Monday, April 29, 2013

Shingeki no Kyojin episode 4

Hello there one and all. I only took ONE 3 hour nap today. Surely a sign that I am either getting better or I am patient zero and it will be BRAINS time. Will Daryl shoot me in the head? XD I hope it isn't someone lame like Lori. Oh wait you mean Lori never killed anything and was completely useless? Never mind then. But yes hopefully I am feeling better. You know how you rest and rest and can't tell if you are feeling better yet? Yeah I am in that stage now. XD Am I better yet? I can't tell!
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Mikasa and her jokes...
Some anime got done today. Of course I am losing count of what days are which and what is today. Wait let me check to see which of my shows is on and I will tell you. Up now is Shingeki no Kyojin episode 4. Spoilers for training and bonding weee!
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Did I mention the theme song is growing on me? Want to hear the full version of it when it comes out.
Episode Summary: It has been two years and all the recruits are still getting their asses kicked. The main/important recruits are reintroduced by Officer Scary Eyes. He gives his opinion on how all the candidates are doing, with Armin being pretty damn weak but smart to Mikasa being the most amazing thing since slice bread. All the other candidates are mixed in there and are doing well in some fields and poorly in others. Reiner ends up helping Armin out due to his weakness which Armin tries to over come. Some of the training making sense to the candidates, flying through trees and attacking cardboard Titans at their weak points. Other training Eren questions, like the hand to hand combat with or without knives. Reiner his partner in the exercise reminds him that they are soldiers and they have to be prepared to do anything and everything, even when their chances of survival are low. They spot Annie trying to sneak out of practice so Reiner decides they need to teach her a lesson in being a good soldier. Annie gets aggressive so Reiner makes Eren show her a “lesson”. Only Annie does not use the fighting techniques used in their class but those taught by her father. Eren and Reiner are on their asses in seconds. Eren takes that time to look around and see most of his classmates are not taking this exercise seriously. Annie explains that this portion of the class is not part of their final exam. Annie also explains that this system is cracked up, that the top 10 students can become military police when really they are the best to defeat the Titans. Eren is shocked at that common sense revelation and wonders about it himself.
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Eren and Jean get along just great.
Over dinner Jean is being an asshole again, trying to show off and Eren puts him in his place. There is almost a fight but Eren tries to back down when he realizes that Jean needs to blow off steam like he did all those years ago. When Jean won't back off (due to his crush on Mikasa) Eren uses some moves that Annie taught him and tells him (and everyone) to stop slacking off. The fight is covered up by Sasha not farting and life moves on. Upon graduation all the recruits are given three choices: wall duty, scouting, or military police. Only 10 kids can become part of the military police are they are: Mikasa (top), Eren, Reiner, Sasha, Bertholt, Annie, Jean, Krista, Connie, and Marco. At their graduation ceremony everyone is shocked that Eren is not joining the military police. Eren explains it is all bullshit and everyone should fight the Titans. Several people say that is it impossible to win which pisses Eren off more as he thinks the previous deaths have to count for something. After his very heartfelt speech he goes outside to have a moment where Armin and Mikasa join him. Despite being weak Armin wants to join the scouts to help mankind and Mikasa will join whatever Eren joins. After all of that they see the current Scouting Legion head out and Eren has renewed hope. He also sees his old friend Hannes and they squash the problems they had in the back. Eren and the others work at refortifying the wall and Eren is shocked to see Connie and Sasha there as they had such high score. Clearly Eren's speech touched them and Sasha stole meat for them all to celebrate with. Eren decides that everything will be all right. He smiles and turns around to see the Colossal Titan staring at him. He kicks a hole in the wall and everyone scrambles to stay alive. Sasha has to injury a comrade in the leg to save his live but that might not mean anything as it is Titan Attack Part 2. Eren is the quickest to recover and tells everyone to attack the Colossal Titan. THE END!
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Um...yeah....the closeness just started.
TADA! Everyone is happy and graduated from training. Look who came to wish them well. XD Nom nom indeed. There will be more opportunities for flashbacks later but for now you know the players and how all these kids know each other. Much better than what happened in the manga.
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This training ain't no joke.
Armin got quite a bit of screen time today. I think it is important to note that he is the weakest physically of the group. Which makes my tiny heart a little happy since there are a lot of girls in this squad. It ain't a men's world anymore. Titans don't care if you got a vagina or a penis, they all get munched off. So many girls have signed up for whatever reason to take part in this training and all of the girls are stronger than Armin. I say this because Armin has to be important yes? You don't keep someone around that weak for no reason. There is more to fighting Titans than running and choppin. You need to have some brains and that is where Armin comes in. Since we only SAW the physical we had to be told that Armin was important though.
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A man of many hearts. Protects Armin, pushes Eren to be his best, and...well messes with Annie.
While Mikasa and Eren have a reason to want to protect Armin it was also shown that while there are some hot heads in this group everyone seems to be a good person deep down. Reiner wanted to help Armin even though it would hurt him in the long run. Only the top 10 get to move on to the military force...despite Reiner wanting to reclaim his homeland. So helping someone out won't help his score in anyway that he knows. But as Mr. Scary Face says later Annie and Sasha aren't really capable of working in groups. So everything does add up despite it not being known. And that is how it should be. Look at me I am awesome only gets you so far in life. Lets you know that these are just kids but deep down it is them against the Titans so lets help each other out.
