its deadline. Because some really good series have had horrible endings due to them going at the pace of the book and having their final ep being random as hell (2nd season of Toaru Majutsu no Index).

        • June 16, 2013 at 10:18 pmBakaro

          I see, that’s a possible valid scenario.
          We seen enough of fail adaption already, hopefully this doesn’t end up as one.

    • June 16, 2013 at 12:03 amSaki

      I only have three things in my mind now:

      1. Epic, epic OST
      2. Stunning, movie-level 3DMG animation
      3. Titan Eren punched in Mikasa’s direction. IN MIKASA’S DIRECTION!

    • June 16, 2013 at 12:12 amAnonymous

      LOL, WTF? You could almost see the troll smile on Pixis’s face.

      BTW, anyone noticed how Mikasa has learned from experience and actually dodged Eren’s headbutt this time? XD

    • June 16, 2013 at 1:29 amVulcanis

      Here’s a little treat for you guys – what do you get when you cross Shingeki no Kyojin with the Man of Steel Soundtrack?



      • June 17, 2013 at 1:07 pmDani

        wow, thanks for sharing my amv, i thought something was up when i seen my view count this morning. XD 150 views in a day just doesn’t happen for a nobody editor like me, but if you would like more like that i’m planning on a few more shingeki no kyojin amv’s. it’s just so much fun to work with. ^.^

    • June 16, 2013 at 2:23 amsinkingmist

      So I guess this ep finally explains the meaning of the title: “Shingeki no Kyojin” (at about 21:20)
      Shingeki is referring to the “advance” (or counter-attack) of mankind, which is made possible by a Kyojin (Eren), hence Shingeki no Kyojin.

    • June 16, 2013 at 2:43 amf4ctfinder

      Someone should make a SnK game for Wii.

    • June 16, 2013 at 2:48 amnaiyo

      The adults kepts saying that Eren’s spoiled. Is he spoiled?
      Reckless, sometimes yes, but gutless? No.
      I felt like that Rico girl should’ve said that speech to her wussy boss than to Eren.

      • June 16, 2013 at 11:14 amjhpace1

        Amen. The “a whole lot of people are going to die so you can become a Titan and show your muscles off for us” speech was a pathetic guilt trip by the female soldier on Eren. Like he hasn’t been told how pathetic he is since day 1 of basic training. It comes off as jealousy, not believing Eren can become a Titan, let alone carry a boulder to the gate.

        • June 16, 2013 at 5:08 pmMgMaster

          It’s common for military personnel to be like that.Most if not all rookies will looked down upon and treated like trash before they’ll get to prove their worth.You could almost call it an army ritual of sorts :P

    • June 16, 2013 at 2:56 amGermanguy

      Seems like Plan A is about to fail (with the Preview Pictures). Hope they have some sort of Plan B…

      But they cant lure them forever into a Corner…

      • June 16, 2013 at 2:58 amGermanguy

        or Armin is about to help Eren to take Control of this Titan Body. Perhaps that is the reason of Eren, he destroyed the Face so that the Titan are blind for “distraction”

        Lets see

        But yeah, if this pace goes on we will have Episode 15, when they close the Hole

        • June 16, 2013 at 3:00 amGermanguy

          Armin invent some sort of “remote control” :)

      • June 16, 2013 at 3:03 aminfo600

        Pretty sure there is no plan B, unless you count abandoning Wall Rose as one…

        • June 16, 2013 at 3:29 amGermanguy

          Well, lets see how Armin can guide Eren, or helping him getting the control back, to save the City. That will be the Key scene. A 2nd change is very unlikely. If he Fails, the trust is broken. Well what happen with Misaka? they know how to make cliffhangers

    • June 16, 2013 at 5:14 amTerrorhunt

      As a manga reader. this ep reminds me how much I respects Pixis.

    • June 16, 2013 at 6:51 ampokpok

      there are 4 people to punch and Eren choose My lovely Mikasa , dang she is so cute , Rico is so kuudere poker all the way

    • June 16, 2013 at 8:33 amBear

      From a song that I recently heard:

      “If we lose this time, we’ve lost forever” –The Last Battle

      And we’re finally seeing the real warriors and they’re awesome.

