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Attack on Titan Part 1: Guren no Yumiya (「進撃の巨人」前編~紅蓮の弓矢~ Shingeki no Kyojin Zenpen Guren no Yumiya, lit. "Attack on Titan" Prequel - Crimson Bow and Arrow~) is the first recap movie of the Attack on Titan anime series based on the original Attack on Titan manga written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. It was produced by Wit Studio, directed by Tetsuro Araki and scripted by Yasuko Kobayashi. It has a duration of 119 minutes and was released in theaters all across Japan on November 22, 2014. The film was later broadcasted on the local Japanese TV network, MBS, on January 2, 2017.

The film recaps the story until the end of the Battle of Trost District Arc, which would correspond to episodes 1 to 13 of Season 1. The two Arcs that are included are the Fall of Shiganshina and the Battle of Trost District Arc, leaving out most of the 104th Training Corps arc.
The sequel, [Attack on Titan Part 2: Wings of Freedom], continues the story up until the scene where the first season of the anime ended.


In a parallel universe, only a few hundreds of humans survive the ferocious attacks by the giant humanoid monsters, known as the "Titans." The remaining human civilization lives in fortified cities surrounded by enormous walls that protect them from the Titans. After 100 years humans finally attain a relatively safe life encaged behind walls, but they still live in fear of the Titans.

Meanwhile, Eren Jaeger and Armin Arlelt, two childhood friends who live inside the walls, dream of being able to see the world behind the walls, along with Eren’s adoptive sister, Mikasa. However, one day, those dreams ended abruptly when the ground began to shake and everyone went into a frenzy from the invasion of a gigantic Titan, taller than the Walls, suddenly peeping over the peaceful town and smashing the town into pieces with its massive hands. After Eren finally saw a Titan his parents told him about with his own eyes, how his mother was brutally eaten by one, and with a missing father, he realized just how weak and fragile humanity was. Thus, he vowed to become strong to annihilate the Titans from the world.

Two years later, the three friends (Eren, Armin, and Mikasa) enlisted in the [Military Police Brigade] in order to fulfill Eren's vow and evade another tragedy they experienced from ever happening again. The following are the members of the Military Police Brigade listed from lowest to highest ranks: Krista Lenz, Sasha Blouse, Connie Springer, Marco Bodt, Jean Kirstein, Eren Jaeger, [Annie Leonhart], Bertholdt Hoover, Reiner Braun, and the best soldier promoted to the highest rank is Mikasa Ackermann.

Shortly after graduating to official soldiers of the Military Police Brigade, they were able to put their new acquired skills to the test with encountering a familiar town invasion by a Titan. Eren, filled with sorrow and rage, tried to take on the Titans by making a deep cut in their napes. Armin, who was not a very strong soldier, struggled to fight off the Titans, ultimately causing Eren to step in to save him from being eaten. However, Eren fails at his attempt to save Armin and is devoured by a Titan. Because of Eren's heroic act to save him, Armin is traumatized and becomes immensely burdened with guilt to move on and carry out his missions.

Some time after the traumatic event, a mysterious rogue Titan appears during a battle. The rogue Titan punches the ground and roars at the Titans that were attacking the headquarters. Mikasa, Connie and Armin successfully make it safely to the headquarters. They noticed that this new rogue Titan ignored humans and specifically targeted other Titans.

When the cadets ran out of fuel for their vertical maneuvering equipment, they decided to leave the headquarters safehouse. Mikasa watched the rogue Titan get attacked by multiple Titans as they escaped. She believed that this abnormal Titan created a diversion for the soldiers to escape safely and quietly.

To everyone's surprise, they figured out that the rogue Titan was Eren. He was still alive but unconscious inside the Titan body. While the others were still in shock, Mikasa quickly embraced him and cries. Armin noticed that Eren had regenerated his missing limbs, even though he clearly saw him get mutilated and eaten by the Titans in battle. Eren broke down into tears as well.

Although no one trusted Eren at first, he agreed to try to control his new Titan powers and use them to rebuild and defend the walls.

Characters Featured in the Film

The following characters appear in Attack on Titan Part 1: Crimson Bow and Arrow in sequence from protagonist, deuteragonists, and other characters that made a short appearance:

  • Eren Jaeger (both in his human and Attack Titan form)
  • Colossal Titan
  • Armin Arlelt
  • Mikasa Ackermann
  • Keith Sadies
  • Moses
  • Hange Zoë
  • Erwin Smith
  • Nick
  • Hannes
  • Hugo
  • Moses’ mother
  • Grisha Jaeger
  • Carla Jaeger
  • Smiling Titan
  • Armin’s grandfather
  • Armored Titan
  • Annie Leonhart
  • Jean Kirstein
  • Marco Bodt
  • Connie Springer
  • Reiner Braun
  • Bertolt Hoover
  • Sasha Blouse
  • Krista Lenz
  • Samuel Linke-Jackson
  • Thomas Wagner
  • Franz Kefka
  • Hanna Diament
  • Ymir
  • Milieus Zeremski
  • Mina Carolina
  • Daz
  • Ian Dietrich
  • Nack Tierce
  • Mikasa’s father
  • Mikasa’s mother
  • Kidnappers (flashback)
  • Miche Zacharius (flashback)
  • Levi Ackermann
  • Petra Rall (flashback
  • Eld Gin (flashback)
  • Gunther Schultz (flashback)
  • Kitz Woermann
  • Rico Brzenska
  • Dot Pyxis
  • Anka Rheinberger
  • Gustav
  • Mitabi Jarnach

Characters that Die in film/are Deceased

The following characters listed died at some point in the story or appeared as a flashback to illustrate relevance to an event that occurred in the past:

  • Mikasa’s father (flashback)
  • Mikasa’s mother (flashback)
  • Moses
  • Carla Jaeger
  • Armin’s grandfather
  • Samuel Linke-Jackson
  • Thomas Wagner
  • Nack Tierce
  • Milieus Zeremski
  • Mina Carolina
  • Franz Kefka
  • Hanna Diament
  • Marco Bodt
  • Mitabi Jamach
  • Ian Dietrich


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