Attack on Titan Chapter 120 Instant Review: A Stroll Down Memory Path Lane.

4 and a half stars
Coming into Attack on Titan Chapter 120, “Instant”, I was incredibly nervous.
After the shocking cliffhanger of Chapter 119, I was concerned that Eren would not survive.
Even though I was pretty sure he would, there was this lingering feeling of doubt in my mind.
Thankfully, the meme part of Attack on Titan‘s fan base was right because, as they predicted, Zeke catches Eren’s head when it falls towards him, showing that his baseball skills have more than paid off.
This allows Zeke to send him and Eren to the Path dimension for Eren to recover.
It is here that we get what I already consider to be some of the most glorious panels in the manga.
The one of Eren standing, illuminated by the light of where the Paths meet the Coordinate, is beautiful, and shows just how far Hajime Isayama has come as an artist.
Along with the great artwork, the character development of this scene is also stellar, with Eren and Zeke attempting to top one another with their betrayals.
Eren’s line here about how he betrayed his brother “because I was born into this world” is amazing and probably my favourite usage of that recurring line.
Before this, however, we get official conformation that the girl who saved Zeke in Chapter 115 is Ymir Fritz, the first Titan Shifter.
One thing I did not expect, though, was that Ymir apparently has no mind of her own.
She just serves the royal blooded Titan Shifters, which is why she saved Zeke, essentially making her a slave.
This seems to carry through with the themes of freedom Attack on Titan is known for, and has me wondering if Eren will attempt to free Ymir from her enslavement.
He looks like he wants to help her when he realizes her position.
I have actually already heard a pretty good theory that the Attack Titan was created to eventually save Ymir since it stands for freedom.
But, whatever happens, I do hope Ymir has more of a role in the story because it would be disappointing if the most important character in the series’ lore was reduced to an emotionless slave.
Anyway, after her introduction we get the betrayal topping scene, where Eren betrays Zeke, only for Zeke to betray Eren.
I expected Eren to turn on Zeke because I knew there was no way he would be in favor of the euthanasia plan but I had no idea Zeke was suspicious of Eren’s true motives.
I thought he was blinded by the love he has for his brother.
It was great to see that Zeke had actually outsmarted Eren here because, in earlier chapters, I thought Zeke was getting stupider.
These last few chapters Isayama has really hammered home how intelligent Zeke is again.
Just how intelligent?
Well, after spending so long in the Path dimension with Ymir, waiting for Eren to wake up, Zeke has found a way to remove the Fritz King’s renunciation of war.
This not only allows him to have control over the Founding Titan but, supposedly, should allow any royal blooded person who inherits the power to use it.
So, for example, if Historia or her child inherited the Founding Titan in the future they may be able to use it fully, without being influenced by the first king’s ideology.
Speaking of Historia, I would like to go back to the moment just when Zeke catches Eren’s head.
After this moment, we get a full page panel of Eren’s memories, along with Kruger’s and potentially Uri’s.
Here we get an image of Historia who we can see is wearing the clothes she wore in the flashback panels of Chapter 108, where she was seen talking to her child’s supposed father while a mysterious figure looked on.
This figure is thought to have been Eren by a lot of readers and this image of Historia from his perspective seems to support that.
If this is Eren talking to Historia at that moment then it could be when he convinced her she needed to get pregnant so she could save herself.
Whether this means Eren is the father remains to be seen but, with this image being shown, I do not think conformation is far off.
In fact, we may get a bunch of reveals going forward as Eren and Zeke look over Grisha’s memories.
In “Instant” Zeke is showing Eren their father’s memories to prove to him how Grisha has brainwashed him, only for the reverse to happen.
Instead of Zeke proving to Eren that Grisha never felt sorry for his actions, Zeke learns that he actually did.
The two brothers see their father quickly track down the location of the Founding Titan, only to abandon his mission to stay with his family.
This means Grisha took the Founding Titan when he was left with no other choice after the Colossal and Armoured Titan attacked.
Oddly enough, he even seems to see Zeke and apologies to him for how he was treated as a child.
Zeke is clearly very affected by this and that fact has me wondering if Eren could actually sway him into changing his mindset.
As for what would push him in this direction, I think maybe seeing that his father figure Tom Xaver was working with Eren Kruger could do the trick.
Again, this is just a theory of mine but with images of Kruger’s life being seen in that big memory panel it stands to reason we could get some memories from him next chapter.
And what memory could be better to get Zeke to help Eren than one of Xaver helping Kruger?
However, Zeke working with Eren may not be a good thing since I currently think Eren is planning to destroy the world with the Rumbling.
Still, we do not know Eren’s goal but this seems to be the most likely scenario.
Setting aside this grim topic, I have to say I found the scenes in Grisha’s memories to be rather funny at times.
There is a great moment of sarcasm from Eren and we even see a moment that confirms Grisha meet Kenny.
The reason I found that last one funny is because as Grisha is walking away from him he is sweating like a mad man, probably realizing how demented Kenny was.
It will be interesting to see what memories Eren and Zeke will uncover next chapter.
Maybe they will go even further and see the origins of the Titans?
Fingers crossed.
No matter how much they see, though, almost no time will have passed in the present, as shown perfectly by the title of the chapter “Instant”.
This title speaks to how all that is happening in the Path dimension will be over in an instant once Eren and Zeke return to the real world.
Overall, I thought Chapter 120 was another great one of Attack on Titan.
It once again went in a direction I did not expect, and looks to be laying the foundation for future reveals and the end of the manga.
At the very least, I think we have ten chapters left before we finally reach the story’s conclusion.

Attack on Titan Chapter 120 Predictions.

Chapter 119 of Attack on Titan was one of the manga’s most shocking with an incredible cliffhanger that left my jaw on the floor.
I never expected Eren to get his head blown off, and the impact this has on the series will be massive, even though I am pretty sure that Eren will survive.
There are a lot of directions Chapter 120 could go but, no matter what happens, I am sure it will be a big chapter because of Hajime Isayama’s apparent rule of five.
Ever since Chapter 100 something big has happened every five chapters.
In Chapter 100 there was Eren’s declaration of war, in Chapter 105 Sasha died, in Chapter 110 Darius Zachary died, and in Chapter 115 Zeke died but was resurrected by a mysterious girl in the Path dimension.
So, it is safe to assume that something huge will happen Chapter 120, especially when considering the massive events of Chapter 119.
Here are my predictions for what will happen.

How will Eren survive?

I am 99% sure that Eren will survive having his head blown off by Gabi.
We have seen Titans survive crazier things, like when Zeke was literally brought back from the dead.
Therefore it is highly likely that Eren will make it.
This opinion is clearly shared by a lot of the fandom because there are multiple theories about how Eren will live.
One of the most prevalent theories is that Eren has already touched Zeke and is using the Founding Titan to alter people’s memories, making them believe he got decapitated when, in reality, he did not.
This theory comes from the multiple inconsistencies in Chapter 119.
However, after looking these over, I have found that most of these are explainable, and even the ones that are not are probably there because Isayama drew 21 pages in a few days because he was so busy.
On top of this, the theory does not make sense when you realise that Mikasa, Magath and the Marleyan soldiers would not be affected by any memory alterations because they are not Eldians.
So, this pretty much debunks that theory.
Another theory I do not think holds much weight is the one that the Eren who got decapitated was actually a clone created using Eren’s War Hammer Titan ability.
The reason I do not think this theory is legitimate is because there has never been any indication that the War Hammer Titan can create clones of its user.
Not only this, but the idea that any such clone could be so real down to the clothes Eren wears is a little too ridiculous.
What I do not find ridiculous is the theory that Eren will survive by transferring his consciousness throughout his body, like Reiner did in the Return to Shiganshina Arc.
Eren saw Gabi before she shot him so he would have had time to do this.
The second theory that I think is highly likely is that the mysterious girl in the Path dimension, who is probably Ymir Fritz, will revive Eren.
I am more in favor of this theory because it would allow Eren to have a conversation with Ymir and we could not only learn his motives but also the origins of the Titans from Ymir and see what role she has to play in the current story.
Honestly, I think it will be a combination of these two theories.
I see Eren transferring his consciousness and, while regenerating, ends up in the Path dimension where he will meet Ymir.
If this happens then it will probably be the cliffhanger of Chapter 120.
But If I am wrong and Eren is actually dead I will most likely hate it.
I have faith in Isayama, though.

Now that Falco is the Jaw Titan what will he do?

One of the great subversive moments of Chapter 119 was when Falco ate Porco instead of Reiner.
Isayama brilliantly misled us to believe that Falco would inherit the Armoured Titan, only for him to inherit the Jaw Titan.
It was a brilliant way to subvert expectations and it will be interesting to see what happens with Falco in the future.
I think we can expect to see his new Titan form at least once but what he does with this power depends on how much time the story has left.
Because of Eren’s current state, I believe there could be a possibility for a bit of a break in the fighting.
This could allow Falco to flee the battlefield with Reiner and Gabi and locate Annie, and he would use his bite to free her from the crystal.
However, if there is no break in the fighting then I do not see him doing this.
There is also the possibility of Falco encountering Historia.
While I do like how Porco died, I think it was a missed opportunity to not have him meet Historia and share Ymir’s memories with her.
Porco could have grown from this as a character so it was disappointing to see this did not happen.
On the other hand, Falco could now fill this role, meeting Historia and giving her closure about Ymir, possibly leading to Historia naming her baby after her.
Again, this does depend on how much of the story is left.
I do hope that Isayama did not just give Falco the Jaw Titan as a way to save him with no plans for him to use the power.
I want to see Falco actually contribute with the Jaw Titan power.

Death predictions.

