Don't you just hate spoilers? I do, too. That's why I always try to include warnings. However, I sometimes ramble a bit too much here or there and maybe a few (or many) key plot points slip without me giving proper notice. So I'd like to include a blanket spoiler warning for the weary internet travelers of the world: Here There Be Spoilers. You've been warned.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Attack On Titan Vol. 7 by Isayama Hajime

They caught the female titan... or no, they didn't. Yup, she got away. While you don't find out who the female titan really is until the next volume you have to at least have a good idea who the female titan really is. Not necessarily because of any serious hints dropped, but because of similarities in fighting style and outward appearance. What isn't clear in volume seven is why the female titan is doing what she is doing. Of course, the same can be said of the colossal and armored titans who haven't made an appearance for quite some time.

What are the goals of these titans who are undoubtedly piloted by humans? Just who are the pilots? Million dollar questions, folks.

You won't get answers to any of them here, though.

Instead you get the inevitable first fight between Eren and the female titan. While the idea of the Survey Corps. capturing the female titan and returning home successfully is a neat one it's not one that plays out here at all. Attack on Titan isn't a happy-go-lucky story. If the worst can happen it will. If Eren seeing his own mother getting eaten by a titan in the first volume didn't get that point across then I sure as hell don't know what will.

After calling other titans to consume her titan body (because true minions will eat you if you command them to), the female titan manages to escape from the trap the Survey Corps. had sacrificed so much to lay. It was a brilliant trap, too. Unfortunately, the female titan had a huge ace up her sleeve. 

Once her titan body was consumed the pilot of the body made a quick getaway with her 3D Maneuvering Gear. Perhaps it was only coincidence that as she was making her getaway she ran into Eren and Levi's squad. Or maybe it wasn't coincidence. 

No one seems to live for very long in the titan world. I rather liked Petra and the rest of Levi's squad. Mostly Petra. Watching the female titan kill Levi's squad in both the anime and manga wasn't easy. It made the intense hatred I had for the female titan grow even more intense. I really wanted Eren to go into full titan mode and completely kick her ass. 

True enough Eren did go into titan mode, but he didn't quite get shit done as I would have hoped. Eren was the one who ended up getting his ass kicked and it was up to Mikasa and Captain Levi to rescue his sorry ass. 

Levi was the one who ended up taking the battle to the female titan. In fact, I'm pretty sure Levi could have finished off the female titan by himself. Not bad for such a short little neat freak. As to why he didn't... Well, I guess you could say that getting Eren to safety was more important at the moment. I'm not sure I agree with that decision, though. 

With the result of the mission being a complete failure, the Survey Corps. heads back to the wall only a few hours after setting out. Once they get back they aren't given a heroes' welcome. Instead they are treated with apathy and scorn. Like just another waste of the citizens' taxes, really. 

I think the saddest moment of all was when Petra's father walks up to Levi and begins talking about Petra's dedication to Levi and how that makes him a bit nervous. As if Petra would wish to marry Levi or something. She's still young, though, he says while waving one of her letters in Levi's face. Levi is clearly in pain although he tries to maintain his composure. He doesn't know how to break the news to Petra's father. 

And that's basically how this issue ends. 

Frustration. Agony. Nothing gained. 

P.S. - I'm getting stoked about the blu-ray release of Part I of Attack on Titan. I've had the special edition on pre-order for months now and I can't wait until June 3rd when it is released. I like what I've heard of the dub so far although I'm not quite sold on Levi's voice. I'm not sure just what all Matthew Mercer has done in the past, but from what I've heard in the snippets posted on YouTube by Funimation makes me wonder if maybe Matthew Mercer was the wrong choice for Levi. He just doesn't sound like how I would think an English-speaking Levi would sound. But, hey, maybe it's just me. I'm still going to get the blu-ray for the sub, if nothing else. 

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