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Attack on Titan Anime Review – Season 4 Episode 10 (#69)

WARNING: Contains spoilers. Written from the POV of a manga reader, so anime-only viewers please beware.

There was an earthquake in eastern Japan the other day, off of Fukushima. I was about to go to bed when the entire apartment began to shake. It wasn’t a big quake in Tokyo, just weak tremors going on for what seemed like eternity. Made me think, is that what the world’s people in the AoT universe felt when the wall titans were coming their way? Everything starts with a soft tremor, like aftershocks after a massive earthquake, and then all hell breaks loose.

In the anime we’ve not yet reached that part of the story. Instead we are brought back to a nostalgic time and place, back when the 104th still spent time together as friends with the same mission. 

The episode opens with Hange annoying Eren in prison, and then with Levi and the 104th at the port meeting with Yelena’s group after they completed the port. Levi not even allowing her to shake Eren’s hand was too cute; brings me back to that time long ago when he had been so protective of the titan shifter.

Descendant of a Shogun

Then we see Mikasa learning about her heritage:

Screencap from Season 4 Episode 10 (#69) of the anime “Shingeki no Kyojin” ⒸHajime Isayama/Kodansha Comics/Shingeki no Kyojin FINAL SEASON Production Team. Aired February 15, 2021 on NHK G channel.

I’m so pleased the MAPPA animators decided to show the family crest in the form of a wrist tattoo like in the manga, as opposed to the embroidered handkerchief in WIT’s version. 

Screencap from Season 4 Episode 10 (#69) of the anime “Shingeki no Kyojin” ⒸHajime Isayama/Kodansha Comics/Shingeki no Kyojin FINAL SEASON Production Team. Aired February 15, 2021 on NHK G channel.

I love this interaction between Mikasa and Historia. Look at them blushing at each other! How utterly sweet, how incredibly cute! I can’t get enough of this moment, they both look so different and yet totally adorable.

Screencap from Season 4 Episode 10 (#69) of the anime “Shingeki no Kyojin” ⒸHajime Isayama/Kodansha Comics/Shingeki no Kyojin FINAL SEASON Production Team. Aired February 15, 2021 on NHK G channel.

And then, and then, OMG, Eren smiles at Historia. See the look on his face? So tender, so loving. He is obviously happy that she’s happy. I think it’s the last time we see Eren smile. It was in this chapter (107) that I became convinced he truly did love her, and later on we see him being very angry indeed when he hears of Zeke’s proposal predicated on sacrificing her.

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Another thing I love about this moment is seeing Hange in the background, observing them. I like to think they saw what I saw: the fact that Eren will do anything, anything at all in the world, just to protect Historia.

The Opportunist

The anime cuts off part of Zeke’s dialogue with Kiyomi Azumabito: the manga panels in Chapter 107 where he talks of betraying his parents. They also change her literally salivating over her plans to profit from Paradis’ ice burst stone mines. Instead she’s just made to lick her lips. Rather disappointed here! 

I really liked that manga version of a drooling Kiyomi and couldn’t wait for it to be animated. It shows just how much of an opportunist she was. (Much later we see her regretting her greediness, and willingly sacrificing her life so that the remaining soldiers and warriors can stop the rumbling.) I thought the manga moment was important in showing what she’s like as an unscrupulous business person. Too bad the animators didn’t feel the same.

When they illustrate Hange’s thoughts with a titan succession ritual showing a blonde woman with her hands tied, the titan about to devour her is pictured as a bald old man. I wonder why that is? If the girl is Historia it would be the titan of her thirteen-year-old child. In the manga only a mouth is shown in front of the girl. I wonder if there’s any significance to the full-head view of this new anime titan?

Unacceptable Proposal

Historia accepts her fate, but our indignant protagonist declares it is out of the question. 

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Screencap from Season 4 Episode 10 (#69) of the anime “Shingeki no Kyojin” ⒸHajime Isayama/Kodansha Comics/Shingeki no Kyojin FINAL SEASON Production Team. Aired February 15, 2021 on NHK G channel.

I absolutely adore Yuki Kaji’s voicing of this moment. Eren in crazy angry super mad furious mode, he won’t hear of Historia being sacrificed. Incredible voice acting! The closeup of our titan shifter’s infuriated eyes is also on point.

