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Shingeki no Kyojin – 23

「微笑み ―ストヘス区急襲①―」 (Hohoemi ―Sutohesu Ku Kyushu (1)―)
“Smile ―Raid on the Stohess District (1)―”

Here we go. The last arc of Shingeki’s first season starts now and we start things off with Eren and the rest being summoned to the capital.

The first thing that comes to mind? Just how sad of a group the Military Police are. Not only do they only have Annie as the only one to have fought Titans before, they’re completely wrong when it comes to their impressions of her in respect to thinking she still needs more time to recover from Trost, and they even need permission to use 3D maneuver gear. I mean gosh darn, that’s just laughable. At least though, Marlow had the brains to ask “why Eren needs protection” in the first place… Too bad he ends up being thrust the “leadership” role for that same detail while the ranking officers just sit around drinking and playing games. I’d like to say “this ain’t what they signed up for,” but sadly for some, this is exactly what they signed up for. With that said, all of this just highlights how once you’ve made your decision to join either organization, you’re going to either end up accepting the conditions you end up in, die, or you need to have a hell of a lot of resolve if you have some kind of noble goal in mind.

For one, The Survey Corps requires you to accept that you could die anytime. Meanwhile, if you’re anywhere near a half-way decent person, The Military Police requires you to accept that no matter your noble goals—Marlow, I’m looking at you—the fact is you also chose to live a life of comfort as well. Indeed, if anything, all this shows is just how being a “good person” and/or someone who “goes against the flow” just makes a grim situation even worse. Because in the end, either you get crushed by the system, die fighting the Titans in the Survey Corps, or you end up being shoved in a situation where you go bonkers from trying to fix a system that resists every effort you make. Talk about needing marbles (or being a true idiot).

And gosh darn did this show itself shortly after, as Marlow confronts some of his older comrades in regards to black market sales of their equipment. Needless to say… things don’t quite work out. Admittedly though, I half expected him to get shot at some point (or him to shoot them), but I guess that would’ve been too much for either side to do. Either way, there’s quite a lot of similarity between Eren and Marlow to say the least, and it’s nice to see to be honest. Kind of like a restored faith in humanity thing—although Armin does end up making a good point about how the term “good person” is something that could just mean someone who is “good for you” or “good in your views.”

Speaking of Armin however, this brings us to the most significant part of the episode, which is the additional focus on Annie in particular. As always, it’s nice to see a character receive more background, and the conversation between the two ends up especially revealing in regards to her convictions. Still, the general thing I felt was the plan was too shabby for an Armin-led one, and I should’ve known that this wasn’t so much an ask for an assist in regards to helping as it was a trap set especially for her.

Because as it turns out, she was utilizing Marco’s Maneuver Gear before, and we finally get the confirmation that she is indeed the female Titan that’s been dogging our group for the last month worth of episodes. Generally, this doesn’t come as much of a surprise to me considering the hints we’ve been given up until now, but it does make one wonder quite a bit in regards to how they managed to get approval for this plan in the first place (or if they got approval for this at all). It’s extremely risky to have a Titan like her roam in the inner walls to say the least—especially when one considers how her presence alone may serve as proof that there may be other human Titans masquerading as soldiers in the area too. Sure, it serves as a great tool to wake up the citizens and soldiers to the threat they all face and why the walls aren’t going to save them, but they’re really betting a lot on this play considering the amount of difficulty they had with her before. Furthermore, there’s a load of questions in regards to how she got her powers, why she’s utilizing it the way she is despite her convictions, and so on and so forth… and it looks like we’re finally throwing open the lid on Pandora’s Box so to speak.

Sadly though, the fact that we’re just throwing open the lid now also means that it’s looking more and more likely that we won’t end the first season with much in terms of answers, and I’m admittedly quite torn in regards to this. On one hand, it’s nice to see that there’s a lot to look forward to in the future (not that that was going to change either way). However, it’s also something that makes it even more of an exercise in suffering when you consider the potential wait between now and the inevitable next season. Ack. I can at least say this though: next week can’t come soon enough.

