Anime Episode Guide
The following is a list of episodes from the Attack on Titan anime and their descriptions.
|1||To You, Two Thousands Years Later: The Fall of Shiganshina, Part 1||For over a century, humanity has been living in districts inside of gigantic, 50 meter walls to keep themselves away from the Titans, giant human-like creatures that eat humans. Eren Yeager, living in a generation that has never seen Titans before, wishes to join the Survey Corps and see the outside world, just like he has always dreamed. Grisha Yeager, Eren's father, is impressed with this idea, however Carla Yeager, Eren's mother, and Mikasa Ackerman, Eren's adoptive sister, are completely against the idea of Eren joining the Survey Corps, and he gets into an argument with them about it, leading him to storm out of the house. Mikasa follows him, and they witness their friend Armin Arlert getting bullied. They save him and escape from the bullies, and Armin says they got mad when he said the walls won't be able to hold them in forever. As if on cue, at this moment, the Colossal Titan appears at the wall, tower 10 meters above it, and destroys the gate, allowing other titans to enter. Everyone in the city begins to panic, and Eren and Mikasa run home only to find Carla under the debris of their house. They desperately try to save her, despite her pleads for them to save themselves, and Hannes arrives and takes the kids away, leaving Carla behind. Eren watches from a distance as a titans kills his mother and eats her.|
|2||That Day: The Fall of Shiganshina, Part 2||The episode starts off with Hannes apologizing to Eren and Mikasa about being unable to save their mother. He admits that he was scared of the titan, and tells Eren that there was nothing he could have done since him and Mikasa are still weak children. As the citizens of the Shiganshina District try to escape into Wall Maria, the soldiers from the military are desperately trying to keep the titans away from the wall and the people. As the titans come closer, the soldiers order to close the gate to Wall Maria, despite the fact that there are still people in the Shiganshina District. As they are doing this, an Armored Titan shows up, and he charges into the gate, breaking it down and giving titans access to Wall Maria. At this point, the government orders all of the refugees from Wall Maria to retreat within Wall Rose. Eren falls asleep and has a strange dream about his father, and is woken up by Mikasa. The people of Wall Rose do not like sharing food with the survivors or Wall Maria, and it leads to friction between the citizens within Wall Rose and the refugees themselves. Over the course of the next year, the people of Wall Rose begin to grow short on food, and the government orders for everyone to either work at farms to help produce more food, or join the fight to reclaim Wall Maria. The fight to reclaim Wall Maria causes hundreds of deaths of refugees. Regardless, Eren is adamant to join the fight to get Wall Maria back, and Mikasa and Armin tell him that if he's going to fight, then they are too. At first, Eren disagrees and claims that it's too dangerous for them, but a year later when their training starts, he reluctantly lets them join.|
|3||Shining Dimly in the Midst of Despair: Humanity Rises Again, Part 1||The episode starts with the new recruits for the military set up in a block, and the Drill Instructor Keith Shadis is walking around to each of them, insulting and intimidating them. Sasha Braus is seen by him eating a potato, and she is made to run around the camp until she physically couldn't anymore. When she gets back, she is given a potato by Krista, and her and Ymir carry her back to her room. Eren meets Jean Kirstein, and forms a rivalry with him right away, calling him cowardly for wanting to join the Military Police just so he can save himself by living in the inner walls. Each of the new recruits starts training by maintaining their balance on the 3D Maneuver Gear while suspended in air, and Eren has trouble keeping his balance while mostly everyone else, especially Mikasa, have an easy time with it. Desperate for help, Eren decides to ask Reiner Braun and Bertolt Hoover for help balancing. The two of them end up revealing to Eren that they are originally from a town that was never warned of the Titans' attack, so they were taken by surprise. Reiner says that he wants to go back to the town, while Bertolt, traumatized, wants to stay away and join the Military Police so he can keep the Titans at a distance by living in the inner walls. The next day, the recruits are once again tested by balancing while suspended with the 3D Maneuver Gear. Eren finally succeeds for a couple seconds, but he ends up falling again. At this point, Keith realizes that Eren's 3D Maneuver Gear was actually broken, and therefore, defective. When he is set up once again with working maneuver gear, he manages to keep his balance and proves that he is not going to be a weak member of the team. The fact that Eren was able to keep himself balanced for as long as he did with his defective Maneuver Gear greatly surprises and impresses everyone.|
