“Zetsubō no Naka de Nibuku Hikaru -Jinrui no Saiki (1)-“ (絶望の中で鈍く光る ―人類の再起①―)
We learnt what motivates Eren, saw the horrors he had to live through and now we get to see him become the man he always wanted to be, the guy that would get humanity away from being pigs for slaughter and back out beyond those walls.
Or simply he’s going to train to kill Titans.
Eren’s pig headed emotional state makes him enemies from day 1 but also makes him unable to see why anyone else wouldn’t want to put their life on the line.
Whilst the introduction to Armin, Mikasa and Eren was heart wrenching the introduction to all the other recruits isn’t so serious. Sasha Braus is the potato girl, Jean Kirschtein has opposing ideals to Eren but seems to be a idiot. Reiner and Bertolt come over better after we learn their story and find out they both have seen the Titans too unlike most of the others.
Introducing characters with a variety of different personalities and reasons for being there was a good idea because it gave Eren something to ping off of. The episode was one where Eren had to slowly learn a bit of humility whilst he stared into the possibility of not making the cut to be a solider. He doesn’t change too much but he has to listen to others and find something a little more inside himself. Of course his inability to use the Omni-Directional Mobility Gear ends up being more to do with a faulty belt then anything else but it was nice to see his over the top personality hit a wall he just couldn’t seem to conquer.
Its a important reminder the whole time that these people feel differently about things. For those who haven’t seen a Titan it is easy for them to be brave but it is also easy for them to think that someone else, those around them right now, will defeat this monstrous future and keep them safe. For those who have seen them some will be brave and determined like Eren, others will just want to return home whilst others still will be too afraid to come face to face with them. None of them truly know how they’ll react when they come face to face with a Titan and regardless of how Eren feels neither does he, the speech he was giving during their meal when they asked questions of what happened on that day was bravado in the face of fear and Eren will need to overcome that fear to fight.
The problem the recruits have is Eren is their doorway into that feeling and he wants to hide it because he wants to be strong enough to avenge his mothers death, that’s all well and good but it also means he’s lying to himself and giving them false hope. Going into a battle believing you will win is different from believing the enemy is less so then they are, Eren wants to look brave but he needs to see the Titans as the threat they are. I do actually believe he does deep down but he doesn’t want to look weak like Hannes said he was.
I loved the new recruits, its always fun to have a variety of different characters. Personally Eren isn’t a character I find easy to like because I feel he is too much all the time but the addition of a different perspective of his ideology, characters that lighten the mood and characters who don’t hide their feelings like he does gives a interesting group going forward to focus on.