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Shingeki no Kyojin Episode 18: Tree-ting with the Enemy

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There’s little in life scarier than being trapped on the edge of the forest, angry bears pawing at the tree that you’re stuck in waiting for you to get down. Except in this case, instead of a pissed off bear, it’s several remorseless killing machines. It’s at moments like this, when highly-trained soldiers are at their most uncertain, that the weight and unpredictability of a situation really begin to sink i- wait, haven’t we seen these titans before? Like this exact same group in the exact same position?

Come on, Kyojin, you could be more creative than this. For fuck’s sake, you had Chevy Chase, Brian Blessed, and some truly sterling, if pot-bellied, specimens last episode. To reuse the same models in the same group is just lazy, even if they are just background titans.

If it seems like I’m stalling to actually get to my thoughts, it’s because the episode isn’t really substantial enough to warrant them. I like it, even if the cliffhanger is shit on rye fucktoast, but it’s nothing but a holding pattern, with characters debating the Recon Corps’ sudden off-course trek into the forest. It’s little more than characters exchanging “Why are we in this forest? What’s the plan?” and “I don’t know” with minor variations. When it’s finally explained why Erwin directed them into the forest, it’s such an obvious explanation that all of the previous speculation feels exceedingly pointless. However, it speaks well for the direction and pacing that I didn’t think it as repetitious and vapid as it really is. Then again, maybe Female Titan spinning that poor bastard by his gear wires went a long way toward my enjoyment.

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Again, things certainly weren’t dull. Female Titan’s killings have certainly gotten more creative, which translates to more giggling from me. She’s no longer pussyfooting around the formation, killing only when she’s being attacked. Instead, she seems to relish letting soldiers throw themselves at her, only to pound them into mush, or send them flying across half a mile of open terrain. If the whole episode was nothing but Female Titan’s cavalcade of carnage, it’d be the best episode by far. The rest is kind of pointless in comparison.

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24 Comments

  1. R1CK_D0M
    Posted August 14, 2013 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    need better killcams for that time she punted the dude and his horse, or that one where she shoulder-checked that guy into a tree.

    • Inushinde
      Posted August 16, 2013 at 6:03 am | Permalink

      I don’t know, I thought the way the first just kind of happened in the background made the scene better.

  2. Pusswookie
    Posted August 14, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    “Triple Kill! Overkill! Killing Spree! Killtacular! Killing FRENZY! RUNNNNNING RIOT!”

    Such was my commentary of the episode.

    • Posted August 17, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

      5 dead = She-Titan is on a Killing spree!
      10 = She-Titan is on a rampage!
      15 = She-Titan is dominating!
      20 = She-Titan is unstoppable!
      25 = She-Titan is GOD LIKE!
      30+ = She-Titan is WICKED SICK!

      • Posted August 18, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

        Wait, I thought we only need three kills in order to be called on “killing spree”

  3. gedata
    Posted August 14, 2013 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    Just imagine if She-Titan learned to successfully weaponize human slings. That’d be awesome.

  4. Posted August 15, 2013 at 12:29 am | Permalink

    I feel like if it was nothing but Titans killing people or each other right now for 22 minutes, I’d watch it over and over and over again. Well, at least the Female Titan.

    Yep. I am a terrible human being.

    • Inushinde
      Posted August 16, 2013 at 6:04 am | Permalink

      I think everybody’s guilty of that.

  5. Iron Maw
    Posted August 15, 2013 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    Heh, this was more of an action and transitional episode. Nothing really wrong it since it was fun to watch and it had raised intensity and chaos of situation that much higher.

  6. Nagisa33
    Posted August 15, 2013 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    Kill cams. That made my day!

    Even though Jean half joked about betraying the commander it made me think of a possible riot or schism down the line if things go sour.

    Also I have no clue what Levi is going to do in the next episode. bc They seem pretty screwed with the Female Destroyer ready to squish their brains between her fingers like she’s making sausage.

  7. hint
    Posted August 15, 2013 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    Heh! Play small piece of one of top Indian chillout music when Kamisama came with the horses. FT looks nice playing Shaolin Soccer. Tree action… more like Levi gang on their Jeep running away from T.Rex. FT deserves fitness title.

