I’ll be the first to admit that I might throw around superlatives a little too liberally in this column. When I get excited about an episode, I’m quick to say it’s ‘best’ this or the ‘most’ that. It’s tough not to get swept up in the moment and, most likely, if I ever went back over such comments, I might decide to rephrase them a little more modestly.
Bearing that in mind… this was one of the single most thrilling cliffhangers ever.
Obviously, I’ve never been on any vengeful vendetta, nor in a life-or-death situation anywhere close to what these guardsmen are dealing with. Still, I felt the most visceral connection to Eren during this installments’ final moments. There’s a very precise mix of adrenaline, confusion, awkwardness and strange focus that swirls through you when an opportunity suddenly manifests after you've been wishing for it for years. Abstract ideas rapidly stumbled in breathing, sweating realities. You realize you’ll really have to follow through on everything you’ve said you’d do.
Eren’s been given opportunity after opportunity to evade this threat with his honor intact, but he’s stubbornly insisted on going into the lion’s den anyway. He’s sworn to kill these monsters and now the time has come to make good on that oath. Most series don't get to that sort of conflict until their last episodes. This one just leaped into it.
The fact that such feelings can be evoked here makes me really believe that ATTACK ON TITAN is going to make the kind of lasting impression everybody’s hoping it’ll make. It’s still got 21 episodes left to screw everything up, of course. Still, the fact that it’s been able to effectively stoke the flames of this particular grudge match in such a short amount of time, and then leave me just dying to see what happens… that alone is remarkable.
I think I’m going to go right ahead and open up the next episode. I'll follow Eren's example. No waiting!
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