WARNING: Contains spoilers.
Out of Character
This isn’t exactly a review. It’s more of a hissy fit from a disappointed Jean stan and jeankasa shipper. So to those looking for a decent, cool-headed review, sorry but you won’t find it here. Hold the hangman’s noose and let me rant and whinge without restraint.
Disappointed is too light a word, really. I’m devastated.
Not the Jean I Know
The Jean I know stands up for Eren. He did so against Magat when Hange and the team were with them in the forest, he did so in prison when Armin informed him Eren hurt Mikasa with his words. As an adolescent he was pissed off by Eren more times than we can count, but as he grew up and his character developed, he was the one amongst his peers who understood more than anyone that Eren cared for them and was doing the rumbling for their sake. And as a rational person, Jean knew his dream of living a relatively peaceful life in the capital was most likely to happen if Eren did destroy all their enemies. But Jean has a conscience, and he didn’t want to disappoint Marco either, so he decided to follow Hange and Armin.
But then this chapter he says—without enough reluctance it appears to me—that they’d have to kill Eren. It’s so out of character that if I pull at my hair any further I’ll become as bald as Pixys.
In my mind, next to Mikasa, Jean should be the least likely person to say this. Pieck would say it, and so would Gabi, which is understandable because Eren destroyed their hometown and killed their comrades. Even Connie would say it, because he’s mad he had to kill both Samuel and Daz just to have a chance of speaking with Eren, only to find there was no room for negotiation. But Jean? He is amongst those who would benefit the most from a full rumbling. I always thought of him as doing all he can to stop Eren, but not to the extent of killing him.
Jeankasa is Canonically Dead
Why would Jean wish to kill Eren? How can this possibly be to his advantage? Exchange Eren’s life for a world that hates them and plots to exterminate them? This train of reasoning is so unlike the intelligent Jean I used to know.
Will killing Eren give him a better shot at winning Mikasa’s heart? What a crazy thought! Mikasa is Eren’s barnacle, forever and a day, and Eren being dead or alive wouldn’t matter because in canon she is completely incapable of considering anyone else. Even at world’s end, the only thing going on in that tiny brain of hers is “Ereh Ereh Ereh Ereh Ereh Ereh Ereh…” x 10000000000000000000000.
Now we have Jean saying they’d have to kill Eren.
How could a girl ever fall for a guy who says in her face they’d have to kill her only reason for living?
So Isayama just canonically killed jeankasa. How cruel our manga-ka was to give Jean that fantasy in Chapter 127, only to make him shoot himself in the foot. After what he’d said, Jean is dead to Mikasa from now on.
Which is a real pity because through the years I kept holding a candle for them. Not limited to an AU setting, there was an idiotic, daydreamer part of me that always hoped maybe someday in canon, just as I fantasised in the fanfic On the Battleship, Mikasa will eventually open her eyes to the one guy who has wanted her all these years, come rain or shine.
But this chapter killed every ounce of hope for that ship. It has sunk to the very depths of the ocean. Goodbye, canonical jeankasa. Fuck you Isayama for breaking my heart. Screw you for fucking up Jean Kirschtein at world’s end. Way to go butchering the best-written character in AoT.
So what’s next for the ships? Aruani is canon, so all Isayama has to do is kill off Jean (who most likely will die trying to detonate the explosives wrapped around Eren’s titan’s spine) plus make Historia die at childbirth, and then there’ll be nothing getting in the way of eremika.
Want a bestseller? More shitloads of money? Best way to do that is to give the fandom what it demands, and there’s no denying it: the huge majority of AoT fans are eremika shippers, thanks to that godawful anime adaptation by the witless WIT. Cheers to sellout Isayama!
I’ve been waiting for new flashbacks showing us everything that happened during the timeskip, but instead we get some old information from our poor captain. He doesn’t regret choosing Armin over Erwin, but he has failed in fulfilling one last promise to the beloved commander, and it’s killing him softly.
They used to be close, Levi and Eren. Once upon a time there was a feisty little boy who looked up admiringly at the gold standard of the Wings of Freedom. Once upon a time there was a sweet teenaged boy who was so eager to please the persnickety captain that he became an expert at cleaning. Ah, those were the days, the relatively happy days. How things have changed! Currently Eren is a rampaging god and these people who have loved him so are now trying to kill him.
Levi saying he still had so much left to say to Eren just broke my heart, because I remember. I remember a young Eren sitting at the bottom of the basement stairway all depressed, and Levi standing next to him keeping him company. I remember a young Eren making Jean’s bed so that the captain won’t think of them as slovenly brats. I remember a young Eren gaping helplessly, frozen in place while the captain manhandles Historia as he forces her to accept the crown.
It seems that while Levi doesn’t regret choosing to give the younger person a shot at life over the older person who has already led a full one, he still has regrets regarding Eren. Don’t we all? My one last wish is that everyone, before they all die, gets a chance to speak to our protagonist, have one last heartfelt conversation with him. Ah, me and my silly wishes. If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
Shitty Marleyan Soldiers
Are the Marleyan soldiers going to shoot at Mr Leonheart and his fellow Eldians? I thought they felt sorry for the way they treated Eldians and are willing to repent for their own crimes? Wasn’t all that just a couple of chapters ago? Doesn’t anyone ever learn?
