Shingeki no Kyojin 05 – Back to Square One

Shingeki no Kyojin Episode 5 Armin Scared


[Shingeki no Kyojin Episode 4]

Here are two rules one should abide by when watching Shingeki no Kyojin:

  1. Never give into the feelings of comfort/victory
  2. Don’t get attached to any character, and I mean ANY character.

If there’s one thing you can see with this episode, is that no small victories will be celebrated for too long.  Whatever happiness there was in the previous episode, before and after the graduation, disappeared in seconds.  Despair came back as quickly as it left and humanity has been thrown into chaos once again.  Depressing isn’t it?

Shingeki no Kyojin Episode 5 Eaten alive

It most certainly is.  Shingeki no Kyojin refuses to ease up on the pressure as we continue to see humans being taken down in hordes and thrown into disarray once again.  Add in the fact that the recently graduated recruits, still cheerful from the ceremony, are being wiped out and even I can’t look past all the dread and despair.  The episode certainly made the events in the first two episodes look like a distant dream.

Armin and Eren ended as the characters in the spotlight for this episode.  Both of them represent two factions of humanity – Armin belongs to those fearful for their lives and Eren to the much smaller faction willing to fight – which only added to the desperate situation the story has gone back to.  Eren’s futile fight may have provided a better representation of just how useless the fight is, but it was Armin’s fear that better showed how dreadful the situation is.  Even with all the training and gear, most soldiers will end up as nothing more than titan food.

Shingeki no Kyojin Episode 5 Lecture

The barrage didn’t stop there.  A flashback that revealed titans don’t need to eat humans but do so for the hell of it, added on to the dogpile.  That said, it wasn’t all it did.  It raised the question about the titans themselves, giving Shingeki no Kyojin a bit of a mystery to explore later on in the story.  For now it’s insignificant, given all that’s happened but the series can’t be all action and no plot development.

Shingeki no Kyojin Episode 5 Cute Titan

If all that wasn’t enough, then I’m sure the ending would have cinched the deal.  Did we just witness a main character being killed of a fifth of a way into the story? What type of repercussion can we expect this to have on Armin and Mikasa? That remains to be seen but one thing is for sure; that was a gory and heartbreaking exit this early in the series.  I say this in respect to Armin and Mikasa and not Eren.  A character like him has triggered a lot of death flags in just five episodes and his arrogant one-set mind does get irritating.  Also, you have to figure his death would have more of an effect on someone like Armin.  He just saw his best friend get eaten right after being saved by him.

Shingeki no Kyojin Episode 5 Eren last stand

Based on the preview, next week we’ll switch focus to Mikasa.  Unfortunately this means a flashback in the midst of an invasion but it should hopefully get us to better understand the relationship him an Eren had.  A relationship that hasn’t looked normal from day one.

8 thoughts on “Shingeki no Kyojin 05 – Back to Square One

  1. foshizzel

    I said this on Draggle’s blog, but damn another Yuki Kaji character that loses an arm? WHAT? For some reason I seem to pick up on that a lot whenever he voices any new character each of them have missing limb, but anyway YES do not get attached to anyone because DAMN they can die at any moment xD

  2. megaroad1

    I have avoided spoilers from the manga so far and will continue to do so, but I refuse to believe that Eren has bought the farm so early in the show, if anything because none of the other characters have been given exposition enough to be able to take on a leading role so early o. In any case, this story does not pull any punches and I’m definitely not going to try to get too comfortable with any characters because there will be blood.

    it’s also pretty clear to me at this point that the Titans are not part of nature. The way the Colossal Titan appears and dissapears makes that clear. I’m guessing that sooner or later we’ll have a Trigun style revelation.

    What the hell is up with the ‘moe eyes’ Titan?!

    1. azeriraz Post author

      Well, to be honest Eren’s death could serve as the springboard for Armin and Mikasa’s rise to main character status. I do agree that seeing a main character die is out of the question 95% of the time but it has been done once or twice and in Shingeki’s case it would be excused.

      Completely agree with you on moe titan – very disturbing in an unintentional way.

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  4. Artemis

    I don’t seem to be as hooked on this series as much as many other viewers are – there are several flaws that really stick out to me – but I felt this was a really strong episode, and by far the best one we’ve seen so far. I highly doubt we’ve seen the last of Eren, just because it’s so unusual to see the death of not only a main character but the main character so early on in any show, but big props to Shingeki no Kyojin if this does end up being the case.

    1. azeriraz Post author

      As much as I love the series, there are definitely some flaws. This episode is definitely a big turning point in the story, so it would get more attention than usual.

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