Attack on Titan Review Season 3 Part 2 Episode 5

Just wow.

Eren and Armin - Attack on Titan Season 3

Episode 5

Wow! Ouch! Wow again. And let’s throw an ‘ooh’ in there for good measure.

Yep, episode 5 of Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2 has rendered me effectively speechless and trying to describe the emotional response to this episode results in onomatopoeia, word salad, and mostly inarticulate phrases. Shock, horror, celebration, stunned silence, horror again, utter depression, minor triumph, followed by the stillness that comes from being so confused about how I feel and yet moved nonetheless.

The Beast Titan
A truly hopeless situation and one where there will be no eleventh hour rescue. Regardless of how contrived, this works emotionally.

It isn’t as though the episode is some model of perfection. There’s sections of animation that aren’t as polished as some of the sequences we were getting in season one, the character points are all very much orchestrated as are the emotional notes. It isn’t in the slightest bit subtle as we see the death and disaster roll out before us and other than a moment of excellent timing there’s nothing overly clever about it.

Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2 Episode 5 - Armin
Ouch!

What makes this episode work is that it is the culmination of the all the events leading up to it. Each character moment, whether it is Levi, Armin, Eren, Jean, Bertholdt, Reiner, or the random scout who apparently survived the suicide charge, fits beautifully as the next step in their journey’s even if that step seems to be the end of the line.

Levi - Attack on Titan Season 3
In this moment I finally understood the Levi fandom.

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This is where episodic reviewing is a problem. In terms of spectacle, this episode brought it. Again, it could have been more polished in places, but it looks good enough (significantly better than a lot of anime out there). There’s enough going on to keep the audience hooked and invested with sufficient pauses for the characters to have their moments. However, this episode doesn’t progress plot or the like. It consolidates a sequence of events we’ve been watching and invested in over the last few weeks and as such it nails the perfect emotional climax.

The moment of death – approximately two seconds after this image was captured. Again, ouch.

I’m not going to say what happened, you should just watch it. However, new respect for Levi. That was pretty amazing. Eren gets an incredibly bitter-sweet triumph with a heavy dose of the bitter side of it. And Armin… well, as I said, just watch the episode.


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8 thoughts on “Attack on Titan Review Season 3 Part 2 Episode 5

  1. I must be an outlier. I kept seeing obvious tactical mistakes. The attackers should have spread out so one throw couldn’t take out so many people. Kill your opponent immediately when you have the chance. Nobody had ever thought thru the proper way to deploy smoke. They had gunpowder all the time yet only now figured out how to use it effectively (thunder spears)? What happened to Eren’s ability to command titans? Comes from a military mindset.

    But… OTOH this last couple of episodes have been stunning. Epic. Awesome. Let’s give someone a shot of titan juice and head to that basement.

    1. I don’t think they could have spread out anymore due to being surrounded (they did travel up three different lanes of houses so they kind of spread), and Eren was unconscious on the wall when they decided on this last minute plan so whether he could have commanded the titans or not is almost irrelevant. The lack of technology I put down to successive leaders deliberately limiting the access their population has to decent information.
      Then again, Attack on Titan is logically full of holes from the beginning and mostly unless they do something stupider than normal I don’t tend to worry about it.

  2. Yeah, this episode had me babbling incoherently with words like “Holy,” “Ohmygod,” “what the fuck,” and many more. As bittersweet as it was, it was probably one of my favourites for the whole series to date.

    1. Agreed. It just gave me the feeling I have kind of wanted from Attack on Titan since episode 1 but seldom actually feel while watching. So good.

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