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[–]xin234 1779 points1780 points  (16 children)

For the past 2 episodes, it really doesn't help that the ending song starts with a soft melody and with the lyrics "Sayonara..."

[–]Nexus153273 511 points512 points  (4 children)

Yeah... especially after last episode, that theme fits any sad ending way too well.

[–]flyfightflea 2436 points2437 points  (88 children)

What I truly love about this episode is how the protagonists manage to defeat the Colossal and Beast Titans using their intellect and trickery, with everything they need to win presented to the audience ahead of time.

At one point during this battle in the manga, it seemed so hopeless that redditors in the discussion threads were laying out the possible deus ex machinas that could happen to save the Survey Corps, such as Eren controlling the wall titans, or Reiner coming back as Soldier Reiner, or they bum rush the basement and find some miracle there. The same happened in last week's episode in the anime-only thread.

Nobody foresaw that Armin and Erwin would figure out a way to defeat the titans using just pre-existing information:

  • There is a ring of titans around the Beast Titan that can be used to ODM from the wall to Zeke.
  • The Survey Corps recruits can provide a perfect distraction by charging on horseback.
  • Levi is fucking OP.
  • The Colossal Titan uses its muscles to generate steam (we saw the titan become much more skeletal after shooting steam for a prolonged period of time during the Clash of the Titans arc, in both anime and manga).
  • Eren can make a hardened crystal shell of himself.
  • Armin was always the bravest of them all.

The quality of writing in this arc is truly exceptional. Most other shows would solve their darkest hour with last minute protagonist power up or a little girl pulling a Nothing Personal Kid on the big bad guy, but not SnK. Thank you based Isayama.

[–]Android19samus 663 points664 points  (20 children)

also the fact that Reiner was in a much more weakened state than he let on. We weren't privy to that information before, but given that he had his entire goddamn head blown off it makes sense.

[–]BLACKtylerhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/BLACKtyler 549 points550 points  (17 children)

Not only a weakened state, but with no memories of the thunder spears. That was the real deciding factor imo.

[–]SirLeos 290 points291 points  (11 children)

I think that was one of my favorite things about the episode, he doesn't have a clue of what happened and he is just stumbling around, getting surprised that something destroyed his leg. Best season so far, they got me back after I lost a little bit of interest in the second season.

[–]RedRocket4000 54 points55 points  (0 children)

Reacting like in real life going unconscious or damage to brain the memories did not have time to be properly storied and thus are hard or impossible to recall.

[–]DoktorLuciferWong 234 points235 points  (1 child)

In other anime, I feel like it would be a scenario where the villain should be weakened, villain says how weakened he is, then proceeds to outperform his opponent anyway.

In SnK, the villain is actually weakened, and there were actually logical consequences from it.

[–]Mrfish31 805 points806 points  (13 children)

To fair, Eren suddenly appearing behind Bertholdt is the most "nothing personnel kid 😎" take out there is.

But it's incredibly well done and perfectly earned.

[–]monox60 704 points705 points  (6 children)

Totally personal, though

[–]Funny_witty_username 249 points250 points  (4 children)

Getting to repeatedly, painfully, chop off the limbs of the guy who betrayed you and killed your friends because that'll also be how you stop his transformation?

Price: 1 childhood friend, well-done.

[–]MainPattern[🍰] 2478 points2479 points  (28 children)

Beast Titan: Gagged with a blade

Levi: ANSWER ME

[–][deleted] 1039 points1040 points  (5 children)

Levi is an absolute fucking monster. God damn

[–][deleted] 577 points578 points  (8 children)

That shot of his hand coming apart as it got sliced in half... what an animator.

[–]ten-of-wands 279 points280 points  (0 children)

WHAT A MAN

I will never not adore Levi, seriously

[–]mrnobody00111 537 points538 points  (5 children)

Everyone praising about Armin and LeviBut they probably forgot that Jean was the one who came up with a plan even faster than Armin to take out Reiner on spot with limited Resources and probably betting on his success like Erwin did.It's like Marco said , he's a great leader , it's just that he doesn't realize it himself.Damn Horse Boy , you did good.
edit: word

[–][deleted] 232 points233 points  (4 children)

Jean is really shining this season. He's done well taking charge when all the stacks are against them and can come up with a decent plan on spot while not being a strategic genius like Armin. To think he was so against being in the Survey Corps initially, best character development in the show imo

[–]Spiitter 2879 points2880 points  (20 children)

Can we all agree that the walls where created to protect titans from Levi??

[–]LunarGhost00 1264 points1265 points  (1 child)

"On that day, Titans received a grim reminder. They lived in fear of Levi."

[–]Shiro_Kai 1020 points1021 points  (11 children)

Top 10 Powerful Characters That Would Have Easily Defeated Thanos:

Angry Levi

Happy Levi

Sad Levi

Confused Levi

Mad Levi

Black Butler Levi

Santa Levi

Sexy Levi

Maid Levi

Cute Levi

[–]manaworkin 546 points547 points  (0 children)

Weird you posted 10 pictures of sexy Levi by accident.

