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Shingeki no Kyojin Episode 5: A Farewell to Arms

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I find it increasingly bizarre how Yuki Kaji always gets typecast as somebody who gets dismembered. Out of all the typecasting quirks out there, this is probably one of the weirdest that I can think of. I mean at this point, does he require any role offered to him to at least have one scene of dismemberment to counteract all the whining that he has to do? I love it though, because that means that whenever I cover a show that Yuki Kaji blesses with his presence, it can be counted on to provide at least one or two good puns for me to go out on a limb to make. And when something like Shingeki no Kyojin offers not one, not two, but several opportunities to flex my punning muscles, it’s a momentous occasion that even the heavens weep in joy over.

Throughout the first few episodes, there’s been an odd sort of one-upmanship that Shingeki no Kyojin has had going on with itself. First it starts with a huge guy that’s literally nothing but an exposed mass of sinewy muscle, which is horrifying enough by itself, but then gives it the power to teleport to and from his preferred scene of carnage at will. Even the smaller titans are showing increased intelligence, snagging people mid-fantastic CG glide and glaring at their pulverized bodies with the uguu-est of eyes.

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It almost feels too one-sided, like the world’s most lopsided grade-school game of “my side is the strongest so you lose” between two kids, where one makes his titans have a really small weak point, instant teleportation, an absurdly gargantuan size, and an apparent ability to snatch moving targets in its jaws with deadly accuracy… and the other is much less imaginative, giving his humans swords and grappling hook belts while his friend verbally buffs the everything-proof armor on his titans. I have to hand it to the military though, they really know how to at least not be sitting ducks, even with jumpers plucking their men out of the sky like sword-wielding airborne grapes on a vine.

I can’t say that it doesn’t feel like a desperate struggle, but it straddles a fine line between making the humans overcome overwhelming odds, and stacking the odds so far against them that survival has to rely on a mixture of copout plot turns and blind luck. It hasn’t reached that point yet, but it’s coming dangerously close with the hopeless way that things are panning out. I mean when the main character gets eaten by Hagrid in the fifth episode, where is there to go from that point that won’t feel like a deus ex machina?

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There is a point made about the titans not displaying any sign of being organic— reinforced by one dragging its upper half along early in the episode, entrails slithering behind it while pulling itself toward the wall with no sign of pain—but even that doesn’t quite shake off the niggling feeling that the series has written itself into something of a corner. Naturally, I’ll be more than happy to eat these words within a few weeks if it just turns out that Eren was undigested and cuts himself out of Hagrid’s belly, or something.

Despite what the barrage of shitty puns thus far might imply, Eren’s dual dismemberment wasn’t quite as goofy as it could have been, in part because the series keeps up the proud tradition of treating its tragedies in as unceremonious a fashion as possible. It just shows that he loses a leg, moves on, then has him lose an arm to a titan’s powerful chomp before playing a mournful track and ending the episode. The lack of time spent dwelling on it only making it more impactful, to the point that dismemberment happening twice in the same episode still has some bite to it.

I’d like to end this post with a reminder that Eren’s favorite anime studio is Arms.

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57 Comments

  1. Posted May 7, 2013 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    I wish I stayed awake during the last call. I could just imagine Click having fun with making Yuki Kaji/Guilty Crown jokes during the watch of this episode.

    • Inushinde
      Posted May 10, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

      Very few were actually made, believe it or not.

  2. Gedata
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 12:29 am | Permalink

    One scene struck me as a little odd: Seeing Eren go from being in howling pain after losing his leg to the pop-up titan while on a roof to suddenly rescuing Armin from the jaws of Hagrid, it made little sense to me when reading the manga, and less sense here. It would’ve been cooler if he lost his life in a battle against Skinless Skip (unofficially official name for the muscley titan, I call the armored dude Chargin’ Chuck). Will they change the opening now that he’s dead?

    • Coolwhip
      Posted May 8, 2013 at 12:39 am | Permalink

      Well anyone would overcome their leg being chomped off to save a friend, right? RIGHT? – Wit Studio

    • Seppuku33
      Posted May 8, 2013 at 1:36 am | Permalink

      Chargin’ Chuck is from Super Mario World. Now I’m calling him that. Hahahaha!

      http://glothelegend.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/not-that-kind-of-titan.png

    • Iron Maw
      Posted May 8, 2013 at 2:00 am | Permalink

      Eren was most likely in shock which dulls pain. There actually RL stories of solider doing acts of brave despite being severely wounded due to it. So this case of “Truth in Television”.

