It's mostly taking them from real world European languages and countries. A lot of them are Germanic (surnames like Yeager/Jaeger and Kruger), but there are a few other ethnicities mixed in (like Smith and Rashad).
Then there are a few that could possibly be made up, but the official translations usually do the best they can to figure out which real world name it could be. (For instance, Tom Xaver's transition to Tom Ksaver, the latter being a real name, but probably not one an American translator would think of right off the bat.)
Rolling things back to a hundred years ago, my feeling is that Karl Fritz should have grown a spine. He was the Eldian king and basically decided "Well, my people suck, so I'm going to hide away on an island with some followers and good luck to the rest of the world."
If he really wanted to roll up his sleeves and do some work he should have publicly stopped the Great Titan War instead of running away. He already had the Founder and the full use of its powers, and he was the king! He probably was an unpopular king with little political power since he ended up running away, but still, he was king and he had the Founding Titan and all the Eldians would know that.
If Fritz had stopped the Eldian civil war while remaining on the continent and freed the Marleyans and other conquered peoples, the rest of the world would have a good opinion of him and those who worked with him. Nobody in Marley hates the Tyburs even though everyone knows they're Eldian, so it's not like being feared is a requirement for anyone able to turn into a Titan.
Fritz remaining in power on the mainland would also have prevented the reverse persecution, where Eldians were now the one being hunted down and shoved in a subservient life. He could have instituted reparations to previously conquered peoples, lent some mindless Titans to help the rest of the world rebuild. There were things he could have done to make amends that did not require sealing everyone away on an island.
I know Karl Fritz felt Eldians deserve whatever punishment they got, which is why he went to the island, but if he wanted a future for his people, he could have made different choices.
30 episodes doesn't work with seasonal programming though. TV slots run on a three month system, with breaks for holidays or occasionally other events that would preempt a broadcast. So a short anime "season," a cour, is usually 12 episodes, give or take (because of holidays or other programming)., and then we increase the increment with every three month period. So we're looking at roughly 24 episodes or roughly 36 episodes.
I think the 25 episodes can work if Isayama doesn't go too much further than he's current running. (I'm sure the screenplay writers are sweating over that.) Season 3 took 40 chapters and compressed them into 22 episodes.
If Season 4 takes 48 chapters (assuming Isayama ends the series with Vol 34), then dividing them into 25 episodes is a little tighter, but still runs at about two chapters an episode. As Ahmed said, action scenes go quickly, and we've had chapters with gorgeous large panels, but little dialogue or plot, so those will take very minimal episode time.
Mikasa is not a person who spends a lot of time in deep reflection. She's a doer, not a thinker. You need a Titan dead? She's on it. You need to figure out why someone's behaving oddly? Ask Armin.
I suspect that even though Mikasa knows intellectually and emotionally that Eren is the most important person in the world to her, that taking that a step further to "I'm romantically in love with Eren" has actually not occurred to her. It's been enough just making sure her most important person is safe, that moving behind that has been unnecessary.
That's why when Eren finally asks her what he is to her, she realizes that she doesn't have an answer. She knows her feelings cannot be adequately described as that of family or friends, but she has never had to put a name to those feelings, and now she has to come up with an answer on the spot. Without enough time to actually think about it, she fails to say the words that would mean the most.
I'd rather anyone other than the two kids get it. Falco already has a Titan and is going to live a short life unless the Curse of Ymir is dramatically lifted at the end (which I doubt will happen, because AoT is not a happy story) and giving him a second Titan isn't likely to make him that much stronger.
As for Gabi, she has a potentially long life still ahead of her and I'd rather she keep it.
Joaquin, I agree Ymir had a lot of power, and there are probably things she could do that the series hasn't bothered showing, but I'm talking more about understanding. Does Ymir actually know what the substance/entity was that entered her? I doubt she does. Narratively we see it enter her, but from her perspective, all she knows is she fell down under a tree and woke up a Titan. She looked unconscious to me, but she might have been awake enough to recognize something entered her, which is why we see the squiggle thing reaching out.
