The Marleyian nation invades in Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 16

Eren is ready

Above and Below

Mistrust leaves Paradis Island unprepared

The sound from the Thunder Spear echoes through the valley. HangeFloch, and the other Jeagerists notice. Zeke lies on the ground near death. His body above the upper chest remains. He contemplates the possibility of dying. A Titan appears. Shockingly, she doesn’t eat him; she tears open her stomach and places him inside. The last episode of Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 16 Part 1 opens in a surprising fashion. Elsewhere, Commander Pixis is being held by Yelena and the Jaegerists. Pixis surrendered without incident. With the military “dosed” with “spinal fluid”, he felt like he had no choice. Pixis notices Yelena has replicated the color-coded armbands that Marley used. The Red ones symbolize those that were forced to submit, the Black for those who refused, and the white for the Jaegerists.

By creating this hierarchy, the Jaegerists know who they can trust. Yelena argues that she’s just learning from her enemies. Pixis believes all she’s accomplished is making more enemies. She suggests that all this could have been avoided if they were just accepted. However, because they tainted the wine from the beginning, it’s hard not to see the military as being justified in not trusting them.

In the prison, Yelena, Onyankopon, and Greiz arrive. After Jean and Conny berate Yelena and Onyankopon for betraying them, Nicolo and Greiz argue over Sascha. Greiz calls her a “whore” and says that he “hoped Nicolo would have come to his sense after she died.” Nicolo tries to strangle him through the bars. Suddenly, Yelena kills Greiz by shooting him in the head. Yelena says that the “island no longer needs any who would curse them as devils.” As an olive branch, it’s an extreme act, but it might be effective.

As Yelena tells the captives Zeke’s plan, we cut to Gabi. Eren enters the room and tells her he wants her to help. Before she can consider it, Pieck kills the other guard and aims her gun at Eren. She orders Gabi to grab the dead man’s rifle. Eren is calm despite the situation. He calls Pieck’s bluff. She can’t shoot him because he has the Founding Titan, and she’s under orders not to kill him.

He reminds her of the consequences of disobeying a military order. She surrenders, but not before revealing that she think’s he can “defeat Marley.” Gabi is confused, as I think most of us would be. Who can she trust? What are they fighting for? Pieck asks, “Are we Marleyan? Or are we Eldian? Gabi still believes that their “Honorary Marleyians.” Pieck makes an excellent point I hadn’t realized. With the military weapons becoming more capable of killing Titans, the value of the warriors will decline. Meaning they’ll probably all get killed.

The Consequences of Mistrust

So far the theme of this episode is the consequences of mistrust. The military on Paradis Island didn’t trust Yelena and her group, so there couldn’t be camaraderie between them. The relationship between the Eldians and Marley is even more toxic. Naturally, the result is betrayal, mistrust, and revenge. If they can’t get their right themselves, they will never have them. Back at the prison, Yelena explains that both the Foundering Titan and Royal family will need to be maintained if the plan is going to work. As Yelena admires Eren and Zeke as “Gods”, Armin cries. He just didn’t understand their “noble” intentions. I don’t buy it. Armin has a manipulative streak. It doesn’t matter, they’re interrupted and told of the intruders. Eren escorts Pieck to the roof. She’s chained together with Gabi so she can’t transform.

Suddenly, Porco (Jaw Titan) emerges from the floor and bites both Eren’s legs off. From the air, five blimps from Marley arrive, and Eren prepares to meet them. Well, that was an ending. Part 1 of Season 4 of Attack on Titan ended with all the Jaegerists, Paradis Military, and Scouts unprepared. As I predicted in earlier reviews, the infighting left them fractured and exposed. Levi is possibly dead, and if not, he certainly can’t fight. Zeke isn’t in better shape. The Scout’s particularity, Mikasa and Armin are trapped in the prison. Armin can’t transform without killing everyone. The military is in shambles. The Marley military has the advantage. It probably won’t last, but it will cause casualties.

