Friday, August 23, 2013

Shingeki no Kyojin episode 19

Weee one more anime post before I go to bed. It has been a super busy week at work. I think the shift I work will always be super busy. Le sigh. But working at work is what should take place. Do my best and whatever happens happens. I think I need to learn to let things roll off my back a bit better. But yes here it is Friday and my grand plans to blog an episode a day....well never happened. XD
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Having a humanoid Titan chasing me through the woods, killing all my comrades isn't having my life in danger? OH OKAY THEN!
So what anime post is up next? Why Shingeki no Kyojin episode 19. Spoilers for seeing Eren's lovely time with Levi's squad.
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Oh Eren...things can get so much worse.
Episode Summary: After a slight recap of how awesome this scouting mission is going things come back to Eren and Levi's unit of nervousness. They keep on riding the horses. The cover your ears thing was Levi shooting up a noise thingy thing into the air. Eren is confused on why this is going on and how come they aren't stopping the Titan. More enforcements come to stop the Female Titan and they are quickly squished. Eren is starting to get pissed but the rest of Levi's unit has decided to stop looking nervous and just follow Levi despite the fact the Female Titan SHOULD be on their heels. A few more reinforments show up and Eren demands that they help them out and fight. One is killed right away while the other fights on. Eren keeps on screaming to be allowed to help. When he is told to run on he is like screw you I can fight alone. Eren then magically remembers he can turn into a Titan and does he really need permission to save someone. He goes to bite himself when Petra freaks out, reminding Eren that he can only do that if his life is in danger. X_____X Okay. In other cases he needs permission. She begs Eren to believe in them, Levi's squad. Levi is like do what you want. This shocks everyone but Levi tells Eren he needs to take the path in life that will lead to the least amount of regrets. Levi won't stop him but tells Eren to either believe in his individual powers or the powers of the entire Levi squad.
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To be a human punching bag?
Eren looks...well like a lot of things as it is flashback time. It was when Eren first joined Levi's squad. 1 whole month ago ya'll. Hange and her crazy ass self wanted to study Titans some more and to do that Eren needs to transform. Levi is around to get the job done if Eren goes crazy again. Eren is lowered into a well so Hange can study him in a safe environment. Eren's main concern is keeping control of himself during his transformation. He goes to bite down on his hand and.....Hange and Levi wait. And wait. And wait some more. They finally ride up to the well and find Eren with tons of bite marks on his bleeding hands and him shaking, saying he can't transform. Eren is obviously super upset at dinner time. Levi doesn't make Eren feel any better by saying the entire take Maria Wall back plan revolves around Eren the Titan and if Eren can't be a Titan... When Eren walks away the rest of Levi's unit tell Eren that this is okay. That now some of them think Eren is less of a threat and more human with this news. Oluo (dude one site said his name was spelled a totally different way) Petra, Erd, and Gunter each say their own piece about the matter. Eren almost feels better but vows to transform again. He drops his spoon on the ground and struggles to reach it without actually leaving his seat. Then POOF the tell tale signs of Titan smoke and ground shaking appear. Levi makes his way to the dinning area to find Eren...sorta transformed. He is still there but connected to his real arm is Titan parts. It looks like ribs but everyone else says hand so what do I know. Eren is clearly shocked and NOT in the Titan itself. Yet Petra, Erd, Gunter, and Oluo, all these people who were just saying super nice things about him, have their weapons drawn on Eren. Levi tells everyone to calm down and steps up to protect Eren which touches the boy. The rest of the squad starts screaming that Eren is a danger, a traitor, a monster, ect. They tell Eren all sorts of things, yelling so loud and over each other it starts to not make sense. They are clearly afraid of Eren. Eren yells at everyone to be quiet so he can think.
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Question: Can Hange leave me alone please?
