The beginning of the second part of the end of Attack the titans (Shingeki no Kyojin) runs its course. The factions of Marley and Paradis are clashing with each other, while the wielders of the titans have scores of their own to settle. Among those searches, a greater interest and a question: What will happen to the inhabitants of Paradis Island? What is Eren Jaeger’s plan? What role does Zeke have in this new scenario?
Through its three seasons, Shingeki no Kyojin has presented his viewer with a series of characters with nuances that invite the observer to think that no one is all good or all bad. It is an anime that does not admit polarities, especially at this point in the story. The above was feasible at first. Still, there was a layer of mystery that was not resolved. That factor continues in this ending, but with some clearer things.
While the great story unfolds, several of the small stories that feed it take shape and others evolve naturally or, perhaps, surprisingly. “Sneak Attack”, the second episode of this second part of the season finale of Shingeki no Kyojin, was presented as a transition chapter towards what could be one of the most important moments of the series. As the next episode rolls around, we break down three key details.
Attack the titans: the prelude to the rumble?
The answer to the previous question seems clear: it is. Eren and Zeke, two of the central characters of the story for a few chapters, are close to meeting. If they do, taking into account the different clues that the anime has been giving, they will activate The Rumble. Remember that this consists of freeing all the colossal titans that are confined in the walls of the districts. In that context, we share some points from the “Sneak Attack” chapter.
They are in combat
From the small incapable of controlling the attack titan to this boy capable of carrying three titans in his blood and controlling the skills of two specialized in combat. Eren Jaeger, whom the story does not yet reveal as a hero or antihero, follows his natural evolution. He is a formidable bearer with questionable ways, especially when it comes to his friendships.
In this chapter he showed again how to deal with three titans at the same time, without the others being able to take the pulse of the situation. On the contrary, the feeling is that in full conditions they are no match for Eren, beyond Reiner’s efforts to free him from what he understands as suffering. Meanwhile, Zeke appeared with a key phrase to understand the evolution of the character: your older brother has arrived. The paraphrase suggests, beyond him, that the meeting with Eren will happen sooner or later.
Armin and Mikasa’s decision
Armin, within the collage of personalities that are grouped in Attack the titans, is the most thoughtful with very emotional episodes. This generates a kind of cocktail that can offer decisions unthinkable by others, an innovative perspective as has happened in several episodes, although the second factor, especially at this point in the anime, invites doubt: Will his emotions dominate him or not?
For its part, Mikasa, whom Eren humiliated after years of friendship, finds himself at a crossroads. One of the characters who was most sure of herself is a bundle of doubts and uncertainty at the end of Shingeki no Kyojin. Away from the action, the inner drama that she goes through is one of the key points of the story. It is no coincidence that she took off the scarf with which eren covered her so many chapters ago. A symbolism that leaves the character’s future up in the air.
Despite the doubts about Eren, both decide to join others to accompany him. The decision can be understood as a tribute to the friendship that characterized the three for most of history.
Gabi, Falco and an open cage in Shingeki no Kyojin
As the confrontation ensues, including burning zeppelins plummeting to the ground (perhaps one of the best shots of the season), Gabi and Falco follow their particular path from different perspectives. While Falco has a much less confrontational vision than Gabi, she has, for much of this season, been driven by hate. Until the episode “Sneak Attack”, when she understands what was revealed to her: on the other side, on Paradis Island, there were no demons but people like her.
The girl understands that she is part of a trap in which Power and manipulation have put inhabitants of the same town to fight each other. She is already aware of how much evil and conflict she has harbored, and she also recognizes kindness and forgiveness in those she wanted to face.. The moment in which this takes place takes place in a place full of cages. One of them is empty, telling the observer that at least one of the prisoners already knows freedom.
For his part, Falco, to confess why he has done what he has done, offers one of the most moving moments of his story, detailing to Gabi the obvious: he did everything possible for her to have a normal life.