      • Hogart
        Posted May 8, 2013 at 2:05 am | Permalink

        Yeah, but then there’s him going from half dead and passing out to leaping dozens of feet away like he teleported. It takes more than shock-induced willpower to do that with half your leg missing.

      • hint
        Posted May 8, 2013 at 10:33 am | Permalink

        maybe he used his 3d maneuver gear or just those spiderman grapple-hooks to get there.

      • Hogart
        Posted May 8, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

        True, but then it would have been even more effective to show him struggling to do that, and it wouldn’t feel like they just gave up and said “we don’t know, it just happened, ok?”.

    • Posted May 8, 2013 at 7:21 am | Permalink

      Also he can hold that huge jaw for a while, in his sorry state.

      • Inushinde
        Posted May 10, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

        The Titan didn’t seem in that much of a hurry to close it, to be fair. Didn’t look like Eren was putting up all that much of a struggle to keep it open. Hell, maybe it just didn’t want to bite its tongue or something.

  3. Coolwhip
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    I said before that at this point they will need a demon sword from their asses but that would be incredibly cheap so I rescind that comment. I’d like to believe they will do something really clever because I’ve had enough let downs this season. Next episode seems to be a flashback one so we won’t see the situation unravel for 2 more weeks. *insert Mikasa’s face when she finds out*

    • Inushinde
      Posted May 10, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

      This’ll probably be the first make it or break it moment for the show in terms of believability. I’m pretty interested in how it pans out from here.

  4. Seppuku33
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 1:25 am | Permalink

    My brother and I watched this together and from the time that Eren got gulped down to the ending credits we didn’t say a word. The second the ED played we both yelled, “WHAT!?”

    This episode was jaw-dropping to say the least and it brought home the point that humans are weak. The one soldier even was swatted like a fly. It’s worth noting that, in episode 4, the crowd was cheering on the Recon Corps and Commander Levy, saying, “He alone counts for a full unit.” The new character, Commander Pixis, is also hinted at to be quite deadly. This confirms that at least some soldiers are finally succeeding. I thought that this success would carry over to the 104th Trainees Squad since they had intensive preparation and studied the effective tactics. You’d think that they would be ready to hold their own. Nope! So much build up only to see one of the one of the top trainees, who is also the main character, be gulped down as fast food. That’s what made this one-sided massacre so unexpected. They built up your expectations only to shatter them in a lightning fast and amazingly effective manner.

    One interesting note is that Titans don’t have to or can’t reproduce as they have no sex organs. I think that there are female titans because some of their features look feminine, albeit slight features. Does that hint at a limited amount of titans?

    Eren rallied up his groveling comrades by showing his strong leadership skills. He even managed to get Jean to listen to him. I find that to be a big change from the beginning of his training where he almost failed out and commanded little respect.

    I found it incredibly cool that Eren still had the strength to dive into the mouth of Grandpa Moses Titan and save Armin by throwing him out like a rag doll. He did all of this despite critically bleeding from having a leg bitten off.

    I mean just look at that awesomeness!
    http://randomc.net/image/Shingeki%20no%20Kyojin/Shingeki%20no%20Kyojin%20-%2005%20-%20Large%2031.jpg

    • Inushinde
      Posted May 10, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

      My idea is that the titans are either A. artificial and produced by a higher, insidious, indirect power, or B. They need humans to make more of themselves, like their DNA is necessary for titan reproduction or some shit like that. They’re about as terrifying either way.

  5. gedata
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 1:40 am | Permalink

    Things I learned from this episode: even the indomidable spirit of a shonen protagonist can go down faster than you can say “‘I’m gonna protect my nakama!” when faced with a 30 foot tall monster. That and you can never be completely ready for that nerve-racking first day on the job.

    • Inushinde
      Posted May 10, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

      It is interesting having a shounen series play with powerlessness, rather than obtaining and using power responsibly. I mean it’s hardly unique, but the way that it does this is stellar. You could say that it has a leg up on most other shounen in this regard.