A lot of characters bit the dust in Chapter 119.
Porco and Colt died, and Pyxis, Nile, Rouge, and all the other people who ingested Zeke’s spinal fluid were turned into Titans.
Then there is Eren, who got decapitated.
If Eren is really dead then Chapter 120 will definitely serve as confirmation of that, although I would be heavily against this.
But, like I said, I think Eren will survive or be resurrected because of Titan magic or Ymir Fritz.
Personally, I am more concerned for Magath and Pieck.
Magath was on Pieck’s Anti-Titan Gun when Armin shot it with the thunder spear.
We saw him get blown back by this but got no conformation on if he was killed or not.
Personally, I would be disappointed if he died because I feel like Isayama has been setting him up for something big, with all of his references to Helos.
I am also scared for Pieck, since she is going up against Mikasa and Armin at the end of Chapter 119.
Pieck is the weakest of the Titan Shifters, while Mikasa is humanity’s second strongest soldier and Armin is the Colossal Titan.
On top of this, Pieck looks scared out of her mind when fighting them.
The odds are clearly not in her favor in this fight.
I hope she does not die because I really like her character.
As for the other characters, I am not sure if any others will be dying this chapter because of the mass of them that died last chapter.
I do have a few ideas about how characters could die in the future, like Yelena potentially being eaten by a Titan Pyxis.
However, I do not think we will be getting any more major deaths next chapter, apart from possibly Pieck or Magath.
Who knows though?
Isayama is definitely a writer who likes to shock us so anything could happen.

Will Levi, Hange, Historia or Annie return?

One of my big concerns about Attack on Titan‘s final arc is that many characters could be absent from its final battle.
Levi, Hange, Historia and Annie are all elsewhere while this big fight is taking place.
If Isayama leaves them out, I will be disappointed because I believe that every important character should play a role in the ending, with the exception of those who are already dead.
So, how could these characters possibly return?
Well, I believe that Levi, Hange and Historia could return all at once.
There has been a theory that the river Hange jumped into with Levi would take them to Historia’s location.
With so little time left in the manga, I am in favor of this happening because then we could both see Levi get patched up and learn if there is any twist to Historia’s pregnancy.
As for Annie, as I have stated, Falco could free her but I have heard another theory about how she could return that I find much more interesting.
This theory states that because Annie has been in crystal so long, her consciousness has been transported to the Path dimension where she has been hanging out with Ymir.
So, if Eren meets Ymir next chapter he should also meet Annie.
However, I need to make it clear that this theory has absolutely no evidence behind it.
I just think it would be a highly interesting way for Annie to return to the story, without everything that has happened needing to be explained to her because Ymir would have already done so.
Whatever happens, I hope Isayama can find a way to make all four of these characters important to the story’s ending.

Did Tom Xaver know Eren Kruger?

Another theory that has been floating around is that Tom Xaver was working with Eren Kruger.
After reading Zeke’s flashback in Chapter 114 though, I dismissed this theory because Xaver seemed to believe, like Zeke, that the Eldian race should be euthanized.
This is completely different from Kruger, who wanted to free Eldia.
However, after reading Chapter 88 again, I have begun to buy into this theory because of what Kruger tells Grisha.
He says he was able to avoid detection because of a Dr who was posing as a Marleyan and had “the knowhow to study Titan biology.”
This description matches Xaver to a T.
Because of this, I now believe Xaver at the very least knew Kruger and at the most was working with him to achieve some kind of goal.
Granted, in the scenes we see them in, their ideologies are completely different.
Given this, it does not make sense for Xaver to encourage Zeke’s euthanasia plan if he bought into Kruger’s mindset.
There is always the possibility that Isayama planned to reveal the two were working together but then decided against it though.
We will just have to wait and see if this theory has any substance.

When will Attack on Titan end?

Attack on Titan is in its final arc and what looks like the final battle.
So, the question is when will the manga end?
I have heard Isayama has estimated a year so that makes me think it will end somewhere around Chapter 130.
This number would match in terms of volume numbers as well, so this is further evidence.
Some people have been saying the story will end in a few chapters but I highly doubt that.
If it does then Attack on Titan will probably have one of the most rushed endings ever.
There is still so much left to unpack in this story.
How did the Titans come to be, who really was Ymir Fritz, what is the deal with the Ackerman family, what is Eren’s true plan, what is Kyomi going to do, and what will happen with the rumbling?
These are just a few of the many unanswered questions that cannot be answered in two chapters.
In my opinion, there needs to be at least ten or eleven more to wrap up everything clearly.
Although, this is Isayama and I am sure he could surprise us by ending the story quickly, while somehow making it satisfying as well.
As for how Attack on Titan will end, I am not so sure.
One thing I am certain about is that the ending will involve the Rumbling and the explanation of Titan memories in some way.
The Rumbling is basically the Chekov’s Gun of Attack on Titan. 
It needs to be fired before the series ends but how it will be used remains to be seen.
Will Eren use it to destroy the world or find another way?
Then there is the whole Kruger plot twist of him remembering Mikasa and Armin when they have not been born yet.
The reason for this probably relates to the title of the first chapter, “To you in 2000 Years.”
Whatever happens, I just hope Isayama can end this story in a satisfying way that will ensure Attack on Titan is considered a modern classic by many.

Top 20 Attack on Titan Episodes as of Season Three – 10-1.

10. To You in 2000 Years: The Fall of Shiganshina, Part One – Season One, Episode One.

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Attack on Titan has one of the greatest first episodes ever with “To You in 2000 Years.”
There is a lot of speculation about what this ambiguous title means, especially with recent events in the anime and manga, and I am sure that we will only get a full understanding of it once the series finally ends.
Aside from the interesting implications of the title, “To You in 2000 Years” also perfectly introduces the viewer to the series, giving them an idea of what to expect.
The episode has no big exposition dump and, yet, it brilliantly manages to inform the audience of its setting in its allocated runtime.
The chilling opening alone, tells us everything we need to know,, showing that humanity is hiding behind huge walls to escape from cannibalistic, naked giants, and use steampunk weaponry to fight them, only for a massive Titan to show up and destroy their temporary peace.
As the episode goes on, building up to this Colossal Titan’s arrival, anticipation and dread is grown in the viewer by the Titans only being referred to as “them.”
We are also introduced to our main trio of Eren, Mikasa and Armin, and get an idea of their personalities, and the first mention of the basement from Grisha.
Then everything goes to hell with the Colossal Titan’s arrival and destruction of the gate. In the final, horrifying moments, amplified by the music, we witness Eren’s desperate attempt and failure to save his mother as she eaten by the Smiling Titan right in front of him.
“To You in 2000 Years” perfectly sets the viewers up for what to expect when watching Attack on Titan; horrifying deaths, great action and music, and one amazing intro song in “Guren no Yumiya.”

9. Perfect Game – Season Three, Episode 16.

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I am honestly surprised I have not mentioned any episode from Season Three Part Two yet.
It is my favourite arc of the series so far but I have not put any of its episodes on the list until now.
That said though, you can now expect to see a lot of them starting with “Perfect Game”, which is easily one of the most horrifying episodes of season three.
Largely featuring the attack from the Beast Titan, we are shown just how much of a threat he is with him throwing crushed rocks to rip the remaining members of the Survey Corps to shreds.
This moment is a clear case of the anime rising above the manga in terms of quality.
The shot where the rocks crash into the mini-town, blood shooting up from wherever they hit, followed by the agonized screams of Erwin’s soldiers is horrifying.
Speaking of Erwin, I would like to applaud his final piece of character development delivered in this episode.
Erwin has the perfect character arc.
At the beginning of the series we thought he was a soldier dedicated to saving humanity no matter what, only to learn in the Uprising Arc that he had selfish reasons for fighting, and this idea of a  dedicated soldier he presented was a facade.
This brings us to “Perfect Game”, where Erwin throws away his selfish dream, giving up all hope of seeing the basement so he can die finally becoming what he always pretended to be: a soldier who puts humanity first.
I would not change Erwin’s character arc one bit.
As for the rest of the episode, it features Eren and the others’ attempted attack on Bertholdt’s Colossal Titan.
This is where my issue for the episode lies in its poor CGI for the Colossal Titan.
Otherwise, “Perfect Game” is an amazing episode, which shows off Erwin’s flawless character arc.

8. Scream – Season Two, Episode 12.

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The season two finale “Scream” was the first time I was able to fully relate to Eren.
Prior to this, I found it impossible to do so due to how angsty he was.
“Scream” changed this by delivering an emotionally devastating scene for Eren that had me tearing up.
This scene was the death of Hannes and Eren’s gut wrenching reaction as he breaks down into a fit of hysteria, laughing, crying and shouting at the cruelness of the world.
Yuki Kaiji does a fantastic job in this moment, and I even heard he hurt his voice while performing it.
Then there is Mikasa, whose supportive words to Eren are moving, and work as the perfect resolution for the setup about her old scarf in the season one premiere “Beast Titan.”
Granted, I think this scene was made romantic when it actually was not supposed to be but it still works.
As for Hannes, his tragic character arc is perfectly done.
After living with the guilt of letting Eren’s mother die by the Smiling Titan in the series’ first episode, he finds the resolve to fight and redeem himself by attempting to kill that same Titan.
Sadly, it is not to be because Hannes is eaten right in front of Eren’s eyes in a mirroring of Carla’s death, prompting Eren’s traumatized reaction.
However, this does lead to Eren accessing the Founding Titan’s powers for the first time, a moment that becomes even more impactful after the events of season three.
Many other characters get to shine as well with Historia getting an awesome moment to the song “Barricades”, and Ymir deciding to go with Reiner and Bertholdt in what is unfortunately her last scene.
The final minutes of “Scream” gives us conformation that Titans have been humans the entire time, and also our first look at the Beast Titan’s user, Zeke.
This, combined with Erwin’s inspirational words of “this wall hiding the truth will fall”, gets the viewers hyped for season three.
“Scream” is an excellent season finale but not the best of Attack on Titan.
No, that award goes to…

7. The Other Side of the Wall – Season Three, Episode 22.

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“The Other Side of the Wall” is the best season finale of Attack on Titan so far.
Rather than the action packed finales of “Wall”, and the previously mentioned “Scream”, “The Other Side of the Wall” is more of a representation of many of the characters’ personal journeys, and it works brilliantly.
The highlight is definitely the final scene where the Scouts finally reach the ocean after three seasons of build up.
While the reactions of characters like Mikasa, Levi, Hange, Jean and others make for some heart warming and funny moments, the standouts are the very different interpretations of the ocean between Armin and Eren.
Armin’s goal for a long time has been to see the ocean and, upon seeing it, he is overjoyed at reaching his dream and gains new hope.
Eren, however, shares no such optimism, fully realizing the danger he and his friends are in.
He points out that the enemy lies across the ocean and they will never be free until they kill them all, starting the first major point of contention between him and Armin, which will be expanded on in spectacular fashion in the final season.
Eren’s bleak outlook is hinted at throughout the episode, with him flashing back to the memory of his father’s decision to kill the Reiss family, and experiencing a memory of his father seeing his sister’s corpse.
This last one is particularly symbolic in a number of ways, with the censorship of water covering the body being used to foreshadow how the ocean does not represent freedom but death, like Eren comes to realise.
Along with this, we get the reactions of those inside the walls to the truth of their world and Floch’s speech, all of which works very well.
The highlight though is still the ocean scene with its beautiful animation and complex character development.
“The Other Side of the Wall” is the greatest finale of Attack on Titan yet because of this and its amazing use of symbolism and foreshadowing throughout.

