Before I begin, has anyone realized how fuckin’ awesome the opening theme is? I mean, damn! I could listen to that song all day, and all the MADs set to it. I found one set to King of the Hill. It was pretty badass, I tell ya hwhat.
Ok onto Episode 3: Two years after the fall of Zhiganshina, the episode begins with a Military Police drill sergent downright talking shit to the new recruits, saying Armin’s name sucks, telling one guy named Samuel Linke-Jackson to change his name…
…nearly crushing one guy’s skull for not knowing which side your heart is on, and making Sasha Blause run endlessly for eating a potato right in front of him.
Later that day, Eren tells everyone about the Titans that attacked Zhiganshina. They try not to make him bring anymore up, but it does help to remind Eren about the reason he signed up: Revenge against the Titans.
The next day, the recruits learn to use the Three-Dimensional Maneuver Gear, which basically requires a user to have awareness of 3-D space and to keep their body weight balanced while hanging by ropes on each side of their waists. Eren has trouble mastering it, even hitting his head pretty hard on the ground at one point. Turns out the reason Eren had trouble was because his equipment was faulty. Despite that, he was still able to maintain balance for at least a few seconds.
And with that, the real training begins.
Episode 4: As their training continues, Eren learns the real truth behind it from Annie Leonhardt: They’re training to fight the Titans so they won’t have to. He was so focused on getting stronger so he can fight them that he never noticed. This realization leads to some more bickering between him and Jean Kirschtein, who has no problems about not fighting Titans.
Eren uses the martial arts he learned from Annie to knock Jean flat on his ass and to teach him that there’s no easy way out of this. Meanwhile, the drill sergent walks in, trying to figure out what the commotion is all about.
In the end, 218 trainees graduate from training and are given three choices: Each trainee can choose to join either…
- The Garrison, who protect the towns and walls.
- The Survey Corps, who goes outside the walls into Titan territory
- The Military Police, who serves the King and maintains order. Only the Top 10 graduates are allowed a position.
Even though he ranked 5th, Eren chooses to join the Survey Corps so he can fight the Titans. Mikasa and Armin does so as well, mainly so as to keep Eren from sending himself into an early grave. It turns out that Eren’s speech about humanity fighting back encouraged others to join the Survey Corps as well, even those who ranked in the Top 10.
Three more years pass as humanity prepares to begin their counterattack.
And just when they at least expect it, a Colossal Titan appears out of nowhere and breaks through the wall. And so the episode closes with Eren and his team preparing for combat against the Titan.
Well I did say that I was going to blog this in case it doesn’t live up to the hype it’s been building up, but it’s really hard for me to not think so considering these few episodes have been very good for the most part. I really do have hopes for this series.