“Shōjo ga Mita Sekai -Torosuto-ku Kōbōsen (2)-“(少女が見た世界 ―トロスト区攻防戦②―)
Eren has been eaten. Armin was saved by Eren.
The battle against the Titans continues.
We finally get to see a Titan killed as Mikasa swings into action in a episode that lets us know just who she is. Its cool that she’s the first person seen to kill a Titan, unless I completely missed something, and she does it with so much ease. You heard Eren get all cocky yet he did nothing to the Titan he fought and here is Mikasa just making it look easy.
Where did she find that strength though?
Well very obviously from Eren. So far there hasn’t been too much about Mikasa other then she’s totally devoted to Eren. Is it love? Is it just that she see’s him as family? Or is it because as a kid they killed three adults together and nothing ever happened about it?
OK that is putting it a little simply. The three men killed Mikasa’s parents and were going to sell her into slavery, they didn’t just kill three people for no reason but it also showed that even before any of his safety was taken from him, before even the threat of the Titans was real, Eren was ready to kill anything in his way. His father starts to berate him for not thinking more about his own life and putting himself in danger but doesn’t really hit home that Eren being suicidal isn’t always going to save the day.
For me there is a slight difference in Mikasa and Eren at this point. Whilst Eren was so full of himself, confident that his hatred that burnt so deep inside him would let him kill Titans Mikasa looks at it matter of factly. She knows she has to kill the Titans but it also doesn’t have that same burning desire inside herself. She’s able to do her job without losing her mind and actually takes down some Titans instead of just getting herself killed.
Mikasa comes across in the early episodes as being very composed.
Whilst we know full well the world they live in isn’t the nicest this episode kind of proved that Eren has a bit of a weird moral compass. He’s never heard of the phrase “a eye for a eye leaves the whole world blind” and just goes about things in a violent and emotional way. Its why I don’t like him as a main protagonist. Whether we’re meant to look at his humanity and the monstrous things that these recruits will have to do or not doesn’t mean nothing. Mikasa and Jean are great balancing acts. Mikasa went through more trauma then Eren yet doesn’t let her emotions get the better of her and Jean actually says what he feels and doesn’t care what others think of him. I always feel that Eren has just swallowed a Scouts recruitment pamphlet and likes to shout out their mottos and all sorts at people.
There is no real character behind Eren and finding out that he was able to formulate a plan to kill a bunch of men who had killed people he barely knew when he was a kid doesn’t make him any more interesting or any more relatable. It makes him a psychopath who doesn’t care who gets in his way. When he finds something he wants he’ll kill for it, when he doesn’t like something he’ll get angry at it and he’ll never be able to formulate a plan to defeat something.