Attack on Titan – To You, 2000 Years From Now: The Fall of Shiganshina Part 1
Title: To You, 2000 Years From Now: The Fall of Shiganshina Part 1
[The episode begins with the focus on birds redirecting back and forth between the citizens (staring in amazement at the sky) of the inner town of the Wall Maria. The birds fly past a huge hand and Eren begins the introduction]
EREN: On that day, mankind received a grim reminder [Shadow hovers over the town]…of the terror of being at their mercy... [Giant skin-lacking head appears]…of the humiliation of being a trapped inside a cage… We lived in fear of Titans, and were disgraced to live in these cages we called walls.
[Scene switches to the Forest of Giant Trees with the Survey Corps on galloping horses]
COMMANDER: All soldiers prepare for battle! There’s only one target! We will exterminate it and claim this spot as humanity’s first stronghold beyond the walls!
SOLDIER: Target approaching!
[Shows Titan walking. Commander makes hand signal]
COMMANDER: Split into fives groups just as we practiced! We’ll act as the bait! All assault squads switch to omni-directional gear!!
[Soldiers are lifted off their horses by the omni-directional gear and traverse landscape using the giant trees. They surround the Titan.]
COMMANDER: Strike from all directions at once!
SOLDIER: [flies toward the nape of the Titans neck, spinning with both swords in hand like a propeller.] Taste the power…of humanity!
[A slice is heard and the screen goes black. Theme song plays – Crimson Bow and Arrow. Beautiful purple flowers under the sun are presented and then blood splatters and taints. Open mouth is shown; a man’s body lays on the ground with blood on his face and is then lifted; a small house is shown in a sunlit plain; Titans appear around it; a in-house fireplace is shown; bloody face; a room filled with child’s toys; an eye with a bee around the sclera; more blood gushes; giant teeth are show; giant hands picking up a body. Eren wakes up. Two birds fly in the air. Mikasa is kneeling down looking at him as his head rests on a tree in a plain]
EREN: Huh? Mikasa…
MIKASA: We should be getting back.
EREN: What are we doing here…?
MIKASA: You were that deep asleep that you’re still only half-awake?
EREN: No…It just feels like I had this really long dream or something... What was it about? I can’t remember.
[Mikasa stands up with fire wood carrier on her back]
MIKASA: Eren, why are you crying?
EREN: Huh? [Touches face]
[The same purple flowers are shown in his real life scenery. Screen goes black and shows the year is 845 in the Shinganshina District. Cannon on top but pointed outside the Wall Maria is shown. Titans are displayed, walking toward, grabbing, sitting, and standing outside the wall. Camera pans the town as the Wall Worshipper preaches to the community.]
WALL WORSHIPPER: Listen! It was by God’s great wisdom that these walls were built! These wall are His divine work. No one must be allowed to defile the walls!
[Switches to Eren and Misaka walking through town]
EREN: Don’t you dare tell anyone I was crying.
MIKASA: I won’t. Still crying for no real reason. You should have your dad five you a checkup
EREN: Don’t be stupid! I can’t tell him!
[Hannes surprises Eren and Misaka as they walk through a tunnel.]
HANNES: What were you cryin’ about, Eren?
EREN: Mr. Hannes
HANNES: Did Mikasa get on your case about somethin’?
EREN: Huh?! What makes you think I was crying?! Whoa. You reek of alcohol!
MEN: It’s like, come on, y’know?
EREN: Oh…You’re drinking again…
HANNES: You guys wanna join in?
EREN: Uhm…Aren’t you on duty?
HANNES: Yup! We’re guarding the gate today. We’re stuck here all day. So we end up getting hungry and thirsty. If some booze happens to get into our drinks, so what? It’s no big deal.
EREN: What if something happens?! Can you fight like that?!
HANNES: --Whadya mean, “if something happens”?
EREN: You know what I mean! I’m talking about if they break the walls and get into the city!
[Knife slices a fishes head off and the citizens in the market are shown quickly. The picture reverts back to Eren and Hannes.]