Author’s Notes:

  • Per the usual, there’s a zero tolerance policy for spoilers that aren’t in spoiler tags or in response to a query.
  • Use your own discretion in regards to what you decide to speculate on. I won’t be requiring that spoiler tags be used, but note that if you don’t (or your speculation implies more than just that), viewers may down vote your comment to oblivion, and there would be nothing I can do to make your comment visible again. Also keep in mind that any speculation that seems beyond the scope of the word will be removed if deemed inappropriate or clearly based off the source material.


    September 14, 2013 at 6:57 pm
    • September 14, 2013 at 7:05 pmTremste

      Annie’s laugh! Damn, those citizens have ninja-like flexibility! Those somersaults and more…

      • September 14, 2013 at 9:56 pmSDFGS

        Especially from that fat guy that rolled down off the roof!

        • September 15, 2013 at 2:12 pmHunterWulf

          lols, i don’t think those are citizens at all .. they are probably Recon corps members disguised as citizens (i.e working undercover so as not to get caught by the MP), there is no way Armin planned all this on his own, Erwin is definitely in on this “Capture the Female Titan plan” XD

          Remember the excellent scene with Eren and Erwin.. “who do you think is the real enemy ?” .. that foreshadows everything that is happening now.

    • September 14, 2013 at 7:06 pmHrd

      • September 14, 2013 at 9:06 pmhaseo0408

        That can´t be him, he talked more in this episode than Narukami-kun did in the whole Persona 4 series.

        • September 16, 2013 at 1:47 pmRickyMack

          just started playing persona 4 a few days ago and am 40 hours in and haven’t watched the anime yet. he probably doesn’t talk much in the anime because he doesn’t talk much in the game either.

    • September 14, 2013 at 7:08 pmplrew

      Sugita-bro changing the Military Police from the inside.

    • September 14, 2013 at 7:08 pmCuriousreborn

      Damn Armin became such a beast as of late and man that smile scared the shit out of me

      • September 14, 2013 at 7:34 pmGekokujou

        That look at the end was the first time anything actually scared me in this show.

    • September 14, 2013 at 7:10 pmRyuuzaki

      Yandere Kyojin? now that’s something we never heard of before

    • September 14, 2013 at 7:10 pmTez

      I’m still confused by that whole yandere laugh she did.

      • September 14, 2013 at 7:42 pmNadester

        *Sees Annie’s Laugh*……..⊙▃⊙

        Keep Calm and Carry On.

        • September 15, 2013 at 7:25 amBenigmatica

          The only thing I think about Annie on this episode is that she’s out-of-character on this week’s episode!

      • September 14, 2013 at 9:23 pmEliteF22

        It’s anime original. They make her seem a little more unhinged.

        • September 14, 2013 at 11:38 pmjghd

          the sfx for her laughter was in the manga though. They just didn’t show it.

        • September 15, 2013 at 9:14 amLuxor

          The SFX is for laughter? It looks like ヨクシ which would make it checkmate. The ヨ is turned sideways for some frustrating reason. :(

        • September 15, 2013 at 9:36 amJel

          Looks more like ドクン (dokun) and is supposed to be a heartbeat sound.

        • September 15, 2013 at 10:55 amLuxor


          I can see the first one being ド but the last katakana looks like it has three dashes. It’s not so much ン as シ. But I think it’s safe to say it’s NOT wild laughing.

        • September 15, 2013 at 11:33 amJel


          I was judging more closely on the katakana on the right side that looks more like a ン and the left side just looks like a repeat of the katakana on the right side, stylized slightly differently in terms of font to not merely be a copy/paste of the same thing.

          Also: http://thejadednetwork.com/sfx/browse/dokun/
          and no results for dokushi. I think this site is very reliable and have used it for translating SFX for a couple of scanlation groups and I have yet to search for something with no results unless it was a misreading on my part.

        • September 15, 2013 at 11:52 amJel

          Image of the scene of Annie smiling: http://i.imgur.com/qUjaDzX.jpg

          SFX explanation of the one next to her face: http://thejadednetwork.com/sfx/browse/nicha-/
          and the ones next to Eren and co.: http://thejadednetwork.com/sfx/browse/dokun/

          We can surmise that the first one is meant to be her freakish smile (no laughing SFX) and the bottom two to be the heartbeats of Eren and co.

