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Attack on Titan Episode 65

Attack on Titan Episode 65

My Pain is Far Greater Than Yours

Let’s get the elephant titan in the room out of the way first. I like MAPPA as an animation studio and I have for years. I think they’re good at what they do. However, the tight schedule they’ve been forced to work under has created a less than ideal final season of Attack on Titan.

It’s unfortunate that one of my favorite chapters of the manga had to be adapted in this way — with a lot of CGI. I don’t think it looked absolutely terrible. But I do think it looked bad. Especially the parts when non-titan characters were animated using CGI.

But enough about my pain. Today, I want to talk about Gabi’s pain and how it mirrors what Eren went through way back at the start of the series.

Gabi Braun suffering from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
Gabi Braun suffering

When the Colossal and Armored Titans broke through the walls on Paradis Island, Eren learned what true pain was. He witnessed countless people get crushed by rubble and eaten by titans. His own house was crushed and he had to witness his mother be eaten. He’s lived ever since wondering why that had to happen and plotting his revenge.

With Gabi, the same thing has basically happened in this episode. She saw people crushed by rubble, including Zofia. She saw people get trampled, such as Udo. And she witnessed the terror of the titans first hand — though it was only the Attack Titan, not a horde of titans like on Paradis.

Just like Eren, she too is wondering why something like this had to happen to her and those she cares about. Eren’s confusion was more understandable considering that the Paradis Eldians lived in peace until that moment. But Gabi truly believes that Marley is on the right side of history. So why would someone do this?

The War Hammer Titan

Now that the War Hammer Titan has been revealed, I guess I should recap what each of the Nine Titans specializes in. Let’s start with the Founding Titan. Even though we technically haven’t seen it in the anime yet, we know that its special ability is that it can command the titans that make up the walls on Paradis to destroy the world.

That’s exactly why Willy was so afraid of Eren having the Founding Titan.

The next strongest Titan is the Colossal Titan. It’s a bit larger than the wall titans, and this massive size is what makes it unique among the Nine. It can also cause a devastating explosion when it appears as we saw from Marley’s tests.

The third strongest is probably the War Hammer Titan. As we saw in this episode, it can use its hardening ability to make any weapon it desires. Specifically, we’ve seen it create a hammer, sword, crossbow, and whip.

The War Hammer Titan from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
The War Hammer Titan

The rest of these titans aren’t in any particular order. So, let’s do the Armored Titan. As with the Colossal, this one is pretty straightforward — it has strong armor.

Renowned for its speed and stamina, the Cart Titan travels on all fours and can carry a large amount of supplies. As Pieck has mentioned, she was in her Cart Titan form for months on end during the Paradis Island attack.

The Jaw Titan has powerful jaws and the ability to harden its fingertips into claws. This helps it climb, including up other titans to reach their napes due to its smaller size. It’s also fairly nimble.

As far as underwhelming titans go, the Female Titan has to take the cake. It has some good stamina, but nowhere near as good as that of the Cart. Its primary ability is that it can call for nearby titans to converge on its position. Overall, it’s basically just a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none kind of Titan.

I’d generally consider the Beast Titan to be a better version of the Female Titan. Not only can it control nearby titans, but it can create them with its cry (assuming there are people nearby who have been injected with titan spinal fluid). It also has animal-like qualities.

And finally, there’s the Attack Titan, which (for now) is basically just an all-around fighter similar to the Female Titan. There is something that sets the Attack Titan apart, but it hasn’t been revealed in the anime yet.

Comrades

The last things I want to mention in this episode review are Eren’s comrades. So far we’ve gotten to see the updated designs for Jean, Sasha, Connie, Mikasa, and Levi. And we were also introduced to one of the new characters, Floch. There are a lot of new characters, by the way.

We know the old characters, so I don’t have too much to really say about them. But I do want to briefly go over their character designs. Jean, Connie, and Sasha all have amazing designs. I think Sasha and Connie are the best though. They look very good.

Mikasa and Levi were a bit odd. I don’t necessarily mind their designs (in the manga, at least). But I think they looked a bit off in the anime. There was something weird going on with Mikasa’s mouth and chin. And they did something odd with Levi’s jawline.

