A while back, Sam and I did a Vice Pit on the tropes we most hated in anime. At the time, I didn’t share all of Mr. Weller’s distaste for incessant inner monologues. Screenwriting gurus wag their fingers a lot over the use of voice-overs on screen, but there are plenty of cases where that conceit just works splendidly, as far I’m concerned, so I find it to be an unnecessarily restrictive ‘rule.’
Episode 7 is not a case where the VO monologue works - - at all - - and oh boy, am I just dying to hear how Sam feels about his favorite new show now that it’s committed his cardinal anime sin.
There’s a lot to like about this installment, and plenty more to discuss (why is that one Titan attacking all the others? Why? WHY?!?!), but so much of the narrative was covered by this slush of Mikasa’s incredibly-redundant, audible navel-gazing. Is there a single sentiment she ever voices (read: spells out) about bravery, camaraderie or facing one’s fate which wasn’t already being adequately conveyed by her actions? You see her crash, you see her flail about and look like she’s giving up, you see her look to her allies, and then you see her stand up to resume the fight against these monsters. What’s not to get? I mean, she even goes on an in-the-moment monologue about all this stuff, too.
(Hell, even if they just kept the flashback dialogs with Eren in there, we’d still get the point just as much and it’d still be less intrusive).
I’d say I’m thankful that my most hated anime trope - - the Amnesiac Child Assassin - - hasn’t yet reared her dour face, but threats can strike so suddenly in this show that I honestly shouldn’t rule anything out, just yet. Why, it’d just serve me right if Eren came back as one, wouldn’t it?
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