Attack on Titan Episode 30 – Historia

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It’s flashback time! Rather than pick up where they left off last episode, Historia takes us back to the time when Eren and the rest were cadets during a winter training exercise that includes traversing through a mountain in a killer blizzard. Christa and Ymir are left behind because Christa has chosen to drag their incapacitated comrade Daz with her. Ymir is there because Christa is there but that doesn’t stop her from trying to convince Christa to give it up and save herself.

But Christa is determined not to leave Daz behind and it all seems very (foolishly) noble until Ymir claims that Christa is not trying to save Daz (otherwise she’d at least have asked Ymir for help) but rather trying to die a hero. Christa doesn’t confirm verbally but her reaction makes it clear that there’s some truth to Ymir’s words.

Ymir then asks Christa if she’s the daughter of the ‘mistress’ who had people after her life. Whose mistress, you ask? Apparently, Christa is the illegitimate child of some noble and was almost killed for it. But they gave her the option of living under a different name. Ymir-of-the-past overhears a couple of priests discussing this at a church and seems supremely pissed off. The priests are dressed the same as Pastor Nick so they must also belong to the Wall Church. That group does seem involved in a lot of fishy business. Plus Nick has already named Christa as the person he’ll listen to about the titans in the walls so maybe both incidents are connected.

Anyway, turns out that Ymir joined the military to find Christa. Extreme, yes, but apparently, their similarity was enough of a reason for her. Christa takes this to mean that Ymir wanted to be friends with her. While there may be some truth to that, Ymir’s outward reaction is to berate Christa for wasting her second chance at life. Ymir got a second chance too but she didn’t give up her name. If she gives up who she is, then they will win. So she’s pissed off to see Christa willing to die and let those who ruined her life win instead of using that passion to save herself.

This is followed by Ymir kinda attacking Christa as distraction so that she can use her titan form to get Daz down to their base unseen. It’s a good thing she’s small for a titan. When Christa later confronts her on how she managed the impossible, Ymir makes a promise with her – when Ymir is ready to reveal her secret to everyone, Christa will also start living under her true name.

Back in the present, Ymir has a nice inner monologue as she jumps off the tower about how she’s the same as Christa; she too thought she was better off not being born as she was hated just for existing. She gave up her lie to give countless people joy but she also swore that if she ever got a second chance, she’d live only for herself.

That last part is ironic since we’re seeing Ymir take on a plethora of titans much bigger than her for the sake of protecting her friends, especially Christa. Guess Ymir got attached. Of course we still don’t know where Ymir is from or how she became a titan or what exactly was her tragic situation but all in due time.

Meanwhile, Bertolt and Reiner gape at Ymir’s titan form as they recognize it as the one that ate their friend. But we know titan shifters don’t eat humans like normal titans. So why-oh-why would past!Ymir eat that boy?

Ymir fights the titans but is soon overwhelmed. She really is a tiny thing. Plus she’s trying to keep the tower from falling so that limits her movements. Back up in the tower, Christa is superbly worried and has the most wonderful freakout ever as she too falls victim to this series’ penchant for having characters scream their words. Though to be fair, it’s warranted in this case since Christa is talking from on top of the tower to Ymir who’s below and needs to yell to be heard.

She tells Ymir to stop playing hero and live for herself like she said she would and to tear down the tower. It’s a very nice speech and Christa’s best moment yet.

Ymir listens a little too well and promptly tears down the tower. She climbs up top and gets Christa, Connie, Bertolt and Reiner to cling to her hair while the falling tower crushes the titans. Seems like titan!Ymir can speak just a bit which is not a trait we’ve seen from either Eren or Annie.

All is well for like 5 seconds before the titans shake it off and start emerging from the rubble. Ymir faces them again and is quickly beaten. Christa watches, horrified, as Ymir is torn apart. She rushes to her but just as Christa herself is about to be titan food, Mikasa comes to the rescue like a knight in flying armor, followed by the rest of the Survey Corps led by Hange.

The Scouts make quick work of the titans which is as cool and impressive as expected. Eren even gets to kill his first titan in human form, something he’s very happy about even though he’s told off for it.

The last scene is of Christa cradling a gravely injured Ymir and revealing her true name – Historia. I like it better than Christa and from next episode onwards, that’s what she’ll be called.

Ymir smiles and closes her eyes and I’m sure they want us to think she’s dead/dying but we’ve seen Eren recover from similar injuries before so the situation can go either way at this point.

By the way, the next episode’s titled Warrior.

Where have we heard that term recently?

 

 

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29 Responses to Attack on Titan Episode 30 – Historia

  1. raistlin0903 says:

    I’ve had a bit of busy weekend, so I haven’t had time to watch this one yet, so I will comment on this post later this week (but seeing as I am going to like it anyway, I sjeesde gave it a like 😀).

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  2. Karandi says:

    I hadn’t realised it was Eren’s first kill as a human until he said it and then I did a quick mental flash back and realised he really hadn’t ever killed a titan in human form. How did I not know that after watching the first season?

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    • D says:

      I didn’t notice it either before I first read that scene. I guess we all got so caught up in the titan stuff. The first season’s first OP does show him killing a titan but it’s all lies.

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      • Karandi says:

        I mean he has killed a lot of titans, just not in human form. I kept thinking surely he must have killed one when… and then realised, nope, he did not.

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    • Adam says:

      I had a similar reaction. Of course with a power like his why would he ever need to fight them as a human. If he has the strength to do that one would imagine he could transform, though it may be the squad leaders thought that would be too confusing/risky, since they are also in the thick of it killing titans.

      In some ways seeing Eren land, and then briefly loose his footing added a little levity to the episode, which was good.

