Shingeki no Kyojin 07 – Rock Bottom

Shingeki no Kyojin Ep 7 - Last stand

[Shingeki no Kyojin Episode 6]

Had I not been following the manga for a while now, I wouldn’t have thought things could get even more despair-ridden in Shingeki no Kyojin.  If you didn’t think so, then don’t feel bad.

It’s all about Mikasa again.  Unlike the previous episode where we learnt about her past and her attachment to Eren, this was a full display of her complete reliance on Eren and not just as a support system.  If there’s one thing this episode made clear, it’s that without Eren there can be no Mikasa the Titan Killer but just another broken down girl running away from something – not just her past.

Shingeki no Kyojin Ep 7 - shotgun mouth

There’s a feeling of backtracking here.  Mikasa established herself as an individual in the previous episode, only to be reduced to another female lead who needs the man around to get things done.  It’s especially disappointing for her, since in other episodes she’s come off as the restraint on Eren’s out-of-control emotions and the strongest character of the bunch.  Her mental strength was questionable, sure, but it crumbled so quickly and sharply because of Eren’s death.  As understandable as it is, it does go a bit too far.

Shingeki no Kyojin Ep 7 - death awaits

Mikasa’s breakdown may have ended up the central focus of the episode, but there were some new developments to keep the story moving.  Namely, the appearance of a new titan who engaged in fist fights against other titans and avoided the humans.  This new titan is actually modelled after the mangaka Hajime Isayama – revealed in recent interviews, prior to the airing of the episode – and has given us an interesting development.

Shingeki no Kyojin Ep 7 - titan vs titan

What exactly is this Titan? We’ve heard about the ‘abnormals’ and that’s it.  Little is known exactly what the abnormal is unless you read the manga, and that doesn’t help us in the slightest when venturing guesses at what this new titan is.  Whatever he may be, his timing is pretty good seeing as how things can’t possibly get worse.  Many of you may have thought that after Eren was eaten, but in all honesty Mikasa’s breakdown and the suicides of new recruits is the straw which broke the camel’s back.  When you’re strongest and brightest is out for the count, things have really hit rock bottom.

Shingeki no Kyojin Ep 7 - new titan

So what’s next? Hope.  Everything so far has only made the situation more desperate, and now it’s time for the humans to have a fighting chance.  The mystery titan has started the fight for the humans, giving them their second wind.  Despair has been the atmosphere since the beginning, and it’s about time for that to change.

4 thoughts on “Shingeki no Kyojin 07 – Rock Bottom

  1. Fiohnel

    So Mikasa has to stick the “woman who needs no man” stereotype in order to establish herself as an individual? Isn’t that kind of sexist? For a character to not be objectified, she has to objectify others?

  2. Kinza Datteri

    I think you completely missed the point of this episode.. or worse, even this chapter of the manga. Recruits followed her mindfully and willfully as that suicidal charge was their last option anyway – and they knew it. Her breakdown was shown as it was, sure, but it all lead to this very brief moment when she apologises to Eren that she still has will to live even if he is alredy dead.

    “I’m sorry, Eren, I won’t give up. I’ll never give up again. If I died, I won’t be able to remember you. So I’ll win no matter what!” And then she charges at the titan. If the abnormal one didn’t appear, she would still survive because she the baddest of the baddest.

    If that whole scene doesn’t show that she can fight and live without him, then I have no freakin idea what would. That was splendid example of character growth. I am disapoint, son.

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