Attack on Titan Season 4, Episode 15: Recap and Review

Eren agrees to Zeke's plan in Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 15
Eren agrees to Zeke’s plan

Sole Salvation

Attack on Titan season 4, episode 15, “Sole Salvation” focused on Zeke Jaeger. Since he told Eren that he would return to save him, his motives have been in question. We find out what his end goal is. Saving the world with his “Eldian Euthanization Plan.” Attack on Titan has given most of its characters more sophisticated portrayals this season. It makes sense that Zeke would get this treatment as well. All we knew before this episode was that Zeke turned his parents in to the Marleyian authorities. In “Sole Salvation” we find out why. Zeke’s parents pressured him to become the perfect warrior to save the entire Eldian race. In the effort to mold him into a freedom fighter, they destroyed the innocent boy Zeke was. Feeling distance between himself and his parents, Zeke finds a father figure, Tom Ksaver.

Ksaver was an Eldian researcher and warrior that possessed the Beast Titan before Zeke. He mentions to Zeke that he became a Titan researcher to cure his curiosity. Ksaver hated being a warrior. He considered it “stupid to shorten one’s lifespan just to invade other countries.” He suffered a personal tragedy. After his wife learns of his Eldian heritage, she kills their son and then herself. This made him into a bitter man that joined the warrior program as a “means of suicide.” This relationship filled the void in both Zeke and Ksaver’s lives. Zeke got the father he didn’t have, and Ksaver got the son. Ksaver treats him like a child and the two play catch. We know Zeke has a love of baseball because of his tendency to “pitch” when he’s killing enemies in Titan form. What at first appeared to be a strange behavior is actually a sentimental habit.

Eldian Euthanization Plan

Ksaver influence isn’t just fatherly. He encourages Zeke to turn in his parents and unintentionally leads Zeke to his master plan. After Ksaver tells him that “the Founding Titan doesn’t just have the power to change the Eldians’ memories; it can alter their physiology, too.” Zeke wonders if the Founding Titan can sterilize the Eldian. Sterilizing is far more preferable than genocide, but it’s still a shocking plan. That both Eren and Zeke have concluded that Eldian should be eliminated, despite being Eldian themselves, is interesting. Especially, if you consider even the Marleyian want to keep the Eldian’s alive, at least to use the Titan powers. That said, this plan would at least end the oppression between the Marley and Eldians. Despite that, war between nation would remain.

In the present, Levi overhears Zeke recalling his memories of Ksaver. He tells Zeke that “eaten by a Titan seems to be a merciful fate for him after killing so many of his comrades.” Zeke claims he saved “children from being born into this cruel world.” Suddenly, he jerks his head, pulling the trigger on the Thunder Spear. The resulting explosion sends Levi flying and splits Zeke in two. Levi and Zeke aren’t likely to be in excellent condition after the explosion, however, Zeke can heal. Would Attack on Titan kill Levi? I would say yes, but in a more epic way. I would guess that he survives.

With Levi unable to battle for a while, this will probably allow Eren and the others to succeed easier. With only one episode left, it’s difficult to imagine this season will end neatly. Despite the thrilling climax, the last episode can only leave us disappointed it wasn’t a longer season. Regardless, I can’t wait to see how it ends.

Attack on Titan Episode 14: Recap and Review

Savagery (Boaku)

With only two episodes remaining, Attack on Titan Season 4 episode 14, “Savagery” steps up to the action. Eren, Mikasa, and Armins conversation ends in violence. Armin and Mikasa believe Eren was being manipulated by Yelena. He claims that he’s “free.” Eren starts verbally attacking his friends. He says that neither Armin nor Mikasa has “free will.” He tells Armin that he’s part Bertolt, now that he’s absorbed his memories. Then he turns on Mikasa. We had always assumed that Mikasa’s love and devotion to Eren was because of her gratitude. However, Eren claims that the Ackerman family are programmed to “obey orders,” and to protect. Mikasa refuses to believe him. It’s impossible to tell if Eren is merely trying to break the bonds between them or if he’s sincerely turned on them. Regardless, I think it will not work. AT least until Eren and his followers kill their friends. Armin attacks Eren. However, he’s no match and Eren beats him bloody. It’s difficult to watch as the trio’s friendship appears to have dissolved. That said, this is Attack on Titan. All this could be a plot.

