The eighth episode of the second season and Attack on Titan seems to have returned to quiet character introspection rather than continue the action of the previous episode. It’s not as exciting but this approach does seem more realistic than everyone jumping to chase after Eren and his kidnappers.
The Colossal Titan falling onto Eren and Reiner gave the latter the chance to tear Eren out of his titan body with his mouth. Bertolt joins them in human form, carrying Ymir who’s till passed out. They run off and the Survey Corps are in no condition to follow because most of them were injured in the explosion caused by the Colossal Titan’s fall.
Back in Trost, Erwin meets up with Pixis and they vaguely discuss Annie as well as the faulty politics of the interior. Sasha and another guy reach them soon after and informs them that not only was there no hole in the wall but that three of the 104th graduates are titans, two of which are the Colossal and Armored ones. The news of Eren’s kidnapping is also relayed.
And then it’s flashback time again – there are really a lot of those this season – and we go back to before Wall Maria fell, when Eren, Mikasa and Armin were kids. The familiar formula of Armin being bullied, Eren trying to avenge him despite being outnumbered and Mikasa rushing to his rescue occurs, with Hannes and his fellow drunk soldiers cheering them on. The whole situation devolves into a royal mess. Mikasa solidly kicks their butts but Eren insists on joining in and fares far less well. A shopkeeper whose stuff gets broken by the kids’ fight takes it out on Hannes for being a useless, freeloading soldier. Eventually, some higher ranking guy comes to break it up but Eren chooses to pursue the fleeing bullies, leaving a devastated Mikasa in his wake.
Yeah, that boy needs to control his temper and learn his damn limits.
Back in the present, Mikasa wakes up and is shocked, outraged, and utterly distraught to learn that Eren’s been gone for five hours and that they can’t yet pursue. She sadly wonders why Eren is always goes somewhere far away from them and Armin sadly agrees while saying that’s how things have always been.
They’re just very sad, okay? Okay.
A less outwardly sad but still very sad Hannes joins them, food in hand, and notes that Mikasa and Armin are always cleaning up Eren’s messes and that their dynamic hasn’t changed. They have replaced neighborhood bullies with gigantic titans though. That’s a bit of a severe escalation.
Anyway, Hannes goes on to reminisce about Eren’s shitty fighting skills and how he’s never won a fight but also how he never gives up either. He wants to go back to the good old days when he could be a drunken soldier in peace while the kids raised hell and he’s willing to join the Corps’ rescue operation to ensure that. After all, the old days can’t come back without all three of them – Mikasa, Eren and Armin – alive and together.
This is actually a sweet sentiment and shows us that while Eren himself was always supremely displeased by humanity living in the walls like cattle, most people were quite happy with the stagnant peace.
Fired up by Hannes’ words, Armin and Mikasa eat their rations in a manner that would put Light and his potato chip to shame.
They’re soon joined by Erwin and the Military Police riding along the walls, all prepared for a rescue mission. Armin suggests Historia/Christa stay behind and is rebuffed since she’s not going to leave Ymir be taken. And Connie mentions how he still has trouble believing Reiner and Bertolt are traitors and wants to hear the words from their own lips. Hange, who can barely move but is too badass to let that stop them, tells the group their conjuncture on where Bertolt and Reiner might have taken Eren and Ymir.
Since the normal titans like to try and eat the titan shifters, it’s likely that Bertolt and Reiner want to rest somewhere safe until nightfall before heading to wherever it is that they came from. The apt location is a forest with big trees a little ways from Wall Rose.
And sure enough, we see Eren wake up – sans both arms – in a giant tree to the company of an awake but still healing Ymir as well as Bertolt and Reiner.
This is far from my favorite episode but it was an okay one all the same. It is nice to see some past moments between out central trio that illustrate how things have changed but also remained very much the same.
Little badass Mikasa was awesome.
Eren really needs to get a hold of that temper of his though. Seriously.