Hello there my lovely readers! I am alive. If you are at all into Disney and going to theme parks you might be aware of the disaster that was the Villain event that took place on the 13th. Very unfortunately I was there and....yeah. Grand plans. Grand plans out the window. Saturday was much better but it was very disappointing how Friday went. Especially since I spent most of last week getting ready to go out of town and this happens.
Episode Summary: After our weekly recap Levi asks Mikasa what happened. Mikasa keeps stating that Eren has to be alive as the Female Titan is intelligent and took the time to swallow Eren and not smash him into tiny tiny pieces on the ground. Levi and his squinty eyes looks like he may or may not believe her. He does know they can only accomplish one goal and that should be rescuing Eren. Mikasa protests as this Titan killed so many people. Levi is firm though. Mikasa is the bait while Levi sneaks up and slashes the shit out of the Female Titan. He is so fast she doesn't have time to harden her skin. Mikasa decides they are strong enough to defeat the Titan. Only Mikasa under estimates the Female Titan and Levi pushes her out of the way at the last second. Levi breaks something in his leg but unhinges the Female Titan's jaw and Eren+sludge is revealed. Levi scoops up Eren and he orders Mikasa to retreat. Levi looks behind him and is slightly shocked to see the Female Titan crying. A smoke bomb must have been used as those inside the wall already know the Scouting Legion is returning. Everyone related to Levi unit is so excited and make plans for their loved one's return. Of course they are among the bodies being piled up and identified. Mikasa watches over Eren as a lot of the mains talk about how they are alive and so many are dead. There is an air of failure in the air since the Female Titan escaped. Levi stops to look at the body of Petra in particular. It is reported to Erwin that 5 soldiers are missing. Well some are not missing. They know where one body in particular is but it is way too close to a lot of Titans. Erwin says to leave it and goes to go about his business when two men express their concerns. That body is their friend and they want to retrieve him. Erwin says he won't risk it. Levi also backs Erwin up which causes one of them, Dieter, to really get pissed, saying the men have no humanity. Eventually the order to move out is given and off everyone is going.
Someone notices that there are Titans on their tail. It turns out that Dieter and his friend went back to get the dead body of their other friend. Well this was clearly not a great idea as it brought all the Titans to them. Levi asks Erwin what they should do. Erwin says there isn't enough around to fight the Titans so they must try and outrun them. Levi falls back to tell the rest of the troops. Mikasa looks on as she was the closest one to the idiots. The body is dropped on the ground and one of the friends is eaten. Mikasa manages to save Dieter as he looks on and cries. Levi tells the slow wagon to push the bodies off the edge which horrifies the soldiers. The Titans catch up and they have no choice but to throw all their dead friends over the edge. The tarp covering Petra unfolds and Levi watches as she bounces on the ground. With all the bodies off the cart manages to outrun the Titans and there are no further casualties. Eren is having a dream, of when he was younger and the Scouting Legion had come back. He remembers how cool he thought they were. But then Eren morphs into one of them and he has attack on liney face. Younger Mikasa tries to get his attention and Eren wakes up in the cart. Eren is told how everything went horribly wrong as they rest. Levi walks up to Dieter who is crying over being...well himself. Levi hands Dieter a patch from his friend's uniform, which is a symbol that they are still human. Dieter cries even more. The Scouting Legion makes it to the gate and people start talking about how useless they are, a waste of money.. Everyone has liney face on and Eren goes to yell at the crown when he and Mikasa see two kids, so excited to see them, just how Mikasa and Eren were so many years ago. Things go from super bad to the worst day in humanity ever when Petra's father runs up to Levi. He talks warmly about Petra, hinting that Petra wanted to marry Levi. Eren starts crying and Armin tells the viewers that due to the massive failure of this mission Erwin and all those in charge were taken to the inner wall and Eren was detained. THE END!!
Holy shit folks. Just when you think things couldn't get any worse...they do. Like this show is like oh you think the manga is bad? How about this? Seriously no hope, no light, and everyone ill surely go crazy from grief. Fun times.
I am about to be real for a second. When a friend and I were in college I found her crying when I came to class. Her boyfriend's brother was a Marine. On a mission one Marine was killed. They went back for the body. Three people died in that “rescue mission” including the brother. The motto no Marine gets left behind took on a whole new meaning that day. Part of me wants to understand. Like no. We have to be better than the animals and bury our own. Not to leave them to the elements and enemies. But the stronger part of me was upset. Very upset. Did that one Marine want his friends to go back for him?For his confirmed dead body, just to die? No I bet he didn't want that at all. Instead of one family grieving there was 4. 4. 3 soldiers who didn't have to die. So as harsh as Erwin and Levi were being it was...understandable. Your friend wouldn't want you to die to bury him in the ground.
Well Dieter and his friend didn't see it that way. They thought they least they could do for their friends was bring him home to his family. So they went and retrieved his body. Which brought the Titans to the group. Which eventually cost the other friend his life. Dieter would have been killed had Mikasa not been the one near him. Their actions also caused every other body to be lost. All of them. Now no one gets to bury their loved ones. It might be hard to follow orders but Dieter learned that day. At the cost of so much.
I meant it when I said this was horrifying. Despite all the violent things I have seen in horror shows/animes this was pretty close to the top of my MOG shit list. Just...all those dead bodies flying through the air, more bones breaking. Being stepped on by some stupid creature who is probably human itself, just messed up. Watching that soldier hold onto the bodies, not wanting to let Levi be right. Petra's bag coming loose as she was hurled off the wagon and lost forever. Just...just so tramatizing. Everything has been taking away from these people. There is probably nothing more to give. It is just hard to explain why this was such a hard moment to watch. Perhaps that was the point. Perhaps I am not as jaded as I think I am. Are you traumatized?
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