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Shoukei to Shikabane no Michi (憧憬と屍の道 lit. Path of Aspirations and Corpses?) is the fifth opening theme of the Attack on Titan anime, and is sung by singer-songwriter Revo of Linked Horizon.

It replaced Red Swan in Episode 50.

Lyrics

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あの日人類は思い出した―――

薄闇の中進む影は 誰も心許なく
不確かな未来は何時だって 薄氷の上に咲く
夜は訪れる度に幾度も 冷たい手で俺達の首筋を
優しく撫でた

黄昏を裏切って 灯る希望の背に縋り
追い駆けた 地獄へと 向かってると知っても

夢の続きが見たいなら お前は何を差し出せる
悪魔は甘く囁いた 屍で道を作れ

「この壁の向こうに何がある?」
幼き日々に憧れた
真実がすぐそこにある
屍の道の先に

→ 《紅蓮の衝動》(ゆみや)が翔け抜けた奇跡→
→ 《自由への覚悟》(つばさ)を散らして→
→ 《捧げられた花弁》(しんぞう)を束ねても→
→ 《手向けるべき真の暁》(レクイエム)には早すぎる →
→ 太陽はまだ沈んでないのだから→

進み続ける波の彼方へ……! [1]

Ano hi jinrui wa omoidashitaー

Usuyami no naka susumu kage wa dare mo kokoro motonaku
Futashika na mirai wa itsu datte hakuhyou no ue ni saku
Yoru wa otozureru tabi ni ikudo mo tsumetai te de oretachi no kubisuji o
Yasashiku nadeta

Tasogare o uragitte tomoru kibou no se ni sugari
Oikaketa jigoku e to mukatteru to shitte mo

Yume no tsuzuki ga mitai nara omae wa nani o sashidaseru
Akuma wa amaku sasayaita shikabane de michi o tsukure

“Kono kabe no mukou ni nani ga aru?”
Osanaki hibi ni akogareta
Shinjitsu ga sugu soko ni aru
Shikabane no michi no saki ni

→ 《Guren no shoudou》 (Yumiya) ga kake nuketa kiseki →
→ 《Jiyuu e no kakugo》 (Tsubasa) o chirashite →
→ 《Sasagerareta hanabira》 (Shinzou) o tabanete mo →
→ 《Tamukerubeki shin no akatsuki》 (Rekuiemu) ni wa hayasugiru →
→ Taiyou wa mada shizunde-inai no dakara →

Susumi tsuzukeru nami no kanata e……!

[2]

That day humanity received a grim reminder―

Seeing shadows move along in almost no light would make anyone feel uneasy
The uncertain future is blooming on thin ice, ready to be picked at any time
Just how many times were our napes caressed by those cold hands after night had fallen?

Leaving behind the twilight, we instead clung to the back of the burning hope
And chased after the truth, knowing very well the path to it would also lead to hell

What are you willing to give up to make sure this dream will come true?
The devil sweetly whispered, as we lay down corpses to make our path

“What’s outside these walls?”
The truth we sought after when we were still children
Finally, it is within our grasp,
Just across the path of corpses

→ 《Crimson urge》 (An arrow) shoots along the tracks →
→ 《The resolution for freedom》 (The wings) will take flight →
→ 《Flower petals dedicated to our cause》 (Hearts) are tied up in a bundle, but →
→ It's too early to《offer them to truth’s daybreak》 (sing a requiem) →
→ As the sun has yet to sink behind the horizon →

And we’ll chase after
the wave moving further from us……!

[3]

