Smile: Assault on Stohess, Part 1
Attack on Titan Ep 23 Title Card
Season 1, Episode 23
General Information
Series Attack on Titan
Kanji 微笑み ―ストヘス区急襲①―
Rōmaji Hohoemi -Sutohesu-ku Kyūshū (1)-
Alternative Translations Smile
Air Date September 14, 2013 (Japan), October 18, 2014 (USA)
Adapted From 31, 32
Opening Feuerroter Pfeil und Bogen
Ending great escape
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Annie wakes up from her dream of the past where her father pushed her to train hard. When she wakes up, she gets greeted by Hitch, who teases her a bit. Hitch's male comrades tell Hitch to lay off Annie, since Annie is the only one who had been in a real fight. Their superior debriefs Annie and her group on escorting the Survey Corps. When Mario ask his superior why they are protecting them, his superior just shoves all the responsibilities onto Mario. Afterwards, Marlow tells them that he is here to correct the Military Police by working his way up and weed out the corruption. Hitch bursts into laughter over Marlow's ideas. Then Annie remarks that Marlow is like Eren and she respects that person. On patrol, Marlow spots some men selling their equipment to some merchants. When Marlow confronts them, he could not stand up them. The guys beat Marlow up with the butt of his rifle. Annie stops them while Hitch points out that they attracting attention.

As Marlow reaches out for the rifle, Annie tells him to do it. However, Marlow stops himself. He asks Annie if that idiot she spoke would have pull the gun. Afterwards, Nile and his squad are traveling through the city. Then Armin calls Annie over. Armin reveals his equipment to Annie and asks her to help him break out Eren. Armin states that they will fight against the factions. Then Annie rejects Armin's request and asks him if she looks like nice person. Finally, Annie accepts Armin's request and puts on a peculiar ring. Later, Annie escorts Armin, Mikasa, and Eren while Jean remains in Eren's place as a decoy. When Annie asks them why they didn't escape before reaching Stohess, Armin mentions that the city's complicated layout allowed them to swap Jean and Eren. Then, the group arrive at a tunnel. Eren tells Annie to come with them. Yet, Annie refuses and mentions that the scene is too quiet.

Armin asks Annie why she had Marco's 3D Maneuver Gear after recognizing the dings on it and why she spared him back then. Annie wonders why. After Mikasa unsheathes her sword, Annie bursts into laughter. She is glad that she could be a good person. Before she could bite herself, Armin fires a gun and other soldiers rush to restrain her. However, Annie's ring manages to cut into her flesh. Before Annie transforms, Mikasa pull her friends back.

List of Characters

Points of Interest

  • Eyecatch Information: The Military Police numbers about 5,000 including their garrison. Each walled city has 200 Military Police members stationed.


The following quotes are from the Crunchyroll subtitle script, timestamps are approximate.

Armin: "Clueless people who only care about saving their own skin will unwittingly set humanity on a path toward self-destruction! " — Armin trying to convince Annie


Manga & Anime Differences

The following points show notable alterations from the source material.

  • In the manga, Annie grins at Armin's group. In the anime, she laughs hysterically with blushed cheeks.
  • Black market dealing scene is anime exclusive.

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