“Megata no Kyojin -Dai Gojū-Nana Kai Hekigai Chōsa (1)-“(女型の巨人 ―第57回壁外調査①―)
So the 57th Expedition starts with all the new recruits standing behind Eren.
Baring in mind this is episode 17 it truly feels like its only just begun. Everything before this felt like prologue to this very moment. When Eren and the others get to leave and go on the attack with the Scouts.
Though obviously this isn’t what the Scouts are doing, they have a really cool system in place so that they can avoid as many Titans as possible though it does spread them very thin.
I loved the episode because it felt like seeing what Titans really are like. Its like any wild animal, seeing them in a zoo is all well and good but seeing them in the wild is where their ‘beauty’ really shines. Instead of being confined to small areas we see them in the open, the difference in height, movement, looks and just about everything else shines through. There was a Spider like Titan which was bloody terrifying and the one Abnormal they came across was pretty strange to watch.
That is the one thing I love about the Titans.
You have some, as I keep saying, that look like giants. Some of them are probably better giants then the ones Spielberg came up with for the BFG movie, they kind of just looked like trolls. They are creepy because we know what they are but you know that around the corner you have ones like the one that was jumping around the place, the Spider one or one that just moves in such a weird way that whilst in one way its comical in the other its just torturous to watch.
The Titans are the thing of nightmares because they are human like things acting in a unhuman way killing humans.
Then the Female Titan showed up.
She took out the right flank and shows up where Armin is. Obviously Armin is the best character to meet her first because he’s able to figure out a lot just by what happens. He figures out unlike the others that move without purpose, sense food and goes for the kill she’s intelligent. She kills in cold blood and to protect herself not just to feed, in fact she doesn’t feed at all. She loses interest after killing people. When she knocks Armin off his horse instead of attacking or killing him she just lifts up his hood and leaves.
It doesn’t take a genius to work out that its another human in Titan form but with the lack of brains in the recruits if someone like Mikasa saw her first I doubt they’d have survived long enough to realise its a human in Titan form.
Armin is even able to figure out that she’s after Eren and the biggest clue of who she is then is kinda given away. It has to be someone from the recruits as Armin attempts to make her believe she’s already killed Eren and names him the Suicidal Bastard to Jean who is there with him. Its a nickname given to him by Jean, shouted at him by Jean and only known to those who know Eren and Jean. It means that Titan has to be a recruit and therefore only a few characters have had the spotlight on them that we can figure out who it would be. As all the Scouts must be accounted for it narrows it down a little further unless all the Scouts aren’t accounted for.
Not much is really given to the fact that this is the first time anyone has seen a Female Titan, hence her name being the Female Titan. Till then even the most feminine of Titans has been ‘male’ because they don’t have breasts, they also don’t have genitals so why anyone would think they had to be either male or female I don’t know. Then again not many people survived long enough to really think about what she was.
We did get the cool moment of Reiner looking like he was killed just to cut his way out of her hand. That was pretty awesome to be honest.
So the next big story is upon us. What are the Scouts going to do about the Female Titan?