  6. blackice85
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 1:42 am | Permalink

    Well this was a surprise. I was expecting Eren to get his butt kicked since he seemed a little too confident, despite lacking real experience, but I didn’t imagine he’d get killed off. I wonder if Mikasa will go on a rampage when she finds out?

    • Inushinde
      Posted May 10, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

      Are you implying that losing two limbs and most likely bleeding out in a titan’s stomach are enough to kill Eren?

  7. Hogart
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 1:47 am | Permalink

    That part with Ugu-eyes was where I finally raised an eyebrow. I mean, the only thing scarier than a fortress of teeth smiling at you is one that’s looking at you like you ate it’s last Oreo.

    • Inushinde
      Posted May 10, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

      I really couldn’t stop laughing at that part, nor at the one when Hagrid’s gormless face looked at Armin. I do love the variety of ridiculousness that the titans have.

  8. Iron Maw
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 2:06 am | Permalink

    Hilarius title.

    He can’t cut himself out in his condition.

    I don’t believe it’s over for Eren yet, despite how dire his situation is. I think this where the drug his father give will come into play. IIRC he was doctor that had ties to the government and was working on something in secret.

    • Seppuku33
      Posted May 8, 2013 at 2:17 am | Permalink

      I was confused at that part. Wasn’t it a dream or something? He was confused when he woke up.

      • Iron Maw
        Posted May 8, 2013 at 2:22 am | Permalink

        I think it actually happened because Eren had the key on him when he woke up.

    • Inushinde
      Posted May 10, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

      Even if it was somewhat clumsy foreshadowing, I’d be glad to see it come to fruition to help him break out of Hagrid’s belly. Still, it does raise a few questions regarding his father choosing Eren to be his test subject, but those will probably be addressed later.

  9. crazyapple92
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 2:21 am | Permalink

    Huhu! It’s fun to watch all this speculation. I’ve read the manga but it was kind of a niche title at the time, very few people read it and fewer still talked about it. Any speculative conversations were hosted and attended entirely by me. So it’s fun to watch this even though I’m the odd man out. Or because of it…

    Is this some kind of sick power trip? Maybe.

    You guys know whats up, this is seinen in the end. He is, unfortunately, the main character. You’ll see more of him, that’s not spoilers, don’t make me pull a Yoko; There is only the inevitable. And you’re about to get a face full of it.

    But I don’t expect anyone here to foresee what happens next. I sure didn’t! And I’m usually pretty good at guessing ahead.

    Things get interesting here for a minute. Unfortunately the series falls prey to a genre wide constant failing. But it’s still fairly neat even after that, just a little… well. You’ll see.

    • Inushinde
      Posted May 10, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

      I was recommended this months ago before the anime adaptation was even announced, but it got buried under a pile of Liar Game and other, worse titles. As long as the action in this is decently put together and involves more of the gear doing its thing, I’m perfectly willing to forgive a lot of potential shortcomings.

  10. Pusswookie
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 2:54 am | Permalink

    He can scarcely be dead, they still haven’t seen all the kinky shit his dad hinted at in the basement yet. Slap some automail on him and I’m sure he’ll be fine.

    Technically speaking, what constitutes a Deus Ex Machina to you?

    • Outcast
      Posted May 8, 2013 at 6:25 am | Permalink

      Speaking of the basement, that’s the only thing that makes me think they haven’t pulled TTGL (since the circumstances for a new main character to get there are highly unlikely). By the way, I’m calling it right now, it’s Jet-packs.

      I guess the question was directed to inushinde but, on the topic of Deus Ex Machina, any event that takes place without sufficient foreshadowing, or happens with amazing timing without sufficient reason, would constitute one for me. For example, if Mikasa were to appear there in the next few seconds to save Eren from the titan’s stomach, despite being shown miles away, would be a very blatant one. But say instead it’s Pixis who shows up and saves Eren. His arrival to the front lines has been foreshadowed, but for him to come across that particular titan right at that moment, especially when people cannot communicate their situation or location to any degree, will be really hard to justify.

