Shingeki no Kyojin // Attack on Titan : First Battle : The Struggle for Trost Part 1

Episode 5

“Uijin -Torosuto-ku Kōbōsen (1)-“(初陣 ―トロスト区攻防戦①―)

The Colossal Titan returns and the events that started this anime off look to be coming true once more.

One thing Eren doesn’t seem to have factored into all this is that its easy to take a chunk out of the pretend neck of a wooden dummy being controlled by a pully system and a completely different thing to do so to a Titan.

They seem to run on the assumption that the Titans aren’t intelligent, they don’t communicate therefore there can’t be any intelligence in them that will make them react to being attacked. Unfortunately Eren learns that the hard way after losing his cool when one Titan kills one of his group and attacking, acting like he could just swing towards them and attack and losing a leg when the Titan turns its head and snaps it off. He recalls the lesson he learnt about the nape of their necks yet doesn’t seem to realise that the thing that whole lesson really taught was no one knows anything really about the Titans OTHER then that is the weak spot.

What good though does knowing the weak spot make when it makes no difference in their attacks?! They haven’t truly gotten anywhere by knowing it so it isn’t something to really shout about at the moment. We didn’t learn yet how they found this out either, are they trying or just hitting wherever and waiting for the weak spot to show up?

Again more Titans are shown with different abilities. The attack on the Colossal doesn’t go well because he disappears, Eren learns that at least the Colossal IS intelligent but he still goes on believing that maybe the others aren’t so much. He goes on to be eaten by the Bearded Titan saving Armin’s life, Armin who completely froze and was unable to defend himself.

It does beg the question, at least for Eren, why he didn’t slide down the neck and attempt to take the Titan’s neck out from the inside. Surely there would be no difference in taking it out on the inside then from the outside?

If you like a story of never ending sadness then this really is for you as it just continues to be one gloomy thing after another. For all his guts and bravado when it comes to it Eren didn’t do a damn thing to the Titans, they still wander around as freely as they did before and everyone sent out to kill them were killed themselves. People who had planned to stare death in the face did so and managed to lose themselves.

I did like the bitterness. The fact that the first battle went just as badly as the first attack. The weight of knowledge that actually it still might all be for nothing. The battle hasn’t really begun yet, the fightback still in the distance. Yadda yadda yadda… Its just refreshing to have it pounded home how useless everything is even in the face of such a defiant person like Eren.

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