Attack on Titan Episode 33 – Hunters

The eighth episode of the second season and Attack on Titan seems to have returned to quiet character introspection rather than continue the action of the previous episode. It’s not as exciting but this approach does seem more realistic than everyone jumping to chase after Eren and his kidnappers.

The Colossal Titan falling onto Eren and Reiner gave the latter the chance to tear Eren out of his titan body with his mouth. Bertolt joins them in human form, carrying Ymir who’s till passed out. They run off and the Survey Corps are in no condition to follow because most of them were injured in the explosion caused by the Colossal Titan’s fall.

Back in Trost, Erwin meets up with Pixis and they vaguely discuss Annie as well as the faulty politics of the interior. Sasha and another guy reach them soon after and informs them that not only was there no hole in the wall but that three of the 104th graduates are titans, two of which are the Colossal and Armored ones. The news of Eren’s kidnapping is also relayed.

And then it’s flashback time again – there are really a lot of those this season – and we go back to before Wall Maria fell, when Eren, Mikasa and Armin were kids. The familiar formula of Armin being bullied, Eren trying to avenge him despite being outnumbered and Mikasa rushing to his rescue occurs, with Hannes and his fellow drunk soldiers cheering them on. The whole situation devolves into a royal mess. Mikasa solidly kicks their butts but Eren insists on joining in and fares far less well. A shopkeeper whose stuff gets broken by the kids’ fight takes it out on Hannes for being a useless, freeloading soldier. Eventually, some higher ranking guy comes to break it up but Eren chooses to pursue the fleeing bullies, leaving a devastated Mikasa in his wake.

Yeah, that boy needs to control his temper and learn his damn limits.

Back in the present, Mikasa wakes up and is shocked, outraged, and utterly distraught to learn that Eren’s been gone for five hours and that they can’t yet pursue. She sadly wonders why Eren is always goes somewhere far away from them and Armin sadly agrees while saying that’s how things have always been.

They’re just very sad, okay? Okay.

A less outwardly sad but still very sad Hannes joins them, food in hand, and notes that Mikasa and Armin are always cleaning up Eren’s messes and that their dynamic hasn’t changed. They have replaced neighborhood bullies with gigantic titans though. That’s a bit of a severe escalation.

Anyway, Hannes goes on to reminisce about Eren’s shitty fighting skills and how he’s never won a fight but also how he never gives up either. He wants to go back to the good old days when he could be a drunken soldier in peace while the kids raised hell and he’s willing to join the Corps’ rescue operation to ensure that. After all, the old days can’t come back without all three of them – Mikasa, Eren and Armin – alive and together.

This is actually a sweet sentiment and shows us that while Eren himself was always supremely displeased by humanity living in the walls like cattle, most people were quite happy with the stagnant peace.

Fired up by Hannes’ words, Armin and Mikasa eat their rations in a manner that would put Light and his potato chip to shame.

They’re soon joined by Erwin and the Military Police riding along the walls, all prepared for a rescue mission. Armin suggests Historia/Christa stay behind and is rebuffed since she’s not going to leave Ymir be taken. And Connie mentions how he still has trouble believing Reiner and Bertolt are traitors and wants to hear the words from their own lips. Hange, who can barely move but is too badass to let that stop them, tells the group their conjuncture on where Bertolt and Reiner might have taken Eren and Ymir.

Since the normal titans like to try and eat the titan shifters, it’s likely that Bertolt and Reiner want to rest somewhere safe until nightfall before heading to wherever it is that they came from. The apt location is a forest with big trees a little ways from Wall Rose.

And sure enough, we see Eren wake up – sans both arms – in a giant tree to the company of an awake but still healing Ymir as well as Bertolt and Reiner.

This is far from my favorite episode but it was an okay one all the same. It is nice to see some past moments between out central trio that illustrate how things have changed but also remained very much the same.

Little badass Mikasa was awesome.

Eren really needs to get a hold of that temper of his though. Seriously.

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20 Responses to Attack on Titan Episode 33 – Hunters

  1. raistlin0903 says:

    Well, this was the first episode this season that was simply okay. As you mentioned, it wasn’t bad, but it didn’t have me jumping from joy either. Still there were a couple of things that were interesting enough,and I guess after all the action last week, it was okay to have things be a little bit more lighthearted. What’s up with Mikasa and Armin eating those rations though? I thought if they would continue to eat like that their teeth would break lol. Seeing Eren without his arms was quite disturbing. But knowing that this is only temporary puts my mind at ease I guess.
    Well, there’s nothing left to do now but wait to see what happens between Reiner and Eren. Looking forward to that though. Looks like it is going to be another tense episode 😊

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    • D says:

      Yeah, it was quite a different tone from before. Not bad but not exceptional.

      And I laughed so much at that scene. Like – is that supposed to be dramatic? Because I just found it ridiculous. Their poor teeth indeed 😀

      That was a very weird sight. Same with Ymir though she’s healing already. Next episode seems to feature some classic Eren yelling if the preview is anything to go by. Gotta be good.