          I believe the maniacal laugh was an anime-only addition.

        • September 15, 2013 at 11:56 amLuxor


          Ah, thanks a bunch. And damn I gotta bookmark that site.

      • September 16, 2013 at 1:48 pmNeefer

        Actually the crazy laugh was part of the original manga draft. http://25.media.tumblr.com/d47a2c578b826dbe23089657accc6162/tumblr_mt6n76H3I61sqzlsyo1_500.jpg

        Isayama-sensei took it out but later regretted the decision, so I hear.

    • September 14, 2013 at 7:13 pmOtamega

      • September 14, 2013 at 7:15 pmKyojin

        She has an orgasm indeed.

      • September 15, 2013 at 7:14 amPeTdo

        Blood Lust for “s”laughter! Ecstasy to the max!
        BTW She is so cuteeeeeeeeeeee!

      • September 21, 2013 at 12:30 amSOSAnimeBoy

        Seriously she got so f-ing adorable during the laughing scene… I’ll admit I got a bit turned on…

    • September 14, 2013 at 7:19 pmGH

      My favorite part was Jean as Eren (also Marlow and Hitch!). But I didn’t like the evil blushing laugh (much creepier in the manga)

    • September 14, 2013 at 7:20 pmSekai

      We finally have our complete confirmation (if it wasn’t completely certain before): The Military Police are pretty much the worst of humanity. However, it’s nice to know that there’s people in the Military Police who actually stand for something.

      As for the plan, due to the preview showing guns aimed at Erwin and the fact that the soldiers were wearing Recon Corps uniforms, it’s safe to assume the plan was made and run purely by the Corps (likely to kill FT, display the importance of Eren to humanity and shock the nobility into action). What’s really strange is that Levi doesn’t seem to be ready for battle at all, which leads me to believe that the preview scene may be a flashback.

      Finally, one has to wonder who the “real” Annie is: the girl who respects those that fight the status quo or the crazy, laughing ***** shown at the end? I’m really looking forward to seeing how this crazy arc ends!

      • September 14, 2013 at 7:30 pmPsithief

        Prepare to be
        Show Spoiler ▼

        • September 14, 2013 at 7:55 pmretard

          i don’t understand your analogy. a puddle of spit isn’t deep so you’re sayin the plot isnt deep. then it shud be easy to see what is going to happen, but that isnt the case… oh well.

        • September 14, 2013 at 8:48 pmBeedle

          It’s clear that Psithief is the mangaka. It’s the only way he can make such a statement!

          Snippy comments aside, one does have to admit that, if the characters just came out and confessed their motivations or if the mangaka just shoves answers in our faces, then the story would be over quickly…
          …but the same thing can be said for pretty much every story out there.

      • September 14, 2013 at 9:03 pmVagrant

        Levi’s probably still injured as from last episode he couldn’t even take down the Titan giving chase to the corpse wagon.

        As to the “real” Annie, your question makes me think back to the scene showing FT crying after failing her attempt to capture Eren. You have to wonder what she’s been through to have those kind of convictions, and that outlook on life.

        • September 16, 2013 at 3:47 pmAxe Armor

          Also remember that after Trost, Annie was stuck in a loop giving shellshocked apologies to no one. She’s clearly deeply emotionally invested in… something? so this weirdness now looks to me like stress.

    • September 14, 2013 at 7:43 pmMeldoy

      Jean cosplaying Eren ftw :D

      • September 15, 2013 at 12:40 pmSon Gohan

        “M-Maybe if I look like Eren then Mikasa will love me!”

        • September 15, 2013 at 8:43 pmAnnami

          LOL YES! That comment just made my night

    • September 14, 2013 at 7:59 pminfo600

      The way Annie went mad in the end feels like she was seeing how everything around her that she trust is turning against her. That along with her taking her last bet kinda made sense together.

      Gosh, that episode was tense from beginning to end.

      (no 3 minute long preview, for once. Yay.)

    • September 14, 2013 at 8:10 pmEspada


      • September 21, 2013 at 12:33 amSOSAnimeBoy

        The reiatsu is low with this one

    • September 14, 2013 at 8:26 pmtsukioniisan

      Casting the serious tension aside, I lol’d when I saw Jean as Eren. And man, I’m starting to love Armin’s guts. He’s more brave and composed than most characters are.

