Attack on Titan season 2, episode 5 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 5 begins with Eren and the others seemingly stuck outside in a snow storm. Krista and Ymir are no where to be seen, which worries everyone, but they won’t be able to search for them until day comes.
The scene changes to Krista and Ymir as they are traveling through the snow and trying to get back to safety. Daz is with them, but is injured and is currently being dragged along by Krista who doesn’t want to leave him alone to die, even though that possibility may just secure their own survival.
But as good as her intentions are, Ymir counters her, saying that Krista wasn’t saving Daz out of the kindness of her own heart, but because she wanted to be seen as a hero.
Krista’s past gets revealed and we find out that she is actually the illegitimate daughter of an important family. Her family had wanted to kill her, but promised to spare her life if she disappeared, changed her name, and spent the rest of her life doing some useful job.
With Krista’s intentions exposed, Ymir tells her to leave Daz and that they will drop him off the cliff in hopes that someone will find him in the morning. Ymir pushes Krista out of the way before she can object and a flash of yellow appears on the screen, which shows how Ymir may have been aware that she was a titan even before she transformed in the last episode.
Back at the house with Eren and the others, they plan on searching for Krista and Ymir despite the storm going on outside. But before they can get far, she notice someone coming from the distance, which turned out to be Ymir.
The scene continues and Krista has found her way to the house as well. She finds Daz alright and Ymir waiting for her as she arrives. Krista questions how Ymir was able to bring Daz to safety so fast and Ymir leaves her with the promise that she would tell everyone one day. But on that day, Krista would stop being someone she wasn’t and go back to using her real name.
The flashback ends and the episode goes back to the present where Ymir changes into a titan. Everyone is in shock as they see her fight, and we get to see a glimpse of Bertholdt and Reiner’s past again. But this time, they were acknowledging the fact that Ymir was the titan who had eaten their friend.
Ymir proceeds to fight and soon takes the tower that everyone is standing on down after Krista yells at her to live according to herself and not others. The tower begins to collapse, but Ymir comes back and tells everyone to grab on to her if they want to live.
This was pretty interesting since Ymir could talk to them. From what we’ve seen from Eren and Annie in their titan forms, they had no way of communication nor have they ever tried to talk before. This shows how there are still many things we don’t know about titans.
Krista and the others head to safety and soon, Mikasa and her group arrive, providing support to Ymir, who had almost been eaten by titans. We see Eren get his first kill as a human and an epic scene as everyone demolishes the rest of the titans.
The episode ends with everyone staring at Ymir, surprised to find out that she was a titan as well. And Krista, worried about Ymir, finally tells her real name. Histora.
This episode was very action filled and dense and I had a great time seeing scenes from Ymir and Krista’s past. A lot of mystery was still created around this whole titan thing, however, and that arose many questions.
I’m wondering what Eren and the others are going to do after this. Though it would be great to see them celebrate with a new titan on their side, I doubt it’ll be that easy. Suspicion will probably occur and people will start to wonder if there are any more titans inside the wall. Investigations will probably be made and a whole new sort of chaos.
And this whole turning into a titan thing has made me very confused. How were they made into titans? Is it in their genes? Or did someone intentionally make them into a titan? I’m hoping answers will come soon.
It was a great episode and I can’t wait too see what comes next.