Attack on Titan Chapter 124, Melting Away Review: FINALLY!

4 and a half stars
91 Chapters.
That is how long Annie had been in her crystal prison; even longer than it took to reveal the basement.
Well, after reading Chapter 124 of Attack on Titan, “Melting Away,” the first thought I had was FINALLY!
This is because Annie at long last emerged from her crystal at the end of the chapter, due to Eren using his Founding Titan abilities to remove all of the Titans’ ability to harden, including Reiner’s.
The build up to Annie’s return, with the chapter starting with her father hearing Eren’s speech about his plan, and then ending with Armin realizing she is free before cutting to her, is masterfully done.
I was spoiled about this reveal about an hour before I read “Melting Away” but her return is so well written that I still cheered.
I just hope that Isayama can make me care about her more before the story ends.
Whether he does so or not depends on the role Annie has to play.
However, considering her role also brings in the question of how long the manga has?
I have been predicting for a while that Attack on Titan will end at Chapter 130 but, after Chapter 124, I am having serious doubts about this.
I am now thinking a more suitable number is 134 chapters, which would mean there are 10 chapters left.
The reason I am starting to think this is because of how Annie and other subplots that appear in this chapter seem to be hinting at a longer finale.
A prime example of this is the Connie subplot that was just put into motion.
After Falco ate Porco and inherited the Jaw Titan, Connie and Jean kidnap him, with Jean planning to feed him to one of the Titans Zeke transformed, seriously considering Pyxis.
However, Connie wants to take Falco to Ragako to feed him to his mother so she can become human again.
Armin is against this because that would cause further conflict between Reiner and the Warriors when the world is destroyed; however, before anything can be done, Titans interrupt and Connie runs off with Falco.
So, now Connie is on his way to Ragako to save his mother by feeding her Falco, creating a brand new subplot.
With new storylines like this being brought in, it seems unlikely that the manga will be able to successfully wrap up at Chapter 130, which is why I am thinking Chapter 134 is more likely now.
Back to the actual story, I am glad Connie is getting some development now because I have always thought it was a little strange that he rarely brought up his family when they started working with Zeke, since he’s the one who turned them all into Titans.
I am also interested to see where this subplot could go.
Along with Connie, another standout character is Gabi, who goes through more development by saving Kaya from a Titanized Nile in an epic scene that left me cheering.
The following panel where Kaya hallucinates Gabi as Sasha is also perfectly touching.
I have seen a lot of people complaining that Gabi is stealing the spotlight from more beloved characters, like Mikasa, but I honestly don’t see this.
Mikasa got a lot of development last chapter, and even in this one where Gabi was a key character she shared the spotlight with multiple characters who also developed well.
Probably my favourite of these character developments is Keith Shadis, when he saves the recruits who beat him up and then leads them in the fight against the Titans.
Keith Shadis?
More like Keith, No Longer A Bystander, Chadis!
Sadly, this battle does result in the loss of Dot Pyxis, whose Titan is mercy killed by Armin after being thanked for guiding them all these years.
Both his and Nile’s Titans are killed this chapter, bringing a sad end to these great side characters.
Along with Pyxis’ emotional death, another reason I enjoyed the scene where Keith, Mikasa, Armin, Jean and the other soldiers fight off the Titans is because it is eerily reminiscent of the battle at headquarters during the Trost Arc.
Hajime Isayama has been putting in a lot of parallels to prior arcs in this final one, with Chapter 117 being another prime example by paralleling the Return to Shiganshina Arc.
Such parallels can also be seen in character growths like Niccolo saying they have to leave the forest, referencing Mr Braus’ speech in Chapter 111, and Gabi putting her hair up while looking in a mirror, just like Eren does in Chapter 106.
That last parallel has me wondering if this moment is just a callback or foreshadowing for something more?
Whatever it is, I will say that “Melting Away” is a far calmer chapter than I expected it to be.
Before the Annie reveal, the final moments of the chapter sees the characters resting at headquarters while they all try to deal with the impact Eren’s Rumbling will have.
This leads to Floch turning up, to many a fan’s dismay, and arresting Yelena and the the rest of the Volunteers.
Such an act has me scared that Floch may try to execute them to make Eldians the last remaining race after the Rumbling is completed.
I certainly would not put it past him.
But the real question is definitely if Attack on Titan has been in The Breaking Bad universe this whole time as the Saul Goodman Titan seems to suggest?
Jokes aside, there are also a lot of great visuals in the chapter, like when Mikasa cuts down a Titan right outside the window that Yelena and Onyankopon are looking out of. Another example of this is the individual shots of the 104th Cadets as they take in the fact that Eren is planning to destroy the world to protect them.
As for criticisms, the only one I can think of off the top of my head is Jean apparently wanting to feed Falco to Pyxis.
I understand why he would want to save Pyxis, but it was shown that Jean did not want to kill Falco in Chapter 104 so this feels slightly out of character for him.
But the prior moment where he talks about how the Rumbling may be the best thing, as if he is trying to convince himself that it is but not succeeding, makes up for it slightly.
Overall, I would consider “Melting Away” to be on the same level as the previous chapter, “Island Devils.”
It has great character growth with a lot of amazing action, accompanied by epic visuals.
It will be interesting to see how the manga ends, whether that ending comes at Chapter 130, 134, or perhaps slightly longer than that.

Attack on Titan Chapter 124 Predictions.

Eren’s motivations and goal for unleashing the Rumbling was finally revealed in Chapter 123 of Attack on Titan, with him announcing his intention to use the Wall Titans to eliminate all life outside the walls.
The Rumbling is definitely going to be the final battle of the story so the question is how will it go?
Will Eren succeed in his plot to destroy the world or does he have other intentions as one fan theory suggests?
In my first prediction for this post I will be tackling that theory, which is,

Will Eren Pull a Lelouch?

Lelouch is a character from the anime Code Geass, and in order to state how Eren’s plan might be similar to Lelouch’s I need to spoil the ending for that anime.
So, if you have not seen Code Geass just move on to the next question I pose.
At the end of Code Geass, Lelouch ends the war consuming his world by becoming the most hated dictator in that world.
He then has his best friend assassinate him so everyone can come together and establish world peace.
And now, many people are theorizing that Eren intends to do the same, propping himself up as the enemy of the world so his friends can kill him, showing the world that Eldians are not so bad and establishing peace between the two groups.
But do I think this will happen?
No, I don’t.
More than that, I am completely opposed to this happening because it would both rip off Code Geass’ ending and also make no sense given what has been established.
In Chapter 123 we get a flashback to when Eren and his friends first visited Marley and during their stay they witnessed a group of Marleyans about to kill an immigrant child because they suspected him of being an Eldian.
The hatred for Eldians is so strong in the world that even if an Eldian, like Armin, succeeded in stopping Eren it would change nothing.
If anything, Eren almost destroying the world would serve as proof to them that the Eldians need to be exterminated.
Eren would have to be incredibly stupid to believe this plan would work.
So, no, I don’t believe Eren has some kind of ulterior motive.
I fully believe he intends to destroy the world, which leads me into my next question.

Will Eren Succeed in Destroying the World?

Whether Eren succeeds in his plan will determine the entire ending of the manga.
Either he succeeds in wiping out all, or at least most, of life on earth and we get a bittersweet ending with Paradis being safe but the entire world is destroyed, or he fails and we get a tragic ending where the world wipes out Paradis.
Personally, I think the former is more likely because we know Eren has seen a part of his future because of the Attack Titan.
However, a lot of people think his plan to use the Rumbling is flawed because of one key thing, the ocean.
Many seem to think that the Colossal Titans will sink into the ocean, where they will be without sunlight and unable to move.
Contradicting this is the Attack on Titan Anthology where, in one story, Colossal Titans are seen coming out of the ocean.
And even if the Colossal Titans will sink, I am sure Eren will find a way around it.
For example, Eren could use the War Hammer Titan abilities, amplified by the Founding Titans powers, to make a bridge for the Titans to cross the ocean.
The one thing that I am at a loss to explain, though, is the airships.
Marley has been shown to have quite a number of these and they could easily pack survivors in them and fly above the Wall Titans’ reach.
So, maybe Eren will not succeed in destroying all of life beyond the walls, just most of it.
Although, one interesting thing to factor in on the idea of Eren being stopped is the possibility of the Scouts and the Warriors teaming up.
They could temporarily put aside their differences to stop Eren, or could just be working together without realizing it as both sides attempt to stop him.
Either way, I am sure that Kyomi’s sea plane and the remaining airships that Marley have left for evacuation will come into play here.
Still, with the extent of Eren’s power, I don’t think anything short of a nuke can stop him but I doubt any nation is at that technological stage yet.

