Hype Machine: Shingeki no Kyojin – Episode 3

Hype Machine: Shingeki no Kyojin - Episode 3

The third episode of Shingeki no Kyojin was an important structural foothold for the cast. It introduces a squadron of new and interesting characters that are a good diversion from Eren’s constant outbursts. Now what exactly did the Twitterverse have to say about this episode?

@rayneholde: that 3D maneuver gear is super cool. i want one #shingeki

You can place your order right now for twenty easy payments of $49.99. Some assembly may be required and Titans are not included. Remember this offer might just blow by you so act quick and call now!

@KamoDriver#shingeki Not a lot happened but that was a dang good episode! Mikasa is gorgeously animated. I love her design. Eren had a hard lesson.

I actually thought I was having a moment when she was moving by so slowly on the screen. I asked myself if I was really falling for an animated character. I pinched myself and ran quickly over to the shrine of Sakura Kinomoto I have in the corner of my room. I bowed and repeatedly begged for forgiveness as I told her that she was the only one for me. I don’t know what this comment had to do with your tweet but I had to put it out there.

@Opn01: Amazing insert song. And really good episode. Lots of excellent foreshadowing. #shingeki 3

Yes I do suppose those Titans do cast big shadows but sadly there were none in this episode. But on a more serious note, the use of the roll call was brilliantly nuanced way of revealing the fates of the new supporting cast as well as developing them as characters. The rest of the episode was just icing on the cake.

@czero90: >This is Sasha. It cost 400,000 potatoes to feed this girl for 12 seconds. #shingeki

No wonder there was a famine… Sasha ate most of the food.

@Jeroz: When I first saw the cover for #shingeki, I thought it’s a story about a misunderstood (colossal) titan who’s human’s biggest ally literally

Now that is a show that I would like to watch. But honestly, with a name like Attack on Titan you would think it’s a show where a bunch of humans bully around an extremely large man (albeit without skin) and hurt his self esteem. Instead it’s the other way around with a bit more blood… What a bummer.

@ZephyrRz: So far I’m most impressed with the art and designs. It just fits. #shingeki

My favorite part is the still art which harkens back to the manga. The unmoving frames don’t feel like cop outs just to maintain the animation budget. They’re filled with depth, emotion and some fantastic technical artwork.

@NguyenElton: I feel divided between Mikasa and Potato Girl now… #shingeki

Mikasa has been shown to feed her man while Potato Girl causes famine. Now what are you into? A nice housewife that could kick your ass or a biological weapon of mass destruction?

This outing was a great change of pace for the series. It had whole platoon of new characters, some much needed laughs and a ton of character development. The series went out of its way to show the audience that it isn’t a one trick pony. Through all the pain and suffering, that had become a motif in the first two episodes, there are pockets of solace to be found. Shingeki no Kyojin wants to take us on an emotional journey that can wind upwards as well as spiral down and out of control.

The most important thing to note about this episode is about the dissonance between Mikasa’s and Eren’s thoughts which can cause a disconnect in their relationship going forward. Eren is fighting for his independence from Mikasa’s watchful care while she believes he still wants her to be his pillar of strength. It’s very representative of the kinship between a mother and son. Where Eren seeks freedom, Mikasa look to pull him even closer. It’s an interesting idea that thinly woven throughout the episode.

Until next week, keep the Titans at bay Wall Maria.

5 thoughts on “Hype Machine: Shingeki no Kyojin – Episode 3

  1. That’s a really interesting point about the dissonance between Mikasa and Eren. I’m interested to see where that will go, particularly because we have yet to see too much revealed about Mikasa’s background and personality other than her relationship with Eren.

    • I think what the show is trying to tell us about Mikasa is that her life is defined by Eren. It’s isn’t a submissive sort of definition, just that her life revolves around him. The fact that Eren survives is a testament to not only her strength, but her will to carry two souls on her shoulder.

      • I also think that’s probably where the anime is going, although I hope we get to see Eren on her own sometime – both physically and emotionally. Right now she’s basically acting as Mikasa’s shadow, and I think it could be really interesting if her life suddenly wasn’t defined so completely by Mikasa’s existence.

  2. …it’s a story about a misunderstood (colossal) titan who’s human’s biggest ally literally.

    …it’s a show where a bunch of humans bully around an extremely large man (albeit without skin) and hurt his self esteem.

    Darn, now I would really like to watch anime based on these premises..

    Eren is fighting for his independence from Mikasa’s watchful care while she believes he still wants her to be his pillar of strength.

    Mikasa knows best 🙂

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