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Shingeki no Kyojin Episode 25: Hot Boning in Front of Crying Girls

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Get it? Because they’re skeletons, and Eren was on fire at some point? Sorry, it was either that or the picture of the little girl, and I’m not degenerate enough to mock a crying little girl when there are also titan skeletons in a compromising position.

Ends justifying means is the one thing that Titan wants to get across even more than Eren angst. With every other exchange in this episode being “Do the ends justify the means?” “Uh…”, it really wants to hammer the question home. When the only things that the ends have to show for in the justification department are a crystallized corpse and a ruined city, it’s as pertinent a time to ask as any. There’s no true closure for those hurt by Erwin’s plan. The MP is revealed for the borderline vestigial organization that they are. Worst of all, a little girl is crying. But hey, at least the masonry worshippers were killed in a hilariously abrupt fashion. That’s more than enough justification to me.

So yeah, the ending is all kinds of frustrating, in part because Armin doesn’t once wear a skirt.  Less importantly, the Recon Corps are no closer to getting a word out of Annie regarding her transformation, or titans in general. It’s unsatisfying as all hell, as sequel hooks are wont to be, with the only silver lining being that the military are a little closer to realizing just how terrible their situation is. Knowing may be half the battle, but the other half is actually fighting the battle without getting eaten by giant red people,  neither of. They don’t seem able to do either just yet, especially when more of those red people are actually in the walls, ready to be woken. Closure is entirely a foreign concept here.

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Ironically, the conventionally frustrating, sequel-hook-y ending serves as a rare example of frustration being satisfying in and of itself, when presented properly. It abides strictly by the second core tenet of the show, and that which it’s best at: Kicking the shit out of its characters while they’re down. Punishing every step toward victory with stomping. Or eating. Or Armin not wearing a skirt. It’s totally in keeping with this theme, and it wouldn’t have had as much impact if this arc ended with the promise that things would continue next week. Instead, it would have been just another shitty Kyojin episode ending. I don’t mind being jerked around by a show when it helps me connect with the characters and their struggles.

Even if a second season isn’t an inevitability, which it most assuredly is given its absurd popularity, I can say that this season’s ending would be good enough to stand on its own. If it stopped here, I could look back and say “That ending may appear to be bad, but I kind of liked it for that reason.” The hinted relationship between titans, the walls, and the state will provide more than enough speculation and intrigue to last me the inter-season drought—or until I decide to fuck the wait and pick up the manga. Either way, it’s a strangely fitting ending to a satisfactory show, and I enjoyed mostly every step of the way.

I do think that there’s a ton of room for improvement, especially in regards to making character growth actually matter, but this was still damn good, and well worth blogging. Have this rad screenshot as a parting image instead of the expected, skirtier one.

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15 Comments

  1. shytende
    Posted September 29, 2013 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    Any opinions about the wall of text about the miner digging the wall (pun fully intended) ?

    Because it seems to be turtl.. I mean Titans all the way down.

    • blackice85
      Posted September 29, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

      Yeah how the hell would you even read that during an actual broadcast without pausing lol.

      • shytende
        Posted September 29, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

        Still better than Monogatari (especially Bakemonogatari).

        To resume :
        A miner who is really the Master of Digging (seriously), want to dig a hole under the Wall. He works really hard, but to no effect. One day, he finds a Monolith under the wall.
        He talks about it with one of his friend in a bar, around a drink. His friend tell him to abandon his idea. He seems nervous someone heard that.
        Then the miner disappears the next day, without leaving any traces (he didn’t have any family to begin with).
        His friends also disappears some days later.

      • Someone Else
        Posted October 1, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

        Was that wall of text a reference to something? Any title or sources or stuff?

    • Inushinde
      Posted September 30, 2013 at 10:12 am | Permalink

      I laughed when I first saw it, but felt that it helped to build the mystique surrounding the relationship between the bigwigs and the wall. It could have obviously been done more gracefully, but it served a good purpose.