Will Annie, Levi, Hange, or Historia Show Up?

What prediction post for an Attack on Titan chapter would be complete without wondering when the hell Annie, Levi, Hange and Historia are going to show up?
We have been speculating for so long about when these characters will return but they still have yet to do so.
And, with so little time remaining in the story, if these characters are going to play a major role then they need to return soon.
Starting with Historia, I think I have a clear idea of what role she will play in the ending.
Since I think she will give birth to the reincarnation of Ymir Fritz, I don’t think we will see her until the epilogue, although we will probably get a flashback to Eren’s conversation with her, before he left for Marley, and see if he is the father of her child or not.
Then there is Levi and Hange who I am both pretty unsure of.
Levi is badly injured so it seems unlikely he will return until the end but both he and Hange have ongoing storylines so I figure they have to show up somehow.
And then there is Annie.
Oh, Annie, Annie, Annie.
Fans have been theorizing about when she will come back for years and those theories have only intensified with her being brought up so often in these last two arcs.
However, there is still no sign of her.
Personally, it has got to the stage that I no longer care about Annie.
However, I still want her to return so it at least seems like Isayama had an idea of what he was trying to do with her character.
Many have speculated that she will have heard Eren’s message from Chapter 123 and this will cause her to wake up and, honestly, I think this is her last chance.
If she does not return in the next two chapters then I will be convinced that she will not return until the epilogue of the story.
If this happens then she will be a wasted character would should have died in The Female Titan Arc instead of just being locked away, never to return to the story.
Fingers crossed that Isayama will find an interesting way to bring Annie back that somehow gives her an interesting role with so little time left in the manga.

Attack on Titan Chapter 123, Devils of the Island Review: Eren Equals Nightmare Fuel.

4 and a half stars
Honestly, it felt like it was taking forever for Chapter 123 of Attack on Titan, “The Devils of the Island” to be released.
After the best cliffhanger of the entire series in Chapter 122, I was desperate to see what would happen now that the Rumbling had been initiated.
However, in true Isayama fashion, he started the chapter not with the Rumbling but with a flashback to when Eren and his friends first went to survey Marley.
This surprisingly lead to some of the greatest jokes of the entire series.
There is the amazingly comedic moment where Hange, Sasha and Connie are amazed by a car, with Sasha and Connie mistaking it for a cow.
What makes this joke truly shine, though, is the following exchange between Levi and Onyankopon where Levi expresses his concern that they may try to feed the car a carrot.
Onyankopon thinks he is joking until he looks and cries out “they’re buying a carrot!”
But, by far the funniest gag of the entire chapter that left me in stitches came when a clown approaches Levi and offers him candy, thinking he is a little boy because of his height.
Levi’s expression during this moment is priceless and the fact that this random clown had just inadvertently insulted the strongest character in the manga who could tear him to pieces had me howling with laughter.
I know the chapter just came out but I already think this joke is my favourite out of the entire manga so far.
The flashback is not all sunshine and rainbows, however, as is quickly proven by a surprising character reveal when Levi notices a young boy trying to steal Sasha’s money and calls him out on it.
What is so surprising about the boy is that he is the one with the fez hat from the memory fragment in Chapter 120.
I had previously predicted that this boy would turn out to be a young Tom Xaver or a kid from the future that Eren was seeing with the Attack on Titan power but I was completely wrong about this.
No, instead the boy turned out to be an immigrant from the Mid-East Allied Forces, fleeing his country because of its war with Marley.
This leads to him being singled out by the crowd of Marleyans and it becomes clear that the country’s racism does not just extend to Eldians.
Thankfully, Levi using his quick thinking to save the boy, claiming he is Sasha’s brother before fleeing with him just as the crowd starts to turn violent.
Upon escaping, Levi notices that the boy has taken the money again.
However, I do not think he stole it because of the memory fragment in Chapter 120.
Because we now know that this fragment came from Eren’s perspective we can see there was a moment he made this boy smile.
I think the reason that the boy was seen smiling is because Eren secretly gave him the money.
If he did so it would most likely be because he sees a part of himself in the boy, as pointed out by the scene with him and Mikasa looking at the boy’s camp with his family.
Eren highlights their similarities and then makes a very ominous statement about the boy when Mikasa asks if something happened to him, stating “nothing yet.”
Given this, and the fact that Eren was crying before Mikasa found him, it points to the notion that Eren already knows he will cause this boy and his family’s deaths when he initiates the Rumbling.
Eren is clearly struggling with this knowledge as he asks Mikasa what he is to her.
Many people have interpreted this as a shipping moment but I do not think this is the case.
Rather, I think Eren’s questioning of Mikasa is both a blind hope that she can unknowingly convince him he does not have to destroy the world, a way to test if she only cares about him because of her Ackerman blood, and to see if the future memories of the Attack Titan are really destined to happen, all in one.
This last point seems to be proven by the arrival of Jean, Connie and Sasha to which Eren notes that it is “perfect timing”, as if he knew they would come at that moment.
Then we get the last happy moment of the chapter with the Scouts all getting drunk and partying with the young boy’s family.
This moment is also particularly sad in hindsight because it is the last time that Eren, Mikasa and Armin were happy together.
After this, Eren gets his proof that the subjects of Ymir on Paradis would always be persecuted by the outside world and leaves to plan his attack on Liberio.
From here, “The Devils of the Island” transitions into the present with the much anticipated Rumbling and this is where my one criticism of the chapter comes in.
During this moment we see that Mikasa, Armin, Gabi and Pieck are all safe, when they were in imminent danger at the end of the last chapter.
It was quite jarring to see they were safe without showing how they escaped the collapsing wall.
This problem aside, though, the panels of the Rumbling are both magnificent and terrifying.
The horrifying aspects of these panels are highlighted further by the absolute nightmare fuel that is Eren’s new Titan form.
I was pretty sure he would get a new form after finally utilizing the Founding Titan power last chapter but I was not at all expecting the dinosaur skeleton hybrid that we got.
What’s more is that this Titan puts Rod Reiss’ to shame, with it being at least three times times the size of his Titan, and that’s only when it’s on all all fours!
Eren is practically unstoppable at this point and the full force of the Rumbling is shown through how Armin and Mikasa have to shout to hear one another because of the noise.
Armin quickly realizes that Eren is using way more Titans than would be necessary to crush the Allied Forces in Marley and this leads to Eren’s announcement of what his true intentions are.
He uses the Founding Titan power to communicate with all Subjects of Ymir, seemingly temporarily transporting them to the Path Dimension.
Curiously, Mikasa is also transported there, which is strange because I though she had no Eldian blood, having an Asian mother and an Ackerman father.
However, I think the reason she is there is not because she can be turned into a Titan but because as an Ackerman the past battle experience of her predecessors was given to her through a Path.
So, even if Mikasa is not an Eldian, she is still connected to the Paths so she can hear Eren.
More important, though, is Eren announcing his intentions.
He declares that he plans to use the Rumbling, “until all life existing there has been exterminated from this world.”
And there we have it.
As many of us thought, Eren intends to enact a worldwide genocide to protect his friends.
Anyone who still thinks Eren is a hero after this really should take a good look at their morality because, although Eren is doing this for the right reasons, what he intends to do is still monstrous.
And this monstrous intent is perfectly portrayed by the final panel of the chapter where Eren announces he will kill everyone outside Paradis.
He looks absolutely demonic in this panel, only further implying that he may turn out to be the devil in Ymir’s story.
Devil or not, though, the question is if he will succeed in destroying the world or not?
He could just be trying to make himself the enemy to unite the world against him but this seems a little too similar to Code Geass’ ending.
Isayama has said that he wants to hurt the readers so I see Eren’s plan of worldwide genocide succeeding with him achieving freedom for his people, but at the worst possible cost with many beloved characters dying.
“The Devils of the Island” makes it even clearer that the story of the manga is drawing to a close.
And from the events of the chapter, that ending looks to be on such an epic scale to the extent that we have not seen in this series before.