There is that barely perceptible moment in the anime where Mikasa seems to be whispering to Eren, 「ヒストリアが・・・」(Historia ga) “Historia will be…”. I love this teeny weeny change from the manga. In the manga it looks like Mikasa is addressing the queen, just saying her name「ヒストリア・・・」”Historia…”. But in the anime it’s as if she’s telling Eren, Historia will be sacrificed, what should we do? For me it shows Mikasa caring for the queen just like their other friends. I love it!

Screencap from Season 4 Episode 10 (#69) of the anime “Shingeki no Kyojin” ⒸHajime Isayama/Kodansha Comics/Shingeki no Kyojin FINAL SEASON Production Team. Aired February 15, 2021 on NHK G channel.

Historia listens to Eren’s outburst and she tears up. Eren, kind, caring Eren. Yes, Your Majesty, someone does love you, very much so

And then, and then, in one of the most beautiful transitions I’ve ever seen, we are carried from the queen’s tears in the palace to a droplet of water falling into a basin inside Eren’s prison cell.

Screencap from Season 4 Episode 10 (#69) of the anime “Shingeki no Kyojin” ⒸHajime Isayama/Kodansha Comics/Shingeki no Kyojin FINAL SEASON Production Team. Aired February 15, 2021 on NHK G channel.

Ahhhh, isn’t this amazing? Isn’t this fabulous? Isn’t this superb? I can’t get over the wonderfulness of this transition, so much so that I’ve screencapped it for posterity. I never thought I’d end up screencapping a washbasin! xD

Be still, my shipping heart! I adore Historia so much that if she’s walking in the palace gardens and there’s a mud puddle getting in the way, I’ll willingly lay down on it so she can walk over me without ruining her outfit. Eren cares for her so much that he’s willing to rumble the entire world, meaning we’re on the same page when it comes to Hisu adoration. So I totally love these gorgeously-executed erehisu moments in the anime. Thank you, MAPPA!!!

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Eren is Hopping Mad

We are then pulled back into the present, with Hange questioning Eren in prison. “Don’t you care about Historia anymore?” they ask. To which he replies he inherited the Warhammer Titan and can get out whenever he wants, then demands that they come up with a better plan. He becomes genuinely scary here, grabbing them by the collar and being so angry lightning flashes across his face, as if he’s about to transform. Another incredibly well-animated moment, with stellar performances from both voice actors.

Screencap from Season 4 Episode 10 (#69) of the anime “Shingeki no Kyojin” ⒸHajime Isayama/Kodansha Comics/Shingeki no Kyojin FINAL SEASON Production Team. Aired February 15, 2021 on NHK G channel.

Historia is shown in her cabin’s veranda with the farmhand, and then we see the MPs arguing amongst themselves in Nicolo’s restaurant, where Nile Dawk proves he’s a decent human being. I wish they animated that manga panel of a mysterious hooded figure looking on as Historia speaks with the farmhand inside the barn, to encourage anime-only viewers to guess who it could possibly be.

Sunset Confessions

After that we move on to the seminal railroad scene in Chapter 108. Hange and Levi arrive and the commander tells them of their plan to do some spying on Marleyan soil. 

Screencap from Season 4 Episode 10 (#69) of the anime “Shingeki no Kyojin” ⒸHajime Isayama/Kodansha Comics/Shingeki no Kyojin FINAL SEASON Production Team. Aired February 15, 2021 on NHK G channel.

The anime scene on the rail car, however, cut off some of Jean’s dialogue. In the manga, he says that in Marley he wants to drink the various wines Nicolo has spoken of, but this has been cut in the anime. In the manga, he enumerates three reasons why Mikasa can’t inherit the titans: 

  1. She’s an Ackermann, a clan they don’t understand too well.
  2. She’s half-Oriental, and they can’t tell if her kind can actually titanize. 
  3. Kiyomi wants to make plans with her regarding Hizuru.
  4. All of which Jean sums up as being too many reasons for her not to inherit the titans. 

(Of course, he doesn’t say what he really thinks: “I love you and don’t want you to die in 13 years.”)

In the manga, Eren listens to Jean’s reasoning, looks at her and says, “He’s right, Mikasa.”

