「子供達」 (Kodomo tachi)
As the Scouts give chase, Ymir makes her wishes known and uses her unclear affiliations to take Christa away in exchange for continuing to go with our traitorous Titan duo. For the most part, the episode throws away the focus from Reiner, Bertholdt, and Eren in favor of more Ymir, and count me in as someone who’s definitely more satisfied when things focus on the latter rather than the former. At the very least, the motivations for Ymir’s actions are clear—especially with the additional flashback we get this week—and everything she’s doing at this point is a straight forward representation of who she is, how much Christa means to her, and how she’s willing to push things towards a potentially unfavorable endgame just to get some additional time with her. The revelation that she remembers nothing about what she did to Marcel also seems to hint at how she had no control of herself when she (first?) transformed to her Titan form years prior, potentially explaining why she hasn’t transformed since and providing a satisfactory backstory that makes a huge difference when compared to the other transformable Human Titans.
Needless to say however—with Hannes and Co. readying their fangs in hot pursuit—I don’t hold any hopes for their meeting leading to a fairy tale ending that let’s them both stay together safely, meaning that next week will likely be an emotional reunion and separation. The question is whether or not she’ll play a large part in the Scouts’ mission to recover Eren, and it’s certainly not hard to see where a discussion with Christa would cause her to assist rather than impede, potentially giving her one true last hurrah. Alternatively, the desire to preserve her time with Christa no matter the cost could realistically flip things to the other potential scenario, and it’d certainly be interesting to see how things would work out in an all-out fight involving all the transformable Titans, Erwin, Mikasa, and the rest of the Scouts.
Either way, my continued irritation at Reiner and Bertholdt’s aside, perhaps the most important thing this week isn’t so much everything with Ymir, but rather the very brief mention of something called “The Coordinate” as the main reason behind their attempted abduction of Eren and seemingly any other human capable of transforming into Titans. The term itself isn’t elaborated upon, but for the sake of some future musings, it’s very curious they would use that specific term to represent someone their looking for, especially given that the word coordinate could refer to someone or something that either organizes, arranges, or brings everything together, and the mathematical take on it could use coordinates to refer to a starting or ending point.
Given the focus on Titans origins, hometowns, and the obvious hint that Connie’s mother is likely the Titan in his hometown, it’s becoming more and more obvious that the Titan phenomenon itself may have been caused by someone or something—potentially someone who dabbled in research of the more nefarious sort—and that it could potentially be spread (or triggered?) via some unknown means. Putting two and two together hints at a search for the origins of this phenomenon, and it gets pretty interesting if you consider that their motives may not necessarily be a negative thing in regards to the grand scheme of things, even if there’s still likely nothing that could possibly excuse Reiner and Bertholdt’s destruction of the wall last season and the deaths they caused. The ends don’t always justify the means after all. It’s just a pity that due to various things ending up the way they have, we’re probably years off from seeing what those ends really are from the anime-only standpoint. Contrary to what it may seem though, for all my criticisms, I’m still quite the fan of the series regardless. I’m just lamenting a little bit that years down the line, the pacing here in this arc will likely be what pulls the series (at least the animated version of it) down a bit impressions wise when it’s all said and done.
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