Zeke’s Escapes (Kinda)

Zeke’s attempt to escape was only a matter of time. In the last episode, his spinal fluid scheme was exposed. Zeke runs off and lets out a scream. All of Levi’s squad falls out of the trees and transform into Titans. The rest of the Scouts feel the sensation, suggesting that Zeke needs to be closer to them. Once again, Levi has witnessed the death of his squad. This time it’s by his own hands. Zeke assumes Levi couldn’t do such a thing and would accept his death. He’s horrified when Levi catches up to him. It’s hard to believe that Zeke ever cares about anyone, so his “concern” for the lives of the Scouts comes off insincere. Desperate, he transforms into the Beast Titan. It’s remarkable that the once intimidating Titan is no match for Levi. The Beast Titan barely puts up a fight anymore. Levi quick defeats him with a barrage of Thunder Spears to his nape, blowing him up. Levi keeps him alive, hoping to pass the Beast Titan on to someone else.

Things are different now

The 109th Training Corps is preparing to simulate the defense of the Shiganshina District. The recruits are concerned that they will be unprepared to fight human enemies. One trainee believes they should create an Eldian army instead. Eren’s Jaegerists have inspired the next generation. They want him to lead them. Suddenly, Hange, Floch and the Jaegerists appear. They take over. Floch is right when he suggests that the “outside world” is a bigger threat than Titans. He asks for volunteers to join them. Several trainees step forward. Floch then demands that they “show their resolve” by beating Commander Sadies “until he can no longer stand.” They comply. Finally, Levi ties a Thunder Spear to Zeke’s neck with a rope. He then hacks his feet off. Zeke asks for his glasses before we get a flashback. The next episode will probably focus on Zeke. I wonder if we will learn the whole truth. It’s difficult to tell who’s the most sympathetic and I can’t pick a side. However, Eren and his Jaegerists are becoming monstrous.


Attack on Titan Season 4, Episode 13: Recap and Review

Children of the Forest (Mori no Kora)

I have to be honest at this point in Attack on Titan I do not know who to root for. The hatred between Eldians and Marley’s is getting confusing. I can’t keep track of who’s an Eldian, who’s a Marlyean, who’s a Marlyean who betrayed Marley, and half of them are Eldians who wish to be Marleyan’s. This on top of all the conspiracy. It’s a lot to take in and keep straight. I’m not sure any of this is bad. The characters aren’t aware who’s on their side, why would the audience. It concerns me that there’s only three episodes left of the anime series. How will this series stick the landing? Attack on Titan episode 13, Children of the Forest, begins with the revelation that Zeke used his spinal fluid to transform the villagers of Ragako. Levi questions Zeke’s sincerity, when the latter claims that he “did not want to do it, but it was to provide cover while he was working for Marley

Keep children out of the forest

As I predicted, the Gabi and Braus storyline was going to end in disaster. After enjoying some excellent food, Falco fakes an illness. They find Nicolo in the wine cellar and during the conversation Gabi gleefully admits to killing Sascha. Nicolo snaps and attacks her with a wine bottle. Falco once again takes the brunt of the assault for Gabi. Nicolo brings an unconscious Falco and a bloody Gabi into the dinning room. He reveals to the Braus family that Gabi killed Sascha. Artur Braus forgives Gabi and hopes to spare children from fighting. Nicolo puts Falco down. Artur asks Gabi “if she is okay.” It shocks Gabi that they don’t hate her. However, Kaya is different. She charges at Gabi with a knife. After Mikasa stops her, she breaks down crying with the rest of the Braus family.

Zeke’s spinal fluid

After the chaos dies down, Nicolo tells Hange to wash Falco’s mouth out because the wine has Zeke’s spinal fluid in it. He’s speculating, but recalls that Zeke used wine to transform enemies into Titans. Yelena appears to be responsible for this plot. In the other room, Armin notices that Gabi only thinks about killing. She can’t believe that they don’t want her dead. Suddenly, Eren appears, waving his bloody hand. The Jaegerists take everyone hostage. Floch Forster stands out. He was once an irrelevant character, now he has become more consequential. Floch also seems deranged. Floch and the Jaegerists knew about Zeke’s plan. Eren, Gabi, Armin, and Mikasa sit around the table, as Eren says he “wants to talk.”

Attack on Titan Season 4, Episode 12: Recap and Review

Dot Pyxis suggests giving up in episode 12 of Attack on Titan.
Dot Pyxis suggests giving up

Guides

Attack on Titan season 4, episode 12, “Guides” introduces the emergence of the Jaegerists. They accuse the Paradis Military using Eren to “cling to power.” As the public turns on the military, protesters demand Eren’s freedom. Dot Pyxis and Yelena have a discussion when she admits she encouraged Eren to act without military approval. However, she didn’t specifically tell him to invade Marley. They kept her meeting with Eren a secret even from the other Anti-Marleyan Volunteers. Meanwhile, Hange Zoe and Onyankopon play cards. He’s upset that the volunteers are treated poorly despite aiding Paradis after three years. There’s so much distrusts between everyone the only logical conclusion is for those groups to separate. Onyankopon accuses Yelena of killing those that “doubted” Zeke Jaeger.

