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“Opening” – “Kaikō” (開口)

As Erwin leads the expedition away from Wall Rose, the badly injured Hange demands a horse to ride to Connie’s town to see the captured Titan who was unable to walk. Her assistant refuses and goes in her stead. Meanwhile, in the Forest of Giant Trees, Eren realizes that he has no arms, but his attempts to Titan Shift are stopped by Ymir. She points out that they are they deep within Titan territory, surrounded by Titans, weakened from their earlier battle, and only Reiner and Bertholdt possess 3DMG. When questioned, Reiner says that they are taking them to their hometown, and are waiting until nightfall, when the surrounding Titans cannot move. Eren remains unconvinced, but Ymir reminds him that they are not in a position to fight until they regenerate. Reiner begins to ramble about his duty as a soldier and warrior, which Ymir figures indicates confusion between his human and Titan personas. This infuriates Eren, who confronts Reiner and Bertholdt about the death and destruction they have caused as Titans. Ymir however, is more concerned about the ape-like Titan that caused the recent Titan invasion and who may be their real enemy. Reiner then uses Ymir’s concern for Christa’s safety as leverage to drive a wedge between Ymir and Eren. The discussion is interrupted by the sound of flare guns, signalling the arrival of the Scouts, which angers Reiner and Bertholdt.

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