Out of the frying pan and into the fire is probably the most apt description for SnK this week as high flying action and complementary
rape faces faces of suffering fill the scenes of a quickly expanding story. Answers may remain few and far between (truly a running gag at this stage) and the true identity of the enemy stubbornly stuck as a metaphorical figment of the imagination, but with the hints dropped and pieces being assembled, one can rest assured there’s a proper ending waiting beyond the tunnel. After all the new ED beats the OP hands down.
While there’s plenty of areas to criticise SnK for (particularly its story), one thing which cannot be faulted is the show’s action sequences. Without a doubt Wit’s animation of the series’ manoeuvre gear stunts and mid-air attacks is a beauty to watch, reinforced by some intelligently subtle CGI usage and lack of corner cutting expediency often gracing less popular works. Say what you will about Levi for example—and there’ll be plenty to discuss later—but his chase scenes gracing the first half of this episode? Bloody fantastic. It helps as well that the switch from attacks on relatively immobile (compared to gas propelled people) Titans to duels between similarly equipped individuals this arc livens up SnK’s usual acrobatics by providing something different. Rather than dealing with organic Transformers we now get pneumatic box cutters versus big air guns of doom. Sure it might not have the same appeal as the David vs. Goliath theme defining much of SnK, but I’ll be damned if it isn’t wickedly fun to watch.
Action of course though isn’t all SnK has on offer this week as the show’s penchant for mystery and character suffering continues apace. Probably to no one’s surprise Eren wound up captured—again—because nothing defines the kid more than mouth gags and talks with his captor(s) at this point. It’s pretty much a given he’ll eventually either be rescued (because Mikasa is a beast) or free himself considering his importance to the overall story, but the real question is what happens before then. Historia for example, in the first big reveal of the season, is actually the true heir to the throne, a fact guaranteed to get Erwin (and Levi) to move faster in regards to a plan I’m sure any eagle eyed watcher can take a reasonable stab at. Kenny remains the primary threat against easy rescue and a happy ending of course, but as the mention of a personal goal indicates (or should), the guy is more than a simple 2D baddie here just to liven up the latest arc—expect some depth before our villainous cowboy eventually disappears into the good night. There’s a greater scheme at play now beyond simply who controls Eren, and its masterminds are quickly approaching the endgame.
All that remains to be seen are who the ultimate victors will be in this bloody game of cat and mouse.
ED4: 「暁の鎮魂歌」 (Akatsuki no Chinkonka) by Linked Horizon