Shingeki no Kyojin Episode 23 Anime Review
I must chop off one boob like an Amazon.
Did you guess correctly? Stop reading if you haven’t seen the episode! Go watch it and then come back where I’ll talk about the manga versus anime here.
The one thing about the manga that is so brilliant, is that the mangaka hides visual cues in earlier panels. The female titan has blond hair? Well, there’s a reason for that. So far, at this point in the anime, there was only two stand-outs with blond hair – Annie and Christa.
Remember I said the anime was spoilertastic? It should have been pretty easy to guess it was Annie. Unlike the manga which only has a colour palette of black, white and gray, we can clearly see that the female titan is blond here, and Annie has been the more eye-catching girl. But there was an earlier clue which seems to have been masked out by the fast-paced directing – Annie’s fighting stance. Her starting stance of bringing her hands up like in boxing or muay thai is a pretty unique one among the characters. There was a whole full page devoted to the female titan’s stance in the manga and the way Annie had been previously drawn made it pretty clear it was her. I think the director made up for her spoilertastic blond hair by going quickly past Annie’s stance.
She, uh, did not react that way in the manga. I find it a little… I wonder why the director chose to portray her in that way, where she laughed and blushed. Almost like she had snapped and was drunk on the freedom of finally being herself, now that she was discovered.
I also don’t recalled the part where Marlow was beaten to a pulp. I don’t know if it’s my memory or if it was added in the anime, but it was a really cool scene since it showed how corrupt the whole system is, and even someone who goes in with the purest of intentions, becomes tainted and corrupted in the end. The powerlessness one experiences in a dirty system isn’t something new to Annie, which was why she was nonplussed about it.
We also got to see more of the wall worshippers. Ah, I can’t wait for next week. It’s kinda cruel of them to end on cliff-hangers all the time. The second OP has started to grow on me, though I wish there were more horror stuff in it.