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Attack on Titan Season 2, Episode 12 Review

The Smiling titan

The final episode of the second season of Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan), entitled Scream, begins when the last episode ended. As Reiner throws titans at the scouts, they get up and begin to attack them. Ymir rescues commander Erwin from a titan, while cursing him for ruining her plan.The smiling titan attacks Eren and Mikasa, but Hannes intervenes. How he manages to physically take a hit from the titan and stand tall is beyond me, but he does.

He quickly engages the titan, hoping to get revenge for Eren’s mother. Hannes holds his own against the smiling titan, managing to cut the achilles of the titan, however, its at this moment that he’s captured . I’ve been predicting that Hannes was likely going to die, but the manner of his death was striking. His death is almost shot for shot the same as when Eren’s mother was eaten.

Eren’s Scream

Witnessing Hannes death, Eren becomes distraught, as he foolishly bites chunks of his own hand, attempting to transform into his titan form. Eren tearfully decries how nothing has “changed,” he yells at himself, calling himself “useless as ever.” Mikasa tells him that “it’s untrue,” she tells him that “he’s always been at her side.” She talks about how he wrapped the scarf around her and thanks him. Eren faces off against the smiling titan, letting out a scream. However, he doesn’t manage to transform but all the titans refocus their attention towards eating the smiling titan. Ymir and Reiner confirm that this is a power called the “Coordinate.”

Ymir’s decision

Since revealing her titan status, Ymir has been questioning where she belongs and what to do regarding Historia. She finally makes her decision that now that Eren is revealed to be the coordinate, there’s hope for Historia within the walls. Watching as Reiner and Bertholdt are besieged by titans, she chooses to save them. When Reiner and Bertholdt ask why she helped them, she admits that she owes them for killing their friend. At this point it seems that Ymir’s purpose in the series is over, and it’s unclear that Bertholdt and Reiner will return.

Overall, the series remains a one of the top anime of all time. The series manages to balances emotional intensity, action and good plot development. This season did focus on some of the characters, mainly Ymir, Reiner, Bertholdt and Erwin. However, Levi took a major backseat, I hope he’ll return to the forefront in the following season. The season ended with a mild cliffhanger, introducing a new character. Luckily, we would only have to wait a year to get the next season.

 

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Ymir’s confusion

After Ymir removes a saliva covered Christa from her mouth, they engage in a conversation about who’s side she’s on. Ymir attempt’s to convince Christa that life outside wouldn’t be unsatisfactory. Christa ensues Ymir that she is on her side no matter what. She believes that Ymir has been forced into following Reiner and Bertholdt. However, Ymir tells that she was using to save herself and to make her crimes go away. Regardless, it will be interesting to see where this friendship will lead, Christa’s blind devotion may get her killed.

Mikasa has no chill

Mikasa is probably the my favorite character in this series, she is incredible intense and has a unbridled devotion to Eren. As the scouts begin their assault on Mikasa is the most predominate. She quickly attacks Ymir, cut her eye and preparing to kill Bertholdt. Reiner is successful in protecting him from her and she turns her attention to Ymir. Christa interferes, hoping to convince her that Ymir isn’t an enemy. Mikasa is having none of it, stating that she only has “so much in heart to care,” and Christa is “mistaken to assume she has compassion.”

Erwin takes charge

Commander Erwin leads scouts towards Reiner, as a horde of titans follow behind. Reiner charges into the horde, but is tackled by some titans. Erwin continues the assault, telling the scouts that “there is no future where humanity can inhabit these lands without Eren,” the plan is simple, retrieve Eren then retreat. Reiner has no choice but to use his arms, leaving Bertholdt exposed. As Erwin leads the scouts he shockingly has his arm ensnared in the mouth of a titan. Regardless, Erwin continues to lead, telling the scouts to continue the plan. Many of the scouts are killed by titans, as Mikasa attacks Bertholdt and misses.

She quickly is grabbed by a titan, but is saved by Jean. Armin arrives and attempts to manipulate Bertholdt and Reiner. Armin’s best asset is his intelligence and he uses it for a negative reason compared to what he usually does. He asks them how they can abandon their comrade Annie. He tells them exactly where she’s being tortured, and what’s happening to her. Bertholdt becomes enraged, but before he can do anything, Erwin (missing his arm) attacks him, freeing Eren. Mikasa grabs Eren and the scouts begin their retreat. As the scouts flee, Reiner begins throwing titans in their way. Eren and Mikasa are knocked off their horse and see a stunning sight. The titan that killed their mother, walking towards them.

The penultimate episode of Shingeki no Kyojin, entitled Charge, was an episode that featured the¬†essential elements that make this series great. High on emotion, anticipation, shocking twists and action, this episode set up what is likely going to be an even better finale. It’s safe to assume that, Eren snaps and goes full titan rage at the sight of the titan that killed his mother. Of course the fact that titans can only be killed by cutting the nape of their necks, the titans thrown will get up causing trouble for the scouts. I still can’t shake the feeling that someone major will die in the next episode, it will be interesting to see who.

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Confirmation of human to titan transformation

One of the previous mysteries introduced this season is what happened to Connie’s village. We got confirmation this episode that Connie’s family and the other villagers were turned into titans. The lack of blood, use of horses and normal titan behavior has convinced the scouts that the were transformed. The found photograph of Connie’s parents are telling and it is concluded that Connie’s mother is the remaining titan. Furthermore, during the Ymir flashback we see that her punishment, along with her followers was to be turned into a mindless titan.

Ymir and Reiner want Christa

Reiner uses Christa to manipulate Ymir into working with them. Christa is also important due to her connection to the a family of the church. Ymir uses Reiner’s attraction toward Christa as a litmus test for where he can be trusted. Reiner doesn’t think they should risk themselves for Christa at this points. Ymir makes a passionate case for kidnapping Christa and turns into her titan form.

The Scouts close in

The scouts head into the forests to follow Reiner and the others. However, the are attacked by the titans, they begin to use their 3D gear. They run into Ymir thinking that she was still on their side. However, when she spots Christa, she swallows her and flees. The scouts give chase but she is too fast, as Reiner transforms, together with Ymir, Bertholdt and Erin they begin to escape. The Scouts get on their horses and give chase. With only 2 episodes left in the season the climax is coming and likely to be explosive. I predict danger for the scouts as the no longer will have the cover of the trees. Finally, it seems heavily implied the Hannes will meet his end.