HANNES: Oww. Geez. Eren. Don’t go yellin’ like that.
[One of the military men get up from the their seat and walks over to the group.]
MAN: [Laughs] You’ve got spunk, doctor’s son! If they do bust down the wall, we’ll take care of business, don’t you worry. But that ain’t happened once in the last one hundred years.
EREN: Still, my dad said there’s nothing more dangerous than being complacent like that!
HANNES: Dr. Jaeger, huh? Yeah, he’s got a point.
[Pans the town as Hannes talks]
HANNES: He once saved this town from an epidemic. I can’t argue with him. Still they’re another story altogether. When you’re a soldier, you get to see those things roaming around outside while you’re on wall reinforcement duty and stuff. These walls are fifty meters tall, though. I can’t see ‘em getting through.
[Reverts back to the tunnel]
EREN: Then…you’re not actually prepared to fight them at all?
EREN: What?! Then drop the “Garrison Regiment” name for “Wall Construction Squad” instead!
HANNES: Not a bad idea. But you gotta understand Eren. If a soldier’s doing his job, things have seriously gone to hell. It’s better when
everyone’s calling us useless freeloaders; it means peaceful times for us all.
EREN: Sure, we can stay inside the walls our entire lives and do nothing but eat and sleep! But…that basically…That basically makes us cattle!
[Switches to the still sitting military men laughing]
MEN: Man, you’re one plucky kid, all right! For someone who’s totally helpless! Right Hannes?!
HANNES: Huh? Y-yeah.
[Eren and Mikasa start walking away from Hannes and the other men]
HANNES: Hey Eren!
MAN: What a weirdo!
HANNES: Wait…Don’t tell me he wants to join the Scout Regiment?
[Eren and Mikasa walk along an incline with houses to their right and a cliff to their left]
MIKASA: Eren. I’d forget about the Scout Regiment if I were you.
EREN: What?! You think the Scout Regiment is a joke too?!
MIKASA: It’s not about what I think.
[Town bells began to ring]
EREN: The Scout Regiment is back! They’re gonna open the front gate! Let’s go see the heroes return, Mikasa!
[Eren grabs Mikasa’s arm and they head to the front gate]
EREN: Damn, I can’t see.
[Eren and Mikasa stand on boxes behind in the back to see over the citizens]
[Soldier looks at Eren, as Eren smiles in amazement, and forces his head down in shame while riding his horse. Eren is shocked at the response. Yet, even more shocked at when he sees how badly wounded some most of the soldiers are.]
CITIZEN 1: They’re the only ones who made it back?
CITIZEN 2: Everyone else must’ve gotten eaten.
CITIZEN 3: This is what they get for going outside the walls.
WOMAN: Moses! Moses! [Walks toward commander] I don’t see my son, Moses anywhere… Do you know where he is?
COMMANDER: This is Moses’ mother. [Turns to another soldier] Go get it.
[She is handed something wrapped up and bloody. She takes off some of the wrap to discover an arm. Closes it quickly and then begins to shiver and cry.]
COMMANDER: It’s all we could retrieve.
[The commander kneels down to the grieving mother.]
WOMAN: But…my son…he was helpful, yes? Even if he didn’t achieve direct greatness…surely my son’s death helped humanity fight back, yes?!
COMMANDER: Of Course. No. On the latest scouting mission, we…No, just like all the other missions…we achieved nothing at all! My incompetence has done nothing but needlessly send soldiers to their deaths! We haven’t found anything out bout them!
[Screen goes black. Shows soldiers walking away in the distance and camera pans the citizens as they watch]
CITIZEN 4: Talk about gruesome.
CITIZEN 5: You can say that again.
CITIZEN 4: Our taxes are basically going to feeding and fattening those things up now.
[Eren slaps citizen 4 with a piece of fire wood]
CITIZEN 4: What the hell…you little punk?!
[As Eren raises up to strike again, Mikasa grabs him and drags him away.]
EREN: Hey! What are you doing Mikasa?!
