Small Blade

Small Blade is an anime episode of Attack on Titan that was released on 05/19/2013
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After the retreat bell sounds, many cadets find themselves without enough fuel to scale the wall back to safety. Mikasa begins to lose hope once she hears of the deaths in Armin’s squad, but the appearance of a new type of Titan stokes her will to fight.

— FUNimation

Plot Summary

Small Blade
Kanji小さな刃 ―トロスト区攻防戦③―
RomajiChīsana Ha ―Torosuto Ku Kobo Sen ③―
TranslationThe Small Blade - The Battle for Trost (3)
MangaCh. 7-8 (Vol. 2)
Theme Music
Opening"Feuerroter Pfeil und Bogen"
Ending"Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai"
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End Card

In the supply room, the soldiers beg the captain to stay here. However, the captain states that he has to reorganize the reinforcement squad. When the soldiers remarks that he is going to the inner wall for safety, the captain threaten to execute the soldiers. Meanwhile, Mikasa wonders why no has climb the walls after the emergency bell has rang. While the Titans swarm around the building, the soldiers hid and brace themselves. One soldier props a gun into his mouth and shoots himself much to his comrades' shock. Meanwhile, Jean loses the will to fight because they don't have enough gas to climb the walls to safety. Connie says that they have to take a chance. Jean points out that most of the vanguards and veterans are killed. He states that the supply room might be filled with 3 to 4 meter class Titans.

Then, Sasha cheers up her comrades and assures them that if they work together, they will be fine. She states that she will take the lead. Though, the others are still in despair. She finds Armin in a state of shock. Annie asks Reiner what to do. Marco asks what is he dying for. Mikasa arrives and asks Annie about Eren's team. Reiner points to Armin. When Mikasa asks Armin about Eren, Armin cries and replies that Squad 34 and Eren had died valiantly in the line of duty. Everyone is shocked at Armin's words. Armin apologizes. Mikasa tells Armin to stand up and motivates everyone to be strong. She states that she is disappointed in them when she tells them that she will fight and live. After Mikasa leaps off, Jean rallies the others. Reiner and his group follows Jean while Sasha lays on the insults. As Mikasa slashes through the several Titans' necks, Armin notices that Mikasa is using too much gas. Then, Mikasa crashes on the roof. Armin goes off to help Mikasa.

In the street, Mikasa thinks about how she lost her family again. Jean observes his fellow soldiers getting eaten alive by the Titans and wonders why he didn't go of to save them. As the soldiers cry for help, Reiner and his group just watch in horror. When a Titan approaches Mikasa, Mikasa loses the will to fight and remain still. However, she slashes the Titan's hand and evades the Titan. She wonders why isn't she giving up and what is driving her. When a Titan comes behind Mikasa, Mikasa recalls Eren's words that urge to fight.

Suddenly, the male, 15 meter Titan behind Mikasa slams his fist into the Titan's face. The male Titan unleashes a ghastly wail and stomps the Titan into pieces. Armin notices Mikasa and grabs her to the roof. When Connie arrive, he, Mikasa, and Armin observe the male, 15 meter Titan knocks off the head of one Titan. Armin comments that the Titan is not interested in them while Mikasa points out that the Titan had rudimentary fighting skills. Armin shares his gas stock with Mikasa. When Armin gives Mikasa all of his blades and grabs Mikasa's broken blade, Mikasa takes the broken blade and throws it away. She assures that she will not abandon Armin.

Points of Interest


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

Mikasa: "I am strong! Stronger than you guys. Very strong. Therefore, I can defeat those Titans! Even on my own. You are not only weak, but you are spineless cowards. I am disappointed in you. Just stay here... Stay here and watch."
— Mikasa's inspirational speech

Manga & Anime Differences

The following points show notable alterations from the source material.

  • The manga has the scene of Jean watching the soldiers being eaten by the Titans occur after Mikasa is saved by the rogue Titan. In the anime, this occurs before Mikasa's scene.
  • In the anime, the scenes where the soldiers are dismembered and slaughtered by the Titans are done off screen.

Characters & Voice Actors

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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)
Armin Arlert ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Marina Inoue ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Annie Leonhardt ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yu Shimamura ( 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)
Marco Bodt ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ohsaka Ryota ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Sasha Braus ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yū Kobayashi ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Eren Yeager ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yuki Kaji ( 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
Hajime Isayama Original Concept Mangaka.
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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