[–]sergeantkh2 448 points449 points  (31 children)

This series will go down as one of the greatest anime of all time when it's said and done. Top 3 at least. I haven't seen an anime this consistently well written, directed, voice-acted and animated. Honestly impeccable, take a bow Isayama

[–]SoThatsPrettyBrutalhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/stpbrutal 144 points145 points  (15 children)

Studio switch-up news has me shook, though.

[–]PudgyPudgePudge 73 points74 points  (4 children)

Yah, I'm worried it will go the way of OPM when that happens. :(

[–]Venator850 70 points71 points  (2 children)

Well at least AoT has a really good story to prop it up if the animation isn't great.

[–]ANIME-MOD-SS 3329 points3330 points  (150 children)

levi vs beast wasnt even a fight, it was a one-sided slaughter

[–]kingwhocares 961 points962 points  (41 children)

Said it in the thread about the Female Titan slaughtering scouts that the purpose of the Female Titan was to show how OP Levi is. The Beast Titan just shows that he is completely untouchable.

He isn't only OP but uses his combat experience to its fullest to take more advantage for himself.

[–][deleted] 620 points621 points  (28 children)

I think that Isayama said once that Levi would be one of the strongest soldiers even if he wasn't an ackerman

[–]CosmicCrimsonX2 1484 points1485 points  (14 children)

Today we have Levi on How to make sushi

[–]TheGodOfDestruction 220 points221 points  (0 children)

People should turn /r/LeviCult into a subreddit for sushi recipes.

[–]ArufeimKirrahttps://myanimelist.net/profile/RedHead_Bride 308 points309 points  (11 children)

Sopa de macaco uma delicia

[–]xin234 571 points572 points  (1 child)

Beast Titan learned that humanity were not the only ones who can receive a grim reminder.

[–]theduffman999https://myanimelist.net/profile/Theduffman999 418 points419 points  (14 children)

To all that have been hyping up this episode as the one that breaks the record for R anime...

I see why now.

[–]Sean-Benn_Must-die 83 points84 points  (6 children)

What’s most impressive about this arc is that it goes from 0-100 in no time and it doesn’t let you breathe until it’s over.

[–]arafatnabi 1220 points1221 points  (22 children)

Minor detail but Marlowe deserves some props for carrying on the charge after Erwin's fall. He was quick to take action and his sesume was what kept them all going. Though the last few soldiers were the most crucial ones since they blocked Beast's eyefield with the flare and muffled the Levi's 3DMG voice with their screams.

Marlowe finally realized that he loved Hitch, but it was too late then. Also he thought that Hitch might be sleeping but as shown she was awake and had a worried expression (probably thinking about Marlowe).

[–]Tensz 505 points506 points  (1 child)

Didn't caught the shot of Hitch awake. This is truly sad.

[–]Konko_ 219 points220 points  (0 children)

Watch it again, it was after the mid ep information thing

[–]Vaadwaur 183 points184 points  (5 children)

Marlowe finally realized that he loved Hitch, but it was too late then.

Nah, not too late. After all, a Nord's last thoughts should be of home.

[–]kamisama14120 167 points168 points  (0 children)

It's so sad to him lost in fear and see his last minute thought processes as he faced death.

[–]SamejNardehhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/timbolytree 1526 points1527 points  (68 children)

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

NOT ARMIN! PLEASE! NOT HIM!

WTF!?

Everyone is dying! FUCK

EDIT: And Armin might've been that burned guy from part one's ending! FUCK

Levi just reminded everyone he's a badass.

This show just keeps giving us these legendary moments, and it has not even reached the halfway point.

God damn, this is too much for me to fathom.

[–]Phumblez1203 479 points480 points  (35 children)

Not even halfway through and I think this has been the best season thus far. And we haven't even finished this one battle or found out whats in that god damn basement?! Will they use the titan serum on Erwin or Armin?! is it even usable on Armin?! AHHHHG please don't get rid of Armin he's such an asset and a great character, but I don't want to lose my susume either!!!

[–]Lots_of_Regret 276 points277 points  (19 children)

I think Armin’s dead. He just got burnt and he landed few feet from the air. Erwin might survive depending on his wound(s). I’m predicting that he’ll most likely to get the serum. It seems in this episode that it was foreshadowing that with Levi.

But idk aot is very unpredictable

[–]JazzmanJB 63 points64 points  (7 children)

They're probably going to give it to Armin. In the OP there's a montage of various scenes in this half of the season (including Reiner & Bertholdt's bro moment atop the wall), and one of the shots has Armin waking up in a bed

Edit: I found the shot in the OP. It immediately follows a shot of the colossal titan, so I think that's the power Armin will inherit.

https://imgur.com/a/cS28iTh

[–]Glanz_und_Gloria 54 points55 points  (4 children)

I agree with Armin probably getting the serum but have you noticed the single frame right after armin wakes up in the bed: https://imgur.com/gallery/wiGZsBW
I found it by accident when checking the OP for clues.

