AniMonday: Attack on Titan

Armin is portrayed as being so weak. He has no physical prowess, seems to buckle under pressure, let’s his emotions get the better of him. But for all that, he’s still a tactical genius. And in this episode we get to see that. He wants to use the rogue Titan to kill the others surrounding HQ. And why not? With little to no gas for their maneuver gear and their blades in bad shape, it’s the best plan.

And Jean. Well, there’s more of the self doubt, but it doesn’t last long as he realizes he knows what to do. He leads the others to HQ where all the Titans are concentrated. And Marco, who is quickly becoming one of my favorites (so, I should expect him to die, shouldn’t I?) is like the voice of encouragement for Jean. It’s cute (and just like that, a ship is born).

Everyone converges upon HQ, Jean, Mikasa, Connie, Armin, and the rest. They all get to witness the rogue Titan do its thing. But they still need to come up with a plan to get back within the safety of the walls. So Armin comes up with a plan again. It’s pretty clever – luring the remaining Titans inside the building towards the lift, blinding them all with rifles, then killing them while incapacitated. I really love seeing Armin use his talents and become an asset to the team, rather than a burden he sees himself as.

There’s a strangely funny moment from Reiner who tells them that if the back of the neck doesn’t kill the Titans, just shove your sword up their a-holes. Which…I didn’t think they had? Err…But I assume it was for a bit of levity, because everyone else had no idea that was even a weak point for Titans. Huh.

Does anyone else find it shocking that the Titans are eating the rogue Titan? I thought they only ate humans…Regardless, Mikasa (and Reiner and Annie) decide they should save the rogue Titan, if only to find out more about him and use to the humans’ advantage.

AND THEN! The rogue Titan falls and SOMETHING IS COMING OUT OF ITS NECK AND DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT SOMETHING IS? THAT SOMETHING IS A SOMEONE AND YEAH I THOUGHT THAT TITAN LOOKED FAMILIAR OMG.

Holy expletive deleted. Eren is BACK. And has mysteriously regrown the leg and arm he lost during the attack/being eaten. WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

 -Steph

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