6. Wish – Season Three, Episode Seven.

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After the exposition dump episode “Sin”, with its explosive reveals and build up to an epic battle, the following episode “Wish” pays off this build up in spades.
It provides a perfect blend of more information, intense battles and fantastic character development.
This development is provided through the brilliant character arcs of Historia, Eren and Kenny, helped by the great jobs done by their voice actors Shiori Mikami, Yuki Kaji, and Kazuhiro Yamaji.
Historia’s decision not to follow in her family’s cycle of self destruction and going against her father for the first time is very inspirational.
Eren crying and telling Historia he never should have happened is a heart breaking moment.
And Kenny deciding to free Eren and just let things happen after his dream is crushed shows us exactly what kind of man he is.
All three of these arcs are fantastic and helped by the brilliant use of music, specifically the OSTs “Zero Eclipse” and “K21”.
“Zero Eclipse” is played when Historia decides to live for herself and, if you listen to the lyrics, it sounds like a love song from Ymir to Historia, almost as if Ymir is cheering her on from beyond the grave.
Then there is “K21”, played when Kenny fights Levi, where the rap lyrics actually state Kenny’s entire motivation; to see if he can become a better man by becoming the Founding Titan.
These OSTs make the scenes they are in a lot more powerful.
Along with this, the exposition is well handled and the action is exhilarating.
A one on one fight between Levi and Kenny, that is not in the manga, is wisely added here, adding more excitement.
Overall, “Wish” is a fantastic episode with great action and OSTs, but the feature that makes it so great is the characters’ amazing development.

5. Hero – Season Three, Episode 17.

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Me putting “Hero” at number five probably comes as a surprise.
The reason I think this is because of how much the episode is applauded by fans.
It is both the highest rated Attack on Titan episode on IMDB and the highest rated episode on IMDB ever.
This fact may have caused some people to expect its placement at number one and not number five.
To be clear, I think that “Hero” is an almost flawless episode.
I just like the ones I ranked above it more because of what they did for the overall story.
“Hero” is an action driven episode but one that delivers what is, without a doubt in my mind, the best action in all of Attack on Titan. 
Levi’s fight against Zeke is absolutely stunning.
It is well built up and the payoff is amazing with its animation, music and voice acting.
I really have to give props to Zeke’s voice actor Takehito Koyasu, who pulls off the agonized screams of the Beast Titan’s user in such a satisfying way.
The moment Zeke is saved by the Cart Titan is one brimming with despair, again due to the amazing music and voice acting.
Then there is the final battle of the episode, with Armin and Eren facing off against Bertholdt, and Mikasa, Jean, Connie, Sasha and Hange facing Reiner.
What follows is a devastating battle of sacrifice as Armin gives up his life to buy time for Eren, showing his conviction in saving humanity despite how it may cost him his dream of seeing the ocean.
Marina Inoue does an amazing job here as usual.
Back to the fight with Reiner, Hange’s return (minus one eye) is a cheer worthy moment that allows Mikasa to turn the tables on Reiner.
Accompanying both these epic moments is another great OST, “SymphonicSuite Part 2-2nd”, which lets the audience feel the full magnitude of what happens.
The following scene, which sees Eren take out the Colossal Titan thanks to Armin’s plan is a truly amazing moment, highlighted by the lack of music.
With Bertholdt defeated, Eren lands next to the burned body of Armin and declares he was always a hero.
Never truer a word has been spoken in this anime.
My one gripe with the episode is (you guessed it) the CGI Colossal Titan, which looks particularly jarring when it cuts from it to a regular image of it, which actually looks good.
Other than this, “Hero” is a flawless episode and I can see why many people consider it their favourite.
While you might be surprised that “Hero” comes in as my fifth favourite episode, I guarantee you that you will be surprised at what tops it.

4. Children – Season Two, Episode 10.

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Surprise!
I know, a lot of you probably did not expect “Children” to end up coming in at number four above “Hero.”
Not many people actually talk about “Children” and I think this is a shame because it is one of the underrated episodes of the entire series.
It is also one of the most important.
The roots of so many twists are planted with the Coordinate, Marley, Eren eating his father, Ymir’s death, the curse of Ymir, the paths, and countless other twists all being foreshadowed in this episode.
On top of this, most of this foreshadowing comes with an incredibly emotional, yet powerful, flashback to Ymir’s past.
This backstory instantly made Ymir one of my favourite characters.
Watching her go from abandoned homeless girl, to worshiped goddess, to cursed as a devil, only for her to rise again and achieve a second chance at life was amazing to see.
The moment she wakes up after eating Marcel and realizes she is free is the most powerful scene in the entirety of Attack on Titan for me.
It was the first time I teared up when watching the series, and this was helped by the amazing OST “Call of Silence.”
As for the rest of “Children”, it is just as good, providing a further look into Ymir’s mind through how she is literally willing to throw Historia’s future away if it means she can see her again, leading to Ymir capturing her.
Then there is Hannes who, at the end of the episode, declares his resolve to die if it means getting Eren back, setting up his tragic death in the season finale.
This ending also shows how far Hannes has come because he never would have been so willing as to give his life at the beginning of the anime, as proven by him abandoning Carla in “To You in 2000 Years.”
Overall though, “Children” is Ymir’s episode and it makes me sad that we never got to see more of her every time I watch it.
If I did have one criticism it would be that the episode does make a few of the twists it foreshadows quite obvious.
Although, this does still not diminish how fantastic and underrated I think “Children” is.

3. Warrior – Season Two, Episode Six.

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“I’m the Armoured Titan and he’s the Colossal Titan.”
I remember the first time I heard these words come out of Reiner’s mouth and I had to rewatch the scene a few times just to make sure I had not read the subtitles wrong.
But no, I had heard right.
“Warrior” literally delivers one of Attack on Titan‘s biggest twists in the most offhand way possible and it is amazing.
Many writers and directors try to create subversive moments in their works to surprise the audience but it rarely achieves in creating anything emotionally meaningful.
To all those struggling to write a subversive twist I would advise them to watch the Armoured and Colossal Titan twist in “Warrior.”
Most of the episode builds towards this twist and, after Reiner finally says it, the rest of the episode deals with the shocking aftermath.
Right from the opening minutes of “Warrior”, it is clear that something bad is about to happen.
The wind slowly blowing the flags and the pitter patter of rain makes for an ominous tone that is not fully explained until Reiner makes his shocking admission.
What I especially love about this twist is not only does it answer the question of who are the Colossal and Armoured Titans in an amazingly casual way but it is also used as one of the first hints we get to Reiner’s damaged mental state
We can see just how delusional Reiner has become through how he just expects Eren to come with him.
Then there is the symbolism with Reiner’s reflection being visible in a puddle, representing his split personality.
Another piece of symbolism sees the wind snapping a flag, which represents Reiner finally cracking under the pressure, causing him to decide to transform, sparking the incredibly intense final moments of the episode.
As Reiner tries to attack Eren, Mikasa intervenes, only for her attacks to give Reiner and Bertholdt the means to transform, which they do in explosive fashion to the incredible OST “YouSeeBIGGIRL/T:T.”
In the chaos and confusion, Reiner grabs Eren who begins to cry, reminiscing on the friendship he thought he had with the two traitors, providing me with the first moment I ever sympathized with him.
However, he pushes this pain aside, resorting to rage and transforming into his Titan, throwing a punch at the Armoured Titan and bringing an end to this explosive episode with an explosive cliffhanger.
“Warrior” is an incredible episode and I will always remember it for its amazingly subversive way of delivering a twist.
It was my favourite Attack on Titan episode in my first list, until the top 2 episodes came to dethrone it in season three part 2.