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And Mikasa is just amazing...because.
I like that the Mr. Scary Face took the time to talk about the important people. Yes I did say important people. Recruits if you weren't really featured in his assessment I look forward to you dying next episode. Here are your red shirts, make them more red with your blood. That isn't spoilery, just how it goes in these shows. People got to die! But Mr. Scary Face talks about how some people who seem to be strong still have weaknesses. And that Eren will be the main character forever because he has the most heart even if he isn't the best at anything. That would be Mikasa. Like...yeah she rocks for no reason. Really folks, no reason at all besides the power of loooooooooove.
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Super serious training going on here folks.
After seeing how cool the gear is and that the kids can fly through the trees with the greatest of was on to Starship Troopers. I mean it was like the dialogue was taken right from the film. When are we ever going to need this? We aren't fighting humans! Only in Starship Troopers this kind of fighting DOES work at keeping you alive for 5 seconds longer. Some of the bugs are only twice as big as the humans. It hasn't been shown yet but I don't think it is spoilery....Titans can only be killed at the neck. A certain part of the neck. You hurt them anywhere else and it doesn't count. So yeah I can see why Eren thinks this is dumb and won't be useful. Well it will be useful TO EREN later but really yeah...thus far in the manga no one has really drop kicked a Titan and won.
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I will stomp your ass.
Enter Annie and her scary ass face. She is just scary. We have a back story about Mikasa and her lack of face but it hasn't been shown yet. To date we have no idea why Annie looks so scary. XD I mean in the manga she doesn't look AS SCARY but still....Annie is just pissed off at life. Now I think that Reiner should have let Annie get in trouble on her own. I sang his praises earlier for helping out Armin but then he went out of his way to get Annie in trouble. Men. Eat dust though, you and Eren. Now in the manga they did a better job of explaining Annie's way of fighting, that she is a smaller person thus she needs to have better tricks. Worked better than by the book Eren yes?
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Why I haven't thought of that before!
Annie and her scary face did make a good point though. One that should have been obvious. Why the hell are the top candidates given the cushy jobs? Now I have been arguing since minute one that HELLO if one gate can be taken down in 5 seconds the other two aren't far behind. So why the hell is anyone focused on these cushy jobs? It was like everyone has reached a point of crazy where they have forgotten this fact. But yes besides guys are the best of the best and could maybe kill Titans better than everyone else. Here are the kings to your apartments away from the Titans. Now Annie is PISSED....and will promptly be joining the military police. Guess she just wanted to pass her rage on to someone.
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Not the hottie of the class.
Dinner is where all the crazy comes out. Again these are just teenagers and they are being trained to fight crazy monsters while dealing with other issues. I mean a lot of these kids are already broken and with minimum adult supervision things like this happen. And Jean is just an asshole. I would argue that he looks so out of place, like look at me a 30 year old playing a 15 year old on TV. But yeah he is just a jerk but I am sure deep down he is a good person. Looks like no one ever told him what was up in life before and Eren is that person. Mikasa is the class beauty, which isn't hard to do with Potato Sasha looking DERP in every other screenie and Annie lookin like she is a whole lot of angry Toucan Sam. Well Krista is pretty cute but her guard dog Ymir probably keeps the boys away. Add in some fart jokes and arm breaking and it is like a normal high school woohoo!
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They can't take OUR FREEDOM! As we live in these walls and hide...
Graduation is upon us and Eren has made it into the top 10 of the class because he wants to kill Titans more than anyone else. I sorta roll my eyes that Sasha is up there. I think that Armin should have taken that spot even if he was the weakest. He does excel in some things while all I see Sasha excelling is annoying me and eating a lot of food. But about half of the 10 percent are going to join the military police. I guess the theory makes sense, you want the best of the best protecting the king. Still it does not sit well with Eren and he makes his point known to everyone that he thinks they need to fight Titans and not let everyone died to have died in vain. After his touching speech Mikasa and Armin have to tell Eren they are going to follow him because apparently this wasn't already clear. Silliness.
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I ain't here for you Eren!
Eren's speech did touch a few people though as Connie the unseen and Sasha both are going to stick to protecting the people and not the King. Let the fun times roll. We are all in this together. Yay for stolen meat. We are a team and nothing can bring us down. All for one and one for all!
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Um..I don't think we have enough meat for you too....
OH LOOK! The Colossal Titan is back. I AM SHOCKED! Even if I hadn't read the manga I would be thinking this. Like hello no one killed this mofo before. I am surprised he just didn't finish off the other two walls last time. But yeah Eren turns around and there he is. To Sasha's credit she did save a teammate for being squished. But does that really matter? You greens just got out of school and are the first line of defense against of a Titan and as his usual M.O. gave the wall a good kick to let other Titans in. The good times are about to roll...for the Titans as it is Golden Coral time and humans are the special of the day.


