Anonymous: I really do like aspects of it, Utgard was just so great, tho. Anyway, again, thanks for the answers!

I think Utgard had interesting developments, but it was finished so quickly in my mind. :w

Though everyone’s entitled to their own opinions.

Anonymous: I suppose, t'was just something bugging me, maybe just a little bit worried. Haven't liked this recent arc as much compared to the previous ones and Utgard was the best one too imo. Thanks for the answers!

I actually really love this arc. It’s something that’s been a long time coming, and they could only have so many bloody battles against titans that kill 3/4ths of the SL. This arc is important to the forward movement of the plot.

Anonymous: Thanks for posting that! I wanted to get that out of my system. :) I think people bring it up because it's sort of the worst case scenario, at least it seems to me. Because if it turns out to be it all was okay because they had good reasons or something like that, to me that would be cheapening a lot of the interesting conflict the characters are going through. I want to say it most likely won't happen, but I'm just a little bit vary.

The major theme of the manga is ‘do the ends justify the means?’

Why would they give it a happy ending that goes ‘OH, AYUP! IT SURE DOES!’? It’s like giving Breaking Bad a good ending. It makes no sense. The entire point of the series has been to question it. Your fears have absolutely no foundation for them. 

I’m sorry, but it just frustrates me so much when I hear people say stuff like this. It just. It feels to me, like, if a Brony went ‘ohh it feels like they’re going a bad route with this, that friendship isn’t important…’ 

Anonymous: It's just something bugging me, honestly. It could be used as an excuse to swipe all the bad shit the SL have done under the rug, that's my only worry. I don't feel the anime dumbed stuff down either. People are so obsessed with "faithfulness" with many adaptions that they don't really look at what's it actually trying to say. Remove one line of dialog from a character and it's automatically "unfaithful" nevermind the big picture and often thematic aspect of it. (c)

Sorry, just a rant I went on. If you disagree, fine, but I felt like getting that out there, I feel that is the case with AoT and also some other anime which had anime-original endings, though in my mind there have been a couple of duds like that where it just doesn’t work, too. Dunno if it’s very relevant to your blog, though.

I’m not saying the anime is unfaithful, even if I don’t like how they did stuff. But it was dumbed down in plenty of senses. They deliberately changed things to make things less confusing or mindboggling for the audience. Like the way the first few chapters/episodes panned out, or what Mikasa was doing with her mother, things like that. They also had to add that whole filler just so people would realize how much the deaths impacted the SL, if it wasn’t obvious enough.

I don’t really blame the anime for it(I love the GoT show, but it’s dumbed down compared to the books). But I just feel like. There is absolutely NO way that the manga is swiping the bad shit the SL has done under the rug. I don’t know why I hear so many people say that. Are we reading the same manga? It’s CONSTANTLY mentioned how horrible of a person Erwin is, even by Erwin. He said to Nile, even, that the lost arm doesn’t make up for what he’s done, and that he’s going to pay for the lives he’s sacrificed in hell. 

"Sweeping all the bad shit the SL has done under the rug" my ass.

Anonymous: I just want it more clearly spelled out, I guess. Something very big to go wrong. Because all of Erwin's plans have failed because of some unexpected interference and not because of his way of thinking. He didn't see the FT's ability coming, the Titan just happened to chop his arm off, they didn't know about some of the details of the Titan ability. Like spell it out clearly what sacrificing your "humanity" really means? Though I suppose the family stuff with him does count for something?

No offense, but if you need that stuff spelled out for you more than it ready is, I recommend the anime.

Anonymous: I've thinking about what my problem with Erwin and Levi is - they're my least favorite characters and I think it's that their actions don't really have many negative consequences so far - they've only failed through someone else or unforseeable circumstances. I really want Erwin's ideal's downsides to be emphasized more. I hope this is what putting Eren under pressure and forcing Historia into another role might be leading up to. They mean well for humanity, but everything has consequences.

???

They’ve been failing left and right recently. Reeves and his employees are dead, Hange’s squad sans Moblit is dead, Eren and Historia are still kidnapped, etc. 

