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Attack on Titan 2 – Episode 4

REACTION – In this episode, we are finally given some sort of answer when it comes to what happened in the castle before the Scouts were attacked by Titans and what is the deal with Ymir.

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The scouts were resting up for the night. The castle tower was full of contraband and the scouts helped to themselves. What’s really interesting was when Reiner interrogating Ymir about “what does this mean?” – the scene where we ended off last episode.

Ymir was scavenging a box and said that it was full of canned herring. But here’s the best part – how does she know it was herring? The canned good was labeled in another language.

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Then the Titans attack, surprisingly, in the dead of night. The scouts going all out in eliminating the attacking Titans whilst unarmed soldiers were trying their best to hold off the attack however they can.

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Reiner being a bad-arse and just went on by himself to barricade the castle tower’s doors. After being his arm being bitten, Reiner gave it his all to carry the small Titan in an attempt to throw it off the tower along with him.

Berholdt was somehow suspicious throughout this episode – dropping remarks as Reiner was “more of a warrior back then.” What does that mean? Is that hinting that Reiner has something up his sleeve that even he doesn’t know?

What was horrendous in the episode was how each of the armed scouts were getting picked off one-by-one. They all died hideous deaths – the guy who found booze was desperately trying to find that beer bottle before he died but when he found one, it was empty. Pretty hilarious when he remarked “Who the hell drank this?” as he was caught by a Titan.

Ymir, Connie, Christa, Reiner, and Berholdt were the ones remaining in the tower.

Ymir started going around that she’d fight with Connie’s knife and jumped off the edge of the tower. Only to transform to a titan. Yep, kind of expected for me but man, what a way to reveal it.

Throughout the entire episode, there was a lot of hinting and foreshadowing which leads me to a lot of theories for the next events and all that.

This episode was quite enjoyable. It’s slowly kicking the series into full overdrive and I can’t wait for the next episode.

 

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Review: Attack on Titan 2 – Episode 1

REVIEW – Shingeki no Kyojin, or more famously known as Attack on Titan, just released the first episode of the series’ second season. Every fan has waited for a very long time to watch this anime series once more.

Although some people in the community were very displeased to hear that the second season would have a twelve-episode cour, the first episode’s release was met with excitement.

As for this writer, it was a much more… meh kind-of episode.

The second season’s first episode recalled to the events after that whole fist-fight between Annie and Eren, as well as what happened to the rest of the Survey Corps twelve hours prior that time.

The first episode focused on the 104th Survey Corps as they were defending against the titans who broke through Wall Rose twelve hours prior the events caused by the whole Annie and Eren carnage.

The Survey Corps split into four compass groups to warn the near villages as their Squad Leader, Mike (second to Levi), was buying them time and holding off the titans advance. Died, of course, quite horribly.

I find the whole interaction between the newly-introduced Beast Titan and Mike quite entertaining. It captures the whole emotion of fear around Mike as he grasps the situation: “Holy sh*t, this titan can speak Japanese?”

It also appears that the Beast Titan has the capability to control and order around the lesser and unintelligible titans. Quite similar to how Annie Leonhardt does it as the female titan but in a much more direct sense – literally telling them to do this and that.

The episode ends off with the big guys: Eren, Mikasa, Erwin, Levi and friends responding to the whole attack.

For me, this whole episode was showing nothing new other than the existence of the Beast Titan. It felt more like a recap of the previous season’s events and how it will lead to the events next episode.

Overall, it was a pretty disappointing episode for me. I was expecting some sort of thrill and excitement but it came out as a slow paced episode.

I hope the next episodes will pick up faster than this one.