Complete version

Der Weg der Sehnsucht und der Leichen

あの日人類は思い出した―――

薄闇の中進む影は 誰も心許なく
不確かな未来は何時だって 薄氷の上に咲く
夜は訪れる度に幾度も 冷たい手で俺達の首筋を
優しく撫でた

黄昏を裏切って 灯る希望の背に縋り
追い駆けた 地獄へと 向かってると知っても

夢の続きが見たいなら お前は何を差し出せる
悪魔は甘く囁いた 屍で道を作れ

「この壁の向こうに何がある?」
幼き日々に憧れた
真実がすぐそこにある
屍の道の先に

箱庭で繰り返す 悼みと憾みのループ
流れ込む記憶の果て 自由の意味を問う

―鳴呼
可能性に満ちているはずの少年達の器に
運命は其々何を吹き込んだ

それは誰の悲願か誰の夢か
悲しみ憎しみが交わって
紅蓮の矢は互いを目指す

鳥の翼に憧れた  人は空へと羽ばたける
悪魔は狡く嘯いた 屍よ道を辿れ

「この空の向こうに何がある?」
幼き日々に囚われた
昔日の灯が照らし出す
屍の道の先を

空の上から見たら 一体何が見えるのだろう
ここではないどこかへ行ってみたかった

幼き日に夢見た 広い世界の果てには
願いを覚える程の不条理が潜む

自由を夢見た代償は冷たい土のベッド
時に神の姿借りて 正義は牙を剥く
艦の中も艦の外も等しく散った

罪の重さを背負うほど 踏み出す足に意味がある
悪魔は低く咳いた
屍の道を進め

「この闇の向こうに何がある?」
幼き日々に呪われた
現実はいつ報われる
屍の道の先で

→ 《紅蓮の衝動》(ゆみや)が翔け抜けた奇跡→
→ 《自由への覚悟》(つばさ)を散らして→
→ 《捧げられた花弁》(しんぞう)を束ねても→
→ 《手向けるべき真の暁》(レクイエム)には早すぎる →
→ 太陽はまだ沈んでないのだから→

進み続ける波の彼方へ……!
[4]

Der Weg der Sehnsucht und der Leichen

Ano hi jinrui wa omoidashitaー

Usuyami no naka susumu kage wa dare mo kokoro motonaku
Futashika na mirai wa itsu datte hakuhyou no ue ni saku
Yoru wa otozureru tabi ni ikudo mo tsumetai te de oretachi no kubisuji o
Yasashiku nadeta

Tasogare o uragitte tomoru kibou no se ni sugari
Oikaketa jigoku e to mukatteru to shitte mo

Yume no tsuzuki ga mitai nara omae wa nani o sashidaseru
Akuma wa amaku sasayaita shikabane de michi o tsukure

“Kono kabe no mukou ni nani ga aru?”
Osanaki hibi ni akogareta
Shinjitsu ga sugu soko ni aru
Shikabane no michi no saki ni

Hakoniwa de kurikaesu itami to urami no ruupu
Nagarekomu kioku no hate jiyuu no imi o tou

Aah
Kanousei ni michiteiru hazu no shounen-tachi no utsuwa ni
Unmei wa sorezore nani o fukikonda

Sore wa dare no higan ka dare no yume ka
Kanashimi nikushimi ga majiwatte
Guren no ya wa tagai o mezasu

Tori no tsubasa ni akogareta hito wa sora e to habatakeru
Akuma wa zuruku usobuita
Shikabane yo michi o tadore

“Kono sora no mukou ni nani ga aru?”
Osanaki hibi ni torawareta
Sekijitsu no hi ga terashi dasu
Shikabane no michi no saki o

Sora no ue kara mitara ittai nani ga mieru no darou
Koko de wa nai doko ka e itte mitakatta

Osanaki hi ni yume mita hiroi sekai no hate ni wa
Negai o oboeru hodo no fujouri ga hisomu

Jiyuu o yume mita daishou wa tsumetai tsuchi no beddo
Toki ni kami no sugata karite seigi wa kiba o muku
Ori no naka mo ori no soto mo hitoshiku chitta

Tsumi no omosa o seou hodo fumidasu ashi ni imi ga aru
Akuma wa hikuku tsubuyaita
Shikabane no michi o susume

“Kono yami no mukou ni nani ga aru?”
Osanaki hibi ni norowareta
Genjitsu wa itsu mukuwareru
Shikabane no michi no saki de

→ 《Guren no shoudou》 (Yumiya) ga kake nuketa kiseki →
→ 《Jiyuu e no kakugo》 (Tsubasa) o chirashite →
→ 《Sasagerareta hanabira》 (Shinzou) o tabanete mo →
→ 《Tamukerubeki shin no akatsuki》 (Requiem) ni wa hayasugiru →
→ Taiyou wa mada shizunde inai no dakara →

Susumi tsuzukeru nami no kanata e……!

The Road of Aspirations and Corpses

That day humanity received a grim reminder----

The shadows moving forward in almost no light, each and every one of them feeling uneasy
The uncertain future blooms on thin ice, ready to be picked at any time
Just how many times have our napes been caressed by those cold hands upon night's arrival?

Turning our backs to the dusk, we instead chose to cling to the back of a burning hope
And we chased after the truth, knowing very well the path to it would also lead to hell

What are you willing to give up to make sure your dream comes true?
The devil sweetly whispers as we lay down corpses to make our path

“What’s outside these walls?”
The truth we sought after in our younger days
Finally, it is within our grasp,
Just across the path of corpses

Laments/pain and regrets/grudges repeat in a 《cycle》 ( loop) inside a miniature garden
And at the end of a stream of memories
We question the meaning of freedom

Aah, the vessels of young boys, so full of possibilities they should’ve been
To each and every one of them, what did the winds of fate give them?

