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Kai Zimmer (カイ・ヅンメル Kai Dzunmeru?)[1] is a recruit of the Survey Corps. He appears in the light novel Attack on Titan: Before the Fall 3 and the manga series Attack on TItan: Before the Fall.

Appearance

Kai is a young man with brown eyes and hair, with the hair on the back of his head trimmed down much shorter. He wears a white shirt underneath the traditional uniform of the Training Corps.

Personality

Ambitious and brave, Kai shows a desire to join the Survey Corps with his squadmates. He exhibits bravery and wishes to fight against Titans for the sake of humanity, just like his hero Jorge Pikale.[2] Kai can also often speak without thinking his words through, causing some to view him as inconsiderate and rude; despite this, he holds his friends and allies in high regard and strives to do his best.

Story

Restoration of the Survey Corps arc

Rosa introduces her squadmates to Kuklo

Rosa introduces Kai and the others to Kuklo

During a training session, Kai and his other squadmates come across an unconscious teen who washed up along the banks of a river. They take him to a nearby cottage for him to heal; due to being trainees at the nearby academy, they are only able to visit at night and do their best to help the teen recover. Roughly a week after they find him, Kai is informed by his squadmate Rosa that the teen is awake; him and his friends decide to return that night and learn the teen is named Kuklo. When Rosa says Kuklo is part of a mystery group that is developing a weapon to defeat Titans, Kai seems interested and expresses his overall desire to join the Survey Corps like Jorge Pikale; when he hears from Felix that Jorge will be there in a few weeks, Kai becomes excited at the thought of finally meeting his idol. Kuklo, after seeing Kai and the others' determination, offers to put in a word for them but cautions they will need to be serious about training. Kai becomes slightly unnerved when hearing Kuklo discuss several expeditions he took part of that resulted in the deaths of countless Survey Corps soldiers; nonetheless, Kai, along with the other recruits, promise to do their best.[3]
Kai defends Rosa

Kai attacks the MP soldier

A week goes by and Kai, Rosa and Ivo return to the cottage to discover two members of the Military Police approaching it. Fearing that Kuklo will be discovered, Kai calls out to them and nearly gets shot. After being accused of harboring fugitives, Kai attacks one of the MP's after he sees Rosa getting slapped aside. As a result, Kai gets hit in the face with the butt of a rifle, briefly stunning him. After Hugo and Felix arrive with Jorge Pikale, the Military Police members back down. After finding nothing, the two leave after apologizing. When Kuklo flies out of a nearby tree, Kai is stunned to see it in action and hearing how Kuklo used it to escape.[4] While Kuklo and Jorge speak in private, Kai briefly entertains the notion of eavesdropping on the conversation but Rosa and Felix warn that it would be grounds for his eligibility to join the Survey Corps rescinded.

The trainees scuffle

The trainees scuffle

Sometime later, Kai and his friends hear about a new training program for Survey Corps recruits and volunteer to take part. Along with Rosa, Kai notices Kuklo being addressed by a different name by Captain Carlo Pikale, but is quieted by Felix. As they start the first exercise, Kai is surprised by how heavy the knapsacks they must carry are, with Felix realizing they are filled with sandbags. After several hours, Kai and the others are exhausted but continue to keep going. After Rosa passes out, the others discuss what to do. Kai volunteers to carry Rosa, but nearly falls over himself. Hugo decides to carry Rosa instead, with Kai taking two of the knapsacks. Later that night at the mess hall, Kai and the others are eating when they start to hear several other trainees mocking their performance earlier. Kai starts to get up, but Ivo prevents him with a look. Eventually, Kai starts to talk back when he suddenly sees Felix stand up and punch the trainee mocking them in the face. Kai joins in and a fight erupts in the mess hall, earning all of them a night in the guardhouse as punishment.[5]

As the training period goes on, Kai and his friends show much progress and learn that the program is being altered once again; Kai congratulates Ivo when he becomes the first one to successfully stay balanced on the aptitude training device designed to work on balancing.[6] Kai is among those present when a monitor from the Military Police, Xavi Inocencio, arrives and manages to effortlessly stay balanced on the device as well.[7] The following day, the trainees are informed that they will be traveling to the Wall; Kai makes a joke but is quickly silenced by Jorge glaring at him.[8] Arriving at the edge of the Wall, Kai is surprised by how large the Wall is and climbs up to the top of the Wall along with the others. After reaching the top, Kai and the other trainees notice the Titans lumbering just below them and expresses shock and disgust at the sight of them. He takes note of the destructive powers of the cannons on the Wall, along with how the Titans regenerate at a quick rate.[9] After returning to the Training grounds, Kai asks Ivo and Hugo if they are reconsidering whether or not to leave after witnessing the Titans; he is glad to hear they both are staying and mentions that his resolve to fight has not changed either.[10]

The Trainees cheer on Rosa

Kai and the other trainees cheer on Rosa

During the second round of the aptitude training, Kai manages to pass along with Rosa. While offering that night to toast on their success, he is quickly (and sternly) reminded by Rosa that Felix failed the test again.[11] He overhears Rosa's apology for her rude behavior recently and after Felix reveals his reasons for fighting the Titans, notes that everyone is back on good terms; he then joins Hugo and Ivo in teasing Felix on his apparent feelings for Rosa.[12] The next day during their training with the vertical maneuvering equipment, Kai sees Rosa use the device flawlessly and cheers her on with Ivo, Hugo and the others.[13] After Felix passes as well, Kai helps him put on the equipment and is shocked at the sight of the Titan training dummy; he becomes resolved after hearing from Carlo and Kuklo that it will be used as part of the training to simulate an actual Titan.

Relationships

  • Jorge Pikale - Kai idolizes Jorge Pikale and sees him as his main role model. He has a strong desire to join the Survey Corps to fight alongside Jorge in defeating the Titans outside the Walls.
  • Rosa Carlstead - While friends with Rosa, he can often times get on her nerves due to his demeanor. Despite this, he is protective of her and will put himself in harm's way to make sure she is safe.
  • Kuklo - Kai was one of the first of his squad-mates to accept Kuklo after hearing that he was working with the Survey Corps on a device to fight against the Titans. Seeing Kuklo use the device in action helped motivate Kai to work hard and achieve his dream of joining his hero Jorge in the Survey Corps.

References

  1. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 48 (p. 15)
  2. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 40 (p. 27)
  3. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 40
  4. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 41
  5. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 43
  6. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 47
  7. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 47 (p. 32-33)
  8. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 48 (p. 26)
  9. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 50 (p. 17-24)
  10. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 50 (p. 40)
  11. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 53 (p. 7)
  12. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 53 (p. 16-18)
  13. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 53 (p. 26)

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