And the thing is that's where the Titan powers come from. A weird amorphous doohickey that may or may not be alive and bits of which presumably survive in the spine of every Subject of Ymir, which is why they can change into Titans.
Could Ymir remove such a thing, if she is even aware it exists? Especially if it has a will of its own, then Ymir might not be able to use her powers to remove the thing that gave her powers in the first place.
I'm not that big on speculation, but I think Eren will likely accomplish some level of free of freedom for those he cares about at the cost of his life. Until Magath died, I thought this was going to be through uniting the world against him, regardless of whether a person is Eldian or not, but with the loss of Magath we're now out of sympathetic human characters who could really make a difference.
Kiyomi still around, but she doesn't seem to have the same amount of international political weight that Magath would have as the head of the Marlayan military. It could still happen, but seems less likely.
I know a lot of people are hoping that Eren will solve the Titan situation once and for all, but I don't see that happening. OG Ymir was never in control of what happened to her or her lineage, so the idea that somehow one of her successors could "fix" a problem no one fully understood, probably not even herself, doesn't seem possible to me. We don't know what the thing beneath the tree that entered her body really was, so how we can anyone really talk about removing it?
I think it would be better for the world in general to learn to live with the idea that some people can turn into Titans, but it doesn't necessarily make them monsters.
That would kill a number of our remaining characters, including Armin. I'm not the biggest Armin stan, but I don't think breaking up the Shiganshina trio by having one eat another is really a happy ending, even if it ultimately results in freedom for everyone else.
I don't think she's hated by most of the fanbase. I quite like her, for the small amount of the story she was in. If there's a subset of Levi fans who hate her, I suspect it's because she's not their ship, which is their problem, not the character's.
Edit: It looks like the OP wasn't actually looking for spoilers since he changed the topic over to anime. So if you would edit, that would be appreciated. If not, I can handle it.
One thing I like about the series is that there isn't a main antagonist. There *are* antagonists, but there isn't a main one, no central bad guy to be defeated.
Hi Kaneki Ken, you made this post in General so that means this post is open to manga spoilers, and manga readers already the answers to the questions you're asking. If you're fine with spoilers, no need to change anything.
But you sound like an anime viewer who came in from the trailer though, so if you are looking theories rather than confirmed truth, you might want to change your post category to Anime, where manga spoilers are not permitted in posts.
At the start of Season 4 though, Eren has the Attack and the Founding Titans, which does not fall into spoiler territory.
Edit: Looks like Pukitaki beat me, but put up a spoiler warning.
I think Reiner is afraid of Eren, but not in run away and hide sort of a way. He wants to protect his family because he's afraid Eren is going to get them killed. So it's the kind of fear that leads someone to attempts acts of bravery (and since he's not opposed to the idea of dying for everything that he's done, I'm pretty sure that includes foolhardy bravery).
The easy prediction is that our new united team of Survey Corps soldiers and Warriors are going to try to begin their operation. It's pretty clear they have an idea of what they're going to do (even if we the reader don't) from the way they wake up Reiner and tell him they're going to save the world.
Even Annie is on board, and of everyone she has the least reason to be (being that she was the odd girl out among both the Warriors *and* the 104th).
I suspect that the team is going to be split up with one group going after Eren. The others will probably:
1) Be looking for Historia (I doubt they know where she is since Nile specifies only a few soldiers are aware of her location, and guarding the queen would have been the Military Police's job, of which we have none in our remaining cast since they ditched Hitch)
2) Be looking for Zeke (where did he go post-battle?)
3) Do something about Floch and the Yeagerists before they ruin their plans.
I'd vote nobody. No in the series actually know how/why the Curse of Ymir works, so how would they go about breaking it? It's vaguely possible that Ymir Fritz knows how to break it, but if she did, she didn't bother stopping her own death in the distance past.
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.