Today marks the new darkest day in humanity’s history. If ever humankind needed to give it’s all, the time in now! The cause of this crisis remains in the dark. For now, no one yet knows.
After that quote, we know that in this season shit is going to get real. Episode 26 counted as an introduction for all the intensity that is about to follow from Episode 27 of Attack on Titan onwards.
Japanese Title: ただいま
The Survey Corps get ready to depart from Stohess to deal with the Titans that appeared inside Wall Rose. Our little genius Armin is speculating that the Walls that are protecting everyone from the Titans are probably made of hardened Titan skin, and Hange finds out something about the kind of crystal that Annie created around her, but we are not getting much information about that yet. She also makes Pastor Nick come along with them to find out the truth that he is passionately not sharing with anyone.
We see some backstory on how Sasha came to be the Potato Girl and the bad food hoarder she is. Meanwhile, we see her running to her village to warn everyone about the Titan invasion, just to find that the whole village has already evacuated except one woman with her daughter. The woman is brutally eaten alive. Sasha grabs the girl and flees while the Titan hunts them down. As she has no equipment on her, she takes a bow and some arrows that eventually help her blind the Titan and run away from him. She then meets her father along with the rest of the villagers.
Connie finally arrives at his village, and to his surprise, it has already been attacked by the Titans. He runs to his house and sees a Titan lying in the house. Everyone wonders how is it possible for the Titan to move around with such sort hands and legs that shouldn’t even be able to carry his weight.
Commander Pixis: I love the fact that the first word of the episode is Commander PIXISU. I have an incredible passion for hearing that word in Japanese. If you don’t know what I am talking about, you should re-watch the Episode 5 when Lord Wald was having a chess game with Commander Pixis and yelled his name. I couldn’t stop laughing.
Eren & Mikasa: I will never stop commenting on the scenes where we see poor Mikasa trying to babysit Eren.
Wear it right Eren. It’s cold at night.
Levi and Pastor Nick: Levi is making it super clear that, even though he is injured and useless at the moment, he can still kick Pastor’s ass anytime, not with his hands or his Maneuver Gear but with a gun that can blow a hole in his head. It’s always great to see that he is the quiet badass of the show.
The little girl in the village: That scene made me shiver a little bit. The brutality and intensity of her mother being eaten alive in front of her made me think of that unforgettable scene of Eren and his mother in the first episode. It’s amazing how emotional they make these gory scenes look. It never seizes to amaze me.
Themes & Trivia
Bullying & Mocking: Bullying can usually be found in anime that have to do more with slice-of-life or school life and is often portrayed in extreme ways. Japanese culture as a whole takes things to the extreme and bullying isn’t one that is discussed very often. In Attack on Titan, we see Ymir questioning Sasha’s way of speech and the way she behaves around other people, deeming it too sickeningly polite.
‘I’m Home’: Tadaima (ただいま) is a commonly used expression in Japanese, translated as ‘I’m back home.’ However, the literal translation of tadaima in English is actually ‘just now.’ Tadaima is a shortened version of the original Japanese phrase ‘tadaima kaerimashita‘ (ただいま 帰りました) which means ‘I just came home.’
Ymir: Ymir in the Old Norse language means ‘scream,’ and in Norse mythology, she is portrayed as a hermaphroditic giant… Let’s keep that as food for thought.
The whole episode was building up the pace for a big fight that is about to happen. We have all the characters spit apart in Wall Rose, so we will have to follow every story very carefully. Nothing super exciting happened, which is normal because if we judge from the first season that’s how the whole show works, giving you too much in the beginning and then slowly building up everything else. We will keep seeing backstories since not much information have been shared about everyone’s past.
The music that was playing in the background when Connie was in his village is exceptional. The soundtrack of Attack on Titan is well made.
The mystery of the Titans remains
We didn’t learn much about the Titans in this episode, but surely there are great things to follow. At the preview, they hinted a clue that might reveal the truth. All we can do is wait to see what Eren and the others are going to find when they reach Ehrmich District.
What do you think they are going to find out? Give us your thoughts on it but as I always say, avoid the SPOILERS guys. Cheers!