Truth be told, I put this off as long as I could. Episode 25 is the last episode of Attack on Titan, and I really didn't want it to end. I hope this is just the last episode of 'this season', and not 'THE' last episode. Of course, with a cliffhanger like the one they threw out at the end of the episode, I don't know how they can just leave it at that... (MAJOR SPOILERS: UP TO EPISODE 25!)
This is the battle we've been waiting for, and it did not disappoint...
First off, that battle between Annie and Eren was intense. It seems that he's found his "titan power" so to speak, like Annie's ability to harden her skin. His appears to be a sort of berserk mode, which makes him crazy powerful and unstoppable.
Adrenaline level during this scene: 11/10
He loses both arms and a leg by the end, but he tears Annie apart while doing so. She tries to climb the wall to get away, a pretty incredible feat considering her face has been unexpectedly restructured and her leg bitten off. But then Mikasa shows up, severs her fingers, gives a witty one-liner, and watches as Annie plunges back down to the ground.
"Have a nice TRIP! See you next FALL!
Where Eren rips her head off and opens up her neck. However, he hesitates when he sees her. Then something peculiar happens: she traps herself in carbonite.
I know, I know... not carbonite...
Then there's a lot of talking. Commander Erwin, although blamed for the catastrophic destruction of Stohess, assures the 'council' that they are close to answers, and at the very least have learned that there are indeed people who can transform into titans other than Eren. The Legion is given control over the frozen Annie, in hopes that one day they may figure out a way to get her out so she can spill the beans. Eren recovers, and Mikasa once again reaffirms that she is the hopeless love interest in the story.
"Hopeless", not "helpless". There's quite a difference.
But this episode didn't give us many answers. I'm pretty sure that, since they didn't kill her off, Annie will someday return. There were several flashbacks to her life before she joined the military, both in earlier episodes and a lot in this one, but I don't think we have the whole story. Obviously we still don't know how she got the power to transform into a titan, whether it was injected into her like Eren, or if she possessed the power from birth passed on from her parents (if that's even possible). I think she still has quite a role to play, but we'll have to wait and see what it is...
Who is your daddy, and what does he do?
Again, we are subtly reminded that there is still at Eren's house in Shigansha.
Just in case we had somehow forgotten...
This is the biggest question of the series... or, at least, it was...
QUESTION: WHAT IS UP WITH THE WALLS?
First off, the "What we can share so far" cards before and after the commercial break give us a story of a miner who tried to dug under one of the walls so that he could live in prosperity on the other side. From this story we find out that the walls go underground, deep underground. Not only that, they also extend beneath the ground like bedrock. This is an incredible piece of information, one only superseded by the mind-blowing revelation after the credits.
SWEET... CUPPIN'... CAKES.
Chills ran down my spine as I clapped my hands over my mouth and tried to contain myself. THERE ARE TITANS INSIDE THE WALLS! So many things ran through my mind:
THEORY 1: THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG?
Again, I wonder who built the walls. The technology required for such a feat of engineering is far beyond any capabilities the humans have. My question is, which came first: the walls or the city? Did the humans stumble upon the walls and build their cities inside? Did they build the gates, or were the gates already there? I'm pretty sure it was stated in the anime that the walls came first, but not much has been revealed about the history of this world other than there had been one hundred years of peace up until the attack on Shigansha. But where did they come from and who built them?
I was gripping my chair's armrests during this scene, just waiting for Mr. Behemoth titan to zap down and attack again...
THEORY 2: WHY ARE THERE TITANS INSIDE THE WALLS?
Did the ancient humans somehow defeat the some of the titans and use them as a base to build the walls? The face in the wall appears to be another "human form" titan, so did he and others like him sacrifice themselves to make the walls stronger or to build the walls in the first place? Was it a voluntary thing, or were they forced into it? Are the walls a prison? Are the titans dead, or is there a possibility they will break out? This is a whole new twist that's been thrown at us, and I'm having a hard time making heads or tails of it.
Someone is going to get a very unpleasant surprise when they go to plug those holes...
THEORY 3: ARE THE BASEMENT AND WALLS CONNECTED?
In my "" post, I speculated that the world these characters live in is Earth, several hundred years after an apocalypse. I speculated that there may be an old computer in the basement of Eren's house, or at the very least some form of advanced technology that the memories his father gave him through the titan juice injection would help him use or decipher. I still think this is the case, but I think the information in the basement is something much more than what the titans are. I think that the basement contains an archive of knowledge, in which the history of the world is kept. But this raises another question: what kind of information do the titans not want the humans to know? What could possibly be so important that they utterly decimated Shigansha to keep Eren's father away from his research?
What secrets are you hiding?
I was rather worried at the end of the episode when no "To be continued" screen popped up, but this enormous cliffhanger is just as blatant. Obviously there's more: we haven't even caught up to the manga, and it's still being written. I do hope we don't have to wait too long for the next season, or I might just have to cave and read the manga.
Of course, one last "dem eyes" moment...
Anyhoo, that'll probably be it for anime on this blog for a while, at least regular updates like this. I never intended for this blog to become an "anime blog", although the past several posts have been all Attack on Titan posts. Perhaps I can play some more games and get some more insightful posts out there now that the show's over.
If you want to read more speculation about the show, here's where it's at:
WITH THE ENDING OF THE SHOW, WE'VE BEEN LEFT WITH HUGE CLIFFHANGERS. SOME OF US LIKE THE FEELING OF SUSPENSE WE GET FROM WAITING FOR THE NEXT EPISODE. I WILL ASK THAT YOU PLEASE DO NOT PUT SPOILERS IN THE COMMENTS. PLEASE BE DECENT PEOPLE.