2. Midnight Sun – Season Three, Episode 18.

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Choosing between my top two favourite episodes of Attack on Titan was incredibly difficult.
I had to nitpick to decide which episode would come in at number one and number two.
And, at the end of the day, I chose “Midnight Sun” as my second favourite episode.
Midnight Sun is, without a doubt, the most emotional episode of Attack on Titan so far.
I cried twice the first time I watched it, and this was even after I had already read the manga.
I knew what was coming but this episode still got to me.
It is that good.
Picking up after the loss of Armin and Erwin in previous episodes, “Midnight Sun” reveals that both of them are still barely alive.
However, more importantly, it also presents the other characters with the opportunity to only save one of them.
The decision of who should have eaten Bertholdt and inherited his Colossal Titan is one that divides fans to this day.
Both are incredible characters that are deserving of getting the injection and surviving.
This is pointed out by both sides of the argument, with Levi, Hange and Floch trying to save Erwin, and Eren and Mikasa trying to save Armin.
It eventually comes to blows, paying off the incredible teaser that was at the end of “Night of the Battle to Retake the Wall”, and Levi eventually wins in the debate, going to inject Erwin.
What follows is an emotional scene of Levi flashing back to events with Erwin, Armin, and Kenny.
Deciding that Erwin has suffered enough and deserves peace, Levi instead injects Armin who eats a screaming Bertholdt.
Erwin later passes on peacefully.
The deaths of Erwin and Bertholdt are hard hitting to say the least.
I said earlier that I believe Erwin has the perfect character arc so I find it fitting that he dies here in such an emotional way.
But, Erwin and Bertholdt are not the only deaths in this episode because it is also confirmed that Moblit sacrificed himself to save Hange.
Moblit may have been a minor character compared to Erwin and Bertholdt but he was still quite likeable, and his death serves as another gut punch.
A big feature that helps get all of this emotion across in “Midnight Sun” is the almost complete lack of music, which shows off the brilliant and heartbreaking voice acting when the character are desperately trying to save their friends.
Along with the emotion, there are a few great scenes that set up important future reveals as well, like the first interaction between Eren and Zeke.
The thing that made me put ’“Midnight Sun” at number two and not number one is its animation issues.
For example, there is one shot where the animators forgot to put Erwin in the shot.
These issues may be incredibly minor but they are enough to make “Midnight Sun” barely miss out on the top spot, which goes to…

1. That Day – Season Three, Episode 20.

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“That Day” is what I believe to be the best episode of the Attack on Titan anime so far.
It was a close call between this episode and “Midnight Sun” but, in the end, That Day won because of what it did for the story as a whole.
The 20th episode of Attack on Titan‘s third season literally changes the entire direction of that story, changing the central enemy of our main characters from the Titans to humans.
Picking up after the big post-credits cliffhanger scene of “The Basement”which revealed that human civilization is thriving outside the walls, “That Day” begins the tragic backstory of Grisha Yeager and reveals the supposed origins of the Titans.
I say “supposed” because these origins are littered with propaganda so the Marleyans can make one side look better than the other to justify generations of hatred.
The story of Ymir Fritz, and the thousands of years of ethnic cleansing under her descendants, raise a lot of questions that will be incredibly interesting to see how Isayama answers.
How ever he does it though, Marley certainly have no questions because they accept the story blindly, using it to justify oppressing all Eldians and forcing them into ghettos.
This is where we met a young Grisha when he tries to make his sister, Faye, happy by showing her an airship.
Unfortunately, Grisha’s kind act leads to her murder where she is tragically fed to dogs by the disgusting Major Gross in a shocking moment.
As a result of his loss, Grisha begins to hate Marley, causing him to join the Eldia Restorationists who are led by the mysterious Owl.
It is here that Grisha meets the last descendant of the royal family, Dina Fritz, who he marries.
Que one of the massive twists of the episode when it is revealed that the son they have is actually Zeke, making the Beast Titan Eren’s half brother.
The tragedy of this only continues as Zeke eventually turns his parents and the Restorationists into Marley for how they treated him.
Tortured for information and then take to Paradis, Grisha is confronted by Gross and his subordinate Kruger once again, and forced to watch as his friends and wife are all turned into Titans, many of whom we have seen before.
Most of these Titans are the ones who attacked Eren in First Battle and, most shocking of all, Dina is the Smiling Titan.
Her promise to find Grisha no matter what she becomes is truly chilling when you think about what it leads to.
Just as Grisha is about to be fed to a Titan by Gross Kruger steps in and feds Gross to said Titan, revealing himself to be both the Owl and the Titan that Grisha will soon inherit.
And so, the climactic episode of “That Day” comes to an end.
Its multiple twists left my jaw on the floor when I first read them in the manga and are perfectly adapted, with many anime only viewers having the same reaction I did.
Not only this, but the episode has a lot of great themes and messages as well, with plenty of comments on oppression, propaganda, and human nature.
Gross talking about how most people like watching brutality while staring right at the camera might as well be Isayama screaming at the viewer, “hey, you’re messed up!”
Then there are hints at future storylines with Eren beginning to reenact Grisha’s memories as Kruger, setting up the scene from Attack Titan where Kruger will see his future memories.
The main thing I love about “That Day” though, is the way it completely changes Attack on Titan‘s story.
The anime will be a completely different beast in season four and it is all because of the twists and turns in this episode.
And that is why I consider That Day to be the best episode of Attack on Titan as of season three.

 

So, there you have it. My top 20 favourite Attack on Titan episodes. I have been considering ranking all of the episodes but will probably do that after the final season ends, and in a much more condensed way. Along with this, I also plan to do a top 15 or 20 best characters list but, since the series is near its end, I will also be waiting for that to happen before I make it.

Top 20 Attack on Titan Episodes as of Season Three – 20-11.

Back when I finished watching season two of Attack on Titan, I made a post listing off my top 10 favourite episodes of the series.
Well, after season three came to an end, I found there were so many fantastic episodes that I just had to update my list.
However, I found that a top 10 list was too short because there were still many episodes I wanted to mention.
Taking this into account, I decided to lengthen the list to a top 20 but even then it was hard because there are so many amazing episodes that I considered putting on here.
Episodes like “The Defeated” and “Wall” from season one, “Beast Titan” and “Soldier” from season two, “The Town Where Everything Began” and “Attack Titan” from season three.
These were great episodes that just barely missed out but, at the end of the day, I had to narrow it down.
With this said, here is the first part of my top 20 episodes of Attack on Titan, as of season three.
Also, I think this goes without saying but SPOILERS!!!

20. Sin – Season Three, Episode Six.

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The first episode on the list, “Sin” is the first, big information drop episode where Eren finally learns the dark truth of what happened to his father.
Chained up as a captive of Rod Reiss, Grisha’s memories are awakened from within Eren when Reiss and Historia place their hands upon him, in a scene that left many fans shocked.
Personally, I found the reveal that Eren ate his father rather predictable because it had been heavily foreshadowed in previous episodes but it still made for a great scene that would propel Eren’s character development forward.
As for the rest of “Sin”, it continues to unload exposition, proving a lot of information about Grisha, the Reiss family, Kenny, and the Ackerman family.
There is even a scene with an excrement torture device… yeah, I wish I was kidding about that too.
Anyway, all of this information builds and builds up to a climactic ending that hypes up the coming battle immeasurably.
And this cliffhanger would be more than paid off in the following episode, which we will see later in the list.
Overall, “Sin” is a well done exposition episode with plenty of exciting twists that shape the story.

19. Ruler of the Walls – Season Three, Episode Nine.

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The big battle between Rod Reiss’ gargantuan Titan and the Survey Corps begins and concludes this episode, resulting in great character moments for both Eren and Historia.
Most of “Ruler of the Walls” builds up to the battle, with the scouts preparing for much of the episode while the Garrison ineffectively tries to stop the massive Titan in its tracks.
As this is happening, we continue to see how much Historia has grown through Eren’s eyes causing him to contemplate and finally recognizes his own flaws.
I greatly appreciated the call backs to Eren’s naive nature back in season one because it showed just how far he has come.
Then the battle begins, as Reiss’ Titan finally reaches the wall in all of its disgusting CGI glory.
While I typically do not like the CGI in Attack on Titan, as can be seen by my constant complaining about the CGI Colossal Titan, I thought Reiss’ Titan was perfectly animated, with no scene looking out of place to me.
The true highlight of the episode is Historia killing her Titanised father, and finally embracing her role as the new queen.
Much like “Sin”, “Ruler of the Walls” ends on a cliffhanger that leads into an episode we will be seeing later on the list.
With a great battle, CGI, and character moments, “Ruler of the Walls” is another engaging episode.

18. First Battle: The Struggle for Trost, Part One – Season One, Episode Five.

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One thing that will become apparent as this list goes on is how different it is from my first list.
Some of the episodes will have gone up and some will have gone down.
One such episode that has fallen on subsequent views is the episode that takes the 18th spot “First Battle.”
Even so, this season one episode is still a great time that shows off the terror of the Titans and just how outmatched Eren is, despite his annoying boasting in earlier episodes.
Starting off with a well done first fight between Eren and the Colossal Titan, “First Battle” follows through with a feeling of dread as the full weight of the Titans’ eventual invasion become apparent.
People cower, embrace their loved ones, vomit, take their anger out on others; there are a wide range of emotions across the board.
The only one with any hope is Eren, and this is bolstered by his flashback to an explanation of the Titans’ weakness, giving hope to the viewer that Eren may succeed.
Only for this hope to hit a brick wall called reality when Eren’s squad is absolutely slaughtered and Eren sacrifices himself to save Armin.
Seeing the main character “die” in the fifth episode was very shocking, even though I did not like Eren at this point.
“First Battle” does a great job of showing the true threat of the Titans, along with introducing us to some central characters like Dot Pyxis.
It is what solidified Attack on Titan as an anime where anyone could die, in people’s minds.

17. Close Combat – Season Two, Episode Seven.

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After learning the shocking truth about Reiner and Bertholdt being the Armoured and Colossal Titans, “Close Combat” shows the aftermath of this reveal with Eren struggling to fight his once close friends.
This results in a very meaningful battle where the feelings of betrayal are made abundantly clear by Eren and Armin.
Connie’s reaction is the most hard hitting though with him being concerned for Reiner and Bertholdt’s safety, unaware that they are the Titans.
The fights in this episode are fantastic, with Eren facing off against Reiner and the Scouts against Bertholdt.
Watching Eren trying to deal with his anger towards Reiner, while in a brutal brawl with him, highlighted Eren’s resolve, which is made even stronger after he uses a technique he remembers Annie using in a flashback scene.
As for the fight with the Colossal Titan, it is stunning to look at with the shot composition really showing off the massive foe the Scouts are facing.
Unfortunately, this is where my few criticisms come in because the CGI on the Colossal Titan is pretty jarring.
Granted it is not as bad as it would be in season three but it is still very noticeable.
Then there is the ending cliffhanger, which is so abrupt that it literally kills all the tension.
These two flaws stop “Close Combat” from being higher on the list but it is still a great episode with a lot of meaningful impact in its fight sequences.