Attack on Titan Chapter 123 Predictions.

Attack on Titan Chapter 122 had the best cliffhanger of the entire series so far.
With the Rumbling having been initiated, the endgame of the story has truly begun.
I can only see the series go on for at least eight more chapters before it ends but, before that, there is going to plenty of bloodshed and plenty of reveals.
So, now I will predict what will happen.
Crazy theories incoming!

Now that Eren has activated the Rumbling how will he use it?

Eren’s goal has been one of the biggest mysteries of Attack on Titan‘s final arc.
It was clear right from the moment Zeke’s euthanasia plan was revealed that Eren would not go along with it because he is all about freedom.
So, now that Eren has successfully activated the Rumbling by appealing to Ymir, the question is how will he free his people with it?
The most obvious, and most sinister, theory is that he will use it to devastate the rest of the world, leaving only those on Paradis alive to begin anew.
This theory seems particularly likely considering Eren’s comments in Chapter 90.
Another big sign that he will do this is his statement that he might end up destroying the world in Chapter 100.
And, given that Chapter 121 revealed Eren knows what is going to happen, him saying this seems to support that he will use the Rumbling to crush Marley and the other nations.
However, one point I have heard that contradicts this idea is the fact the all of the Wall Titans are facing inwards, towards Paradis, rather than outwards.
Some have speculated that Karl Fritz built in a safety precaution where anyone who activates the Rumbling will cause the Wall Titans to crush Paradis instead of the world.
But, given that Eren has apparently been given complete control of the Founding Titan, he would easily be able to stop this from happening.
Another thing to consider, though, is that we do not know if this is a full scale Rumbling yet.
We have only seen the Wall Titans in Shiganshina being freed, we have yet to see the millions of other ones being released.
Still, I think Eren initiating a complete Rumbling to destroy the world is the most likely outcome of him gaining control of the Founding Titan.

Will Eren have Ymir’s Founding Titan form?

When Chapter 122 ends, Eren is in the process of transforming into his Titan form and is currently at the skeleton stage of that transformation.
Because of this, we do not know what Eren will look like when his Titan is fully formed.
From the perspective we get, he looks pretty big, which makes me wonder if he could have obtained Ymir’s Titan form when she gave him control of the Founding Titan.
One thing that supports this idea is that when Eren initiates the Rumbling, the source of all living matter, which gave Ymir her powers, is the thing that attaches Eren’s head back to his body, showing that Ymir may have passed it on to him.
Eren now having the Founding Titan power would make him the size of the Colossal Titan, bringing his destructive capabilities up another level.
It could also add a lot to the final battle as well, with a potential fight between Armin’s Colossal Titan and Eren’s new Titan form.
Although, I should say that when we see Eren at the end of Chapter 122 it is from Gabi’s point of view so he may just look bigger than he actually is.
Personally, though, I think the stakes would be risen by a considerable margin if Eren took on Ymir’s Founding Titan form.

How will the other characters react to the Rumbling?

One thing I am certain of is that Chapter 123 will be absolute chaos.
The Rumbling will create a lot of confusion among the surviving characters as they struggle to deal with this new colossal threat (pun intended).
A theory I have had for a few chapters now is that Eren activating the Rumbling to destroy the world will motivate those of Paradis island to team up with the Marleyeans and Warriors to stop him.
This could be a great way to end the cycle of hatred between the two groups as they find a common enemy to defeat in Eren.
I can just picture Armin and Jean negotiating with Magath and Pieck for a temporary alliance to deal with the threat of the Rumbling.
And, if Eren eventually makes it so that Eldians can no longer turn into Titans, like I think he will, then this could turn this temporary peace into something more long term.
Although, given that this idea of peace is too happy for Attack on Titan‘s dark tone, I expect that in order to compensate for such a happy ending, Isayama would have Eren succeed in his plan to destroy the world first.
As for specific characters, It is almost certain that Yelena and the rest of Zeke’s followers will try to stop Eren as well because they want to save the world not destroy it.
Honestly, the only characters who will probably be on Eren’s side during the Rumbling is Floch and the other Yeagerists.
Sure, Mikasa and Armin may be conflicted fighting against Eren but I still believe they will do so in the end.
Speaking of Mikasa, I think we will get a reveal of what Eren was thinking when he said he hated her soon, which will most likely be because he wanted to free her from being enslaved to him as an Ackerman.
Another character that I think will contribute to Mikasa’s arc is Louise, who may have taken her scarf when Mikasa left it behind and whose death may motivate Mikasa to take some drastic measures.
Then there is Armin, who will have to go Colossal Titan now, which could lead to some great fight moments.
Even if Eren does not gain Ymir’s Founding Titan form, Armin will still have a fight on his hands as he will have the Wall Titans to face.
It would be amazing to see some Colossal Titan vs Colossal Titan combat.

Death Predictions.

This is a very tricky thing to consider because it is hard to predict which character will live and die at this stage.
Honestly, I see every single one of them as capable of biting the dust before the story ends.
Does that mean I think all of the characters will die?
No, but we are certainly in for a high body count.
The only characters I am pretty sure will die before the story ends are Zeke, Yelena and Floch.
I just honestly do not see them surviving to the end of the story.
I see more than just them dying but they are the only ones I am currently sure will not make it.
As for the other characters, it is all 50/50 for me.
Personally, though, I just hope that, no matter which characters die, they will do so with a fitting conclusion to their arc.

Is Kyomi the one saying, “see you later Eren” in the first chapter?

We are going to end this prediction post with a pretty wild theory.
Before I get into it, though, I have to say this theory is not mine.
I heard it from the YouTube channel Manga Horse in his video, “The Mysterious Hidden Memory.”
In the video, Manga Horse states his belief that the person who says “see you later Eren” in the very first chapter of Attack on Titan is actually not Mikasa but a younger version of Kyomi.
As evidence he points out that this scene was not included in the anime, possibly so audiences would not notice the change in Mikasa’s voice actor, and that Kyomi herself wears a scarf.
But if this is a young Kyomi how can she be talking to Eren who would not have even been born yet?
Well, that is because she is actually talking to Eren Kruger, Eren Jaeger’s namesake and previous Attack Titan holder.
Manga Horse provides more evidence but it is too much detail to get into here so I will include the link to his video and suggest you watch it because it is a really good theory video;  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1Hi2wcQ0ME&t=818s.
Now, if Manga Horse’s theory is correct, then Kyomi knowing Kruger could have big ramifications for the story as the “see you later” moment is in the very first chapter, which sets it up as important.
Not only this, but when you factor in the hints that Kruger knew Tom Xaver as well it seems to point that he would know Kyomi as well.
So, Kruger, Kyomi and Xaver could have been involved in some super secret conspiracy the entire time!
Or maybe I just need to take off my tin foil hat and reconsider my life.
In any case, I am excited to see what the “see you later” moment could really mean and hope it will be explained later.
And, whether or not any of my predictions about Attack on Titan Chapter 123 turn out to be correct or not, I know that the chapter will be just as insane as the previous ones, if not more so.

Attack on Titan Chapter 122, From You, 2000 Years Ago Review: The Tragedy of Ymir Fritz.