This isn’t the first failure, either. The FTT arc started out in failure that had cost lots of lives. 

Erwin gave up a normal life with a wife and children to fight titans, and soon enough lost his arm doing it. 

How do we not see negative consequences? Jean, Connie, and Sasha all thought Levi was a piece of shit for killing others until the recent chapter.

bentheechidnatheories:

wirsinddieranters:

Could Erwin passing command to Hange have been a  red herring?

Because of it, we are all assuming Erwin is going to be killed. But what if it was to throw us off and Hange is actually next on his chopping block. I need reason why Hange isn’t going to die. So far I have two

1. She’s the last surviving female of senior survey corps. (RIP Lynne and Nanaba)

2. We haven’t gotten her back story.

I had actually been thinking about that before. Erwin promised Pixis that if everything goes alright, there shouldn’t be any bloodshed, but if it goes wrong, ‘heads will roll.’ 

I think, given the paper that Erwin gave her, and the fact we haven’t seen her for a few chapters now, whatever she’s doing is VERY important. She might be setting up whatever the thing is that Erwin told Pixis about that they don’t quite have yet. 

My ideas are either that she might be part of a sacrifice that Armin mentioned, or that she’ll be accidentally killed in the aftermath. 

If someone has to die, I think it’s either her or Erwin.

Friendly reminder:

"Another influence for the character appears to be Erwin Rommel who was known as the ‘Desert Fox’. They share first names and the significant date of October 14th, which was Rommel’s death and Erwin’s birth. Rommel was a famed German Field Marshall from WWII and was noted for his exceptional skills as a commander and his willingness to defy his superiors’ unjust orders. He was partially involved in the failed plan to assassinate Adolf Hitler, but was so enormously popular that it was necessary to eliminate him quietly. After being forced to commit suicide, the German government falsely claimed that his death was a result of the injuries he sustained during a strafing of his car. He was given a funeral with full state honours and proclaimed a national hero.”
via http://shingekinokyojin.wikia.com/wiki/Erwin_Smith#Trivia

I am fairly certain that Erwin will die.

I’m sure Erwin will die a heroic death, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be now. It could be for something different. Maybe Mary, Nile, and their children’s lives are in danger, and he decides to give up to save them.

But if someone has to die to get the ball rolling on starting a revolution, it doesn’t necessarily need to be Erwin.

Anonymous: At this point it's more of the fanbase to me. Even before the anime truly caught on there were people calling Mikasa a Sue and Armin a coward. The anime might've changed and added things at points, but they did not remove stuff completely either.

Oh, yeah, no, I agree. The anime is partially to blame, but I think a lot of it is the fanbase. I think that’s pretty common with fanbases, though. 

Could Erwin passing command to Hange have been a  red herring?

Because of it, we are all assuming Erwin is going to be killed. But what if it was to throw us off and Hange is actually next on his chopping block. I need reason why Hange isn’t going to die. So far I have two

1. She’s the last surviving female of senior survey corps. (RIP Lynne and Nanaba)

2. We haven’t gotten her back story.

I had actually been thinking about that before. Erwin promised Pixis that if everything goes alright, there shouldn’t be any bloodshed, but if it goes wrong, ‘heads will roll.’ 

I think, given the paper that Erwin gave her, and the fact we haven’t seen her for a few chapters now, whatever she’s doing is VERY important. She might be setting up whatever the thing is that Erwin told Pixis about that they don’t quite have yet. 

My ideas are either that she might be part of a sacrifice that Armin mentioned, or that she’ll be accidentally killed in the aftermath. 

If someone has to die, I think it’s either her or Erwin.

Anonymous: Uh, I know you criticize the anime for Hange's characterization, but reading that anon ask I'm getting the feeling people just can't read shit. I mean by that logic Hanji really was crushing a cockroach when smashing that table. What is the most basic understanding of how people work? Are people really becoming that socially awkward?

I think that’s why lots of the anime is dumbed down, actually. And why fanart portrays characters by their minimum. ‘Ymir is a brown lesbian!’ kind of things.