Dhalis Zachary

Give your hearts

Elsewhere, Dhalis Zachary tells Mikasa and Armin that they can’t visit Eren, and the military isn’t certain that he’s not being manipulated by Zeke. Armin suspects the military is planning on finding a new Founding Titan. Suddenly, Zachary’s office explodes. His death excites the protestors outside who begin chanting the slogan “Give your hearts!” The culprit is unknown, and the volunteers are under house arrest. Armin expects some Scouts are responsible. A MP emerges from a meeting to announce that Eren had escaped. The following day, it’s revealed that hundred soldiers have defected forming a group Nile Dawk calls the “Jaegerists.” Hange suspects that their goal is to “reunite Eren and Zeke and then reform the military with Eren as its head.”

Pyxis takes over. He demands that Hange bring three soldiers that deliver supplies to Levi’s camp. He believes Eren will try to reach both Zeke and Historia. Armin asks Pyxis what they should do? He responds, “surrender to Eren.” From his perspective, finding the traitors would be too costly. He hopes they can use Zeke’s location to negotiate with Jaegerists. Hange suspects that Zeke and Yelena are in on the situation. With the new fractions, Paradis Island is vulnerable to Marley’s impending attack. The Titan and military power are now fractured. Are the factions going to clash? How far is Eren will to go? I’ve been predicting that Eren might become the new villain. Although, that probably is too black and white for this series. Attack on Titan has entered uncharted territory. Eren is now on the opposite side of Armin and Mikasa, at least for now.

Attack on Titan Episode 11: Recap and Review

Deceiver

Attack on Titan episode 11 opens with the prison escape of Gabi Braun and Falco Grice. Fearing being killed, Gabi plans the escape. She pretends to be ill and bashes the guard in the head with a brick. Falco doubts they can escape at all. Gabi responds that death would only await them if they remain. In Marley, Reiner awakens in a hospital. The first question he asks is “where Gabi and Falco are?” Back in Paradis, Gabi and Falco have been running for hours.

Gabi is determined to get information from Zeke. Suddenly, they’re interrupted by Kaya. She invites them to eat breakfast. Falco tells Gabi to “let him do the talking.” Gabi’s bigotry is on full display here. She doesn’t want to be touched by “the devils,” and she doesn’t want to eat. I suspect that her views on the Paradis Eldians will soften or she kills the family before that can happen. I think the former is more likely, but Gabi is at ease with violence and combined with her bigotry might not be reasonable.

The fissure between Eren and the Military widens. Hange is confronted by the public who questions their treatment of Eren. They believe all members of the Eldian community should have a say. Hange seems frustrated. She tells them, “the situation has changed now that their Walls are open.” Inside, Hange meets with Floch Forster, who leaked the info that they imprisoned Eren. He claims Eren did “nothing wrong,” and is a “savior.” Hange agrees with some of his arguments but arrests him and three other dissenters. If Eren now has a cult surrounding him, I definitely believe he will betray Paradis (or at least the Military) and put himself in conflict with Armin, Levi, and possibly Mikasa. However, Mikasa’s blind devotion to Eren most likely will see her join him.

The Sascha connection

At the Braus family ranch, Gabi and Falco clean the stables. Kaya comes for lunch. Gabi says that Kaya “has not accepted her guilt and asks if she has forgotten the atrocities committed by the people of the island.” This is in response to Kaya telling Falco that most of the workers are orphans. When Kaya asks if that “what’s taught in Marley” Gabi grabs a pitchfork. Kaya tells them what happened to her as a child and asks “what her mom did to deserve that.” She’s aware of the outside world’s bigotry, but doesn’t understand it. Predictable, Gabi holds on to the stories of Eldians from history. Kaya counters with logic, it doesn’t work.

