A Dim Light Amid Despair

A Dim Light Amid Despair is an anime episode of Attack on Titan that was released on 04/21/2013
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Eren begins his training with the Cadet Corps, but questions about his painful past overwhelm him. When he struggles with a maneuvering exercise, Berholt and Reiner offer kindly advice.
— FUNimation

Plot Summary

A Dim Light Amid Despair
Kanji絶望の中で鈍く光る ――人類の再起①――
RomajiZetsubō no Naka de Nibuku Hikaru ―Jinrui no Saiki ①―
TranslationA Dim Light Amid Despair: Humanity's Comeback, Part 1
MangaCh. 15-16 (Vol. 4)
Theme Music
Opening"Feuerroter Pfeil und Bogen"
Ending"Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai"
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When Keith asks Armin, he begins hammering Armin with insults. He continues to pressure the new trainees. Keith asks Jean Kirschstein who states his home location (Trost) and his goal of joining the military police. Keith headbutts Jean and insults him for being too weak. Another trainee named Marco who states that he will sacrifice himself to join the military police. Keith starts heckling the trainees. He grabs Connie Springer and scolds him for not doing the salute properly. Then, Keith spots Sasha eating potato right nearby and in plain sight. Sasha introduces herself and admits that she stole the potato. When Keith asks her why she ate the potato, Sasha gives Keith half of her potato.

Afterwards, Eren and the others watch Sasha run nonstop for about 5 hours. Connie asks Eren if he saw the Colossal Titan. Shortly after, Eren shares what Colossal Titan and Armored Titan look like. When someone asks Eren what a normal Titan look like, Eren recalls the Titan eating his mother. Marco tries to tell everyone to ease up on Eren. Eren attempts to look tough and vows to kill all Titans. Jean remarks that he is no liar who is about to wet himself. He apologizes to Eren and holds out his hand. When Mikasa walks by, Jean compliments Mikasa's hair. Outside, Eren tells Mikasa to cut her hair short because it might get caught in the 3D gear. Jean hears everything and rubs his hand on Connie. He states that he has rubbed his trust on him after being shocked at Eren's words.

Later, Sasha has finished her grueling run. When Krista approach her with bread, Sasha attacks her and grabs the bread. Krista tells Sasha that she could drink some water. Then, a freckled girl (Ymir) comes by and asks Krista if it was worth sharing her bread with Sasha. The next day, the trainees are practicing their 3D Maneuver Gear, and everyone is getting accustomed to the equipment except Eren Jaeger. As the sun sets, Mikasa instructs Eren on how to do it. After Armin starts pulling Eren up, Eren falls down and hits his head. Mikasa tells Eren to give up being a soldier but it's up to him. While Mikasa is caught up speaking, Eren and everyone leaves her. Mikasa sees Sasha who asks Mikasa to let her have the bread. Though, Mikasa eats the bread right in front of Mikasa.

In the cabins, Eren asks Jean and Connie some advice. Connie mocks Eren that if people don't have talent, they should leave. Then, Eren asks Reiner and Berthold for some tips, but he receives none. Berthold asks Eren why is he becoming a soldier after seeing how terrifying the Titans are. Armin replies that he wants to do something about Titans since the government forced and sacrifice many people in order to take back Wall Maria. Berthold shares that he saw a Titan outside his home. He states that he cannot remember anything afterwards. Berthold states that most folks here are cowards who avoid working on the land. As Berthold leads Eren and Armin through the woods, Reiner tells them that he wants to claim his homeland. Eren informs them that he is bent on killing all of the Titans. The two show Eren and Armin a beautiful of the lake and the forest. Reiner bids Eren good luck with tomorrow's test.

That morning, Eren gets ready. As they raise Eren up, Eren steady himself, but Eren loses his balance. Keith asks Wagner to change belts with Eren. As a result, Eren is doing well. Keith points out that Eren has used defective equipment and allows Eren to pass.

Manga & Anime Differences

The following points show notable alterations from the source material.

Manga-Only Scenes

  • Ymir grabs Sasha after Sasha had asked Mikasa for her bread.

Characters & Voice Actors

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Eren Yeager ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yuki Kaji ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Mikasa Ackerman ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yui Ishikawa ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Armin Arlert ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Marina Inoue ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Annie Leonhardt ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yu Shimamura ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Keith Shadis ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Tsuguo Mogami ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Thomas Wagner ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Jean Kirschstein ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Kishou Taniyama ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Marco Bodt ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ohsaka Ryota ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Connie Springer ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Hiro Shimono ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Berthold Huber ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Tomohisa Hashizume ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Reiner Braun ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yoshimasa Hosoya ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Sasha Braus ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yū Kobayashi ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Krista Lenz ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Shiori Mikami ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Ymir ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Saki Fujita ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Mina Carolina ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Chika Anzai ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)


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Tetsuro Araki Director Tetsuro Araki is a Japanese anime director who's famous for directing Death Note and Highschool of the Dead.
Kyoji Asano Character Artist/Designer
Hiroyuki Tanaka Episode Director Anime Director
Yasuko Kobayashi Writer Mangaka
Hiroyuki Sawano He's the musician in Guilty Crown, Blue Exorcist, and more.
Yōko Hikasa ED Theme Song: "Feuerroter Pfeil und Bogen" (紅蓮の弓矢 Guren no Yumiya, lit. "Crimson Bow and Arrow")
Linked Horizon OP Theme Song: "Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai" (美しき残酷な世界, lit. "This Beautiful Cruel World")


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