Japanese Title: Shingeki no Kyoujin
Reconnaissance Report by: Miki
Progress: Episode 7
The security forces at Wall Rose, the middle of the three walls protecting mankind, are surprised by a renewed Titan attack, sending the newly commissioned forces into battle. As usual for Titan attacks, the human forces don’t fare very well. Mikasa, during the continuing battle, makes a startling discovery – the scales may not be as tipped against humanity as they’ve been led to believe.
In the hectic battle, there’s been continued little chance to further develop the secondary (or main, really) characters, but Mikasa’s (and some of Eren’s) backstory is fleshed out in what is largely a flashback episode. After news of incomplete episodes has come out, it might be thought that the show must be suffering somehow, but it’s hard to tell from the versions of the episodes that Crunchyroll has been streaming. While the quality has dipped a bit overall, with some speech animation looking awkward and more odd choices in animation vs. still shot (there’s now a .gif of a Titan running like a typical anime schoolgirl). However, the plot takes some shocking turns in these episodes, and because of these narrative hooks combined with the continued sense of humanity in peril, this series remains a must-watch.