This episode did a great job at capturing the utter helplessness of the humans in the face of the giants. Actually I think it may have gone a little bit too far. At this rate, what is even the point of having an army? From what we saw they didn’t even damage a single giant.
Still, this episode gives us a great sense of the despair and hopelessness of their goal, and also of the social and class systems of the world. A fifth of the population, sent out to die, just like that. I can sympathize with both the “we can’t do anything” people and those who want to go on a giant rampage.
And now we have the roots of a quest for genocide. I want to say that this quest is misguided but I can’t. When it’s a species that lives by eating humans, what are you supposed to do?
Also this has got to be the coolest Imouto ever.
Something seems a bit off though. She took her mother’s advice to take care of her brother much too seriously, and acts nothing like a little kid. I gather that she is adopted or something, I bet she has some birth secret related to the father’s work. And what the hell is in the basement?
My crazy theory: the boy’s ancestors somehow created the giants. If the wall’s only been there a hundred years, how did humanity survive before that? (Note: If you’ve read the manga, please don’t spoil it for those of us that haven’t. But if not, speculate away!)
Also if I were in charge of building this enormous fortress I would have done things a bit differently. I would have built additional walls like so:
Then a single breach wouldn’t require the abandonment of a majority of the humans’ arable land. Also you could still get on top of the breached walls and launch attacks on the giants from the rear.
Also tunnels. Seems like that would be the best way to escape. Use the giants’ size against them. It would require some excellent engineering for the tunnels not to cave in when the giants stepped on them though.
And note on the map that there are four roads leading away from the fortress. Where in the world do those roads lead to? That’s very curious.