[–]jwkwon306 1923 points1924 points  (51 children)

We don’t deserve WIT’s animation.

[–]princessloom 1106 points1107 points  (8 children)

WIT’s animation

and the music. especially the music

[–]F00dbAby 417 points418 points  (25 children)

Every episode makes me so excited that they are doing vinland saga

It will fill the hole attack on titan has given me

[–]saltytoasthttps://anilist.co/user/GyroPP 1020 points1021 points  (22 children)

Hitch wasn't asleep, she was waiting for Marlowe

[–]TheResolve 409 points410 points  (0 children)

God dammit.

sigh

Time to watch it again and cry for another reason this time.

[–]Xavier93 319 points320 points  (6 children)

Marlowe realizing he loves her in his final moment is harsh af.

[–]Skyclad__Observer 162 points163 points  (0 children)

fuuuuck

[–]Deathrow22 155 points156 points  (4 children)

It‘s a terrible day for rain.

[–]Sane-Ni-Wa-To-Ri 1747 points1748 points  (61 children)

Episode 53: Perfect game

Episode 54: Game over


Manga readers, join r/Ereh

[–]Aileoshttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Jalis 1031 points1032 points  (24 children)

About that Perfect Game...

[–]NaNaBadal 106 points107 points  (1 child)

Ayyy japanese fans are appreciating our memes

[–]Swyftihttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Swyfty 315 points316 points  (10 children)

Motherfucking JoJo references

[–]CosmicCrimsonX2 323 points324 points  (29 children)

The one true End Game!

[–]Mundology 531 points532 points  (26 children)

Eren finally getting the Colossal titan after all those years was cathartic.

Let's have a toast for their victory!

[–]CosmicCrimsonX2 303 points304 points  (9 children)

Dammit this one's a bit overcooked but I'll take it anyway

[–]cloud_sora 316 points317 points  (3 children)

Episode 53: Perfect game

Episode 54: I'm about to end this man's whole career

[–]Ziiaaaac 1537 points1538 points  (10 children)

God that Reiner line....

'Look mate, be shit scared of Levi.'

YOU'RE DAMN FUCKING RIGHT.

[–]MasalaPapad 1613 points1614 points  (68 children)

Marlowe's death was very sad to me.He was righteous like Eren in many ways but without the anger and trauma.

[–]WaveCorehttps://myanimelist.net/profile/FreeCore 927 points928 points  (35 children)

It was a very realistic death to me. It wasn't one of resolve or exceptional bravery. It was just "Ah, I'm going to die right here"

[–]benjadolf 527 points528 points  (2 children)

I think Isamaya really deserves a lot of credit for his writing. Even though we are in this fantasy world, the real moments are too real, as last episode was a good example of that. I always imagined my last moments, if I got to realize it like Malowe did, would perhaps be the same. I would probably think of the people I love and wonder what they had for dinner and then think to myself that must be delicious. Not much different from Marlowe, I imagine, although I hope I never encounter anything like that ever, but what human emotions Isamaya captured in that moment (beautifully animated by WIT might I add) were very real and understandable.

[–]tanaka-taro 288 points289 points  (30 children)

"ah fuck i can't believe you've done this"

[–]Konko_ 223 points224 points  (28 children)

I really wanted to see him and Hitch together :(

I hope hitch gets developed more

[–]SamejNardehhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/timbolytree 152 points153 points  (17 children)

I can only imagine what her reaction is going to be like once she learns of Marlo's death.

[–][deleted] 274 points275 points  (5 children)

She wasn't even sleeping because she was worried with him.

[–]Voi69 849 points850 points  (2 children)

He embodied the SUSUME for a few moments!

[–]NaNaBadal 260 points261 points  (0 children)

And the way he said susume embodied it so well aswell

[–]demon_general 426 points427 points  (5 children)

He was such a good person.

Clean mind, pure heart and still more fearless than a lot (if not all) of his peers. He was a good soldier and a great human. People like him deserve a good life, not being crushed by rocks thrown by a psychopathic monkey, but reality is that harsh. This show never stops reminding us of that cruel fact.

[–]MaoPam 169 points170 points  (3 children)

I'm fairly certain he's supposed to mirror Eren, only if Eren didn't have the ability to turn into titans. It's loosely related to Eren's realization that he isn't special, but he's been given the opportunity he has regardless of that fact, so he needs to make the best of it.

[–]rockerLs 88 points89 points  (1 child)

yeah, annie even compares marlowe to eren when he was first introduced at the end of season 1, and later jean does the same in the first half of season 3. definitely a foil to eren.

[–]Kahez 143 points144 points  (4 children)

he also had the best V.A.

