Monday, November 30, 2015

Attack On Titan: Junior High Episode #9 Review

You did it, Bertholdt!

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)
There's nothing quite like the dead, emotionless eyes of a young, antisocial girl wearing a yukata. When you pair that with a rivalry between another girl with the same emotionless, yet strong properties and a boy who has been lurking in the dark up until now, the result is obviously going to be something that we have longed for. least I have longed for. Basically, what I'm trying to say is that episode #9 is just another chance for Annie to be cute and Bertholdt to be...awkwardly brave? I'm not really sure how to describe that guy.

Our episode starts off with Reiner telling Bertholdt that he is going to ask Christa to the summer festival. The thing is, he's too embarrassed to go alone. So, Reiner coerces Bertholdt into asking Annie (Who he obviously has a crush on) to come as well. Initially, Annie rejects the offer. But, after seeing Eren excited about the festival, she decides to [reluctantly] tag along. This, of course, spirals into her competing against Mikasa to determine who is the best shooter while Bertholdt sits back and fends off methods of getting closer to Annie. In a predictable turn of events, Bertholdt backs down from Reiner's outlandish ideas and instead states that it shouldn't be up to him to make things happen between them. But...he has to anyway when Ymir launches a shaved-ice cup toward Annie while he is the only one capable of blocking it.

Annie, feeling bad about the whole situation, chases after Bertholdt who had run off to clean himself up. The two wind up having a small heart-to-heart which basically ends with Annie saying Bertholdt is convenient to have around -- like air. Oof. Eventually, everyone meets up again and they all go die-cutting under the fireworks. Reiner and Ymir are the only ones at this point to be upset, perhaps even feeling bad about attempting to move Annie and Bertholdt closer together. Oh well, kids will be kids, right?

Best/Favorite Part:
Apart from the shaved ice landing on Bertholdt's head and causing him to look like the colossal titan, this episode was all around balanced and lighthearted, leaving no highlights in particular. So, I'm going to go ahead and label my favorite part of this episode as Annie wearing a yukata -- a moment I have longed for.

In Summary:
We get more of our typical Junior High flavor of comedy, this time accompanied by impressing visuals and festival lighting effects. We get a slight increase in plot and allow a normally sidelined character to become the focal point, which provided an excitingly fun time in the end. Despite some awkwardly forced conflict stemming from Reiner and Ymir pushing Bertholdt to be aggressive, episode 9 follows in the footsteps of the last few airings, allowing Attack On Titan: Junior High to move along briskly while staying interesting.

Grade: B+

Streamed By: Funimation

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