Shingeki no Kyojin – 19
「噛みつく ―第57回壁外調査③―」 (Kamitsuku ―Dai 57 Kai Kabe Gai Chosa (3)―)
“Bite ―57th Expedition Beyond the Walls (3)―”
Since the beginning of the series, Eren has been steadily developing both as a person and a soldier. But as this week demonstrates, he still hasn’t officially internalized it all and there’s still plenty of learning left to be done. On one hand it’s perfectly understandable to try and fight back—and try to save every life that you can—but at the same time he’s no longer an ordinary soldier, and arguably as humanity’s hope, he needs to realize that his life is worth infinitely more at this point. That and he needs to realize also that orders are absolute, that some things don’t necessarily need an explanation, and that fighting on your own is not the way to go about things.
Experience reigns supreme here… is what I’d like to say, but at the same time, one must note that Eren’s ability is such a big X-factor that regular lines of thought just do not apply. Because in the end, it’s quite possible that he’s the only one capable of taking down Titans like this female one, and arguably, at some point they’re going to need to let him go on his own if they want to win this war too. He’s going to need experience fighting with his Titan form at some point, and considering the desperate situation they’re in right now (and the fact there’s “only”one opponent), you’ll theoretically find few better chances to try it out. Indeed, the flashback just highlights the need to understand his power further (and backup plans if he fails to control it), and it’s a very important factor in the overall equation of humanity’s salvation.
Generally, it all flies in the face of normal logic and the military tactics/assumptions we know in our universe, but if there’s anything that’s been quite obvious, it’s a fact that real-life comparisons can only go so far when you’re dealing with things well beyond the scope of what we face, and this episode really highlights that. As it turns out, the decision’s pretty much made for Eren this time around (courtesy of Erwin the Magnificent’s plan), but it’s still a key notion to consider regardless.
Either way, as nothing else of note really happens this week (though the flashback and its linkage to the current state of affairs was superb) the name of the game this week involves understanding what you can and doing the best with the information you have. Eren understanding that his squad mates really will kill him if needed, Levi understanding that you can’t ever know what will happen in an always changing battlefield… they’re all key parts of the overall picture, and arguably it might just go down to what Levi says himself:
“Do what you’ll regret the least.”
It’s definitely a practical way to look at an intangible situation, and per Occam’s Razor, it might just be that “the easiest answer is the right one.” Of course, there’s plenty of ways to look at this and the above is just one of them, but it’s a pretty interesting way of seeing things.
In any case, the pieces of the puzzle are coming together in terms of Eren’s trigger to becoming a Titan, and it looks like it’ll be a race to see if he can properly harness his ability before it’s too late. In addition, we get the potential revelation of who’s “piloting’ the female Titan as well… though it’s quite obvious at this point that things probably won’t go according to plan at all, even if both Levi and Erwin are on the scene. But then again, it could just be all about making us think something’ll happen. You just can’t ever tell with this series.