Hange emerges from the woods and sees Eren's arm and runs up to it to probably make love to it. She examines it for a bit but Eren is not liking the attention so he pulls his real arm free from the situation, causing the Titan arm to fall apart. Hange is upset but sees that the Titan arm is holding a spoon. Later that night Eren is really down and Levi goes to talk to him in a surprising feat of humanity and compassion. He explains that his squad are the best of the best and only are this way based on experience. They have to make split second decisions and sometimes come across as harsh. Yet Levi knows that deep down they still see Eren as a human and feel bad for the way they acted towards him. Eren starts to understand the situation and is lead to the rest of the team. Hange appears with the spoon and explains to everyone that Eren needs to injury himself (draw blood) and have a focus so intense in his mind to transform. IE kill Titans, protect Mikasa/Armin, plug the hole. Eren is pretty upset that something so minor could cause him to transform. However everyone else in the squad realizes that Eren has been through a lot and didn't mean to hurt them/scare them. They all bite down on their hands as a sign to Eren that they want and give forgiveness and they will trust him and he should trust them. Eren is then brought back to the present, with the Female Titan chasing them. He goes back to bite his fist again when he sees Petra's face. Levi asks Eren what he wants to do and Eren dramatically says he will trust in the team. A few minutes later the group runs by a specific group of trees and Erwin is like FIRE!!!!! Everything starts to rain arrows and explosions. Levi's group runs on, trying to calm the horses now. Eren and all realize they were leading the Female Titan into a trap to capture her alive. Levi leaves Eren in charge of the group, as they are to take to the trees and hide Eren. Levi then joins Erwin as the Female Titan has been pinned hundreds of time. She has managed to protect her neck but she is stuck in place. Levi says the plan worked only because many people died allowing them escape. Erwin deems it necessary to find out who is the Female Titan. THE END!
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This is Eren having faith face weeee!
Holy crap folks. The summary once again went out of control. When I am able to find 5 seconds of break at work I write what I can down in my notebook and since I can type much faster than I can just ends up being shorter. Like okay my hand is tired and I am on the other side of the page now, time to wrap this puppy up. But on the computer it is type type type. Woe is my poor summary which is more like line by line.
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A flashback to us bonding. This must end well.
Earlier in the series I said I was quite happy with how they went in order...chronological. I felt as if we got to know the characters a lot better that way. I mean it was after the attack we saw the cadets go through their training and why Marco being dead was actually a big deal. Like oh okay now I have learned all your names! But most of this episode was devoted to a flashback, of Eren getting to know Levi's people. Should that too have taken place in a flashback? Part of me wants to be like YES all of it should be in chronological order except if a character is remembering a 30 second scene. However it did work well in this episode. The way the situation ended up.
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Can we please fire bullets at her head please?!?!?!
But first in the now. Levi only fired a noise bullet...thingy thing. And magically that made the others in the Levi Unit calm the hell down. For some reason. Maybe because he actually did something? Not sure why but Petra and the others decided to keep their mouths shut and ride on. Levi acknowledging the situation was enough for them. We now know that Levi was calling either for more backup to be used as 5 second meat shields or to let Erwin to know where they were.
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I would be admirable to try and save them...but really Eren you were all going to get squished trying.
Eren was not happy with this one gesture of calm the hell down. No no, he grew more and more upset. natural. Watching people die all around you and doing nothing to stop it is awful. I don't think Eren was aware that the Female Titan was specifically after him or it would have made his rage worse. Still logically it looks like anyone who went up against the Female Titan was screwed. At this point though it was fight the Female Titan and die or run away and die 5 seconds later. At least die helping your comrades yes?
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Took you long enough.
I am surprised that it took Eren so long to realize he could be the only one to take on the Female Titan. And if I hadn't read the manga I would be screaming that too. Like oh this was the plan. Lure the Female Titan to Eren so he can Eren Titan it and take it out. That must be Erwin's plan. Because really who else could take out this monster? But NOOOO apparently Eren needs to trust in a plan he doesn't know and not use a power that could guarantee a victory or at least save whoever is left in the squad.
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And will that regret only last 5 seconds because um things ain't looking so great for anyone.
This is the part of the episode that Petra told Eren to trust them, the Levi squad. Which is kinda odd since you know...the rest of those fools have no idea what is going on either. Just Levi and if he opened his mouth and told them the truth then the plan will fail. Um no but okay. Hard to trust people not telling you what is going on. I like that Levi gave Eren the choice. Like think this through because you need to deal with the consequences. Part of me wonders if Levi was hoping Eren would be like PSHT I ain't listening to you, doing the opposite of what Levi wants lalala!
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Yay happy memories!
Time for a flashback that lasted most of the episode. Well at least half. This time it was to show how the Levi squad functions. I guess it makes some sense. These people aren't from Eren's past. I guess they still could have shown it in chronologically since it was only 1 month ago but meh. I guess it proved/served it's purpose. What with the last lines matching up and all. A walk down memory lane while we are riding horsies away from a scary looking Female Titan!
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Why are you crying about your limbs? You that attached to them or something?!
Levi is slightly scary. I guess he is always scary but you know. Most people would be upset at the idea of having their limbs chopped off. Levi was just speaking so causally to Eren it was almost maddening. Like um we all suffer through this life because of Titans, suck it up buttercup. Well this might be true but I think Eren is suffering the most. When other people lose their limbs that's it. No more arms or legs. Or both. Not for Eren. Eren can regrow his limbs so Levi can potentially hack them off over and over again. I might be slightly upset there too Princess Levi.
