Posted by psgels on 14 July 2013 with categories: Shingeki no Kyojin

This was a type of episode that you really don’t see often: a courtroom episode. It’s felt like ages since the previous one popped up, because it’s very specific: nearly an entire episode being set in a courtroom, and the conclusion of the episode being the conclusion of the judge. For this type of episode, it was fairly straightforward: should Eren be killed or not. But really: a battle of arguments without any big action scenes in this series? That worked out really well.

This episode showed a bit more insight about the politics in this series: the different forces that control the last settlements of humanity, and the way they presented their arguments, and reacted in this episode showed a lot about who the are in general and what they behave like. They are one-dimensional stereotypes, so this was not an episode for the characters, but rather it was one for the setting. And still, I love how Eren tried to defend himself, and Mikasa really got the chance to show a weak side of her. That’s actually very important because of how god-moded she threatened to become. That black-haired guy has the same problem by the way, but he at least has his arrogance that prevents him from becoming the perfect character.

Also, is it me, or is there a new soundtrack? I at least think that I haven’t heard these tracks before. In any caes the OP and ED are definitely new. The OP actually looks gorgeous. The visuals are even better than the first. I do get the feeling though, that the song they used for it was originally composed for something like 5 minutes, and the 90-second version feels like this hastily cut-together version of this. Try to focus on one part of the song, rather than try and stuff everything in it. They did that right with the ED, but there I’m not a big fan of the song.
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excellent)

10 Responses

  1. Meep says:

    Meep. Black Haired Guy. I’m pretty sure it’s still the same OST.

  2. Ramdon says:

    They made a really bad decision to drop the first OP song. IT WAS SO GOOD ¬¬

    • mirtika says:

      Big mistake. The original song was one of those fun, blood-pumping things that created a meme, even, over on youtube. I like the new visuals, but the new opening theme sucks. The ending theme is very good. So far, two excellent closing songs. I’m kinda bummed about having to listen to that crappy song every week now…. Maybe I’ll turn the volume down and just play the original OP to it. hah.

  3. yy says:

    I loled immensely during the courtroom scene, mostly because I’ve been watching many a courtroom scene in currently airing Korean drama called “I Hear Your Voice.” Judge me not, because it’s pretty fucking addicting.

    Anyway, I steamrolled through fourteen episodes the past two days, and I’m glad that this series lives up to its hype. It seems that every KPOP idol band and their mothers are watching this show loool

  4. Trass says:

    By the way for your information psgels, the OP really is just one part of the song, and it for sure wasn’t hastily cut and put together to fit the tv size. The full song is even more diverse (it even has parts from the first OP!) You can listen to the full version here http://tindeck.com/listen/jalx

  5. ServantOfPriss says:

    I’ve been less and less enthusiastic about this show since episode 7, but this was a bit better.

    New OP sucks.

    Levy a shit.

  6. Annapr says:

    We’re getting close to the best arc in the manga, in my opinion. I’m really looking forward to seeing it in the anime, since things in the comic tend to move a bit to fast for my tastes.

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  • Bam
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 01:40 AM)
    @Ninja: Flay I believe was meant to be antagonized, specially pass the 2nd act. As for Makoto, I never had the displeasure of watching School Days.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 12:56 AM)
    Does any one remember Utauwerumono on here? I can recall some of its arcs were quite watchable, had an actually intelligent, adult male lead. Animation could have been alot better if I recall correctly, ending was a mess however.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 12:50 AM)
    @Emma: ooooh Velvet Glove looks trippy! Will do, thx.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 12:15 AM)
    @Bam: Try Black hole and Like a velvet glove cast in iron.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 12:12 AM)
    @Realist: I believe so yes as far as I remember she hated the co-ordinators, she was pretty much an outright racist and representative of that theme in the show.
  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 11:48 PM)
    @Emma But do you think Flay was intended to be hated?
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 11:32 PM)
    I reckon flays name is a good indication of what should be done to her. Makoto I still see, for as a how much a guilty pleasure classic school days as unique among harem lead male characters.
  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 11:05 PM)
    @Bam lol, but let me ask, in what category would you place a character like Flay from Gundam Seed or Makoto from School Days?
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 11:03 PM)
    @Ninja: well to each his own.
    In regards to the virtue of hated characters it is important to distinguish between characters that are meant to be hated (Griffith) and the characters that are unintentionally resented (Kirito).
  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 10:41 PM)
    @Emma Even though, like most people, I’m often frustrated by her consistently poor decision making with narratives (this is really her fatal flaw) I love most of her characters although I admit she’s written some of my most hated characters. But strong negative feelings towards characters can also be a sign of good writing.

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