|Special: 3.5||Ilse's Notebook||In the year of 850, while Eren and the others are still in training, the Survey Corps goes on a mission. On the mission, Hange spots a titan, and in order to try and catch it, she chases after it in the forest. The titan spots her and is about to chase after her, but it runs back into the forest. Hange once again pursues it, and she finds it in the center of the forest banging its head against a tree. When she gets near it, it turns around and becomes violent, until Levi and the rest of the Survey Corps show up and kill it. Hange isn't very happy about this, because she wanted to capture the titan. When they inspect the scene of where the titan was killed, they examine the tree, and are surprised to find the headless body of Ilse Langnar, a member of the 34th Survey Corps Expedition. They find her notebook lying on the ground near her, and it contains the story of Ilse, whose entire squad was killed on an expedition except for herself. She was left to run away on foot, and was eventually found by a titan. Rather than killing her right away the titan speaks to her using human language, and refers to her as "Ymir". Ilse became angry with the titan, and the titan realizes that she is not Ymir. He then bites off her head and leaves the rest of her body in the tree. Hange reads through all of Ilse's notes in her notebook, and she uses the notebook as an excuse to convince Erwin to allow her to capture and study live titans. She then returns all of Ilse's belongings that were with her to her family.|
|4||Night of the Disbanding: Humanity Rises Again, Part 2||Five years have passed since the Fall of Maria, and it is almost time for the graduation of the 104th Trainees Squad. While practice fighting Reiner and Annie, Eren realizes that the only reason why some people are trying so hard is because they are trying to achieve a spot in the top 10 of the class, and therefore gain a spot in the Military Police and live in the inner walls. Jean approaches him and says that it is pointless to fight against the titans since humanity has never won a battle against them. Eren says that he doesn't care, and he is still completely dead set on joining the Survey Corps. At graduation, the top 10 recruits are, in order, Mikasa, Reiner, Bertolt, Annie, Eren, Jean, Marco, Connie, Sasha, and Krista. These top 10 graduates are granted permission to join the Military Police and live safely in the capitol on the inside of the inner walls. However, Eren and many of the other recruits who are inspired by Eren's speech, decide to go on and join the Survey Corps, including Jean, Connie, Sasha, Mikasa, and Armin. They are assigned to protect the Trost District, a district bordering Wall Rose. Right after they are assigned to this area, the Colossal Titan shows up and he breaks down the gate at Wall Rose, which leaves the entire city unprotected. Eren, getting over his initial shock, becomes filled with anger and fear, and he orders for everyone in their unit to counterattack the titans. Eren climbs to the top of the wall to get ready for his attack.|
|5||First Battle: Battle of Trost District, Part 1||Eren jumps down to attack the Colossal Titan, and it destroys numerous cannons on the wall, showing that it does possess intelligence. Eren jumps and is about to cut at the nape of its neck, when it disappears into the extremely hot steam. The army begins to work on evacuating the people of the Trost District, and they begin taking their positions and setting up defenses as the titans enter the city. Armin and Jean are extremely afraid of the approach of the titans, and Eren is left to calm them down as the titans come closer. Mikasa is sent off to help with evacuation of the citizens, while Armin and Eren are sent away from her to fight on the front lines against the titans. Eren promises Mikasa that he won't die, however Mikasa is still reluctant to leave him, as she still thinks it is her duty to protect him. The titans begin approaching, and Eren's squad charges at them. A huge majority of the squad is quickly eaten by the titans or killed by them, leaving only very few remaining. Eren loses his left leg during the battle as well, rendering him nearly immobile. As Armin stares out at the gruesome scene in front of him with all of his friends slowly dying, he is picked up by a titan and the titan puts him in its mouth. Eren has a flashback to when him and Armin would dream of seeing the outside world, and it gives him strength to drag Armin out of the titan's mouth before he can be swallowed. Armin reaches out to try and help Eren, but it does not work, as the titan slams its jaw shut, cutting off Eren's arm and swallowing him whole. Armin is left on the roof, staring in horror and crying.|