Shingeki no Kyojin does not pull its punches. We start off with Eren motivating the entire team. “This is what we’ve been training for! Things will be different this time!”
Everyone’s all pumped, even proposing a contest over how many Titans they can kill.
Twenty seconds later they’re all dead, devoured by the first Titans they meet. Shit.
Eren loses a leg, then proceeds to jump in another Titan’s mouth for a rescue. Then he loses another arm and the episode ends with him being swallowed.
I assume he’s going to make it out because, well, it’s only episode five. And getting eaten does seem to be a good way to bring you in close proximity to their weak point. But still, crap. The kid already lost an arm and a leg in his first battle. I wonder how he’s going to keep fighting from this point on. Automail? (no spoilers please)
Eren was so boss this episode he even told off Mikasa.
Poor girl. 🙁
About the titans themselves: this just keeps getting weirder and weirder. Now there’s a new type that seems to jump around like a spider? Crap.
And what the hell happened with that giant one that seemed to just disappear? My speculation is that these are clearly not natural creatures. I wonder if they are created with some form of magic or something. That could explain the weak part at the back of their neck, the core of the spell or something along those lines. Perhaps Eren actually managed to kill the thing. Or perhaps some power that’s controlling the titans released it.
Again, feel free to speculate away in the comments unless you’ve read ahead and already know what’s going on.