Sasha Blouse from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
Sasha Blouse

Floch is another one who I think looks a bit off in the anime. I’m not entirely sure what’s wrong with him though. His face might be a bit too round. Or maybe it’s the hair color. Either way, it’ll take some time to get used to what he looks like.

We did learn some important information about Floch and Eren’s other comrades in this episode, though. Floch agrees with the way Eren handled the attack on Marley while the others don’t. Specifically, Mikasa warns Eren that he won’t be able to take back the killing of civilians, including children.

Conclusion

What do you think of Attack on Titan: The Final Season episode 65? How do you think the events of this episode will shape Gabi in comparison to Eren? Which of the Nine Titans do you think are the best and worst? And how do you feel about the updated character designs for Eren’s comrades?

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Attack on Titan Episode 64

Attack on Titan Episode 64

Helos and the Tybur Family

Attack on Titan: The Final Season episode 64 is one manga readers have been waiting for. But, I’m actually looking forward to the next episode even more because we’re finally going to see the Warhammer Titan. I’m not counting that as a spoiler because it’s literally included at the end of this episode.

Anyway, in this episode, we got to see Willy Tybur recount the secret history of the world known only to the Tybur and Fritz families. As a reminder, the Tybur family are the true rulers of Marley and the Fritz family are the rulers of Paradis. By all accounts, they should be enemies — but as it turns out, they aren’t.

As we’ve already known for a while, King Fritz vowed never to use the Founding Titan’s powers again. All of his descendants are also bound by this vow, which is why the titans have remained on Paradis for the past 100 years. However, since Eren isn’t a member of the Fritz family, that vow doesn’t bind him.

Willy Tybur from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
Willy Tybur

Back before the Eldians were banished to Paradis, the Tybur family that holds the Warhammer Titan sided with Marley. King Fritz then made a deal with them to end the fighting. He would exile himself and his people on Paradis Island and the Tybur family would create a false narrative to feed the rest of the world so that they would stay away from the island.

This false narrative came in the form of Helos, a fictional Marleyan hero who supposedly fought alongside the Tyburs. So, why does Willy reveal that the hero Helos is fake? Because the peace that the Tyburs and King Fritz agreed to is no more. A true threat to the world has awakened — Eren Yeager.

Though, it is ironic that Eren only became a threat because his homeland was invaded. And the reason his homeland was invaded is that the Tyburs allowed the world to continue believing that the Paradis Eldians were a threat.

Old Friends

While I’m sure the highlight of the episode for a lot of people is going to be the appearance of Eren’s Attack Titan, I much prefer the conversation between Eren and Reiner. Last week, I wrote about how Reiner is a victim of war and suffers from PTSD because of it. That was on full display this week.

We basically got to see Reiner go through the five stages of grief within a matter of minutes. He goes from being in denial about Eren being in Marley to accepting that he’s probably about to die before Willy’s speech is even over.

Reiner apologizing to Eren from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
Reiner apologizing to Eren

Honestly, all three characters in this scene are great. Eren’s all calm and collected because he knows that he has his enemies right where he wants them. All of Reiner’s past trauma is combining into a glorious mental breakdown. And Falco is piecing together the situation on the fly and realizing the role he played.

Going back to Reiner for a moment, though. I love how despite his mental breakdown just moments before, he immediately turns to protect Falco when Eren begins his transformation. Reiner may be mentally weak, but he still always puts others before himself. He listened to Eren so he wouldn’t kill all the people in the building above them and he’s willing to sacrifice himself to save Falco.

But there is one complaint I have. I get that Eren’s eye color is green, but I really don’t like his control over the Founding Titan being depicted through glowing green eyes. I would have rather his eyes become silver like all the previous Founding Titan wielders. The manga even depicts his eyes as silver, such as on the alternate cover of volume 30.

The glowing silver eyes we’ve seen before in the anime are way more intimidating. They really make the Founding Titan wielders look godly/otherworldly.

Declaration of War

Little did Willy Tybur know that what was meant to be his declaration of war against the Paradis Eldians would actually turn into Eren’s declaration of war against the rest of the world. Also, in case you didn’t notice, Eren ripped Willy in half. So R.I.P. Willy (unless he’s the Warhammer Titan).