16. Crushing Blow: The 57th Exterior Scouting Mission, Part Five – Season One, Episode 21.

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I can distinctly remember watching this episode and screaming at the Levi Squad to get out of there as they were slaughtered by the Female Titan one by one.
The deaths of Petra, Orou, and Eld are very shocking to see, especially considering the loss of their comrade Gunther in the previous episode.
“Crushing Blow” details the consequences of Eren’s choices and how these can result in life or death for those he cares about.
Because he chose to trust his teammates over having faith in himself, they are all brutally killed before he can do anything to save them.
This hits Eren hard with his inner monologue providing great development for him as he battles the Female Titan.
The fight between the two is intense, not just because of Eren’s inner turmoil, but also because of how well choreographed and animated it is.
You can clearly see multiple different emotions and reactions on the face of both Titans, down to a twitch in the Female Titan’s eyes when she realizes she has a chance to strike Eren.
This leads to her defeating and then kidnapping him, much to Mikasa’s horror.
All of this horrifying excitement is topped off with the ending cliffhanger of Mikasa and Levi working together to go and rescue Eren.
Seeing these two put aside their differences in order to save Eren serves as more great development and does a great job building into the next episode, “The Defeated”, which sadly just missed out on making the list.
“Crushing Blow” is another intense episode, which provides shocking character deaths that result in great inner turmoil for the lead character.

15. Friends – Season Three, Episode 10.

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Whenever Attack on Titan does a backstory episode it usually ends well.
Case in point, “Friends” where we get the backstory of Kenny Ackerman.
Kenny is a minor character in the overall story, only having a central part in the Uprising Arc, but he still left a major impact.
This is because of his entertaining personality and backstory episode, which explains his motivation.
In “Friends” we see how he began to work for the Reiss family, raised Levi, and, more importantly, his titular friendship with Uri Reiss.
Through this, we eventually come to understand Kenny’s longing to understand the power that his friend possesses, and his curiosity if this power could transform him from a psychopathic killer into a compassionate person.
Watching his backstory and how he got his motivations is fascinating to watch and causes Kenny’s sacrifice at the end to make sense.
Him giving the injection to Levi would go on to have a monumental impact on the series.
In the aftermath of his death we then get Historia’s coronation, leading to the hilarious scene where she punches Levi.
The episode then cuts to one of the series’ best cliffhangers, with a tease for the Return to Shiganshina Arc as we see Reiner, Bertholdt and Zeke waiting for the Scouts to arrive in Shiganshina.
“Friends” is a great backstory episode that allows us to sympathize with one of the series’ antagonists.

14. Charge – Season Two, Episode 11.

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On my first list of my favourite Attack on Titan episodes, “Charge” ranked in at number four.
The reason for this fall to 14th place is largely because of the constant still images in the episode.
When I first watched “Charge” it was so epic that I was actually able to look past all of its animation difficulties but on subsequent rewatches it became very noticeable.
Probably the worst instance of the still images is when Armin confronts Bertholdt about Annie and all of the attacking Titans freeze while this conversation is taken place.
Other than this problems though, the episode is still stellar with many amazing moments.
There is Mikasa’s terrifying resolve to get Eren back no matter what, Bertholdt tearfully explaining his and Reiner’s guilt, Armin going down a darker path to win, and Historia vowing to stay Ymir’s ally no matter what.
The character who steals the episode though is, without a doubt, Erwin.
Every time I see him get dragged away by that Titan, only for him to scream at his soldiers to “Advance!” I get chills.
And then Erwin keeps fighting with his arm bitten off.
Easily the most bad ass character of the series.
The cliffhanger for the episode is also a shocker, with the Smiling Titan returning to bring more tragedy to the story in the season finale.
Despite its animation problems, “Charge” is a roller coaster of an episode that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

13. Pain – Season Three, Episode Two.

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There are quite a few things that stick out about “Pain”, from the action, to the character development, to the music.
The thing that stuck out the most to me was easily the incredible animation.
“Pain” is, hands down, the most well animated episode in the entirety of Attack on Titan.
The opening scene with Levi fleeing from Kenny’s squad is jaw droppingly gorgeous in its construction, which lends itself to the thrilling action excellently.
The episode also serves as a good follow up to Kenny’s introduction in the season premiere “Smoke Signal” with the rivalry between him and Levi being perfectly set up; a rivalry which would only later be topped by Levi’s with Zeke.
Then there is the character development, with Armin being forced to kill someone to save Jean and having to deal with the guilt.
There is even some development for minor characters like Dimo Reeves which was much appreciated, even though it was largely shortened compared to the manga.
This development leads to the capture of the Interior Police officer Sannes, who is tortured by Levi and Hange, leading to the reveal of how deep the conspiracy goes.
As Rod Reiss is revealed to be the true king of the walls, a haunting OST, “Symphonic Suite Part 1-1st”, picks up.
This OST gives the reunion between Reiss and Historia a feeling of dreas that ends the episode on an ominous note.
If I did have one criticism of “Pain” it would be that is continues the Attack on Titan cliche of Eren getting kidnapped, a cliche the series has thankfully seemed to drop since then.
Still, “Pain” is one of the Uprising Arc’s best episodes with the greatest animation of the entire series.

12. Mercy: Assault on Stohess, Part Two – Season One, Episode 24.

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“We live in a cruel world.”
The first time I heard this line from Mikasa in the penultimate episode of Attack on Titan‘s first season I got chills.
Likewise, the rest of “Mercy” is just as great, picking up from the predictable twist of Annie being the Female Titan in the previous episode.
While this twist is disappointing in how obvious it is made, the fallout from it results in some interesting moments of self reflection for Eren as he is confronted by his unwillingness to fight Annie, despite her being their enemy.
What I like about “Mercy” is that a lot of it is anime original.
A bunch of new scenes are added that give certain scenes a lot more time to breathe than in the manga and, as a result, made them a lot better.
Seeing Jean and Armin trying to motivate Eren to transform in different ways speaks to the strengths of both their characters.
Then there is Nile’s scenes with Erwin, which highlights how much he actually cares for the civilian population.
He is immensely angered that Erwin put everyone’s lives at risk to the point that he contemplates shooting his old friend.
Finally, there is Eren’s transformation at the end of the episode.
Despite this transformation happening off screen, except for the lightening, I still consider this one of Attack on Titan‘s best transformation scenes.
It is incredibly epic with the “Attack on Titan” OST cheering Eren on as he finally finds his resolve to face Annie once and for all.
With this epic scene, and plenty of well done anime original scenes, “Mercy” is an amazing way to lead into season one’s finale.

11. Historia – Season Two, Episode Five.

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Before “Historia”, I found Christa to be one of Attack on Titan‘s most boring characters.
She was just a typical nice girl with no complexity to her.
Then I watched season two’s fifth episode and my entire perception of her was flipped on its head in the best way possible.
Because it turns out that Christa is not just a girl who is nice for the sake of it.
She is actually suicidal, with the reason for her being so nice because she wants everyone to remember her as a hero to give her life meaning, after she dies in battle.
Enter Ymir to knock some sense into her in a moving flashback scene that not only holds a lot of emotional weight but also some stellar snow animation.
The episode then cuts away from this flashback to where episode four left off, with the reveal that Ymir was a Titan Shifter the entire time.
What follows is an epic fight as Ymir fights to protect Christa and the other Scouts at Utgard Castle.
Season two really worked wonders for both Ymir and Christa.
I could not have cared less about them after season one but after “Historia” they both became characters I cared immensely about.
The episode ends with Christa revealing her true name to Ymir, Historia, and from this my OTP for the series emerged.
“Historia” is a great episode of Attack on Titan that took two characters I really did not care for beforehand and turned them into some of the most interesting and well developed characters in the series.

 

The second part of this list containing my top 10 favourite Attack on Titan episodes will be posted simultaneously with this one so you should be able to find it easily.

Attack on Titan Season Three Review: Proves Itself to be One of the Greatest Modern Anime.

5 stars
After I saw season two of Attack on Titan, I became convinced that this anime was going to be one of the the most deep and well thought out series of recent years.
Needless to say, when season three finally started last year, I was overjoyed at being proven right.
Directed by Tetsuro Araki, Attack on Titan‘s third season adapts the Uprising and Return to Shiganshina Arcs from Hajime Isayama’s original manga and does it gloriously.
Both arcs are very different in tone, the first arc being more political while the second is more action oriented, and both are fantastic.
Many people were complaining about how, in two seasons, Attack on Titan was not delivering any answers to many of the burning questions fans had.
Well, this season gave us plenty of answers, and then some, in what has to be among the best exposition sequences of all time.
The anime spent so much time building up the basement reveal, and finally shows the history of the Titans in one big episode, “That Day.”
A lot was riding on this episode so it had to deliver big time, and it somehow did that in spades.

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Grisha’s backstory in “That Day” is the perfect way to do an exposition episode.

“That Day” is basically one big exposition dump and yet it is one of my favourite, if not my absolute favourite, episode of the entire series.
Although, it is a close call between that and “Midnight Sun” because both are amazing for very different reasons.
There are just so many blind blowing episodes in this second arc, which makes sense since it is the best one of the series so far.
As for the first arc of the season, the Uprising Arc, it is heavily changed from the manga, where was a lot slower paced.
In the anime, many of the events in this arc were switched around or removed entirely to create a more natural flow, which I think worked out well.
Sure, it is a shame that some characters who got development in the manga did not get that here but the anime version is better paced for it, with great episodes like “Wish” delivering the perfect amount of action, exposition, and character drama.
That is another thing I especially love about this season: how it continues to develop its amazing cast of characters.
Armin, Erwin, Historia, Levi and Grisha are the definite standouts this season, with so much backstory and  amazing moments given to them.

