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?
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