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.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Attack On Titan Vol. 19 by Isayama Hajime

So I've been rewatching The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya on the new blu-ray set and it looks stunning. Definitely worth the $100+ price tag since it includes both seasons and three spin-offs. I'm also watching it in "chronological" order this time and the experience is definitely interesting. I've also watched the Japanese version of Yu-Gi-Oh! (only the first episode so far) for the first time ever and that was interesting. 

But this is just about all of the anime I've got going on since I finished the Attack On Titan anime for the second time. Of course, I'm still playing Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle (both the JP and the Global versions for the moment) while I am impatiently waiting for Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for the PS4 to be released October 25th. Game-wise, that is pretty much it. I've basically put other games like Attack On Titan, Digimon Cyber Sleuth, and Tales of Zestiria on hold for a bit. With so much of my energies going to two different versions of Dokkan Battle I am not sure I can play other games right now.

I am not really sure what blog entries I will be able to muster up in the coming days and months, but I have been trying to come up with a few ideas. I think you'll enjoy 'em.

In the meantime I suppose I should get on with this entry and then cry in a corner somewhere because I'm caught up with the series until volume 20 hits the market.

This volume brings us the very much long awaited rematch between the Survey Corps and the Armored Titan.

Of the titan villains I've long since thought that Reiner Braun was the most interesting. Even though Bertolt's Colossus Titan is the "face" of the series that we see on most merchandise it is Braun's Armored Titan that really compels much of the story forward. He has always seemed like the stronger of the two and the leader... at least until the Beast Titan showed up and schooled them.

By now we know that the Beast Titan is the true leader of the bunch.... as far as Reiner, Bertolt, and Annie are concerned. There could be someone above him for all we know, but from what we actually know the Beast is the true boss. Yet the Armored Titan represents everything about this series we've come to know. He's the enemy of humanity and all that good stuff. Basically he is the early Vegeta of this series.

So the fight between him and Eren is especially satisfying this time around. Of course, it might not have ended so well for the Survey Corps this time if not for the new (and incredibly convenient but bulky) weapons the Corps created.

But the deviant team of titans won't just let one of their own fall. The Beast Titan (quite literally) launches Bertolt into the scene of the battle to come to Reiner's aid when it looks like the Corps and Eren have managed to bring him down for the count.

Of course, before Bertolt enters the battle we get a flashback to Marco's death and the part that Reiner, Bertolt, and Annie had in it. I'm not sure that is was especially necessary at this point in the story, but it doesn't take away from the tension much.

Then the volume ends on a predictable cliffhanger. Bertolt Hoover has transformed into the Colossus Titan and seems ready to do battle and it looks like this might be just a bit more than Eren and the Survey Corps can handle.

Very exciting stuff. I'm curious to see if the Colossus Titan can actually fight and what will happen if he does.

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