Posted by psgels on 27 July 2013 with categories: Shingeki no Kyojin

After the first big action-oriented arc, Shingeki no Kyojin is in its intermezzo arc: the arc that does not focus on action, but instead is aimed at exploring the background of something, in this case the titans. Arcs like these don’t have action: they can’t depend on flashy graphics or fast-paced entertainment to keep the viewer busy, so their subject material really needs to be interesting here more than ever now.

Many series before have attempted to first show enemies as ruthless monsters, only to show a bit of humanity into them. My experience told me that this is very hard to really do well. The obvious solution would be to just hint that these beings also have some sort of humanity in them. Gargantia did that for example, but that was way too quick to really come of as convincing, especially how they used it. Shingeki no Kyojin has an intersesting approach here, by using this nutcase of a character really well.

This is new: a character who is so desperate to see the titans from a different angle. She’s fully aware of what they did, yet she forces herself to bond with the titans she caught, even though there are no hints whatsoever that they’re actually taking note of her and recognizin her. It’s like herding a bunch of amnesiac tigers, only ten times worse. And this actually worked.

In one way, Eren is a great main character. I mean, there is not much to his character, but as an observer he works quite well: he’s hardly ever in control of the situation, which gives the side cast tons of different oppotunities to shine and show themselves off. You way too often have these main characters who try to hog all of the spotlights, but he stays very surprisingly away from that.

Also, that final sentence of the episode intrigued me.
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excellent)

14 Responses

  1. gjerioagj says:

    I don’t know…the show seems to be getting more and more boring. What happened to the “more despair than Berserk” slogan?

    • Meep says:

      Comes in 1 to 3 episodes from now.

      • gjerioagj says:

        I read the manga already…even the manga is getting boring…

        • Meep says:

          then drop it.

        • asas says:

          Nah the manga is getting better, it was having a lull for a time when the author was trying to figure out what he wanted to do with a story (and wrote himself out of the corner he wrote himself into earlier) I have a feeling that he’ll be able to finish the whole story by the time the series would be done with a 4 cour season (50+ eps)kinda like FMA brotherhood. They may take a break for 6 months in the anime or something then come back to it, but I feel that the way the manga is going, the guy has “his mojo” back.

          @meep, seems like you’re mad that someone has an opinion that’s different than yours. You might want to check that out.

    • Martin says:

      Agreed. This anime is pretty much boring at this point. The last few episodes were yawny at best.

    • Rararame says:

      “more despair than Berserk” slogan

      Only in Jean’s head. There’s a lot of despair in Jean’s head. Jean’s head is boring as hell by the way.
      Not sure if the guy in charge got the memo that this wasn’t a 100+ episodes shonen show or that the manga just translate very poorly to anime.

  2. Annapr says:

    I’m kinda excited now :)
    The anime is heading to the best arc in the manga, and I really hope that they will take things a bit slower with this. The manga is very action packed, but things tend to end too quickly.

  3. Sobakus says:

    I think the series does everything right at this point. It needs some time to introduce the characters, the world they’re living. I don’t mind if that takes time.. By the way Hanji turned out to be a likable character. :) Unexpected…

  4. Doodle says:

    There seems to be a formula of build-up, then action arc, then build-up again as we explore the fallout. I quite like it, it allows for more world-building then your typical shonen series. Plus when the carnage happens it has more impact.

  5. WatcherZero says:

    I got the opposite impression, that they were dehumanising the Titans after the last arc, showing that their not just simple transformed humans like the title charachter, that they dont feel pain or have intelligence.

    • Sobakus says:

      May be Eren would turn into that too if he would stay too long in his “Titan Mode”. May be that’s that happened with the other titans.

  6. Zack says:

    This show deserved a far higher rating. It is one of the first few shows in a while that actually drove a decent plot without inconsistanties in writing. Other then truly enjoying how the side characters are used I enjoy the sense that humanity is truly at the ednge of exintion. Every momment feels important. This is somthing for your typical anime. A must watch and I hope there will be a 2nd season. (26+ episods)

    • asas says:

      in comparison to other shows this season(or last season. . .or even last last season) then yeah. . .personally I think most of the other shows should be rated a lot lower than they are now like at 1 or 2. as there are just a lot of abysmal shows out now.

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 04:46 AM)
    @Kaiser: so far it’s good. I’ve been hearing the buzz but I wished someone had nodged me to watch it sooner.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 04:42 AM)
    You’ve reminded me Bam that I’d been meaning to pick up ash vs the evil dead sometime.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 04:39 AM)
    @Kaiser: the remake was still pretty entertaining, but it lost the silly comedy edge the series was known for. I still think that the 2nd film had the most unique and prominent voice of its own, and all of that is present in the new series’ pilot. If anything Raimi cranked it up a couples of notches here and there.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 04:35 AM)
    There was a mean spirited feel to the remake I found pretty appealling.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 04:27 AM)
    @Kaiser: the original Evil Dead was playing the horror genre straight, but it had a strata of slap-stick that was partially unintended. With Evil Dead 2 he doubled down on the strange horror/comedy dynamic and it became fantastic. Army of Darkness was very entertaining, but it strayed very far from the series’ roots. The remake was only produced by Raimi, while he got back on the writer/director chair for the pilot of the new series, and proved that he still got it sharp as ever.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 04:19 AM)
    Then again I believe Raimi was fairly involved with the remake.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 04:18 AM)
    The remake as far as remakes go should have been worse but it worked much better than I would have thought and I say this as someone who hates reboots/remakes.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 04:16 AM)
    @Bam: I’ve only partially seen the first evil dead but I don’t think its aged well, the second one I’ve seen and its hugely entertaining later on but its army of darkness that was the most enjoyable of the three for me.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 03:47 AM)
    Wow Ash Vs the Evil Dead 01 was a blast; I really should’ve gotten into this sooner. I was smiling thru most of it, either because it was funny or slap-stick gory, or because it was a blast to see that Sam Raimi still got it. I guess the only time that Evil Dead works is when he’s involved. Seeing Bruce Campbell again with the chainsaw was a treat which I didn’t know I needed in my life.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 10:31 PM)
    I’m trying not to get my hopes up however, given that it wouldn’t be surprising if he gave us another filler chapter like he did with that pointless flashback.

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