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Attack on Titan Chapter 139

Attack on Titan Chapter 139

Finally Free (from Monthly Attack on Titan Chapters)

As you may know, the Attack on Titan manga ended with chapter 139 yesterday (April 7, 2021). And, while I hadn’t been doing reviews of each chapter, I had been reading them as they released each month. So, now that it’s over, I’d like to share some of my thoughts.

But, before I get into the actual review, there are some disclaimers that I need to make. First, none of the images in this review are going to be from the manga because I’m not trying to catch a copyright claim by reposting panels right after the release.

Second, and probably more importantly, I’m going to be spoiling the entire Attack on Titan manga, especially the final chapter in this review. If you don’t want to be spoiled, I highly suggest also avoiding the comment section of this post.

A Great Ride that Ended in Disaster

I’m about to tear this final chapter of Attack on Titan apart. So before I do that, I’d like to remind everyone that I really like this series. It was a great ride, it’s one of my favorite anime, and — aside from in this chapter — Eren is one of my favorite characters.

The biggest issue I have with the series is chapter 139. If we just ignore this chapter, I think the manga is a 9/10. But with this final chapter, I’d have to say that it’s maybe an 8/10. That’s still a really good score.

And, I get it, lowering the score of a series that’s 139 chapters long because of a single chapter may be frowned upon. However, this was the final chapter. This chapter was supposed to wrap up all the various plot points. It failed spectacularly.

The following list of my issues with chapter 139 is by no means exhaustive. I’ve merely selected some of what I believe to be the worst offenses.

Eren Invalidated Everything

One of the biggest issues with this final chapter is that Eren effectively invalidated everything that had happened previously in the series. The plot, his development as a character, everything. And for what? So some fans could get the “happy” ending they wanted?

Some birds reflected in Eren's eye from the first episode of the Attack on Titan anime
Some birds reflected in Eren’s eye

Hear me out. If you watched the Final Season of the anime, you may recall the scene towards the beginning when Eren and Reiner come face to face in a Marleyan basement. During that meeting, Eren asks Reiner why his mother was eaten. Reiner’s response was that he was to blame for the death of Eren’s mother.

However, in this chapter, Eren just casually reveals that he was the one who caused Dina Fritz’s titan to eat his own mother. Not only was there absolutely no context leading up to this reveal, but it invalidates Eren’s entire character that was built around wanting to avenge his mother.

Also, I’ve seen a lot of people saying how they like that Eren broke down and admitted he loved Mikasa. I can’t say I agree with them. Their argument is that those are his true feelings that he’s been hiding this entire time. But to me, that’s just them trying to rationalize this abrupt change in his personality.

Obviously he was purposefully pushing everyone away and making himself the villain. That’s been obvious for a very long time. But this scene just went against all of his character development.

Where did the Titan Worm Go?

I guess I also need to mention the elephant in the room, or in this case, the worm not in the chapter. Maybe you forgot, but there was kind of a big deal made about the “Founding Titan worm thing” that comes out of Eren’s body and effectively makes him immortal.

That was supposed to be one of the big points of this episode. The allies were going to have to stop that worm thing from restoring Eren’s body after he was killed. Well, Isayama kind of just dropped that part of the series and doesn’t bring it up again.

Now, to be fair, why the worm doesn’t show up in this chapter was actually explained. The issue is that the explanation is a terrible one that causes a whole host of other problems, which I’ll go into individually in the next few sections.

But basically, because that worm was the “essence” of the Founding Titan, it was erased along with all the other titans by Mikasa kissing Eren. That’s right. The power of love killed the worm.

Mikasa (Somehow) Saved Humanity

While not my biggest issue with this chapter, I think Mikasa turning out to be the savior of humanity is the most infuriating one. Her character was effectively sidelined for the previous 30 chapters, and suddenly she’s the hero of the story.

To be fair, Mikasa being the hero in the end doesn’t bother me all that much. My issue is that being the hero of the story simply involves loving Eren. So, let’s break down exactly what this means.

