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Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) – Episode 23: Recap and Review

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All about Annie. I was right the female titan is Annie (not that this matters), but I feel good about myself. This episode featured no action and somehow I felt like it did. The episode had slow pacing but, it was very effective in setting the tone. This episode seemed to be designed to explain Annie and her motivation.  The complexity of the characters were shown in this episode. Annie’s view on humanity, Marlow’s attempt to end corruption and Armin’s hope that he was wrong about Annie. Armin show’s of his intellect once again but it wasn’t enough to fool Annie. 

Eren shows his naive mindset when he seems unwilling to believe that Annie is a titan. Mikasa being bad ass was having none of it. She was ready, willing and able to put Annie down. I had to watch this episode twice to get all the little details (like the ring). Overall, this episode showed why Attack on Titan is an unbelievably good anime. So did you think Annie was the Titan? Where you impressed by Armin’s intellect? What about Annie’s philosophy on humanity? Does she make any sense?

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Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) – Episode 22: Recap and Review

The Defeated: 57th Expedition Beyond the Walls

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Can this weeks episode top last weeks? What are Mikasa and Levi (two of the best soldiers so far) capable of doing and how would they do it? Those were some of the question I was waiting all week to be answered. We all knew Levi was skilled but to be able to singled handily take down an intelligent titan was amazing. I love Mikasa her love for Eren is admirable but she could have ruined Levi’s plan with her single mindedness. She needs to get a clearer head. The return home was rather daunting with the families of the dead soldiers being existed to see the family members again. Knowing that they were killed and being reminded that they had families was somber.


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This reality prompted many of the soldiers to ask “How long will I live” or “How will I died”. Levi further showed his realist view of death or lack of sentiment when two soldiers pleaded with Commander Erwin to retrieve their comrades body. He told them that ” whether you have the body, dead is dead”. Dieter, one of those soldiers question whether Levi or Erwin ” have any human feelings at all”. Dieter being sentimental decided to get his friends body resulting in a bad situation. After, Levi showed that he did remember his fallen comrades by keeping a piece of their uniforms which he gave to Dieter.


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Petra father talking so happily about his daughter was truly was the most heart breaking moment (I instantly thought of her brutal death). This episode didn’t feature a great deal of action but I think it was appropriate. This series is a great at creating engrossing narrative and building a supportive atmosphere. This episode manage to open with intense action then seamlessly shift into more depressing tone while maintain the series quality. Simply another great episode. So did you enjoy this episode like the last? Was it as sad for you as it was for me? What do you think of Levi’s  sympathy?

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Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) – Episode 21: Recap and Review

Crushing Blow: 57th Expedition Beyond the Walls

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I feel like every week each episode of Attack on Titan is better than the last. I might be a prisoner of the moment considering I just finished watching this latest episode but EPIC. Simply EPIC. There’s no denying in my opinion that this is hands down the best episode of the series. The episode feels short because it was so engrossing. The animation in this episode was beautifully rendered as well. After killing Gunter the traitor transforms into her titan form (making my heart skip a little) and cuing in the kick ass music.

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The remaining members of “Levi Squad” decided to fight the female titan in order to facilitate Eren’s escape. I instantly though this seemed like a bad idea but they went for it. Levi’s squad impressed me with their skill set, quickly gaining the upper hand by blinding the female titan and then proceeding to cut the tendons in her arms (leaving her neck exposed). I wasn’t so naive to believe that the actually would kill the female titan but i was still curious as to how the female titan would escape. She didn’t disappoint continuing her brutal assault. While I’m not a invested in Levi Squad as characters I grew to like them and the deaths made me cringe a little.

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Eren devastated draws the correct conclusion that had he transformed sooner he might have been able to save all his comrades. The climax of this episodes was Eren verses the Female titan. Despite Eren’s determination his fighting was a bit rabid and uncoordinated. The female titan (who I still believe is Anna) seems to be more skilled. Eren seems to have more power but the female titan has better evasion. Eren’s rage is paramount, the fight is brutal and Eren (titan body) ends up decapitated and the female titan swallows Eren (yes swallows).

Witnessing this Misaka leaps into action trying to free Eren. Misaka is simply BAD ASS but her skills weren’t good enough to free him. She’s joined by Levi who tells her to wait as the female titan seems to tire. Maybe together they might be able to save Eren? So is this the best episode so far? Are you afraid to get too attached to the characters? What are your favorite moments? Will Eren and Levi be enough?

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Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) – Episode 20: Recap and Review

Erwin Smith: 57th Expedition Beyond the Walls, Part 4

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Another week another EPIC Attack on Titan. Attack on Titan never seems to disappoint me. This episode featured everything that makes this series great. The episode featured good animation, action, mystery, intrigued, tension and a plot twist. We learn a little bit about the female titans abilities. She has the ability to harden her skin much like the armored titan. With a primal scream she seems to have the ability to command lesser minded titans. Commander Erwin suspected that someone in the rookie class is helping the titans or is the female titan.