5 stars
I was excited coming into Attack on Titan chapter 122, but nothing could have prepared me for how amazing it is.
Hajime Isayama has done it again, delivering another mind blowing chapter that is already among my favourite chapters in the entire manga.
Right from the beginning, I knew we were in for something big as it started off with a flashback to when Historia was first told about Ymir Fritz by her sister, Frieda.
Then there is the title, “From You, 2000 Years Ago”, which is very similar to the title of the first chapter in the manga “To You, in 2000 Years” showing just how well Isayama planned this story out.
This was a great way to start a mostly flashback chapter that went on to detail the short and tragic life of Ymir, and semi-explained the origin of the Titans.
I feel like I have said this before but it needs repeating, I love the way Isayama subverts our expectations.
Back when we first learned of Ymir in Grisha’s flashback chapters, we all assumed she was a powerful leader who created Eldia, whether her intentions were bad like Marley claimed or not.
However, now we know that Ymir was nothing more than a slave, brainwashed into serving a cruel king who would go on to rape her and have their children eat her body after she died protecting him.
Ymir’s life is incredibly sad, with it getting so much worse after she became the first Titan, even though she had so much power.
Speaking of which, let’s talk about how Ymir became the Founding Titan in the first place.
After she set some pigs free, King Fritz lets her go free as well only to send a hunting party after her for sport.
An injured Ymir then comes across a massive tree, which looks like the energy tree in the Titan realm.
She attempts to hide in a crack in the tree but falls into a hole of water and nearly drowns.
But then, it happens.
A weird spinal column looking object rises towards her sinking body and touches her, transforming her into a gigantic, and the very first, Titan Shifter.
Now, what exactly this thing that gives Ymir her power is we cannot be completely sure.
Best guess is that it is “the source of all organic material” as Eren Kruger put it but, beyond that, we don’t know.
I don’t really expect Isayama to expand any more on this but, personally, I think this may be for the best.
I don’t think any full explanation of what started the Titans could be satisfying so it is probably better he keep it vague.
One thing I am sure of, though, is that the origin of the Titans is heavily based off Norse mythology, which has been a constant source of inspiration for Attack on Titan.
This influence is clear with the nine realms that represent the nine Titans and the nine survivors at Shiganshina, along with Ymir being representative of the Ymir from the mythology.
Now, there is the massive tree Ymir gets her powers in and is also seen in the Path Dimension, which is based off the world tree Yggdrasil.
It is because of this tree that Ymir becomes the first Titan, a gigantic monster with a skull-like face and ribs sticking out.
King Fritz then uses her to conquer other nations like Marley and kick start the Eldian Empire’s rise to power.
For a long time, I have considered the only truly evil character in Attack on Titan to be Gross, the man who fed Grisha’s little sister to the dogs.
Well, he just got joined by King Fritz, a truly despicable human being who sadly does not get his comeuppance.
Instead, he apparently dies peacefully, urging his three daughters Maria, Rose and Shina, who have inherited Ymir’s power, to continue this inheritance with their own children, eventually resulting in the nine Titan Shifters.
Before this, though, came the horrifying inheritance of Ymir’s abilities by her daughters.
Just like how the season two outro spoiled it, Maria, Rose and Shina were forced to eat their own mother’s dead body to gain the Titan powers in a sickening image.
I think it is safe to say that, in just one chapter, Isayama has made Ymir the most tragic character in all of Attack on Titan. 
Enslaved from a young age, accidentally gaining a massive power, forced to marry a cruel ruler and have his children, only to die and for him to feed her body to their children, and still work as a slave from the Path Dimension, building Titans over what must feel like millions of years for her.
This immense and tragic fate she is given is illustrated by the panel of her building the millions of Colossal Titan for the walls with just a bucket of sand.
From here, the scene changes to the present, with Eren having caught Ymir in an embrace, telling her she is a human being not a slave and is free to choose what she wants.
This is contrasted by Zeke screaming at her to follow his orders because he has royal blood.
And then, for the first time, we get a look at Ymir’s eyes… and she cries.
The panel of this moment was beautifully drawn, showing just how far Isayama has come since his early days when his artwork was honestly less than stellar.
Ymir crying was a truly heartbreaking moment, which then turns to shock and horror as she makes her choice, and chooses Eren.
Out of the Path Dimension, a spinal cord reattaches Eren’s head to his body and, as he transforms, he triggers the event that has been built up for so many chapters.
The Rumbling.
I completely lost it in this moment, shouting out in both excitement and terror at what was happening.
As the millions of Colossal Titans awaken and break through the walls to do what Eren commands, the chapter ends with the ominous statement, “It can’t be stopped anymore!”
The endgame for Attack on Titan is truly here; the Rumbling is happening and the final chapters of the manga will most likely deal with the consequences.
I loved Chapter 122.
It is an amazing chapter with not just a tragic backstory for Ymir and probably the best cliffhanger in Attack on Titan‘s history, but also a lot of great visual symbolism from Isayama.
First there are the characters’ eyes in the flashback.
They are unseen, represented only by darkness.
This is mainly apparent with King Fritz and this makes for a striking comparison when we see Zeke at the end of the chapter because his eyes are drawn exactly the same in some panels.
From this, we can see that Isayama is linking the two with Zeke planning on using Ymir like Fritz used her, which is ultimately why she chooses Eren.
Then there are the visual similarities between Ymir and the Ymir of the present and Historia.
When Ymir Fritz is turned in at the beginning of the chapter for freeing the pigs everyone points the finger at her, throwing her under the bus just like the other Ymir was thrown under the bus by those she trusted.
More interesting, though, is the parallels between Ymir and Historia.
When Ymir is pregnant, we get an image of her sitting in a chair holding her stomach.
This is eerily reminiscent of the final panel in Chapter 107 when Historia’s pregnancy was revealed.
Then when you consider that,as far as we know, Historia’s pregnancy is being forced on her, like Ymir, the similarities become more prominent.
I think this only adds fuel to the fire that is the theory that Historia will give birth to the reincarnation of Ymir Fritz at the end of the story and name her after the Ymir she knew.
No matter what happens, though, I cannot wait to see how the story will end.
I already consider “From You, 2000 Years Ago” to be one of Attack on Titan‘s best chapters.
If the final arc goes on like this, then it might just have a chance of beating the Return to Shiganshina Arc as my favourite one of the entire series.

Attack on Titan Chapter 122 Predictions.

When I made my prediction post for Chapter 121 of Attack on Titan, I thought a lot of those predictions were good and likely to come true.
But then the chapter came out and, in typical Hajime Isayama fashion, he did something completely different that changed the entire story in the best of ways again.
Because of this, I highly doubt that any of the predictions I subsequently lay out for Chapter 122 will turn out to be right.
Still, I want to do my best at coming up with possible ideas as the manga heads to its inevitable conclusion.

Is the boy seen in Eren’s memories from the future?

My first prediction ties into the memories seen when Zeke grabbed Eren’s decapitated head in Chapter 120.
We have seen all of these memory images except for two.
The first of these is of a crying Historia, dressed like she was in Chapter 108.
This leads to me believe that the image of her is Eren possibly revealing his plan to her and then convincing her to get pregnant.
The second, and more prominent image, is of a mysterious boy wearing a fez hat.
There are a lot of theories about who this boy is; from a young Rod Reiss, to someone from the Tyber family, to a young Tom Xaver.
I bought into that last theory because I thought that it was a memory of Xaver from Kruger’s perspective, proving they were working together.
However, no such reveal came in Chapter 121 and, along with the reveal that Eren can see into the future with the Attack Titan, this has me wondering if the boy is from the future after the conflict has ended.
This would be a great way for Isayama to foreshadow that ending, but it still raises questions about who the boy is.
In the season finale of Attack on Titan‘s third season, the credits provided us with many mysterious images, one of which shows a group of children wearing strange suits.
Some have speculated this is Gabi and her friends but they do not have armbands on so this also has me wondering if they are from the future and the boy somehow ties in with them.
None of the kids are wearing a fez hat, though, so that undermines this idea slightly.
You know who do wear fez hats in Attack on Titan?
The Mid-East Allied Forces who the Warriors fought at the begginning of the Marley Arc.
This could point to the boy coming from one of their countries but I struggle to see how this would make the boy important enough to be one of the biggest memory panels so, again, this seems unlikely.
Whoever this boy is, I am sure he will turn out to be important because of how much space he takes up on the memory page.

