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ATTACK ON TITAN #14 - - Watch & Learn

And where have YOU been this whole time?

And… we’re back. Honestly, there weren’t any pilots this season that really lit my fire enough to warrant a ‘pick up’ right away. Maybe I’ll come back to one or two of those series later but, for now, it’s time to play catch up with those two reliable workhorses, ONE PIECE and ATTACK ON TITAN.

I’m sure plenty of titaniacs griped about this episode being boring or slow after all the giant fighting we witnessed during the Battle of Trost arc. Me? I found that action got pretty monotonous - - especially with all the redundant inner-monologues that went with it - - so I absolutely welcome this change of pace. I skipped Episode #13.5, which was the official clip show, and I think this actually works far more effectively as a recap of what’s come so far. Not only does it recount all the previous episodes’ happenings in a way that frames them all into a more coherent narrative, the various objections and interjections from the peanut gallery also fleshes out the world around that narrative.

As I’ve said a few times on the Pit, one of the advantages of a longer-running shonen is that they’re freer to push your usual action-adventure into areas of greater complexity. In the inevitable ATTACK ON TITAN movie, I’m sure Wallists, Survey Corps, Recon Corps and other assorted factions will be simplified into maybe just one or two arguing groups. And that’ll be a loss for the flick, because the collision of arguments regarding Eren’s fate here was the real meat of the episode for me.

(I do question the logic of the one guy saving Eren by kicking the shit out of him, though. Would that really be allowed in a courtroom? What exactly did it prove? That they're willing to beat him into submission?)

Watch this episode, "Can't Look Into His Eyes: Prelude to the Counterattack, Part 1" here and decide for yourself, then read my write-up on the previous episode here.

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metalsnakezeroon July 29, 2013 at 5:15 p.m.

Most people in that courtroom are very afraid of Eren due to his titan powers and are too busy being afraid to see him as a weapon to use to save humanity. The point of Levi beating Eren up in front of everyone is to show that he is able to handle the human titan unlike anyone else and since he humanity's most powerful soldier they are willing to listen to him.

AURON570on July 29, 2013 at 6:26 p.m.
And… we’re back. Honestly, there weren’t any pilots this season that really lit my fire enough to warrant a ‘pick up’ right away.

Or maybe this season of anime just sucks in terms of new series. The only 2 more anime I might want to throw your way are Genshiken 2 and Yami Shibai. Genshiken is about a university anime/manga club and it has some really great otaku humor. Yami Shibai is a 5-minute-episode anime with a unique art style, each episode telling a ghost story.

I thought the trial was pretty dry and typical. Until Levi started treating Eren like shit. I also found it pretty ridiculous that Levi got away with that in a military trial... But I sure wasn't expecting it, so the surprise was welcome I guess.

Why do I get the feeling that Eren is going to suddenly lose his powers at some point (even if temporarily), the Survey Corps is going to leave him to die and there's going to be a whole "omg you just used me for my powers" ordeal? smh And then Mikasa is going to come swooping in going "nooo I still love you Eren" *romantic embrace* *credits roll* *after the credits Eren gets his powers back somehow through the power of love*

YotaruVegetaon July 29, 2013 at 7:17 p.m.

I think a court where a dude is locked down into the floor like some dog doesn't care that much about him being beaten.

Also, did you notice that the judge has no gavel? What kind of court is this?

Marshal Victoryon July 29, 2013 at 9:26 p.m.

1st off yeah this season is week over all. But fall looks alot better.

@YotaruVegeta said:

I think a court where a dude is locked down into the floor like some dog doesn't care that much about him being beaten.

Also, did you notice that the judge has no gavel? What kind of court is this?

agree with this.the cort is a military court an extreme version of such.Your absolutly right the court didnt care if he was beatn.But the thing was people who were afraid of him started to have a bit of sympathy for him.Sides i think Levi knew he wouldnt be able to hurt him long term .End kinda proves that iirc.

Lurkero is online on July 30, 2013 at 3:05 a.m.

@metalsnakezero said:

Most people in that courtroom are very afraid of Eren due to his titan powers and are too busy being afraid to see him as a weapon to use to save humanity. The point of Levi beating Eren up in front of everyone is to show that he is able to handle the human titan unlike anyone else and since he humanity's most powerful soldier they are willing to listen to him.

I think this pretty much summarizes that scene. The Military Police and Wallists were appealing to fear (which is something many people are quick to have when facing the unknown). The Survey Corps wanted to appeal to utility. In order to prove utility you usually have to prove that you have control of the weapon (Eren).

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