Ep 23 – “Smile: Assault on Stohess, Part 1” / “Hohoemi -Sutohesu-ku Kyūshū (1)-“ (微笑み ―ストヘス区急襲①―)

Annie has a dream of being trained by her father before waking up. In the Stohess District of Wall Sina, the Military Police are ordered to escort the Scout Regiment convoy once they enter the capital. The Military Police are shown to be lazy and corrupt which one of Annie’s colleagues named Hitch Dreyse reveals she joined the police for that reason. Another colleague named Marlo Sand is disgusted, revealing he joined the Military Police so he could reform it to become a better organization, which Annie respects since he reminds her of Eren. After the convoy has entered the Stohess District, Annie is secretly called by Armin in the alleyways. Armin asks for her help, as he is helping Eren escape the capital, and the one riding in the convoy is actually Jean in disguise. Although refusing at first, she finally agrees after Armin begs again, believing she is a good person. Armin leads Eren, Mikasa and Annie to an underground tunnel. However, Annie refuses to enter as she has noticed Armin behaving strangely and hidden Scouts watching her. Armin finally reveals his suspicion that Annie is the Female Titan, noting that she used Marco’s Omni-directional Mobility Gear to kill Sawney and Beane and that Female Titan did not kill him during the last expedition. Eren and Armin beg Annie to prove them wrong by following them, but knowing her identity is exposed, Annie laughs sadly and tries to transform. Despite the Scouts’ attempts to bind and gag her, she succeeds in transforming using the spike in her ring.