E16

Episode 16 – 今、何をすべきか ~反撃前夜③~ (a k a ジャン overload episode)
What? Yes that is true. I should have known the animators/producers love Jean – way too many signs point to that. It’s a good thing I guess. A note, if you are not fan of a certain character, or you can’t stand Jean at all, or you’re only following SnK for its actions, or you just don’t care, then, you can just skip right to the preview thank you very much.

how do you tell this episode is about him? (the sponsors-list scene sketch)

how do you tell this episode is about him?
(the sponsors-list scene sketch)

Scene count:
1 – inspection ; 2 – cremation ; 3 – before the ceremony ; 4 – joining ; 5 – ‘M is dead’ ; 6 – at night ; 7 – out into titan territory

Synopsis:
Their 3DMGs are being inspected – trying to find the titans killer(s). Connie recalls Jean’s speech earlier. Erwin gives a derecruitment speech. Eren meets up with the new Scouting recruits. Off they go, out onto the plains.

This entry’s too long..so,
30+ images coming right up..

@Connie c'mon, I haven't even cried yet..

@Connie c’mon, I haven’t even cried yet..

random piece of bone...

random piece of bone…
...however being symbolic to him …however being symbolic to him

I wonder if he has kept that piece of bone as some sort of memento of Marco. The producers decided to move this scene to here, rather than being shown in E13. I was having doubts whether they’d include this scene at all. Well done.

they say you see dead people when you're about to die! (this is not a spoiler)

they say you see dead people when you’re about to die! (this is not a spoiler)

Correct, this is anime original scene. Marco gets to say his few last lines. They’ve inserted some recaps here.

he has made his decision

he has made his decision

tear ducts ready

tear ducts ready

This guy really needs a hug or a pat. And wow, when I was reading this chapter, didn’t know he actually breaks down in tears at this scene. Who would’ve thought that ‘jerkass’ would actually have a soft side. Kudos to the producers/animators and the VA.

broke down in tears!

broke down in tears!

"you insane? of course I'm scared of titans"

“you insane? of course I’m scared of titans”

Jean’s speech might actually be the catalyst for the top 10 to join the Scouting Corps. Back to Marco’s comment – Jean’s the person most can relate to; and you know his words will always be genuine.

"don't lump me with suicidal idiots like Eren"

“don’t lump me with suicidal idiots like Eren”

‘死に急ぎ野郎’ – important later on

Ymir's looking at
Ymir’s looking at

Annie, always the stoic

Annie, always the stoic

by staying, he earned himself courage points.

by staying, he earned himself courage points.

This must have been the slowest minute or so for them (except Mikasa of course).

the 3 normals (minus Crista) of the top 10

the 3 normals (minus Crista) of the top 10

Jean's worst nightmare

Jean’s worst nightmare

Ok, this didn’t happen in their real life. It’s just Jean’s imagination. Him actually cares about his classmates (his friends, well, at least that what he considers them to be, as we found out right here) – it’s ironic how most of them think of him.

such contrast of the facial expressions

such contrast of the facial expressions

By looking at this scene (above), we can group: (Connie, Jean, Sasha, maybe Armin), (Ymir, Reiner, Bert.), (Mikasa), (Crista)

"ah shit..I'm in the scouts now.."

“ah shit..I’m in the scouts now..”

Sasha wants to go home

Sasha wants to go home

horses and mr. horse face (manga spoiler)

horses? leave them to mr. horse face (manga spoiler) !

Added scene for anime. They expanded on the Scouting Corp. orientation/training before their mission.

vlcsnap-00032


180 degrees 180 degrees

Never ever ever touch Eren when Mikasa’s present. Oh, but Jean has done that a lot of times. What gives?

bad news in 3, 2, 1..

bad news in 3, 2, 1..

"Marco is dead."

“Marco is dead.”

Well at least he’s calm about it right here.

first to be shown within the sequence  of cape-ing shots

first to be shown within the sequence of shots

Mikasa: omg...you noticed...  Everyone: well duh....

Mikasa: omg…you noticed…
Everyone: well duh….

This scene happened right after the ‘Marco is dead’ in the manga – edited out some lines, so Jean doesn’t sound rude to Mikasa?

in the manga, Jean technically tells her, "shut up, I ain't asking you"

in the manga, Jean technically tells her, “shut up, I ain’t asking you”

Eren is kinda scared of the new Jean

Eren is kinda scared of the new Jean

Some people do not like Jean putting the pressure on Eren (no no no..not a pun). Truth is, Jean is telling fact. He doesn’t sugar-coat things – that IS him. And it is obvious he wasn’t trying to be mean to Eren in this scene (above and under).

@Eren he's not gonna punch you in the face!

@Eren he’s not gonna punch you in the face!

End credits sponsors-list sketch

start was Jean, end's Erwin.

start was Jean, end’s Erwin.

***ANIME SPOILER BELOW***
Episode 17 preview

uh-oh...something's coming for Armin

uh-oh…something’s coming for Armin

need a telescope?

need a telescope?

And so Mr. K. has grown into a man, all thanks to Marco (his remarks AND his death!). Saddening. However without that, he’d probably have joined the MP.

That was one long entry! Maybe add more thoughts later.

EDIT:
Did not catch this while watching the episode. It is a composite image. These are the main cast (aside from Eren) who joined the Scouts Corp. Notice anything? Since this is an anime original scene, we can conclude that _________________ Jean. Aside from Jean being in the middle, they have Mikasa standing right beside him, goodness.

here's your "hug"

we get it, he’s the leader. and there’s his “hug”

From our friends on the JP boards…

サシャとコニーの恐怖が=巨人に食べられる
ジャンの恐怖=仲間が巨人に食われてるのを見る
って解釈

Basically it says,
“Connie and Sasha’s greatest fear = being eaten by titan
Jean’s greatest fear = watching companions being eaten by titan”

huh….

Some (additional) thoughts
As a manga reader, I was waiting for this episode all along. Finally he’s getting some attention. Happy to see some have finally changed their view of Mr. K. after this episode. Personally, I didn’t care for the character at the beginning either – thinking he was just some other generic cocky rival of the MC. But, the perception of him changed after the Trost battle. Remember the gas-refilling mission scenes? Yep, that was when Mr. JK began to shine. Unfortunately, prior to E16, his moments have always been overshadowed by the more ‘main’ characters. Good examples? Episode 08 and 13. Both feature great character development moments for Mr. K, but who really paid attention to those? Very few I must say.
Kind of funny how a good number of people on JP boards regards him as a ‘sub-MC’ of the series.

Appearances forecast:
17 – high, 18 – very high, 19 – high

What to look for? **SPOILER** >> 1) Jean’s 3DMG scene on Female titan, 2) he doing the whistle, 3) his talk with Armin *END OF SPOILER*

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