You know Kaji Yuki is a perfect fit for a character, when that character just can’t catch a break.
Before I talk about the continued misfortunes of young Eren Jaeger, let’s look at the part of the episode that’s not concerned with him. I’m of course referring to the proper introduction of the Scouting Legion. Also known as humanity’s titan fodder and bravest souls.
Their introduction comes at decent time, seeing as how the Scouting Legion has been Eren’s goal – Mikasa and Armin’s by proxy as well – and will most likely be where he ends up (if he doesn’t get killed). The two main characters leading this legion who we’re introduced to is the badass ikemen Levi, voiced by an alpha Kamiya Hiroshi and a Sasha 2.0 titan otaku by the name of Hanji Zoe (voiced by Paku Romi). Two characters completely different from each other and both with their own likeable quirks.
I myself am giddy over Kamiya Hiroshi getting to play a boss character. A character so cool that a recent Biglobe poll put him in at number at #12 amongst most popular male characters this season. A true testament to Shingeki no Kyojin‘s overwhelming popularity; he didn’t appear till now and he still made the list. That’s before anyone could see just how cool this guy is, saying the obvious that hasn’t been said before – “Titans have silly faces” – and comforting his comrades on their death beds.
After the brief intro to the Legion, the focus shifts back to the doomed trio. It’s become something of a trend in Shingeki no Kyojin, and it just goes to show the series isn’t done exploiting and developing its case studies on humanity.
Much about Eren’s titan form remains a mystery, We’re getting snippets of flashbacks, which we saw in part in the first two episodes and the mystery behind his existence continues to develop naturally. This development is also going along nicely with Shingeki no Kyojin‘s subplot regarding the secrets of the titans which also gives it something more to play with and not have to focus on just the action.
Eren’s inquisition is a sad display of just how weak the humans are. They’re quick to turn on each other at the drop of a hat and as the odious inquisitor Kitts Verman points out, they can’t afford to do that when other titans are roaming inside the walls. Of course who can blame them? Titans have been wreaking havoc on humanity for so long, it’s hard to see Eren as anything but the target of their anger and disgust. Even so, Verman has been the deplorable one in the past episodes, making his act as the soldier carrying out his duty that much more laughable. this was a well-planned mini-plot that worked so well when you look at how much of a dick the guy throwing accusations has been. Where was he when all the young cadets were pinned down? It’s easier to point fingers and execute based on zero info than it is to do the hard work.
As interesting a development as this was, it was a slower episode of Shingeki no Kyojin. Not the worst thing since we’re coming off an action-packed episode, and the sense of build-up is there. The final moments of everything clicking together for Eren ended things on a mystery-style cliffhanger as we come to realise he knows (unconsciously at least) how to turn himself into a titan. That last frame of a conjured titan body – must admit, I laughed a little – left new questions to be answered but made it clear Eren’s got a mystery, which he needs to figure out as much as anyone else.
It’s safe to say things will start to get a little more interesting for Shingeki no Kyojin. Not that they weren’t before, but now there’s a new subplot to be developed to go alongside that fun action we see most of the time. For the next episode, we can expect things to remain slow as we see the trio’s friendship put to a test. Mikasa has already stepped up, so next time round it’ll be Armin’s turn.