Well, now I see why so many of you were snickering in the talkbacks for the last ‘Titan Talk’ Sam and I did. We really did speak too soon, huh?
You know, I’m actually not too sore about the show going back on such a bold and shocking twist. I might even… approve of this switchback turn of events. To be totally blunt, ATTACK ON TITAN hurriedly demonstrated that Eren’s zealous personality was really an essential part of the appeal here. Take him out of the equation, and you’re left with a borderline Amnesiac Child Assassin and a bunch of guards who’re so interchangeable that it was actually easy to confuse one guy for another girl.
Some shows are character-driven, some are concept-driven, some are setting-driven, and there are plenty which rely some imprecise mixture thereof. TITAN showed that it needed Eren, so this doesn’t feel like much of a cheat. He’s only been gone for a couple episodes: if the show was able to elicit such shock, that means it just pulled off a cliffhanger exceptionally well. (And considering how the plot floundered a bit while Eren was going, it’s safe to say that nobody involved has really pictured the show without him anyway).
We’ll just have stay tuned for next episode to find out what happens after this latest, well-played cliffhanger, won’t we?
Before we reached the big surprise, I was getting ready to talk about how this show probably qualify mores as a horror than an action-adventure. There’s something about the relentless, unstoppable threat of these mysterious Titans - - the way that Guards have to put in a lot of effort and trickery just to defeat one - - which evokes more feelings of unease than escapism. Initially, I was thinking that the only real link between this and DEATH NOTE (the director’s other big project, natch) was the frequent usage of illustrated diagrams. Now, I’m seeing a more conceptual linkage.
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