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Unfortunately, they removed (2) from the anime, and more tragically, Eren’s agreeable response to Jean’s dissuading. I really loved that moment in the manga because it shows just how far our two precious boys have come in their relationship: no longer fistfighting, they now listen to what the other has to say. Including these few lines in the anime wouldn’t have taken a few seconds. I’m really disappointed they decided to make these cuts; the Jean stan inside me is weeping 🙁

Screencap from Season 4 Episode 10 (#69) of the anime “Shingeki no Kyojin” ⒸHajime Isayama/Kodansha Comics/Shingeki no Kyojin FINAL SEASON Production Team. Aired February 15, 2021 on NHK G channel.

Still, I enjoyed the way they showed Armin chasing after Sasha’s barrel of water, and also Mikasa displaying her massive strength, walking by with these large steel beams hoisted over her shoulder. I liked the anime-only sight of the ants walking in line. Eren blushing courtesy of the sunset is pure gold. I think it’s the last time we see him being this cute and adorable with his friends. 

Rift Amongst Friends

Next we see the friends back to the present and arguing amongst themselves, with Connie blaming Eren for Sasha’s death and demanding that Mikasa explain why he would laugh upon hearing of the tragedy. This event was truly heartbreaking to witness in the manga, and even more so in the anime because it feels more real with the voices. Very good performance from all the VAs here. I also liked the anime-only transition from flashback to present time, with Mikasa climbing a flight of stairs and looking out the window at the sunset.

MAPPA has done an excellent job as usual with the cinematography: good artistic vision, tone, look and feel. We get immersed in the SnK universe and can see clearly how in the span of four years they go from having some hope to seemingly none at all. The interiors and exteriors were all perfectly lit, with great camerawork and musical score. Aside from what I think have been unnecessary cuts, another neat anime adaptation.

Thank you so much for reading! What did you think of this anime episode? Please take a moment to share a thought or two in the comment section below. xoxo – hana

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Hill

Love your blog! I’ve read several posts but this is my first time commenting. I wanted to ask about your thoughts on when Season 4 of the anime will finish – they say it’s the final season but right now there is still so much material from the manga left to cover (over 25 chapters worth). At this rate, do you think they will split Season 4 into two parts and release the finale in 2022?

myri

oh and i forgot about levi complaining because the 104th grew a lot xD

a few weeks ago i met an old friend from high school (i hadn’t seen him since we graduated in 2017) and when i saw him (he is 1.85m now) i had the same reaction as Levi plus i am the same height as him (1.60m) so xD

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myri

aaaaandddd *taps the mic* the time of day came where i, myri, am being delusional xD

ok, first we start with the train scene. ok, i was waiting a long, loooooong time to finally see it animated. jean telling mikasa that she can’t inherit eren’s titan for many reasons *coughs* because he loves her *coughs* soo sweet and adorable.
obviously it was not perfect for those details you mentioned before, if they included those small but IMPORTANT details i would feel that all my chakras aligned (now i have them half aligned xD)

another moment that my damaged and sleep-deprived brain caught was the last scene, during the exchange of words between mikasa and connie. i noticed how mikasa looks at jean when she needs support or comfort in something, like she knows that his opinion is impartial and that in many moments where they found themselves in critical situations he was the voice of reason. idk these are my thoughts xD

well like i said this is a moment of myri being delusional, good night (good morning for you) xD

myri

i enjoyed the flashbacks, i liked how isayama and mappa were able to represent the closeness that existed between the members of the 104 without the need to stuff ourselves with many memories or with an overload of funny scenes!

btw, armin chasing sasha who had the barrel of water seemed to me the peak of comedy xD i never thought i would see that kind of scene this season, it was too fresh! i also enjoyed that little discussion between connie and sasha xD yesterday i had to wipe my tears, but tears of laughter hahaha

myri

few times i felt “disgusted”? towards eren. how he treated hange upset me from start to finish and triggered horrible memories i have of an ex-boyfriend of mine. obviously the two of them were in another situation, another context but i couldn’t avoid that feeling of anxiety, fear and repulsion that i felt when i saw that part finally animated 🙁

it also made me remember that time that an MP also grabbed hange with the same violence, but at that moment they had moblit to defend them. how i wish i had a moblit back then, and how i wish moblit was there to defend our henge 🙁

and talking about MPs, i was disgusted how that pig talked about historia! i wanted to go through the screen and slap him!

