Posted by psgels on 20 June 2013 with categories: Shingeki no Kyojin

It’s probably no mistake that I love series that know their build-up; the series that really manage to prepare, and use this preparation, rather than just going into random directions. Shingeki no Kyojin showed with this episode that it really knows its build-up. The climax of this episode was amazing, and in a very different way from what you usually see.

Nearly the entire episode was about hope: trying to convince everyone in this series that the best course of action would be to send Eren to plug up the hole in Wall Maria. There were a lot of uncertainties, and so the characters had to resort to using hope: this can work. There were so many people in doubts in this episode. If it works, then this will be the first time mankind has ever won from the titans. This will turn the tide and we can actually start to fight back with Eren that way. It will be worth all of the sacrifices! And then Eren just started to smash in random walls. Oh, the despair! It was awesome.

As for the budget, this episode showed that this is really a manga adaptation: there were quite a few still frames, that looked like they came right out of the manga. And that, combined with some beautiful money-shots of Eren and Mikasa flying through the city. It’s clear that the best animator of this week’s episode worked on that city, and it’s the kind of action scene that really is unique to this anime.
Rating: 6/8 (Awesome)

12 Responses

  1. DmonHiro says:

    Wrong. He didn’t smash a random wall.
    He attacked Mikasa. MUCH worse.

  2. Dasts says:

    Such a terrible pace…

  3. aline says:

    And look at all those beautiful clouds. I love the lightning in this series!

  4. TheUltimateReaper says:

    I can’t get enough of this show.

  5. gan says:

    I don’t know if it’s just me, but these days psgels’ reviews seem to be getting a little sloppy…it’s like,how you explain it…not the same as how it used to be earlier. Maybe because of real life issues, he is not getting much time for blogging, which I can understand; keeping up with so many shows and at the same time writing quality reviews for each.

    I don’t know if people will agree with me, instead of doing an episode by episode review, psgels, you should do an overall quality review after a series ends, highlighting the plus and minus which will be better.

  6. eternia says:

    The real animator of Production IG worked on the houses and Titan fights.
    The manga assistants worked on the rest of them. Hence why there are a lot of still frames / pictures.
    :-D

  7. Rararame says:

    They really should focus on animating things rather than hiding all that misery with filter saturated overly detailed shots of the sky that are more distracting than the characters themselves. They even reused animation from previous episodes. Terrible pacing as usual.

  8. JGrey says:

    They sure are milking it for all it’s worth.

    Hopefully , the action gonna start next episode.

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  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 02:53 AM)
    I think maybe the last gorefest anime that came out in recent years would be Blood C but as fubar as the action was and hit a note with me through them, the show itself was largely boring.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 02:51 AM)
    @Bam: Devilman is getting another reboot, I don’t know how to feel about that, that manga and those old ovas were intense/entertaining.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 02:49 AM)
    @Bam: That old 80s cobra film, with its nutty plot and Osamu Dezaki-esque visuals =)
    I found it darling/endearing =)
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 02:47 AM)
    @Bam: Man, oh man did I love the hell out of ninja scroll watching it in my teens =)
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 02:46 AM)
    you name any late 80s/early 90s anime film or OVA and chances are that either me or Emma have seen or heard about it.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 02:43 AM)
    @Aries: no we have frequently talked about AWNA here. That is another Kawajiri 90s classic, but this one unfortunately flew under most people’s radars. This is yet another post-apocalyptic story but with some unique twists. It might look and feel a bit dated, but the premise still holds enough originality to charm the modern viewers if given a chance.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 02:36 AM)
    @Airies: Myself and Bam have seen that. It has the grit that only old anime of the time could, condensed, fast, crammed pacing that actually works for me in a movie while the plot manages to be salvaged and still enjoyable, I liked the world it was set in/backstory.
  • Aires
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 02:07 AM)
    has anyone seen “A wind named Amnesia”?? First time I’ve heard of it
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 02:01 AM)
    Can’t exactly get much Sakura Matou here can I, have to wait for heavens feel, I honestly found her the character I was emotionally attached to in the fate verse for…spoilers.
    Overall so far I’m giving this a 2/5.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 02:01 AM)
    On the plus side the animations solid, I got a genuine kick out of Shinji having his ass handed to him, Archers a pretty cool guy, charismatic, I like at least his sense of wit and his put downs of Shirou, I always found Caster a genuinely enjoyable character and I generally thought she stole the scenes that she was in. Don’t give a toss about most of the other servants/characters in this adaptation

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