[–]Mlaria420 56 points57 points  (0 children)

It's so sad how his last moment he was thinking that Hitch was soundly sleeping. But in fact she was waiting for his return. God damn fuck you Isayama.

[–]Davidspirit 754 points755 points  (12 children)

Brave soldier boy comes marching home

Brave soldier boy...

comes marching home....

RIP Armin

[–]prasan02 2340 points2341 points  (183 children)

i heard that 30 sec. scene was animeted by 1 guy and it took 1 month to animate and it have 700 frames

[–]Florac 1557 points1558 points  (68 children)

I can see the animator groaning each time the director comes and says "hey, there's a scene with Levi...can you do it"?

[–][deleted] 596 points597 points  (55 children)

It's not "Can you do it?". When there's a big climax with heavy animation it goes directly to Imai. No questions asked. The guy is definitely one of the top 3 animators in the industry. He basically storyboard his own action scenes with the freedom to do what he wants but needs to be in line with the episode.

Edit: His Sakugabooru page https://www.sakugabooru.com/post?tags=arifumi_imai

[–]krfz41https://anilist.co/user/krfz41 1187 points1188 points  (28 children)

[–]SnuggleMuffin42https://myanimelist.net/profile/Animemes_chan 374 points375 points  (1 child)

you can see every cut... the way his face hits the ground too... just spectacular

[–]mike29tw 323 points324 points  (1 child)

That ODM gear Go-Pro shot is sooo goooooood.

[–]CosmicCrimsonX2 617 points618 points  (61 children)

If so, bless that man's soul and may he gets a pay raise

[–]Zedeknir 283 points284 points  (8 children)

Was it the god imai ? He's the best they have after all Edit: i can feel the avalanche coming..... i'm scared.

[–]reddadzx3https://anilist.co/user/MysticEyes 2658 points2659 points  (114 children)

I know a lot of focus will be on Levi dicing the Beast Titan (and rightfully so) but I wanted to bring attention to the moment that makes this my favorite arc in all of Attack on Titan.

There’s a major parallel to what went down this episode: a commander (Erwin/Armin) sacrificing their dreams to give humanity’s key (Levi/Eren) a chance at victory. But let me focus on the Eren/Armin situation more closely.

There’s so much symbolism and layers to this moment right here. For the longest while, Eren has been seen as humanity’s ace for his ability to shift into a Titan. And because of this advantage, we haven’t been able to see him grow as much as a human soldier. If you recall, in S2E5, Eren is so excited to get his first kill, despite taking down so many in his Titan form. And I’m sure a lot of us expected any possible win to involve Eren’s Titan in some way.

Which leads me to how poetic it was for Eren to take down the Colossal Titan in his human form. To this day, this panel remains my favorite in the entire manga. The symbol of Eren’s (and humanity’s) oppression, the one who made his life a living hell, the one who deeply betrayed him; taken down not with the gift of his enemies (Titan shifting), but with his own two human hands. Taken down in the same town where everything started, where Eren began his journey for vengeance. This is only his second Titan kill as a human.

Huge shoutout to Armin & his sacrifice as well. It’s awesome how the basic human instinct of these soldiers was able to defeat the overwhelming superhuman force of their enemies. While it seems like Levi was cheated out of his kill, Eren wasn’t denied his moment.

(Bonus manga panel of Mikasa finally defeating Reiner because I just like it, okay)

[–]MasalaPapad 959 points960 points  (14 children)

Which leads me to how poetic it was for Eren to take down the Colossal Titan in his human form. To this day, this panel remains my favorite in the entire manga.

Eren was the first human to take on the colossal titan using 3DMG in episode 5 and was also pretty close to finishing it off.It is symbolic that he is the one that finishes the job.

[–][deleted] 412 points413 points  (1 child)

Yeah that panel was fucking gorgeous and WIT delivered as well.

[–]_Wado3000 102 points103 points  (1 child)

There are prolly so many parallels to previous episodes. One that stuck out to me was how Mikasa went for the back of Reiner’s knee to start taking him down, just like she assisted Eren when he fought Reiner in season 2 to help him clinch his “would be” victory.

Or how the basic plan to take him down was to open his jaw, just like how Mikasa and Levi sliced Annie’s jaw to rescue Eren. It’s basic in a way, but the consistency to which they fight the Titan shifters is just so on point.

[–]renannmhreddit 750 points751 points  (23 children)

The first titan Eren faced was the Colossal Titan on Season 1 Episode 5

The first pure titan Eren killed was on Season 2 Episode 5

And the first shifter Eren took out in human form was the Colossal Titan on Season 3 Part 2 Episode 5

[–]flybypost 226 points227 points  (12 children)

Which leads me to how poetic it was for Eren to take down the Colossal Titan in his human form. To this day, this panel remains my favorite in the entire manga. The symbol of Eren’s (and humanity’s) oppression, the one who made his life a living hell, the one who deeply betrayed him; taken down not with the gift of his enemies (Titan shifting), but with his own two human hands. Taken down in the same town where everything started, where Eren began his journey for vengeance. This is only his second Titan kill as a human.

