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?)
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