Will we see the memory of Grisha being eaten?

My only issue with Chapter 122 was that it made no sense for Grisha to give Eren the Founding and Attack Titan when he asked Zeke to stop him.
However, I did not hold this against the chapter because Isayama is known for explaining plot holes away with explosive reveals many chapters down the line.
This has me wondering if he will explain why Grisha gave Eren the powers as the story draws to a close.
One thing that I think supports that we will see this later is Eren’s comment after he and Zeke leave their father’s memories, with Eren telling his brother, “you haven’t got to the part where I eat our old man yet.”
I find it very curious that Eren would say this.
Of course, he could just be trying to agitate Zeke but this seems counterproductive, considering Zeke is the one who currently controls Ymir.
Instead, I think this is Eren saying that Grisha’s memory of being eaten by Eren conveys his reason for giving his son the power, and that this will be significant to how the series ends.
For example, Grisha could later be shown the aftermath of the “ghastly” event he saw, which convinces him to pass on the Titan powers to Eren.
As a result, Eren could have thought that showing Zeke this would make him change his mind about sterilizing all Eldians.
That said, I have since given up on my theory of Zeke coming to Eren’s side so I am unsure if he will get to see this potential memory.
If we do get to see the moment where Eren eats Grisha, though, I believe it will have importance to how the manga concludes.

What is “that sight” Eren saw?

When Eren talks about the future he saw in Grisha’s memories he describes it as “that sight” with a look of anticipation on his face.
Eren clearly views what he saw as something good, which probably means he saw some kind of freedom for his people.
However, this could be bad considering a happy ending for the Eldians will probably mean everyone else gets an unhappy ending, with the Rumbling being used to destroy the entire world.
The sight Eren saw is probably the aftermath of this with the Eldians being free.
However, we cannot take whatever Eren saw and the way he views it at face value.
Just because Eren thinks he can achieve freedom for his people does not mean he will.
He could have very easily misinterpreted his future memories.
As Zeke said, Eren has not seen the entire future, just a part of it.
This means he could be viewing a good part the future but one surrounded by a whole bunch of terrible events.
The final panel revealed by Isayama seems to hint as some kind of positive ending; however, I am thinking this ending will most likely be bittersweet.
For example, maybe Eren does manage to grant freedom to the Eldians but at such a massive cost that many begin to wonder if it was worth it.
Whatever happens, it will be interesting to see how Eren’s future memories come to pass and if he was correct or not in his interpretation of them.

What will happen when Eren touches Ymir?

Chapter 122 concluded with Eren running to stop Ymir from initiating Zeke’s euthanasia plan, only for Zeke to tell him that it is impossible to do this.
Eren is seconds away from grabbing Ymir at the end of the chapter so it is safe to say that the next one will begin with Eren touching her.
I believe this will have a massive impact because, even though Zeke is currently the one using the Founding Titan, that power still lies within Eren.
So, him grabbing her could have a wide range of consequences.
Most excitingly, it could lead to the origins of the Titans finally being revealed.
Eren could see Ymir’s memories of how she became the first Titan Shifter and how she ended up dying, followed by her ending up as a slave in the Path dimension.
He could even end up communicating with Ymir like he did with Grisha in convincing him to slaughter the Reiss family.
By this I mean that Eren could turn out to be the devil from Marleyan propaganda who gave Ymir her power.
However, a counter point to this is that Eren does not have all nine Titan powers so it would not make much sense at this stage for him to give the power to her.
Another idea I have is that Eren communicating with Ymir could eventually set up him freeing her from the Path dimension, causing her to reborn as Historia’ child.
For more on that idea you can look at my predictions for Chapter 121, where I laid out my theory for Attack on Titan‘s ending.
One thing I definitely think is going to happen from Eren grabbing Ymir, though, is him regaining the power of the Founder and initiating the Rumbling.
From here, the manga will enter into its final stage as the characters try to deal with this cataclysmic event.
In any case, with Eren set to come into contact with Ymir in Chapter 122, the stage is set for some possible explosive reveals that I cannot wait to see.
At this rate, every single chapter of Attack on Titan for the past 11 chapters has had a jaw dropping moment, and I am sure Chapter 122 will continue this tradition as the manga heads towards its conclusion, be it a happy, tragic, or bittersweet one.

Attack on Titan Chapter 121, Future Memories, Review: Eren is a Monster.

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One of the things I love about Attack on Titan is how it presents scenes with simple meanings and then expands on them years later, giving them a completely new and much more interesting context.
Such can be seen in Chapter 121, “Future Memories”, which expands on numerous moments from the series in the best way possible.
Who would have thought that the scene where Eren saw his father’s memory of killing the Reiss family, when he kissed Historia’s hand, would go on to contain one of the most pivotal reveals of the manga so far?
Well, it does because it is revealed in this chapter that the Attack Titan has the ability to interact with memories from the past and the future.
This results in Eren convincing Grisha to kill the Reiss family and then showing him a memory of a “terrifying” future, which Eren ended up seeing all the way back when he kissed Historia’s hand.
So, Eren has known for four years what will happen because of his actions.
This gives so much new meaning to not only that scene from Chapter 90 but to every other scene with Eren leading up to Chapter 121.
Remember the ocean scene where Eren talked about them killing their enemies so they can be free?
Now we know Eren said that not because he thinks he will have to do it but because he knows he will have to do it, based on what he has seen.
It has finally been revealed why Eren was such a different character post time skip.
This also basically confirms exactly what Eren is planning to do with the Founding Titan power; initiate the Rumbling to destroy the entire world so Paradis can be safe.
Although this has yet to be officially confirmed, it all adds up.
It is further supported in this chapter by Grisha saying that Eren’s dream is “such a terrifying thing.”
This, in no uncertain terms, makes Eren a monster.
Even if his reasoning behind this act is to save all of his friends, he still appears to be planning to kill literally billions of people to make that happen.
Just because his reasoning is not monstrous does not mean his actions are not.
His goal appears to be so extreme that it even got me to support Zeke over him for a second.
Let me reiterate that, Hajime Isayama actually got me to temporarily support a plan that involves sterilizing an entire race of people because it is the lesser of two evils.
That is how complex the story has become; basically showing that no matter how this story ends it will not be the happily ever after many, including myself, are desperately hoping for.
No, it will most likely end with Eren destroying the world to keep his friend safe.
Eren doing it for this reason is epitomized by him not paying attention to Zeke because he is too busy staring at the moment he wrapped his scarf around Mikasa’s neck, showing he still cares for her.
However, the best character of the chapter is not Eren or Zeke; but Grisha.
I love what Isayama has done with his character.
Grisha is dead and yet Isayama still finds ways to constantly expand on his character through his memories.
Seeing that Eren had to be the one to push him to murder the Reiss family; because he initially could not bring himself to do it, is very hard hitting.
What is the most emotional scene by far, though, is when Grisha finally sees Zeke and tearfully apologizes for the way he treated him.
He then hugs Zeke and tells him he loves him.
This moment had me in tears.
It is such an emotionally impactful scene that has been building up for a while now.
And the fact that I still sympathize enough with Grisha and Zeke to cry at their reconciliation, despite all the terrible things they have done, shows how brilliant they are as characters.
The scene even leads to Grisha begging Zeke to stop Eren from initiating his plan.
However, this is where my one potential issue with the chapter lies.
This issue is a plot hole because if Grisha wanted to stop Eren then why did he go on to give him the Founding and Attack Titan?
Granted, this is only a potential issue at the moment because it could be explained later.
After all, Eren does tell Zeke that he did not get to see the memory where he ate Grisha; so there could be something to do with this memory that explains Grisha’s actions.
Whatever the case, Zeke takes his father’s advice of stopping Eren and orders Ymir to sterilize all Eldians.
The chapter ends with Eren breaking free of his chains and running to stop her.
What this will result in is anyone’s guess but I personally think it could lead to us seeing Ymir’s memories if Eren comes into contact with her.
Given how I was completely wrong about everything else that would happen in this chapter, though, I would not be surprised if Isayama blew my mind in a completely different way.
One final thing to note before I get into my overall thoughts is that I have no idea how this series can make me laugh when so many dark things happen in it.
The moment when Zeke sees Freida talking about how they should perish, and then he talks about how he thinks they would “get along well” had me bursting with laughter… before that humor turned to horror, as expected.
Overall, Chapter 121, “Future Memories”, is another brilliant Attack on Titan manga chapter.
It provides a great twist that redefines the meaning of many prior scenes, expands on the characters of Eren, Zeke and Grisha brilliantly, and made me cry with one of the manga’s most emotional scenes.