The Attack Titan from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
The Attack Titan

Something we should keep in mind regarding this scene is that Eren planned his declaration of war to line up with Willy’s specifically because he knows (most) of the truth. I don’t believe he knows everything since he’s not a member of the Fritz family. But he still does have many of their passed down memories thanks to the Founding Titan.

When you consider what’s found within those memories, it’s not hard to see why Eren would consider the Tybur family to be his enemies. They could have spent the past 100 years assuring the rest of the world that the Paradis Eldians would never be a threat again as long as they were left alone — and they didn’t.

Also, they control Marley, the country that got Eren’s mom killed with their attack. So it’s personal as well.

But, how successful is Eren’s surprise attack really going to be? A large contingent of Marley’s military is onsite, as well as the Armored Titan assuming he wasn’t knocked out or killed. The Jaw and Cart are in a hole, so they’re probably out of the fight, but the Beast is still nearby.

It would seem like Eren’s in a bad spot. However, remember that he has allies as well. We haven’t seen them yet, but he did mention that his letters got to them. If Armin is there, that means Eren has the Colossal on his side. One transformation from Armin could theoretically level the entire square.

When you think about it, the Colossal Titan really is overpowered. Just look at how much it took to take down Bertolt last season.

Conclusion

What do you think of Attack on Titan: The Final Season episode 64? Is Willy really dead, or is he the Warhammer Titan? What do you think about Eren’s Founding Titan eyes glowing green instead of silver? If you like them more, you’re wrong. And did this episode live up to your expectations? Let me know in the comments.

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Attack on Titan Episode 63

Attack on Titan Episode 63

The Tybur Family

Attack on Titan: The Final Season episode 63 covers chapters 97 and 98 of the manga. Last week, I mentioned that I forgot about the Reiner backstory falling just before the events. So the events of this episode were what I expected to get in the previous episode.

My confusion about the chronology of events aside, this week I want to explain some of what we saw in the episode with a bit more context. And the first thing I think may need a bit of explaining is the role of the Tybur family and Willy Tybur in particular.

The Tybur family is going to be explained a bit more next week when Willy gives his performance. But for now, something some of you may have been confused about is why this Eldian family holds so much power in the country of Marley. After all, Eldians are non-citizens in Marley.

Willy Tybur from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
Willy Tybur

The reason for the Tybur Family’s power is actually quite simple. First, they have a lot of money. And as is always the case, money creates power. Second, their family controls the Warhammer Titan. By maintaining control over one of the Nine Titans, the Tybur family ensures that it always has a bargaining chip.

And third, as you may have picked up on, the Tybur Family are regarded as heroes to the people of many other countries. This is in part because of their alliance with Marley rather than with Paradis. Remember, as was stated in this episode, the rest of the world actually hates the Paradis Eldians even more than Marley does.

The Tybur family is basically the archetype of the “good Eldian.” Yes, they’re Eldians, but they’re viewed as civilized, not as demons or dogs.

Eren’s Character Development

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Eren’s character development throughout this final part of Attack on Titan is great. A lot of that development actually occurred during the four-year time-skip between the previous arc and this one, but we get to experience the results in satisfying ways.

One way in which Eren has developed as a character is that he’s much more methodical in his approach to literally everything. As you know, younger Eren wasn’t much of a thinker. He let his emotions get the best of him and was prone to charging in without any kind of plan or consideration of the results of his actions.

Current Eren is a very different person as we’ve already seen over the course of the past few episodes. First, he managed to infiltrate Marley undetected. Second, he scouted out Falco, a member of the Warrior program. Third, he was able to send correspondence from within enemy territory. And fourth, he used Falco to get a private audience with Reiner.

Eren talking to his grandfather at the hospital from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
Eren talking to his grandfather at the hospital

All of that planning and meticulous carrying out of the plan is very unlike the old Eren. But, the levels of his planning actually go further beyond what I’ve just laid out. In the image above, we see Eren talking to his grandfather. In just this scene alone, there are levels of complexity.

This wasn’t really depicted that well in the anime, but Eren’s run-in with his grandfather wasn’t entirely random. In the manga, he seems to recognize who Dr. Yeager is before he introduces himself. Keep in mind, Eren has his father’s memories, so he knows who his grandfather is.

