Shingeki No Kyojin / Attack on Titan Season 3 : Old Story

Episode 40

“Mukashibanashi”(昔話)

With the knowledge that Eren is about to be eaten and that Historia is the rightful heir to the throne the world has done a 180 for Levi and his team. They are now not just outlaws for harbouring Eren and Historia in the first place, they are in fact fighting the true royal family.

Erwin, Levi, Hange and Pyxis are all so interesting and wonderful characters it makes you wonder why we ever need cry babies like Eren and Mikasa to be the main leads.

Thankfully the Reiss family have done one good thing and gagged Eren whilst for some reason for the first time in the history of the show Mikasa is listening to orders.

Another episode where the history, political agendas and just horrible human nature of the world the show is based in is brought to the front.

The Scouts are being gathered up and the people in charge are doing their best to make people hate them and distrust them, the only regiment that actually are looking out for the little people are now being seen as common criminals whilst the landowners and wealthy people with the actual corrupt squadrons are still out there.

We get the sad story of Historia, of how her mother hated her very existence and was murdered because Lord Reiss didn’t want his bastard child to become public knowledge. Hange tells the others her hypothesis of how Titans can turn back to human if they eat someone like Eren who has Titan powers. Erwin is taking the blame for the death of the merchant to give Levi and Hange the chance to go save Eren whilst at the same time being able to bring his plan to bring down the government and put Historia on the throne to fruition.

It was a interesting episode with a lot  of information and was much more a bridging episode between action filled beginnings and what will obviously come next. It tied everything we’ve learnt together and also tried to make sense of a lot of it which right now probably doesn’t make much sense.

Enjoyed the episode a lot and can’t wait to see how it all plays out to be honest. Its the most invested I’ve ever been in the series and whilst I know that Eren will one day be ungagged and Mikasa will do crazy things that put people’s lives at danger and no one will bat a eyelid and do as Eren and Mikasa ask because, its Eren and Mikasa, I can enjoy at least when they focus on the much more interesting parts of this world. The politics, the people who are really hurting and have such wonderfully complex backstories and character moments.

If the show forever just focused on Erwin, Levi and Hange I think I’d be in heaven to be honest.

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One thought on “Shingeki No Kyojin / Attack on Titan Season 3 : Old Story”

  1. It’s definitely a case where the supporting characters are infinitely more interesting and more fun to watch and the season three focus on these characters has very much renewed my overall interest in the series.

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