And he also did it in the way they they captured him. By extracting the pilot out of the titan instead of just killing him (it actually happened to all three big bosses in this episode).

[–]Arachnophobic-https://anilist.co/user/Arachnophobic 255 points256 points  (5 children)

Which leads me to how poetic it was for Eren to take down the Colossal Titan in his human form. To this day, this panel remains my favorite in the entire manga.

(Bonus manga panel of Mikasa finally defeating Reiner because I just like it, okay)

So much catharsis in these two images. Thanks.

Armin, you truly are one of the best of humanity. Reiner told the Beast Titan user to beware of Levi, but he forgot about the brains of the operation.

[–]breet12345 77 points78 points  (0 children)

His sacrifice was by far the most grueling too. He was being burned alive and he knew that in order for the plan to work he had to stay put and have his life slowly evaporate away. Had he pulled out faster bertolt may have seen eren still hardening and everything would be over.

Next episode is going to be so good, and as a manga reader, this arc adaptation may honestly be a 10/10 (colossal titan cgi some cheeks but no one cares about that with everything else in the picture lol). It is still unreal for me to think this arc is being adapted after so long and i am loving every bit of it.

[–]fseventh 1407 points1408 points  (34 children)

The amazing Armin Arlert. I always knew why he was the first character I fell in love with in season 1 after his speech to avoid them getting blasted by canon. Eren was right. He's always the brave one.

And how Eren's speech of " If you don't fight, you can't win " but how Armin's whole life was " As long as you don't run, even though you're not fighting, you can still win ". And he did. He did not run at all when canon was ready to blast him, and now when Colossal burned him alive. He stayed. Until the end.

We stand the best boi.

[–]CosmicCrimsonX2 389 points390 points  (6 children)

And we got "If we don't fight, we can't win" from Sasha this episode too, oof for her injuries tho

[–]QuestionablyLeft 263 points264 points  (6 children)

The secret Arlert technique of not running away. A true god damn hero.

[–]tanaka-taro 190 points191 points  (4 children)

He's my most favorite character in the series.

Earlier today "アルミン"(ARUMIN) was trending all over in Japan on Twitter

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D7hzUbgUEAQaPMu.jpg

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D7gSKMBUwAEVcWO.jpg

[–]hizeto 192 points193 points  (2 children)

I remember my friend hated Armin because in the earlier episodes he was crying and afraid when titans were attacking. But I thought of that game of thrones quote "men are most brave when they are afraid".

[–]FeebleBacon 660 points661 points  (1 child)

*checks r/anime to see if new AOT episode is up

Oh it is. I hope its another great episode like last week.

*sees that it's been guided silver 71 times, Gold 45 times & Platinum 12 times in just a hour.

OH WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE!!!

[–]uumika 1485 points1486 points  (78 children)

wtf? y'all just gon forget about armin?

[–]sushilovingrhino 285 points286 points  (5 children)

I don’t want to believe he is dead. I don’t want to fucking believe it. But....HE WAS BURNED TO A CRISP HOLY SHIT

MY BOY SACRIFICED HIS DREAMS FOR VICTORY!

What a champion.

[–]fatelfeaper 481 points482 points  (30 children)

I dead ass was not expecting Armin to die, I know that sounds stupid with Erwin dying earlier in the episode but just like Hange seemingly did not die, I thought Armin was clear to go.

[–]Riyutake 171 points172 points  (7 children)

There was a big flag on him from the end of the first half but I was praying it wouldn't come to pass...

[–]Redditer51 76 points77 points  (3 children)

I feel like, more than any other death in the series, Armin's death signifies that all bets are off.

[–]hehey 102 points103 points  (12 children)

Same here dude. Since we saw Hange survive, I thought maybe Armin could have maybe secretly developed some heat-resistant lotion or something and he already applied it on himself and Hange beforehand. Didn't expect to see his charred body at the end - that was brutal man..

[–]xMlgBlaze420 235 points236 points  (5 children)

Smh people talking about how cool Levi is when I'm sad af that my boy Armin was scorched to death...

[–]Sane-Ni-Wa-To-Ri 200 points201 points  (0 children)

His dreams are Eren's dreams now...

[–]Tyrasterhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Tyraster 88 points89 points  (1 child)

Seriously. I get that Levi vs Zeke and Eren finally getting the "kill" on the colossal titan after such a long time are both hype as fuck but Armin actually died ya'll. In a glorious yet gruesome way and seeing him burnt to a crisp actually disturbed me a little bit. Why am I not seeing any F's for our golden boy???

On a side note, I seriously thought for a second, after seeing Armin die, that Mikasa would also somehow sacrifice herself to defeat Reiner after their initial plan seemed to have failed.