But what was shown in the anime are the items Eren has with him. It’s no coincidence that he has a baseball and glove. He knows that his grandfather is interested in baseball, and so those items were used to lure him over. He did this specifically to ask him if he had any regrets about his family. That’s the kind of person Eren has become.

Eren and Reiner Reunited

Eren and Reiner’s reunion at the very end of the episode (after the credits in case you missed it) is a simple, yet effective scene. On one hand, we have Eren casually greeting Reiner after four years apart. On the other, we have Reiner who’s clearly shocked to see Eren in the heart of Marley.

So, why does Eren set up this meeting? Isn’t alerting Reiner the last thing Eren should be doing? Well, consider what I just finished explaining about Eren’s newfound knack for detailed planning. He spent years alongside Reiner, so he knows what kind of person he is and how to handle him.

For example, as was just showcased in the previous episode, Reiner isn’t the most mentally strong person. You could even call him a weak link. With this in mind, there are many reasons why Eren might want to contact him. If anyone’s going to change sides and work against Marley at this point, it would probably be Reiner.

Eren greeting Reiner from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
Eren greeting Reiner

However, gaining a new ally isn’t the only reason Eren may have for contacting Reiner. The fact that Eren was able to infiltrate Marley and then use Falco to get to Reiner is effectively a giant flex. He’s saying, “No matter where you are, you’re still within my reach.”

It’s psychological warfare at its finest. And considering that Reiner is weak-willed and has lost to Eren in one-on-one combat multiple times by now, it’s probably extremely effective. I mean, what’s Reiner supposed to do in this situation? Does he fight? Does he attempt to flee? Or does he stay and hear Eren out?

Every option Reiner has comes with downsides. Reiner could lose the fight. Eren could rampage through the city. Or, possibly scariest to Reiner, Eren could be successful in planting a seed of doubt in Reiner’s mind regarding his allegiance to Marley.

Conclusion

What do you think of Attack on Titan: The Final Season episode 63? Should Willy Tybur go by Willy T? Did you pick up on the meticulous nature of Eren’s actions so far? And what do you think Reiner should do in his situation? Let me know in the comments.

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Attack on Titan Episode 62

Attack on Titan Episode 62

The Door of Hope

Attack on Titan: The Final Season episode 62 ended a lot earlier in the story than I expected it to. I forgot about all of this Reiner backstory, so I figured that the ending scene was going to be more towards the beginning of the episode. But that’s fine, I still have plenty to talk about this week.

So, let’s start off by going over the current generation of Warriors and where they are now.

  1. Bertoldt was the Colossal Titan before being defeated by the Survey Corps and eaten by Armin who is now the current Colossal Titan.
  2. Annie is the Female Titan and is under guard somewhere within the capital of Paradis while encased in titan armor.
  3. Reiner is the Armored Titan and is currently in Marley awaiting his next mission.
  4. Porco is the Jaw Titan. He was originally passed over for a Warrior position but became one after the death of his brother, Marcel. Marcel was eaten by Ymir, who was then eaten by Porco.
  5. Pieck is the Cart Titan and is in Marley.
  6. Zeke is the Beast Titan and is also in Marley.
The Colossal Titan from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
The Colossal Titan

It’s safe to say that things haven’t gone so well for the Warriors. At the start of the series, Marley was in control of six of the Nine Titans. There were two (the Attack and Founding Titans) under Paradis’s control and one (the Warhammer Titan) under control of the Tybur family.

But now, Paradis has three of the Titans under their control due to their gaining of the Colossal Titan. And if that wasn’t bad enough for Marley, the Female Titan has been captured. At this point, they only control four Titans.

Tying Up Loose Ends

In this section, I want to go over a few things that you may have forgotten or missed. The first is the transfer of the Jaw Titan, which I already briefly mentioned. I don’t remember it being as clear in the manga as it was in the anime, but maybe I’m just forgetting some panels.

Anyway, the Jaw titan was originally Marcel. Marcel was the comrade of Reiner, Bertoldt, and Annie when they originally landed on Paradis Island. However, Marcel didn’t make it to the walled city because he was eaten by a wandering titan as we saw in this episode.