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Characters like Historia get a lot of development this season, causing them to become some of my favourites.

This results in some gut wrenching moments when these characters are at their lowest points, and some crowd pleasing moments when they are at their highest.
Even characters with smaller roles in the overall story, like Kenny and those introduced in Grisha’s backstory, are memorable and well developed.
Then there is the animation and music, which are both stellar.
Episodes like “Pain” and “Hero” show off the best animation the anime has had to date with Levi’s impressive skills.
One of the few parts where I found that the animation faltered was with the CGI Colossal Titan but the rest of the animation is so jaw dropping that it more than makes up for it.
As for the music, once again I will be adding many of these OSTs to my Spotify so I can listen to them over and over again.
I have said before that Attack on Titan has my favourite soundtrack of any series and this season topped many of the already amazing songs seen in the previous seasons.
This fantastic usage of animation and music helps to build on the suspense and action that is happening on screen.
With this, the story builds to a contemplative conclusion in “The Other Side of the Wall” where Eren is put at a crossroads, which will lead him to a point of no return next season.

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The final episode of the season sees our main characters reach their goal, only to realize they are facing an entirely new threat.

Speaking of which, season four is confirmed to be the final season, and with the manga currently in its final arc, it looks like the anime and manga may be set to end around the same time.
I am very excited to see how Hajime Isayama will end his masterwork of a story.
However, It will be interesting to see if season four takes a break in between arcs, like season three did.
Actually, I think it will be more interesting to see whether of not we will be told, if it this happen.
This is my one big gripe with season three of Attack on Titan. 
We only found out about the six month hiatus when the first arc ended, displaying a sad lack of communication on Wit Studio’s part.
This does not affect my opinion of the season, since the wait was more than worth it, but I would appreciate more transparency if this does happen again.
I also hope Wit Studio can work on Attack on Titan’s final season because rumors are still floating around that they may hand it over to another studio.

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The fourth and final season of Attack on Titan airs in 2020, starting with the Marley Arc where new and interesting characters, and perspectives will be introduced.

Overall, though, many people are now rightly calling Attack on Titan one of the best anime in modern times, and I am glad to see it getting this well deserved recognition.
I cannot wait for the final season where the story will go to much darker places and, hopefully, end on a satisfying note.

Attack on Titan, Chapter 119, Big Brothers and Little Brothers Review: R.I.P Gabi’s Redemption Arc.

5 stars
I cannot remember the last time I read an Attack on Titan chapter this intense and shocking.
There is so much in Chapter 119, “Big Brothers and Little Brothers”, to talk about and I do not know where to begin.
Oh, wait, yes I do.
I should start with the big cliffhanger of the chapter where Gabi shoots Eren’s freaking head off!
My jaw was on the floor after reading this moment, and the people sitting around me at the time gave me weird looks.
It took everything I had not to scream out loud, in public, because of the shock.
I said in my review of Chapter 118 that Colt’s Titan killing gun was going to end up being a literal Chekov’s Gun but I never expected it would be used this way.
Just to make my opinion clear though, I am 99% sure that Eren is going to survive this.
Sure, that might seem ridiculous but what other character do we know who has survived getting their head blown off?
Reiner.
He survived this in the Return to Shiganshina Arc by transferring his consciousness throughout his body, and I believe Eren did this.
Either that or he will end up being saved by Ymir Fritz like Zeke was.
If Eren does die then this will be a terrible writing decision on Hajime Isayama’s part but, again, I do not believe he is dead.
As for his shooter, Gabi, this gives the fan base another reason to hate her guts.
Gabi is, without a doubt, the most hated character in the series but I have always been supportive of her because of how she was brainwashed by Marleyan propaganda.
And, again, I have to speak against those saying they hope Gabi dies a torturous death.
Both because wishing a little kid will be tortured to death is really messed up and because literally anyone in Gabi’s position would do the same thing.
Not only did Eren kill her friends but Gabi knows he is working with Zeke, who just turned her friend into a Titan, and, as far as she knows, the two brothers are planning to destroy the world by coming into contact.
Of course she would try to stop them, any rational person in her position would.
Still, this does not change how shocking and heartbreaking of a moment this was.
Even though I am incredibly sure that Eren will make it, the distraught look on Zeke’s face as his brother is decapitated by the Titan gun’s bullet left me feeling sick.
You can clearly see from this that Zeke loves Eren.
In fact, the bond between brothers is pretty much the main focus of Chapter 119, shown by the title being “Big Brothers and Little Brothers”.
However, rather than going into the positives of such brotherly bonds, the chapter sadly goes into the tragic circumstances caused by them.
Eren and Zeke, Falco and Colt, Porco and Marcel, these three sets of brothers’ stories all result in tragedy by the end.
Colt tries to convince Zeke not to scream because this will transform Falco but, as I predicted, Zeke’s mission is too important for him to stop.
Zeke is remorseful but screams nonetheless, transforming Falco and killing Colt who refuses to leave his side in a gut wrenching panel.
Then there is Porco, who finally receives Marcel’s memories and realizes his brother was trying to protect him by stopping him from becoming a warrior.
Realizing this, Porco sacrifices himself to save Reiner, by allowing Falco to eat him.
Along with this being tragic, it is also a perfect example of coming full circle and subverting expectations.
Porco sacrificing himself resembles the previous Jaw Titan users Marcel and Ymir, who both gave their lives for someone else.
Then there is the scene right before Porco is eaten, where Falco nearly eats Reiner.
Ever since it was revealed that Falco had ingested Zeke’s spinal fluid everyone, including myself, has been predicting that Reiner would sacrifice himself to save Falco.
Isayama clearly saw this because he makes it look like it is about to happen, before Porco marches in and steals Reiner’s thunder as Falco’s meal.
Colt and Falco’s deaths are very sad, although I am a bit disappointed that Porco never got to interact with Historia using Ymir’s memories.
Although, this could happen with Falco since he is now the Jaw Titan.
He could also be the one to free Annie because it has been shown that only the Jaw Titan can destroy the Titan crystals.
Maybe I am getting too hopeful but who knows?
Sadly, unlike Falco, we can not hope for any resurrections for Pyxis, Nile and all the other soldiers who were transformed by Zeke’s scream.
They are all mindless Titans now and their transformations are gut wrenching, especially Pyxis who seems to accept it in the end, dying as he lived with a bottle of wine in hand.
There is one character’s fate that I am very unsure of though.
We see Magath gets blown back by a thunder spear fired at Pieck by Armin but we do not see him after that.
Does this mean Magath is dead?
I hope not because it seems like Isayama has been setting him up for something big so it would be disappointing for him to die like this.
How many people did we even lose this chapter?
Pyxis, Nile, Rouge, Colt, Porco and, potentially (although I hope not), Eren and Magath.
I think more named characters died in this chapter than any other in the series.
It will be interesting to see what happens next.
Overall,  “Big Brothers and Little Brothers” is an amazing chapter of Attack on Titan that is one of the most shocking I have ever read.
It is because of chapters like this that Attack on Titan is my favourite series right now.

Attack on Titan Season Three, Episode 22, The Other Side of the Wall Review. One of the Manga’s Most Impactful Moments Adapted.

5 stars

Spoiler Free Review:

Attack on Titan season three just ended and I miss it already.
It adapted the manga chapters excellently the entire way through, and the final episode, “The Other Side of the Wall”, is no exception.
Coming into this final episode, I was concerned that since only Chapter 90 would be adapted then the episode would need to add pointless scenes to lengthen the runtime.
Thankfully, all of the scenes that are added in “The Other Side of the Wall” serve a point and this all combines with the manga adapted scenes to create a somber and meaningful season finale.
“The Other Side of the Wall” adapts a scene I and many other manga readers have been waiting to see and it does not disappoint.
This moment almost brought a tear to my eye with its thematic weight, beautiful animation, and the way it continues to push Eren’s fantastic character development forward.
Eren is the standout of this episode with Yuki Kaji doing a fantastic job as per usual.
I am so excited to see Eren’s character arc continue in the final season because when I finished this arc in the manga Eren was a top 10 favourite character but the next arc makes him a top five favourite character, for me.
Along with Eren, other characters like Floch get their chance to shine.
Many people may not like him based on what he says this episode but it definitely makes you understand him as a character and what he stands for.
The episode also gives a look at how the society within the walls views the truth of situation and it is done very naturally.
The big scene of  “The Other Side of the Wall” though is still its impactful and almost tear inducing ending.
The credits sequence is also pretty surprising, blending images from season one, the future final season, and even some images that I have no idea what they mean.
Overall, “The Other Side of the Wall” is my favourite Attack on Titan finale so far.
It may not have any action like season two’s finale “Scream”, but what this ending represents for the series and characters as a whole going forward makes it one of the most impactful episodes of the series.

