As the army of Colossal Titans marches towards the destruction of the world together with Eren Jaeger transformed into Founder Titan, there are things to attend to in the paradise island. After several episodes aimed at creating a climate of tension and explaining different issues that were not previously addressed, Attack the titans returns to one of its narrative bases: the actions of La Legión, while particular plots continue to develop in Attack the titans.
During the previous chapters, the spotlights were on Eren And his brother zeke, in both war and philosophical conflicts. What is the best way to stop the war? Some have another position, others theirs and, apparently, there is Eren’s: exterminate the rest of the world so that his people, the place where he grew up, remain through time without walls around him. The decision poses an interesting twist in relation to the most classic heroes inside the animebecause from one point of view it does not seem heroic and, from another, focused on the particular journey of the protagonist, it makes sense.
my house Y armin, Eren’s two companions, find themselves in a scene of confusion. Both must manage an unforeseen situation, while dozens of titans still devour those who are within their reach. Shingeki no Kyojin transfers the global conflict triggered by Eren to a slightly more particular one. The story, as in the beginning of the series, returns to what happens inside those houses, in them alleys subjected to fear of other titans for years, to delve into the transformation of some of the secondary characters.
Gaby the devil
From the beginning of the first part of this season finale of Attack the titans, Gabi has been key. From their emotional state, the moment of the series can be filtered. also works as a mirror effect in relation to Eren: she is a female version. Both are victims of the spiral of hatred, death and manipulation in which they were submerged.
With the passing of the chapters, while Eren consolidates himself in the hero/villain duality, Gabi dismantles his cultural beliefs. Her deconstruction has brought her to a stage where she trusts her own, her comrades-in-arms, but not her people and no longer recognizes others as demons. Conversely, “Thaw” left a key phrase in his transformation process.
After Gabi saved Kaya using an anti-titan rifle, Kaya’s family wraps Gabi up as if she were one of them. The detail, as it happened in another episode, shows before Gabi the humanity of those people whom he considered demons. Remember that Kaya is the sister of Sasha, whom Gabi killed when she got on the zeppelin to get to Paradis Island. Then, the following dialog is produced:
–Why did you cover me?Gabi asks.
–And why did you save me, risking your life, besides?– asks Kaya.
“I don’t know,” Gabi says.
-I tried to kill you. I’m a demon, right? – Kaya reminds him.
-No. the devil is meGabi says.
Between those phrases, the mutation of both characters through Attack the titans, victims of a large-scale conflict that has marked multiple generations. After that phrasing, those involved recognize that in everyone there beats that point of evil and contempt for others that led to that chaotic present.
Shingeki no Kyojin: back to basics
After the scene between Gabi and Kaya, there is an that that could be considered as classic within Shingeki no Kyojin: the legion retracing the maneuver teams to face the titans that have taken over the city, after Zeke turned them. They are sections in which the anime pays homage to itself, showing how much preparation works in these scenarios and where each of the main characters has a key moment.
Perhaps the most important within that collage is Armin with Commander Pixis, transformed into a Titan. Armin, who was guided by him while he was still a child, recognizes him and understands that the best thing to do at that moment is to kill him. End that state and respect shared memories.
During much of this season finale, adding the first installment and what is going on in the second, the series departed from this dynamic of The Legion, the maneuver team and its actions between rooftops. A good part of the history of Eren, Mikasa and Armin is summed up in their preparation process to be part of that elite group that protects the inhabitants who were inside the three walls.
Through this initiation process, the series weaved friendships and personalities. They are now at a narrative boiling point. Various events were relegating that action to give way to other behaviors. Going back to it is, in a way, bringing the viewer back to the origin of everything. Meanwhile, the dozens of Colossal Titans advancing cannot be ignored, while Eren, at least his most genuine version, is just a reference full of confusion for his people.