Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) season 2, episode 1 &2, review. (Spoilers ahead)
The first episode started out really strong and immediately, I had a whole tone of questions. It starts off with Annie and her body being encased in a crystal. Everyone is still recovering from the destruction of Eren and Annie’s fight, while also trying to free Annie from the crystal so that they could question her and finally find some answers about the titans. But it finally proves to be unsuccessful.
But before they do anything else, they see a titan inside the wall. Immediately, like every other previous AoT episode, questions exploded. Where did it come from? How did they build a wall around the titan? Etc…
The Pastor comes, seemingly knowing why the titan is there but refuses to tell the truth, and tells everyone to cover up the sunlight that is shining on the titan. Then we have a flashback to a few hours back, and a titan invasion has happened, hinting that there might be a hole in the wall.
The hairy titan comes and again, the questions erupt. This episode was so confusing for me, and I probably looked as confusing as the characters did while watching it. I haven’t read the manga, so I don’t have a clue what happens, but I just might after these few episodes.
The hairy titan talks to one of the soldiers, which shocks him. Who is this hairy titan? What is he? How can he talk? And the questions continue, until episode 2, where the questions come in tenfold.
Episode 2 was pretty interesting. It didn’t focus on Eren or the army in general, but more on Sasha. There wasn’t much action, but it showed a lot of Sasha’s personal development as a character.
Sasha had always seemed to be this weak, cowardice girl. But in this episode, she had chosen to fight to protect a girl from her village, throwing away her fear. We got to find out a little bit more about who she was and I really liked that because we never really got to know any of the characters in season 1. Seeing her fight and her determination to protect others was really enjoyable to watch.