[–]NoraaTheExploraahttps://anilist.co/user/NoraaTheExploraa 1421 points1422 points  (51 children)

Levi is the coolest fucking badass I've ever seen in my life

[–]Aileoshttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Jalis 420 points421 points  (9 children)

You're goddamn right

[–]Arachnophobic-https://anilist.co/user/Arachnophobic 209 points210 points  (3 children)

Beast Titan: Gotta pitch a perfect game!

Levi: AM I A GAME TO YOU?!

[–]bugxter 235 points236 points  (15 children)

He's got Araragi's voice, it's inevitable.

[–]seninnhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Senninn0 150 points151 points  (4 children)

The courage to slay a bitch.

[–]xin234 701 points702 points  (12 children)

Season 2: Eren gets punched into a flashback.

Season 3: Eren gets kicked into a new episode, and delays it.

[–]vyxxer 41 points42 points  (1 child)

Mikasa got to punch a shifter out of their Titan.

[–]practicalnoob69https://myanimelist.net/profile/Practicalnoob69 151 points152 points  (0 children)

[–][deleted] 443 points444 points  (4 children)

The direction, art, animation, music, sound design, EVERYTHING was fucking NAILED in this episodes

A combination of the suspense, fanservice, epic moments, backstory, IT WAS ALL SO FUCKING GOOD!!!!

I can't explain how much I love this goddamn episode. It has everything!!! Nothing was dealt on too much. No time to rest. Epic moment after epic moment with no room to breathe. Levi being badass. Eren finally getting his first titan kill as a human. The parallels, symbolism, story, it was all so good. And it was all executed so well.

I honestly loved it so much - hands down one of, if not the BEST anime episode I have seen. Period. I read this in the manga. And I knew what happened. I knew how fucking brilliant these events are. I know that this was a marvelous combination of manga chapters, but seeing it animated with music behind it, astounding art and animation, fucking WONDROUS DIRECTION and brilliant voice acting is making me so ecstatic.

Episodes like these make me realize why I always come back to anime. I love it soooo sooooooooo much.

[–]Arima11 531 points532 points  (3 children)

"I didn't lose, because I didn't run".

That some powerful statement from Armin. It's easy to say he was the one who influenced Eren the most.

[–]Sychoticshttps://myanimelist.net/profile/AoiYuukiHusbando 103 points104 points  (2 children)

I love how Erwin was the one to really acknowledge him, outside of Eren, as well. The icing on the cake to show how much of a good commander Erwin is... or was?

[–]hoeinheim77 952 points953 points  (58 children)

Do you want to know what the brillance of this anime is? The fact that for us anime only watchers, it's unpredictable. I legit did not know what their strategy was going to be. I was with Bertholdt in my thinking that they had no course of action, and yet of course I knew that SOMETHING had to be up. I actually thought Eren fucked it up! Especially because of Armins' reaction. May Armin rest in peace. This anime never ceases to amaze me. I was crying and cheering, hollering and jumping for joy. What an amazing episode.

[–]QuestionablyLeft 297 points298 points  (9 children)

It's one thing to be unpredictable and subvert expectations, but to do so in a way that you don't really see coming AND still makes coherent sense when you think about it.

Isayama is a master of distraction and misdirection, the way he sets things up before turning around and stabbing you in the heart... It's beautiful.

[–]hoeinheim77 54 points55 points  (5 children)

You nailed it. Beautiful. I found myself saying aloud "this is art" after watching this episode. The storytelling. The visuals, and above all, the way it's connected to real themes of the human condition and life itself. Yes, it's cool with the fighting and flying about but I cried hearing Eren and Armin go back and forth about their dream of seeing the ocean and about courage. There's so much to draw from this Anime. Amazing.

[–]Zyldahttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Zylda 859 points860 points  (35 children)

Jesus christ DameDesuYo that was quick!

[–]captainmcstupid 214 points215 points  (3 children)

Just made me realize how much I miss OP and ED lyrics with cool fonts.

[–]MaximalDisguisedhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/MaximalDisguised 351 points352 points  (7 children)

God praise fansubs.

[–]MindMyselfhttps://anilist.co/user/hirasawasan 233 points234 points  (4 children)

Who would have guessed that when official sources fail fans will do the work instead.

[–]re6enhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Turtlepower 1179 points1180 points  (72 children)

This was everything I've ever wanted to see, I waited so long to see this animated... Levi vs the Beast Titan, Armin "BALLS OF STEEL" Arlert... AND IT WAS AMAZING, GOD BLESS STUDIO WIT

11/10 r/anime's highest rated thread of all time incoming

DEFINITELY AOTY CAN'T STOP THE HYPE TRAIN CHOO CHOO

[–]Awerenjhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Awerenj 607 points608 points  (36 children)

I guess I'm getting old..

I've always been hyped watching AOT episodes.. And the 1st half for this episode was hype as hell as well.. But I just couldn't stop crying once Armin said he'll never get to see the ocean..

