With episode 5's shocking plot twists still left unexplained, episode 7 throws the audience right back into the action.
The episode starts out by showing the disarray at the HQ with even one of the soldiers "opting-out" instead of fighting to survive. Jean's platoon (or whatever you call it) are out of gas for their 3DMGs, aka ODMs, and the soldiers at HQ are too overrun to supply the gas. Being the bada** that she is, Mikasa leads the charge to take back HQ, and she gives a not so motivational speech to Jean and the others. What follows is more of the incredibly amazing action scenes and some epic music.
Mikasa's ODM runs out of gas, and she falls. Until the end of the episode, there is not a lot to say, but that does not mean the episode was anything less than amazing. Jean is forced to make a tough decision when some of his platoon members die. However, what makes the episode something special is the last seven minutes with Mikasa demonstrating the resolve and will power not to give up that she learned from Eren. While flashbacks can be annoying, the previous episode's flashback scenes appear to be justified, so that Mikasa's actions are further explained.
Unexpectedly, at least for most viewers, right before Mikasa is about to face a Titan without her ODM, another mysterious Titan attacks the other Titan and saves Mikasa. Why would a Titan attack another Titan!? Also, this Titan looks different than the others. Unfortunately, I somewhat think I know what that Titan is, so possible spoiler ahead if you have not seen the next episode: Eren is the new Titan. Aside from the main story, the animation continues to be mind-blowingly stunning, especially during the action scenes. The music is perfect with the insert songs reminding me of Kill la Kill's "Blumenkranz" with the lyrics German, although that should not be a surprise since the same composer did both soundtracks. Trina Nishimura's as Mikasa continues to give the standout best performance of the series in the dub. She provides a lot of depth and emotion to her scenes. The rest of the English cast has been consistently superb as well.
Overall: 8.9/10- Episode 7, "The Small Blade: Battle of Trost District, Part 3," mostly follows the series' best character, Mikasa, in yet another action packed episode that introduces a new variable with the "Traitor Titan."
*Major Spoiler for Future Episodes* Of course, after writing this review and watching the later episodes, I know for certain that Eren is, indeed, the Titan.
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