      • Pusswookie
        Posted May 8, 2013 at 8:42 am | Permalink

        If Eren gets some sort of regenerative ability [only way he could survive] that relates to his vague memories of his father and the syringe, would that be sufficient foreshadowing?

      • Outcast
        Posted May 8, 2013 at 9:52 am | Permalink

        Assuming that wasn’t just a trippy nightmare, actually there’s more foreshadowing than that for the regenerative ability. They did state that the Titan’s have amazing regenerative ability. If Eren’s dad is a some kind of biologist he could have researched a dead titan and discovered the factor that gives them this ability.

        But that does open up this plot hole though: That injection was given to him way back, years before his training began. How did he go about not noticing the regenerative ability? The training was said to be really intense, yet he never managed to get any noticeable injuries? And if he did, he didn’t notice it healing much quicker than it should?

      • Sepppuku33
        Posted May 8, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, I’m with you on the regenerative ability and that his dad had the means to make such a drug. “The training was said to be really intense, yet he never managed to get any noticeable injuries” I don’t think anyone else got noticeable injuries. Also, Eren didn’t take a lot of damage. He hit his head once and he got dropped by Annie (which was great) but that’s pretty much it.

        I think we can agree that it wasn’t just a dream but rather something else, like a repressed memory. Eren’s dad gave him the injection after his mother died but before he started training. Eren’s dad knew that Eren had a burning desire to fight the Titans and earlier admitted that he couldn’t stop him. As a security measure he gave Eren the drug. That seems like it makes the most sense.

        Speaking of Eren’s dad, he most likely knows the most about the titans. I wouldn’t be surprised if he has some tricks up his sleeve. I wonder what he’s doing now.

        Also what do you think happened to Mikasa’s parents? I think that Mikasa saw her parents get killed by robbers or some ne’er do wells and killed them. Then she was adopted by Eren’s family. They show Mikasa surrounded by knives and holding one knife in the ED. What do you think?

        Lastly, do you think there will be any romantic subplot? I can’t really see Eren and Mikasa getting together, at least at this point. Eren and potato girl!? Nah! The most likely romance will be Sasha and stockpiles food.

      • Posted May 8, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

        “Also, Eren didn’t take a lot of damage. He hit his head once and he got dropped by Annie (which was great) but that’s pretty much it”

        There was a two year timeskip between episodes 3 and 4, with lots of training. As Eren mentioned in this episode to Jean, some of them even died during the training.

      • Outcast
        Posted May 8, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

        “I don’t think anyone else got noticeable injuries. Also, Eren didn’t take a lot of damage. He hit his head once and he got dropped by Annie (which was great) but that’s pretty much it.” Yes, but we can’t know for sure that that was the extent of it. Most of the training took place off-screen and the trainees had to learn to work with equipment while moving at high speed hundreds of feet in the air. Eren even said they were on the verge of death during their 3 years of training (At 11:50). And yet, he didn’t receive a single cut on his body that would have revealed the existence of the regenerative ability?

        In any case, it’s not my intention to argue on this point. I agree that a regenerative ability is the only thing that makes sense as a viable option in this setting. However, I can’t help but feel it cheapens the overall experience. Remember how Jean said that it was suicidal to join the Recon Corps and going to fight the Titans? Though his words seem fueled simply by fear of the titans, based on the current situation, he seems to be right and that fact is demoralizing. The only way to prove him wrong is if people actually fight the titans and win, showing that the will to survive can overcome any odds. However, Eren receiving this power draws the focus of the story away from that point. The story changes from humans vs titans to Eren vs titans, which I’m not sure is a direction I’d like…

        …On the note of shipping, I doubt Mikasa and Eren will pair up, considering their love seems platonic, what with Mikasa referring to Eren as the only family she has left. I think Eren will eventually end up with Annie.

        ^Ninja’d by ALTEREGO9

      • Seppuku33
        Posted May 8, 2013 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

        I didn’t catch that the trainees were on the verge of death. That’s certainly intense. Even so, the other top graduates didn’t seem to sustain injuries either.

        What about Commander Levy and Commander Pixis? It’s implied that both of them are succeeding as soldiers. “He won’t need to hold back” is what one of Pixis’s subordinates said. There is hope in them that the humans can fight back at least a bit.

