There’s also a bunch of parallels (obviously) so I might make a list of them in another post later… But this series is really good for seeing things like the types of relationships character have with each other (who’s good friends, dynamics etc.) and also just to watch!
Junior High finished airing in December 2015, which was way before season 2 was released – so although some of the things I’ve mentioned in this list were already known to manga readers, those who were just watching the anime wouldn’t have been away of this stuff. And so I’m counting it as ‘foreshadowing.’
*Also numbers 1-3 on the list are season 2 spoilers, while 4 is a chapter 84 spoiler, and numbers 5-6 are chapter 104 and 105 spoilers*
- Annie and Bertholdt wore the masks that related to their titans to the summer festival!
- Freida Reiss was introduced as a character
- Reddit user Kiza100 has questioned whether or not this moment from the summer festival when Ymir purposefully knocks shaved ice onto Annie and Bertholdt saves her from getting it spilled on her could be considered a foreshadowing. Because later on, in the manga Armin manipulates Bertholdt into believing that Annie is being tortured by the Survey Corps – which causes Bertholdt to threaten, and come close to, killing Armin and others. In this summer fair scene, Bertholdt gets red shaved ice all over himself to save Annie, similarly to how Bertholdt was willing to stain his hands with more blood because he wanted to protect Annie
- Armin can’t be without his futon in Junior High. He needs to be kept excessively warm all the time by his futon, as without it he’ll start sneezing and catch a cold. However it has been shown that by wearing his futon Armin sweats quite a bit, which similar to Bertholdt. And Bertholdt sweats so much because as the Colossal Titan he emits heat, a trait that Armin could have developed after gaining the power of the Colossal Titan. Maybe this is a foreshadow to how Armin gains the titan power then?
- Hot air balloons anyone?
- And of course the final one! This one really wasn’t meant to foreshadow anything at all but now whenever we all see it, it will break our hearts….