Top 10 Attack on Titan Intros and Outros.

With Attack on Titan having finished its third season there have been ten intros and outros, and I have found many of these to be highly enjoyable to watch and listen to.
So, I have decided to count them down from the weakest to the best.
In order to rank them, I took things like song, visuals, and symbolism into account.
Now, let’s start the countdown.

10. Shoukei to Shikabane no Michi by Linked Horizon – Season Three Second Intro.

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It is a shame that I consider “Shoukei to Shiabane no Michi” to be the weakest Attack on Titan intro because it comes during the best arc of the series.
The big reason I think this can be narrowed down to one word: Spoilers.
This outro is jam packed with them, spoiling many events that happen in the arc.
Erwin’s suicide charge, the thunder spear attack, Armin being horrifically burned before becoming the Colossal Titan.
If you look carefully enough you can be spoiled about all these things in the intro.
It feels like they could not bother to make a symbolic intro like the previous ones so just opted for a spoiler one to draw people in.
Not only this, but the intro also reuses some images from previous ones like “Guren no Yumiya” and has some pretty bad CGI with the Colossal Titan.
It also does not match with the arc once the fighting stops and the basement reveal begins.
So, that means there are three episodes where the intro plays and it does not mix with the story.
I will give “Shoukei to Shiabane no Michi” props though because the song itself is great, as expected of Linked Horizon, and its usage of slow motion is well done.
Also, while I did not like the majority of images in the opening, the final shots of the places from Armin’s book and the basement are magnificent and highlight what the characters are fighting for very clearly.
However, the intro’s positives are definitely outweighed by its negatives, making “Shoukei to Shiabane no Michi” the weakest of all the intros and outros.

9. Yuugure no Tori by Shinsei Kamattechan – Season Two Outro.

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Like  “Shoukei to Shiabane no Michi”, the reason I believe “Yuugure no Tori” is the weakest outro of Attack on Titan is because of spoilers.
The visuals of this outro actually shows the origins of the Titans a season before it was revealed.
Thankfully, I did not know what these visuals meant when I first saw them so the twist still worked for me.
But “Yuugure no Tori” still gives so many hints that some people may be able to guess what is being foreshadowing.
More than this, there are some visuals in this outro that we have not seen in the story yet so there is still more for it to spoil.
Aside from this, though, “Yuugure no Tori” is a great outro, bringing the creep levels to new heights.
The images are incredibly disturbing with their unique art style and gory imagery.
Then there is the song itself, which is purposefully distorted to bring across a feeling of unease.
The lyrics speak of choosing a clan, which may be another spoiler but we will have to wait and see.
In any case, “Yuugure no Tori” may deliver too much information but it is still good at making the audience feel unease and dread.

8. Name of Love by Cinema Staff – Season Three Second Outro.

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When I first heard “Name of Love” I was not a big fan of it.
I did not hate it but I still felt that the outro showed a lack of effort through its imagery, just like its intro counterpart “Shoukei to Shiabane no Michi.”
However, after watching it again, I have actually come to appreciate it more.
Sure, the images are a little too simple, but they still succeed in their aim of conveying to the audience how much the characters have changed from their training days in season one.
When you compare the characters from the end of the Return to Shiganshina arc to how they appear in the outro, it is clear they are massively different from when we first met them.
Eren has gone from wanting to kill all Titans to understanding their suffering, Armin has become confident in himself and his plans, and Mikasa has learned she does not need to keep watching over Eren.
Then there are characters like Reiner, Bertholdt and Annie who used to be friends with them but are now deadly enemies.
The outro does a fantastic job at establishing these differences.
Not only this but the song “Name of Love” is also amazing.
I have found myself listening to it more and more as time goes on.
It is just a shame that the images of the outro are too simple.
They get the message across but are not anything special.

7. Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai by Yoko Hikasa – Season One First Outro.

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Honestly, I never paid much attention to Attack on Titan‘s first outro, “Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai”, when I first started watching the anime.
After rewatching it for this list, though, I wished I had because it is certainly a great one.
The big thing that immediately catches your attention about the outro is its art style.
The almost painting-like shots, with the fade in movement, presents Mikasa’s journey from child to teenager in the cruel world she lives in brilliantly.
“Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai” begins in space, oddly enough, before it pans down to Mikasa on earth running toward, or most likely away, from something.
However, even if she is running, she cannot escape the cruelty of the world as illustrated by her running into a field of knives.
The look on her face when she realizes what she has run into and stops is palpable, with her finally deciding to face the cruel world with her own knife in hand.
From here, Mikasa grows into her teenage years and a brilliant burst of color emerges,  different from the childlike innocence of the black and white, seen beforehand.
The outro ends with Mikasa seeing Eren, the one who made her realise she has to fight to survive, and walking towards him with the birds that have so often come to represent freedom in Attack on Titan flying overhead.
The first of the anime’s outros, “Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai” does a great job presenting the kind of symbolism that would be seen in future outros, which you will be seeing further down the list.

6. Shinzou wo Sasageyo by Linked Horizon – Season Two Intro.

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“Sasageyo! Sasageyo! Shinzou o Sasageyo!”
Try not to get these lyrics stuck in your head after hearing this song and you will find it is impossible.
The intro for Attack on Titan‘s second season, “Shinzou wo Sasageyo” is a song that sings of sacrifice with plenty of amazing visuals that get the viewer hyped for the season.
Probably the best moment of this comes with those central lyrics I mentioned, which translate to “Offer up! Offer up! Offer up your hearts!”, accompanied by the visuals of the scouts going up against the Colossal and Armoured Titans.
This moment does a fantastic job of hyping the viewer up for an episode every time they watch it.
The intro is also great when it comes to individual character moments, highlighting the importance that some of them like Ymir and Historia have in the season.
Before rewatching it, I honestly thought “Shinzou wo Sasageyo” would be higher on the list than six but, when I went back to watch it, I saw that there are some things that hold it back.
One of these things is that some of the visuals, although great, are very confusing, like the shot where the Beast Titan is seen running with dinosaurs and whales.
The first time I saw this, it made me concerned that Attack on Titan was actually going to jump the shark by featuring these things.
Thankfully, it just turned out to be some kind of symbolism but, along with this, I also felt like a lot of the symbolism was inferior to that see in the other intros and outros further down the list.
Still, “Shinzou wo Sasageyo” is a fantastic opening with music that is sure to get stuck in your head.

