Attack on Titan/Shingeki no Kyojin #73 is out. Go read it! (No, really, go. It’s actually pretty good this month!)
I’m sure, after listening to me complain about the various manga chapters I regularly follow, you probably think I’m really hard to please.
Thing is? I’m not.
I’m also surprisingly forgiving.
In point of fact, I spent much of chapter 73 of Shingeki no Kyojin feeling pretty good. Isayama-sensei made me pretty happy this month mostly by giving me awesome action shots involving 3-D maneuver gear.
If I have any complaint, it’s that not much happens in this installment. In a nutshell, most of the action is the journey back to where we started, at the wall of Maria. The Survey Corps is traveling at night, specifically, the night of the new moon, hoping to avoid any run-ins with Titans. They do meet one, but it’s asleep. Hange explains that they do that, that some of the Titans have the capability of nighttime movement, but there has to be some moonlight–light reflected from the sun–for them to do it.
Eren is moping around, generally feeling like a loser who can’t do anything right, not even keep the horses from stumbling into rocks in the dark, until Armin gives him a pep talk. As pep talks go, it’s a pretty good one. Armin basically says that he’s scared all the time too, but he can’t figure out why some people can act in moments of crises, and others can’t. Eren thinks back to his early fights, and basically remembers that he pushed through fear because he’s the shounen hero–he does what he does with the hopes of helping Humanity/his friends/etc., and because he wants the dream to go on.
In particular, the dream contained in these giant eyes:
There’s some weird-ass Isayama-sensei attempts at philosophy that comes into play in this chapter, some bullcrap about freedom versus fate (and a very weird and worrisome question at the beginning that seems to wonder if Humanity should be allowed to be in charge of its own fate), but that was easier to ignore because WHOOSH! 3-D MANEUVER GEAR IS COOL! ZOOM!
The chapter ends with the revelation that the Armored Titan/Reiner and the Colossal Titan/Berholdt are lying in wait for our heroes.
I hate to say it… but I’m kind of looking forward to the next chapter. I really want to see a match-up between Titan Eren and those two.
So, see? I’m not so hard to please.