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  3. GeekyGirlWrites says:

    After watching the flashback with Reiner and Bertholt seeing their friend getting eaten by Ymir, my friend was watching it with me and made a theory that the titan was not her, but a different titan that looked like her because the one from the past had flat teeth and Ymir’s titan has pointy teeth. Maybe it is her? I don’t know.
    Overall, I really liked this episode, especially the ending because the art for Krista’s and Ymir’s faces. My jaw just dropped when looking at the art and animation for the episode.

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    • D says:

      The rest of the features seem too similar for it to not be her though. We’ll find out soon enough.

      And yes, agreed. Last episode’s art was good but this one took it to a whole other level. I paused the screen just to stare at Ymir’s and Christa’s faces.

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      • GeekyGirlWrites says:

        I did the same thing! 😄😂 The animation for Attack on Titan is just amazing and it keeps getting better and better!

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  4. Akaluv says:

    As always, thanks for the recap =)

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  5. Adam says:

    I have mixed feelings about this episode. The series has a habit of abruptly pulling audiences back for protracted flashbacks, and I feel that weakens the pacing. I would have been tempted to put the flashback earlier, or break it into two or more pieces. First, during a calm period, prior to the current conflict, flashback to the training, and either end it before or as Historia silently wonders “how”, then interplay the dialogue between Ymir and Historia with the group up on the tower, wondering how they’re going to survive this.
    Once things got rolling I liked it. I thought the action was good, the information adds a little while also building more mystery, and I really liked the moment where Historia passionately takes control.
    Hopefully the series won’t slow down. This felt like a nice acceleration, but not enough to warrant a full pause. But we’ll just have to wait and see next weekend.

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    • D says:

      Agreed that the flashback did affect the pace, especially considering how episode 29 ended in a cliffhanger. You make a good suggestion for how they could have arranged it but alas here we are. I did love seeing into Ymir and Historia’s past though. They’re both major players by this point but we know very little about them so it’s good to finally see them and their relationship fleshed out.

      From the preview, I’d say next episode will be the opposite of slow.

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      • Adam says:

        I do like how they handle characters. They’re not afraid to invest in a character and then promptly kill them. Of course we all know the sacred trinity of Eren Armin and Mikasa will never die.

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      • D says:

        You can’t really tell with this show but I’m sure those three will be around for a long while. Levi too.

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      • Adam says:

        I’m not sure if Levi can be killed. Considering the skills he’s demonstrated I feel that nothing short of a large scale bomb would stand a chance, and even then he’d probably hide in a basement or behind a rock.

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      • D says:

        You make a very good point. What even is that guy?

        Like

      • Adam says:

        Personally I think his strength comes from training. He strikes me as a cold sociopath who only thinks strategically. I suspect he’s spent every waking moment of his life either training or planning. Of course he still might be something special, but I suspect most of his strength comes from an inhuman level of discipline.

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      • D says:

        I can’t agree with that but to be fair, I’ve seen far more of his character than the limited amount the anime has shown so far.

        Inhuman level of discipline isn’t far off the mark though. Still, he’s special alright.

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      • D says:

        Jumped the gun on the first reply so here’s more. Even in season 1, we have hints that there’s more to Levi that cold logic and controlled violence.

        One of his first appearances involve comforting a dying soldier and he’s shown to be very genuine about it. Later, he’s visibly affected by his team’s death and absolutely enraged when he tears into Annie. And soon after, we see him collect the badges of his squad only to give one away for the comfort of another soldier.

        I won’t deny that he has a very tight grip on his emotions but he’s no sociopath.

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  6. Remy Fool says:

    I think Adam makes a good point about the flashbacks. But we need them or else we would be in the dark about the bond between Ymir and Historia. It’s a tough act to balance properly is what I’m saying.

    It’s a good thing Historia didn’t fall while making such a moving speech, huh? Girl’s got some great balance!

    Oh boy, here comes an episode that’s probably all about that beefcake!

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    • D says:

      He does and so do you. Personally, I didn’t mind the slower pace though I agree that the flashback did affect it. I’m just really happy to see some Yumikuri okay? That’s a completely valid reason for anything.

      It is indeed impressive. I was laughing while she made that speech because it was an odd mix of badass and adorable. Go, Historia.

      I actually like the beefcake and all his warrior/soldier issues. That’s probably not a good decision on my part.

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  7. raistlin0903 says:

    Finally saw the episode. It’s been a bit of a crazy week. But wow, it was worth the wait. First off, the animation for this episode. Is it me, or was this one of the best animated episodes of the entire series so far? I loved the scenes in the snow. And yes, it was another flashback, something that seems to be a new thing this season, bit nonetheless I was not bothered by it in the least.
    I got goosebumps all over, when Mikasa came flying in to the rescue. How awesome was that scene? Seriously cool. I really, really hope Ymir survives though. There have been a little bot too much deaths now, so I don’t want another one this time.
    All in all, this season is getting better by the minute. The weekend can’t come fast enough for me 😊 And, as I said in my reply earlier: I knew I was going to like this post, and I most certainly did 😀

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    • D says:

      If it helps, my week’s been not that grand either. Frickin finals and then the ensuing separation has got us all a mess.

      It’s definitely not just you – I could stare at that last shot of Christa forever. And Ymir looks ten times as gorgeous as usual. And also, that shot of the scouts flying to the rescue. And the sky! I’m in love with AoT’s skies.

      The flashbacks, though they do disrupt the action, are something I love too. They give us more information about characters left unexplored until this point and it’s great.

      Mikasa was indeed cool af and Eren was hilarious afterward. Poor boy just wants to kill some titans.

      Fingers crossed for Ymir. Don’t follow Mike and Nanaba, Ymir. Historia will be heartbroken 😀

      Agreed wholeheartedly about the season and next weekend. The preview is promising. And trust me, I love your comments as much as you like my posts 😉

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