The Return to Shiganshina Arc makes yet another comeback onto the podcast! This episode will be the episode to end all (I hope) episodes on this arc, as this will be more of a general overview in relation to the ‘layers’ that Iyasama brings into the spotlight.
In this episode, I will be taking a look at:
- Iyasama’s overall structure (and how this arc capitalises on it)
- The different ‘layers’ or ‘dimensions’ that are brought to the forefront
- The importance of a successful ending to this arc and what it means going forward.
THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS PODCAST EPISODE
MUSIC IN THIS PRODUCTION:
ChipScape by chasersgaming
Difference by chasersgaming
Go Lucky by chasersgaming
Mandatory Overtime by Joth
by Eric Matyas
SOURCES REFERENCED IN THIS PRODUCTION:
ATTACK ON TITAN STORY ARCS (Attack On Titan Wiki)
MYANIMELIST PAGE (Shingeki No Kyojin (Anime))
NOTE FROM JAMAL: Hey All! Thanks for reading the show notes. This week’s show notes will most likely be similar to the likes of Episode 5 and Episode 12, as I have spoken about this arc a decent amount now. Besides that, nothing special for this week, just enjoy the show!
Plot Summary (From Episode 12): The Return to Shiganshina Arc deals mostly with the fallout of the Clash of the Titans Arc, which saw the alliance between Zeke, Bertholdt & Reiner by the end. The Scouts regiment are entering a face off against the 3 of them for what seems to be the final time; the stakes are at their highest for the sake of humanity.
‘Dimensions & Layers’: AOT 3rd Season as a whole (The Uprising Arc and The Return to Shiganshina Arc) introduces multiple layers to the current climate in the show. An example of this would be the political / monarchical dimension of the Uprising Arc; this is crucial going forward in the narrative for understanding concepts such as ‘titan succession’ (or the act of one consuming a special Titan, consequently gaining those abilities) and the socio-political framework that underlies Eldian civilisation. On this note, The Return to Shiganshina Arc succeeds in doing a similar thing, particularly by the end of the arc, hence the backstory behind the Eldia Restorationist faction, providing us with a counter-revolutionary perspective that undercuts that socio-political narrative that was explained in the Uprising Arc. Additionally, I was very fond with how the arc brought in a few of these ‘layers’ into this battle for Shiganshina, such as the tactical and (arguably) philosophical ones. From what I understand of it, Iyasama sticks to structuring his narrative in this layered fashion; although at points this can be the downfall of the story, the Return to Shiganshina Arc is proof that this structure can be very successful.
The Cyclical Ending: I was also very impressed with the decision to end the season in a cyclical fashion, ending this part of the story where it began (by the ocean). To me, this was a sign of relief (and proof that the ‘layered’ formula could work). This ending cordons off the rest of show (for the most part), as we move forward into the final two arcs of the show. In all honesty, I was becoming quite tired of cliffhangers, hence I was very content seeing some deviation from this format as well as some greater separation between this part of the narrative and the remaining parts to come.
As I have said in other episodes, I am very content with how this arc was handled, hence the reason why I have a minimal amount of complaints. Hopefully this attitude is carried forwards to the very end of the narrative.