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You can totally skip this because this honestly is me just talking about some cool questions that AOT brings up about morality and “heroes vs villains”. So if you think that’s boring just ignore this. I don’t really talk about thoughts on how things are going to go in the show/manga or anything like that.
This is pretty random but I just wanted to say that one of my favorite things about this show/manga is how they handle the whole good or bad/heroes or villains.
Because AOT proves that things are rarely so black and white and simple. Characters like Erwin or Reiner are great examples. I won’t give any spoilers but I think Erwin does a great job of this. Sometimes I can’t stand how he’s practically indifferent to the lives he sacrifices all the time but then I get reminded that this whole anime is about war. War is rarely ever black and white and the characters do a great job of showing that. Erwin especially is pretty upfront about it. How countless deaths/sacrifices is worth the price to save humanity (is it though?) but then you have characters like Eren who seem to directly go against this way of thinking.
Also, the way the anime handles the typical “heroes”. Again, I’ll try not to spoil anything, but in the manga we’ve been able to see how the characters who we originally thought of as good or maybe agreed with their causes manage to ruin themselves in their execution. Just because your intention is good doesn’t pardon your actions and I think AOT does a great job of showing that.
People like Levi and Annie are interesting to me also. It seems like their initial coldness and distrust towards people seem like they come from a bad place, but you eventually understand that they’re just trying to protect themselves from the pain of loss everyone experiences in war.
I especially like how (uggh this is hard to talk about without giving away spoilers) the characters seem to separate hurting or killing humans vs titans. In season 3 part 1, most if not all of the fighting is between humans. And you see how the soldiers struggle and are hesitant. But even though Titans look fairly human, they are able to separate the relation in their minds.
The show/manga brings up a bunch of cool questions (not that I particularly agree with them but these are just things that are usually brought up in discussions about AOT). Is it okay to kill if the majority will live (kinda like a life for 10 lives)? If your cause is good, then is it fine to take all of the necessary steps even if it means hurting people? Whose cause is truly “good”? Who are the true monsters, the mindless beings who live on instinct which means people dying or is it the humans who can help fight against these Titans (either with knowledge or combat) but choose not to or worse use them for their own causes?
And you get to see how characters who choose to get rid of anything/one who might make them second guess themselves (choosing not to get close to people or to betray others to cut ties) can be the most dangerous.
I think a line that Mikasa says in the show in Season 3 is a good way to explain this. She says (in the dub) something about not looking to her for compassion because her heart only has so much room. And that’s the choice their enemies forced on them. She says this to someone who is trying to appeal to her for understanding/compassion. She also says in another episode a very simple line that I also really love “The world is a cruel place.” and that’s all she really needs to say. I don’t know, I just think it’s a good way to sum up the characters. The world isn’t a nice place so it’s either you just evolve with it or try to hold on to how things used to or should be.
Lol sorry for how philosophical this all sounds but I just really appreciate how the show does a great job at showing these conflicting characters and questions. It’s just all really interesting to me:)
This is Eren a short while after he spoke with Armin and Mikasa in chapter 116 - telling Armin he was weak and Mikasa that he hated her. Look at his face. He looks broken. Gabi literally has to say 'hey...' as though he's lost in thought and she needs him to snap out of it to listen to her before she asks about Falco.
What do you think he's thinking? Does he regret what he did? Did he think there was no other way? Is he thinking that they won't forgive him?
THIS INVOLVES MAJOR SPOILERS SO DON'T READ IF YOU HAVEN'T READ UP TO EPISODE 120.
Basically my theory is that when Eren told Mikasa he hated her for always clinging to him because of her Ackerman instincts...
1. He said this to push her away so she wouldn't get in the way of his plans and try to stop him.
2. He wanted to try to get her to break her habit of constantly trying to protect him once and for all because in truth, he desperately wants to be the one to protect her instead but he's never felt strong enough when compared to her.
3. He wanted to let her know that he was hurt to find out that the only reason why she shows that she cares about him (he thinks and I believe he's wrong) is because she is being "controlled" by her instincts and not because she actually loves him out of her own free will.
4. He actually hates himself because he thinks that he is the one who drove her to 'slave' after him and he wouldn't want to do that to anyone, especially Mikasa.
When Armin says "is that the freedom you wanted? The freedom to hurt Mikasa? Who's the real slave...?" You can see from his facial expression that he's about to lose his cool when he says "who are you calling a slave?" He's extremely hurt and not just because of what Armin has just said. He's hurt because he's reminded by Armin of how he hurt Mikasa and although he was the one to call her a 'slave', he can't stand to hear these words coming out of someone else's mouth, which means he wishes that what he's saying isn't true to an extent.
What is your take on this? And do you think we'll get an apology from him? Mikasa removed her scarf and left it behind before battle but she wasn't alone when she did so, another soldier brought this to her attention and Mikasa confirmed that she's leaving it behind. Is this closure for Mikasa to stop following Eren? Will Eren get hold of the scarf himself from the soldier who was with her and realise what he's done when it's all over? I think although the Ackerman instincts make Mikasa strong and protective, I don't think she would be as protective of Eren if she wasnt in love with him. She even tells him "it's because it's you Eren".