This is it! The moment we have all been waiting for! The resurrection of the evil demon lord, Zelucifer! … Is what it’d like to say, but the actual final battle is a little hectic and Zelucifer never has the chance to fully rise to power. Not a lot actually happens in this episode in terms of a final climatic battle. In fact, the battle has more to do with Meguru’s internal conflict than the fate of world.
The promise of season three in 2018 helps keep you from being too worried about the state of this bloody battle as things begin to look bleak toward the end. I think this announcement does wane the dire situation, but there isn’t much you can do about spoilers in this day and age. With a final episode for the season comes more reveals to keep you baited for season three, but luckily these aren’t portrayed as cliffhangers and we can rest assured that we are on our way to discovery. It’s frustrating to still be out of the know at the end of all this, but just think about how the scouts feel- they know even less than we do as viewers.
I have developed quite the soft spot for Twin Angels BREAK, but no amount of pure affection can mask the subtle frustration I have with the pace of these last few episodes. Our last act is being drawn out, and it feels slow compared to the breakneck speed we had toward the beginning. While TAB has been taking its time since the halfway point, I am noticing an even slower crawl at the end here. The expression pauses and general banter would have been better served cut down and replaced with action scenes or even preserving the final episode as a fan service “thank you” with the extra time saved from removing the extraneous material.
The best way to describe episode thirty-six is to imagine a room where everyone is shouting and moving erratically in a maelstrom of chaos that just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense- it’s just pure emotion and confusion and everyone is on a different page.
It’s time to get things going, and this episode does just that. We kick off the climax with Meguru’s beautiful kindness soured by regret and despair. There are few things worse than seeing a cute girl cry, and seeing that cute girl pretend like nothing is wrong is one of those worse things. It’s seriously heartbreaking. Through it all, Oginome takes advantage of Meguru’s weakened state and her separation from Sumire to kickoff her plan.
Overall, quite a few questions are answered in this set of episodes, so even if the show seems to be slowing itself down in the middle of the action- at least it’s for good reason. It’s also about time that we get some concrete answers on titans since most people watching the show aren’t far enough in the manga to understand what is really going on. We also don’t know if the anime will diverge at any point like most ongoing manga-to-anime adaptations do. However, even though we are given much needed information in thirty-five, episode thirty-four is the weakest entry in this season, yet, centering far too much focus on Eren’s childish anger using everyone around him as a set-up for thirty-five’s reveals.
If you wanted a fast paced episode of TAB- I would suggest waiting just a week longer. Episode nine deals with more Meguru and Veil’s ill fated relationship with a small bit introducing the Twenty-Eight’s exit from their evil ways, and as it sounds this isn’t a quick process. There some inkling of Meguru’s growth as a person, though there’s enough teasing to give us a taste, we miss out on any significant expansion this round.