So I was supposed to be making this like 3 goals ago but I’m super lazy and super bad at communicating and I’m also super shy but anyway. I thought it was time to finally do this! (I’m so, so sorry if this messes up your notifs)
By the time you’re done reading this, you may have concerning thoughts, but nevertheless I feel like this is the first time I am legitimately disappointed with an episode. Episode 28 (Season 2 Episode 3) had a lot of cut content but it got its point across and stayed true to the lore.. but this time, although it’s the same story as the manga with no changes apart from the filler in the flashback…
But my main problem with the episode isn’t what happens in it but what’s depicted as a solid point.
I never hated her. I never “hated” anyone in Attack on Titan for that matter. I dislike Marco, but I still thought every single character was thought out and had some kind of life to them. However, this is a different problem this time.
I never saw anything wrong with Mikasa in the manga during all the time I’ve read it. However, the way this episode depicted it, it shows a one-sided concern and affection towards Eren and an over-attachment which was NOT depicted with such means in Season 1. We all know how she feels, we know what happens in Chapter 50.. but the anime is overdoing it. Annie was a victim of this as well if you compare Manga Annie to Anime Annie.
The overall depiction is irritating and overdone to the point where it’s trying to be the main attraction of the entire story, while most of the people watching LOGICALLY care about the fact that Eren was taken away by his own friends and it could potentially reveal a major secret, if you were to think as an anime-only viewer.
For the record, I am NOT comparing current Anime Mikasa to Post-Basement Mikasa since, let’s be real, she has gotten basically 0 solid build and development since Chapter 50. You may consider her relationship with Armin during the Return Arc, but apart from that, and at least in my eyes, Mikasa has not changed one bit since Chapter 50.
Once again, however, this is not even the main point. Back when I read Chapter 50, I was excited about the way her relationship with Eren was portrayed. However, I NEVER saw it as the main highlight of the chapter OR the entire arc. Maybe it’s because I’m more or less not that much of a “shipper” and care more about the lore and story, and to me, that whole moment was only meant to make the activation of the Coordinate more epic, which is what I mostly cared about.
To be completely blunt, I dislike the way Mikasa is portrayed in this episode as well as potentially the rest of Season 2. Something that will redeem itself, MAYBE. MAYBE redeem itself is going to be the season finale, IF they manage to balance out and back her portrayal in this episode. However, as far as I am concerned, Eren has had a shit life but never gave up, instead everyone was going to save him. You may compare him to Armin, however he was the only one behaving rationally and in-character this episode, possibly for the rest of the arc as well. You can see it the way Eren reacts when Mikasa arrives. He didn’t want her to go over there and he wanted to do it himself, but he couldn’t. The way their teamwork was portrayed last week’s episode, as well as Episode 26 when he wakes up was done nicely, not subtly, but not shoved balls deep into the reader/viewer’s face like in this episode.
As far as I am concerned, this is a case of anime-adaptation gone overboard. I am not entirely sure but I DO NOT think this is how Isayama portrayed Mikasa in the manga during this very same time period. The season finale has the potential of reedeming this to me, but considering what was shown here, I can’t help but feel like they are trying to give focus to something which is not the main point of the episode. Like, this boy just got betrayed by his friends of three years who taught him how to not die in a world that is this fucking messed up and gave him some sort of light in a gigantic void full of darkness. How about all the mysteries?
“This world becomes a bigger mess with every passing day.”
Yeah… yes, right? Right? I think so too.. that’s what I think about.
My favorite part of this episode is…. the preview for next episode, unfortunately. I enjoyed seeing Jean again as well as the report of the situation. And I absolutely enjoyed seeing the man Erwin himself, coming in to ACTUALLY get shit done and worry about what’s in front of him. Also, although my overall mood wasn’t at its peak before Eren woke up, hearing Eren the Coordinate used for the first time and seeing the SCs head out gave me that “Alright.. it’s time to get shit done” feeling, just like that from Erwin. I am looking forward to this upcoming shitstorm. This, and not anything else in particular.
‘‘Okay, I need your opinion on this’‘ Freyja spoke as she slid the sketchbook across the table, placing it in front of the other. ‘‘Would you see yourself wearing this? Or do you think it’s too much?’‘ the blonde asked, quite unsure of her design herself. She had been working on a line that all held the same similar style but this one was completely new and she wasn’t sure if it was the right kind of different.