AoT 32: One Note

Attack on Titan episode 32 review

AoT 32

No fewer than four times did Mikasa call out Eren’s name during this episode. In fact, she may have had more “Eren”s than she had lines. And to think I expected her to become my favorite character when I first found out about Attack on Titan. She’s the ultimate one-note character, there for only one reason and nothing more.

But what about the rest of this episode? Can you find anything cuter and funnier than Hange blushing over a Titan (Eren) responding to her? That was another bone thrown to the fans who love Hange. I’ll take it, I like Hange myself.

One problem I’m noticing with this season of Attack on Titan is the prevalence of flashbacks. Look, flashbacks aren’t bad, but there are too many of them at this point. The reason for this one is to show why Eren decides to use Annie’s technique to take down the Armored Titan, but it really seems superfluous.

I still refuse to believe that Annie is all that evil, by the way. I’m holding onto hope that she’s actually justified in her actions. I kind of hope Bertholdt and Reiner are proven innocent, too. Sometimes it’s nice for characters to be morally gray. After all, didn’t we all think the Captains of the Soul Society were villains at first, too?

Pretty nice action in this episode, and great animation along with it. And here’s the thing: we don’t know who’s going to survive, who’s really the enemy, and what the mystery of the Titans is. I’m okay with all these questions. As long as they eventually get answered, by all means, throw the mystery at me. There’s this brilliant anime that I’ll never stop talking about – Shangri-La – that did this to utter perfection (and managed to do it in only 24 episodes).

But let’s talk about the most important thing: Attack on Titan, once left for dead by me after an overrated first season, is suddenly much-watch TV, and a true rival to Hunter x Hunter on the Toonami block.

Character of the episode: Hange

Episode rating (out of four stars): ***1/2