Quick notes: Attack on Titan 5, Railgun S 4, Chihayafuru 17

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All I can say about Attack on Titan 5 is that I can’t believe it. I didn’t expect another episode where many of the people I’ve been introduced to in the past couple episodes get eaten. And it unfolds so well that you don’t see it coming, and then all of a sudden Eren’s lost a leg and is lying there on a rooftop while Arlelt is slipping down a giant’s gullet. What happens next is ludicrous (even with that odd flashback about a book), and it looks like the show has just killed off its main character. A hell of a thing if that’s the case, but I don’t think even this show would spend so much time following Eren around only to kill him off. Either that or we’ll have to find another main character.

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As for the giants, we learn a lot about them but not the basic things, and it might well stay that way. Why they do this, where they come from, and other fundamental questions would lesson the shock and awe, and the show, so far, has smartly refused to do that.

It took three episodes to get to this moment.
It took three episodes to get to this moment.

While Attack on Titan is throwing every bit of crazy action and mindfuck at us every other minute, Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S 4 sets new standards in dawdling. We get a scene of the girls out and about, shopping, and wondering why the hell Misaka’s so cheerful today, and as you expect they dutifully drop little plot-hints at us in a “that reminds me…” and “… probably just a rumor” manner that they over-used last week. We sometimes jump to scenes of two scientist raising a sparkly new Misaka clone and thereby giving us some basic information on them in case we didn’t see the arc in Index yet. We’re all just waiting for Misaka to run into herself, and it does happen, but only after a thoroughly pointless sequence with some kids. It just goes on and on. Only in the final minute do we get the moment we’re waiting for, and then they switch away to another lab scene and a reminder that this show is capable of blood and gore, too.

Chihaya encounters some deer during a flight of fancy during an important match.
Chihaya encounters some deer during a flight of fancy during an important match.

Chihayafuru 2 17, the beginning of the final team match, follows along the same lines as every other battle in this series. The other team is really good, Chihaya is shocked at her opponent’s (Rion) skills, we get glimpses into the other team’s goals and desires (and chinks in their armor) while they quickly move in front, etc etc etc. And, as usual, it’s magnificent. … I try to concentrate on that now, not that it’s all a rehash of other battles … The big complication this week is the injury Chihaya suffers stealing a card she shouldn’t have been able to get. It looks bad, but interestingly it’s making her focus on the game. Much is made of Yamashiro, the reader, and that she’s related to Rion, and that her reading gives off colors that Rion can understand, but, in one of the series’ better flights of fancy, Chihaya begins to pick up too. And that’s pretty much it. Next week I assume we’ll start paying attention to the boys, since at the very end, their pride kicks in. I’m especially interested in Nishida making a comeback.

4 thoughts on “Quick notes: Attack on Titan 5, Railgun S 4, Chihayafuru 17

  1. I don’t seem to be as hooked on this series as much as many other viewers are – there are several flaws that really stick out to me – but I felt this was a really strong episode, and by far the best one we’ve seen so far. I highly doubt we’ve seen the last of Eren, just because it’s so unusual to see the death of not only a main character but the main character so early on in any show, but big props to Shingeki no Kyojin if this does end up being the case.

    1. Yeah, there are some things that I’m not crazy about, either, but the wild action and shocks have more than made up for it. That and the OP. Let’s see if they can keep it up.

  2. I would rather Eren stayed alive. I don’t really understand why people want him to die. It is kind of disturbing if you think about it too much.

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