I Can Hear His Heartbeat

I Can Hear His Heartbeat is an anime episode of Attack on Titan that was released on 05/25/2013
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Armin comes up with a risky plan that pits Titan against Titan as the abandoned Cadets attempt to take back their headquarters. Getting into the building might be possible, but getting out alive and refueled will mean facing more of the giants.

— FUNimation

Plot Summary

I Can Hear His Heartbeat
Kanji心臓の鼓動が聞こえる ―トロスト区攻防戦④―
RomajiShinzō no Kodō ga Kikoeru -Torosuto-ku Kōbōsen (4)-
TranslationI Can Hear a Heartbeat: Battle of Trost District, Part 4
Counterpart
MangaCh. 8-9 (Vol. 2)
Theme Music
Opening"Feuerroter Pfeil und Bogen"
Ending"Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai"
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While Mikasa rushes off, Connie grabs Armin's arm. Armin tells them about his plan of using that Titan and how they could lead it to the supply room. With Mikasa accepting Armin's gamble, Connie reluctantly goes with Armin's plans. Meanwhile, Jean gives the signal and has his group rush to headquarters while the Titans are preoccupied. Soaring through the air and running off the roofs, Marco thanks Jean and tells him that he is fit to be a leader. Jean and the others jump through the windows. He still regrets that he used the sacrifices of the soldiers to make it here alive. When Jean notices the supply room soldiers are hiding, he smacks them for being cowards. Suddenly, a Titan smashes through the wall, causing the soldiers to flee in fear. When Jean is about to give up, the two Titans get smashed by the rogue Titan. Mikasa, Connie, and Armin crashes through the window. Connie informs Jean that they can use this Titan to fight the other Titans.

As the rogue Titan attacks the other Titans, the soldiers get ready to defend the supply room while Reiner asks Connie about the rogue Titan. Jean and the others find some rifles. Armin states that these will help wipe out the smaller Titans and debriefs everyone on a strategy to wipe out the Titans in the supply room. The strategy involves blasting the Titans with the guns in the lift, and from behind, attack the Titans to slash their napes. Marco, Armin, and the others prepare themselves in the lift. As the Titans draw near the lift, the soldiers open fire on the Titans. From above, Mikasa and the others jump and slashes the Titan's neck. Sasha and Connie fail to kill their target. The female Titan attacks Sasha but fails. Mikasa kills the female Titan while Annie kills the Titan that was aiming for Connie. Everyone refills on gas. Marco remarks that Jean is brave for jumping out there. The soldiers run out to leave the supply room and head towards the wall. Mikasa points that a rogue Titan is getting eaten by the other Titans. Reiner states that they have to save the rogue Titan.

Then, Armin spots the Titan that ate Thomas. The Rogue Titan rushes out to bite the Titan and throws it at the other Titan. It collapses on the ground. Mikasa and the others watch in amazement when they see Eren emerging from the Titan's nape. Mikasa rushes over to embrace Eren. Upon hearing Eren's beating heart, Mikasa cries out loud. Armin notices that Eren has his limbs back even though Eren had lost them.

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Quotes

The following quotes are from the Crunchyroll subtitle script, timestamps are approximate.

ImageQuoteTime
Jean: "I don't think I'm cut out to be a leader... Don't say things like that again."
Marco: "I hope you won't get mad when I say this... But you aren't a strong person. So you can relate to how the weak feel. In addition, you excel in sizing up any situation. Isn't that why you immediately know what has to be done? You gave the right orders. That's why I could jump, and it's why I'm alive."
— Marco explaining what makes Jean a good leader
16:54

Manga & Anime Differences

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Anime-Only Scenes

  • Reiner asking Connie about the Rogue Titan.
  • Marco telling Jean that he is a leader before the supply room and at the supply room.

Characters & Voice Actors

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Armin Arlert ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Marina Inoue ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Mikasa Ackerman ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yui Ishikawa ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Connie Springer ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Hiro Shimono ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Jean Kirschstein ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Kishou Taniyama ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Marco Bodt ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ohsaka Ryota ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Sasha Braus ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yū Kobayashi ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Reiner Braun ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yoshimasa Hosoya ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Berthold Huber ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Tomohisa Hashizume ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Annie Leonhardt ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yu Shimamura ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Eren Yeager ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yuki Kaji ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (None)

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

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