「オルブド区外壁」 (Orubudo-ku Gaiheki)
“Outside the Walls of Orvud District”
While probably not the explosive ending most were likely expecting from the aftermath of last week’s cliffhanger, SnK isn’t one to quickly let go of the momentum so wonderfully built up. Having further fleshed out the mystery of the Founding Titan power (even while leaving quite a bit to ponder), attention is now back on good old Titan wrangling and the one secret always sitting out in plain sight. That’s right boys and girls, it’s bottom dwelling basement time.
Considering the vital importance Eren holds to both correcting the issue of Titans occupying a good chunk of human real estate and now discerning the truth of his stolen power it’s not all too shocking the kid wound up quickly reverting to form, but I’m pleasantly surprised how speedy his recovery was. As with some earlier arcs Eren’s self-professed guilt could have easily dragged itself out over several weeks, a gangrenous wound inflaming already tense situations and adding unneeded drama to a well-structured story. Instead though? We not only got Eren understanding a legitimate reason existed for his father’s actions, but finding the strength to push through his debilitating miasma and actually, for once, succeed in a desired objective. Sure finally turning into crystal with a little pharmaceutical assistance not be to the level of Goku going Super Saiyan through sheer mental will, but considering where the kid is coming from, that’s a feat worthy of a bit of praise.
The real fun though lies with the next course of action for Scouts and Eren both, as Rod Reiss is still a major (if not entirely conscious) threat, the military is not assured control over government for long, and no one has any idea how to safely get back to Wall Maria yet. Eliminating Rod in the short term shouldn’t be too difficult of course, between his hilariously fitting Titan form and Historia’s determination to throw off her shackles everyone is more or less committed to removing the last traces of humanity’s original leadership. Might run into casualty issues considering Erwin’s refusal to evacuate anyone from Rod’s path, but when you remember the need to quickly install Historia as queen things start making a little more sense. Need a bit of extra legitimacy? Simply have the new ruler prove her worth by eliminating a real threat in front of the general populace. Nothing says a committal to Titan killing like actually killing Titans after all. As for getting to Wall Maria and exploring Eren’s basement, well, you can likely guess the path forward for that secondary goal.
Once dear Rod has been reunited with his lost family it’s time for another time honoured Scout expedition into enemy territory, and this time failure isn’t on the table. The going will be difficult and some may have to make the ultimate sacrifice, but the one giant secret waiting for its debut is about ready to throw the lid off on everything we thought we knew. Prepare yourselves boys and girls, the next arc is going to be wild.