Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 2 Episode 87

Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 2 Episode 87

Mikasa’s Ice Cream

I don’t know if you know this, but there was a Twitter account that counted the days until the manga panel of Mikasa with ice cream was animated. Well, the day has finally come. I guess the owner of that account (it’s not me) can finally rest.

Now, you may be wondering why this is important enough for me to dedicate an entire section of the review to it. Well, it’s not. But, I figured I could use that to lead into the fact that the first two-thirds of this week’s episode was actually rearranged in the anime.

And, no, I don’t mean that the order of events within this episode was rearranged. I mean most of this episode’s content came earlier in the manga than in the anime.

Mikasa finally got her ice cream from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 2 Episode 87
Mikasa finally got her ice cream

If you’ve been paying attention to these reviews, you may remember that back in the Episode 80 review, I mentioned that half of a chapter was skipped over. That was the first half of Chapter 123, which has now been covered in Episode 87.

Back then, I said that this change was probably made to make the anime flow better. And, while I still think it was a bit awkward to include here, this was a better spot for the content. Also, the remainder of Episode 87 finishes Chapter 130, picking up from where Episode 86 left off.

I’ll also point out that this means there are 9 chapters left to cover in the Final Season Part 3, which was recently announced. Or, there might be 11 chapters. You see, after Chapter 139 (the final chapter), 2 more chapters were released that I haven’t read. Maybe the anime will cover them. I don’t know.

The Day it all Began

Within Episode 87, we got some questions about when Eren turned into the person he is today. Mikasa even wonders if this is the person he’s always been. And, unfortunately, there’s not a simple answer to that question.

All of Attack on Titan is a time travel paradox. There is no beginning. I’ve explained this before, but Eren sets basically the entire series in motion via the power of the Founding Titan. And he can’t have or use the power of the Founding Titan without a significant portion of the series taking place. It’s a loop.

However, I get the feeling that Isayama didn’t intend for the whole series to be a paradox. So, is there a time in Eren’s life that we can point to and say, “that’s when it all began” (if we pretend it isn’t a paradox)? The answer is yes.

Eren and Mikasa looking down on a refugee camp from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 2 Episode 87
Eren and Mikasa looking down on a refugee camp

When Eren touched Historia’s hand and saw (a portion of) the future, his fate was sealed. We don’t know what he saw. But, we know that whatever he saw is what set him down this path of destruction. I believe he even said as much to Zeke at one point.

We should also keep in mind that all of Eren’s actions are based on his limited information about the world and the future. Eren doesn’t know much about the world. We also know the Attack Titan’s “future memories” ability isn’t perfect.

Just as Eren only allowed Grisha to see portions of his own memory, Eren likely can only see portions of the future. With the information at his disposal, he’s determined that the Rumbling is the only way to save Paradis. Whether that’s the right choice or not will have to wait until the Final Season Part 3.

The “Attack Titan”

Let’s talk about Titans. Specifically, the Nine Titans. Specifically, the three of the Nine Titans that are currently held by a certain Eren Yeager. As a refresher, Eren holds the Attack, Founding, and Warhammer Titans. That makes him the only character with more than one Titan.

However, despite the fact that Eren has three Titans within him, these are still all distinct Titans. I’m bringing this up because the Marleyan soldiers at the end of the episode referred to Eren’s Titan form as the Attack Titan. This is not the Attack Titan.

The Titan form Eren’s currently taking is the Founding Titan. The Attack Titan is the Titan form he took for the majority of the series. We know that because it’s already been established. The Attack Titan is the Titan that was once owned by Eren’s namesake and then by Grisha before finally being passed to Eren Yeager.

Eren's "Attack Titan" (Founding Titan) from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 2 Episode 87
Eren’s “Attack Titan” (Founding Titan)

Now, I was going to say that Eren has to swap between his Titan forms to be able to use their various abilities. But, without actually checking, I believe we’ve already seen that’s not the case. I’m pretty sure he used the Warhammer Titan’s ability while in the Attack Titan’s form back when he fought Reiner in Marley.

So, I guess you could technically say that it’s the Attack Titan coming for the shores of Marley. We don’t have any proof that Eren isn’t currently using the Attack Titan’s abilities. And, in fact, I guess he is using one of its abilities since the Attack Titan is the titan of rebellion.

Still, calling Eren’s Founding Titan form the Attack Titan is a bit odd. I know this is coming from a Marleyan Soldier. But surely they’re more aware of the Founding Titan than the Attack Titan, right?

Conclusion

What do you think of Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 2 Episode 87? Are you glad to see Mikasa finally get her ice cream in the anime? Do you think Eren was always the person he is today? And, what are your thoughts on Eren’s Founding Titan form? Personally, I hate it.

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