「小さな刃 ―トロスト区攻防戦③―」 (Chīsana Ha ―Torosuto Ku Kobo Sen ③―)
“A Small Blade ―Defense of Trost (3)―”
Did I ever mention the definition of insanity? Because of there’s one thing this episode in particular demonstrates, it’s that Shingeki is pretty much what that definition is―especially in regards to the situation the people of its universe are in. Just when you think things can’t get any worse… well, things find a way to get even worse. At this point, it’s just ridiculous how grim things are―this my friend, is the face of defeat―as commanders are running for their lives, survivors are killing themselves just so the Titans can’t reach them, and everyone’s so low on reserve gas that they can’t even scale the wall to retreat. Just insane stuff.
Either way though, the focus on Mikasa continues, and I ain’t minding it one bit. Her whole “shock value” speech―”I’m stronger than all of you. I can take care of them myself. You guys are either incompetent or spineless. You cannot win if you don’t fight. So I will fight and I will live.”―was just spectacular and really hammers in the kind of character she is. Undoubtedly, she’s one of the strongest heroines in recent memory to say the least, and it’s something I feel is part of a rather nice trend―Zetsuen no Tempest, for instance, had not one, but two such heroines―in anime recently. To top things off, she’s not simple by any meaning of the word―something that shows in her reckless abandon in gas consumption after finding out about Eren’s death―and it just makes for an amazing, emotional thrill when watching the events of this episode, especially with the return of the epic vocal theme from episodes prior.
Still, all the above―as well as all the great commentary about the responsibility of those still living―pale in comparison to the last thing we get this week… which is the Titan that attacks other Titans. Needless to say, it’s exceptionally abnormal in the context of Titan behavior and something that seems to allude heavily to Eren still being alive… except not in the same form he was before. Of course, I don’t quite have much actual proof, but considering the strange circumstances―that is, the fact that this comes on the heels of Eren’s rather premature demise, the remembering of Eren receiving that mysterious shot in the flashbacks way back when, and the fact that the Titan’s gestures and face even look somewhat similar to him… I don’t think I’m the only one pondering this potential outcome―regardless of how insane it might be. But then again, Shingeki no Kyojin is the definition of insanity, so I guess it wouldn’t be something too out of place in a show like this.
Ultimately though, Connie’s comments about how “there’s still too much we don’t know” just summarizes everything―and I guess it’s something we’ll undoubtedly get some answers about in the near future (hopefully).