5. Red Swan by YOSHIKI feat. Hyde – Season Three First Intro.

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When I first started watching Attack on Titan season three, I was not a fan of its intro “Red Swan.”
Being the only intro song not done by Linked Horizon, I felt the song and the visuals of it were good but did not fit the series.
However, as the Uprising arc went on, I began to see how this is the perfect intro for the first half of season three.
A harmonious and reflective intro, but one that hides the darker side of the story, “Red Swan” is very symbolic.
There are so many amazing visuals, like a younger Eren running into his older self, and Erwin looking through a window at himself as a boy with his father, which shows how his past consumes him.
But my favourite visual of all has to be when the lyrics begin to ask questions about truth and belief (core themes of the arc) while we see a hand with a bloody cut over Armin.
This is almost certainly a representation of a Titan user cutting themselves to transform, symbolizing Armin becoming the Colossal Titan in the next arc.
“Red Swan” is just an amazing intro, with its reflective song, and great symbolism for characters like Erwin, Kenny and Armin.
It has really grown on me sine I first watched it.

4. Akatsuki no Requiem by Linked Horizon – Season Three First Outro.

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While it took me a while to warm up to “Red Swan”, I took an instant liking to season three’s first outro “Akatsuki no Requiem.”
Much like “Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai”, Akatsuki no Requiem has a unique art style to it that draws the viewers in.
Its representation of Historia’s backstory is both moving and symbolic, with representations of the abuse she suffered, and of those who tried to make her life better.
The abuse can be seen in the symbolism from when a rock is thrown at Historia, causing her to sink beneath the waves overlooking the fence that keeps her trapped on her farm.
This is accompanied by the telling line, “those who cast stone, and those who they strike. Between them lies fences difficult to overcome.”
As for the hope, this comes in the outro’s most moving shot where Historia sees a young Ymir transform into adulthood before reaching out to her with a smile.
However, this hope vanishes when Historia’s hand passes through Ymir’s as if she is a ghost, symbolizing her tragic fate.
As a fan of the two’s relationship I greatly appreciated this moment.
There is also plenty of foreshadowing to the Grisha reveal and Frieda Reiss, which is well done.
Above all else, though, the song for this outro is just amazing.
Not to mention the incredible teaser for the second half of season three that was inserted halfway through this outro the final time it was played.
“Akatsuki no Requiem” is one of Attack on Titan‘s best outros and perfectly reflects the backstory and character arc of Historia in the Uprising arc.

3. Guren no Yumiya by Linked Horizon – Season One First Intro.

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Admit it, you thought this was going to be number one.
In all seriousness, though, Attack on Titan‘s very first opening “Guren no Yumiya” is one of the most iconic anime intros out there, and for good reason.
Almost every anime fan would recognize “Guren no Yumiya” if they heard it, with its bombastic music and epic visuals.
It does an amazing job at hyping up the viewers for the war and slaughter to come in the series.
The dark symbolism of this intro is apparent right from its first few seconds where the very title of Attack on Titan is surrounded by chains, symbolizing how the people of the walls are essentially enslaved by their lack of knowledge about the outside world.
The lyrics work well with this symbolism, being equally dark as they speak about how praying will not save anyone.
There are also numerous stunning shots like the introductory one for Eren, Mikasa and Armin, and the long tracking shot of the cadets flying above Trost, until Eren strikes a Titan from above with the explosive line, “Jaeger!”
This intro just has so many fantastic moments.
As for why it is not higher, or even at number one where a lot of other people would place it, this is because I just like the intro and outro I placed as numbers one and two better with their fantastic use of symbolism, music and visuals.
Still, “Guren no Yumiya” is an iconic intro that gets you hyped for the series every time you watch it.

2. Jiyuu no Tsuba by Linked Horizon – Season One Second Intro.

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One of the most underrated intros in Attack on Titan, “Jiyuu no Tsuba” is one that deserves a lot more credit.
It had a difficult job following up the excellent “Guren no Yumiya” and, in my opinion, it more than succeeded.
The intro sounds more like a national anthem than any other one in Attack on Titan, and it has amazing visuals and symbolism to boot.
The big character introduction shot, for example, does a brilliant job of foreshadowing the reveals that Annie, Reiner and Bertholdt will betray the Scouts.
Then there is the shot of Armin standing in blood rain before he focuses on a single thing, represented by a candle, showing how his mind works.
Even Hange losing her eye two seasons later is foreshadowed.
Another thing I have to mention about this intro is the credits.
The way they are implemented into the visuals just draws your eyes to them to the point that they actually look like they are part of the environment.
It really is impressive.
All of this is accompanied by another great Linked Horizon song that gets you rooting for the scouts.
“Jiyuu no Tsuba” is the best opening of Attack on Titan and I honestly considered putting it at number one, but its outro actually managed to top it.

1. Great Escape by Cinema Staff – Season One Second Outro.

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Its funny how my favourite arc of Attack on Titan has the weakest intro and outro, in my opinion, while one of the weaker arcs, the Female Titan arc, has the best two of the series.
First there is “Jiyuu no Tsuba”, and now my favourite of all the Attack on Titan intros and outros “Great Escape” by Cinema Staff.
I really enjoyed this outro the first time I heard it, but came to love it immeasurably when I rewatched it after seeing season two.
This outro contains so much amazing symbolism in both its lyrics and visuals right from its opening lines.
After seeing a seed fall down a wall we then get a panning shot of all the cadets turned scout characters we will see.
The shot is accompanied by the lyrics, “Let’s say I’m not who I say I am, can you say then whether you are you?”
This line has so much symbolic meaning with many of the characters suiting it.
It could be referencing Reiner with his split personality that leaves him unsure of who he really is, or it could be referencing Historia who is hiding her true self because she is suicidal and wants to be remembered as a hero.
However, it is not just the lyrics that have massive symbolic value but the visuals as well.
When this line is said. and the shot pans, the characters are shown to be on two different sides of a wall.
Eren, Armin, Mikasa, Sasha, Jean and Connie are on one side while Reiner, Annie, Bertholdt, Ymir and Historia are on the other.
The significance of this?
Everyone on Eren’s side of the wall is being true to themselves while everyone on Reiner’ side is hiding something.
Once all of these secrets are revealed in season two it makes “Great Escape” an amazing rewatch.
With plenty of great action shots to go along with these symbolic lyrics and visuals, and also another interesting art style, it makes the outro worth viewing multiple times after each season to see if something new will be uncovered.
It is for all of these reasons that the second outro of season one of Attack on Titan  “Great Escape” is my favourite out of all the intros and outros in the entire series.

Attack on Titan Chapter 121 and Ending Predictions.

After reading Chapter 120 of Attack on Titan, “A Fleeting Moment”, it became clearer than ever that the manga is nearing its conclusion.
All the signs are there, with Eren and Zeke now in the path dimension and viewing their father’s memories after meeting the very first Titan Shifter, Ymir Fritz.
What remains to be seen is where exactly this goes and how it will contribute to the ending.
Personally, I think Attack on Titan will end around Chapter 130 so that leaves 10 chapters left.
This impending feeling that the series is in its endgame has caused me to not only come up with a few predictions for Chapter 121 but also come up with an idea of how the manga could end.
And, with that, I would like to go into my predictions for Chapter 121 and the ending itself.

What memories will Eren and Zeke see next and what effect will this have on Zeke?

Chapter 120 ended with Eren telling Zeke it was time to see “the next memory” so, given that this is the cliffhanger of the chapter, I have to believe that this memory is going to be something huge.
But what could it be?
Another one of Grisha’s memories?
Honestly, I am not so sure about that.
Yes, Zeke seeing Grisha’s thought process in giving the Founding and Attack Titans to Eren could contribute to his realization that his father had changed, but I think it would be more powerful for Zeke to see someone else’s memories.
This being Eren Kruger, the Attack Titan before Grisha, who Eren is named after.
We know from the flashes of memories that came when Zeke fulfilled the meme of catching Eren’s decapitated head at the beginning of “A Fleeting Moment” that both brothers now have access to Kruger’s memories.
But what could these memories add to Zeke’s development?
Well, I think this is where Zeke’s father figure, Tom Xaver, comes into play.
In previous prediction posts, I have stated my belief that Kruger and Xaver were working together, based on what Kruger says in Chapter 88.
Zeke learning that the man he thought of as a father was working with someone planning to restore Eldia could be the key to bringing him over to Eren’s side.
Another reason I think we will see Xaver in the memories is because of the mysterious boy seen in the flashes of memories
We know this memory is important because it is the second largest, next to Mikasa from the first chapter, and this has caused many to speculate about who the boy could be.
Some say a young Rod Reiss, or someone from the Warhammer Titan’s memories, but, given what I just said about Xaver and Kruger’s possible connection, I think it is most likely Xaver and that this is pointing to him and Kruger being childhood friends.
There is one thing that does not add up, though, and that is the mysterious hat the boy is wearing, which I can’t remember the name of.
We have never seen any character wear this kind of hat before so it may very well turn our to be someone we have never seen before instead of Xaver.
If it is, though, then I think Zeke will definitely be joining Eren’s side soon.
And, when this happens, the impact will be enormous.

