WARNING: Contains spoilers. Written from the POV of a manga reader, so anime-only viewers please beware.
We’re finally meeting the grownup 104th! How lovely to see them fighting together once more. Let’s see how the animators handled this storyline:
Lord Tybur Says Goodbye
An anime-only treat, we witness Willy Tybur saying farewell to his family. I thought this was a very thoughtful and well-placed addition: we see the man behind the scenes, we get to know both the public and private personas of the VIP the Attack Titan is about to devour.
Putting his conversation in the carriage with Magat (Chapter 100) in this episode and not in the previous one was a master stroke, to remind us of the high stakes involved with their agreed-upon gamble. Magat’s self-aware, self-condemning line: “Eldians are indeed the descendants of the devil, while we [Marleyans] ourselves are devils.” Early on we see a general who knew both sides were doing evil deeds but still kept moving forward despite the fact.
I love the little details in the anime: the luxurious carriage interior, including the damask-patterned wall covering, the rich leather seats, the lights filtering through the window. Great cinematography as expected from MAPPA.
Zofia and Udo are Killed
Seeing this part of Chapter 101 animated was utterly heartbreaking. The panic feels palpable as we watch in horror Udo being trampled to death by the panicking crowds. Poor Colt, devastated by his inability to protect the warrior candidates and at the same time worried sick for his missing younger brother Falco.
We’ve seen this type of carnage before in Shiganshina, when RBA broke through the wall. Civilians dying, children dying, property destroyed. It happened in Paradis and turned the young boy Eren into a vengeful man. Now it’s payback time, a similar surprise attack is inflicted on Marley and Gabi will fashion herself into Eren 2.0.
The wheels of revenge and retribution have turned. Seeing it all unfold in anime makes the suffering feel very real and all the more tragic.
Attack Titan vs Warhammer Titan
This has got to be one of the best fight scenes in AoT. I absolutely loved the way the Warhammer transformation was animated. It was like seeing a magical tree growing rapidly from the ground up.
The Attack Titan fights valiantly, but he’s impaled high up in the sky.
When the Warhammer brings him back down in order to kill him, Eren is in tatters. He comes out of his titan, but instead of giving her his last dying words, he tells Mikasa it’s time for her to attack.
They’re finally here! Badass Mikasa does what she does best, and showers the Warhammer with thunder spears. That scene of her flying upside down is simply gorgeous.
Mikasa finally gets to talk to Eren after his disappearance. I like her VA’s tone of voice here: she sounds relieved to see him and yet pissed at the same time, like a disappointed big sister reprimanding her rebellious brother.
Here’s a solo screencap of my favourite AoT character of all time:
Isn’t he adorable? Though it still feels a bit strange because I’m used to the manga versions of the grownup 104th. The character designs for the anime are a bit more roundish, for lack of a more descriptive word. Anime Jean doesn’t seem to have a long, lean face anymore, which is a bit jarring for me since those are some of his facial features that I love. But what I’m very happy about is that they didn’t remove his manga dialogue. I’ll take whatever face he is given as long as they let him speak up like in the manga.
Expert markswoman and elite sniper Sasha shoots the guards down below, infuriating Gabi. I love that anime-only scene of her snarling in anger. There are other nice small additions like this, for example: the drunk man we saw in the carnival episode being killed by falling debris, as well as one of the soldiers in Magat’s brigade watching with trembling lips as the two titans battle it out.
Eren figures out where the Warhammer holder was hiding. Louise, Connie, Jean, Sasha and the rest of the group watch with anticipation as the Attack Titan rips her out of the ground.
Meanwhile, Inside the Well
Pieck and Porco are shown being rescued by the Panzer squad. Don’t you just love this flashback scene of the titan shifter and the blushing soldier? It’s peak Pieck!
Hello Healthy Captain
Everyone waits with baited breath as Eren prepares to devour the Warhammer Titan. But the Jaw Titan won’t have it, and is ready to take back the Founder. This part was so well animated. Witnessing Porco’s thoughts as he stares in shock at the island devils in human form taking him on reminded me once more of the pleasures of the anime medium.
It’s just wonderful to see our beloved heichou uninjured and in his finest form here in the anime. The manga Levi right now is too painful to look at, as if he wants to die but he’s still being dragged—alive—through hell and back again. At least we get this anime version of him looking healthy and badass.
The episode ends here, at the first half of Chapter 102.
I very much enjoyed the animation of the battle scenes, as well as the Scouts in action. Smooth movements, great angles. Camera work and lighting were top notch as usual. The anime-only scenes were thoughtfully made. I still need to get used to the character design, but overall another very well executed episode. Two thumbs up!
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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