Attack on Titan: Season 4, Episode 1 Review-“Beyond the Sea”

Seven years after production, and after a long, painful wait between seasons and an overall shift in creativity behind the scenes, here’s the fourth and final season of Attack on Titan. It was clearly a moment of enthusiastic excitement for the fans, with both Funimation and Crunchyroll crashing under a hot barrage. Attack on Titan spent the previous 59 episodes building the story of a labyrinth of war and human scramble that consumes everything to survive against the insurmountable power of the grotesque Titan. In Season 3, the audience was obsessed with many game-changing revelations about the origins of Titan and the world of unknown technological advances across the near-mythical ocean. The finale left us with a characteristic bittersweet note: Eren Yeager and his silly team saw hope on the horizon, but end credits-showing the image of the brutal war that was waiting for them. Masu-shortened that optimism.Season 4’s premiere episode, “Beyond the Sea,” switched things and revealed the other side of the long battle that had been plagued from the beginning of the show. Introducing Falco, a young Eldian soldier from Marley fighting on the battlefield near Fort Slava. After he was blinded by the shootout, they are approaching the climax of a four-year battle, as fellow soldiers explain to him. The war was over when the Marley troops sank their Middle Eastern allies into their harbor. Or, at least, hopefully it’s done. Attack on Titan is now cleverly telling 60 episodes, so it is unlikely that intergenerational conflict or inherent corruption will end completely. If you’re as confused as Falco at this exposition, don’t worry. Attack on Titan has always enjoyed resisting the growing expectations of the audience. Except for the new and fun spectacular opening, you can’t see most of Ellen or your favorite characters here. Instead, you are asked to see the “enemy” of the battle. It seems to consist primarily of arrogant generals and painfully young soldiers. Are you familiar with it? The show has been strongly criticized for many years for how the image of a real war appears to be suitable for its own use, but Titan consistently describes the war itself as a game that loses to everyone involved. I cannot deny what I have done. Baby-faced soldiers of the Marley Fleet blame each other for not believing in the omnipotent power they have been taught since birth. The landscape of the battlefield is desolate and is nothing more than a trench and blood in the soil. The casual prejudice that has taken root after generations of publicity easily rolls off the tongue. Children, each appearing tired and shell-shocked over fragile years, are fighting for death, but few others.

Indeed, they are fighting for a truly deadly prize. Falco and his companions Udo, Zophia, and Gabi are Eldians competing for the ultimate award for being empowered by Armored Titans. So they are not only fighting the “enemy”, but also fighting each other for this suspicious honor. That’s what we know, with short shelf life and Ellen nearing the end. This new face quartet may not be familiar to us-and it’s still a big change for the show to move away from the core cast and introduce more additions to the already vast ensemble-but they are us. They do a great job of making you care about them very quickly. Frequent bloodshed is even more tragic, as Titan is always terrifyingly good at creating skillfully layered characters.

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It is Gabi who considers himself a natural heir to Armored Titan. Her strong and resolute attitude allows Marley’s army to release Titan’s army more freely by blasting the entire enemy train. The most unforgettable scene of the episode is an episode full of them, where you see the aircraft carrier fall into a fleet of incapacitated Eldians. Tied to a harness that looks like a body bag, they parachute onto the fort and collapse to the ground like a bomb.

The sight of dozens of naked giants, each blindly grinning and landing on a building, hasn’t spent the dozens of episodes settled in the humanization of these so-called monsters, and what’s happening is essential. The act of genocide. The show has always sought to find a midpoint between faithfully portraying the atrocities of war and giving action lovers some value for their money. Here, the balance remains volatile, and the long-awaited Titans scene is scored with epic music and looks gorgeous-but it’s the petrified soldiers who remain with you long after the smoke has settled. Faces are sent to their death.

Mareyan occupies the fort with the help of Sieg, and the war seems to be over. But, of course, that’s not the case. The power of Titan is not absolute, and the battle continues for new candidates for Armored Titan. A preview of the next episode suggests that it will take some time before Ellen and her friends return, but as Falco and his circle are released from the battlefield, it will take some time for the scars to heal. Will be charged.

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