Posted by psgels on 25 June 2013 with categories: Shingeki no Kyojin

I have to give props to the soundtrack guy: Hiroyuki Sawano. It’s the guy who also did the soundtrack for Ao no Exorcist and Sengoku Basara, but I think that he really delivered his best work so far with Shingeki no Kyojin. Especially this episode showed how powerful the soundtrack in this series can be: it’s epic, yet unique. The big danger with those epic coundtracks is to just throw in lots of bombast and choirs. It sounds great, but all those soundtracks start to sound the same! Here it’s not the case though.

This episode contained such a fine piece of atmosphere building. I mean, Shingeki no Kyojin is all about despair: screwing over humanity as much as possible, while not turning it into a one-sided slaughter by providing pieces of hope. Eren may have turned into that giant, but this entire episode just kept reminding us that things would’t be so easy. Heck, Eren was out-cold for the entire thing, leaving everything to the side-characters to clean things up for him. This makes him quite a unique main character: yes, he has the power fitting of a main character, but this is more and more turning into Mikasa and Armin’s story.

Seriously, a character like Armin… in normal stories he’d perhaps get one crowning moment of awesome. Here, he just keeps struggling! And that’s the beauty of this series: everyone is fighting for their lives in a way that hasn’t been done for a very long while. I’m getting flashbacks to Blue Gender, only with much better production-values and much more bombast. This season may be small, but the series that stand out really stand out here!
Rating: 6/8 (Awesome)

26 Responses

  1. Meep says:

    OST is going to be released in like 4 or 3 days.

  2. WatcherZero says:

    For me the pacing for this arc seems a bit off, too drawn out compared to the previous arcs and the transition from short arcs to one really really long one has been jarring.

    • aaaaaaaaaa says:

      I’m with you. The pacing of this arc has just been too slow. It has been bad enough where it really hurt my enjoyment of the show.

  3. Arno says:

    Hi Psgels,

    Could you please explain what the guy in your bottom-rigth image is doing ?

  4. TheUltimateReaper says:

    I have no complaints. This anime is everything an anime should be, and for me, brings me back to the excitement I first had when first getting into anime.

  5. Spring Season 2013 Preview says:

    5 6/8 (Awesome)s in a row

  6. B0Mb0y says:

    Yeah Hiroyuki Sawano! He did the epic soundtracks for Gundam UC…and umm Guilty Crown. I really love the soundtracks added in when the soldiers are zipping across the city with the 3D Maneuver Gear.

    Though I’m not really pleased with the pacing of the current arc, from what I’ve heard the manga itself tends to drag on some parts, and the anime is barely adapting 1 chapter per episode. Guess they have to drag it out abit for 2-cour so as not to overtake the manga.

    • Reihsn says:

      well, chapter 12 of the anime = chapter 13 of the manga so…
      they’ll get to around chapter 28-30 of the manga by the time the anime finishes (it’ll be 26 chapter long if i’m not mistaken) so yeah, not sure if that’s the reason.

  7. Superjaded says:

    I wish Eren had stayed dead.

    I was excited and frightened, because I thought anyone could get eaten. I really felt humanity’s helpless despair. I cried when Eren sacrificed himself to save Armin. I was looking forward to Mikasa becoming the main protagonist, and I was looking forward to seeing how Eren’s death would change her and motivate her. But when Eren and Mikasa were reunited, I just felt cold. It felt too easy. I no longer felt the fear and despair of the earlier episodes.

    I thought this was going to be the Game of Thrones of shonen, where genre expectations were reversed and nobody was safe, but instead we have “OUR HERO HAS SPECIAL POWERS! HE IS OUR ONLY HOPE!” like in every other shonen anime. I was looking forward to seeing ordinary humans overcome the titan threat, but now we have Eren piloting Unit-01 from Evangelion.

    If I was fourteen again, and this was my first shonen, I would declare this the best anime ever. But I’m no longer on the edge of my seat. I really am jaded, but I am truly happy for all the people who are seeing this show with fresh eyes. It’s good to see people this excited for a show like this. It’s good for the industry.