 ----Perhaps
To someone it was a vow to save the rest of humanity?
And to someone a dream?
Grief and hatred intersect
And the crimson arrow takes aim at both of them

People yearned to have wings just like birds have, and so they took up to the skies
The devil cunningly boasts about as the corpses follow their path

What’s on the other side of this sky?
In our younger days, we were enthralled by those questions
And now, the light from those days of old
shines down and illuminates the path of corpses----

I wonder what you might see if you look down on the world up from the sky?
I wanted to go 【someplace else】 that wasn’t 【here】

I always dreamt in my younger days what would be waiting for me at the end of the vast world
Something overwhelmingly absurd, perhaps?

The cost of dreaming about freedom is a cold 《coffin》 (bed) of dirt
At times, we take on the appearance of 《beasts》(demons) as justice bares its fangs
And just as it was hellish within the cage, isn’t it just as hellish outside of it?

There’s still meaning in moving towards tomorrow,
Even when it means shouldering the weight of our past sins
The devil murmurs in a low voice as we continue forth on the path of corpses

What’s beyond this darkness
We were cursed with in our younger days
One day we will be rewarded with the truth
Just past the path of corpses----

→ 《Crimson urge》 (An arrow) shoots along the tracks →
→ 《The resolution for freedom》 (The wings) will take flight →
→ 《Flower petals dedicated to our cause》 (Hearts) are tied up in a bundle, but →
→ It's too early to《offer them to truth’s daybreak》 (sing a requiem) →
→ As the sun has yet to sink behind the horizon →
And we won’t stop here
Onwards to what lies on the other side of the waves----
[5]

Opening Animation

An explosion occurs in Shiganshina District which the Colossal Titan emerges out of. The title card is revealed.

Erwin, Dirk, and other Scouts jump off Wall Maria. Levi watches a line of Titans and draws his sword.

Three mugs and a kettle lay in the grass. Armin Arlelt, Mikasa, Jean, Conny, and Sasha turn their faces, looking surprised. Reiner, Bertholdt, and Zeke sit on top of Wall Maria, drinking from their mugs around their camp. It transitions to Reiner and Bertholdt each patting the other on the back, with Reiner facing inside the wall and Bertholdt facing outside.

Burning buildings collapse and are launched into the air by the Colossal Titan. Eren hardens his Titan knuckles. A horde of Pure Titans is created. The Beast Titan throws a boulder which shatters into countless debris that devastate the village outside Wall Maria. A cavalry of Scouts led by Erwin charge, firing their green signal flares.

Eren punches the Armored Titan, cracking its face. Jean, Sasha, and Conny zoom across with their ODM gear and launch their Thunder Spears.

S3OP2 - Armin slowed

Armin's charred body is briefly shown

Mikasa flings herself into the air and several Scouts face the Colossal Titan. Levi lunges the Beast Titan. A bloodied Hange Zoë is seen without her glasses. Bertholdt's Titan skull looks down, half of it is bones. Armin wakes up; his burned body briefly appears. Jean and others detonate the Thunder Spears in the Armored Titan's nape. Erwin and the Scouts charge at the Beast Titan, its horde, and the Cart Titan, everybody with their hearts glowing. The case containing the Titan injection is held by two people, one appears to be dying. Eren is seen crying.

S3OP2 - Basement slowed

Many images are quickly revealed

Then, images flash by in rapid succession: Ymir Fritz and the Devil of All Earth, a blimp on a field, a seashell held by someone, the wall that separates Liberio's internment zone from the rest of the city, the door to the basement, and the Wall Titans flattening the earth.

S3OP2 - slowed

Dina can be seen

Erwin holds up his arm. A soldier steps on grass and a blood droplet ripples. The photograph of Dina Fritz briefly appears. Historia turns around.

Erwin stands in front of his fallen allies. The Wings of Freedom split into two birds that fly away into the setting sun. A scene of going beyond the walls is shown, which transitions to a desert. Then everything rewinds to Eren's house from the beginning and it zooms in on the basement.

Throughout the opening animation, there are flashes of blurry images inserted between scenes, many of Shiganshina. They include the field where Eren took a nap; the stairs where Eren, Mikasa, and Armin were when the Colossal Titan first appeared; the inner gate of Shiganshina; the boats that carried the refugees out of Shiganshina; the aftermath of the Colossal Titan's explosion; a fence with barbed wire; the top of Wall Rose; etc.

Video Clips

Characters in Order of Appearance

Trivia

  • This opening references all the previous openings (and ending) performed by Linked Horizon.

References

  1. "Romaji of Shoukei to Shikabane no Michi". putrilaurant. Retrieved on April 30,2019.
  2. "Romaji of Shoukei to Shikabane no Michi". putrilaurant. Retrieved on April 29,2019.
  3. "Translation of Shoukei to Shikabane no Michi". SH_Kingdom. Retrieved on April 30,2019.
  4. "Kanji and Romaji of Shoukei to Shikabane no Michi". putrilaurant. Retrieved on June 17,2019.
  5. "Translation of Shoukei to Shikabane no Michi full". SH_Kingdom. Retrieved on June 17,2019.

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