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

And so the really long invasion arc has finally ended, and I must say that it did so with a bang. Eren in his titan form really looked gorgeous, and the creators did a really good job at bringing him to life there. Add that to an insert song that worked surprisingly well. Shingeki no Kyojin is obviously trying to be the epic of the year here, and well… they pretty much solidified that even more with this episode.

For a small while, there was hope in this episode. However, I also really enjoyedhow the aftermath brought everything back donwn to earth again, and to the series’ roots: despair. It did a really good job of showing exactly what kinds of sacrifices Eren had to make in order to carry out the plan of plugging up the hole in the gate, both with words, and emotions: every character was pretty much feeling the atmosphere and realized just what happened.

So after this there will be a recap, and from there on we’ll get to the second half of the series. With this the question will arise whether the creators will be able to get the entire story in, especially considering the manga hasn’t ended yet. For this there are three possibilities, I think: an anime original ending, the manga will end in a few months, or the series will be concluded in a movie of some sort. They all have their pros and cons.
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excellent)

23 Responses

  1. Mikey says:

    Well, considering the manga has catapulted itself to the number 2 best selling manga and the anime is projected to sell anywhere from 50 to 80 thousand blu-rays and DVDs, there is a fourth option in there.

  2. AidanAK47 says:

    It’s all downhill from here gentlemen…

    • gedata says:

      Why do you say this? Have you read the series? No spoilers please.

      • Puran says:

        I have and I sort of agree with Aidan.

        DISCLAIMER: There are of course some cool stuff that are going to happen, but the main problems from now on are:

        The manga starts beating around the bush a lot after this point. There are some twists but they are kind of meh and there are a couple of plot points that are fairly obvious, but the manga refuses to state them explicitly and thus the plot is kept from moving forward.

      • Huechi says:

        I’ve read the series, and I love where it’s going. There’s more world-building and research of titans, but it’s not answering much of the questions yet and the mysteries keep piling up.

    • scoutinglegion says:

      No way. Remember the SPOILERSPOILERSPOILERcatchSPOILERfemaleSPOILERtitanSPOILERarcSPOILERSPOILERSPOILERSPOILER? By far the best part of the manga.

      Though admittedly, things have become rather slow after that.

  3. MCAL says:

    I’ve no doubt it is.

  4. Emma-hime says:

    Aidan is correct, the series becomes dull, repetitive around here and starts going nowhere holding of too much on answers.

  5. armpits says:

    Aidan might be right, but sales of the manga have skyrocketed. And it has been the most viewed episode each week in the streaming community excluding one piece and bleach, so it will probably eventually do decent when its shipped out for sale overseas. I highly doubt an anime original ending is an option, unless they plan on pulling a FMA down the line.

  6. ani-freak says:

    well i think from what the creator mentioned to us i don’t think they have number of episodes set for the anime, and they said that the series will atleast run half-year so from what i get is that they’re probably thinking of adapting the manga until they run-out of chapters.

    http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-04-07/attack-on-titan-anime-to-run-for-half-a-year

  7. Meep says:

    I’m partially confused why he gave this episode a 5.5 and episode 11 a 6. I’m starting to think there isn’t much of a difference.

  8. Pafiume says:

    I’m surprised you’re not bothered by all the recap in the episodes and how it just kind of… didn’t feel like it was going anywhere during this Eren moves the rock back plan’s episodes. The latter part of the arc really drew on for me, but I suppose that’s my opinion. Anyway I’m excited to see it go on, but if it keeps drawing simple things out like people are saying it will that will be a shame. Especially if they have to artificially extend them more to “fit” the remaining episodes correctly.

  9. Pax says:

    For me there are only 2 possibilities regarding the ending of this series, either an original tv ending or they will end the anime at a point in the manga from where they can come back with another season. The manga ending soon is very unlikely imo, it is very popular.

  10. Trass says:

    Personally I can’t wait to listen to the second OP. Revo is going to do it again, and it’s definitely gonna be awesome.

  11. Rararame says:

    They’ll never get to the basement.

  12. VyseLegendaire says:

    This series isn’t going to end any time soon. The plot goes AWOL into Berserk territory from here on out.

  13. Trass says:

    So the single is out and apparently lots of people are hating it. I honestly think it was amazing. Well, granted it’s not something like your usual ‘normal’ j-pop/j-rock music. It’s just really REVO (Sound Horizon)’s style of making music. As well as many other music doujin circles’s

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  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 04:06 PM)
    @Bam, Well the three games were originally supposed to be one. But it turned out that the first two were bundled together and Alternative was made a separate release.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 08:38 AM)
    Jesus I never expected that doing a myanimelist/letterboxd account thing would be so hard. I’ve seen a scarily higher amount than I thought, its insanely hard to remember everything to add.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:17 AM)
    It seems then that the future of the franchise’s anime adaptations rests a bit on Schwarzesmarken’s success, which looking at the buzz doesn’t seem favourable at all. I doubt it can regain the lost audiences.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:14 AM)
    That would suggest that the author(s) had the foresight of including seemingly useless stuff that will come into play later. That’d be impressive if they did, as these kinda series are make-it-as-you-go.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:59 AM)
    It’s difficult to put into words but essentially while the first game isn’t good, it does work as a tool for introducing and endearing you to the characters. Then Unlimited sets down the rules of the new world. And finally alternative proceeds to kick your ass into next Tuesday.
    That’s sort of why I don’t think it would have the same effect if it was an anime. VNs allow you to get a more personal connection with the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:55 AM)
    It’s not quite the same. It’s more like there are things in extra which seem insignificant but turn out to play an important role later. It wouldn’t really work the same if you did it in reverse order. Character history is a bit different too as each game is essentially an alternate universe. The character histories in extra are different from those in alternative.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:38 PM)
    And also remember how Darker Than Black had a big jump between the main series and Gemini of the Meteor. They later made a 4 episode OVA that covered the gap, and although you knew the outcome it was still entertaining; or at least more than the Gemini one. There’s merit to non-linear chronology and storytelling, but it is usually very hard to pull. The audience is intrigued by secrets that can later be uncovered, although in anime the pay-off is not always substantial.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:32 PM)
    I don’t know, the audience usually only needs very limited information to figure out dynamics and histories between the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:27 PM)
    A 13 episode series would work for the second title unlimited. But Alternative is a pretty long visual novel. You need at least two cours to give it justice. Making extra an OVA could work but you do need it for alternative. But it’s not an optional part of the trilogy. It needs to be read first, so that events later have a greater impact. Personally I am not even sure Muv Luv can even work in another medium.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:12 PM)
    That might compress things, but I think a good screen-writer can fit pretty much any VN in 12-14 episodes (covering just the main route).

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