Sunday, October 18, 2015

Attack On Titan: Junior High Episode #3 Review

I'll crush you with all my might!

What They Say:
It's back-to-school for the cast of Attack on Titan as this spin-off gives us a glimpse into the average school year for each and every one of them. Instead of fearing for their lives, the characters are fearing for their lunches as the titans have a brand new appetite (One significantly less heartbreaking). Based on the manga, Attack on Titan: Junior High brings us familiar faces and memorable scenes in a lighthearted comedic format that is sure to bring a smile to your face. Will Eren and the others be able to survive the school year being right next door to a school for titans?

The Review:
Content: (Please note that the content portion of the review may contain spoilers)
This week's episode begins with the best female character in Attack On Titan finally making an appearance. That's right, ladies and gentlemen, this is the moment we've all (But mostly me) been waiting for. Annie Leonhardt has entered the building. Not to mention, she's absolutely adorable as a junior high-schooler (In the most legal way possible). In the beginning of the episode, she is sitting at her desk, totally excited to dig into her favorite lunch, cheeseburger steak. But after hearing the class conversing about how Eren is immature for citing cheeseburger steak as his favorite food, Annie's heart drops. She has found her new arch-nemesis. Just this time around it actually makes sense and she doesn't morph into a titan just for the sake of it. At least not yet.

Obviously, with a looming hint of revenge in the air, this is the best time for the school to host a dodgeball tournament. This tournament not only gives Annie to opportunity to exact revenge, but gives Jean a chance to prove his worth to the girls and one-up Eren at something. Unfortunately for both of them, Eren doesn't show up. At least not right away. This gives Annie and the rest of her team (Including Reiner, Christa, Ymir, and some others) a shot to show off their obviously superior skills. Meanwhile, with Eren missing, Mikasa has fallen into a greyscale depression and is now spending her time curled up in Armin's blanket on a bench. Oh Mikasa, you're such a cute, yet sad-sad girl. But, just when things get down to the wire and the championship match is about to start, Eren finally shows up to school, activating Mikasa's normal superhuman mode as she takes on a nearly endless duel with best-girl Annie.

Just when the duel is getting good though, Annie (As emotionally as she can) opens up to Eren about why she is so dedicated to defeating him. After realizing their mutual love for cheeseburger steak is not something that they should let others laugh at them for, they settle their differences and shake hands. Then, Annie is smacked in the head by a lobbed ball from that damn Connie Springer, who has finally figured out the rules of the game. Damn you, Connie -- every single time. The scene then fades out to Eren having lunch with his two best-buds, just moments before Annie arrives and sits down with them. HAS SHE FINALLY MADE FRIENDS? Or better yet, has she developed a romantic interest in our only relatively likable protagonist? Why is it not me?! I like cheeseburger steak too, Annie!

Best/Favorite Part:
The scene at the end was probably my favorite just because it hinted at a romantic triangle developing between Mikasa, Annie, and Eren. I can see why a lot of people might hate that possibility, but I'm going to be honest here. Most of the reason I watched Attack On Titan in the first place was for the whole Mikasa x Eren childish love thing. It was adorable. Now you're telling me that I get to experience that again but with my favorite girl thrown into the mixture? Yes please. Sign me up.

In Summary:
This episode is going to be a bunch of fun, regardless of whether you like Annie or not. In fact, even if you dislike her, you will still like episode #3 because of the way she is portrayed. We once again get to see an original scene recreated in different context, and the impact is no less than how it was back in episode #1. Mikasa and Sasha get more highlight-reel moments and Christa still gets to be cute. More good times are ahead, I can feel them coming.

Grade: B+

Streamed By: Funimation

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