The Night of the Closing Ceremony

The Night of the Closing Ceremony is an anime episode of Attack on Titan that was released on 04/28/2013
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Annie proves her skill in a sparring session, Jan dreams of serving alongside the King, and graduation day brings shocking revelations - along with a sudden outbreak of violence!
— FUNimation

Plot Summary

Night of the Closing Ceremony
Kanji解散式の夜 ―人類の再起②―
RomajiKaisan Shiki no Yoru ―Jinrui no Saiki ②―
TranslationNight of the Graduation Ceremony - Humanity Rises Again (2)
MangaCh. 17-18 (Vol. 4), Ch. 2-3 (Vol. 1)
Theme Music
Opening"Feuerroter Pfeil und Bogen"
Ending"Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai"
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In the year 850, Keith yells at his trainees to run faster as they run through the forest in the pounding rain. Keith remarks that Armin will be food for the Titan if he doesn't catch up. Reiner grabs Armin's backpack to help Armin. Though, Armin takes it back to prove himself. In a training exercise where trainees practice slicing through a Titan dummy's neck, Keith analyzes the recruits based on their strengths and weaknesses. While Jean searches for a fresh Titan dummy, Connie swoops to attack it first. However, Sasha steals the kill. Elsewhere in the forest, Mikasa slashes deep into the dummy's neck while Eren manages to make a shallow cut. Eren pushes himself to improve as he goes back to try again.

In another training exercise, Eren flips and throws Reiner on the ground. Reiner hands Eren the play knife while Eren remarks it's idiotic to attack someone unarmed. Reiner states that they have to be ready especially when they are disadvantaged. He and Eren notices Annie is slacking off. Reiner has Eren take on Annie. When Eren charges at Annie, Annie kicks Eren's leg. As Eren tells her to do the proper way and Reiner tells Annie that she has to take Eren's dagger, Annie knocks down Eren. Annie tosses the knife to Reiner, and when Eren reminds Reiner about a soldier's responsibilities, Annie knocks down Reiner. Annie explains that her father taught her martial arts and that the top fighters join the military police. She asks Eren why people - who are better equipped to fight the Titans, are more farther from the Titans. Then, Eren attempts to overpower Annie only to be subdued by Annie.

Later at dinner, Armin states that these individuals are preserving the knowledge in order to pass it down to the newer generation. Then, Jean hits Marco and remarks that Marco wants to live in the interior to lead a safer life. Eren asks Jean about this predicament. Then, the two get into an argument. Eren uses Annie's martial arts on Jean and asks Jean if he can call himself a soldier. When Keith enters the cabin, he asks what was the commotion about. Mikasa lies it was Sasha farting which convinces Keith. Upon reaching graduation, Keith informs the trainees about three options: garrison, survey corps, and military police. The faculty reveals the top ten students (listed in the eyecatches). During the celebratory feast, Thomas asks why Eren refuses to join the military police due to his high scores. Eren replies that he never trained to be a solider in the interior. Thomas reminds him that they have lost over 20% of their people and that no one can defeat the Titans. With the atmosphere turned bleak, Eren states that he will not abandon hope nor let everyone's death be in vain, and vows to exterminate the Titans. As Eren left the room, Mikasa and Armin follow him. Both Armin and Mikasa states that he will join the Survey Corps. Mikasa explains that she does not want to lose any more family.

Next day, Commander Erwin, Captain Levi, and the rest of the main Survey Corps forces return home. Everyone is cheering on the troops due to how much troops have return alive. Hannes arrives to apologize to Eren for not saving his mother. Eren states that it is not Hannes's fault and informs him that he will not let anyone die. On the top of the walls, Eren finds out that Thomas, Connie, Sasha, and the others join the Survey Corps. Sasha arrives with some meat she has stolen. Suddenly, a Colossal Titan appears right behind Eren. The gang is knocked over the walls. While Sasha saves Samuel, Eren notices the wall is cracked open. Eren urges everyone to mobilize.

Points of Interest

  • Garrison - Coat of Arms has two roses. The role is to protect towns and reinforce the walls.
  • Survey Corps - Coat of Arms has a blue and white feather. The soldiers who risk their lives bu exploring Titan territory
  • Military Police - Coat of arms has a green unicorn on it. These soldiers protect internal order and serve the king.

Keith's Analysis

  • Reiner Braun - A strong soldier, physically and mentally, and trusted by his comrades.
  • Armin Arelet - While lacking in physical strength, he's demonstrated an extraordinary aptitude for his studies.
  • Annie Leonhardt - Her strike form is flawless, but she works poorly with others and tends to isolate herself.
  • Bertolt Hoover - He has great potential, but lacks initiative.
  • Jean Kirschstein - A master of 3D Maneuver Gear, but his brash personality causes friction within the team.
  • Sasha Blause - She has unconventional, good instincts, but they make her unsuited to teamwork.
  • Connie Springer - He demonstrates superior physical agility, but lacks mental agility.
  • Mikasa Ackerman - A master of all subjects, and widely considered one of the best in our history.
  • Eren Jaeger - He has no outstanding talents, but he's worked harder than anyone to improve his marks. And he is more motivated to attain his goal than anyone.

Manga & Anime Differences

The following points show notable alterations from the source material.

  • In the anime, the forest and dummy Titan exercise takes place before the knife exercise. Compared to the manga, the forest exercise scenes occur after the knife exercise.

Manga-Only Scenes

  • Annie comments that Eren had a sloppy technique when he copied her martial arts move. When she offers to teach it to him, Eren declines.
  • Sasha and the others chat a bit after the dummy Titan exercise. Marco shares his dreams of joining the Military Police force.

Characters & Voice Actors

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Eren Yeager ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yuki Kaji ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Keith Shadis ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Tsuguo Mogami ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Armin Arlert ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Marina Inoue ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Reiner Braun ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yoshimasa Hosoya ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Annie Leonhardt ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yu Shimamura ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Berthold Huber ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Tomohisa Hashizume ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Jean Kirschstein ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Kishou Taniyama ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Connie Springer ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Hiro Shimono ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Sasha Braus ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yū Kobayashi ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Mikasa Ackerman ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yui Ishikawa ( 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)
Thomas Wagner ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Shigeyuki Susaki ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Hannes ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Keiji Fujiwara ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Franz ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Kenta Ookuma ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Hannah ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Megumi Sato ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Mina Carolina ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Chika Anzai ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)


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Kyoji Asano Character Artist/Designer
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.
Yasuko Kobayashi Writer Mangaka
Hiroyuki Sawano Music He's the musician in Guilty Crown, Blue Exorcist, and more.
Linked Horizon OP Theme Song: "Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai" (美しき残酷な世界, lit. "This Beautiful Cruel World")
Yōko Hikasa ED Theme Song: "Feuerroter Pfeil und Bogen" (紅蓮の弓矢 Guren no Yumiya, lit. "Crimson Bow and Arrow")


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