    • June 16, 2013 at 8:45 amLang

      The music at the end while their swinging was so awesome. Just loved it’s punk funk electric , I don’t even know what to call it music…

    • June 16, 2013 at 10:07 amVincent

      Everytime Eren does his titan RAWR, I feel a strong urge to shout along.

    • June 16, 2013 at 11:18 amjhpace1

      Good episode. A commander takes control of his troops, which is what a commander is paid to do, not just blindly protect his own behind, like the bearded captain did.

      But I’m fully justified in warning people that you don’t take an unknown weapon and point it at the enemy, hoping it goes off correctly. Which is what they did with Eren, hoping he could remember his task after he became a Titan. Even Eren doesn’t know how to control himself as a Titan. So it was inevitable for him to get it wrong when he transformed.

    • June 16, 2013 at 2:33 pmMinus Magnus

      It’s like they say in Tv Tropes. If the plan that was revealed fully before being used and don’t fall apart at the earliest opportunity is just spoilers.

    • June 16, 2013 at 4:13 pmZangkin

      When they were putting off the transformation I just knew something bad was going to happen. But then he transformed and I was like “YES!!! NOTHING WRONG HAPPENED!!!”. Well you know what occurred next. “WHAT THE-”

    • June 16, 2013 at 5:14 pmMagoiichi

    • June 16, 2013 at 9:25 pmXDark-AlchemistX

      daamn…here we go to the slap-in-the-face twist ending of chapter…..WHYY!!!

    • June 17, 2013 at 7:19 amAnanas

      Lots of people crying.
      Lots of stills.
      Lots of sky.
      Titans on Vacation : the anime.

    • June 17, 2013 at 1:06 pmxephx

      Seriously getting tired of Eren being a douche to Mikasa. Dude she’s better than you, just accept it and move the hall on.

      • June 17, 2013 at 1:56 pmAnanas

        That would defeat the point of having Yuuki Kaji voicing him.

        • June 17, 2013 at 2:08 pmxephx

          hahaha you got a point.

      • June 17, 2013 at 2:17 pmMagoiichi

        I don’t see nothing wrong with wanting some personal space, Mikasa wants to be with him 24/7.

    • June 17, 2013 at 1:07 pmKurisu Vi Britannia

      Yes… What if others could transform indeed.

    • June 17, 2013 at 3:49 pmShrubbery

      I’m just gonna leave this here.


      (There’s 3 more episodes)

    • June 17, 2013 at 11:11 pmHal

      I liked that Pixis brings the troops back into a sort of stasis by reminding them that there can be no victory for humanity if they give up on the fights before them. Even if they were to retreat into the confines of wall Sina, they would have to face the conflict of man vs. man. And in that sort of situation who the hell’s going to have the moxie anymore to fight off the titans who might break in and slaughter the last of mankind?

      Pixis is truly one of those rare individuals that is instrumental to the army overall, reminding me of a sort of older version/mentor of L [Death Note]. He envisions things a few steps ahead of everyone, and knows that time is of the essence in this dire game of life and death.

      Whatever gambles we have to take is better than just folding and waiting for the inevitable return of the two titans that broke through the walls last time. At least with Eren’s abilities there just might be a chance that they can push back.

      Although it figures as much that even with the revelation of Eren’s new ability things are not going to go as smoothly as they want it to. Someone had once mentioned that they hoped that this wasn’t all gonna be “Now that Eren’s got this power we’ll just all rely on him alone.” Well from the looks of things at the end of this episode that definitely won’t be the case.

      No sooner had he transformed he was already running amok in the area, taking his first shot at Mikasa who was near by with one fell swoop of his hand. And we can’t forget that in the previous episode that he was having quite the nosebleed after he’d pulled out of his second transformation attempt.

      This new found power definitely look like it won’t be easy to handle any time soon, and it’s even harder to imagine how Eren is going to practice it without the guidance of someone who possesses the know how.

      Hopefully from what it looks in the preview Armin will snap Eren out of it quickly before this whole mission goes to hell too.

    • June 22, 2013 at 4:07 pmGermanguy

      Well, they build up the tension. And now they stretch it to far.. Dunno, in Episode 12. i became a bit boring… They are giving the Side chars to many Screen time, and plot not progressing..

      • June 22, 2013 at 4:14 pmGermanguy

        i know they are saving the Budget for the final. But please, less Talking more pewpew. or do they running low on money now?