If you haven’t watched the episode and are worried about spoilers, I’d pass on this review.
Okay, Attack on Titan has always been good at sensationalism but characters and narrative didn’t fare so well in season 1. Episode 6 finally brings all the elements of this show together at their very best. For the characters: Eren denies something without having to scream and yell about it (actually he’s been relatively shout free most of the season), Armin gets to use his head and put things together, the story with Christa and Ymir continues, Reine and Berthold finally prove they have a reason for existing, and Mikasa gets to pursue her favourite pastime of loitering near Eren and then defending him when he gets in over his head. The story also brings together bits and pieces that have been spread over the last season and a half to give us a reveal that I’m guessing everyone who read the manga knew was coming and those of us following the anime had started to kind of suspect but it was still kind of cool. What I liked about it was how casual this came across.
For a show that normally maxes out on the drama of the moment, this low key reveal was actually superb and just left you with your mouth open as the story charged into the second half. Which is where Attack on Titan did what it is known for doing well nad that is we entered a major fight with three characters transforming into titans and falling down the wall.
That’s a lot to pack into twenty minutes and yet the pace felt good this episode as the dialogue kept things moving in the early part, the flashback gave us enough reminders and new information to figure out where things were going, the reveal was perfect, and the action to end the episode just capped off what is probably one of the best episodes of this series I’ve seen. Very enjoyable watch this week.
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