Ep 5 – “First Battle: The Struggle for Trost, Part 1” / “Uijin -Torosuto-ku Kōbōsen (1)-“ (初陣 ―トロスト区攻防戦①―)
As Eren attacks the Colossal Titan, it destroys the wall’s cannons, revealing itself to be intelligent. As Eren prepares to attack its weak point, it inexplicably vanishes in a burst of steam. The Military Police scrambles to evacuate the people of the Trost District and set up defenses before the Titans enter the city. Eren calms Armin and Jean, who both start having nervous breakdowns due to the approaching Titans. Assigned by Commander Kitts Woerman of the Garrison Regiment to different squads, Mikasa helps with the evacuation while Eren and Armin provide backup at the front lines. Despite Mikasa’s protest of wanting to stay and protect Eren, he convinces her to do her duty after promising her he will not die. With the Titans now in the city, Eren recalls his lessons that in order to kill a Titan, they must strike the nape of its neck. As Eren and Armin’s squad attack, one by one their comrades are killed or eaten by the Titans, with Eren himself losing his left leg. Armin, paralyzed with fear upon seeing his comrades’ fates, is picked up by a bearded Titan and almost swallowed. As Eren recalls his past, where he and Armin wished to see the world outside the walls, he manages to drag and toss Armin out of the bearded Titan’s mouth at the last moment. Eren reaches for Armin with his left arm out of the Bearded Titan’s mouth, but the bearded Titan closes its jaws, severing Eren’s arm and swallowing him.