Posted by psgels on 11 June 2013 with categories: Shingeki no Kyojin

Shingeki no Kyojin is addictive, it’s just as I hoped, even in episodes like this when there isn’t any action. This episode instead was all about paranoia, and panic, which is what it used to create its atmosphere. I deally the pacing could have been a bit faster, but that’s just a minor nitpick. This still worked really well and because of that it actually made sense for that commander to be stopped by his superior, because he took so damn long to give the order to fire.

Armin was the one who got the most development in this episode. And heck, his performance in this episode was over the top crazy, but that definitely grabbed me by surprise. He’s really slowly growing out of his stereotype as well, and he’s shown quite a few times that he knows how to think and come up with bold plans.

The strange thing here is transforming: usually when a character transforms he just grows, shrinks, turns, or just generally morphs into a different shape. Eren though, he just grows 20 times his size, he regrows his limbs, and stays inside the titans like it’s some sort of flesh-puppet.
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excellent)

17 Responses

  1. AidanAK47 AidanAK47 says:

    Some typical anime time going on here.
    “You have 15 seconds to decide!”
    (Five minutes later)
    “I will do it!”

  2. TheUltimateReaper says:

    I’m in lesbains with Kyojin. Good stuff, personally the only thing that bothers me is the biology. At least it makes sense that he can’t transform infinitely, and it puts strain on his body. Other than that, I love everything about Kyojin.

    Armin, yes, he finally stopped being annoying. Such was a surprise.

  3. kero says:

    Shingeki has been really good to watch, which I know because I haven’t felt it dragging.

    I really liked that Armin got a lot of development, and that Eren trusted him enough to do it. I hope Armin’s confidence grows, and we see some more smarts from him.

    @theultimatereaper

    Yeah you just have to completely ignore the fact that there is NO WAY that the transformation thing works at all, like the fuck did all that materials for the body come from?

    I understand magic
    I understand alchemy
    I understand fantasy

    I can accept that in a fictional world.

    But when it gives a setting that seems to be following normal human rules, and makes the transformation seem like it might be a science-y thing, the idea of how Titans are created is hard to accept

    The story however, is being told well enough that I’m able to ignore this big ass elephant of improbability. I guess at some level it’s so ridiculous it’s hard to get uptight about it. Whereas I have been pissed off before with other stories that contain minor elements that were unbelievable.

    I guess I’ll see with the explanation that’s given though of how it’s all happening.

    • TheUltimateReaper says:

      At the moment I’ll chalk it up to “the mysteries of the giants” but it’s easy enough to shrug off, at least until we see/learn more.

  4. jonas says:

    This is basically a zombie show, and just like zombies, not being able to explain titans with science is what makes them scary, maybe they are demons, maybe they are freaks of nature, at this point in the story no one knows, and that just adds to the hopelessness of the setting.

  5. jonas says:

    But from what we´ve seen (eating humans, or titans help them regenerate missing limbs, turning to dust when they die), I´m going to bet the titans are some type nanomachine based bio weapons.

  6. boa_sting says:

    [spoiler]

  7. psgels psgels says:

    Come on people, please lay it off with the spoilers from the manga.

    • boa_sting says:

      I’ve never seen the manga and haven’t been following Kyojin at all aside from the anime episodes.

      It could be off, but I thought it was a terribly obvious point, given how much they emphasize how you kill titans and now what we’ve seen of Eren-titan twice.

      • psgels psgels says:

        Ah, sorry. Sometimes it gets rather difficult to tell spoilers from the manga and people who are just really good at seeing these things apart. ^^;

  8. Anime Freak says:

    This episode is too gud!!!

    I love attack on titan. I WILL RESIST THE TEMPTATION of the manga!

  9. Anime Freak says:

    You all need to check out episode 11! :D

  10. Raye Peneber says:

    I think I’m gay for Armin, he’s still cute as a young man. Besides that tidbit, I’ve been staying out of reading comments since my discovery of this show. But dam, I cried 2-3 times in 10 episodes?

    This series is legendary. Best I’ve seen in at least 3 years. Love the art style, love how brutal things get, and so many characters are straight up likeable.

    Can someone let me know how many episodes we’re getting? I plan to support this show when it comes out on blue ray, and the amount of anime I have actually purchased I can count on 1 hand.

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  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:48 AM)
    @Emma: which moment is that?
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:26 AM)
    @Raggers : And in one moment, a rather disturbing development.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:24 AM)
    @Raggers: Actually, thinking it over you’ve got a point there, As I had said I’ve been marathoning re and come to think of it, it is more enjoyable to do so that way.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:24 AM)
    Oh, the priest? Yeah, definitely an awesome touch. Wonder how he feels about Amon’s death…
    Juuzou? I’d complain about Arima more, the guy is hax beyond belief. Juuzou was just a nutcase who was skilled with knives – and has pretty good development in the manga.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:21 AM)
    @Emma: I think the pacing thing isn’t a problem if read as a whole – that’s a bit like complaining about slow chapters in books if you read them week-by-week. For a story like Tokyo Ghoul week-by-week just isn’t a good way to read it, I don’t think.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 04:21 AM)
    Gah, Juuzou is one of those irksome shounen-esque characters that never sat all that well with me.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 04:17 AM)
    @Raggers: The part with that locked up ghoul who Amon went to meet up with who he had history with, that was a great moment for Amon’s character and it had a kind of silence of the lambs feel to it.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 04:14 AM)
    @Raggers: I found it generally unevenly paced.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 04:14 AM)
    @Raggers: The whole thing had its ups and downs for me, I loved the first four volumes,after the stuff with gourmet and mado was done with I found myself tiring of it but then got into it again after Kaneki broke down and snapped, then somewhere after the kanou reveal it started losing me again and the ending threw me off.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 03:31 AM)
    Out of interest, where do you feel the first manga went wrong? I may have missed its flaws since I marathoned it in ~8 hours.

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