Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 2 Episode 82

Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 2 Episode 82

Annie’s Last Tour

Annie Leonhart is back in Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 2 Episode 82. Last week, I went over my theories for why Annie was sealed away for the majority of the series. This week, I’m going to take a look at her motivations now that she’s free.

Before that, however, let me just say how convenient it is that Annie was conscious the entire time she was within the hardening. Because of that, she knows everything that’s been going on thanks to Armin and Hitch. So there’s no need for us to get a recap dump while Annie’s being told what she missed.

I feel like most series would have used this opportunity to give us some not-so-necessary recap. And that still could have been done here. I’m just glad it wasn’t.

Annie Leonhart from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 2 Episode 82
Annie Leonhart

We still do get an exposition dump, though. The difference is that it’s Annie doing it, not Hitch. We learn about Annie’s background, how she was an orphan raised specifically to become a Warrior so that her adoptive father could become an honorary Marleyan.

That part of Annie’s backstory doesn’t really interest me, though. We already knew she was trained to be a Warrior from a young age. What’s important here is that now that Annie knows the end of the world is coming, she wants to return to her father as she promised she would.

Annie has no interest in the war that’s going on around her. She doesn’t care about Marley, Paradis, the Yeagarists, or even that Eren is going to trample everything under the Rumbling. And that makes her unique among the Titan Shifters. None of that matters to her.

The Rumbling Is Upon Us

A lot happened in this episode, even if it went by quickly. But, did you know that this episode only covered a single chapter? That’s right. This was all just Chapter 125. So either the anime’s going to need to pick up the pace, or the series isn’t going to end with the Final Season Part 2 at Episode 87.

I still feel like concluding the series with a movie seems like the most logical move. But, anyway, I brought up that a lot happened in this episode to illustrate that even though we’re in the end game of the series and the rumbling has begun, there’s still a lot of other things going on.

You’d think that the Rumbling would be the most important thing right now. But in reality, it’s more of a background occurrence. When Armin is laying out all the different things he has to think about, he even says he doesn’t have time to consider what to do about Eren and the Rumbling.

The Rumbling of the Wall Titans from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 2 Episode 82
The Rumbling of the Wall Titans

This scene of Armin in particular is great for many reasons. Obviously, it quickly highlights all the important events we should be paying attention to. But it also shows his growth as a character as well as how weak he still is.

It’s easy to forget that Armin is basically just a normal soldier. He’s not even the commander of the Scouts — Hange is. But with Hange and Levi missing, and Pyxis dead, Armin is the de-facto general of the Paradis military.

And on top of all the pressure that’s on him to lead the military, he still has to personally attend to problems, like Connie absconding with Falco. Oh, and he’s the Colossal Titan, which leaves him constantly doubting his self-worth and whether he was the right choice to inherit that Titan.

The End of War

Jean was effectively used as a foil character for Eren at the start of the series. And to an extent, he still has played this role even more recently. He’s always been the relatively average guy who can’t compare to the protagonist no matter what he does.

But, that’s also what makes Jean a good character. As much as edgy teens would like to compare themselves to Eren, Jean is actually the self-insert character for readers and viewers of the series. It’s okay to admit that maybe you aren’t comparable to the genocidal, time-traveling, Greek god of a man that is Eren Yeager.

To be fair, Jean still isn’t one of my favorite characters of the series. I’d actually rank him quite low. But just because I don’t personally like him that much doesn’t mean he’s not a good character.

Jean unable to stop Floch from executing a volunteer from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 2 Episode 82
Jean unable to stop Floch from executing a volunteer

Of all the Jean scenes I can remember, this scene with Floch is one of the best. Jean clearly recognizes that what Floch is doing is wrong. But he also views himself as just an average person. So what’s he supposed to do? Interfering will only get him killed.

That’s exactly the kind of stuff most people would think in this situation. I know, the keyboard warriors will disagree. But honestly try to think of any time you stepped in to stop even a minor injustice. If I saw someone trip outside I wouldn’t even help them up or ask if they were okay. I’d act like I didn’t see anything.

Jean is a good character because he embodies these kinds of feelings. Yes, every now and then he does something heroic. But despite what he’d tell you, he doesn’t really want to be a hero himself. He just wants to be normal, old Jean.

Conclusion

What do you think of Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 2 Episode 82? Do you think Annie will be reunited with her father? How has your opinion of Armin changed since the start of the series? And are you more of an Eren or a Jean? Let me know in the comments.

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