      I just wish I could see some Mikasa x Annie hand to hand brawl. Those two giving out yandere vibes sure is scary…

      • September 21, 2013 at 11:08 pmWacko Conquerer

        Recall that some episodes back, Eren remembers that the two were about to fight in a flashback, but we never find out who won. I wonder if they’ll ever show us. Probably not, considering it’s sometimes better to leave things to the imagination. But as fans, we can hope, right?

    • September 14, 2013 at 8:27 pmcaramel_cod

      Annie’s true identity revealed -> She is immediately attacked by an invisible tickle monster.

    • September 14, 2013 at 8:28 pmjojo

      does that mean annie somehow caused marcos death??? :( theres always something surprising about this anime! XD

      • September 15, 2013 at 8:52 pmzandy

        I think so, if you watch that episode where they find his dead body, it goes to Annie and she says “sorry.” so i am guessing you are on to something

      • September 21, 2013 at 12:55 amSOSAnimeBoy

        Looking at the manga, it didn’t seem like Marco had his gear on him when they showed his corpse. I wonder if she killed him, stole his gear and then used his when killing those test subject Titans.

    • September 14, 2013 at 8:35 pmBeedle

      Watching this anime made me realize that Mikasa is much more unhinged than I thought.

      Anyway, Mikasa vs Annie round 3 begins!

      • September 21, 2013 at 12:35 amSOSAnimeBoy

        Not to mention, more deliciously endowed that you thought. Then again, that new op sequence made that clear a while back.

        Giggety, giggety….

    • September 14, 2013 at 8:35 pm7godeohs

      That 100% totally blew my mind. I’m soooo glad I avoided the spoilers.

      Gotta admit the girl has got some skills – be they human or Titan. I thought she was gonna be the cold fish that warms up over time – but somehow I don’t think that’s gonna happen.

      She truly does put the ‘laughter’ in ‘slaughter’

      • September 15, 2013 at 9:37 amGrahav

        You are indeed blessed. Me and 95% of the fandom were already spoilered to hell.

        • September 15, 2013 at 8:46 pmAnnami

          I stay spoiler free by never looking at shingeki anything till saturday when I watch the episode. I avoid shingeki things like the plague to not get spoiled

    • September 14, 2013 at 8:41 pmTre

      I have a strange and abnormal attraction to sarcastic MP girl Hitch. Don’t know why.

    • September 14, 2013 at 8:43 pmhaseo0408

      Annie You were the Female Titan!? That bitch killed Petra! Forget about capturing her!Annie must die!!!.

      • September 14, 2013 at 8:54 pmBeedle

        D=!!! I-! I-!

        Annie > Petra! But only by a tiny bit!

        You can’t say no to this face! Or this!

      • September 24, 2013 at 6:48 amSherrisLok

        Agreed. There is only one person in SnK whose death I’m looking forward to and this is Annie.

    • September 14, 2013 at 8:53 pmnexushero

      Annie’s laughter……dear god.
      Her O Face was definitely the highlight of the episdoe for me.

      • September 14, 2013 at 9:04 pmhaseo0408

        Before this I didn´t even know that Annie could laugh. O_o

      • September 15, 2013 at 5:54 amKen James

        Not only does Annie’s laugh and that face makes her look hot, it also scares the shit out of me more than anything else in the show so far.

    • September 14, 2013 at 8:56 pmewok40k

      we have met the enemy and they are among us…
      as much as I’d love for her to die, there are questions. questions needing answers…

      • September 15, 2013 at 8:57 pmzandy

        Yeah! Like how did you get your powers? and who (if anyone) told you to go after Eren? And why did you just want to capture Eren and not kill him? Anything I’m forgetting?

      • September 15, 2013 at 9:55 pmzandy

        After finally revealing what was becoming obvious 4 main questions arise:

        1. How did Annie get these powers?
        2. Why did she use them the way she did?
        3. Who (if anyone) told her to do what she did?
        4. Why did she NOT kill Eren?

        • September 17, 2013 at 4:42 amKenji K

          Great Questions.