First of all, Mikasa loving or kissing Eren isn’t really the point. The point is that Mikasa kills the person she loves who also happens to be the one controlling the Founding Titan. If Mikasa killed Eren but didn’t love him, the curse of the Titans wouldn’t have been broken.

Mikasa wearing her (Eren's) scarf from the sixth episode of the Attack on Titan anime
Mikasa wearing her (Eren’s) scarf

And, the fact that Mikasa loves someone like Eren is why Ymir selected her as “her favorite.” I think it’s pretty funny that Ymir’s favorite Eldian is only half-Eldian, but whatever. I just hope nobody tells the pureblood Eldians.

Where this gets the most infuriating is that because the series ended due to the power of love, it means the entire series was always about the power of love. For example, Eren randomly reveals that the reason the Eldians had been cursed with Titan powers for the past few 2,000 years was that Ymir was in love with King Fritz.

You can’t honestly think that’s a good plot point. The past 2,000 years of war and suffering were all because a girl was suffering from Stockholm syndrome. And all that time, Ymir was just waiting for a girl to do what she couldn’t and kill the one they love.

Levi Lives

I know some diehard Levi fans are probably going to hate me for saying this, but Levi should have died in the end. I think that would have been perfect for his character arc.

Throughout the story, Levi has lost basically all of his comrades. Annie killed all of his squadmates and both Erwin and Hange sacrificed themselves in the pursuit of freedom for the Eldians and humanity at large. And then we have Levi, left alone.

I really liked the scene of Levi seeing all his fallen comrades in the steam and saluting them as he lay propped up and on the verge of death. That would have been the perfect way for him to die, and it would have wrapped his whole story up neatly.

Consider it this way. All of his comrades died gruesome deaths fighting against Titans. But here, as the last one remaining, Levi would have been able to die peacefully in a world that was just rid of Titans. He would have died after achieving the goal that all the Scouts before him dreamed of.

How anyone can say that it’s better that he survived is beyond me. Okay, he’s living the dream that the fallen scouts all had, I guess. But I don’t think he’s the one who needs to live that dream. The younger scouts can do that. Levi had the perfect opportunity to die in a meaningful way and missed it.

Isayama Pulled an Araki and Forgot

This one isn’t really an issue I have with the final chapter. Instead, it’s something that I think is entertaining. You may recall that back in 2018, Isayama sketched out what he planned to use as the final panel of the manga.

It features an adult with long hair facing away from us while holding a baby over their shoulder. The adult is saying to the baby “You are free” (お前は自由だ / Omae wa jiyūda).

The "final panel" Isayama drew for Attack on Titan in 2018
The “final panel” Isayama drew for Attack on Titan in 2018

A lot of people thought that this was going to either be Eren holding the baby or Historia holding the baby (which they assumed was Eren’s child). As we know, Historia and Eren were never a thing, so obviously this wouldn’t be their child and therefore that fan theory fails.

But, the funny part is that this panel doesn’t appear in the final chapter. It doesn’t even appear in the manga at all.

I’m not sure if Isayama forgot that he drew this and said it was going to be the final panel or if he decided to take the end of the series in a different direction since drawing it. Either way, though, it’s pretty funny that fans, myself included, had been using this sketch as theory fodder for the past three years and then it never appeared.

And They All Lived Happily Ever After

I almost wasn’t going to include this, but I guess I’ll mention that I think the sudden eradication of all Titans was a bit of a boring end. It was a complete Deus ex machina. The Eldian goddess Ymir just snaps her fingers and solves the problem that had plagued humanity for 2,000 years.

What makes it worse is that just in the previous chapter, many of the characters that we had grown to care about throughout the series got turned into pure titans. What was the point of that if they were just going to revert back to normal in this chapter?

They must have been pure titans for a total of 10 minutes in-universe. That’s just another example of how this chapter decided to throw everything that came before it in the trash. Reading this chapter, it almost felt like Araki told someone who had never read Attack on Titan before to write the last chapter for him.

At Least the Memes are Good

One thing I have to admit is that chapter 139 spawned a lot of good memes. Over in the DoubleSama.com Discord server, we’ve been sharing our favorite chapter 139 memes and it’s been a blast. I can honestly say that the memes have made up for how bad the chapter was.