Eternia said...

It's not just Jean. Reiner and Berthold seem like 35 years old to me. And yet all of them are referred to as kids. What the hell.

But Eren and pals are really stupid. In my opinion. Seriously. People has complained about it in manga discussion thread too. These kids were confused and took really a long time to wonder and figure out where this collosal titan come from. Did you see him descend from heaven? No? Did you see him walk over to your wall from somewhere? No? The only plausible explanation is...
I have to add that this talk has already started even before the manga got too far.

Anonymous said...

LOL Mikasa!! Hahaha!! LMAO Really that was funny, but why Sasha?! Is it me or she like to pick on her?

Christina said...

Eternia- SO HUGE! These kids are HUGE! It seems to me that at 12 kids are either sent to factories, the fields, or train to become Titan food. So all these kids SHOULD be 12. The fact that they could take down my husband in a single swing is frightening. Armin actually looks the correct age. XD

I think I MIGHT forgive the kids/front of the line fighters to not picking up on this fact. But afterwards...the higher ups should be talking about this. Like HMMMMM. Why is the Colossal only attacking certain parts of the wall and oh look footprints.

Anonymous 1- I think in of kids one person will always be the teased one. Some people embrace that role and become "the funny kid" while others see it as bullying. Since Sasha had already proven how dumb she was with the potato it is natural that everyone goes to her to make fun of/blame something on. Just like if you need a YOU CAN DO IT SPEECH you go to Eren and if you want to get pissed off you talk to Jean.