I certainly hope this Muller dude will put a stop to this endless cycle of suspicion and retribution, otherwise Eren becomes entirely justified in doing the full rumbling.
Pieck is Alive
Well, I was 100% sure of this, but it was still lovely to see her moving out and about.
She calls Jean by name! She’s showing him just how fully combat-certified she is! Maybe I should start shipping them instead, whaddya all think? I mean, it was a brunette in Jean’s Chapter 127 fantasy, so it might as well be the beautiful Pieck.
To be brutally frank, Jean probably has more chances with Pieck than with Eren’s barnacle. And since I like this titan shifter more than canon Mikasa, I’m all for it!
Brains Go Think
Now that Armin and Zeke, the island’s brains and the continent’s brains, are given the chance to get chummy in Paths, I’m expecting they’ll put their great minds together and come up with a viable solution to their current predicament, including building a more impressive sandcastle than the small anthill Zeke has managed to build so far. Surely they have enough brain cells combined to make Eren an offer he can’t refuse.
Go, brainiacs! Especially you, Armin. Save your friends! Save Eren! I know you’ll do just that, because Eren himself (who can see the future) predicted it is you and not anyone else who will save the world.
Told You So
There’s a colleague of mine who reads the SnK manga. Many moons ago he saw the Jean stickers on my desktop calendar and the Jean figurine on my computer monitor, and he told me, as friendly advice from a longtime manga otaku, that I shouldn’t be so invested in minor characters, including SnK’s. “Isayama only cares about EMA,” he told me. “That’s not true,” I retorted, “Isayama has George RR Martin levels of caring for supporting characters.”
Today is Saturday, my off day, but come Monday I’ll see my colleague and I’m pretty sure he’ll have this smug look on his face saying, “Told you so!”
He’s right. Should’ve listened to him. Armin, who’s been the third wheel for a decade, now has his own sweetheart. Then there’s eremika. Nicely paired off, just like Harry Potter! Who cares about the rest of the gang? Not Isayama. Jean and his fellow minor characters will probably be all dead by the end of the manga. But who gives a shit? Certainly not Isayama. It’s EMA that really matters, as he’d just shown us in this chapter. Needless to say, it’s Isayama’s story and he can do whatever the hell he wants with it. What am I but merely one amongst his millions of satisfied customers?
Sorry, I know I’m being paranoid. There are still three chapters to go, which is enough time for Armin to come up with The Solution that’ll save everyone. No one else has to die.
I guess I’m too upset about the idea of Jean-the-murderer to keep up my enthusiasm for the manga. Part of Jean’s phenomenal character growth was going from an arrogant kid who was both annoyed at and jealous of Eren, to a level-headed young man who cared for and understood him. That Isayama would take this all away in a single stroke is a huge disservice to—no, a total disrespect of—his character development.
Astute, clever Jean wanting to kill his good friend, to eliminate their one hope for a better life? Bullshit! Even if the only way to stop the rumbling is to kill Eren, I never thought Jean would offer to do it, or even be the one to suggest it. And in front of Mikasa to boot. No wonder I’m discombobulated and totally unhappy. Even Isayama’s attempt at okapi humour felt like dry cotton in my mouth.
I love Eren, I always have, and you’d know this if you’ve read any of my fanfic stories. I don’t want him to be killed by anyone, and most certainly not by his friends. I’ve always seen him as being a true hero, someone who loves his friends and family so much that he’s willing to lay down his life for them. He’s someone who is willing to die if that’s what it takes to save Historia and baby from being titanized. I’ve always envisioned him as someone who makes a sacrifice, the Ultimate Sacrifice, and not someone who is killed by his own friends, or whom his friends are willing to kill.
The End, Goodbye
Heads up, I doubt I’ll be able to muster enough energy to write about the latest anime episode come Monday, so don’t expect a review from me.
I feel like giving up on Attack on Titan. After eight and a half years of following the manga and only three chapters to go, I see my worst nightmare taking shape, and I can’t stand it. It’s madness but I’m now convinced it was all a complete waste of time. Dunno when I’ll ever feel like writing about AoT again. Maybe I’ll be back after the manga is over and Isayama has proven me wrong by giving me the ending I’ve always dreamed of. Until then, sayonara.
ETA January 11, 2020. I’m so sorry for this awful review. After waking up the next day, I’ve come to realise what a dick I sounded. I take back a lot of what I wrote in this blog post, and I’d rewrite the whole thing if not for the sane comments my readers have written. You can read their thoughts and my (suitably chastised) responses to them. Thank you so much to my caring readers for pulling me out of my self-dug pit of extreme paranoia and toxic negativity!
Thank you so much for reading! What did you think of this chapter? Please take a moment to share a thought or two in the comment section below. xoxo – hana
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