Are we there yet? No but Shingeki no Kyojin does have a reason for that.
We’ve sat through some minor battles, had some twists and turns along the way and now the big turning point is within our grasp. An equivalent to Normandy if you will, led by Commander Pixis and about to be executed to give the humans their first win. Things are still taking their time but now it puts things in perspective.
Aside from us reaching an exciting point in the series, I continue to like Shingeki no Kyojin‘s anime for what it does differently from the manga. By being a little more dramatic – close-ups of shouting characters is what comes to mind – and with some still frames, it shines a different light on the series I’m so familiar with. The most noticeable difference is the prominence of the war plot.
With the more colourful anime, Shingeki no Kyojin becomes more of a war epic and not just the dark destruction of the human race. Of course it still is the latter, however that’s not all it is. In the manga that may be the case, but the anime makes it a compliment to the ongoing battle-related plot we’re seeing here.
As for the pacing, it’s still hit and miss at times. Whenever there’s a clear objective ahead, the pacing becomes tolerable. Contributory even, to the building up of suspense. What it’ll have to do now is adjust the pace as it goes into more action-filled episodes, which we’ll be getting for the next few weeks.
The build-up continues. We’re close to an important part of the series and luckily for us, that’ll mean more action. After a number of episodes of no action, it certainly feels nice to get back to some punches being thrown.