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.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Attack On Titan Vol. 11 by Isayama Hajime

Now that we know the identities of who the Colossus and Armored Titans are there's no choice on Eren Yeager's part, but to kick some righteous ass. Well, he tries, anyway. The first part of this volume is an epic fight between Eren in his titan form and the Armored Titan, revealed to be Reiner Braun in the previous volume.

The Colossus Titan, now known as Bertolt Hoover, doesn't seem as menacing anymore. I mean, in titan form he is very impressive and probably the most well-known titan from the series, but I just can't look at him the same way anymore. I don't want to say that I am disappointed with this particular turn of events, but I am wondering if the Armored Titan is really the bigger threat. Reiner Braun definitely seems way more unhinged than Bertolt. I'm not sure who I can understand more right now. I mean, the willingness to destroy humanity is a bit extreme, but I don't think even I can quite understand just why they want to do so. Sure, I can think of plenty of reasons why I would, but I don't know why they want to do that.

And what about the still-unknown Beast Titan?

Now that everyone knows that there is no hole in the wall and yet somehow titans have made it inside, does that mean that the titans are somehow digging under the ground? Or does it mean that ordinary people are turning into titans. That could explain how Connie mistook a titan's appearance for his own mother. 

We've certainly seen a precedence for such an occurrence. Eren, Annie, Ymir, Reiner, and even Bertolt are titans. Who the hell isn't a titan by now?

I don't really know at this point. It wouldn't surprise me at this point Hange Zoe was a titan. Or Commander Erwin Smith. Hell, just make the entirety of the Survey Corps into titans while we are at it. 

Eren's fight with Reiner is cut a bit short by the Colossus Titan falling down on them and Eren subsequently gets kidnapped in the aftermath. Ymir gets kidnapped, too. 

They get taken to the Titan Forest where they cannot escape and it is there we begin to see just a little bit more about Reiner Braun's "condition." 

Definitely an interesting turn of events. 

And I still want to know just what the hell Krista Lenz (now known as Historia) has to do with all of this stuff.

Questions, questions, questions... Ugh, it's agony. 

I guess it is time to buy volume twelve. 

I am not quite sure how long Mr. Isayama can keep up this particular story, but it really is just getting better and better. This is going to be so amazing as an anime. Believe it. 

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