With the beast titan having climbed the wall last episode I kind of thought that having sent the titans after the group in the tower he was done. Oh no. He’s hanging around to cause more problems and it is just the kind of cruelty you expect from Attack on Titan.
However, rather than just get into the fight we’re skipping back two hours (what is with this season and time skips?). Connie is still obsessing about his village and it seems like he is trying to convince himself everyone survived but the common sense part of his brain keeps rejecting that notion.
Ymir is far more vocal this episode than I ever think we’ve seen her and it is to her detriment as she let’s something that seems like it should be important slip (however the show is not lingering on this point as there are titans to fight).
Anyway, the fight actually starts out pretty well. Given how the soldiers have done previously against titans I wasn’t convinced it was going to be a long fight, but the scouts are actually pretty good. You know, until the beast titan launches boulders at the tower, they run out of blades and then gas. It all kind of goes downhill from there. Leading to the final scene and the big reveal of the episode, which most of us saw coming about midway through the episode but was still pretty cool.
This episode was excellent. It hit all the points I loved about the first episode of Attack on Titan ever. The feeling of being desperate and trapped, actual fear of the titans, the inevitable deaths, the few shock moments of survival, some reasonable action in amongst frantic action and waiting. It just kind of kept you on edge and waiting and was satisfying in what it delivered. More like this, please.
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8 thoughts on “Attack on Titan Season 2 Episode 4”
You already know my thoughts on this since I word-vomited all over my own post but I’m still here to yell a resounding YES to everything you’ve said. The scouts dying was both my favorite and least favorite moment in the episode. On one hand, I really liked that group but on the other, that kind of blunt tragedy is what Aot does best.
I loved this episode. It left a ton of breadcrumbs. It actually revealed a lot about the future plot lines without being overt about it. All we got were flashes and hints really. Honestly it was stuff I didn’t pick up the first time. With no spoilers I will say that the most obvious hints about Ymir are just the tip of the iceberg. You should re watch all 12 when the season is done to catch the hints you missed the first time. Not going to lie I read this section of the manga again and again. Stuff that doesn’t seem important really is.
This was an absolutely fantastic episode, and definitely the best of the season. I really hope that the rest of the upcoming episodes will have as much quality as this one. As mentioned before I love the fact that this season there is much more focus on other characters. It gives it a lot more dimension (and ofcourse the anime also very cruelly causes deaths of characters that you have just started to like). Looking forward to episode 5, and the rest of your posts for this one (nice that I can finally comment on episodes for a change, as usually I don’t watch series befire they are finished 😊).
The deaths of the scouts did hit harder because for once I remember their names and I kind of didn’t want them to die, which of course made it fairly clear they were about to.
This is my favorite episode in the season this far! It was dark, emotional, somewhat comedic with Krista, Ymir, Reiner, and Connie. I loved it so much! I can’t wait to see more of this season and I definitely can’t wait to read more of your thoughts on it, too! 😀
Yes, this episode was just good. It was great to watch, enjoyed the character interactions, it was exciting, and the final scene was amazing. Kind of everything people want from Attack on Titan.
This episode went really heavy with the death and despair didn’t it? As you say, it very much captures the same kind of atmosphere of the first episode of season one. It’s all pretty grim, but it’s nice to see Attack on Titan going back to what it’s best at.
I think this worked a bit better because for once they’d spent some time building up the characters in the scene so there was some actual connection to them. It made it all just a bit more dramatic.