Warning: This post may contain spoilers. The first episode of the second season of Attack on Titan/Shingeki no Kyojin aired yesterday, April 1! Non-manga readers probably experienced a lot of shock and emotional damage with the first episode! If you haven’t watched this episode yet, IGN posted some ways you can watch it online.
If you didn’t watch the after credits scene on the last episode of season one, you’ll discover there’s a titan inside the wall, and its face is peeking out from some damage Annie did while climbing up the wall in titan form. Pastor Nick from The Church of the Walls comes up to Hange (whose gender and pronouns are unknown to me) and says to keep the titan out of the light, so they cover the hole in the wall with some cloth. Hange grabs Nick by his shirt and holds him over the edge from the top of the wall to get answers. Nick would rather die than reveal the truth, and he knows Hange, with their kind soul, won’t let him fall.
Somehow titans have gotten inside Wall Rose and it rewinds 12 hours earlier with 104th Training Corps; Sasha, Connie, Reiner, Bertolt, Mike, etc who are stationed outside Wall Sina. Nine titans are heard/seen inside wall Rose and the corps split up to notify the villages. Mike breaks off from the group to distract the titans and seems to have the upper hand until the beast titan shows up.
We get to see some brief appearances from Eren, Mikasa, Armin, Levi, and Erwin, however most of the episode focuses on the rest of their group and Hange.
I’ve been reading the manga online, thanks to some people on Tumblr who try to translate it the day it releases, so I’m pretty pumped to see how the anime tells the story, and how fans will react to the big twist!
Here’s the English translations of the new opening title I found, and a video of the audio is below the lyrics.
Shinzou wo Sasage Yo! (Devote Your Heart!)
I wanted to believe that there was no worse hell than this
But even so, when Humanity’s day of disaster comes, it is always without warning…
The sound that raps upon our door is unfailingly a harsh and rude one
Coming uninvited, the day of disaster is like a nightmare…
Those who betray the bygone past
Are enemies who should be exterminated!
With what kinds of expressions and eyes
Did they watch us that day?
What must we throw away to be able to win out over the devil?
Even our lives and our souls aren’t too great a price to pay!
Devote your heart!
All the sacrifices
Have been for the sake of this moment right now
Devote your heart!
With your own hands, tear your way through
To the future we should progress toward!