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It's moment you've all been waiting for.  Well.....according to a Biglobe poll.

Full Review

For those of you not in the know, the link is to Biglobes poll on most popular male characters.  After Eren (#5) and Armin (#8), Levi finds himself at number 12.  A true testament to Shingeki no Kyojin's overwhelming popularity when a character is ranked that high when he hadn't even made an appearance.

One of the nice perks of watching an anime of a manga you read, is getting a different style of the same story. Some might not be able to separate their instinct to criticise the anime - I'm just as guilty at times - but for those who can avoid the temptation, it's a perk.  A perk that's made clear in episodes like this, with the introduction of important characters.

In Shingeki no Kyojin's manga, I never once thought of Levi (Rivaille) as the brooding bishonen badass he's portrayed as in the anime.  It's a delightful take on his character that works with the anime's more light-hearted and sillier approach, making Kamiya Hiroshi a great casting choice to play the alpha male of the Scouting Legion. His introduction was the fun part of the episode; going around killing titans like it's any other day, before comforting a dying soldier.  Hopefully they keep Levi as the fun anime alternative, because he'll definitely add a little humour to Shingeki no Kyojin by the being the boss character he already is.

The rest of the episode went back to Eren, Mikasa and Armin.  I won't write much about it because I've gone into it great detail in my other post - link above - so I'll only point out how well Kitts Verman was used.  He's already a detestable character for running away from his cadets in the previous episodes, making him the right guy to lead hot-blooded to "kill now, ask questions later."  It essentially epitomizes what Shingeki no Kyojin has shown us time and time again; humans are weak.  So weak that they'd fight amongst themselves when there's still danger everywhere.

Good episode all around, especially the inquisition part.  We're back to a slower pace and the next episode will probably follow this pace as we see Armin stepping up for Eren - Mikasa already did her part with her "over my dead body stance."

Shingeki no Kyojin Episode 10 Preview

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