The credit for making anime popular should go to a few well-established shows such as ‘Death Note‘, ‘One Punch Man‘ and of course, the good old “big three”—’One Piece‘, ‘Naruto‘ and ‘Bleach‘. But the year 2013 proved to be a major game-changer for anime after ‘Attack on Titan’ first came out. For the first time, a Japanese anime series was being compared to other major internationally acclaimed shows like ‘Game of Thrones‘. The hype was real but all of it soon came crashing down after nothing about the anime was heard till the year 2017. Post 2017, the creators of the anime consistently churned out season after season but it was a little disappointing to see that the hype around it had considerably faded away.
I was personally quite lukewarm towards all the typical shounen elements that it initially offered but even for me, the recent seasons have proved that it’s easily one of the best modern anime shows. If you are one of those few people who did not buckle into the temptation of reading the manga, the value of your patience is probably hitting you now and you can finally go around telling people that “it was all worth it”. What started off as one of the best anime hooks that received a mixed bag of reviews has now turned into one of the bleakest anime shows of all time that was surprisingly very well plotted out right from the beginning.
Origin of Titans
Episode 57 of Season 3 Part 2 finally answers the most awaited question — where did all the Titans come from? Titled “That Day”, this episode takes you way back to the second episode of season one, “That Day: The Fall of Shiganshina”. It presents you the story of Erin’s father, Grisha Yeager, and it also finally reveals how the Titans were first created. Right from the beginning of the anime, there were minor cues here and there which suggested that Titans were nothing but actual humans transformed into their monstrous existence. It all started with a race known as “The Subjects of Ymir”.
According to the official historical events of Marley, the titans were first created to destroy and conquer the world around them. These Subjects of Ymir then used their power to create their own nation known as Eldia and further expanded by creating a huge Eldian Empire. But this uprising came to an end when King Karl Fritz decided to withdraw himself from all conflicts. What followed was The Great Titan War, a civil war wherein all the specialty Titans battled against each other. This led to their own downfall and almost all the Marleyan land, that was previously reclaimed by Eldia, was restored to its independent state.
The King then decided to use the Founding Titan’s abilities to erase all the memories of “The Subjects of Ymir” and built three giant walls of Colossus Titans all around their Eldian territories. A false idea of “the only humanity is within the walls” was then planted in their heads and the King threatened Marley that if he ever tried to attack the walls, he would be forced to unleash the army of Colossal Titans that he has kept hidden inside the walls. This is the reason why Grisha Yeager tries to infiltrate the war just to gain control over the Founding Titan.