It was also revealed that the spy is most likely responsible for killing sonny and bean. Armin explains the commanders shrewd mindset and his willingness to sacrifice soldiers for the greater good. He explains that “anyone who can’t sacrifice anything, can’t ever change anything”. The episode ends with Gunter’s brutal death at the hands of the “traitor”. For some reason I found it worst for the traitor to kill a solider while human as opposed to doing so while in titan form. So what do you think was the episode well balanced ? How do you feel about Commander Erwin’s willingness to sacrifice? Have figured out who the female titan is?

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Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) – Episode 18 & 19: Recap and Review

Forest of Giant Trees: 57th Expedition Beyond the Walls, Part 2

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Continuing from where the last episode left off Armin, Reiner and Jean are left with only one horse as the female titan heads towards Eren. They’re rescued by Christa who has several horses with her. Much like the previous episode the “Female Titan” was the highlight of this episode. The Female Titan engages in battle with four soldiers. They attempt to attack simultaneously expecting that even an intelligent Titan couldn’t counter. She jumps crushing two of the soldiers. The most jarring kill comes when she kills the third solider by spinning him by his wire.

The fourth solider attempts to escape to no avail she quickly kills him. Who ever this Titan is her cruelty seems to give her great pleasure. The female titan maintains her chase as Eren under the command of Levi head into the forest. As the Female titan gains on Eren’s group they are ordered to draw their weapons. The female titan continues her brutal massacre of the soldiers smashing one into a tree. At the end Levi seems to have a plan as he shoots into the air.


Bite: 57th Expedition Beyond the Walls, Part 3

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This episode featured less action than the previous two, however some light was shed on how Titans (Eren) transforms. Eren begins to questioning Levi decision or lack there off. Eren struggles weather he should transform or not. A flash back is triggered, Eren remembers his previous time with Levi’s squad. Levi clams to have figured a way to stop Eren without killing him. Hanji takes center stage in this episode. I like her as a character she fitting the mad scientist archetype well. Hanji manages to be funny and a little scary at the same time. She gets permission to do experiment with or on Eren, but he seems willing. Her first experiment is to have Eren transform in a dried up well. However, this experiment completely fails leaving Eren with a series of bloody bite marks.

Later Eren drops a teaspoon when he touches it he instantly transforms. Hanji while ecstatic notices that the titan armed that formed was holding the teaspoon. Hanji concludes that “Eren must have a clear goal in mind, as he always had each time he transformed”. Back in the present Eren finally decides trust his squad, at this moment the Female titan begins to accelerate. Irvin gives a command and she is trapped. While this episode didn’t feature a great deal of action it did add intrigue to the story. So do you think Hanji is correct? What do you think of Hanji as a character? Who do you think the Female Titan is?

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Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) – Episode 17: Recap and Review

 Female Titan: 57th Expedition Beyond the Walls, Part 1

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Simply EPIC. This episode was amazing and definitely the best yet. I found the flare formation to be interesting although it didn’t seem to work in the episodes. The episode had suspense due to the fact that were exposed in the open field. Sasha’s encounter with the crawling titan manage to be both frightening and humorous. But enough about that the female titan was the most important aspect of the show. Female titans are not new but this titan is clearly different.  The intellect of the female titan is instantly made clear when she blocks her weakness. She’s fast and brutal which was displayed when she killed Ness and Cis . Armin’s attempt to get away made feel for his predicament.

Armin being such an important character I wasn’t surprised that she didn’t kill. However, the manner of there encounter did surprise me. It was clear that she looked at his face to see who he was (which leaves me to believe she knows who he is). Armin gets to show off his analytical mind in this episode. He deduced that like all the other intelligent titans she must be a human in titan form like Eren. The ending was finished with a flourish Reiner surprisingly surviving being caught by the female titan.

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As for my theory for who the titan is probably “Annie“. The female titan has blonde hair and blue eyes ( I know Historia Reiss has the same character traits). Historia does seem to have the appropriate personality or fighting skills to be the titan. In addition to this she joined the scouting legion, I doubt she could get away and transform without getting noticed. Furthermore, Annie joined the military police giving her plenty of opportunity. In addition to this she seem to have some animosity toward humanity. I know that the manga is ahead so maybe the female titan has already been revealed but I won’t cheat. So what do you think of this episode. Is it the best episode yet? Does my theory make sense? Is the next episode better?

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Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) – Episode 05 – 16: Recap and Review

Anime Binge : Episode 05 – 16

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Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) is clearly the best anime to be released in years. I tried to pace myself (one a week) but failed completely. It would take way to long to give my opinion on each episode so I’ll give my general opinion on the series. First I would say that “Attack on Titan” features a good variety of characters with different levels of skill. Many character are well written and reasonably well rounded. The overall tone remains consistently dire. While some of the episodes feature little or no action I felt that these lulls contribute to the suspense of when the next attack will occur.

Animation quality remains constantly high. The story keeps me excited to see what happens next week (and who dies). There’s still exists a great deal of mystery regarding what drives the titans which keeps me intrigued. I still need to watch two more episodes to get on track. I can’t wait. So have you every “binged” on anime? Do you like the tone of Attack on Titan? Any ideas why the Titan attack humans? How they might reproduce? Are all the seeming intelligent “Titans” shifters like Eren?

