The penultimate episode of this second season of Shingeki no Kyojin does not disappoint. Sure, there are a couple of flaws with it but overall, I think it delivers the manga well enough and as an adaptation, the second season stuck very close to its source material. The beginning of the episode when Ymir takes Krista/Historia out of her mouth (totally gross by the way!) and the two have this reunion about what and why Ymir is going this; I thought this got to be a bit dragged out. It felt unnecessarily long and took a while from the urgency of escaping from the Survey Corps. Although I don’t mind Historia that much, her stubbornness and lack of broader understanding of what’s going on irks me. Maybe that’s because it’s clear to me (and everyone else) that Ymir is lying to her except her! Gosh d*mnit…
When we finally see the Survey Corps come together and confront Reiner, Bertholdt and Ymir, I thought it was very touching how they each went through their memories being cadets together. Jean and Connie haven’t gotten a lot of screen time this season so it’s nice to see them actually make an impact this time around. When Bertholdt finally responds though, I was a lot more empathetic towards their situation than I thought. Without any spoilers – it’s clear that Reiner and Bertholdt come from a hometown that isn’t within the confines of the walls but it really breaks my heart when you hear of how they struggle between being a “solder” and a “warrior” (cue the important title names). They going through some sort of identity crisis where they’ve been given a purpose but also they’ve adapted to this other way of living where they may be happier than where they once were. With this going through their minds, I feel like they’ve held back a lot when it comes to dealing severe damage. All they really want is to escape with Eren as if it’ll solve everything. We just don’t know why or of what importance Eren is to Bertholdt/Reriner except for this mention of “the Coordinate” last week.
To the Survey Corps though – having Eren on their side is the only option for them, and Erwin is willing to risk it all to get him back. If I had to pick an MVP this episode – it’s most certainly him. As a leader, Erwin is inspiring, thinks bigger picture and he does what every leader should do, which is leading by example and being at the front with his troops. In this case, it’s clear that he’s not just sprouting nonsense, but he’s actually there with his Survey Corps trying to rescue Eren as their one and only priority. Shingeki no Kyojin doesn’t have too many “shock and awe” factors anymore, but when Erwin was taken and everyone was still on pursuit, I felt both hopeful and hopeless all at once. Then when Erwin actually has the stamina (and hasn’t died from loss of blood) to come BACK, I was completely taken away! Say what?! That’s what you call a true solder. I guess you never count someone out until you see a body – burned or buried. Erwin just proves once again that this pursuit wasn’t for nothing and I only hope that everyone doesn’t die from this endeavor.
The last thing I wanted to mention was how much screen time Mikasa got this week. I was impressed by how many images I took when she appeared because her facial expressions go from shock, to anger, to relief, it’s just everywhere! I don’t mean to hate on her, but Mikasa isn’t my cup of tea. She’s way to irrational when it comes to protecting Eren and although I understand why, she’s still too quick to jump the gun (and you see it multiple times over the course of season 1 too). Armin on the other hand is much better at processing the situation and thinking of a solution. He also got his own creepy smile moment when he was lying to Bertholdt, but desperate times call for desperate measures. I don’t know if this means that Armin guessed that Bertholdt had a crush on Annie… maybe he just took it mean that they were very close comrades in their cause. And just a reminder in case anyone’s forgotten – next week is the finale for this season of Shingeki no Kyojin!
Author’s Note: How many people does it take to blog one weekly show? Clearly 2 because Zephyr and I were always juggling back and forth =P Don’t worry though, Zephyr will be back for our finale next week. Once again, please refrain from spoilers of the source material past what’s been covered so far. Use spoiler tags if you absolutely need to mention something that wasn’t explicitly shown/covered, as there is a zero tolerance policy in effect and comment.