It didn’t dawn on me until this moment that Kaya is with Sascha’s family. During the Clash of the Titan’s arc, Sascha rescued her from a small Titan that was eating her mother. This being Attack on Titan, this situation will only end in tragedy. Finally, Zeke is exposed as a traitor. Magath tells the remaining Warriors that the world will attack Paradis Island in six months. Reiner notes Marley needs to launch a surprise attack, considering the damage they took. With Zeke now with the Scouts (although they don’t trust him), that gives them (in theory anyway) the power of the Beast, Colossus, Attack, and War Hammer Titans. However, with this new cult of Eren, Paradis may not be at full power to stop Marley from devastating the Island.


Attack on Titan Season 4, Episode 9: Recap and Review

Episode 9 – “Brave Volunteers”

Brave Volunteers is the 9th episode of Attack on Titan season 4. Armin is talking to the crystallized Annie Leonhart, he explains what happened three years prior. The Scout Regiment captures the crew of a Marleyan ship thanks to the betrayal of Anti-Marleyan Volunteers. In the last episode, they introduced us to Yelena. She’s leading the revolt. Naturally, the Scouts don’t trust her. She meets with Hange and Levi inside a tent.

While Hange marvels at the Marleyan pistol, Yelena explains the size and scope of the Marleyan military. It shocks Hange to learn that the Marleyan army has aerial capability. She asks, “why they haven’t attacked then.” Yelena tells her that “the Pure Titans that had been unleashed would have hindered a land assault and that Marley is currently already at war with multiple countries.” After the Scouts defeated and took the Colossal and Female Titan, Marley’s enemies to advantaged and declared war.

We will become devils

They forced Yelena and Onyankopon into the Marleyan military after they conquered their nations. Zeke inspired Yelena, and she shot their superiors on his orders. Their goal is to “free the Eldian people.” We cut to Hange, revealing the demands of Zeke Jaeger to Historia Reiss and the Military. Unsurprisingly, they’re resistant. After Eren reveals that a Titan of royal blood would work around the “vow renouncing war, and with that power they could wake the millions of Titans sleeping within the Walls.”

This was the secret that Eren kept from the Scouts last season. He feared it would cause problems for Historia. The military won’t use Marleyan soldiers, so Hange says they need to find volunteers. These volunteers use radios to trap Marleyan ships, allowing Armin’s Colossal Titan to destroy the ships. With Zeke’s life reaching its last years, Eren becomes concern they’re running out of time. Armin fears using the rumbling will make them into the “devils” they’re perceived as.

We have to fight

In the present, the Scouts deal with fallout from Sasha’s death. Armin doesn’t believe that he “understands” Eren anymore. At the gravesite, Conny and Jean stop a Military Police officer from beating Nicolo. The Braun family arrives to grieve. Nicolo offers a dinner invitation to Sasha’s family. Levi brings Zeke to his “hotel” which is a forest with giant trees. Yelena and the Anti-Marleyan Volunteers are being detained by Pyxis.

They don’t trust Zeke and need to keep him on “a short leash.” Yelena has given Pyxis Titan serum. It’s unclear why they want the serum, but I don’t think it’s good. Elsewhere, Armin, Mikasa, and Eren all accept that violence is necessary or they can’t win. Peace is no longer a possibility. Attack on Titan episode 9 marks the end of hope. The Marleyan military has been severely hampered, but as Yelena stated, their military might be great. The imperialism that Marley engaged in has created many enemies. If these forces join with the Scout Regiment, they could destroy Marley.

Attack on Titan Episode 8: Recap and Review

Episode 8 – “Assassin’s Bullet”

Reiner attacks Eren and is quickly knocked down after Eren destroys his jaw with the Attack Titan’s hardened fists. Despite his defeat, Riener grabs the Jaw Titan from Eren. Out of energy, Eren emerges from the nape of the Attack Titan. The conflict finally ends. The Scout Regiment retreats to the airship. Gabi Braun refuses to allow them to escape. Armed with her rifle, she vows to “kill Eren.” On board, Levi kicks Eren and has him restrained.

The fallout from Eren’s manipulative behavior is just starting. Outside, Jean and the other Scouts board the airship while defending it. Former commander Lobov stays to defend the rear. Gabi races toward the airship, while Falco chases behind. Gabi’s perspective is irrational. Part of her drive to “improve herself” is based on the bigotry of Marleyians. She knows they hate her, and yet she aims to gain their approval. She engages in bigotry towards the Eldians from Paradis Island, calling them “devils.” Her desire for revenge is justifiable because the Scouts attacked her home. However, she denies that this is an acceptable justification for Scout’s.

