They're taken from the official guidebook. It's just a bit of trivia that has no bearing on the story.
A shogun is essentially a general, so I assume it's a translation choice to use "general" in the French. (For instance, Cor is referred to as "shogun" in Japanese in Final Fantasy XV, and for obvious reasons that title is translated into "marshal" in English because hearing "shogun" has an entirely different connotation to English speakers.)
I mainly chose the 30-50 sailors because that would be the number required to crew a ship large enough to be carrying such an important dignitary. He probably wouldn't roll up in a yacht. :) And while he could have sailed over on an Eldian boat, he wasn't an Eldian citizen and apparently was a big deal in his own country, so it would have made sense for him to have his own transportation.
When you think that there are thirteen really large cities on Paradis, a crew of that size is not that many, and that allows enough Asians to exist that the slave market the robbers wanted Mikasa and her mom for could have been a thing. It's hard to say Asians are in demand if nobody ever saw one. Between the King, the First Interior Squad, and the slave market, the population could have been driven into the ground by the time Mikasa was a child, but otherwise was visible enough that people knew about them.
I didn't know that the French Lost GIrls manga named Mikasa's mother Clara, and that's really weird since Mikasa has an obvious Japanese-sounding name, so you'd think her mother would have had a Japanese name as well. I would take what the kidnappers said about her being full Asian at face value though, having nothing to prove it otherwise.
I wouldn't be surprised if the Fritz/Reiss family did something squicky like incest (keeping the Founding Titan power in the family), but I don't think there was any incentive for the Asians or the Ackermans to do it. Heck, in the Ackermans' case, Kenny's grandpa was actively trying to have his family line forget what made them different.
Kiyomi says that Mikasa is the last descendant of the shogun's son, but chances are he did not go to Paradis alone. Most important people travel with a retinue. For instance, Kiyomi has people with her when she stays on Paradis. Mikasa's ancestor likely did the same.
If you figure the shogun's son brought a dozen guards and staffers to help day to day business *and* perhaps 30-50 sailors to who managed the boat to take him there, suddenly we have a small, but viable, population of Asians. If the shogun's son was already married and had a family, chances are they would have come too.
Not hypothetical anymore. Your answer is in the latest manga chapter if you haven't read it yet.
Armin's VA being the narrator is an anime invention, and though Isayama has had some input into the anime, I don't know whether that was the case in the first season (before it was a hit). It's possible that Armin surviving has nothing to do with what he plans to do. Or, he might have liked that idea and decided to run with it.
I'd be fine if all the characters die as long as the storytelling is good, but I don't think he's going to kill everyone. Seeing how long it took him to kill Sasha (who was supposed to die many many chapters before she actually did) I think most of our core cast is going to make it.
He obviously wanted the chapter cliffhanger to be the discovery that Annie's out of her crystal. That's fine. It's a character whose return has been anticipated for a long time now. It's just that the build-up in the chapter itself wasn't good, making her return feel tacked on.
If he ends with Vol 32 it'll be six chapters remaining. If not, it'll be ten chapters (since there are four chapters to a volume).
I don't think he's going to have time to handle Hange and Levi, more flashbacks, what's going on with the stego-Titan's inability to control Pure Titans, what Zeke may or may not do to stop Eren, what's going on with Historia, and getting Annie caught up to sped (let alone doing anything of consequence) in six chapters, so I think ten is a more realistic guess.
I think if Isayama was going for a GoT ending Eren would die by Mikasa's hands, Mikasa would get exiled, and Armin would become the new king. Gabi would probably ride off somewhere or whatever the hell Arya did at the end of the series.
I was a little surprised (and annoyed) that Pixis and Nile's Titan forms were so easily identifiable as them. I supposed it was done so readers would know what happened to them, but at the same time, it felt a little lazy. Usually people get a *bit* more distorted (like Armin's Pure Titan you could tell was Armin, but it wasn't Armin with a few extra lines on his face).
Annie coming back is something we knew would happen eventually, but the poor girl is four years behind everyone. I have no idea how she's going to meaningfully catch up.
The similar appearance is likely due to Isayama using a quick visual shorthand to signal to the reader "This character is a mom!" If you notice, Ash's mom in Pokemon also has a similar short ponytail (though not over the shoulder) without being married to a scientist and she doesn't die. Emi Handa in Barakamon also has the same hairstyle and it's over the shoulder like Carla's. It's the sweet, nurturing mom look.
As for the dying part, that's another trope better known as the Disposable Woman. It's common for protagonists to lose a close female figure in their life as an inciting incident to kickstart the adventure. Given Eren and Elric's ages, that figure is 90% likely to be a mom (more rarely a sister).
