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ATTACK ON TITAN #6 - - Watch & Learn

Wait wait, honey. WHERE is this taking place again?

Wait wait wait… so this is all actually taking place in a retro-medieval future where Asians are endangered?

I feel like there’s some meta-joke being made here about anime’s frequent habit of presenting Japanese characters who don’t actually look Japanese. And that would actually add further credence to Sam’s theory about the giants being metaphorically conflated with the worst stereotypes of otaku. When he first brought that up on the Vice Pit, it sounded like a stretch, but the way the one giant scuttles around in this episode really does befit your worst visions of the unwashed masses… so perhaps ol’ Sammy was actually on to something?

Sam was the first of us to liken ATTACK ON TITAN to GAME OF THRONES, as well. As I’m still shaking off the…*AHEM*… rude surprise of last night’s GoT episode, I’m finding that comparison keeps holds with each episode. Now, it’s not just that the main character was killed off, it’s also an additional episode showing how early mistakes laid the ground work for later catastrophes.

As we see, Eren’s had a brave killer instinct since he was a boy - - the kind that really would’ve made him a great giant killer. However, since his youth, he’s also been the sort to leap before he looks when a friend is threatened. That impulse seals his fate in the present, as we just saw, and only dumb luck accounts for how it didn’t spell doom for him in this early rescue attempt. Maybe these white slavers were just having a bad day, maybe they just were below-average, but their defeat winds up teaching Eren a bad lesson that proves disastrous for him years down the line.

That’s great drama, right there. To be honest, even though this probably was in the manga, it initially felt like a filler episode, but this theme that's eventually revealed really salvaged it for me.

Although… I still have to say… I had a genuine moment of confusion, mistaking Eren’s male, short-haired, blond friend from his female, short-haired, blond friend. Might have been nice if somebody on the crew thought to differentiate their designs a wee more?

Watch this episode, "The World the Girl Saw- Battle of Trost" here and decide for yourself, then read my write-up on the previous episode here.

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Marshal Victoryon June 3, 2013 at 6:35 a.m.

That came dangerously close to all blondes look the same.Careful man some one may call you a hairist!

Seriously tho add this with some flash backs Eren had an youll get the hints that might lead ya to whats going on with out spoilers.Also tho medievl it doesnt say back in the day. Not sure if the Japanese being almost extenct a comentary on their curent birth rate or cultural shift.Ill just take show at face value for the giant zombie apocolypse that i cant spell an love.

Lurkeroon June 3, 2013 at 10:25 a.m.

I am more curious to see if there is a significant connection between the Japanese being extinct and the existence of the titans. Although there are plenty of titans that don't look Japanese it seems weird to make Japanese people extinct and not connect it to anything later.

I was turned off by the scene in the cabin. Eren and Mikasa are 10 year old kids yet for whatever reason were able to "power up" to defeat grown men. Eren's talk about "fighting to live" was also off-putting. Viewers have not been given any indication that Eren has lived a hard life or gained experience that would invoke him to speak that way. It felt out of place to me.

takashichea moderator on June 3, 2013 at 11:13 a.m.

100 years ago, humans are on a brink of extinction. The bottleneck effect may have dwindle racial groups. I was looking at the cast and snapshots. Most of these guys are Europeans. I don't see much Asian, Blacks, Hispanics, or Native Americans. Though, Keith Shadis might be African descent. I wonder about countries in this series. Are there any big walled civilizations out there? Armin shared with Eren about the ocean, islands, and such. From Eren's impressions, I doubt anyone had gone out to sea.

The episode was great. Got to see how Mikasa joined the family. Funny thing is that I thought Eren and Mikasa were brother and sister until this episode.

rubberluffyon June 3, 2013 at 11:14 a.m.

@Lurkero said:

I am more curious to see if there is a significant connection between the Japanese being extinct and the existence of the titans. Although there are plenty of titans that don't look Japanese it seems weird to make Japanese people extinct and not connect it to anything later.

I was turned off by the scene in the cabin. Eren and Mikasa are 10 year old kids yet for whatever reason were able to "power up" to defeat grown men. Eren's talk about "fighting to live" was also off-putting. Viewers have not been given any indication that Eren has lived a hard life or gained experience that would invoke him to speak that way. It felt out of place to me.

Eren surprised both men. He didn't "power up" at all. Mikasa is another story, with a prevailing theory being that her superhuman strength might be related to Eren's dad's visits (we've already seen a short flashback in ep 2 of the Dr. injecting Eren with something, dude is a little shady and kinda disappeared). Eren is also kind of a messed up unstable person, something which becomes laser focused on titans. There's also other weird things going on.

Anyway, this episode had one kinda strange change from the manga, where Mikasa's mother is doing something to her daughter's arm that requires a bandage, mentioning it is the mark of their clan, but the anime has Mikasa doing an embroidery. Weird.

takashichea moderator on June 3, 2013 at 12:53 p.m.

@rubberluffy:

Thanks for the reminder. I forgot to bring that in the discussion here.

I don't know what the numbers, "844" mean. Hopefully, the anime explain it in due time and why didn't they show it. I'm not ahead in the manga because I enjoy reading it side by side with the anime's pacing.

YotaruVegetaon June 3, 2013 at 1:29 p.m.

I think that until they told you, you'd never guess what racial background all of these characters are.

There are styles of anime which are more realistic than this, and you can better guess racial background.

Isn't Mikasa of mixed parentage, BTW?

metalsnakezeroon June 3, 2013 at 3:29 p.m.

@takashichea: The numbers are simply the time period the scene is at.

takashichea moderator on June 3, 2013 at 3:32 p.m.

@metalsnakezero:

Oh my god, that makes sense. So far, I got dates 850 is when Trost District of Wall Rose gets invaded. Year 845 is when Shiganshina District gets invaded. Cool, thanks for the info. I'll add to Mikasa's origin section.

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