Spoiler Review:

As I said in the spoiler free review, I was concerned that “The Other Side of the Wall” would add scenes to lengthen the runtime, which would drag down the episode.
I feared this because another episode that adapted a single chapter, “The Basement”, did this and, as a result, I found that it lessened the episode’s impact.
Thankfully, this is not the case with “The Other Side of the Wall” because every single new scene adds to the character development.
This is most obvious in the scene right before the characters arrive at the sea, where they come across a Titan that can barely move.
Rather than kill it, Eren instead walks up to it and places a hand on its head, sympathetically calling it “a fellow patriot.”
This brilliant scene really shows how far Eren has come.
He has gone from wanting to kill all Titans at the beginning of the series to coming to understand them and even sympathize with them, understanding they are not the true threat.
In the manga, Eren just rode past the Titan while speaking that line so it was not portrayed as clearly how much Eren had changed.
After this great addition, the anime delivers the scene manga readers have been waiting forever to see, the ocean scene.
Watching this joyous moment where characters like Armin finally reach their goal of seeing the ocean is very emotional, even more so because of Eren’s undermining of it.
Rather than celebrating like the others, Eren realizes the threat they all face.
He knows now that reaching the ocean does not mean freedom for them but means they have an entirely new and more dangerous enemy to face.
This moment marks the first big separation Eren has with Mikasa and Armin.
While these two celebrate, Eren does not, and this divide will continue to expand in the final season, as shown by the separation of Eren and Armin in a small post credits scene.
Speaking of the credits though, they are full of many images from next season and even ones we have not seen yet.
There are two particular images I find to be of interest.
One is of a group of kids at some kind of school, and another is where it appears to literally be raining blood.
What the latter image means, I have no idea other than it must be terrible.
As for the image of the kids though, I have a few ideas.
The kid actually looks a lot like Gabi, a character we will meet in the next arc, but the lack of an armband, and with her friends nowhere in sight, makes me question this.
I have also heard people suggest a younger version of Willy Tyber’s sister, which would be interesting.
Whatever these shots may be of, they continue to how how excellent Attack on Titan is with its foreshadowing.
As for the other scenes of the episode, they are just as good, the other highlight being the ceremony where Eren and the rest of the nine survivors from the battle of Shiganshina are awarded medals.
Before this, Floch has a confrontation with Eren and Armin, declaring how he thinks Erwin should have been given the serum instead.
This not only gives us insight into Floch but Eren as well because we see this is the first time that Eren’s belief in the ocean representing freedom are questioned.
Just as he tells Armin he thinks they will be free if they reach the sea, he experiences a flash from his father’s memories of Fay’s dead body in the water.
This not only shows how they are far from free but is also an incredibly smart use of creative censorship.
Even though Fay’s body in the water covers up the gruesome image, it also brilliantly foreshadows that the water Eren and the others will see at the ocean means they are not free but rather in even more danger than before.
I usually criticize the censorship of Attack on Titan but this was such a smart use of it that it surprisingly manages to improve on the manga by adding new symbolic aspects.
“The Other Side of the Wall” is a fantastic season finale.
There may be no action, but the character development and symbolism of the episode is phenomenally handled.
With the final season being announced for 2020, it makes me wonder how long the manga has left?
I personally believe it will end around Chapter 130, which means 12 chapters left, and if I am right then Attack on Titan season four should start right after the manga ends, which would be cool.
Either way though, I just hope the series will get a satisfying conclusion that we all can enjoy, whether that ending is hopeful, tragic, or something in between.

Attack on Titan, Season 3, Episode 21 The Attack Titan Review: Potentially Fantastic Episode Weighed Down by Some Scenes.

4 stars

Spoiler Free Review:

I had to think over how I felt about the 21st episode of Attack on Titan’s third season, “Attack Titan.”
The reason for this is that, even though it has many fantastic moments, it also has some that drag it down for me.
The biggest of these scenes is actually my most hated from the manga.
It is admittedly a small moment but it still really annoys me with how badly it is written, so I was hoping they would improve the scene in the anime.
However, I did not expect them to make the scene even worse.
It just left me feeling angry about how badly this was thought out.
Sadly, this is not my only problem because “Attack Titan” has a twist that was only just revealed in the manga.
Moving it up like this has created some confusion among the anime’s fan base about what it means.
Along with this, I feel like revealing the twist here will limit a lot of the impact the moment that this was revealed had in the manga, when it is adapted.
Although, I cannot quite fault the episode for this now because that scene has yet to be adapted so I cannot tell if this is what will happen.
All of that said though, the rest of the episode is fantastic, mostly making up for these problematic bits.
While I do not like how one twist is revealed early, the other twists are delivered right on time and are just as shocking and impactful as they are in the manga.
They also raise a lot of interesting questions for anime only viewers to consider.
On top of this, I found the episode to be surprisingly hilarious during some points.
These moments did not really make me laugh when I read them first in the manga, but here I was clutching my stomach.
The music is once again a highlight, especially during the final moments of the episode, where the outro  “Name of Love” plays over a scene brilliantly.
These standout scenes could all have come together to make “Attack Titan” a top ten favourite episode for me, however, the problematic moments got in the way of this.
Still, it is a great episode that will have a lot of people confused by the end, but in a good way.

Spoiler Review:

Coming into “Attack Titan” I was pretty sure they were going to show that Ymir had died when Historia read her letter.
The reason for this?
Ymir’s backstory, which was shown here in the manga, had already been shown in season two so it made sense to replace it with her death.
I had my fingers crossed that they would use this opportunity to fix her death.
Granted, I knew I would be disappointed by it because of how much of a waste I think it is but I still hoped they could make me feel emotionally gut punched when her death was revealed.
Sadly, I was wrong because the death is made even worse than in the manga.
Not only is her death still off screen but the actual reveal is only two seconds long.
Seriously, I timed it.
This is so short that people will and have missed it.
I enjoy watching people react to the episodes online after they air, and only about one in ten people realise that this was revealing Ymir’s death.
The rest completely miss it.
If your audience does not realise that a character has been killed off then you have failed to give them a meaningful death.
All it would have required is ten additional seconds of seeing a chained up Ymir’s final moments as she is eaten by her successor and it would have been acceptable.
As for the other problem I have, “Attack Titan” also revealed that Ymir saw the Paths connecting to the Founding Titan after she ate Marcel and turned back into a human.
I find this problematic because when this was revealed in the manga it came alongside something else and was subtly implied in such a way that it was mind blowing.
Here it is just simply stated and is also generating some confusion among anime watchers.
I have actually seen people take this scene as meaning that Ymir is the Founding Titan, once again not realizing that she is dead.
As I said though, despite all this weighing the episode down, the rest of it is still fantastic.
The scenes between Grisha and Eren Kruger is wonderfully adapted, if cut a little short.
The mind blowing reveals that Eren is named after Kruger and that every Titan Shifter dies 13 years after they inherit their power, meaning Eren and Armin are going to die, are very well done.
What are, without a doubt, the bests twists of the episode, though, are Eren realizing that he could use the Founding Titan power because he touched Dina, a royal blooded Titan, and that Kruger somehow had memories of Mikasa and Armin from the future.
These twists are just as shocking and confusingly great as they are in the manga, with the “Name of Love” outro accompanying Kruger’s final scene being a great addition that adds plenty of emotion.
Hange is another standout of the episode, with her talking about Eren going through a phase and imitating his title reveal moment being particularly hilarious.
Speaking of the title reveal, it is funny that the title Attack on Titan is actually a mistranslation of the Japanese Shingeki no Kyojin, which translates to “Attack Titan.”
The name of Eren’s Titan is literally the title of the series and it is mistranslated in English, which is pretty funny.
Overall, “Attack Titan” is still a great episode, even if it weighed down by some aggravating moments like Ymir’s poorly written death reveal.
The next episode, “The Other Side of the Wall”, is the last episode of the season and potentially the last episode from Wit Studio.
I hope they do the manga justice but I do have some concerns.
They will most likely only be adapting Chapter 90, like  “The Basement” episode only adapted Chapter 85 and that episode felt like it was padding for time.
Hopefully, if they do have to add some scenes to lengthen the episode then it feels like new necessary scenes, rather than just an excuse to add to the runtime.
Still, I am excited because that episode will have one of the most important scenes in the series’ history.

Attack on Titan, Season Three Episode Twenty, That Day Review: The Exposition Dump to End all Exposition Dumps.

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Spoiler Free Review:

Exposition is notorious for being difficult to get the viewer invested in, without becoming bored.
This speaks to how brilliant of an episode “That Day” is because it is entirely exposition driven, and yet, every second of it is so investing.
The episode is essentially the true basement reveal.
No, “reveal” is not the right word.
What I should say is “reveals” because there are so many, and each and every single one of them is mind blowing.
I have viewed numerous people watching the episode online and their reactions to certain twists are priceless.
As I was watching the episode, I ended up jumping with excitement every time one of these twists was perfectly delivered, which was always.
“That Day” adapts Chapters 86 and 87 of the manga, the prior of which is my favourite chapter in the entire Attack on Titan manga so far.
So, I was almost praying that the episode would manage to adapt that material properly.
And you know what?
It did just that.
With this episode, Attack on Titan changes into a much more complex and deep story in which the lines between the good and bad guys are constantly blurred.
Watching Grisha’s tragic backstory is just as enthralling as it is in the manga, allowing the viewer to understand his motivations and sympathize with him all in a single episode.
Speaking of Grisha, his voice actor, Hiroshi Tsuchida, does an amazing job here, especially at the ending where his full range becomes apparent.
All of the newly introduced characters in this episode are great and interesting, even if we will not see many of them outside this flashback.
The music is once again fantastic, bringing back a track that was introduced in “Hero” for the climactic end.
If I had one criticism, it would be the censorship.
The violence of the manga chapters really highlights both the terror and themes in the manga so it as shame this is not adapted here.
Still, this does not affect the episode in any big way, and if you have not read the manga then you will not notice it.
In my review of “The Basement”, I predicted that “That Day” might actually beat “Midnight Sun” to become my new favourite episode of the series.
And does it achieve this?
Well, right now I am unsure of that.
Both episodes are amazing in very different ways.
“Midnight Sun” is amazing in the way that it hits you emotionally, and “That Day” is amazing in the way that it hits you with all of these exciting and epic twists that change the entire story.
Both are master piece episodes so it is a bit hard for me to judge which one is better without thinking really hard about it.
I will say this, though.
Even if  “That Day” does not beat “Midnight Sun”, it comes incredibly close.
It is an amazing episode that needs to be watched twice in order to adsorb all of the colossal information.

Spoiler Review… Seriously, if you have not seen the episode then DO NOT READ THIS! Trust me, you do not want this spoiled for you.

