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ATTACK ON TITAN #3 - - Watch & Learn

Giants are nothing compared to a crotch-cranking harness.

At last! FULL METAL JACKET’s opening scene, reimagined through the lens of alternate history fantasy anime! (They even got it right down to the same gag with a foolish recruit getting punished for sneaking in a little snack from the mess hall…)

For the record, having been in a harness quite similar to this “Three-Dimensional Maneuver Gear” myself, getting around in any sort of bungie-like is actually much more treacherous than it looks. This show doesn’t get into how painful it is for your “little giants,” but I went ahead and inferred an added level of.... conflict into every scene where Eren’s struggling with this particular skill.

Speaking of which, this episode also reminded me a bit of SPACE BROTHERS - - a very solid show I never got to follow as much as I would’ve liked. Obviously, the maneuvering is a lot like the training gear they make you wear at Space Camp (thus bringing my connection to these crotch crankers full-circle), but I think I was more taken by their common use of a particular trope. You know what I’m talking about. If an anime wants to show characters reaching a particular, non-violent accomplishment, they’ll more often show a still image of that act with vertical speed-lines over both sides of the screen.

To be honest, I associate this with gags more often, so it maybe makes the little victory a touch harder to take seriously. Eren realizing that, all along, he’s actually been doing exceptionally well? Him perhaps sensing that one of his meaner fellow recruits could have sabotaged him? That’s all solid drama that’s rendered rather… humorous by this particular storytelling, uh... flourish.

Why, it’s just like a hard-nosed drill instructor wanting you to keep a straight face when he’s betting on how good you are at sucking golf balls through garden hoses, isn’t it?

Watch this episode, "A Dim Light in the Darkness of Despair - Humanity Rises Again" here and decide for yourself, then read my write-up on the previous episode here.

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Lurkeroon May 22, 2013 at 8:33 a.m.

I enjoyed the revelation at the end of this episode that Eren's gear was defective all along. At first I thought the show was going for the trope of having a character with low skill somehow win by determination, but nope, he just needed better gear.

metalsnakezero is online on May 22, 2013 at 10:41 a.m.

This episode shows that the show doesn't just have drama and tense moments but also has a sense of humor with Potato girl, Jean getting jealous, and some kinship with the trainees.

YotaruVegetaon May 22, 2013 at 11:06 a.m.

Episode 5! Episode 5! Episode 5 !Episode 5! Episode 5! Episode 5! Episode 5! Episode 5! Episode 5! Episode 5! Episode 5!

AURON570on May 22, 2013 at 11:36 a.m.

Shameless promotion of Space Brothers: episodes 52-54 are "recap" episodes, and are great entry points if you want to get into the series without starting over from the beginning.

takashichea moderator on May 22, 2013 at 11:59 a.m.

@AURON570:

Don't feel ashamed.

I was promoting the discussion threads (located at #Anime Vice Discussion Threads) on Tom, Rachella, and Sam's articles, too. :)

Getting back on the Attack on Titan talk, episode 3 is one of my favorite episodes. The 104th Trainee Corps are all introduced. As you might have guessed, lil' Sasha made my day in this such a gloomy anime series.

I love Eren's speech. That's how inspirational speeches should work in Shonen series. No Nakama stuff, Luffy and Natsu. I'm just kidding. I love Luffy and Natsu, too.

This episode paints the ideals and fears of the inhabitants in Attack on Titan. These guys want to work hard and get into the Military Police (Attack on Titans Military) to live a secured life. (Or was that next episode? Oh well.)

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