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Attack on Titan Season 4, Episode 21: From You, 2,000 Years Ago

Ymir has been an important figure in Attack on Titan. Considered the mother of Titans. Ymir was a slave, who was orphaned by the Eldians. There cruelty extended to cutting out the tongues of the survivors. When Ymir is blamed for a pig escaping, she sentence to be hunted. While fleeing for her life she falls into a pool of water. There she comes into contact with a spine-like creature who turns her into the first Titan. Ymir doesn’t use her newfound power to liberate herself and her people but she serves Fritz, using her Titan form to build massive wealth for the Eldians. Ymir then becomes Fritz “concubine,” giving birth to three daughters: Maria, Rose, and Sina. Ymir’s devotion to Fritz costs her life, when a spy tries to assassinate him and she jumps in front of a spear. Fritz maintains Ymir’s power by having his daughters eat their mother.

Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 21 shows the tragic past of Ymir.
Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 21 shows the tragic past of Ymir.

In the Paths, Ymir builds Titans for her descendants to command. Eren embraces Ymir and tells her that “he will end her slavery,” and that she “has a choice.” Ymir has been waiting for someone to free her for 2,000 years, Eren is that someone. In Shiganshina District, a creature similar to the one that birth the first Titan, connects Eren with his body. The sky darkens and the walls begin to crack. The Titans emerge from the walls. Eren transforms into a massive Titan and marches the wall Titans toward Marley. However, Armin deduces that the number of Titans are unnecessary to defeat Marley, Eren must have something else in mind. Suddenly, Eren speaks to the Subjects of Ymir. He tells them he wishes to protect the “people of Paradis Island,” and since the outside world won’t stop hunting them, he must “trample every inch of the world beyond the island until nothing is left alive.”

Let the rumble begin

Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 21 marks the major turning point in the series. Ymir Fritz’s backstory was depressing to say the least, but being enslaved made sense. The Eldian race have been tools for others power for centuries. Eren has always sought to free Eldians from their bondage. While this episode explained the origins of the Titans, I now want to know where the spine-like creatures come from. I doubt we would get that origin story. MAPPA has been making a point of zooming in on the detailed eyes of the character’s. However, in this episode Ymir and the Eldian’s eyes are “scratched out.” I can’t figure out what it means but it does have a major effect when Ymir begins to cry.

I was disappointed that Ymir didn’t just kill her enslavers but it’s understandable that a slave would accept their position in life. I would have been better to at least hear what Ymir was thinking as an adult. We also don’t get other details like why did the slaves turn Ymir in? Regardless, Ymir’s life is full of betrayal and brutality. I makes perfect sense that she would have rage. Which makes her very similar to Eren. Both are justified in wanting revenge and I’m excited to see if they get it.

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Attack on Titan Season 4, Episode 2: Recap and Review

Gabi is celebrates for her heroism in episode 2 of Attack on Titan.
Gabi is celebrates for her heroism

Episode 2 – “Midnight Train”

Attack on Titan season 4, episode 2 opens with a meeting with the general. Despite the victories that Marley earned at Fort Slava, the general is concerned with the ability to kill Titans other nations gaining. Marley is beginning to lose the arms race. If they didn’t center their armies’ power around Titans, they might have been better positioned. That said, couldn’t they just buy the Titan killing cannons? Anyway, Zeke makes a case for resuming the Paradis Island Operation to recover the Founding Titan and regain their power. Zeke only has one year left and is eager to “make up” for his failure. Marley has been sending ships to Paradis for three years and not a single one has returned. Zeke speculates that it must be “two” Titans that are responsible. 

Elsewhere, Reiner wakes after a nightmare. Sitting nearby is Porco Galliard, the Jaw Titan. Galliard seems to hate Reiner and blames him for his brother’s death. He confirms that Ymir is dead and he ate her. Suddenly, Pieck, the Cart Titan enters. She needs a crutch to reorient herself after walling on all four in her Titan form. She seems easy going, unlike her more jaded peers. The surviving Eldian returns home to Liberio. They’re excited to see their families. Attack on Titan has always had elements of Nazi Germany, but this episode invites the comparison. The look of the uniforms, the general reminded me of Hitler, and the segregation and the oppression that the Eldian suffer under invoke the image of Nazi Germany. I’m sure this is intentional and it’s effective. 

Savage, Heartless devils

Reiner and Gabi are cousins and they have dinner with their family. After Gabi recounts her war story, Reiner’s mother is assured that Gabi will inherit the Armored Titan. These families are brainwashed to both accept their inferior societal position and to hate the Eldian that “fleed” to Paradis Island. This doesn’t seem to benefit anyone but the Marleyans. Reiner seems more conflicted when discussing his experiences on the island. He recounts them while characterizing them as being horrible memories. He tells them how an Eldian (Potato Girl) had “eaten a stolen potato during their entrance ceremony and attempted to bribe her instructor when she was caught.” He continues to discuss the other scouts in vague terms, but we know who he’s talking about. Gabe is surprised by his use of the term “all sorts of people.” To her, the Eldian on Paradis Island is only one kind of person, evil

The War Hammer Titan

The warriors gather in a meeting room to discuss how to secure the Marley’s and by extension the Eldians security. This rests on acquiring the Founding Titan and the resources found on Paradis Island. However, this story needs to be “sold.” The Tybur family according to Zeke will play this role. We don’t know much about them yet, but we are told that their rich and possess the War Hammer Titan. If you saw the trailer for this season then the War Hammer Titan is the white one. So far Attack on Titan is doing a good job of humanizing the Eldian’s living in Marley. They’re blind to the truth of the world and have been duped. Reiner on the other hand was friends with many scouts until he had to betray them. However, once we return to Paradis Island and the war begins I think we will not have difficulty choosing Eren’s side over Reiner’s.