With the past couple of weeks being slightly slower than usual, the drama and action returns this week to Shingeki no Kyojin. The titans are attacking the abandoned castle at night and all the trainees don’t even have gear to attack or defend themselves! Not to mention that there are more than a dozen titans (of all sizes) coming from no where trying to eat them. Obviously you can’t expect there to be no casualities, but I wasn’t expecting the leaders to die off so quickly. Just as they’re growing on me and given a bit of personality – they’re gone. Not to sound heartless, but if there’s anything Shingeki no Kyojin is good at, it’s keeping you on your toes because no one is safe. It’s for these reasons though, that I’ve started to be a bit desensitized to the violence. I don’t think this is the end of the trainees remaining on the tower, because you can’t just kill everyone off the show, but I can’t imagine how they’re going to escape the tower now with the sun rising and only Ymir as their last hope. It does give me a bit of comfort knowing that the Beast Titan has left the premises, but is there any way that Levi and crew can rescue them soon?
Speaking of Ymir, her relationship with Krista, as well as her true form, is what’s brought to light this week and it’s a big reveal! It’s probably not as shocking as it could’ve been since we know that humans can transform into titans already but what?! Just how many secrets are there within the 104th trainees class?! Is EVERYONE a titan?! So many questions and no time to answer them given the situation at hand, but I’m sure we’ll get some good flashbacks next week between Krista and Ymir. We already know that the Church know something about Krista (something that she may or may not know herself?) and that she’s a pivotal part of the show going forward, but what does Ymir mean to her and how does that go back to the titans in the wall? It’s funny that Krista and Ymir have been made to be such critical characters in this second season when I don’t recall them playing such a large role in the first season. They were there, but as an audience member, I feel like they’ve been completely one-dimensional until this moment. A bit like Annie actually, before they cornered her at Stohess. If history does repeat itself, I somehow doubt that Ymir will stick around to get interrogated later on. She might just run off on her own to avoid the Survey Corps bringing her in or she might even be a casualty in all this mess.
I genuinuely thought that this was the moment that Reiner was going to die – or lose an arm at the least. HOW does he LIFT a titan and escape to tell about it? That’s incredible! I totally had a fan-girl moment when he thought about marrying Krista. He’s definitely someone that has a good head on his shoulders and smart to boot, probably guessing earlier on that Ymir is hiding something. He couldn’t read the label on the can, but Ymir could and just what does that mean for both Reiner and Ymir and the castle? How does a can of food that only Ymir can read – get into the walls in the first place? It all goes back to the 104th trainee class that decided to go into the Survey Corps. We know all about Eren (and Mikasa and Armin), but just what do we know about everyone else? Reiner and Bertolt have a past and since they’re relatively stronger (mentally and physically) compared to say, Connie, they appear as much more interesting characters to keep my eye on. I actually find Reiner’s past even more intriguing than Krista and Ymir’s. And now that I mention Ymir and Reiner, does anyone else also notice the similarities in the previews? Coincidence?
We’re entering the next arc of this series which leaves me with a lot more question marks in this post than I intended. There’s a lot of history that I hope gets told soon, but also the intentions of all the members in the Survey Corp and how they’re going to investigate this “hole” in the wall. I’m conflicted with what I want to understand and know more of. Do I care more about the history of the characters (particularly Reiner?) or do I want to see the story progress faster to see who lives and dies? Personally after this week, I’d probably care to see more of Reiner (and Bertolt) more, but I think we’ll have to sit through Krista and Ymir’s promise first.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Oh Reiner… if I wasn’t so into Levi, you’d be a close second. Enough talking though, #Shingeki finally brings back all the action! Just how many secrets are there among the 104th trainees squad?
Author’s Note: Zephyr is busy this week with a last minute work emergency and I’ve been asked to blog this episode in his place. He’ll return next week though so everyone wish him luck =)
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