        I don’t think if Eren gets the edge with some ability that it will cheapen the overall experience. I’ve been saying from the get go that they need something, be it a new weapon, tactic, insight, or even power to win. They are going to get obliterated without something significant. Whatever they can use to get the edge is fine with me.

        I know exactly what you mean though. I hope it doen’t turn into something like DBZ where only saiyans such as Goku, Vegeta, or Super Gohan saved the day. All the humans and even badasses such as Piccolo took the a back seat. They were reduced to standing around, just cheering on heros. That got me annoyed.

        However, I’m pretty sure that it won’t come to mindlessly relying on Eren. This show isn’t as lazy to revert to using worn out tropes like power levels. The other characters have their roles and I expect a lot from them. Even if Eren is used as the point-man, characters such as Armin can fill roles as the tactician. Mikasa is still top of her class and she’s adept in any task including fighting. Characters such as Annie see the bigger picture. That can come in handy when mediating Eren’s large-scaled and revenge-fueled goal to wipe out all the Titans.

        Speaking of which, Annie would be a good compliment for Eren for that reason. Not letting Eren get too ahead of himself is needed because if he doesn’t listen to someone he’ll most likely get killed or seriously injured. We already saw it happen when he didn’t listen to Mikasa. Eren needs a voice of reason.

      • Pusswookie
        Posted May 8, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

        At any rate, I imagine that this show will remain, regardless of what may happen, a firmly Human vs. Titan struggle.
        Oh yeah, and somehow, I just doubt he’ll get with Annie.

  11. Erif
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 3:00 am | Permalink

    I dunno, while I understand why you could think that things are becoming TOO hopeless – and indeed, they sure do make it seem so – I personally think that this is exactly what they want. I think the mangaka was banking on the audience to become optimistic with all the buildup of the previous episodes, and just the fact that these kids seemed so ready to take on the world (“Not me, I can’t die here!”). But that made us (or me, at least) forget that these cadets are totally inexperienced, having only graduated the prior day. It really made this culminating scene all the more powerful, and it’s really impressive pacing. I mean, we honestly haven’t seen any of the best in action, have we? We saw some reckless kids getting slaughtered in battle, and Eren being the main character doesn’t change that.

    Not only is this the George R.R. Martin of anime, but my god could it be more terrifying? I mean, this episode totally gave me chills, alright? Not only the last couple minutes (as terrifying as that onslaught was. Some of them fucking jump?), but how about that lecture scene? My theory before was titans like the Behemoth and the Armored were titans that evolved not to feed, but to further the survival of their species. But this episode changes all of that. I’m now less convinced that the Eotenas are mankind’s predators, more rather, our retribution? I dunno, this series is crazy.

    • Hogart
      Posted May 8, 2013 at 3:09 am | Permalink

      Could it be more terrifying? Yes. They foreshadowed this event alll the way back in episode one when Eren watched the rangers of that time come back completely slaughtered.

      Pacing-wise, this episode was good, but episodes 3 and 3 were questionable.. they could have plopped the infodump from the middle of this episode earlier in the series so it increased tension, too.

      So there are really a LOT of nits you can pick, but ultimately they’re just nits for now. Sure, they practically telegraphed what was gonna happen, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t hit hard anyway, and that’s all that matters in the end to me.

    • Nazaren
      Posted May 8, 2013 at 8:19 am | Permalink

      Yeah, that infodump was weird… I found it interesting, but this didn’t seem like the episode for it.

      I agree it was foreshadowed, but I figured Eren would have a breakdown at the sight of his team getting slaughtered, and that’d be it. You know, like most other anime would’ve done.

      But Titans are serious business. Those extra teeth help chew through plot armor.

    • Stef
      Posted May 8, 2013 at 9:37 am | Permalink

      To be honest, I had to watch myself some LOGH to occupy my mind afterwards. That was some scary shit.