          Annie is more like the Ada Wong of this series. There is something in that basement that Eren must reach (Hint: An…).

          Things will change, dramatically.

          Those with deep insight, should be able to see where the author is taking this.

        • September 17, 2013 at 11:32 amAxe Armor

          You’re missing the big one.

          Show Spoiler ▼

    • September 14, 2013 at 9:16 pmKurama

      Now that they’ve finally revealed that she’s the titan, I can say it. Does anyone else notice that they *show her transforming* into a titan in the opening song?

      • September 14, 2013 at 9:27 pmVagrant

        I assumed the transformation was Eren’s; what did catch my eye tho was the recurring theme of them showing a characters eye just as they’re highlighted. Levi before this dive, Erwin, Eren then his titan form…

        and they a really brief flash of Annie’s eyes in between scenes of the FT

        and because I had to rewatch the OP again, for this… anyone got the feeling when Armin glanced at the candles, blowing out all but one, is kinda how he deduced who Annie is (or maybe just his powers of deduction)… yeah took me this long to notice/think that…

      • September 14, 2013 at 9:41 pmhaseo0408

        I hate to say this but you´re right, they need that crazy laughing bitch alive in order to gather precious intrligence, but I think we just got one answer already: Annie killed Marco in order to get one backup gear.

        • September 15, 2013 at 7:13 amvladrin

          There was no connection or whatsoever between Annie and Marco’s death. She had his gear. That’s as far as it goes.

          Not only that, but there are almost confirmations that Annie didn’t kill Marco. If you look at Marco’s corpse, he had a titan bit half of his head. If Annie killed him, it means she should had been in titan form, which is impossible under the circumstances in Trost.

        • September 16, 2013 at 11:09 amhaseo0408

          Are you sure Vladrin-san? She migh have left him to die during the battle of Trost, knocking him inconcious and them and titan decided it was time for dinner. She was apolagizing to his corpse earlier, so it kinda make sense.

        • September 16, 2013 at 4:32 pmvladrin

          She had no reason to kill him. As far as her relation goes with her group, she either helped them (like she tried to help Armin to save Eren’s life) or spared their lives (like she did to Armin while in titan form).

          The best analogy for her case with Marco’s gear is like a criminal who uses a weapon/car, they will use a stolen/unregistered tool to commit their crime. They don’t kill people to use their weapons/cars.

          I’m not even sure she was aware that this is Marco’s gear she has stolen. She could have stolen it from a warehouse. But then why Marco’s gear of all that is available? Plot necessity it seems. Suppose she stolen some unknown person’s gear, there would have been no way for Armin to deduct that she is the FT.

      • September 15, 2013 at 9:42 pmzandy

        I want to know who that little girl(?) opening her eyes in the blood is

      • September 15, 2013 at 11:16 pmdefc23

        no they dont.. thats Eren transforming,

        but at the end they show her big blue eye.

    • September 14, 2013 at 9:27 pmJel

      Annie gained a lot of depth in this episode. Her opinions are strong, and doesn’t make decisions for others. I’m still wondering why she said that it would be worse if humanity was run by ‘good people’ like Marlow. Is it because he wouldn’t be able to stand up for himself and how he feels? Or that he would be buried deeper and deeper by all the corruption he’ll see?

      We also see how corrupt and ridiculous the Military Police are, just as Annie has been saying since their training days back in episode 3 or so. Just as laid back as the Garrison it seems.

      Looking forward to next episode to see the throwdown and for any potential anime-only scenes!

      • September 14, 2013 at 9:37 pmhaseo0408

        Look at Pikis and Irving, they are natural born leaders and military masterminds, but what is key in them is that they are willing to commit horrible sins like asking their own men to die in order to win this hopeless war. Its not good people what will nury mankind, it´s naive people.

        • September 14, 2013 at 10:00 pmJel

          Well, the ‘good people’ (良い人 = ii hito) was a direct reference to what Annie had said to Marlow.

          But I see what you’re saying. He wouldn’t be willing to sacrifice a life for the greater victory for humanity. Marlow would probably want to carry out a mission with the smallest amount of casualties yet not the most efficient plan.

          I guess we can also say that ‘good people’ like Marlow are much to idealistic versus realistic.