That wandering titan was Ymir, who then became the next Jaw Titan. But as you may have noticed, Ymir’s Jaw Titan form didn’t look like Marcel’s or Porco’s. That’s because the Nine Titans have different appearances based on their users (usually). Marcel’s and Porco’s Jaw Titans probably look the same because they’re brothers.

Marcel being eaten by Ymir from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
Marcel being eaten by Ymir

Now, the part I didn’t remember from the manga was when Ymir was shown to be eaten by Porco. This happens after Ymir agrees to be taken back to Marley by Reiner & co. It was definitely at least implied in the manga, but I don’t remember it being explicitly shown or stated.

Moving on, something you may have missed is the relevance of the story that the man who hung himself in this episode’s flashback. Reiner, Bertoldt, and Annie meet a man within the walls who tells them of the titan attack and how he escaped before ultimately killing himself.

This exact story is what Bertoldt later tells Eren and the other military cadets when introducing himself, Reiner, and Annie. I just wanted to point that detail out, because I think it’s really cool to see callbacks to earlier parts of the story like that. It’s interesting to see how everything is related.

The Price of War

Oddly enough, I’ve seen some people who think that Attack on Titan as a series glorifies war. I really don’t see that considering all of the horrors that have been featured throughout. This week’s episode focused on a different horror of war, however: The mental price paid by those who have seen war.

We’re given two slightly different views of this in the episode. The first one from Reiner, and the second from the wounded soldier who befriended Falco. With Reiner, we see the toll that years of war have taken on him directly. He’s watched his Warrior comrades die, he’s betrayed his Survey Corps comrades, and he’s killed innocent civilians along the way.

All of this has led to Reiner contemplating taking his own life. He doesn’t end up doing it because he’s reminded that he has to be there for the next generation. But, I’m not so sure that he would have done it anyway. Part of Reiner’s character is that he’s a bit of a coward to acts tough.

Reiner planning to kill himself from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
Reiner planning to kill himself

Even if Reiner wasn’t actually going to kill himself, Falco banging on the wall and bringing Reiner to his senses was probably the best outcome. If that hadn’t happened, Reiner probably wouldn’t have been able to tell himself he’s living for the next generation.

The injured soldier who Falco talks to isn’t as (mentally) broken as Reiner is. He’s injured, but he’s still sane. That can’t be said for the other soldiers at the hospital though. As the man points out to Falco, the horrors of war are enough to break anyone — and if people really knew the cost of war, they would never go to war.

It’s probably safe to say that Reiner would never have wanted to become a Warrior if he knew then what he knows now. I think the combination of seeing what Reiner is going through and being told how war affects people by the injured soldier is more effective than either would have been on their own.

Conclusion

What do you think of Attack on Titan: The Final Season episode 62? Should the Warriors have continued on with their mission after losing the Jaw Titan? Would they have not lost the Female and Colossal Titans had they chosen to turn back? And did you catch the callback to season 1? Let me know in the comments.

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Attack on Titan Episode 61

Attack on Titan Episode 61

Midnight Train

Let’s start off this review of Attack on Titan episode 61 by going over the results of a poll I ran over on Twitter. Last week, I asked what you thought of the Final Season’s OP. Surprisingly, 56% of respondents think that both the OP song and visuals are good, while 22% think they’re bad, and another 22% think one is bad while the other is good.

I wasn’t really expecting so many people to respond saying that the OP is good overall. Personally, I don’t like the song and I find the visuals to be a bit repetitive. But apparently, most of you like it, so I guess I’m just a hater as usual.

Moving on to this week’s episode, I think I’m starting to see why the production of this series has been rumored to be so bad. Did you notice that there was a lot of seemingly awkward animation in this episode? That’s not really a result of the bad production, but rather a cause of it.

Pieck Finger from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
Pieck Finger

One of the issues I’ve heard that AoT’s Final Season production has is that they’re trying to use the detailed manga character designs within the anime. So how have they attempted to resolve this issue? Rotoscoping. Rotoscoping is when animators draw over of real-life footage frame by frame.

As you can see from this episode, that sometimes doesn’t work out well. Rotoscoped movements can easily look off compared to background art if the time isn’t taken to make sure it’s perfect. And since we know AoT has a rushed schedule, my guess is that was the case here. Not all rotoscoping looks bad though — just look at Kizumonogatari.