CITIZEN 4: Hey, get back here, you!
EREN: Mikasa! Enough already!
[Mikasa throws Eren into a wall and breaks his fire wood carrier]
EREN: Wha’s the big idea?! Now the firewood’s all over the place!
MIKASA: Eren. Have you changed your mind about joining the Scout Regiment?
EREN: Help me pick this up.
MIKASA: It’s not that bad of a mess.
EREN: We’re home.
KALURA: Welcome back.
[Eren begins to put firewood in a wooden chest. His mother walks over. Mikasa sets up the stove as his father sits at the table writing.]
KALURA: Wow, Eren! You actually worked hard.
[Kalura pinches him on the cheek]
EREN: What was that for?
KALURA: Your ear’s red. That shows you were lying. You had Mikasa help you, did you?
[Eren and Mikasa sit at the table and eat while Grisha continues to read and Kalura washes the dishes.]
EREN: Oh? You’re leaving, Dad? Is it for work?
GRISHA: Yes. Some checkups in the interior. It’ll take a couple of days.
MIKASA: Eren says he wants to join the Scouting Regiment.
EREN: Mikasa, I told you not to say anything!
KALURA: Ere! What are you thinking?! Do you have any idea how many people have died outside the walls?!
EREN: Yeah, I know!
GRISHA: Eren. Why do you want to go out there?
EREN: I want to know what the outside world is like! I don’t want to live my entire life in ignorance inside the walls! Plus… if no one else is willing to take their place, then the lives all who’ve died will be for nothing!
GRISHA: I see. My boats about to leave, I better get going [Gets up and heads toward the door]
KALURA: Hold on, dear! Talk some sense into Eren!
GRISHA: Kalura. Words can’t hold back human curiosity. Eren. When I get back, I’ll show you the basement that I’ve kept secret all this time.
[The rest of the family watches as Grisha takes his leave]
EREN: Take Care!
KALURA: Just forget it. Joining the Scout Regiment is a stupid idea!
EREN: Huh?! Stupid? People who don’t mind living like livestock are the stupid ones, if you ask me! [runs away from the house]
KALURA: Eren! [Kalura takes hold of Mikasa] Mikasa. He gets himself in trouble so easily. If anything ever happens you need to be there for each other!
[Boys are bullying Armin in an alleyway]
BOY: What’s the matter, heretic?! [Throws Armin up against the wall and presses him on it with on hand] Why if you don’t like it, let’s see you hit back!
ARMIN: Y-Yeah, right? That would be stooping to your level!
BOY: Say what?!
ARMIN: You know I’m right! That’s why you have to resort to violence because you can’t argue back! Which means you concede defeat to me, does it not?!
BOY: Shut up, smart-ass! [Raises his fist]
EREN: Stop! [Eren is running towards the boys]
BOYS: It’s Eren! That idiots back for more?! Does he want his ass kicked?! We’ll tear you a new one! [One boy gets surprised] M-dMikasa’s with him! Screw this! Let’s get outta here!
EREN: One look at me and they ran off!
ARMIN: No, it was Mikasa they saw… [tries to stand up] Oww.
EREN: Hey! You okay Armin? [Reaches hand out to help]
ARMIN: I can get up on my own…
[Eren, Armin, and Mikasa all sit near a river]
ARMIN: I said humanity needs to venture into the outside world at some point…and then they beat me up and called me a heretic.
EREN: Damn...[chucks rock into river] Why does everyone look down on people just for wanting to go outside?!
ARMIN: Well, because we’ve had a hundred years of peace by staying inside the walls. They’re worried that going outside carelessly will invite them inside the walls. The royal government’s policies have made have made having any interest in the outside world a taboo.
EREN: It’s our lives! We can risk ‘em if we want!
MIKASA: Absolutely not. Forget about it.
EREN: Which reminds me, I can’t believe you told my parents!
MIKASA: I never agreed to help.
ARMIN: So, what did they say?
EREN: They’re...less than pleased.
ARMIN: It figures. Indeed, I think people are crazy if they think we’ll be safe inside these walls forever.