Gabi kills Sasha

She’s spotted by Lobov, who hesitates to kill her after seeing that she’s a child. Gabi has no hesitation and kills him. His corpse drops to the ground, still tethered to the airship. Gabi with Falco grabbing on use the wire to get aboard the airship. Gabi fires at the celebrating Scout’s hitting Sasha in the torso. As Jean and Connie rush to the aid of Sasha, the other soldiers beat and restrain Gabi and Falco. Heading towards death, Sasha asks “whether they will eat soon,” ending with “meat.”

Elsewhere, Commander Magath and Pieck discusses the soldier she suspected. Most of us assumed incorrectly that the soldier was Armin, turns out it’s Yelena. She a soldier that was onboard the one of the missing fleets, she’s also a devout Zeke Jaeger follower. Yelena’s on the airship with the scouts, and so is Zeke. Hange leaves the cockpit and as Zeke, if “all has gone according to plan.”

Eren’s recknessless

Sasha’s death was shocking, but I think they foreshadowed it when Gabi witness her killing the two soldiers. Sasha is loved by the Attack on Titan fandom, but she never was a significant character. Her death will have an emotional impact on fans and of course her friends Armin, Mikasa, Connie, and Eren, but little effect on the actual story. I could be wrong, of course. Eren seem to take her death hard. Hearing her last words from Connie, Eren remembers Sasha wishing for the day that they can recover her lands so she can raise livestock.

While I don’t think that her death will have a narrative impact, it serves to make Eren look worse. He didn’t want her to get killed, but his behavior got her killed. As Jean points out, “she died because Eren had dragged the Scouts into battle.” Zeke’s betrayal is surprising. It explains why Levi’s and the Beast Titans fight wasn’t that intense. Regardless, Levi hates Zeke. He threatens Zeke when the Titan jokes he must have “wanted to kill him.” Zeke’s plan will unfold in later episodes, but in it seems to include getting the Founding Titan and a Titan “of royal blood.” With Gabi and Falco captured and Zeke “missing” I wonder what the Marley’s response will be.

Attack on Titan Episode 7: Recap and Review

Episode 7 – “Assault”

Attack on Titan Season 4 episode 7, “Assault” raises the stakes as the Beast Titan and the Cart Titan join the Jaw Titan. They shoot the Scout Regiment down. Running out of power, Lara Tybur uses her power to impale Eren again. He blocks his neck in time. Falco Grice and Reiner both survived Eren’s transformation. However, Reiner has lost the will to live. Eren attempts to crack Lara’s crystal, only to break the Attack Titan’s teeth. He abandons the Titan, then creates a new one. Pieck, Porco, and Zeke are confident that they have the upper hand. Pieck states that “he Warriors are the ones currently controlling the battlefield because their opponents are limited in weapons and fuel, having arrived using omni-directional mobility gear without a supply line.” With the Marley military surrounding the interment zone, she believes the only obstacle is Levi.

However, this isn’t true. In the harbor, Marleyan fleet prepares to dock. Suddenly, Armin Arlet transforms into the Colossal Titan, destroying the fleet in a nuclear explosion. The Warriors realize they underestimated the Scouts. Porco charges at Eren, hoping that capturing the Founding Titan would end the conflict. Zeke is defeated by Levi, who strikes at his nape. The Beast Titan collapses in front of Magath, Falco, and Gabi. Levi triggers an explosion, forcing Magath and the children into cover. Elsewhere, the Scouts attack Pieck and the Panzer Unit. Sasha Braus snipes one member, Carlo. Pieck is then overwhelmed by Jean, when he hits her with a thunder spear near the eye. The rest of the Scouts bombard the Panzer Unit with Thunder Spears, killing them.

Eren is starting to lose it

Meanwhile, Porco reaches Eren. He bites off his hand, then rips out one of Eren’s eyes. In the barrage, Porco scratches the Lara’s crystal. An airship carrying Hange Zoe arrives. Hange explains the plan is to pick up the scouts, but they only have one shot at it. Porco tries to attack the ship, but Mikasa surprises him. She cuts off both his legs, leaving him at the mercy of Eren. The Attack Titan tosses Porco before pulling off both arms. Eren then jams the crystal containing Lara into the Jaw Titan’s mouth. Taking advantage of the Jaw Titan’s teeth, Eren crushes Lara like a walnut, while Porco begs him not to. After he kills Lara, Eren allows the blood and spinal fluid to flow into the Attack Titan’s mouth, gaining the War Hammer Titan’s ability. As Eren prepares to consume Porco’s Titan ability as well, Gabi and Falco call for Reiner to aid them. Reiner finally awakes, transforming into the Armored Titan.

