MASSIVE SPOILERS from Attack on Titan S2. Also, don’t be “that guy” and post manga spoilers in the comments. No one really likes that. Come on.
Attack on Titan‘s highly anticipated second season brought forth some polarizing opinions on various aspects of the megahit anime.
People didn’t like the slower, more atmospheric, experience of the new season, wanting more Samurai Spiderman Aerial Attacks instead of the well-placed thriller narrative that the show posed instead.
They initially didn’t like the new OP song, (even though I’ll be damned if by episode 4 I wasn’t loudly singing “Sasageo!” alongside with Linked Horizon, as if I: A. Knew what the word meant and B. Was an actual civilian in this fictional country of which I inexplicably feel nationalistically affiliated with.)
And, most importantly, THEY WANTED TO KNOW WHAT THE HECK IS IN EREN’S BASEMENT. I MEAN SERIOUSLY, IT BETTER BE COOL. IF IT IS JUST LIKE A CRYPTIC LETTER FROM HIS DAD OR SOMETHING I AM GOING TO WRITE A STRONGLY WORDED BLOG POST (that will get like 2 likes) AND START THROWING THINGS.
Regardless of what you think, there was one thing that I think that we can all agree on…
That titan fight between Eren and the Hardboi Titan was HYPE right?
This fight was amazing for too many reasons to list. But I am going to try to list the important ones.
First off. The fight told an amazing story that was established right away. Eren’s greatest asset in combat has always been his rage and tenacity, (also the fact that most of his opponents have been mindless beings that have neither coordination nor the high mental aptitude to adapt to a fight that humans have) but in this fight, all of the rage in the world won’t help Eren against Hardboi-san.
Without the intellectual or emotional advantage, Eren is backed up against a wall, and is forced to react on the fly to find some kind of advantage to give him some kind of edge against a clearly more formidable opponent. This level of insecurity is something that we haven’t neccesarily experienced much from Eren’s perspective, and it gave him somewhat of an empathetic, humanizing, element.
This disadvantage also added something else that has been missing from Eren’s fights against other titans, a legitimate question of how Eren would manage to pull out a win, if he could manage to do so. Eren very well could have been killed in this fight, this was evident from the beginning. Hardboi-san had an edge in both strength and constitution, and through these advantages and how they are displayed, I became invested in Eren, I was genuinely interested in seeing how he was going to survive this vicious scrum.
And let me tell you, I was wholeheartedly impressed with Eren’s solution to this situation, to the point that I legitimately squealed with a surprised feeling of joy and started sending snapchat videos of the fight to several of my friends.
How does Eren take on these seemingly impossible odds?
How does he overcome the awesome power of Hardboi-san?
With good, old fashioned, wrestling.
Anyone who spends more than 5 minutes with me can instantly tell that I am dangerously obsessed with wrestling. Like. It’s kind of sad.
So when Eren first dodged Hardboi-san’s punch and countered with a ROCK BOTTOM(?!?) I was excited to say the least.
But it didn’t end there, Eren’s smooth transitions into a triangle and an armbar were amazing enough to make any fan of jiu jitsu go absolutely bonkers. And Eren’s eventual counter of Hardboi’s tackle attempt into a guillotine hold was also squeal-inducing.
To top it off, the person who taught Eren these interesting moves to take down Hardboi-san? Annie, the member of these evil titans. The dramatic irony of this rang true beautifully, and the scene became an instant classic for me.
And, just as quickly as the fight began, it ended, with no conclusive winner, which though I was initially disappointed, I was also excited to see the next clash of the titans (pun INTENDED.)
This is classic wrestling booking 101. They are saving the true conclusion to this fight for a bigger and better occasion. And next time there is an even more interesting twist, because Hardboi knows that Eren took some courses from Annie Gracie, and Eren no longer has the element of surprise jiu jitsu that he can bust out. Eren instead might have to go learn capoeira from another of the evil titans.
This fight was awesome.
From the story it told, to the situations that it put Eren in, to the random jiu jitsu.
This fight was impactful.
This fight was visually satisfying.
This fight was well booked and told an excellent story.
I think the one thing that we can all agree on is that regardless of whether or not you liked the new season of Attack on Titan, I think we all can agree that Eren’s fight with Hardboi-san was freaking fantastic.
p.s. I know Hardboi’s name is Reiner. But guess what? This is my post.
What did you think of Attack on Titan Season 2? What did you think of this fight? What do you think about fighting in general? Let me know in the comments.