AoT 29: Ymir mortals

Attack on Titan episode 29 review


What the heck is going on out there? Is the second season of Attack on Titan by different writers, different producers or something? How in the world was the first season so horrible, and the second season the polar opposite of the absolute junk we were fed for 25 episodes? This is good stuff. I can’t say enough good things about how much Attack on Titan has changed for the better in these first four episodes of the second season.

This seems to be the exact opposite of most shows, which “jump the shark” after a certain point. Everyone knows what “jumping the shark” is now; it’s one of those phrases that got beaten like a dead horse. One of my favorite examples of “jumping the shark” is with Survivor. Ever since Jeff Probst became an “executive producer” of Survivor and has his name in the credits (rather than just “host”), the show has become way too sappy, cheesy and predictable. But in Attack on Titan‘s case, the second season has actually done the opposite; it’s gone from practically unwatchable to edge-of-your-seat action.

In this episode, several of the minor characters get some quality time. These minor characters, including Ymir, Christa, Conny and Bertholdt, all come together to stop Titans from momentarily finishing them off, but find themselves eventually surrounded by them in a tower. Several close calls ensue, but by the end of the episode the Titans are about to break down the tower. That’s when Ymir jumps (might as well jump!), but she isn’t obeying Van Halen here; rather, she seems to have some sort of Titanic secret up her sleeve.

The fact that I can’t wait to find out what happens next is a true testament to how much better Attack on Titan is than before. Can it keep it up? My head says no, but my heart would like to believe that the legacy of Attack on Titan will end up a positive one, very much the same way Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood‘s legacy was saved by its final episode. Let’s go!

Character of the episode: Ymir

Episode rating (out of four stars): ***½

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