Attack on Titan episode 7 was brutal. This series has conditioned us not to expect any easy battles and to prepare to see our favorite characters die. I thought I would side with the Scout Regiment only, but I found myself switch sides. Falco and Gabi are both innocent (at least where the Scouts are concerned) but I felt sorry for them. They have always been victims, but Eren specifically has caused them pain. I wonder if they will become like him. Continuing the endless circle of violence. Eren’s brutality is becoming troubling. I’m thinking that he’s going to become the villain, or at least the anti-hero. Eren has no regard for human life. It disappointed me that Levi and Mikasa didn’t shine. However, it’s clear that they are going to be important to the Paradise military force. Overall, Attack on Titan “Assault” was another breathtaking episode.


Attack on Titan Season 4, Episode 6: Recap and Review

Episode 6 – “The War Hammer Titan”

I’ve been saying this all season, but it bears repeating. Attack on Titan has been to humanize the Eldian’s. Consider Willy Tybur, in episode 6, we see that he’s a father of 5. This successfully humanizes him. We think of his children being fatherless. However, he goes on in his conversation with Captain Magath to show little concern for Eldian’s life. The sympathy he earns in the previous scene is relinquished and when Eren eats him in the following scene, we don’t care. Eren’s assault has a devastating impact. While he massacre’s the attendees, the warriors suffer losses. Zofia is crushed under rubble. Udo tries to save her and is trampled to death.

The tragedy has the likely effect of radicalising Gabi. She can’t understand “why Udo and Zofia” had to die. The answer is they didn’t. However, Gabi is pushed further when Sasha kills a soldier in front of Gabi. Shocked by the violence, Gabi grabs a gun. I think Gabi will end up killing one of the Scouts, probably Sasha in revenge. However, Gabi’s not the victim here. She has killed plenty of people. She may be too young to or to bias to release that she’s no better than anyone else. That is the theme that Attack on Titan is trying to make. There are no angels here. It’s tragic that it involves a child like Gabi at all, but this is the world of Attack on Titan.

Look at what you’ve done, Eren

Lara Tybur is actually the War Hammer Titan. She quickly dominates Eren, when she impales him on a spike. The Titan can create any weapon it chooses. This makes the War Hammer titan a versatile Titan. Overwhelmed, it exposes Eren. When the War Hammer Titan asks “his last words,” he calls for Mikasa to take action. Mikasa arrives in typical epic fashion. Soaring through the air with new armor, she fires eight Thunder Spears into the nape of the War Hammer. As she pulls the triggers, they explode, appearing to kill the host. Once reunited with Eren, she asks him to “come home.” Eren’s “mission” to invade Marley seems to have been another one of his reckless decisions.

The Marley’s army prepares for a full assault. Eren notices that the War Hammer function differently from other Titans. First, it doesn’t have the nape weakness. Eren notes that the titan appeared “from the feet,” instead of “from the head.” Lara isn’t inside the War Hammer Titan at all. She’s hiding underneath the stage attached to the Titan by an umbilical cord. Eren transforms a second time, pulling out Lara from her hiding place. He tears the umbilical cord and the War Hammer Titan collapse. As he prepares to eat the Titan, the Jaw Titan attacks him from behind. Before it can kill Eren, Levi arrives slashing the jaw of the Titan, preventing him from biting.

It shocks Galliard that the Survey Corps isn’t afraid of him. Titans had besieged Paradis Island for decades, resulting is the Survey Corps developing skills and means to deal with Titans. This has also happened to the nations that surround Marley. This episode tests us. As viewers, we are rooting for Eren as he slaughters the masses. The “masses” unfortunately include children. Soldiers are expected to die and have made victims of other. I won’t lie, I was enjoying this massacre, especially when Eren kills the soldiers. Attack on Titan has attempted to make us feel for the Eldians, but I think they needed more time. War creates victims of everyone. The Survey Core may win this fight, but they could lose the war or at least more of themselves. Of course this is Attack on Titan, so they could get slaughtered in the next episode.