Credit where it is due to this episode. Firstly, it reminded me that Attack on Titan is very good at making me really dislike humans. One of the things that really bugged me in season one was the absence of characters I could care about because everyone just seemed to be a truly horrible human being, and that included the huddled masses.
Well, season three gives us this episode where the military are lying to the people about running a training drill and the people get all huffy not because they are being lied to but because the people who are fighting to save their lives are inconveniencing them. Seriously, are the military sure anyone in this world is worth saving? Still, the generally despicable nature of people in this anime is part of what makes it interesting to watch when contrasted with all of those anime of fluffy and happy people who just try to make everyone smile so I’m actually pretty happy that we get this solid reminder that this anime is not about sweetness and light but about a very gritty and sour reality.
Secondly, thanks for the reminder that Titans are horrific. I mean, Rod Reiss’ Titan form looming at the wall is one truly disgusting image and one that isn’t going to leave me anytime soon. It has been awhile since there’s been any real repulsion or emotion at all felt toward a titan (curiosity about the still missing in action beast titan isn’t quite the same thing), so the genuinely moment of recoil when we got a look at this thing was fairly welcome.
Thirdly, Eren. I know I’m normally all for beating up Eren and I really don’t like him as a character but it is like he’s finally turned a corner and grown up just a little bit. Whether he ruins it all by doing something utterly stupid in a couple of episodes remains to be seen but it is almost as if he’s come through the ordeal of the past 7 episodes finally seeing the world just a little bit clearer. It if sticks I might even have to look back at Eren and how that growth happened over the course of all three seasons, though I’ll wait and see if it sticks before I revise my opinion of him as a character.
And finally, Historia. For a character that had never left much impact on me, even when they spent a lot of the second season trying to find Christa, she’s really stepped up as well this season and with both her and Eren having fairly solid character growth this is pretty much the best I’ve seen from Attack on Titan since its beginning.
So, yeah, credit to a fairly solid episode of great moments. Still want to know why they even bother having the other soldiers standing around firing canons. It never works and the other soldiers seem woefully under-trained which makes sense but is still pretty pathetic. This episode certainly gave us enough spectacle and with the set up at the end for next week things seem to be rolling along nicely for the season so far.
- Attack on Titan Series Review
- Attack on Titan Season 2 Series Review
- Season 3 Episode 1: Why Not Add Another Faction
- Season 3 Episode 2: Whatever It Takes
- Season 3 Episode 3: Rewriting the Past Won’t Make It Go Away
- Season 3 Episode 4: A Time For Everything
- Season 3 Episode 5: Yourself or Humanity?
- Season 3 Episode 6: So Many Puzzle Pieces
- Season 3 Episode 7: Two Things I Didn’t Think Possible
- Season 3 Episode 8: They Finally Remembered Eren’s Basement – I’m So Happy Right Now
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9 thoughts on “Attack on Titan Season 3 Episode 9: To Kill A Titan”
I love this anime. Just finished second season. What about third season?
I just literally saw this episode about 5 minutes ago, and man oh man was it great. You are not wrong about the Titan being horrific. This was truly one of the most disgusting things I have seen in quite a while (and strangely enough…I loved it lol). But there was so much in this episode really. Great character development, some cool and interesting tidbits about both the past and the future….this season is really great. If this continues in this direction, it might just become my favorite season to date 😊😊
I’ve got my fingers crossed that it continues because it has certainly been going very well so far.
I’m with you in that I loved that Titan design. It is disgusting, but purposefully so and it really made an impact. Still, gross.
Haha…yeah…still gross, in a lovely way lol 😂😂
And I will be keeping my fingers crossed as well, but so far the signs have been good 😊
I must admit, while I’ve enjoyed session 3, I’ve missed there being Titans to fight. I’m looking forward to catching this one.
I know. It actually feels like it has been a long time since we’ve had a titan fight. That said, I’ve appreciated some narrative and character development and it made the fight even more fun because I actually like the characters a great deal more than I did.
Yeah, there have definitely been some pros to the approach. I did think the human vs human fights were well put together too.