  12. Posted May 8, 2013 at 5:56 am | Permalink

    It’s funny how two people can look at the same events and read totally different messages; I thought the enormity of the titans and the death of the main character were all a part of the larger point of emphasizing how physical humans really are:
    “What made you think the Main Character was any less human than the rest of them? His foolhardy goal of exterminating every single titan? His experiences with Armin, Mikasa, and watching his own mother die in front of him? The fact that the camera-man chose to follow him around instead of Jean or any of the other characters in the show? Eren is a human, he is made of flesh and bones. And when faced with the overwhelming might of a titan, he dies.”
    The fact that humans have a physical component to them isn’t in and of itself interesting, and taken purely that way is nothing more than gorn. However, I thought that all the psychological scenes of people going absolutely insane with fear brought home a deeper “memento mori” message, rather than the usual anime path of glorification of war.
    Also, his eyes:http://hedgehogsunite.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/attack-on-titan-ep-5-ed-e1367730656252.png

    • Billish
      Posted May 8, 2013 at 6:26 am | Permalink

      This made me laugh from certain things that remain to be seen. You’ll probably laugh too.

    • Kiseki
      Posted May 8, 2013 at 10:31 am | Permalink

      …I thought that was Lady Gaga.

  13. Nazaren
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    Aside from the oddly placed infodump, I haven’t enjoyed an episode this much in quite a while. SnK definitely has a leg up on this season.

    Hopefully Eren stays dead, and I can stop being distracted by his enormous eyes in every scene. Seriously. And Mikasa can get some actual development…

    • Cirith
      Posted May 8, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

      Sorry, he gets saved, but without his limbs he can’t fight anymore. The rest of the anime is about him coming to terms with his lost limbs and getting over his thirst for revenge. The titans are mostly handled of screen.
      I guess as manga reader I shouldn’t spoil such important plot points, but I don’t want people to go in with false expectations.

      • Pusswookie
        Posted May 9, 2013 at 1:06 am | Permalink

        I cried at the end when everyone was clapping for him.

    • Nazaren
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 9:46 am | Permalink

      Awe, really? And here I was hoping it’d go reverse harem with Mikasa after the upcoming hot springs episode.

      DROPPED.

      • hint
        Posted May 9, 2013 at 11:48 am | Permalink

        Sorry the Mangaka doesnt give them time for that hahaha.

      • Pusswookie
        Posted May 10, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

        SPOILER: They do have sort of a handicapped cultural festival in honor of the fallen and maimed [this is the first time the extent of his injuries really hits Eren] a short time after they survive this attack. After staring angrily [determinedly?] at the fireworks for some undisclosed amount of time, he falls out of his chair and the chapter ends on a cliffhanger.

        That’s not a really big spoiler though, you’ll probably see it in the next 2-3 episodes. Lot of interesting twists from there on.

      • Inushinde
        Posted May 10, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

        Wait, so they survive this attack?! Way to spoil the story for me, jerk.

  14. Stef
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    Delicious, nutritious main characters

  15. Kiseki
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    I nominate that uguu titan for this year’s Saimoe!

    This was the one scene I preferred in the manga. Eren’s group served as decoy protagonists since the top ten of the 104th Trainees Squad weren’t given proper screen(page?)time aside from Jean, so I didn’t consider them important. So I sure as hell wasn’t expecting them to be fodder that died so soon urgh.

    Fullmetal Titan next week eh.

    • Inushinde
      Posted May 10, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

      Uguu Titan and Harpy from Muromi-san will have to battle it out for the top spot. HNNNGH.

      I admit, I am more excited for this week’s Titan than I’ve been since the first episode. Well, as long as it isn’t completely a flashback episode, anyway.

  16. NormalMar
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 3:43 am | Permalink
  17. ForlornCreed
    Posted May 10, 2013 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    Because no one has said it yet I feel obligated to post this terrible pun…

    Eren has been disarmed

    • Pusswookie
      Posted May 12, 2013 at 8:45 am | Permalink

      …I don’t get it.

  18. Posted May 10, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    It’s going to be interesting to see how the anime foretells the next few events from the manga. This episode concluded the 1st volume of the manga. I remember how many folks were also confused by the death of Eren. Too bad the 1st volume had an interview with the mangaka spoiled certain things. >___<

    Speaking of those uguu eyes, I got a chance to write some thoughts about why Titan seems to have hit people's funny bones at: http://www.mangatherapy.com/post/49978766481/finding-humor-in-darkness-attack-on-titan

    So far, I'm liking the reaction to Titan. It's good to see people talk about the series since it's a different type of shonen series.

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