I’m not going to share many of the memes here. However, I’ve really been enjoying the ones referencing Eren as a bird. Whether it’s manga panels in which Eren is drawn as a bird, or other bird images being used to make memes, they’ve been great.

Conclusion

What do you think of Attack on Titan Chapter 139? Was it a good end to the manga? What’s your biggest complaint after reading it? And what’s your favorite meme that it spawned? Let me know in the comments.

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Attack on Titan: The Final Season

Attack on Titan: The Final Season

Attack on Titan: The Final Season anime series cover art
Attack on Titan: The Final Season

Season Overview

Attack on Titan: The Final Season (Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season / 進撃の巨人 The Final Season) is, surprisingly, not the final season of the Attack on Titan anime series. I’ll explain that later on in this review, but just know this is the fourth season.

So, what does this season cover? Well, for starters, there’s a four-year time skip between the end of Season 3 Part 2 and the start of this season. It then begins with the Marley arc before moving into the War for Paradis arc.

Now, one of the best and worst things about this season of the series is that the majority of the main characters have new character designs. That’s great because they all look fantastic (except Mikasa, honestly). But, this also causes some issues.

The primary issue with these new designs is that the two arcs this season cover also introduce a lot of new characters. So for the first few episodes, it can be difficult to tell who’s who. Specifically, I know a lot of people got Armin and Yelena mixed up.

I should also point out that this isn’t just an issue in the anime. I read the manga before this season aired, and it was difficult to differentiate between characters in that at first too.

Another thing to keep in mind about this season is that it does have a significant tonal shift from what came before. That’s nothing new for this series though. Each season of the anime does this. But, I think this season is the most different from the earlier seasons because both the story and characters change drastically.

I’m not sure if this season is my favorite from a story perspective. However, I think the characters in this season are the best they’ve ever been.

Source Material vs. Anime Execution

I don’t really want to get into the debate surrounding whether the anime or manga is better. Normally, I prefer anime adaptations rather than manga. But with Attack on Titan, I think both mediums have their pros and cons.

I think that some of the use of CGI wasn’t the best at the start of the season, but it gets phased out later on. The real issue I had with the anime visuals actually came from a really strange use of rotoscoping for some scenes that didn’t need to be dynamic.

And so, this brings us into what I actually want to discuss in this section, which is how the anime makes use of the source material. I don’t think I’m alone when I say that it’s the source material that really carries this series, especially later on.

Gabi Braun from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
Gabi Braun

Questionable use of rotoscoping aside, I think the anime adapted the content it covered in this season quite well. I was a little disappointed in the adaptation of the War Hammer Titan. But at the same time, I’m not really sure what they could have done to improve it because it was just like the manga.

My biggest issue with the anime is actually a relatively minor detail. If you read my weekly episode reviews, you may recall that I complained about the color of Eren’s eyes being green — especially when they glow green due to his control over the Founding Titan.

Yes, I know that Eren’s eyes have normally been green. And yes, I know the manga is in black and white. However, the manga covers are in full color. And in the manga covers, we see Eren with silver eyes to represent the Founding Titan just as we’ve seen with all the other Founding Titan wielders.

I think the silver eyes look way better and more intimidating than the alien, glowing green ones. Check out the alternate cover for Volume 30 to see what I mean.

What Comes Next?

I touched on this a bit in my review of the final episode of this season, but there’s a lot of confusion surrounding the future of this series — mostly from the anime-only community. Luckily, it’s not really that difficult to understand once you have all the information.

First of all, these 16 episodes of this season covered chapters 91 – 115, so 25 chapters. The final chapter, 139, comes out in just a few days as of the posting of this review. So, there are another 24 chapters that still need to be adapted.

Because the next part of the season (this is why I said this isn’t really the final season) was only revealed as “episode 76,” people are assuming that we’re only getting one more episode. That makes absolutely no sense.

Eren Yeager from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
Eren Yeager

Now, while we don’t actually know how the rest of the series is going to be adapted, there are two ways that make sense. Either we’re going to have another roughly 16 episode season, or we’re going to have an 8 – 10 episode season followed by a movie.

