Shingeki no Kyojin is a perfect example of how reading something weekly let’s you smooth over the faults in the story. I shouldn’t still be reading this, but I am. Thing is, this was a pretty good chapter, honestly. Go check it out: http://www.mangapanda.com/shingeki-no-kyojin/85
THEY’RE GOING INTO EREN’S BASEMENT!!!!
Okay, some other sh*t happened, but no one cares about that (even though I spent five minutes being alternately grossed out and horrified by the whole ‘punishment’ discussion about everyone’s insubordination in the last chapter, given how non-functioning this military actually is), because OMG THE BASEMENT.
There’s some fake out about the key, but luckily Levi’s like ‘DOORS ARE FOR PUNKS’ and we discover something I’ve been suspecting all along:
This is the future of our past.
There’s a photograph found in a journal left by Eren’s dad that is proof that this is our Earth, and that something happened to force everyone behind the walls and regress to this semi-pre-industrial state.
That was satisfying.
Thing is, and, since I was called into work, I don’t have time for a huge exploration of this, but this is where Kubo-sensei failed me. Ultimately, I can forgive all sorts of stupid character moments or random fan service or even dumb-a$$ writing (especially when reading weekly like this), if the plot pays off.
This, as delayed and hackneyed as it has been, is actually the pay-off I’ve been freaking WAITING for.
Works for me. You?