Attack On Titan Season 1 Episode 8 Detailed Recap – I Can Hear His Heartbeat: The Struggle for Trost, Part 4

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In this article, we about the 8th episode of the Attack on Titan Season 1 Episode 8 anime. For the manga chapter of the same name. The name of this episode is “I Can Hear His Heartbeat: The Struggle for Trost, Part 4, and in Japanese (心臓の鼓動が聞こえる ―トロスト区攻防戦④― Shinzō no Kodō ga Kikoeru -Torosuto-ku Kōbōsen (4)) Attack on Titan is produced by Wit Studio and Production I.G.

Attack on Titan Season 1 Episode 8 Overview

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Marco calms jean down

The mysterious Titan is brought to the Trost HQ by Mikasa, Armin, and Conny while Jean leads the cadets there. Outside, the Titan battles the others, while the cadets plan a method to eliminate the Titans from the supply room. Some cadets see the strange Titan dying from weariness after eliminating the other Titans after resupply. Eren Jaeger somehow emerges asleep from the Titan’s neck, alive and healed.

Back to HQ

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Mikasa throws Armin’s final sword away, promising not to abandon him this time. Armin then comes up with the brilliant notion of exploiting the abnormal titan. Because it strikes and ignores other titans, it could be preferable if they could lead it to the HQ. If Mikasa and Connie destroy the titans encircling it, it will be taken to headquarters.

Connie thinks it’s crazy, but Mikasa thinks it may work. She begins to move on.

Jean continues to observe as the titans from below consume his squadmates. But he quickly recognizes that this is the opportunity for them to escape, using their squadmates as cover. He orders everyone to charge towards HQ while conserving gas.

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Jean watches the Titan in action
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Mikasa helps the Abnormal titan by defeating the others in its area. Connie follows, accompanied by Armin.

Marco expresses gratitude to Jean for his leadership, but they are not fully rescued. With Annie and Reiner’s team on his tail, he smashes through the HQ windows. He considers how many lives they sacrificed to get here, but he discovers the supply team members hiding within the headquarters.

Fighting Back

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He strikes the supply squad for leaving them, but they defend themselves by saying that they have no option. A giant slams its head into the walls and pushes through. Jean’s faith disappears as many around him fear and escape.

Suddenly, the odd giant appears, fighting the raging ones. Mikasa, Armin, and Connie rush through the window as they’re about to run out of gas. Connie appreciates Armin for his brilliant idea and informs the others about how they might use the invading titan to their advantage. Following Mikasa’s push, the other’s consent to the ridiculous proposal.

Jean and his team discover guns within the facility and want to use them against the Titans. Armin believes it is sufficient to destroy the three-meter titans roaming the hallways. By packing the lift and lowering them, they may shoot the giants inside as others attack from behind. Armin is unsure about his idea, but the others convince him that it is the best they have.

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The cadets lower the lift and aim, waiting for the right time when all the titans turn to look at them. Others wait overhead to kill them without using ODM gear. Everyone holds their breath and shoots in an attempt to disturb the enemy’s eyesight. Mikasa and the others then attack their designated opponents, but only one of them survives.

Cadets Resupplied

It advances on Sasha and Connie, but Mikasa and Annie interrupt to stop it. It’s time to replenish now that the depot has been cleansed of opponents. Marco informs Jean that his ordinary strength makes him an excellent leader since he must use his intellect to understand the issue. He gives him credit for saving his life.

They may return to safety now that their ODM gears have been recharged. Mikasa rises over the rooftop to observe the others consuming the giant from earlier. Reiner agrees that it should be saved since it might be the key to defeating the enemy. Jean believes it’s a ridiculous concept, but Annie adds that this titan may be used as an ally or weapon.

Armin discovers the giant that killed Thomas approaching them. When the abnormal titan notices this, it frees itself from his enemies and rushes to eat it, despite its broken limbs. The giant cries and collapses, boiling to its doom. Jean orders them to go, but the others are stunned when Eren emerges from the titan’s neck.

Mikasa rushes in, relieved that he’s still alive.

Attack on Titan Season 1 Episode 8 Summary

Armin asks to be left to die, allowing Mikasa and Conny to survive. However, the two dismiss his appeals and decide to flee to the supply headquarters. Armin realizes they will not be able to get past all of the Titans and returns his gaze to the strange Titan who is now seeking more Titans to kill.

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Armin proposes the plan

He comes to a halt and advises that Mikasa and Conny kill Titans near the renegade one in order to lead it to the larger concentration of Titans now attacking HQ, reducing their numbers and allowing the troops to replenish. Despite their reservations, Conny and Mikasa agree to the idea and go off in search of the enigmatic Titan.