        • September 14, 2013 at 11:00 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

          And many leaders of a military in real life would know that feeling too, especially in times of war, like it pretty much has been now for the past 100 years in-universe.


          This anime/manga is pretty much a complete opposite to the more light-hearted/shonen style/etc. anime/manga that tend to have such people as main characters.

          Such main characters usually being pretty naive, “good people”, friendly, idealistic, a bit unrealistic, etc., yet by the end of battles or whatever, things tend to magically work out for them (in general), with very few people around them dying overall while they or others keep awakening new powers that allow them to magically save the day (or some other hax/convenient thing happens that undoes all the deaths). Here, however, there are no such things (so far that I’ve seen anyway). It’s pretty much plainly seen that it’s those very types of people that will most likely end up dying and/or getting those around them killed FASTER than others if they don’t learn quickly that the world doesn’t work like that. Of course, that’s not to say having the ideals in general is wrong, but there are limits one should take them, as Eren had to learn.

          As you said, Marlow definitely seems like the type to try to come with a plan with minimal casualties, even if it’s not the most effective plan, but those types of plans, of course, tend to have a higher rate of failure that could easily result in MORE casualties than what the more effective plan probably would’ve had. The other danger of being lead/controlled simply by your ideology/emotions is that it’s pretty easy to end up corrupted yourself along the way. Let’s say Marlow did end up working his way up and starting punishing the corrupt and whatnot. Who’s to say that he wouldn’t eventually end up being a power-tripping dictator who simply executes anyone who even slightly falters in following the rules or disagreeing with how he does things, and so on?

          It’s why one needs a good balance of ideology AND realism, which is where the truly good leaders tend to reveal themselves. Like haseo048 mentioned, Pikis and Irving aren’t afraid to make sacrifices, but at the same time, it’s pretty clear that they don’t enjoy the idea of having to make those sacrifices either.

        • September 15, 2013 at 9:53 amJel

          Hmmm that’s nice you pointed that out. The SnK universe is much more realistic after all. Just was a bit open ended so it got me thinking. Idealistic people like Marlow would probably die early on through a mission. Or if he rose up to power, then he might have turned into the next Light Yagami, executing police/anyone who defied his ideals or got in his way.

          I’m not sure how Pixis and Erwin are feeling about the sacrifices. Pixis doesn’t show much emotion towards that subject and the only time we see Erwin a bit down is when they return from the expedition but I assumed it was more the look of defeat from failing the mission (and so early at that– they weren’t even gone a whole day) versus all the deaths under his call.

      • September 14, 2013 at 11:37 pmDark

        I believe the corruption runs even deeper then some lazy MP commanders. Like I commented back in episode 19.

        What if the ones in charge have somehow figured out away to control and harness the power of the Titans and has been keeping it a secret all this time?

        Annie and whom ever her allies are somehow being controlled by the powers that be or they could be fighting against them while the civilian population are just collateral damage.

        • September 15, 2013 at 10:11 amJel

          Lol well I also think there is more corruption than merely being lazy, I was just making a quick comparison to the Garrison since they are of higher rank and much more highly respected but do similar things as the drunk Garrison members. I mean we clearly saw what seemed to be bootlegging.

          As my history teacher always said, power corrupts.

          Well I don’t know about the inner city controlling certain Titan shifters, especially after this episode where they are trying to capture Annie versus just talking to her and taking her away like a normal person. Unless they are controlling some and it was not known to them that Annie was one too. If they are in control of the power, are you suggesting that the power or means of granting the power was leaked?

      • September 15, 2013 at 8:44 amSyokhan

        Her speech actually got cut short in the anime. You can read chapter 31 of the manga if you want, it doesn’t contain any spoilers for the upcoming episodes and will answer your question (as well as give you a bit more insight into how Annie thinks). I like the points brought up here though, they’re good points and just as valid.

        • September 15, 2013 at 10:16 amJel

          Thanks for the chapter number. I won’t have to worry about spoilers since I’ve been caught up with the manga since May. Lol I just don’t remember everything clearly since it’s been a couple months.

          After watching the anime, I’ve come to realize that Annie is a very deep and interesting character, and that’s still with some of her scenes cut.

