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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  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 08:50 PM)
    *for.
    Also I finished out Amanes route in Grisaia and am genuinely pleased with how it rounded out as being/capped off.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 08:49 PM)
    Shame they can’t be relied on from anything else however.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 08:48 PM)
    Ah, .hack bee-train can always be relied on for good music.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 08:48 PM)
    I recently rewatched petite cossette actually and it still holds up for me as an atmospheric, creepy and trippy and dreamy macabre story I wish Shinbo was still that good.
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 08:44 PM)
    As much as I love .Hack’s score, I can’t help but feel that Le Portrait de Petit Cossette has Kajiura’s best score.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 07:37 PM)
    I will agree that the tsundre archtype should have been Rin and not Kugimiya pseudo-lolita’s, far less irritating, less of a love/hate thing for me. That said I don’t care all that much for finding the personalities of fiction characters all that attractive, it tends to be the character designs, more often I end up wanting to black eye most tsundere characters, actually alot of characters.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 07:32 PM)
    And I also read that “realistic tsundere manga” I believe I mentioned it a few times on here, I never really got into reading it, can’t really remember the title.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 07:30 PM)
    I rather like Yuki Kaijura’s music for fate/zero, don’t care about kara no kyokai’s soundtrack, madoka or sword arts much.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:55 PM)
    @Gedata: God they didn’t even research it correctly.
    In regards to clannad theres an example of one which I retrospectively am more critical of and find the drama remarkably silly in parts.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:38 PM)
    @gedata: For my own sanity after a while I began skimming episodes and following flawfinders posts here and there.
    @Vincent: Must rewatch that one and flags of our fathers sometime, need to get round to soldier of orange also.

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