  2. Nagisa33
    Posted September 29, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    I was satisfied by Eren absolutely wrecking Annie. I was expecting him to use new tactics but instead, Eren did what he does best: raging. There’s nothing wrong with that, in fact I was pumped as it reminded my of Shinji in Evangelion 2.22. He threw away his humanity to become something something deadly. Annie’s face being bashed made her look scared and pitiful which pretty much signaled her defeat. Mikasa comes in with the assist in a cold, vengeful fashion which is the icing on the cake.

    I thought the ending was pretty solid. I haven’t read the manga but it seems like it’ll tie in to a second season nicely. I’m probably going to read the manga once it wraps up.

    I had a blast with this series. 3-D maneuver gear, creepy humanoid beasts, and the power to become one of them. My overall score is a 8/10. Great stuff.

  3. Popka
    Posted September 29, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    I liked this series, would have given it a higher score if not for episode 18. Maybe that episode was supposed to illustrate something, but I still didn’t appreciate an episode that was almost wholly just people speculating on something they all turned out to be wrong about. I don’t really think the series had time to waste, and that didn’t help.

    • blackice85
      Posted September 29, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

      Not that I liked the pacing either, but I think they were trying to time it to end at a certain spot in the manga. If the manga were already complete it’d probably flow better overall.

      • Popka
        Posted September 30, 2013 at 12:32 am | Permalink

        The end of the manga has been announced, I think, which makes me a little sad they didn’t wait to make the anime series. It seems there aren’t many people who liked the pacing of the anime, but I didn’t have too much of a problem with it after the first half was over. I just wish they didn’t do a whole episode of nothing, especially in an anime with a recap episode. Still, it was a good show.

  4. Redcrimson
    Posted September 29, 2013 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    I hope I’m not the only one who paused to read the story about the miner in the eyecatches, because it’s probably the single most telling piece of information we’ve been given in the series so far, and basically confirms most of my suspicions about the story. Perpetual war? Cults? Privileged “inner” elite? Government cover-ups?

    Attack on Titan is an Orwellian dystopia with giant naked zombies.

    • AG
      Posted September 29, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

      The miner story was a big reveal when coupled with the image of the titan in the wall as it suggests that the titans are probably some sort of man made weapon used by a conspiracy group. It probably means that next season will be more about inside threats than the titans outside the walls.

      As for the show, it’s my favourite of the year so far. Top stuff

      • Someone Else
        Posted October 1, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

        Wow that’s an awesome analysis! But according to others we might get the sequel after 2 years -_-

    • Inushinde
      Posted September 30, 2013 at 10:17 am | Permalink

      I had problems with the presentation (not enough to explicitly decry it), but the actual intent was felt pretty damn well. I like the idea of a big conspiracy between the titans’ controllers and the government, and I’m hoping that it comes more to the foreground as the series continues.

  5. ANON
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 6:00 am | Permalink

    I’m still thinking about the possibility of this being the FMA of this decade.

    as for the walls, yes, it is indeed turtles all the way down.

  6. AnonyMoose
    Posted October 1, 2013 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    Man, I laughed out loud when they flattened that congregation, but then felt immediately bad when it cut to the ashen faced little girl from Rozen Maiden. However, I do think that it was high time that the foppish lads of Strohess district, and the social elite in general, actually came face to face with the proximate danger of the Titans that they’ve been so inclined to ignore.

    As a manga reader, I can say that, relative to where the anime ended, most of the big reveals are just around the corner. Unfortunately, they’re just breadcrumbs, and haven’t actually led to a viable theory as to exactly what might be going on – within the walls and without.

    Also, could someone make a picture of Eren-Titan angrily straddling Annie-Titan from behind, with the caption “Prepare Your Anus,” followed by a close up of Annie’s response face?
    Captioned like so: http://i3.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/581/546/251.jpg

    “Going in dry” would probably work too.

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