Attack on Titan season 2, episode 4 review. (This review contains spoilers).
Centuries ago, mankind was slaughtered to near extinction by monstrous humanoid creatures called titans, forcing humans to hide in fear behind enormous concentric walls. What makes these giants truly terrifying is that their taste for human flesh is not born out of hunger but what appears to be out of pleasure. To ensure their survival, the remnants of humanity began living within defensive barriers, resulting in one hundred years without a single titan encounter. However, that fragile calm is soon shattered when a colossal titan manages to breach the supposedly impregnable outer wall, reigniting the fight for survival against the man-eating abominations.
After witnessing a horrific personal loss at the hands of the invading creatures, Eren Yeager dedicates his life to their eradication by enlisting into the Survey Corps, an elite military unit that combats the merciless humanoids outside the protection of the walls.
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Episode 4 starts off right where episode 3 left off. The titans are attack the ruins and the members with the proper gear go and fight the titans, leaving the new recruits at the castle, where they can barely do anything.
Though before the action continues, the episode flashes back 2 hours before, where the new recruits are and they talk about the titans and the possible hole in the wall. Connie admits he thought the titan he saw on his house looked like his mother, much to Ymir’s humour, and they question why there wasn’t any blood in Connie’s village though it was destroyed.
Thoughts/theory: I don’t think Connie is wrong when he said that the titan looked like his mother, because there a possibility that titans may originate from humans. As I said back in my review of episode 3, I think that someone or something is turning people into titans. Why? I don’t know, but it could possibly be for an experiment, a test, maybe out of pure, cruel pleasure.
Before they discuss this any further, the new recruits decide to go to bed. The scene switches and Ymir is found digging through some stuff to find food. She finds a can of food with strange symbols on it. However, Ymir can read it, much to Reiner’s suspicion.
Thoughts/theory: The suspicion narrows down to Ymir, who could possibly be a titan as well. Since Annie was a titan, it would be safe to assume that other titans could be concealed within the people. And we soon find out the answer to that after the fights happen.
Reiner’s questioning is cut off as they get a warning that titans are invading the ruins. The rest of the team go to defend the castle with the elite scouts fighting the titans themselves. We get to see a glimpse into Reiner and Bertholdt’s past, and Reiner gets bitten by a titan. It was really nice to see Reiner and Bertholdt’s past for a few seconds since we don’t really know anything about them.
They manage to defeat a few titans, but when the elite members who fought against the titans all die, the rest of the team are stranded at the top of the ruins, helpless. There, an exchange happens between Krista and Ymir before Ymir goes and jumps off the roof into the crowd of titans gathered below, and transforms into a titan herself.
I was very shocked when Ymir transformed, despite the hints she dropped in this episode. We never really knew Ymir that well so it’s hard to judge if we should have seen it coming. The fact that she is a titan though does support the theory that there are more titans inside the wall that people aren’t aware of.
This also makes me wonder how many there are and what they are doing there. Why are they killing humans when they should be helping them? What is the real secret behind the walls? Where do they come from?
And though there wasn’t any Eren action here or other main characters, it was nice seeing the supporting characters for a change. We got to learn more about them and discovered Ymir’s secret.
There are still a lot of unanswered questions, but I’m curious to see how this will lead on. Especially since Eren and the others are on their way to the castle ruins. It’ll be interesting seeing their reactions.