Episode six gave us possibly the biggest reveal of the entire Attack on Titan franchise to date with the reveal of the identity of both the Colossal and Armoured Titans. Episode seven on the other hand took us back to some of the classic scenes of season one with an awesome titan fight!
Season two has been all about close character development, with an eye for bigger plot points building in the background. It’s hard to say that about episode seven however, as we focused solely on the first fight between Eren and Reiner, in titan forms. We got a couple of flashbacks to the cadet’s training days, but otherwise this focused very much on how Eren was trying to defeat the stronger, more experience Reiner.
It’s quite the fight with human martial arts taking the fore, and Eren largely coming out on top until Reiner throws a spanner in the works in the very last moment. Eren seems to use Annie’s techniques, which resemble something akin to Judo, to use Reiner’s strength against him to turn the tide of what could have been a very one sided fight.
Meanwhile, the Survey Corps are trying to find a way to deal with the Colossal Titan, who has Ymir. Unfortunately, Bertolt’s defence mechanism of blasting burning hot steam from his body prevents the soldiers getting anywhere near his nape or captive.
Despite all of this sounding pretty cool and everything, I was a little underwhelmed by this episode. Attack on Titan often gets criticised for being very slow in the pacing department and critics will cite episodes like this time and time again. I won’t go so far as to agree with this criticism, although I do feel somewhat aggrieved when I remember that we’re only getting another five episodes in this season and so far no more than a week has passed in terms of the story.
On this point, I felt the most valuable point this episode gave us for the show more generally was the way Mikasa made a return to being important. She featured in a flashback with Annie, but more importantly, we get her perspective on not being able to kill Reiner and Bertolt while they’re in human form in the previous episode, as well as her concern that defeating the Armoured Titan is proving very difficult for Eren, and nigh on impossible for the Scouts. Few viewers will fail to overlook Mikasa’s intense concern for Eren’s safety, and in this episode we see that alongside a more personal regret that she could not use her abilities to their fullest. Perhaps something akin to the scene in season one where she challenges the merchants in Trost who are preventing the ordinary citizens from getting out of the city.
This was far from the strongest episode of the season, but while lacking in substance, the fight was impressive and I really enjoyed getting to see Mikasa back in spotlight once again. Next week should see us return to serious plot development, and I personally am looking forward to it already.
What did you make of episode seven of season 2? Was it okay having an episode that didn’t really progress the plot so that we could see Mikasa and titans at their best? Let me know in the comments and we can have a chat about why Mikasa is the best character (as well as anything else AoT)!