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Attack on Titan Episode 6 — 残酷な世界

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Attack on Titan continues to tease us by continuing to give Eren relevance even though, at this point, he is dead.  This episode, we are treated to the aftermath of the battle in which Eren died, and then move to Mikasa to get backstory on both Eren and Mikasa.  In the process, this episode hits swiftly and precisely on all of the key themes vocalized thus far in the plot, emphasizing that the world as it exists in the physical constantly takes precedence over the world as it is perceived by humanity. Continue reading

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Attack on Titan Episode 5 — Human after all

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The defining feature of Attack on Titan is how utterly human all of its characters are.  Some of this is a function of the sheer power that the titans exude, which frames everything the characters do as ultimately futile.  The majority of this realism, however, comes from the actions the characters take themselves.  All of the characters deal with themes like loyalty and honor, and are forced to reconcile them with their ultimate mortality—the simple fact that their flesh and bones can be consumed in an instant by any one of the marauding titans.  This theme of a conflict between human realities and its ideals reaches its apex in this episode. Continue reading

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