Attack on Titan Review Season Three Episode Eight

A Personal Truth

Attack on Titan Season 3 Episode 8

A horrible world needed an equally horrible history and Attack on Titan does do horrible so well.  There’s a disturbing logic behind the events we see in Grisha’s memory and its made worse by the echoes of real acts of idiocy being perpetrated in our own world day after day. The devaluing of others, of labelling groups as less than human, and in the process creating mosters capable of extreme violence and acts of retaliation.

Attack on Titan reflects the very worst of humanity and it does so with a glorifying spectacle that when it hits its stride, as it did early in season one and in this most recent outing, becomes something beyond compelling. It is almost hypnotic as it draws you into the carnage and pain.

Answers we have at last about the oddities of the walled city and the seemingly endless supply of titans surrounding the city. What we still have are questions about is why the residents of the city itself are so clueless and whether the royal family was complicit in covering up the truth. More importantly, there’s a real question of why Zeke knows about Eren and why he cares at all about the events occurring inside the walls.

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But we are building a world and a history step by step over this last season and I’m not disappointed by what we are learning this time around with Attack on Titan. However, it remains to be seen how the characters will react to these recent revelations and whether the news will go out to the rest of the city or whether they will sit on this truth for a greater good.

I’m very curious as to where this will go and what pain it plans to rain down upon its character’s next (I don’t have any real hope that they intend to give any of these characters a moment of happiness at this point). I wonder how much worse they can make the situation or whether there will ever be a light at the end of the tunnel. More importantly though, I wonder what happened next in Grisha’s story because while  we learned a lot from the memory this episode there are some really big gaps still to be filled in.


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18 thoughts on “Attack on Titan Review Season Three Episode Eight

  1. This was such a difficult episode to watch, given history and even what’s going on in the world today, but as you said, a terrible world is given an equally terrible history, and it really fits the scope of everything that has happened up to its current events. The series has definitely surprised me, as well as a lot of other people, with out it dissects the malevolence of humanity, particularly as it pertains to things we don’t understand or things that are “too different.”

    1. It hits close to home in terms of the content and yet because of the fantasy trappings while it is uncomfortable to watch it isn’t too confronting. Instead it makes you think while also horrifying you. This season has really worked even if it isn’t easy viewing.

      1. It makes you think a lot, and I love anime that does that. When it first began (season one), I honestly never thought it would get to this level (haven’t been reading the manga). I’m impressed.

        1. Certainly season two didn’t suggest that the story had a clear direction. Season three has been impressive. I’m also not reading the manga and while manga readers kept insisting the story was going somewhere there’s been a lot of meandering prior to this season. Glad it seems to be moving along now as it is really quite compelling.

  2. “I don’t have any real hope that they intend to give any of these characters a moment of happiness at this point”

    Man, ain’t that the truth? At least with Re:Zero, the plot saved most of the exquisite agony for Subaru. Attack on Titan? “You get agony. You get agony. Everyone gets agony!”

    It’s relentless! I’m almost embarrassed to say how much I’m enjoying it, especially with this tiny thought in the back of my mind about Re:CREATORS. How’d you like to be Levi’s creator if they ever met?

    Yikes.

        1. Yeah, though Levi isn’t always quick at dealing with his enemies so potentially it would be long but fairly uncomfortable to watch.

  3. “whether the royal family was complicit in covering up the truth.”

    Indeed they are… The royal family (somehow) wiped out the memories of pretty much all of the population.

  4. I kind of think this season of Attack on Titan has been better than the first one that exploded the series in the first place. Shame it’s not getting anywhere near the attention.

    1. I kind of understand that. The long wait for season two threw some fans off and then season two wasn’t all that great in terms of progressing things. Season three part one got my attention again but a lot of viewers found it a little less action focused. By the time we get to season three part two I can definitely see why the viewership would have thinned out. Still, I’m glad I stayed on with this one given the number of times I threatened to drop it after season two. It has been really satisfying viewing this season.

  5. I really enjoyed this one. Now that we know what’s beyond the ocean though, it really does affect the options for the characters. It’ll be interesting to see where they go with it next.

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