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Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) – Episode 03 & 04: Recap and Review

Episode #3 – A Dim Light in the Darkness of Despair: Mankind’s Comeback, Part 1

This episode shows the beginning of the military training of Eren, Mikasa and Armin. The rest of the ” 104th Trainees Squad” are introduced. The 104th Trainees Squad features 20 soldiers. The squad leader ” Keith Shadis” begins by subjecting the recruits to psychological mine games they consider a “right of passage”. Some soldiers including our main three didn’t require any  mine games due to the fact that they were already expose to hardships. The military training is familiar if you every seen training in moves. Keith is loud and aggressive but it all seems necessary to toughing up the recruits.

A little comic relief is introduced in the form of “Sasha Braus”. I found the fact that she was inappropriately eating a boiled potatoes in the middle of training to be funny. She does appear to have the personality to fight Titans. I’m curious how she’ll succeed. Trainee’s begin to train in ” Three Dimensional Maneuver Gear”. Eren seems unskilled at using the gear ( even Armin can do it) but it later revealed that his gear was defective from the start. Eren is now free to begin training with the rest of the squad.

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Episode #4 – Night of the Graduation Ceremony: Mankind’s Comeback, Part 2

This episode starts 5 years after the Wall Maria fell and 2 year after the trainees initial training with the 3D gear. Armin shows his lack of psychical ability but determination not to be ” a burden”. Keith Shadis states the even though Armin lacks strength he possess great intellect. Keith then proceeds to describe the characteristics of each of the trainees. He highlight’s their strength’s and their weaknesses .

So far it seems that the characters abilities are well balanced compared to each other. Eren is later dishearten to learn from Annie that most of his comrades are only practicing their abilities to avoid fighting Titans altogether. She asked Eren ” Why in this world are the people most capable of opposing the Titans the only ones given the privilege of avoiding them entirely”? She clearly has a point. I find Annie a little jaded but I like her, she realistic and skilled. Annie’s views seems to be commentary on contradictory human behavior.

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The graduation arrives and the top ten are given the chance to become military police. Eren is questioned by fellow recruits about his decision not to join the military police. Eren becomes angry a give an heart felt speech about sacrifice. This inspires Armin, Mikasa, Connie and Tomas to join him in ” scouting legion”. As the new scouting legion prepares cannons peacefully a bolt of lightning strike beyond the gate (Wall Rose) and the “Colossal Titan” appears. The gate is quickly broken and Eren and his comrades prepares for battle.

One side note the music in this series is epic and effective. So how did you feel about these two episodes? Did you dislike the lack of Titan battles? Do you feel that the characters are well balanced? What do you think about Annie’s comments? Do you enjoy the music in this series? And if the Colossal Titan can teleport why doesn’t it travel with in the walls instead right beyond it?

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Colossal Titan and Eren

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Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) – Episode 02: Recap and Review

Episode #2 – That Day: The Fall of Shiganshina, Part 2

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This episode started off where the last one ended (obviously) gruesome and dark. The faces of the titans are more pronounced in this episode. They appeared to be smiling but manage to give off the simultaneous impression that they’re not emotionally present.  I think that the fact that the character “Hannes” actually admits his fear, it feels new and refreshing. Eren and Mikasa are still children and as a result they are inherently weak. The soldiers are cowards and too be honest I couldn’t really blame them. They are up against potentially insurmountable odds.

Personally I wonder why there’s a guard at all, they seem to be most useful directing people to safety. The selfishness of some of the people who refuse to share food with the refugee seemed plausible and realistic . However, part of me still wanted them to get eaten by titans though. The food shortage only improved when a vast amount of the population died. My favorite character so far is Mikasa, she’s very  tough while still maintaining a leveled head.  Eren and Mikasa joined the army at the end of this episode.

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Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) – Episode 01: Recap and Review

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Episode 1 – To You, After 2,000 Years: The Fall of Shiganshina, Part 1

Part of the reason I decided to start this blog is to find anime and manga outside of the BIG three (One piece, Naruto and Bleach). One of the new anime I’ve been hearing great things about is “Attack on Titan”. Technically Attack on Titan isn’t new. The manga was released in September 2009. It’s published in Kodansha’s monthly Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine the series has to date sold over 20 million copies. The anime was adapted by Wit Studio and released in April 2013.

I must say that the reviews for this anime were accurate. I won’t spoil the story only tell you how I felt about it. The general tone of the episode seems rather dark. I must admit I like the tone that was set. The size of the ‘colossal titan’ alone is enough to generate fear for the characters. However, for some reason I find the smaller titans to be even scarier. The facial expression (or lack thereof) of the titans truly magnifies the tone of the anime. They’re emotionless, heartless, and driven to do one thing eat humans.

The humans were “protected” by a series of walls. Unfortunately, the same walls end up becoming somewhat like a cage that trapped them when the titans finally breach. Overall, the story seems interesting, the characters are sympathetic and the action is brutal (especially the ending). The animation is impressive and I like the detail of the titans. I’m sure the main character will save the day but I’m curious how he would do it. Will any other characters help? So have you watched Attack on Titan? If not I strongly recommend that you do.