As I said, we don’t know for sure what’s going to happen. However, I think the shorter season followed by a movie makes a lot of sense within the context of this “final” season.

So, what is that context? Well, you may recall that this season was actually delayed by two months and therefore didn’t begin airing until December 7th. Two months is the same as 8 episodes, so we can assume that this season was originally supposed to have an additional 8 episodes.

My guess is that this second part of the season will be those 8, 9, or 10 episodes that had to be delayed. And if we consider those, then a movie would be the perfect length to finish out the final few chapters of the manga. Also, the end of the manga is like 100% action, so it would work well as a movie.

Conclusion

Attack on Titan: The Final Season definitely isn’t my favorite season of the anime despite covering some of my favorite content. I’d have to give it an 8/10, which places it squarely in the middle of the series as far as I’m concerned.

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Attack on Titan Episode 75

Attack on Titan Episode 75

A Noble Cause

I’d like to start off this review of Attack on Titan: The Final Season Episode 75 by briefly touching on the future of the anime. As you may be aware, the 76th episode has been confirmed to be airing in the winter 2022 season. However, I’ve seen a lot of confusion surrounding that announcement.

Many people are really taking that announcement literally and thinking that only episode 76 will be airing then. I can guarantee you that’s not the case. I’ll fully explain why that is in my review of this full season next week. But for now, all you need to know is this:

The reason they only announced the 76th episode is for two reasons. First, it confirms that the TV anime is continuing. And second, announcing “The Final Season Part 2” sounds pretty stupid. There’s more to it than those two points, but I’ll save that for next week.

Yelena apologizing to her Eldian captives from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
Yelena apologizing to her Eldian captives

Anyway, at the start of this episode, Yelena finally reveals to the main cast what the true goal of the Yeagerists is. We learned about the Eldian euthanasia plan last week. But this is the first time Armin, Mikasa, Jean, Connie, and the others have heard of it.

And, you may have noticed that Yelena’s explanation of the plan got two very different responses. Jean responded with the same criticisms I brought up last week. Even if the plan works, which isn’t a guarantee, it’s not going to stop Marley.

On the other hand, we have Armin who seems to truly believe that the Yeagerists are fighting for a noble cause. However, despite the fact that he was brought to tears, I don’t see Armin agreeing with their method: Eldian euthanasia.

Pieck’s Bluff

Undoubtedly, Pieck was the star of this “final” episode. She first makes her appearance when rescuing Gabi and confronting Eren within the confines of the garrison building so that he can’t transform. I mean, he can, but it wouldn’t be a good idea.

Before I focus on Pieck, though, I do want to mention the relationship between Eren and Gabi. It’s easy to view Eren as a cold person who doesn’t really care about anyone else. However, his treatment of Gabi compared to everyone else indicates otherwise.

Consider how Eren refers to Falco by name. Meanwhile, he solely refers to Gabi as the “brat who killed Sasha.” To me, this distinction shows that he was more affected by Sasha’s death than everyone thinks. He’ll refer to his enemies by name, except for the one who killed Sasha.

Eren talking to Pieck from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
Eren talking to Pieck

Moving on to Pieck, I really liked the game of mental cat and mouse she played with Eren throughout this episode. Pieck’s goals were to rescue Gabi and also lure Eren into the open so Galliard could attack him. Meanwhile, Eren’s goal was to gather intel on the invaders.

One of the better parts of this was when Pieck threatens to shoot Eren in the head, killing him before he has the chance to transform. Eren calls her bluff because he knows that Marley wants the Founding Titan for itself rather than just wanting him dead.

At this point, you’d think that Pieck lost the battle, but in reality, this just set her up for the next stage of her attack. She acts like Eren figured her out, allows herself to be captured, and pretends to swap sides all so that Eren will let his guard down and head to the roof. And, Gabi’s reaction helped to sell this trick.

Trust in Comrades

One interesting thing about Pieck’s fake surrender is that she does actually mean what she says about Marley. She says that she knows she’ll always be a second-class citizen Marley doesn’t care about. She knows Eldians are just tools to Marley.