  8. Pusswookie
    Posted August 15, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Maybe those Titans followed them all the way from Trost.

    • Inushinde
      Posted August 16, 2013 at 6:08 am | Permalink

      I’m thinking the same thing, and now I’m kind of hoping that they show up again.

  9. Nagisa33
    Posted August 15, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    In the last episode we saw Reiner get squished in Female Titan’s hand. How did he make it out of there unscathed and with no blood on him? My brother pointed out that smoke was coming from Reiner’s head as well. Hmmmmmmm……

    • Posted August 16, 2013 at 9:24 am | Permalink

      Also the female titan had a long look at her own palm, and then started running, ignoring them. Hmmmm….

  10. SoandSo
    Posted August 15, 2013 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    A lot of this ep was quite skippable, yeah. Those first couple minutes had me pissed.

    “oh no we’re out of horses whatever shall we do rabble rabble”

    *three minutes of nothing passes*

    “oh hey whaddup bros i just happen to have these horses right here. lucky, huh”

    FFFFFFffffffffffffffff-

    • Pusswookie
      Posted August 15, 2013 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

      Hey shut up some of us are shipping Christa x Everybody.

      • SoandSo
        Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

        Sasha or get out. It can be called “I Want to Be Your Potato.”

    • iron maw
      Posted August 16, 2013 at 5:45 am | Permalink

      The entire scene was a minute or 2 at best so stop with the hyperbole. More importantly it was explain how they got out of their mess and regoup with the army instead just teleporting there out of nowhere.

      • SoandSo
        Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

        “The entire scene was a minute or 2 at best so stop with the hyperbole.”

        Or, you could grow a sense of humor. That’s a thought.

        More importantly, wasting all that time on a problem that just gets immediately solved renders all that time wasted totally pointless. There are many far more effective, far quicker ways to convey how they got from point A to point B without drawing everything out so much.

        The way this story frequently draws out its exposition and time-wasting(and its replete with both) just weighs on my nerves.

    • Inushinde
      Posted August 16, 2013 at 6:15 am | Permalink

      They signalled and the relay teams carry spare horses with them. It makes sense, even if it doesn’t move past that point like it should have.

  11. luffyluffy
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    I typed up a whole essay as to why Attack on Titan is starting to really wear down it’s gears, i’ll paste it here:

    “Alright so, I have a lot of issues with this show as a whole, and it basically stems down to two specific issues:

    Pacing, and it’s attitude towards it’s characters.

    Defense of Trost literally took seven episodes to close up. Seven episodes. Those Lady Titan story has taken three episodes so far, and almost all of episode 19 was spent saying “WHAT’S ERWIN DOING, I CAN’T FIGURE OUT WHY WE’RE IN THIS FOREST” for half a *bleep*ing hour. It’s slow, and it’s boring.

    As for the second point, this show holds it’s characters in very low regard. Marco gets slaughtered off screen for literally no reason. Various characters are thrown aside and given incredibly gruesome deaths for no real reason other than to generate a cheap shock aspect. I’d compare it to the scene in Devilman: Apocalypse of Amon where Amon literally eats a small child alive for no reason other than “HE’S A DEMON AND DEMONS ARE EVIL!!!!”

    These two factors have literally sucked all of the life out of the show. Rather than exciting, the show has become incredibly predictable, and the show loses a lot of points for that. It’s turned character death into something mundane, like all those people who played Resident Evil 4 just to see Leon get slaughtered in increasingly creative ways.”

    • SENSEISHUN
      Posted August 20, 2013 at 10:10 am | Permalink

      I don’t mind the characters dying. It’s not the cheap shock that I like, but the realism of the situation when characters die. If anything that’s their purpose; to show that no one is safe, especially when we don’t even know the full extent of the titans capabilities. The deaths of the lesser characters serve as development for the main ones.

    • Someone Else
      Posted August 21, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

      The random deaths actually work here since it signifies that anyone here could die at anytime at any place without any over dramatization. This is how war happens and that’s what SNK is. Marco died because he died as a soldier. The same goes for Eren when he almost died, It just that most of the main characters have massive plot armor…

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