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      • raistlin0903 says:

        Haha lol, it was not just me then. I really had to laugh at that scene as well. Biting like an idiot into a stale biscuitlike food brick is supposed to be badass? I don’t think I am going to be trying this anytime soon lol.
        Yep….can’t go wrong with some classic Eren yelling…looking forward to it 😊

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  2. naomiblog says:

    It was a good episode. Better than the manga actually. I think it’s because of the music and the characters facial expressions. Mikasa’s face was beautiful in this episode. Be prepared because things get even crazier. I’m so sad that this anime is only 12 episodes. If it was 25 episodes, things would be even crazier than episode 12 of this season XD I kind of prefer Eren’s arms the way they were in the manga. I would explain this all better but I’d be moving into spoiler territory if I did. I liked your review, it was great 🙂

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  3. Karandi says:

    I found the flashbacks kind of pointless given they didn’t seem to add anything new to what we knew about the characters or the plot. I mean, it was a nice reminder of how things used to be, but we already knew that to a large extent and the flashbacks seemed to go on for too much of the episode to not really add anything new.

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    • D says:

      Yeah, same. I guess they needed something to fill the time until Erwin got there. The flashbacks in the previous episodes were more informative than this.

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  4. Akaluv says:

    Oh, the season is almost over already. I may have to catch up soon.

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  5. Grimsabr says:

    I agree with you, this episode wasn’t bad but nothing amazing either. I also enjoyed the flash backs but its starting to feel a little repetitive when it comes back to those three, Eren tries hard but hes still useless lol.

    That being said, i guess that was the point. They wanted to highlight the fact that he is kinda weak, but his tenacity and perseverance is second to none.

    Thanks for the review 🙂

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    • D says:

      I liked the flashbacks in this season so far but true that this one doesn’t tell us anything we don’t already know.

      Eren’s not useless per se but he tends to pick fights that he can’t win. If it was just one guy, he may have managed but three? Not so much. That’s some incredible tenacity though.

      Thanks for dropping by!

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  6. auradis says:

    Did nobody tell Hange that the scouts were ambushed by titans at night at that abandoned castle/fort near the beginning of the season? I mean maybe it was only due to the beast titan’s shenanigans, but they were moving at night regardless..!

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    • D says:

      I imagine not. They probably didn’t get the time to brief the 104th. Normal titans should still be immobile at night so the plan might work. Or so we hope. AoT’s plans have a way of getting messed up 😀


  7. Adam says:

    I have mixed feelings about this episode. On the one hand, I think staying behind with Armin & Mikasa was the right move, and I think it was good to demonstrate how many just want to return to the way things were, in stark contrast with Eren, Armin, and most of the Scouts. In some ways I think that’s a very interesting question to engage.

    To what extent do those who wish to escape this fate have the right to pursue it? While it’s clear that Bertholt and Renier have their reasons for doing this, it’s certainly possible that by venturing beyond the 3 walls the Scouts might stir things up, causing greater harm to their society.
    They touched on it once before, at the end of season 1, when the Military Police almost arrested Erwin, but since that’s not a very action driven component I doubt it will be more than a recurring guest theme.

    The flashbacks are getting a little excessive, both in frequency and duration. Granted a fair number of characters are unconscious for much of this episode, but I can’t help but think back to how they first introduced Pixis, playing chess against a noble when he received word of the Titan attack. I’d be more inclined to try something like that, or perhaps reference the ongoing study of crystal Annie. Either way, I think this world has more than enough room for multiple concurrent scenes without relying so heavily on flashbacks every episode. So far season 2 feels a little overly focused on the same few characters.

    Overall I think that the series definitely needed another pause before resuming the action, but these flashbacks feel like their only purpose is to fill that pause, without actually doing anything strong and engaging with it.

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    • D says:

      It is clear that a lot of people were content staying within the walls while titans roamed outside. And for the first century, that may have been fine and the scouts fools for plunging headfirst into danger. But I think that safety pretty much vanished when Wall Maria fell. After that, staying within and hoping the titans will leave them alone isn’t an option. They need to fight back or they’ll all die. It’s clear that the humans can’t afford to have another Wall fall, not when their resources are already so limited. So, the scouts don’t seem to be in the wrong to me, no matter what the Military Police thinks.

      As for the episode, yeah, the flashbacks in this one seemed really pointless. It’s cute to know how they all feel but it also seems like filler. Something more substantial would have been better.

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      • Adam says:

        I don’t disagree with the idea that “castling” really isn’t an option anymore, but I think it’s good for the narrative to continue to engage the reality that many still refuse to see that. I keep thinking back to when Erwin asked Eren if he understood who the real enemy is. In many ways the opposition within their society is just as threatening as the faction that’s attacking them.

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  8. Adam says:

    Just wanted to let you know, I nominated you for a Mystery Blogger Award

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