And more than that, she appears to honestly wish for Marley to be defeated so that her family, and everyone in the internment zone, can be free. Unlike Gabi, who we’ve seen has been brainwashed by Marley propaganda, Pieck fully understands the truth of her situation.

But, if all that’s the case, why has she not swapped sides? Wouldn’t siding with Eren help to bring about her dream of freedom? Yes. But to Pieck, freedom can also be found in loyalty to one’s comrades.

Pieck smiling at Gabi from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
Pieck smiling at Gabi

Despite wishing Marley would be destroyed, Pieck is loyal to the comrades she’s fought alongside for all these years. There are her current comrades, of course, but she’s also fighting for the memory of her fallen comrades. If she switches sides now, what were their deaths for?

Beyond that, I don’t think that Pieck views Eren as someone she could ever truly follow for a very similar reason. While Pieck is loyal to her comrades, Eren has betrayed his own. Eren’s comrades are locked up in an underground cell while he stages a coup.

I think to someone like Pieck, Eren’s apparent lack of loyalty is a deal-breaker. Even if he promises to save everyone from the internment zone, his words can’t be trusted.

Taking everything I’ve just said about Pieck into consideration, I enjoyed how she was kind of portrayed as Gabi’s mentor in this episode. As someone who shares the same values as Gabi, she’s the perfect person to change Gabi’s world view.

The Enemy

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it in the past while discussing Eren’s character development throughout the series, but I love how his role has shifted over time. Not only has he experienced a massive amount of development, but at this point, he’s effectively the antagonist of the series.

This isn’t a direction many series go in. Generally speaking, the protagonist of the series remains the protagonist and hero to the end. I guess this is spoiling Code Geass, but that’s the only other anime I can think of that has a similar shift.

But, even in Code Geass, I would say that Lelouch is still the protagonist of the series all the way through. There’s a difference between being a villain and an antagonist. You can be both the villain and protagonist at the same time.

Eren standing off against Pieck from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
Eren standing off against Pieck

So, what makes Eren the antagonist now? Well, for starters, the series doesn’t exactly follow him anymore. Every season of Attack on Titan shifts the focus slightly. For example, Season 3 was heavily focused on Levi.

In this final season, the focus tends to be split between Eren’s old comrades and the newly introduced Warriors/Warrior Candidates. And if the series is focusing on them, that makes them the protagonists by definition.

While both of those factions are opposing each other in the war, they’re also both being opposed by Eren and the Yeagerists. What do we call someone who opposes the protagonist(s)? The antagonist. Also, you could argue that Eren is the villain of the story at this point on top of being the antagonist.

Conclusion

What do you think of Attack on Titan: The Final Season Episode 75? Do you think the Eldian euthanasia plan is noble? Is Pieck the best girl now that Sasha is gone? And, do you prefer Eren as the protagonist or antagonist of the story? Let me know in the comments.

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Attack on Titan Episode 74

Attack on Titan Episode 74

Rewriting History

I don’t want to spend too much time writing this review since Wednesdays are usually my day off. But, Attack on Titan: The Final Season Episode 74 is an extremely important episode that I’m not going to skip a review for. In fact, I’d say it’s more important than the previous episode.

So, the first thing that I want to touch on from this episode is the alleged history of the Eldians. I actually didn’t remember this part from the manga, so it was like I was watching the first part of this episode blind.

What makes the history of the Eldians such a big deal is that nobody other than the Nine Titans really has any idea about it. And more specifically, only the wielder of the Founding Titan, Eren Yeager, knows most of the details.

An "Eldian history" book from the anime Attack on Titan: The Final Season
An “Eldian history” book

Why does this matter? Because it means that the history of the Eldians that’s taught in Marley — and likely elsewhere in the world — isn’t exactly true. As Grisha explained to Zeke, many of the massacres that the Eldians were supposed to have committed never actually happened.

But, since Grisha himself wasn’t the wielder of any Titan at this point, even his words can’t be trusted 100%. However, it does seem clear that a large portion of Eldian history is merely Marleyan propaganda. The one thing we can be certain of is that there really was a war that resulted in most Eldians retreating to Paradis.

