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.


    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:


  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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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 09:02 PM)
    One-Punch Man’s pilot was almost adapted flawlessly. It straight up uses the manga panels as it’s main storyboard, but added just enough new touches to improve the action instead of ruining it. Now let’s see how they animate the mosquitos and all the lasers for the next episode.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 08:57 PM)
    And that’s why Madhouse is one of the few respectable studios left. I thought that they will be seriously diminished after Masao Maruyama took some of its key members and funded MAPPA, but One-Punch Man showed that they are still one of the best in the business.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 08:51 PM)
    @Kaiser The anime industry isn’t advanced enough in CG to make it look good, is all it is.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:51 PM)
    @K-off: Your not wrong, it certainly looks poor but some of the old gonzo animated stuff was far more woeful looking. Stellvia, which was done by xebec was another example of old anime cgi which was quite ugly to look at. Just as I prefer traditional effects in film I also prefer traditional animation techniques to cg.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:42 PM)
    Lately, the use of badly integrated cgi have been making my eyes sore,from the obviously cgi background characters in Asterisk to the overly fluid mech movements in Aldnoah. I still remember the shitty cgi piano hands in Kimi no Uso.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 12:04 AM)
    On the note of good balance between humor and drama- I think BoJack Horseman is an example of a show that executed that almost perfectly in both seasons. You are laughing one minute and amused by the hijinks and silliness and the next minute you are actually moved and shocked by the honest introspection. Too be honest BoJack is more a tragic character then a goofy one, and his struggles are deeper and more existential than they have any business being in a show with anthropomorphic animals.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:56 PM)
    The changes in the setting actually made me more excited for season 3 then what I felt the past few weeks, since now the plot needs to move forward from the cliffhanger and hopefully this translates to more cohesion and refocusing on what mad the show great in the first place. I’m pretty sure S3 will also be a blend of episodic and arch story elements tho. Overall a few ups and downs but still a great show.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:52 PM)
    The finale also had some of the most overall arch story elements featured in the season. Earth joining the Galactic Federation is a big deal story-wise from now on. Also the use of a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” (not the Nine Inch Nails one clearly) was a nice fitting yet surprising touch. The throwback to Mr. PB after the credits was a good idea, but felt flat in it’s actual execution.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:49 PM)
    I thought R&M had a pretty good finale. The episode achieved what was missing from most of season 2, and that was a balance of randomness and meaningful bits. What made Rick Potion #9 and the previous season’s finale and general tone great was a sense of humor that was combined with more sincere drama and character developments; a sort of sweet melancholy.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 09:51 PM)
    @K-off, not having too much trouble with the interface but I still cannot create categories.

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