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“Close Combat” – “Da tō kyoku” (打投極)

As the Armored Titan and Eren’s Titan Form engage in battle, Mikasa regrets not having been able to kill Bertholdt and Reiner before they shifted into their Titan forms. In the meantime, the rest of the Scouts recover from the Colossal Titan’s formation and begin to fight him. Before they can act, however, it ‘eats’ Ymir and another Scout. The Scouts realize the Colossal Titan’s size is also its greatest weakness; it cannot move nearly fast enough to fight them off effectively. As they go in for the kill, the Colossal Titan releases an enormous amount of steam, wounding several Scouts and ensuring that it is too hot for them to approach it. Realizing the best they can do is to wait it out, the Scouts surround the Colossal Titan. Meanwhile, the Armored Titan gains the upper hand in his fight against Eren, and despite the best efforts of Mikasa to help, the situation seems desperate. Fortunately, Eren remembers the hand-to-hand techniques taught to him by Annie during their training and utilizes her grapple moves in order to turn the tide and begins to seriously damage the Armored Titan. Despite this, Armin implores Eren to fall back to the wall for his own safety, and much to everyone’s surprise, he obliges. The Armored Titan doesn’t relent and begins to move in again. Due to all the commotion, Hannes’ patrol returns, and Hannes is shocked to see the Colossal Titan, not to mention Eren’s Titan Form as well as the Armored Titan. The latter charges at Eren once more, who again utilizes grapple techniques to overcome his strength disadvantage and regains the upper hand quickly. With the encouragement of his comrades, he is nearly successful at beheading the Armored Titan and extracting Reiner from within, only to be foiled when the Armored Titan roars for assistance. To the Scout’s horror, the Colossal Titan begins to deteriorate and plummets towards Eren and the Armored Titan.

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