Attack the titans It has been characterized by the balance between the action and the moments to build characters or contexts. From the first season to the current one, Shingeki no Kyojin It is recognized for not dropping all the meat on the appetizer grill. When it seems that the story stagnates, the norm is that there is a surprise that brings those who follow the adaptation of the manga back to their feet. That’s what happened with “retrospective”, the penultimate chapter of this anime.
This characteristic makes it complex to typify this story. It’s a shonen traditional? Is it an even more mature narrative? Both responses cannot be simple, closed. While the shonen usually has a hectic pace, to the detriment of the construction of characters or balanced dialogues, the adaptation of Attack the titans it does offer these moments. Because they are important? They allow the combat scenes and other circumstances to have another dimension, an even more powerful one.
After several chapters detailing a part of the plan to try to stop Eren Jaeger, smoothing out the rough edges between different groups that had clashed until the beginning of the series and that are now allies, “Retrospective” showed the conflict between the parties, former teammates killing each other each other for different ideals. He did it relying on one of the resources that best suits history, the use of the maneuvering equipment to fly and cut beings with precision and spectacularity. During these types of moments, much of what was said before, of the gestures, circumstances and situations that apparently were not going to transcend, acquire another type of meaning for the viewer.
Attack the titans: Mikasa’s role
During the second part of the final season of Attack the titans, my house He has been one of the most controversial characters. Through symbolism, such as those related to the scarf, and other gestures, the character has progressively undergone a transformation. That confident girl became a woman full of doubts, caused by Eren Jaeger, until this chapter.
Not all questions regarding her have been cleared. There’s one left. But her performance, as spectacular as bloody, reminded her of who she was and says about part of her commitment to the mission they are developing. Mikasa is at a point in the story where she cannot allow herself to doubt, where each step is a point of certainty to face her greatest challenge: trying to kill Mikasa. Eren jaegerthe one that was his idyll.
As if it were a spoilers constant, Annie, questioning Mikasa about whether or not she will be able to kill Eren, about whether she will not hesitate, gives the viewer some idea about the end of Shingeki no Kyojin. The poetics that would have a moment when she is stopping him seems anything but boring and meaningless; on the contrary, it would be the closing of an arch marked by pain and suffering.
Annie, Reiner and the unexpected hero
If there are no absolute roles in life, neither are there within Attack the titans. Those first sent to destroy Paradis Island and kidnap Eren for the first time, are now the ones trying to save humanity from the goal of the Founding Titan. Those who attack them no longer do so with blades but with missiles; fear is a memory displaced by bravery, rage, and the force of an idea.
Little by little, the Armored Titan and the Female Titan, those who subjected an entire population, are shown to be vulnerable. It’s the way how the story tells the viewer that part of that world is being left behind, that humanity, still violent and in need of conflict, is overcoming that power, that tradition. However, something of her remains in these titans and in Falco taking an active part in the conflict by transforming for the first time into the Jaw Titan. The child who transmitted the most insecurity turned out to be the one with the greatest sense of context.
Without them, the escape on the ship would not have been possible; also without the influence of Theo Magath. Another narrative circle that unquestionably closes. General de Marley concluded his transformation into the hero that he aspired to find, immolating himself with an armed ship that would have hunted down the other. Like all good heroes, Magath did not need a specific power to achieve this recognition. He just needed a little common sense and calm to do what was necessary at the right time. A fair closure to one of the best chapters of this anime.