What will happen if Zeke decides to work with Eren?

For starters, we saw in Chapter 120 that Zeke now has control of the Founding Titan power because he arrived in the path dimension without being affected by the first king’s ideology.
This power includes the one to control the Wall Titans, which could flatten the earth if ordered to.
My belief is that Eren currently plans to use these Titans to completely destroy the world so he can protect his friends.
This would explain why he has alienated them, because he does not want them involved in such a horrific plan.
So, if Zeke were to come over to Eren’s way of thinking, then Eren could convince him to initiate the Rumbling, unleashing it on the world.
I think this is probably what will happen in the next chapter or two, when Eren and Zeke stop looking at previous Titan user memories.
As for what will happen after the Rumbling starts, I believe we will get the final, epic battle of the series, with the Scouts and Warriors potentially working together to stop Eren and Zeke from obliterating the world.
Whether or not the brothers will succeed in their attempt at worldwide genocide I am unsure of.
Although, if this is what happens, I certainly hope they are stopped.
Another thing I am interested about is what role Yelena will play in this.
She has been shown to think of Zeke and Eren as gods but is also heavily in favor of the Euthanasia Plan.
So, if she sees Zeke abandoning the plan in favor of world destruction, she will almost certainly not be happy.
And, given that she has more than a few screws loose, this will definitely not be a good thing.
One thing I am anxious about, though, is if Eren and Zeke do activate the rumbling, where does this leave the characters who are not in Shiganshina yet?

Is there any chance of Levi, Hange, Historia and Annie showing up before a series epilogue?

I wish I could say that I can see any of these characters playing a big role in the final battle but, at this stage, I honestly can’t.
Levi is still horribly injured, and probably needs a few days to heal, by which time the fight will be over.
Hange is also with him so this leaves her unable to return as well.
Then there is Annie who is still stuck in that crystal, miles away from Shiganshina.
Finally there is Historia who is pregnant, which does not make her suitable for battle at all.
So, as much as I hate to say it, I doubt that any of these characters will return in a big way, until some kind of epilogue that explains their fates.
If this is the case, then it will be incredibly disappointing because I would like to see every important character play a role in the manga’s ending.
Also it would just be sad to see them left out of the finale, especially characters who have not been relevant in ages like Annie.
However, the series’ writer, Hajime Isayama, is known for surprising us so he may find a way to bring them into the story.
At this stage, though, I doubt it.
But, I will say that I think there is a high chance we could see these characters in flashbacks, primarily Historia.
The reason I think we will see her is because we got an image of her we have never seen before when Zeke caught Eren’s head.
In the image, she is wearing the clothes from when she was talking to the supposed father of her child, with a mysterious figure watching them, and is crying.
I think the mysterious figure was Eren and this is him talking to her about getting pregnant so she can survive.
This means Eren could be the father or it could mean that Historia decided that the father of her child would be her childhood bully (god forbid).
As for when the story behind her pregnancy will be revealed, it could be when Eren and Zeke are in the path dimension but I think this time is reserved for previous Titan user memories so I do not think we will see it for a while.
However, this said, even though I believe Historia will not play a big role in the final battle I think she is pivotal to the conclusion of the story.
The reason I think this is due to a theory about the ending of the story.

Ending Prediction. (WARNING!!! This contains a theory about Attack on Titan‘s ending that I think is highly likely so proceed at your own risk.)

After Chapter 120 came out, one theory began to float around about how Attack on Titan will end that has a lot of evidence behind it.
I heavily buy into this theory and like to call it the Ymir Rebirth Theory.
In “A Fleeting Moment”, Eren finally met Ymir Fritz but, rather than her being this all powerful being, she is actually a slave who has to create and rebuild Titans for all of eternity.
This is shown to impact Eren a lot, with him asking, “you’ve been here all this time, alone?”
Given this, and the fact that Eren values freedom above all else, it seems likely that he will try to free Ymir from her enslavement at some point.
Another part of this theory is that the Attack Titan itself was created to free Ymir.
In any case, If Eren succeeds in doing this then it will change the world of Attack on Titan. 
In order to justify this mindset I will ask you a question: who is the one who creates the Titans?
You guessed it, Ymir Fritz.
She creates them by building them over time in the path dimension, which takes a split second in the outside world.
But, if she is freed from the path dimension then who is there to make these Titans?
That’s right, No one.
Therefore, without Ymir in the Path dimension, Eldians will not be able to turn into Titans anymore.
This will end the threat the Titans pose to the world, that is if Eren has not already destroyed it by that point.
Although, with Ymir now free, the question is what will happen to her?
Will she just fade away?
I don’t think so.
Rather, I think what happens to her is the centerpiece of one of the final panels teased by Isayama a while ago.
In this panel, we see an unknown person holding a baby and telling them they are free.
Many people have speculated this is Eren holding Historia’s child, and if you consider that Ymir Fritz has been reborn as that child it all starts falling into place.
Why would Eren be telling this baby they are free?
Because he has freed them from the Path dimension.
What will Historia name her child?
Who better than to name them after than her dead girlfriend, Ymir, who saved her life, thus creating this cool time loop where the girl our Ymir is named after is also named after her.
Furthermore, many have speculated that the line “you are free” will be a continuation of the first chapter’s title, “to you in 2,000 years.”
So, in the final chapter of Attack on Titan, Eren will be holding a baby Ymir and, assuming he still has some connection to the paths, will talk to Ymir when she first gets her powers 2000 years in the past, telling her “to you in 2000 years you are free.”
At this stage, considering Eren still has these powers, I also believe he may be dying of Ymir’s curse.
So, in conclusion, here is a summary of my overall theory of how Attack on Titan will end:

Through exploring his father and other Titan Shifters’ memories with Eren, Zeke will come over to his brother’s way of thinking and agree to abandon his Euthanasia Plan in favor of saving the Eldians.
The two will then use the Founding Titan to initiate the Rumbling, sending the Wall Titans to destroy the rest of the world.
Seeing this, the Scouts and Warriors will decide to work together to stop Eren and Zeke, and save the world from this cataclysmic threat.
A lot of characters will die in this big final battle.
Whether Eren succeeds or fails in destroying the world, he will figure out a way to free Ymir Fritz from the Path dimension.
With her now free, Eldians can no longer turn into Titans.
Given this, and the fact that they worked together to try and stop the Rumbling, the Marley government, lead by Magath if he is still alive, will give full rights to all Eldians, ending the cycle of hatred.
A few months later, Historia gives birth to her child and names her Ymir, after her dead girlfriend, potentially unaware that her child is the reincarnation of the first Titan Shifter.
Many years later, Eren is dying of Ymir’s Curse and is holding the girl in his arms.
As he does so, he uses the remnants of the Paths to connect with Ymir when she first got her powers and tells her, “to you in 2000 years, you are free.”
And, with that line, Attack on Titan will come to an end.

So that is my big prediction for Attack on Titan‘s ending.
Knowing how unpredictable Isayama is, though, the next chapter will probably crush this theory entirely.
Either way, I am excited to read Chapter 121, and to see how this amazing manga will conclude in the next year or two.

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.