It's not that these similarities don't exist. It's just not surprising that they do. Isayama probably wasn't even thinking about it when he used the design and killed Carla, because they're just so common.
We don't know the number of chapters definitively, but it can't end sooner than Chapter 126 (because each volume is four chapters long and this would result in an odd-sized book).
Story arcs are generally 16-20 chapters, however, the current arc just hit 17 chapters and we are probably not going to wrap up with Chapter 126, so the current arc will be longer than any of the previous ones Isayama has written.
All we know is that the manga is currently slated to end next year, and if he actually sticks to that we know it will end on either chapter 126, 130, or 134. If it goes beyond 134, then he's missing his self-imposed deadline.
I like the image, and I think Sasha would be very forgiving of Gabi having taken a shot at her. But I don't know if that would have stopped the Gabi hate parade. She had a number of vocal critics long before she killed Sasha.
Let's say Gabi missed her shot and was caught. Even if Sasha was sympathetic to her, they probably wouldn't interact much after her initial capture. She'd probably be put in confinement shortly thereafter the same way she was in our own timeline, and then everything would play out the same from there. The story itself wouldn't change. It's just that Gabi haters might be slightly less pissed off at her.
The Jaw Titan that belonged to the Ymir in the 104th Training Corps is now with Falco Grice since he was changed into a Titan by Zeke and Porco sacrificed himself so Falco could return to being a human. The Jaw Titan article reflects Falco as the current inheritor, but since he *just* got it we don't know what his version of it looks like.
Annie will probably come back soon, because we're obviously in finale zone and Eren was broadcasting his thoughts to every Subject of Ymir in the most recent chapter. If Annie is still alive in that crystal, that means she's getting the broadcast.
I think there's a good chance Koei will release another console/PC game for Season 4. They've covered the first three seasons so making on for the fourth only makes sense.
For mobile devices that's a little more tricky, because those don't have a shelf life and can be updated indefinitely. With Tactics already out and Assault still in development that's two games already. They might not want to dilute the brand by making a third mobile game unless it's substantially different.
Chapter 83: Cleaver. It's the only time I really didn't like Isayama's writing, because it was a foregone conclusion that Erwin would be sacrificed so Armin could live, so the cliffhanger ending was needless drama. I wish Erwin had just died in the original charge like he'd expected, since keeping him alive a little longer did nothing for the story. Events would have played out the same even if he died earlier.
I'd say Erwin, probably like a fair number of people. ;P But I suppose I can say Nile to be different. Assuming he really is running around as a Titan somewhere in Shiganshina. There's no reason not to think he is, but we haven't actually seen his Titan yet.
Nicolo isn't supposed to be a deep showcase though. Magath is what you want for someone deep. He's got a lot of presence, and his behavior around Eldians is more complicated than simply using them for cannon fodder. He cares about them, the Warriors trust him if not the country they fight for, but he also trained kids to go subdue nations.
Nicolo is just a normal guy who got sent off on a mission, and there are *lots* of normal guys we don't even get names for. Nicolo puts a face to the everyday soldier; just visible enough that you recognize him, but not deep enough to need his own subplot.
I put him on the same level of Sasha's parents in needing character development. Yeah, he was there, he met her, but my takeaway from the flashback is Sasha's ability to change people, and not that she and Nicolo actually had a relationship. There's nothing to suggest it was ever reciprocated.
I think Porco was underutilized. As a character he was primarily defined by his distaste for Reiner and his obsession with his brother. If you took away those two characters and left him in a scene on his own, what would he do?
Nicolo is a minor character, third or fourth tier, so it's fine that there's no much to him, because there was never intended to be much. He's basically there to be a non-threatening representative of the Marleyan army, and he's done a decent job of it.
The problem with Porco is that be being one of the Warriors, he was part of the main cast of the Marley arc, which made him a second tier character (behind someone like Reiner, who was obviously our lead). But there wasn't enough character in Porco to make him feel like a critical part of the cast. He basically existed to give Reiner a hard time, and Reiner was having a hard enough time even without him that Porco's role in the story didn't add much.
They rarely deviate from the manga aside from when they were specifically asked to (first half of Season 3), so there isn't anything I expect to be changed. But if there was anything to be added, I would like more Jean and Connie after their return to Paradis.
Jean especially seems to have been promoted in the four years in between (since he's referred to as a commanding officer during the battle of Liberio), but post-Liberio he doesn't really get to do anything with his new rank. I would have liked it if there were officer meetings he got to go to that others didn't, which would better illustrate how things have changed over the timeskip, but we don't get that.