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The Humanity's Comeback arc (人類の再起 Jinrui no Saiki ko?) is the second story arc of the Attack on Titan anime.

Introduction

After witnessing the horror of the Titans, Eren Jaeger, Mikasa Ackermann, and Armin Arlelt decide to undergo military training and enroll into the army as members of the 104th Cadet Corps. There, they get to know the rest of the cadets and slowly begin to understand the hardships of being a soldier.

Episodes

Picture Number Title Air date
3 A Dim Light Amid Despair: Humanity's Comeback, Part 1
 (絶望の中で鈍く光る ―人類の再起①― Zetsubō no Naka de Nibuku Hikaru -Jinrui no Saiki (1)-?)
April 21, 2013
Cadets during debut day After a brutal introduction to their commandant Keith Sadies, the cadets learn of Eren's past and his dreams. Eren later finds difficulty training with ODM gear, though with some motivation from his new friends he is able to overcome his struggle. The commandant later reveals that his belt was somehow broken, and Eren finds no difficulty training with functional gear.

Picture Number Title Air date
4 The Night of the Closing Ceremony: Humanity's Comeback, Part 2
 (解散式の夜 ―人類の再起②― Kaisan Shiki no Yoru -Jinrui no Saiki (2)-?)
April 28, 2013
Cadets during Titan combat training In the last days of their training, Eren learns to spar with Annie as she notes the absurd system the military operates by. Eren later uses Annie's technique against Jean during an argument. After graduation, the cadets think about which military regiment they will enlist in, and Eren's speech convinces many to consider the Scouts. However, the day after graduation, the Colossal Titan suddenly appears at Trost.

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