But, I just said that the awkward animation was a cause of the poor production, so how is that the case? Isn’t this a product of it? Well, you may have also noticed that a lot of the rotoscoped scenes included dynamic camera movement as well. That’s the issue.

Normally there wouldn’t be all of these dynamic shots. And you may have noticed that many of these dynamic shots were for mundane scenes. In the past, AoT would only use dynamic shots for infrequent action scenes. Using them for a large number of random scenes like this is obviously going to put a strain on the animators.

Next Generation Warriors

Going into this season we knew that the production wasn’t going to be the best. So let’s move onto some good things about the episode, such as how it builds up some of the new characters. Specifically, I want to talk about the two Warrior candidates who have had the most screen time so far, Gabi and Falco.

Despite having similar backgrounds, Gabi and Falco are very different characters. But this difference between them isn’t something we’re explicitly told. Rather, it’s something we can understand through both their actions and words.

Of the two, Gabi is the one who’s far more indoctrinated by the Marleyan military and her family. This makes sense though, considering that her cousin, Reiner, is one of the Warriors. Obviously, that’s a point of pride for their family, and Gabi aspires to be as respected as Reiner is one day.

Falco helping an injured Eldian soldier from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
Falco helping an injured Eldian soldier

Falco’s family situation is somewhat similar, with his older brother Colt being next in line to take control of the Beast Titan. However, he’s a very different person from Gabi and has different reasons for wanting to achieve his goals. Falco is someone who questions the Marley regime and the ethics of the Warrior program despite being a part of it.

Interestingly, they’re also both competing for the same role. Reiner’s Armored Titan is the goal for the four younger Warrior candidates. We don’t really know what motivates Udo or Zofia, but it’s pretty clear for Gabi and Falco by this point.

Gabi’s personality makes it clear that she’s after attention and fame. Everything she does is for the purpose of putting herself in the spotlight. With Falco, it wasn’t so clear until partway through this episode when Reiner tells him to become the next Armored Titan. Falco wants to achieve this to save Gabi from that very fate.

Attack on Paradis 2: Electric Boogaloo

In this episode, we see Zeke arguing for the Marleyan military to launch another attack against the island of Paradis. He first argues for this course of action before the top military brass and then attempts to convince his fellow Warriors that they should take up this cause.

When talking to the leaders of the military, his argument is that the rest of the world is building weapons to take down Marley. And so, Marley needs to buy themselves time to build up their own arsenal. One way to buy this time is to take control of the Founding Titan on Paradis and threaten the world with its power.

This brings up the debate of who the real enemies of the world are. According to Zeke, the Eldians are the enemies of the world and Marley is trying to save the world from them while simultaneously defending itself from the rest of the world.

Marley's Warriors (and Colt) from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
Marley’s Warriors (and Colt)

The other Eldians living in Marley have similar views. For example, Reiner’s mother believes that wiping out the “evil” Eldians on Paradis will allow for the rest of the Eldians to live in freedom. After all, it’s just that small group of “evil” Eldians who are giving the rest of them a bad name.

But what’s the reality of this situation? Sure, the power of the Titans was used in the past by the Eldians. However, the Eldians of Paradis have been living in isolation for centuries, not even knowing that the outside world existed. So are they really the great evil that the people of Marley believe them to be?

As you may have figured out by now, the Eldians aren’t the problem. Marley is the problem. Think of it this way, what country is using the power of the Titans to fight against the rest of the world? That’s right, it’s Marley. They’re doing the exact thing that they’re accusing the Eldians of doing centuries ago.

Marley is basically gaslighting the Eldians by repeatedly saying they’re the problem.

Conclusion

What do you think of Attack on Titan: The Final Season episode 61? Do you like the use of rotoscoping and dynamic shots? Or would you prefer the more static animation used by the previous seasons that relies more on the character acting? And who do you think should become the next Armored Titan? Let me know in the comments.

If you enjoyed this review, remember to click the like button ❤️ down below. Also, follow me over on Twitter @DoubleSama so you don’t miss out on any future content. And come join our Discord server if you’re interested in discussing anime with other members of the community.

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