Anime Review: Shingeki no Kyojin Eps. 22 – The Defeated

[HorribleSubs] Shingeki no Kyojin - 22 [720p].mkv_snapshot_16.28_[2013.09.09_01.30.18]Do you guys remember my previous rant about Shingeki no Kyojin? I was complaining about how slow the pace of the story this anime has. Well, let me take that back since the last 3-4 episodes have been epic. And when I said epic, it’s like a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Now, if you haven’t watched the 22nd episode or before, you might want to skip this review since it contains spoilers. If you definitely don’t want to read spoilers, this is the last warning for you.

Anyway, let’s go back to the topic. So what I was saying before is the last 3-4 episodes has been a roller coaster ride. You know why? Because you just don’t know what will happen next. Well, at least not if you haven’t read the manga yet. So what I’m going to share is my experience watching the Female Titan Arc which around the 20th episode.

The story starts with the Recon corps’ mission to Shiganshina to find the secret of Titans under Eren’s basement. In the middle of the mission, they encounter a Female Titan which is a titan in a female form (Duh!). In my mind, I was thinking like, “Oh hell yeah, now we got some actions!”. And damn right, it was an epic scene of the Recon corps trying to capture the Female Titan. However, I will not focus on the action part since obviously it was a kick-ass scene but I will focus on the “boring” part which includes monologues, team members bickering to each other, and cowardness of the troops because as you know, I have been ranting on how slow this anime really is.

During the chase scene against the Female Titan, I get to witness how fragile Levi can be. I always thought Levi is the strongest and the most cold blooded leader in the group. I always picture him as “Mr. Know it all” but his comment during the chase scene makes me realize of how fragile he is. As I remembered, Levi commented “I can only relies on my decisions and my teammates. But the truth is, we really don’t know”. That moment I realized, that hard shell of a man has no clue of what’s going to happen which moments later I have to witnessed the death of the entire Levi’s troops except for Eren. I was shocked and devastated to my very core. I mean, I grew to a liking with Petra Ral and she had to die crushed against the Female Titan’s foot and a tree. And did you see the way she died? Man, probably one of WTF moments in anime that will forever burned in my memories. Petra’s death was not a pleasant one.

Then came the 22nd episode which entitled “The Defeated”. Recon troops have to make a retreat since the Female Titan makes an appearance. From there, we get to witnessed of how hard it is to stay mentally tough when the citizens just get pissed at the Recon corps about how futile their attempt was. Not only that, Levi has to bear Petra’s father hope for his daughter. From there, I kinda get how it must be a burden to carry your team’s will. When you witness their deaths, you carry that memory with you forever. And to be honest, I shed my tears a little. I mean to lose a friend or comrade during a war must be very devastating. Aaaaaah, I haven’t felt that kind of emotion from just watching an anime for a long time. That was a good cry.

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2 responses to “Anime Review: Shingeki no Kyojin Eps. 22 – The Defeated

  1. I couldn’t agree more – I was actually just about ready to give this show up when the pacing didn’t pick up during the second half, but after about episode 16 things really got serious. It’s still not my favourite show of the summer season, and I can’t overlook all the flaws of everything up to this point, but I’m definitely glad I stuck it out.

    • Yeah, it was like a bundle of emotions bursting into that one particular episode. Heck, I even feel the pain when they lose a lot of troops and have to retreat just to face another agonizing citizens pissed at you. Eren wanted so bad to stand up against them but ended up crying which is a very humane reaction. It also opens up Eren’s fragility despite how hot-headed he is.

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