Absolutely flawless and breathtaking animation. The first half of the episode was honestly a great reward for all the fans of the series. I have no words to describe the amazingness. Besides all that did you manage to grab all the crazy revelations that happened in this episode? If yes well done, if not, don’t worry. I will be analyzing everything further on.
Japanese Original Episode Title: 痛み
Levi engages in a crazy fight with Kenny and his men as he is trying to save Eren and Historia at the same time. After managing to wound Kenny pretty bad, he catches up with the wagon that is carrying them and meets up with the rest of his squad. Even though Armin actually shoots someone in the face and pukes everywhere, they still couldn’t save Eren and Historia. Later, they go back to the hideout where they captured Reeves and make him cooperate with them in order to get the Military Police talking. So Reeves, that was working with the Military Police, betrays them, and the Scouts finally get the chance to interrogate Sannes of the First Interior Squad. After torturing him for hours and playing sneaky tricks on him, he finally talks and reveals that the Reiss family is the true royal family, making Historia the next royal successor.
Levi’s action scene and his name: The action scenes involving him in this episode are all amazing and if you haven’t appreciated the quality of the animation already, then you should go and re-watch the episode right now. On another note now, many have failed to realize a huge revelation that happened in this episode and that is Levi’s last name which is Ackerman. Does that ring a bell? Yes, it’s the same as Mikasa’s. I just want to give my sincere congratulations to all of you who managed to not have Levi’s last name spoiled before this episode because honestly, this spoiler was everywhere on the web. Now, are they related? Who knows… They definitely share the same Asian characteristics and badass-ery though, which really makes you think.
Hange is losing it: What could she mean by ‘Eren is going to be eaten’ and what does the conversation between Ymir and Bertolt that Eren remembered is all about? I am an anime-only fan and I think it is not that hard to realize what will follow from this but I am not going to write it down because I am trying to keep this article spoiler-free.
So that’s why Historia is important: Finally, we get to learn why this girl is so important for the plot. She is the true royal successor and that makes her very essential for the politics side of things in Attack on Titan. Personally, I still don’t understand why they decided to care for her now but didn’t give a shit before she enrolled into the Survey Corps.
Themes & Trivia
Anti-personnel vertical maneuvering equipment: The devices that Kenny and his men were using were developed not to exterminate Titans but to specifically combat the Survey Corps and humans in general. The equipment itself is an adaptation of the traditional vertical maneuvering equipment but with the use of firearms instead of blades, making it useless against Titans but very effective against humans. It is mentioned in the intermission screen that it also exhibits tremendous dominance in cities and forests, which probably means that whoever build this is preparing for a war. A human war.
Okay, just a friendly advice for those who are anime-only fans and want to experience this show to the fullest. PLEASE DO NOT GOOGLE ANYTHING ABOUT ATTACK ON TITAN. You will read huge spoilers.
Okay, despite the unbelievable animation of this episode we got so many huge revelations. First of all, Historia is the royal successor to the throne, Levi’s last name is the same as Mikasa’s, and apparently, the First Interior Squad was preserving the ‘peace’ within the Walls all this time by getting their hands dirty. According to Sannes, they killed a teacher that came to know too much, a couple that tried to fly, and a whore that just came out of nowhere. This scene actually gave us a lot of information which is definitely relevant to the other characters.
The whore that he mentions is probably Historia’s real mother and the teacher is possibly Erwin’s father because if you notice in the preview and in the opening Erwin talks to that guy and resembles him greatly and that guy is the same teacher that is shown to be tortured. I think this will be given more light surely in the next episode. I am really intrigued to see to whom the couple that tried to fly is related to because they can’t just mention it like this and have no meaning behind it.
From now on you will be fighting humans too, not just Titans.
The whole episode was based on Levi’s message: how things will now start getting more serious and bloody and how the real enemy, from what it looks like, is probably the humans themselves and not the Titans. I really enjoy seeing all the pieces slowly coming together and I can’t wait to see what will happen next.
NEXT TIME: Old Story
Attack on Titan Season 3
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