As far as the Titan war goes, nobody has discredited that. But, what we’re beginning to learn is that the one-sided massacre that Marley attempts to paint the war as probably isn’t factually correct. Was there a war? Yes. Did the Eldians previously commit genocide? Ehhh. Maybe, maybe not.

Tom Ksaver

Tom Ksaver is effectively the man who set all of the events of this series in motion. Without him, Eren literally wouldn’t have been born. Just think about that for a moment. After this episode, a lot of people blamed Grisha for the events of the series. But really, it was Tom.

Was Grisha a bad father to his sons? Absolutely. But, his behavior can kind of be forgiven when you consider that he was attempting to save his entire race of people from being wiped out. But what about Tom? Can we really blame him for everything?

I’d argue that we can. Tom was the one who told Zeke to report his parents’ restorationist activities to the military police. And because of that, Grisha ended up acquiring the Attack Titan, having Eren, and giving Eren both the Attack and Founding Titans.

Tom Ksaver from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
Tom Ksaver

Also, I would argue that without Tom’s guidance, Zeke wouldn’t have become his successor and acquired the Beast Titan. Really, Tom’s suggestion regarding Zeke’s parents is what set everything in motion. It’s unlikely that Zeke would have done that without the push from Tom.

I’d also like to point out how interesting it was that Tom claimed his Beast Titan wasn’t suited for battle. We know that the Nine Titans have different appearances based on their wielders, so it’s possible that his was entirely different in form from Zeke’s.

However, even if his Beast Titan wasn’t a giant ape, it still would have had access to the Beast Titan’s ability to create and control pure titans. So, I guess he just somehow wasn’t aware that he had those abilities. Even that doesn’t make much sense, though. He was a researcher and also should have had access to previous Beast Titan memories.

Eldian Euthanization

Another big reveal in this episode is Zeke’s plan. Until now, we’ve kind of just assumed that the plan was for Zeke and Eren to come into contact so that Eren could start the “rumbling” and destroy all of Paradis’ enemies with titans. Now we know that’s not the plan.

Instead, Zeke’s plan is to use the Founding Titan’s power to genetically alter every Eldian so that they can no longer reproduce. I know some people are going to say that development is stupid, but it’s not actually that crazy when you take a look at other aspects of this series.

But, what does this plan solve? And how does it solve it?

Zeke after inheriting the Beast Titan from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
Zeke after inheriting the Beast Titan

The “threat” that Marley claims the Eldians pose is that at any point, they could use the power of the Titans to destroy the rest of the world. Zeke’s solution “solves” this by having all of the Eldians naturally die off within about 100 years. This both avoids war and eliminates the threat of the Eldians.

But, the fact that this plan would take 100 years is a huge flaw. A lot can happen in 100 years. Eren and Zeke will be long dead, and in that time someone else with the Founding Titan could decide to destroy the world anyway.

It’s a very idealistic plan. I get that Zeke wants to solve the problem without conflict, but I just don’t see it happening. Even if his plan comes to fruition, why would Marley agree to it? They need a scapegoat to distract from their constant aggressive expansion, and the Eldians are it.

Also, it’s kind of funny that this is the solution Zeke and Eren decided upon. Grisha raised both of them to free the Eldian people, and their solution was that if all of the Eldians are dead, they can’t be oppressed.

Conclusion

What do you think of Attack on Titan: The Final Season Episode 74? Do you think Marley’s telling of the Eldian’s history has any basis in reality? Who would you blame for the events of this series? And how would you solve the “problem” that is the Eldians? Let me know in the comments.

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Attack on Titan Episode 73

Attack on Titan Episode 73

Slaves and Freedom

Attack on Titan is a series with a lot of character development. And that’s my favorite part of the series. We get to follow the same, core group of characters throughout their lives and see how their experiences change them for the better or worse.

Episode 73 has some exceptional examples of character development centered around our main trio of Eren, Mikasa, and Armin. And if you guessed that I’m going to focus on my man Eren, you’re correct.