ARMIN: Just because the walls haven’t fallen for a hundred years doesn’t guarantee they won’t fall today...And yet…
[Explosion goes off and a minor but strong earthquake occurs]
ARMIN: What was that?! An explosion?!
CITIZENS: That way! Did something fall?! I’m not really sure...
EREN: Hey, Armin!
[Eren, Armin, and Mikasa all run to the same place as the citizens]
EREN: What is it?! What do you see?!
[All the citizens stare in amazement at the top of the wall, above the gate at a giant hand grasping the wall tightly]
ARMIN: It can’t be. Th-That wall…is fifty meters high!
EREN: It’s one of them…
[A huge shadow hovers over the city. The giant Titan's face appears with steam projecting mainly from the left side. The rest of his un-fleshed body is shown from behind. He lifts up his right foot while gripping the wall. He kicks in the gate so fiercely that a current of wind blows anyone and anything close away within a hundred yards. The top of a tower flies off. Debris from the stone gate falls viciously on various houses throughout the town. One boulder crushes a man as the town people run. Behind the giant titan, a flood of smaller Titans are show heading towards the new opening in the gate. The huge titan disappears.]
ARMIN: I-It…opened a hole in the wall…
[A Titan walks through]
CITIZEN: The Titans have gotten inside!
ARMIN: We need to run too! Eren!
EREN: [Walks in the opposite direction of the people running] My house is in that direction! Mom…
[Mikasa runs toward him]
ARMIN: Mikasa! [Stretches his hand out and realizes how badly it’s shaking. He has to hold it with his other arm] It’s all over…Countless Titans…are going to overrun the city!
[Mikasa and Eren run through the town towards their house while witnessing all the tragedy]
EREN: It couldn’t have hit our home! Just around this corner…our house is standing there, like always! [Camera shifts into POV as he travels around the corner] Mom! Mom! [The house is dismantled and Eren’s mom is trapped under the roof]
EREN: Mikasa! Grab that end!
[Eren and Mikasa try to lift the roof of his mother]
[They hear the loud footsteps; turn to their left and see Titans walking. One is coming towards them.]
EREN: Hurry, Mikasa!
MIKASA: I know!
KALURA: The Titans have gotten inside, haven’t they? Eren! Take Mikasa and run away! Hurry!
EREN: I want to! So hurry and get out of here!
KALURA: The debris has crushed my legs…Even if I could get out, I wouldn’t be able to run. You understand what that means.
EREN: I’ll carry you, then!
[Eren and Kalura begin to cry and yell]
KALURA: Why don’t you ever listen to your mother?! You can at least do this one last thing!
[Mikasa begins to cry.]
KALURA: If you don’t go, all three of us will…
[Hannes journeys in using his mobility gear.]
KALURA: Hannes! Take the children and get out of here!
HANNES: Don’t go underestimatin’ me, Kalura. I’m gonna slaughter these Titans and save all three of ya!
[Runs towards the incoming Titan while pulling his swords out.]
KALURA: Wait! Don’t fight them!
HANNES: Yeah, I could save those two for sure. But now…I’m finally going to repay the favor I owe!
[Hannes stops in his tracks. He’s scared out of his mind as he stands only yards away from the Titan. He tremors as it looks down upon him. Rethinks the situation, sheaths his swords, and grabs the children]
EREN: HEY! Mr. Hannes! What are you doing?!
KALURA: Thank you…
EREN: Hey! Mom’s still…!
KALURA: Eren! Mikasa! [Stretchers are out towards them] You have to survive! [Cries more and then covers her mouth] Don’t go…
[The Titan removes the house debris with one swipe of the hand and picks up Eren’s mother.]
[Kalura fights with her last strength but the Titan breaks her body and then devours her. Mikasa looks away before this moment, but Eren sees it all. Titan chomps and blood flies everywhere. Ending credits begin]
EREN: Humanity was suddenly reminded that day….of the terror of being at their mercy…of the humiliation of being trapped inside a cage…
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