    I find the art, lighting, architecture, and design of the titans to be absolutely wonderful. This is a gorgeous show, with a great atmosphere, and I will watch it to its completion.

    • Vonter says:

      Yeah tonal shift definitely. I don’t think the decision was bad but I think they used this card too soon, it kinda dumbs down the 3D maneuver combat they are using.

    • Rich says:

      I too wish Eren stayed dead. I felt like this was going to be my favorite anime of all times after Eren got eaten. I loved the despair, clever twists, and hopelessness. Now we got a kid that can just poof up a Titan out of thin air.

      Was really looking forward to a focus on Mikasa.

      Oh well, still a good show. But ever since Eren returned the episodes have just gotten long and drawn out. The characters will sit around for like 10-15 mins and ponder their current situation (like when Eren took forever to answer was he Human a few episodes back)

      • JaK says:

        oh lol u think this is drawn out? w8 till they reach the final arc for the anime :D which is still ongoing in manga and dragging on like hell [ example latest chapter 46 - just 4 people talking for 46 pages and u know what we still have no idea about titan origins yay :| ]

        • Puran says:

          We don’t know the titan origins? I think it’s pretty clear what they are, even only going by what the anime has shown so far.

          The manga REALLY avoids telling it explicitly though (maybe because then the plot will have to move forward!).

          • JaK says:

            origins as in what is their “home” “he” kept talking about? why all this happened? and whats in the basement for crying out loud :(

    • Spring Season 2013 Preview says:

      I quit when I figured out he was still alive. I already didn’t like it much, but the death of the main character could’ve redeemed it for me. Oh well.

      • jonas says:

        Seemingly doomed character coming back as hardened badasses, is a common trick of horror fiction, watch the Walking Dead (or Army of Darkness) if you don´t believe me.

        The same goes for Armin finding his place in the group, and the slow but intense pace, with lots of cliffhangers.

    • Mormegil says:

      If you’re jaded by shonen, Hunter x Hunter is perfect for you.

  8. Rararame says:

    I guess the day Eren picks the boulder will be a 9/8 (To Infinity and Beyond).

  9. dsdsds says:

    Because the message box buried my message too quickly: Psgels, are you going to review the last 3 OVAs of Otona Joshi no Anime Time?

  10. WatcherZero says:

    Looks like 14 is going to be a recap episode.

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  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 03:46 AM)
    And yet again at the end of the day Akane failed to do what’s the most important ethical thing to do and left people to possibly die instead of judging Sybil herself. I think the reason her psycho pass is clear might be out of stupidity.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 03:43 AM)
    @Emma: The plot was not only a mess but also incredibly flawed and contrived. Why would Sybil need to have to delete seemingly random brains considering that the are all supposedly asympttmatic to begin with? And if so then they should’ve done this a long time ago.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 03:40 AM)
    *This was
  • Emma
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 03:37 AM)
    One thing I forgot to say regarding earlier complaints about the second psychopass season is that you have people who were getting lost in regards to what was going on in the plot due to what a mess it was.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 03:35 AM)
    The was a pretty awful, although expected turn in the latest two brynhildr chapters regarding Hatsuna and the tonal jump in the latest chapter was terrible.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 03:34 AM)
    Yup Psycho Pass 2 finale was just as underwhelming as you lot say, so now I share the sentiment. Even the 1st season’s wrap up wasn’t all that satisfying so they kinda suck at that, but this just felt like they gave up trying tho.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 02:57 AM)
    I have heard of directors admitting bullshit before, Von Trier is said to have done so and I love the ground that man walks on.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 02:56 AM)
    @Emma: yeah, he mentioned that many elements of NGE where simply for visual flair or to elicit a response from the viewer, which to me is fine.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 02:55 AM)
    And both of you have a point about the power fantasy thing. Would also like to add here that a writer, writing is essentially a power fantasy to an extent as he or she essentially is elevated to the position of a God that has full control over their own world and characters.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 02:52 AM)
    Has Anno mentioned himself that he knows when he’s just messing around?
    Also I like his wife’s works a fair bit and more.

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