One of Eren’s defining character traits ever since the start of the series has been that he prizes freedom above all else. As a kid, he would daydream about what life was like beyond the walls. I think one of the opening scenes even had him staring up at some birds flying over the walls.

Eren Yeager from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
Eren Yeager

Where we are in the story right now is probably about 15 years after where it started. And yet, Eren still believes that freedom is the most important thing a person can have. But, his experiences have shaped how his dream of freedom has manifested.

Now, Eren views anyone who doesn’t strive to be free as beneath him. You could argue that he’s purposefully saying these things to Mikasa and Armin as a way to distance himself from them, and therefore not hurt them more in the long run. But what he says is true to an extent.

It’s easy to see how Eren would view people who are content with living as, what he would call slaves, as lesser than him in some capacity. In his mind, why would anyone be content living like that? And to him, Mikasa is an example of someone like this.

Zeke’s Escape

Personally, I think the scene with Eren, Mikasa, and Armin is the best part of the episode. But I understand that a very large percentage of viewers probably view everything with Levi and Zeke as better. Action’s great; it’s just not my favorite thing about the series.

To start off, what did we learn from this scene? The first thing is that either Levi doesn’t drink, or he doesn’t drink while on the job. Someone who knows the canon of this series better than I do probably knows which of these two it is.

More importantly, we learned that Zeke’s “roar” has an effective range. It only turned the soldiers within the forest of giant trees into titans. The others who ingested his spinal fluid were all momentarily paralyzed, though, which is how many of them came to understand their situation.

Levi surrounded by titans from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
Levi surrounded by titans

One thing that’s important to keep in mind is that we don’t know if the effects of Zeke’s spinal fluid will ever go away. Will it naturally leave the system of those who ingested it? Will it become inactive when Zeke inevitably dies? Or will they live the rest of their lives one Beast Titan roar away from becoming titans?

That uncertainty will definitely be in the backs of everyone’s minds as they contemplate what Zeke’s fate should be. The clear solution is to have him be eaten by someone loyal to Paradis. But once he learns that this is going to happen, Zeke will likely unleash a roar.

They would have to isolate him somewhere far from anyone he could cause to transform without making their intentions known. And even if that succeeds. They still won’t know if this new Beast Titan will be able to roar without turning their allies into titans.

The Yeagerists Seize Power

The third act of the episode focuses on the Yeagerists’ movements to take control of the entire Paradis military. While most of the Yeagerists are currently members of the Scouts, they have supporters in the other two branches of the military as well. And now’s the time for them to expand.

What we get to see is a group of Yeagerists, lead by Floch, recruit some of the new cadets to their cause. Why they did this at this point in time is a mystery to me. They’re attempting to get Hange to tell them where Zeke is being held. I don’t see how recruiting some cadets is going to help them to that end.

But, regardless, some of the cadets do agree to join the Yeagerists and severely beat Keith Shadis as a way to prove their resolve. I don’t like Floch’s character, so I don’t have much to say about him. But I do like Shadis.

Floch and the Yeagerists taking control of the cadets from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
Floch and the Yeagerists taking control of the cadets

Shadis is a neat character because he’s been around in the series for as long as our main trio, first appearing in episode 1. When Floch and his goons show up to intimidate Shadis, I really like how Shadis reacts to them. He acts as if he’s not afraid of them and even claims that he can take on a group of soldiers on his own.

Why would Shadis do this knowing full well that he’s going to be beaten or outright killed? Because it’s important to show the cadets the resolve that the traditional members of the military have. They’re not going to stand down to terrorists.

Also, something you may have forgotten is that not only did Shadis personally train Eren, but he was a friend of Eren’s and Zeke’s father, Grisha. So to Shadis, the idea that the Yeagerists are attempting a coup goes against everything he knows about their family.

Conclusion

What do you think of Attack on Titan: The Final Season Episode 73? Do you think Eren means it when he says that he’s always hated Mikasa? Do you think the soldiers who drank Zeke’s spinal fluid will ever be free from it? And who’s your favorite minor supporting character in the series? Any Shadis fans out there?

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