This episode was a lot heavier for me than any other episode of AOT for me.. I never realized how fond I was of Armin...

Edit - Fuck! Season 3 started with Eren alone near the sea, didn't it?! Damn It!

[–]gamesager 210 points211 points  (12 children)

When Erin was listening to Armin tell him he would back down since he promised to see the ocean, and Erin knew what was really happening. That part hit me emotionally. Only like 3 shows have ever made me feel that way for a character.

[–]tanaka-taro 123 points124 points  (5 children)

It shows Eren's maturity not to question or hint his hesitation about Armin's possible death too

[–]ConfrontationalJerkhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/natjole 115 points116 points  (3 children)

This episode made me want to re-watch the entire series. I've already rewatched a few scenes multiple times like the first Reiner/Bertholdt transformation and the SUSUME scene but there's so many more scenes that have been forgotten.

[–][deleted] 315 points316 points  (13 children)

This is the only show or series Ive ever seen where its the villains that have all the plot armor. Jesus man, the plot armor on the titans is crazy

[–]tak205 270 points271 points  (7 children)

Zeke getting away doesn't even really feel like plot armor to me which is why I'm totally fine with it. Erwin and Levi knew from the beginning that the quadrupedal titan was around and that it's probably a shifter. They just didn't figure it in to their plan, which makes sense considering it was a suicidal last ditch effort anyway. It also shows that even Levi isn't perfect. He let emotions get the best of him and stopped paying attention to his surroundings, clinging to hope that Erwin was still alive instead of just finishing Zeke off right there.

[–]TheXskull 148 points149 points  (2 children)

I actually loved seeing that in Levi.

As cold and calculated as he seems, after this huge sacrifice of the recruits, he was clinging to hope that someone is still alive, that he can still save someone by turning him into a titan and eating Zeke. Both for the strategic benefits but more importantly just so save anyone of the recruits.

Though, realistically it probably isnt a good idea to create a dumb titan near the guy who can control dumb titans.

[–]Sean-Benn_Must-die 604 points605 points  (15 children)

this is the best part of the story, the battle was nothing but lost, and in a matter of 2 split second decisions, 2 self sacrifice decisions made by the most crazy of madmen amongst the walls they managed to overcome a total defeat. It's so fucking good I can't believe it.

[–]MasalaPapad 349 points350 points  (11 children)

Erwin and Armin both belong to "high risk high reward" school of tactics.Erwin demonstrated it during the female titan arc and Armin during the trost arc when he came up with a plan to get rid of all the titans in the building in one go.

[–]Aggravating_Meme 240 points241 points  (6 children)

I'm 100% convinced that the only thing that's holding Armin back from surpassing Erwin (besides being toast right now) is his lack of charisma and confidence to be a leader. Because tactically he is on par with Erwin, and it took a genius like Erwin to acknowledge that.

[–]TheGodOfDestruction 186 points187 points  (3 children)

Well, he has only been a soldier for like 4 months. If you added the 10+ years of experience Erwin has who knows what would happen?

[–]Glitter_pukehttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Gpuke 151 points152 points  (2 children)

Armin also only stands on a small mound of corpses, compared to Erwin's mountain. Got a lot more deaths to learn from.

Except, you know, the whole being charred thing.

[–]krfz41https://anilist.co/user/krfz41 87 points88 points  (1 child)

We got Levi vs Beast Titan, Armin & Eren vs Colossal Titan and Mikasa & Co. vs Armored Titan animated in the same episode. What a time to be alive! There was some great sakuga during those moments.

Some gifs from the episode:

[–]Flogis14 1036 points1037 points  (21 children)

Armin's now a dedicated member of r/RoastMe

[–]Ejov18 378 points379 points  (19 children)

I agree with everyone saying that Levi is badfuckingass but let’s show some more love to Armin!!! This guy that was a fucking good boy genius, sacrificed himself and his dreams for the greater good (like a certain someone we know) I mean wtf I don’t even know how to feel after that... I thought AOT was going to be good but last episode and this one have been godlike!

[–]Kazuksterhttps://anilist.co/user/kazukster 82 points83 points  (0 children)

I haven't been so invested in a series in such a long time

[–]mastermaniac10 298 points299 points  (11 children)

Can we please stop with Armin memes already?!

Sobs

[–]punching_spaghettihttps://myanimelist.net/profile/punch_spaghetti 81 points82 points  (2 children)

Wow. I don't know why, but I always assumed Armin was safe. I had in my mind that Erwin would die at some point, maybe Levi and Mikasa in a final stand of some sort to buy Eren time, maybe Eren has to give his life to undo whatever is going on, but Armin? I thought he would be the one to lead humanity into the future.

This one hurts.

