Attack on Titan season 2, episode 9 review. (This review contains spoilers).
Centuries ago, mankind was slaughtered to near extinction by monstrous humanoid creatures called titans, forcing humans to hide in fear behind enormous concentric walls. What makes these giants truly terrifying is that their taste for human flesh is not born out of hunger but what appears to be out of pleasure. To ensure their survival, the remnants of humanity began living within defensive barriers, resulting in one hundred years without a single titan encounter. However, that fragile calm is soon shattered when a colossal titan manages to breach the supposedly impregnable outer wall, reigniting the fight for survival against the man-eating abominations.
After witnessing a horrific personal loss at the hands of the invading creatures, Eren Yeager dedicates his life to their eradication by enlisting into the Survey Corps, an elite military unit that combats the merciless humanoids outside the protection of the walls.
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Episode 9 starts with the troops venturing past the wall to retrieved Eren and Ymir again. Hanji is injured, but insists on going back to a village where they found the titan that couldn’t walk, saying that she needed to go and investigate it.
The scene then chages to Eren waking up in the forest with Ymir beside him. He finds out his arms are missing, and Ymir is in the same position as him. Bertholdt and Reiner are in front of them.
There wasn’t a lot of action that happened in this episode, but there was a lot of talking and more mysteries that were put in place. Throughout the episode, Eren constantly thinks about how to escape, but realizing that his chances were slim.
The titans surrounded the area beneath them from their position in the trees, and he was spent and tired from already turning into a titan. What’s more he didn’t have his manuvering gear, which Reiner had taken from him.
So without anything else to do, Ymir and Eren begin to question Reiner and Bertholdt to find some answers. In the middle of their talk, Reiner begins to rant about how he was glad the wall wasn’t broken and how their comrades had survived the titan attack, contradicting the very actions that he did hours before. This, of course, makes Eren mad.
Ymir begins to explain why she thought he had a personality issue. Reiner and Bertholdt’s goal was to tear down the wall. But Reiner, unable to cope for his sins, began to believe that he was an actual soldier as he trained with the Scouting Regiment.
Eren screams at them, accusing them as murderers. He asks them what they were thinking when Eren had told them what happened to his mother on the day they broke the wall. Reiner fights back and asks whether Ymir thinks that the world they are currently in has a future. Ymir doesn’t answer.
Night begins to approach, the time when they are going to continue on their journey. But an hour before night comes, they see signs of smoke from the Scouting Regiment approaching.
Although there wasn’t a lot of action happening, it was still a fantastic episode. We got more of the character development of the characters and another deeper thinking into the purpose of the titans and what exactly were they fighting for.
Reiner and Bertholdt’s personalities are messed up, but that’s what made them great. Their split personalities made them complex characters, and we saw the effects of what they had done on their consciences. They knew what they were doing was wrong, yet they were still fighting for something right.
Ymir is a little sketchy to me at the moment since it doesn’t seem that she is completely on either side. I have a feeling that she will go with Reiner and Bertholdt in the end for whatever reason, probably something related to Krista.
I’m really wondering now what really is outside the walls, whether if there’s an actual society or some sort of organization. The episode was a great continuation and I can’t wait to see more.