The attack of the Titans Season 4 just brought fans two important character cameos. Episode 78 of the Attack on Titan anime saw a turning point in the battle between Paradis Island and Marley – and the deeper battle between the Titans, as Eren Jaeger and Zeke finally attempted to unite and free the power of the Founding Titan! (Warning: Attack OnTitan Episode 78 SPOILERS Follow!) The bloody despair of the battle ended as Eren was fatally shot (and beheaded) by Gabi, just seconds before coming into contact with Zeke.
As Eren teetered between life and death, he had a flash of memories of his own life and that of his Titan predecessors. A montage of those ether-swirling memories contained nothing but fan favorites “Nerd Armin” and “Goth Mikasa” (aka “Gothkasa”)!
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If you don’t know the reference: Attack on Titan creator Hajime Isayama loves to put fake “sneak peeks” at the end of his manga chapters; one of the most popular is “Attack on School,” which reimagines the series as a high school drama. In this non-canon version of AoT, Armin is nerdy and wears glasses while Mikasa is a goth girl. The real-life story in the manga canon also referenced this high school imagination, making it somewhat official.
Clearly, the MAPPA team took the time to animate these brief appearances by Nerdy Armin and Goth Mikasa as a fun nod to the fans and the manga. However, that hasn’t stopped Attack on Titan fans from going crazy over the Easter egg reference – with some fans going so far as to insist that this visual in the anime now “confirms” that Nerd Armin and Gothkasa are canon — and by extension, all high school history. This is very debatable logic – but you can be sure Attack on Titan will argue it!
Along with the “Attack on High School” reference, Episode 78 of the Attack On Titan manga also gave manga fans a steamy (literally) reference to an infamous manga image of the series’ male characters ( especially Levi and Riener) sitting in a sauna. It was a treasure trove of in-depth riches for longtime fans of manga and anime series.
Fans should probably go back and pay close attention to the whole ‘memory’ footage of Eren at his moment of ‘death’: there are all sorts of images in this footage that are probably there for some key reasons. – beyond the Nerd/Goth references, of course.
The attack of the Titans airs new episodes on Funimation and Hulu on Sundays.