I remember the complete and utter shock I felt at the massive twists of chapters 85 and 86 of Attack on Titan.
The death of Grisha’s sister, Zeke being Grisha’s son and Eren’s half-brother, Dina being the smiling Titan the entire time, and Kruger turning out to the the Owl.
All of these twists are masterfully adapted in “That Day” where Grisha narrates over his tragic life.
This said, you may have to watch the episode a couple of times before you understand everything because there is so much information but this does not stop the twists from being mind blowing.
Following the post-credits scene of “The Basement”, the beginning of the story sees Grisha take his sister Fay to see the airship.
They are caught by two soldiers, Kruger and the detestably, yet appropriately named, Gross.
Since their race, Eldians, are not allowed outside their internment zone, Grisha is punished by receiving a beating from Kruger.
Sadly, Fay receives a far worst punishment as Gross feeds her to his sons’ dogs.
This tragedy leads to Grisha’s father telling him why they are being oppressed.
Nearly 2000 years ago, a woman named Ymir Fritz made a deal with the devil to obtain the power of the Titans.
After her death, her soul was split into the nine Titan Shifters who build the empire of Eldia and began a worldwide ethnic cleansing, which lasted around 1700 years.
However, the defeated nation of Marley managed to incite a civil war and get seven of the nine Titans under their control.
King Fritz, the holder of the Founding Titan, fled to the island of Paradis and created three walls to protect his people.
Those Eldians who were left on the continent were then persecuted for their ancestors’ sins, forced to live in ghettos and wear armbands.
However, this story cannot be taken at face value because it comes from a biased viewpoint.
It is plausible that the story of Eldians being descendant from the devil is just propaganda for Marley to justify its persecution of the Eldian race.
It is also just as plausible that the ideology Grisha later develops, that the Eldian empire was uncompromisingly good, is false as well.
Watching Grisha come to this conclusion to justify his anger towards Marley is very investing, just as much as what follows this.
After joining a resistance group, Eldia Restorationists, their spy in the Marleyan army, the Owl, sends the last descendant of the royal family, Dina Fritz, to help.
She and Grisha fall in love and have a son, Zeke.
That’s right, the Beast Titan is not only Grisha’s son but Eren’s half brother as well.
This also adds context to what Zeke was talking about when he told Eren his father had brainwashed him.
Grisha tried to force Zeke to become a Marleyan Warrior in an effort to steal the Founding Titan, pushing his ideology onto him.
Zeke, however, had no way of knowing that Grisha actually allowed Eren to develop his own ideology before giving him a Titan power.
He was not brainwashed like his brother was, which ultimately led Zeke to betray his parents and the Restorationists to the Marleyan authorities.
After being tortured for information, Grisha and the others are taken to Paradis to receive their life sentence of being turned into a mindless Titan.
There, Grisha is forced to watch as his friends and wife are all turned into Titans, some of which will look familiar to the viewer.
This is because, not only are many of the Restorationists Titans we saw in the battle of Trost, but Dina is also the smiling Titan, the one who ate Eren’s mother and Hannes.
No wonder this nightmare makes Eren scream upon waking up, as he is now starting to experience his father’s memories after learning the truth.
Back to Grisha’s plight, he realizes Gross and Kruger are there and he accuses Gross of murdering Fay.
Gross sadistically decides that he will make Grisha “dance” by feeding him to a mindless Titan.
Attack on Titan is a show where there really are no good guys or bad guys but Gross is the one exception.
He is disgustingly evil and revels in this, which makes it all the more satisfying to see Kruger push him off the wall so he is fed to a Titan just like he fed Fay to the dogs in a great sense of poetic justice.
This is one of the scenes I was disappointed to see censored because watching Gross get eaten is satisfying both because it allows the viewer to cheer as this monster is killed, and because it also ties into what Gross said about humans enjoying violence, pointing the finger at the viewer.
Kruger then reveals himself to be the Owl, before transforming into a Titan that strongly resembles Eren’s and attacking the remaining Marleyan forces, bringing the episode to a shocking end.
“That Day” is a fantastic episode.
It has so many exciting twists and turns with its massive exposition dump, which the episode somehow keeps interesting throughout its runtime.
Sadly, not everyone sees it this way.
Some are suggesting, or outright stating, that the information about the Eldians shows that the write,r Hajime Isayama, is an antisemitic fascist.
You can see these concerns being raised in the Polygon article “The fascist subtext of Attack on Titan can’t go overlooked”, where the absolutely ridiculous suggestion that some Titan noses are made to resemble antisemitic Jewish stereotypes is made.
Honestly, I rolled my eyes upon seeing this was an actual article.
People who think Attack on Titan is fascist seem to be conventionally forgetting that the main characters took down a monarchy with fascist elements this very season.
Not only this but if Attack on Titan is antisemitic, like some claim, then why are the characters who represent the Jews the main characters who we root for?
It makes no sense for the series to be fascist with all of its themes about freedom and it saddens me every time I see someone misinterpreting this.
Attack on Titan is a thoughtful story that is creating a message about cycles of hatred and “That Day” proves this.
It is an amazing episode that may actually be my favourite episode of the entire anime.

Attack on Titan, Season Three, Episode Nineteen, The Basement Review. Everything Changes.

4 stars

Spoiler Free Review:

I came into “The Basement” expecting it to be one of my favourite episodes of Attack on Titan.
This is because I thought it would be adapting my favourite chapter of the manga, Chapter 86 “That Day.”
However, this episode instead chose to add new scenes and lengthen the remaining ones, causing it to only go so far as to adapt the first few pages of that chapter.
While this was a little disheartening, I still cannot deny that “The Basement” is a great episode of Attack on Titan that changes the entire direction of the show, finally revealing what the anime has been building up to all these years.
The reveal itself was phenomenally adapted, with it paying off all the build-up, especially in its fantastic post credits scene.
As for the rest of the episode, it is good but has nothing on the ending.
We get to see the aftermath of “Midnight Sun” with Armin grappling to understand the reasoning behind Levi’s choice.
Armin, Levi and Hange all stand out in this scene with their interpretations and reasonings behind the events of the previous episodes.
Before all this, however, there is a creepy scene that Armin experience, which, even as a manga reader, I have no idea what it means.
Whether it is real or just a dream will be interesting to find out as the series progresses.
For the music of the episode, I will say, it is once again amazing.
Most of the episode reuses many musical tracks from the first season in its nostalgic scenes, which was very welcome.
Then there is the music of the post credits scene, which almost brought me to tears with its hopeful notes because I knew the disturbing things this hope would bring.
As for the animation, it went up and down a bit in terms of quality.
The beginning of the episode has animation that looks like it is from season one but I cannot tell if that is an intentional callback or because of the budget.
Despite this and few other limitations though, “The Basement” is still a great episode with a phenomenal ending that changes everything.
And in the end, I am actually happy this episode did not fully adapt “That Day” because I can tell from the preview that, not only will the next episode do that, but it will also mostly adapt the following chapter “Borderline”, which is fantastic as well.
That means, if all of this is adapted well, then the next episode will have a very good chance of toppling “Midnight Sun” as my favourite episode.

Spoiler Review:

“I come from a place outside the walls where humanity lives in elegance. Humanity had not perished.”
With these words, the entire story of Attack on Titan changes forever.
I remember first reading this in the manga and being in complete shock.
I thought the basement would hold a cure or something cliche like that but, no, instead it holds what is my favourite twist of all time.
Grisha left a series of books revealing that the entire world outside the walls is completely fine.
Well, fine is not really the right word to describe it, as will be shown in the next episode, but you get the idea.
And not only is the outside world intact but it also incredibly technologically advanced compared to life inside the Walls.
In the post-credits scene, where we get a brief look at Grisha’s childhood, we see an airship, a clear sign of the 1940s setting the rest of the world is in.
It only gets better though because the twist is not over yet.
I consider the entirety of Grisha’s backstory to be one giant collective twist, and the reveals we will get in the following episodes will leave everyone’s jaws on the floor.
The set-up for this, with the opening part of the twist, is phenomenally handled.
At first, we are fooled into thinking the basement is a misdirect.
Twice in fact because Eren’s key will not fit in the door and, when they eventually break in and open the cabinet the key unlocks, there is nothing inside.
Thankfully, this is just Isayama messing with us because Levi quickly discovers a secret compartment where the books containing the truth are held.
The slow reveal that follows is masterful, with Eren and Mikasa both opening the book in a touching moment, before it cuts to a flashback that reveals what question Erwin asked his father all those years ago.
Him asking how they could really be sure that all humans had been eaten outside the walls was foreshadowed in the previous episode, with Erwin deliriously asking that question in his dying state.
“The Basement” then cuts to the others learning Erwin’s theory was correct, and humanity is thriving outside the walls.
Eren also finds a photograph, another technological achievement they knew nothing about, and on it is a picture of Grisha with a mysterious woman and child.
It is important to take note of this for the next episode.
Then comes the post-credits scene where we meet a young Grisha and his little sister Fay.
It is is severely hinted at by the armbands they are wearing, which are reminiscent of what the Nazi’s forced Jewish people to wear in World War Two, that they are living under oppression.
Grisha then grabs Fay’s hand and runs outside the wall so she can see the airship which, despite the happy music, will have disastrous consequences.
This first part of the reveal was an amazing ending and I cannot wait to see it continued.
As for the rest of “The Basement”, it mostly expands on things from the manga to stall for time.
Despite knowing this, the scenes are still very nostalgic and do serve a point with Eren and Mikasa remembering their life in Shiganshina before it was invaded.
Aside from the ending, the beginning is the most interesting part of the episode though because it has a scene that is still not explained in the manga.
Upon waking up, Armin sees briefly sees the Colossal Titan with a half skeleton face that has Bertholdt’s voice.
So, what is this?
The Colossal Titan power transferring to Armin, a dream or a hallucination?
We will just have to wait and find out.
Overall, “The Basement” seems like a standard episode at first until that phenomenal ending happens and starts the twist that will change this series forever.