myri

There is that barely perceptible moment in the anime where Mikasa seems to be whispering to Eren, 「ヒストリアが・・・」(Historia ga) “Historia will be…”. I love this teeny weeny change from the manga. In the manga it looks like Mikasa is addressing the queen, just saying her name「ヒストリア・・・」”Historia…”. But in the anime it’s as if she’s telling Eren, Historia will be sacrificed, what should we do? For me it shows Mikasa caring for the queen just like their other friends. I love it!

ooh what a detail! i don’t speak japanese so these little details pass by for me, thank you very much for highlighting it here! 🙂

ps. it seems incredible to me how some people keep passing eren’s actions! xD i mean i understand that they may not like the ship or it does not excite them, but it is like ignoring the big pink elephant in the room hahahaha

myri

Iiwas also disappointed that they did not include that panel of kiyomi salivating at the mere idea of ​​exploiting that natural resource that paradis has. i mean, it would have helped to show her growth in the future, wanting to sacrifice herself so that the alliance can stop the rumbling.

in addition, it also represented the harshness of reality, how an entire nation takes advantage of another that is just emerging from its isolation from the rest of the world

myri

that scene of mikasa and historia was really cute!! i liked how mappa animated them <3 historia was beautiful as always and mikasa honestly looked adorable with her lips parted in amazement and her cheeks flushed xD i sincerely love her hehe (if jean had been there i think she would have fallen even more in love with her)

you have no idea of ​​the pitched battle that took place yesterday on twitter! both eremikas and erehisus fought over “which girl did eren really smile at”, it was really funny xD in my opinion he was smiling at historia, but i wouldn’t dislike the idea that he was smiling because of the scene those two were doing 🙂

kriss

I wish they animated that manga panel of a mysterious hooded figure looking on as Historia speaks with the farmhand inside the barn, to encourage anime-only viewers to guess who it could possibly be.

also wondering why they removed that it was important in the whoddunit solve the mystery department come to think of it i dont like this episode too many badly thought out cuts

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kriss

They also change her literally salivating over her plans to profit from Paradis’ ice burst stone mines. Instead she’s just made to lick her lips. Rather disappointed here! 

aahhhh waited 2 fucken yrs for this to be animated why mappa why it wouldve been a blast

kriss

just wanted to say jean haters r the most pathetic people in the fandom

kriss

Eren listens to Jean’s reasoning, looks at her and says, “He’s right, Mikasa.”

dunno why they removed this in the anime twas a dick move imo also dont like the way jean was voiced n this episode he sounds like a 12yo kid he should sound older and calmer bec he actually is

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kriss

really not into mappas character design hisu looks like a 10yo child she looks a million times better in the manga also for jean n eren n well everyone

kriss

Be still, my shipping heart! I adore Historia so much that if she’s walking in the palace gardens and there’s a mud puddle getting in the way, I’ll willingly lay down on it so she can walk over me without ruining her outfit. 

lolol ill do the same for levi lol oh n also erwin tho hes so big ill get crushed lol

kriss

u forgot to mention levi grumbling abt how much the kids have grown physically didnt like its animation twas as if levi was only speaking to connie when in the manga hes addressing all the boys it looked a lot cuter there

MimiSun95

Im going to look like a bad bitch but..
First I don’t like Historia and i don’t know why. Also i don’t like Eren. Just look the picture and in Eren’s memory Jean is like a meme. I don’t feel his “friendship” with Jean I just don’t feel it. I can’t feel it. Sorry. I never see any respect scene from Eren to Jean. I don’t feel they are friends. I don’t know why.. Jean always understand Eren but I don’t or i never see the second one to act the same thing. But i must comment Jean’s mistake. He is blaming Eren. Bug mistake from him. Please don’t kill me! And also most of Eremika and most of Erehisu shippers are pathetic. They are fighting for the ships..

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MimiSun95

The second picture is from Eren’s memory. For me when there’s not respect there os not friendship and there is no love.

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MimiSun95

And the last picture

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