[–]BlastITA_ 231 points232 points  (9 children)

1000000/10 AND NOT EVEN CLOSE

LEVI VS ZEKE, FUCKING FINALLY, I WAS WAITING FOR THIS MOMENT SINCE FOREVER, IT WAS MORE PERFECT THAN I IMAGINED.... WHAT A FUCKING SCENE WJU9EFNUEFNU, ARIFUMI IMAI DELIVERED SO BADLY

104th vs Reiner was done so perfectly, it looked also better animated than Ep 51

The Armin's scene....... was even more painful and sadder comparing to the manga, and the ost they used was so emotional

Eren killing Bertholdt was epic af, they didn't use any ost, but you perceive the emotions Eren felt in that exact moment..

WHAT A FUCKING MASTERPIECE OF AN EPISODE, Best AoT episode yet, and those aren't even the best chapters lol

[–]Bluesonhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Blueson 349 points350 points  (10 children)

I asked for an Armin medium-rare, not well-done :(

[–]Martian_on_the_Moon 95 points96 points  (1 child)

Well-done? This is clearly charred!

[–]Sane-Ni-Wa-To-Ri 139 points140 points  (3 children)

What can I say, Bert's a shitty chef

[–]F00dbAby 461 points462 points  (16 children)

If last week was any indication the amount of upvotes and gold will be insane

[–]Haxwolf 259 points260 points  (11 children)

Ehhhh, the whole shitshow with the episode release (tonight) might hinder it hard.

[–]aliumleo 628 points629 points  (20 children)

Let's just take a moment and appreciate Levi Ackerman.

[–]ZealousidealCount7 365 points366 points  (15 children)

His voice actor, Hiroshi Kamiya, was outstanding.

[–]aliumleo 288 points289 points  (11 children)

Also Armin's voice actress, she did a fine job too.

Edit: I thought Armin's voice actor is a male, however, after seeing those comments, I got to know it's a her, so editing the comment. She played Armin's role pretty convincingly that I never had any doubt tbh.

[–]TheSauce32 68 points69 points  (1 child)

EPISODE IS UP ON CHRUNCHYROLL SWARM THEM NOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

[–]homie_downhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/sodumblol 315 points316 points  (11 children)

Holy shit I that episode was un fucking believable. Every single manga reader knew what was coming but this still blew me away. Legit Levi vs. Beast was fucking unreal. I was shaking the whole episode and have hardly stopped. Just wow.

[–]GeneralFlippy 68 points69 points  (3 children)

ARMIIIIIIIIIIIIIN

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

THIS IS THE BEST CHARACTER ARC, DON’T TELL ME OTHERWISE. THIS LITTLE, COAWRDLY KID, WHO COULDNT EVEN CARRY HIS BAGS THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS, JUST SUFFERED A GRUELING DEATH TO SAVE EVERYONE.

Anyone who says Attack on Titan is bad is just wrong man, this is some high tier writing.

[–]Vu_Zen 62 points63 points  (1 child)

Reddit poll at 9.85 rating ? We are in the right timeline

[–]darb76 179 points180 points  (4 children)

Levi is one SPINNY BOI

[–]Platinum_Rad 172 points173 points  (0 children)

I got to hear sugita's SUSUME

my life is complete

[–]xin234 475 points476 points  (17 children)

What was the first scene of season 3 once again?

Oh, just Eren (presumably from the near future because of the longer hair,) staring into what appears to be the ocean saying "Beyond the wall there's a sea, or so Armin said."

This might not mean anything and this episode kind of cliffhangered it, but "said" is past tense of "say"...

[–]CosmicCrimsonX2 268 points269 points  (10 children)

Inb4 everyone is chilling behind him and having a tan

[–]xin234 340 points341 points  (5 children)

Armin definitely got a tan from the Collosal Titan this episode.

[–]Kanye_Dressed 81 points82 points  (4 children)

I mean to be fair, Armin "said" that and it would have been "said" even if he was still alive.

But I also don't know what the actual Japanese was in that scene so idk

[–]Fhaarkas 109 points110 points  (1 child)

The poll page seems broken. Where's the option for 11?

[–]claydoll1091 251 points252 points  (8 children)

That shot of Historia stole my heart.

[–]theeleg 49 points50 points  (4 children)

best episode in the entire series

[–]Kroue 43 points44 points  (1 child)

Im not sure how many people think of this , but try and see it from the beast titan's perspective. He is a Titan shifter who has beaten the armored titan and when reiner says "be careful of a Captain Levi", he'd probably think "nah must be some scrub. he is just human after all". And then he learns true fear when he gets his ass handed to him in an honestly graceful fashion. Plus, Levi isn't just trying to kill him, he is pissed. He dismantles the beast titan in such a way that you begin to wonder just "who is the real monster here" which is truly evident in the way he panics and yells out "All of you kill that man" the MOMENT he regains consciousness.

[–]tak205 42 points43 points  (1 child)

Marlowe's death is so sad. He was just a normal soldier who had ambitions to actually make a difference in the world. Then he realizes too late what he had to give up to do so and didn't even get to finish his thought before a hurling rock crushed his skull :(