As I’ve said, watching ATTACK ON TITAN has been more-or-less akin to eating a juicy steak with a fair amount of gristle on it. You’d describe the experience as great, on the whole, but you still feel like you’re frequently chewing through stubborn fat string to get at the stuff that’s actually tasty.
(Which is to say that this show could benefit from a story editor armed with one of those scissors that are so popular, right now…)
This episode was unquestionably a good portion of TITAN steak. The ruckus between Eren and the Female Titan was as strong a fight as I’ve seen in any anime - - absolutely visceral. More to the point I'm making here, though, it makes the slower portions of this arc look better in hindsight, as the frustrations they built up comes to a thrilling catharsis. Eren’s transformations have been fueled rage since the get-go, of course, but no Hulk-Out has ever made you feel like you’re in the guy’s head (figuratively and literally) the way this one did. Moments like this make TITAN’s classification as a supheroic horror war ensemble epic seem like something awesomely unique.
Going even further, I dig how TITAN’s showing itself to be an inversion of many familiar anime tropes. We already know that the 3D gear provides an interesting inversion of the kaiju/mecha dynamic we’re so familiar with, but I also can’t help but wonder if Eren’s revelation about self-belief is a direct potshot at the philosophy of GURREN LAGANN and its ilk. That sort of thing can easily twist into a lot of vague and incomprehensible hooey, so it’s likewise easy to view the Guardsmen’s gruesome deaths as being this show’s cold, hard illustration of the pragmatic consequences of such notions.
A tenuous idea, perhaps, but I’ll bet these creators all know eachother. I’m sure they’re giving throwing plenty of subtle and not-so-subtle ‘answers’ into their work, and the phrasing so closely recalls GURREN LAGANN’s that it really doesn’t seem like it could be a coincidence.
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