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I don't see Titan people....
I sorta felt bad for Eren when he couldn't transform. So much pressure on this kid to perform. Perfom something people fear but when he can't do it, it's a disappointment to mankind. Eren the mission and possibility the answer to mankind's Titan problems rest on you controlling a power you had no idea you possessed until a month ago. Hurry up and master it or else. Or else the leg choppin will commence. So much pressure. All those bite marks on Erne's hand....painful. Poor Eren and all this pressure on him to do a task he has no real control over just so he can be experimented on.
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I am confused because people aren't hating on me. How do I handle this?!
While Levi didn't out and out call Eren a loser who is letting down humanity....he might as well. In his own Levi way. Pressure....but the truth. I mean Eren should be taught how to take down the Colossal Titan as that IS the most basic and biggest threat against humanity. But yeah. Stopping Titans by walking all the way back to Eren's house is important too. However the rest of Levi's unit tried to cheer Eren up. It ranged from slightly helpful (you're not a total monster...) to really trying to make Eren feel better. Like Eren...this is new. And weird. It is okay that you can't magically do everything. We are Levi's unit and we will support you. Here, have a spoon for our treat of friendship.
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I thought I was one of you?!
5 seconds later the spoon and shit hit the ground. What treat of friendship? Eren is a monster and must be destroyed! Flip floppers! I mean...yes Eren did transform without permission. However it was just the hand. Like what was Eren going to do with it? I know the limbs weigh nothing but still. Eren was struggling on the ground. He wasn't throwing it around like a crazy person. Chill. Levi and his violent self was the one who calmed everyone semi down. I mean hello everyone was talking at once. Hange was lubbing herself up to make love to the hand. Eren looked just as shocked as everyone else if not more. Why so angry?! If anything make Eren the lizard and cut off his human arm yes? So much confusion and angry faces. No more treats.
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And this is good news...why?
Surprisingly Levi is the one who tried to tell Eren the truth. On how to make it better. Like don't take it personally kid, they are trained Titan killers. They had to reach that fast. Okay maybe Levi wasn't making him feel better. He was just telling him the truth. Still a nice gesture. Oh and Hange explaining how this wasn't Eren's fault was a nice touch too. Like see are just a grade A freak. You need a goal and some blood and you can be a Titan. I like how this made everyone else feel better...but Eren. Like really?! I can be having...a good time with someone and one nail scratch and POOF Titan. Glad to see Eren saw how horrible this news really was.
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We can do...whatever this plan is Eren. Just believe!
The rest of the Levi ground did not. They were like OH NO!! We have totally let Eren down. We told him this was a happy group full of light and love. With treats. How dare we doubt him and not believe in his super scary uncontrollable powers. We are ashamed. And we shall bite our hands in a show of remorse and camaraderie. So Petra can say to Eren trust us and breaking away from the flashback Petra can say it again. Believe in us Eren. Believe in us even though we have no idea what is going on. Believe in us because we are sorry about doubting you once.
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Say hello to our little trap!
So Eren does. Because he is a good soldier!! And 5 seconds later he is rewarded with the truth. Their entire mission was a trap. A huge trap. What the hell? I mean I am putting aside the fact so many people died for this. Or they were left in the dark. Because there are traitors everywhere. No no folks....just how did Erwin KNOW a Titan, a human one, would appear? The Female one nonetheless. Because it is CLEAR NOW that during the attacks on the wall all three were involved. Colossal broke the wall. Armored broke down the inner gate. Female (she needs a better name...) Titan brought all the Titans with her. So was Erwin just hoping the other two would show up? Because the Female Titan wasn't shown until after the mission. And let's just say...she probably wasn't encountered outside the walls until today. So a trap for a humanoid Titan Eren didn't know excited or does Erwin know WAY more than he should?!
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I know, right. I mean it has been so long, this plan to find out who is inside this Titan. Finally folks.
Either way that is how the episode ends. Levi orders his squad to take to the trees and hide Eren. Perhaps heading back to base would have been a better plan but you know...Erwn and Levi have to look all dramatic at the caught Female Titan. Like haha, look at your screwed face!!! However....wouldn't it have been easier if this happened closer to night time? Or does that rule not apply to humanoid Titans? Either way you can't predict what these crazies will do. Female Titan looks shocked too. Like damn it...time for Plan B? Wait Plan B? Oh shit ya'll!!!!

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