First Battle

First Battle is an anime episode of Attack on Titan that was released on 05/05/2013
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Eren faces off against the Colossal Titan after it appears out of nowhere and knocks a strategic hole in the Rose Wall gate. As Titans swarm the city, the newly graduated Cadets are called in to fight in brutal battle that won't be without casualties.
— FUNimation

Plot Summary

First Battle
Kanji初陣 ――トロスト区攻防戦①――
RomajiUijin -Torosuto-ku Kōbōsen (1)-
TranslationFirst Battle: Defense of Trost (1)
MangaCh. 3-4 (Vol. 1)
Theme Music
Opening"Feuerroter Pfeil und Bogen"
Ending"Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai"
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As Eren charges towards the Colossal Titan, he jumps high above to dodge the Titan's arm. He realizes that the Titan swept the cannons away. Eren hoist himself around the Titan to slash at the enemy's nape. Suddenly, the Titan unleashes an enormous burst of steam. The Titan suddenly disappeared. In town, the villagers hurry to evacuate. The military unleash a barrage of cannon fire on the Titans before charging in close combat. As everyone prepare to face the Titans in the battlefield, Franz assures Hanna that he will protect her. Mikasa notices the two hugging each other and Armin who is cannot get a hold of himself. Eren grabs Armin's hands and tells him that they cannot lose to the Titans. Somewhere in Wall Maria, Pixis loses to Lord Walto in a chess game. Then, a soldier arrives to inform Commander Pixis about the Titans invading Trost District. Lord Walto rushes to persuade Commander Pixis to stay here to protect his territory. Pixis explains that men are dying out there. Lord Walto tells him to let those soldiers died, but he cannot convince the commander to leave his post. In a debriefing, Eren and the others learn that the initial response team has been wiped out. The captain debriefs them to defend the territory with their lives. As everyone mobilizes, Jean wonders why the Titans had to attack now when he could have gone to the Interior. Nearby, Krista tries to comfort one man who vomits out of fear. Jean bumps into Eren and yells at Eren to accept to death. Eren shoves Jean to the pillar and tells him that they can survive. Eren's words motivates some of the soldiers nearby. Mikasa tells Eren to come to her when things get out of control. Though, Mikasa is in the rear squard. When she protests against her superior, Eren headbutts her and tells her to follow her orders. Mikasa grabs Eren's hand and tells him not to die on her. After Eren pulls his hand away, he and his squad remain on the standby in the battlefield. In a brief flashback, a biology teacher lectures them on Titans and their physiology. He instructs them on how to kill Titans. On the roof, Eren tries to cheer up Armin with thoughts of promotion to Legion.

Soaring above the roofs, Eren's squad rushes into the battlefield. The area is infested with Titans. Suddenly, a Titan jump at Eren's squad. The Titan capture Thomas and swallowed him whole. Eren rushes to attack the Titan to avenge Thomas's death. Then, a Titan grabs a bite out of Eren's leg. Armin watches his squad members get eaten by the Titans. He wonders why he cannot move. A Titan grabs Armin and drops Armin inside his mouth. In a flashback, Eren recalls Armin bringing a book about the ouside world. Armin shares about the vast oceans full of salt and water. He explains to Eren about the beauty of the outside world. Eren struggles to get up, and he jumps in the jaws of the giant. He pulls out Armin from the Titan's throat. As Eren throws out his arm, the Titan's jaw slams on Eren. Armin screams out for Eren. Meanwhile, Mikasa looks back when she notices something.

Points of Interest

  • Titans have no interest in consuming animals. They are only interested in eating humans or killing them for game.
  • It is assumed that Titans have no need for nourishment since they can survive in a period of 100 years without humans.

Titans' Physiology

  • Titans do not have any reproductive organs.
  • Their bodies give out steam at very high temperature.
  • Even though there is no gender, most Titans have a masculine appearance.
  • Titans can survive a head shot from a cannon. They can regenerate.
  • Titans' weaknesses are the back of their neck.

Manga & Anime Differences

The following points show notable alterations from the source material. Click on an icon to show the full image.

The manga shows graphic scenes of Eren's squad members being eaten, dismembered, and slaughtered by the Titans. In the anime, these scenes are more subtle.

Characters & Voice Actors

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Wellman ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Tomoyuki Shimura ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Eren Yeager ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yuki Kaji ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Thomas Wagner ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Shigeyuki Susaki ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Connie Springer ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Hiro Shimono ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Franz ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Hannah ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Megumi Sato ( 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)
Jean Kirschstein ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Kishou Taniyama ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Krista Lenz ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Shiori Mikami ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Marco Bodt ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ohsaka Ryota ( 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.
Hajime Isayama Original Concept Mangaka.
Kyoji Asano Character Artist/Designer
Yasuko Kobayashi Writer Mangaka
Hiroyuki Sawano Music He's the musician in Guilty Crown, Blue Exorcist, and more.
Yōko Hikasa ED Theme Song: "Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai" (美しき残酷な世界, lit. "This Beautiful Cruel World")
Linked Horizon OP Theme Song: "Feuerroter Pfeil und Bogen" (紅蓮の弓矢 Guren no Yumiya, lit. "Crimson Bow and Arrow")


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