Meanwhile, after Jean witnesses Tom’s unsuccessful rescue, he doubts his ability to lead men into combat. He then notices the Titans crowding here and uses this as a distraction to lead the other cadets through the more empty streets. Jean is captured by a Titan, but she manages to cut off its fingers and escape its grasp. Marco compliments Jean on his fast thinking and tells him that he is genuinely cut out to be a leader, to which Jean responds that he is unsure.

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The majority of the cadets make it into the building, with only a few dying, and get access to the top levels by bashing through the window glass. Jean finds a few of supply squad men and strikes one of them for abandoning everyone outdoors. As they begin to bicker, Marco pulls him off, but Titans begin to smash through the windows.

The cadets flee to the inside of the HQ, but Jean loses faith as he doubts humanity’s capacity to confront such massive beasts. Jean observes the unknown Titan punch the Titans storming the HQ to the ground as it lets out a thunderous roar at that time. Mikasa, Conny, and Armin successfully reach the HQ, highlighting the Titan’s desire to ignore humans and attack other Titans.

Jean and the other cadets are confused, but Mikasa claims that they will be able to exploit this tendency and get everyone out alive as the rogue prepares to battle other Titans surrounding the building. It tosses a giant Titan against a small group of other Titans with an arm lock before screaming again and storming at another one. It immediately punches this Titan’s jaw and kicks a few of smaller Titans that get in its way.

Armin explains his plan to dispose of Titan

Using this as a distraction, the cadets take over the lift and make their way to the gas supply room on the ground floor. Reiner investigates Conny on what they know about this Titan, but Conny says they can discuss it after they leave, which Reiner agrees to.

Jean brings in some antique weaponry, and Armin lays out their strategy for dealing with the seven 3-4 meter Titans who are now infesting the supply room. By blinding the Titans with the cannons, the most physically capable soldiers may jump from the rafters and dispatch all of them at once.

Although Armin has concerns about the plan, everyone believes that it is the best option available, and Mikasa reassures Armin by assuring him that his plans have previously saved her and Eren’s lives.

The lift is ready, and everyone takes their places on it or in the rafters. As a result, Reiner tells Conny that the second Titan’s weakness is a sword “up their ass.” As predicted, the Titans begin to draw in on the human concentrated lift, only to be met with a devastating assault of gunshot to their eyes.

Mikasa, Reiner, Annie, Bertholdt, Jean, Conny, and Sasha leap from the rafters and kill their allocated Titan at that moment. Sasha and Conny, on the other hand, fail, and Mikasa and Annie rush to their aid. Reiner expresses his relief that Annie was not injured in the attack. Although startled, the cadets are delighted when the supply room is cleared and begin refueling their gas tanks.

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Jean and Marco discuss leadership
Jean and Marco talk about leadership

Marco and Jean then discuss Jean’s leadership qualities. Marco goes on to claim that while Jean is not strong, he understands how it feels to be weak and is also extremely skilled at determining the best course of action in a given scenario. When the cadets have finished recharging, they leave the HQ and continue their journey to the protection of the Wall.

Mikasa, on the other hand, is keeping an eye on the strange Titan, who has been held down by many other Titans, who are now turning to cannibalism. She feels this aberration has the potential to help solve some of the Titans’ mysteries, and she considers assisting it. Reiner concurs, stating that if the renegade were to die, they would have learned nothing.

When Jean says it’s still a Titan, Annie says it may be a possible ally. At that time, Armin notices the Abnormal that murdered Thomas, which the unknown Titan rushes toward, losing both arms in the process, and slays by biting furiously into its neck.

The Titan then takes the Titan’s corpse-turned-weapon and crushes the Titan chasing it before launching the body and another Titan into a home. Jean inquires grimly as to which Titan needs assistance, but the unknown Titan lets out one more roar before collapsing to the ground.

Jean remarks that it probably ran out of strength, and turns to leave, but the others look speechlessly at the Titan’s corpse as a figure removes itself from the nape of the neck.

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Mikasa holds Eren with an outburst of emotion

Eren, who is comatose but alive, emerges. While the rest are stunned, Mikasa rushes over to Eren. She is shocked, but she embraces him before listening for a heartbeat and crying when she finds it. The camera pans back to the top of the supply HQ, where Jean, Armin, Reiner, Bertholdt, Annie, a tearful Mikasa, and a living Eren are now present.

Armin notices Eren has regenerated his lost limbs, but he has concerns because he witnessed Eren being devoured. He clutches Eren’s hand and bursts into tears as well. Jean, one of the silent observers, notices something and turns around. He notices the Titans’ falling bodies and understands Eren was the cause of it all.

Our thoughts for Attack on Titan Season 1 Episode 8

In this episode, the story build-up going very well. Also, the episode tells that they didn’t kill off the MC after all. The mystery around these titans is such a great hook. We give 4 ratings out of 5 to this episode. Hope you like this episode’s detailed recap.

Resource of this episode from Funimation, Crunchyroll, and Fandom

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