A Dim Light Amid Despair: Humanity's Comeback, Part 1
Attack on Titan Ep 3 Title Card
Season 1, Episode 3
General Information
Series Attack on Titan
Kanji 絶望の中で鈍く光る ―人類の再起①―)
Rōmaji Zetsubō no Naka de Nibuku Hikaru -Jinrui no Saiki (1)-
Alternative Translations Shining Dimly in the Midst of Despair
Air Date April 20, 2013 (Japan), May 17, 2014 (USA)
Adapted From 15, 16
Opening Feuerroter Pfeil und Bogen
Ending Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai
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When Keith asks Armin, he begins hammering Armin with insults. He continues to pressure the new trainees. Keith asks Jean Kirschstein who states his home location (Trost) and his goal of joining the military police. Keith headbutts Jean and insults him for being too weak. Another trainee named Marco who states that he will sacrifice himself to join the military police. Keith starts heckling the trainees. He grabs Connie Springer and scolds him for not doing the salute properly. Then, Keith spots Sasha eating potato right nearby and in plain sight. Sasha introduces herself and admits that she stole the potato. When Keith asks her why she ate the potato, Sasha gives Keith half of her potato.

Afterwards, Eren and the others watch Sasha run nonstop for about 5 hours. Connie asks Eren if he saw the Colossal Titan. Shortly after, Eren shares what Colossal Titan and Armored Titan look like. When someone asks Eren what a normal Titan look like, Eren recalls the Titan eating his mother. Marco tries to tell everyone to ease up on Eren. Eren attempts to look tough and vows to kill all Titans. Jean remarks that he is no liar who is about to wet himself. He apologizes to Eren and holds out his hand. When Mikasa walks by, Jean compliments Mikasa's hair. Outside, Eren tells Mikasa to cut her hair short because it might get caught in the 3D gear. Jean hears everything and rubs his hand on Connie. He states that he has rubbed his trust on him after being shocked at Eren's words.

Later, Sasha has finished her grueling run. When Krista approach her with bread, Sasha attacks her and grabs the bread. Krista tells Sasha that she could drink some water. Then, a freckled girl (Ymir) comes by and asks Krista if it was worth sharing her bread with Sasha. The next day, the trainees are practicing their 3D Maneuver Gear, and everyone is getting accustomed to the equipment except Eren Jaeger. As the sun sets, Mikasa instructs Eren on how to do it. After Armin starts pulling Eren up, Eren falls down and hits his head. Mikasa tells Eren to give up being a soldier but it's up to him. While Mikasa is caught up speaking, Eren and everyone leaves her. Mikasa sees Sasha who asks Mikasa to let her have the bread. Though, Mikasa eats the bread right in front of Mikasa.

In the cabins, Eren asks Jean and Connie some advice. Connie mocks Eren that if people don't have talent, they should leave. Then, Eren asks Reiner and Berthold for some tips, but he receives none. Berthold asks Eren why is he becoming a soldier after seeing how terrifying the Titans are. Armin replies that he wants to do something about Titans since the government forced and sacrifice many people in order to take back Wall Maria. Berthold shares that he saw a Titan outside his home. He states that he cannot remember anything afterwards. Berthold states that most folks here are cowards who avoid working on the land. As Berthold leads Eren and Armin through the woods, Reiner tells them that he wants to claim his homeland. Eren informs them that he is bent on killing all of the Titans. The two show Eren and Armin a beautiful of the lake and the forest. Reiner bids Eren good luck with tomorrow's test.

That morning, Eren gets ready. As they raise Eren up, Eren steady himself, but Eren loses his balance. Keith asks Wagner to change belts with Eren. As a result, Eren is doing well. Keith points out that Eren has used defective equipment and allows Eren to pass.

Points of Interest


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

Manga & Anime Differences

The following points show notable alterations from the source material.

  • Manga Exclusive Scene: Ymir grabs Sasha after Sasha had asked Mikasa for her bread.

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