If I can describe this episode with one word, it would be this: disappointing. We didn’t learn anything and I felt like the plot was been dragged a little bit. Maybe they are trying to build up the tension for the next episodes but Episode 30 of Attack on Titan was very ‘meh.’
Japanese Original Title: Historia (ヒストリア)
The episode starts with a flashback to when the guys were still training to join Survey Corps. During a winter training, Krista and Ymir fail to reach the camp where everyone is assembled while Krista is trying to save her fellow cadet Daz during a heavy blizzard in the mountains. A super dramatic dialogue starts between them where Ymir accuses Krista of having a death wish rather than wanting to save Daz, because she believes she is unwanted from everyone.
Ymir reveals to Krista that she knows about her true identity: the illegitimate child of a nobleman’s mistress who was forced by the Wall Cult to change her name and join the military. She then empathizes with Krista while saying that they were both given a second chance in life and should make the best of it. Ymir helps her save Daz by transforming into a Titan and running to the base without, of course, letting Krista realize how she did it. When everyone makes it to the camp safe and sound, Ymir makes this promise that we heard so much about in the previous episodes. She said to her that if she ever reveals her secret, Krista should use her real name and identity and live her life.
Back in Castle Utgard, Ymir is fighting in her Titan form trying to protect everyone, while Reiner and Bertolt realize that she was the one that ate their childhood friend in the past. With Krista’s guidance, Ymir destroys the castle tower in order to crush all the Titans, but unfortunately, it was not enough to kill them. After making sure that everyone is safe, she engages again in combat with the Titans and unfortunately gets overwhelmed by them until Mikasa and the rest of Hange’s team come to the rescue. When the battle is over, everyone realizes that Ymir can become a Titan like Eren and we learn that the real name of Krista is Historia, hence the title of the episode.
Eren is an idiot:
In the past: Ymir and Krista are missing? ‘I MUST GO FIND THEM.’ Mikasa and Armin want to help? ‘NOOO WE MUST NOT MAKE MORE VICTIMS’ but Potato Girl can come.
In the present: Everyone told me to stay put and not fight? ‘NO, I MUST MAKE MY FIRST KILL.’ YATA! (ノ^_^)ノ
Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with the character but sometimes I think he is just the classic idiotic ‘I have to do everything by myself’ protagonist.
Krista’s aka Historia’s backstory: We learn that she is noble but I think the fact that the Wall Cult wanted her a goner so badly means that she is playing a much more important role in the whole story and I am hoping we will learn more about it in the next episodes.
Ymir being the Titan in Reiner’s backstory: CALLED IT.
Themes & Trivia
Historia: Fun fact once again. Historia is the Greek word for history. I love the fact that the characters have names from cultures all over the world. Probably her father, the noble, is of Greek descent like Mike Zacharias whom I mention in the review for Episode 26.
Illegitimacy (or bastardy): An illegitimate child or a bastard is the title given to children that are born outside marriage. Back in the day, a bastard was defined simply as a child not acknowledged by its father (as you all probably know from Game of Thrones). All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, that were acknowledged by the father enjoyed the same legal rights, including the right to share in the father’s estate.
This episode was very unsatisfactory in terms of content and plot. I was super excited to see what the whole promise between Ymir and Krista was all about and to be honest, I was let down. I really hope that Ymir is not dead after the battle because that means we will not learn a thing from her. Judging from Attack on Titan so far though, I am pretty sure that Ymir will not help the guys find the truth one way or another. Other than that, I have to say the animation and the artwork when Ymir is badly injured and Krista is talking to her is beautiful. The attention to detail was stunning!
One more thing I have been wondering for quite a while now. When the Titans die and they start to evaporate, it must smell awful, right? I mean even if they are Titans it’s still something equivalent to rotten flesh. No? I don’t know, I think the stench in the battlefield must be awful.
And let me just mention the fact that the opening song is starting to grow on me. It has a very epic feel to it that I am now starting to appreciate. 🎶 Sasageyoo! Sasageyoooo! 🎶
The shocking secret?!
In the preview for the next episode, we are hinted about Eren learning a shocking secret, something that will change everything. Let’s look forward to that and hope for more exciting things to come in this season!
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As always, here are all our reviews for Spring 2017 and our impressions for (nearly) all the first episodes of the season!
NEXT TIME: Warrior (戦士)
TV Anime ‘Attack on Titan’ Season 2
All reviews for Attack on Titan
- Attack on Titan Episode 26 Review: Beast Titan
- Attack on Titan Episode 27 Review: I’m Home
- Attack on Titan Episode 28 Review: Southwestward
- Attack on Titan Episode 29 Review: Soldier
- Attack on Titan Episode 30 Review: Historia
- Attack on Titan Episode 31 Review: Warrior
- Attack on Titan Episode 32 Review: Close Combat
- Attack on Titan Episode 33 Review: The Hunters
- Attack on Titan Episode 34 Review: Opening
- Attack on Titan Episode 35 Review: Children
- Attack on Titan Episode 36 Review: Charge
- Attack on Titan Episode 37 Review: Scream
- Attack on Titan (Season 2) Series Review