    • September 14, 2013 at 9:50 pmTeabie

      I totally digged this episode, and boy, that moment when Mikasa got serious and whipped out her slicers – they made a good scene out of it. She totally looked badass cool, yes?

    • September 14, 2013 at 10:42 pmAnonymous

      Well, that’s one lethal spoiler removed from the hands of these pathetic spoiling pricks ruining the pleasure for everyone.

      It’ll only be a matter of time before they’re completely neutered now that the manga is more or less near to resolution mode.

      i.e. Spoiling Trolls, the days which you can deal untold damage are numbered, and you will soon be forgotten like the insignificant trash that you guys are.

      • September 15, 2013 at 1:02 amAnonymous

        Oh looks like I’ve upset some of you spoiling trolls already. Truth too hard to handle, huh? No amount of downvotes from you can change the fact that your days are numbered for this series.

        • September 16, 2013 at 11:07 amAnonymous


          We know there’s now at least 7 idiots here intending to disrupt the fun for the rest of us, either that or he’s abusing the voting system and cloning his votes.

        • September 16, 2013 at 3:56 pmAxe Armor

          I downvoted you for replying to yourself. Bad form.

          Also, citation needed on manga being in resolution mode? Spoiler warning, Show Spoiler ▼


    • September 14, 2013 at 10:45 pmechykr

      I blame myself for associating Sugita too much with his comedic roles that I couldn’t help but giggle at his performance as Marlow.

      He could at least do a Chamber and yell “Go to hell, you metalhead!” at those corrupt superiors. lol

      • September 14, 2013 at 11:05 pmbillng

        Was totally expecting Gintoki to throw a gag at me xD

    • September 14, 2013 at 10:55 pmAsmalti

      Wait I thought the military police is opened only to the top10? So technically speaking only Annie could’ve qualified from Eren’s batch, no?

      • September 15, 2013 at 7:33 amJay

        The other 9 people from the top 10 in Eren’s class could have joined up too if they’d wanted to, but they didn’t choose to.

        • September 15, 2013 at 5:55 pmAsmalti

          Ya, but they didn’t, so doesn’t that leave only Annie alone as the one qualified to join the MP? Where the heck these those people came from them. Cause they sure as hell weren’t in the top10.

        • September 15, 2013 at 6:52 pmZephyr

          Well, they don’t have to come from this year. There’s a bunch of them coming from previous years eh.

        • September 16, 2013 at 12:35 amwinters

          Don’t forget the possibility of more then one training squad.

    • September 14, 2013 at 11:21 pmNinjaRABBiTx2

      It felt like Annie liked Armin when she said “I’m hurt, when did you start looking at me that way…”? If not liked, then respected.

      • September 15, 2013 at 3:10 pmPeTdo

        Annie trust Amin ,that’s for sure and I think the way she laugh indicate that she is “I’m lost without you~” she just lost every one , she ever care for and she deserve that , I really like her at frist too why did she have to kill all those people just for EREN damn as all it seem to be Eren have so kind of feeling toward her and she just waste it , since Mikasa is also saving Eren , and he’s acually a jerk who forget all that, annie could just waltz in last hit Eren like asking him to go to escape with her to her village and learn about Titan’s secret and Kind of “saving those kempedan for getting crush to death” belive it or not for three years they have spend training together that would bite that , if she can manage to seperate Eren from Mikasa that is. well i will mourn for you Annie , the writer is cruel enough to give you mass murderer role for you , it’s suck.

    • September 14, 2013 at 11:25 pmFT5.Havok

      Armin x Annie?! AA?! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! ;_;

    • September 15, 2013 at 12:06 amJJ.

      How did they know that Annie was the FT? Was it already revealed or they haven’t showed it yet?

      • September 15, 2013 at 1:40 amBeedle

        Armin’s powers of deduction is over 9000. He’s like the second coming of Erwin.

      • September 15, 2013 at 7:23 amvladrin

        Well, Armin’s deduction and it was strange for me that in the previous episode they didn’t cover Eren’s eureka moment during the fight with FT, when he opened his eyes in shock (seems of figuring out something), after that she cut his head off. I thought that what Eren had at the moment is somehow relating the movements of the FT to the movements of Annie when he fought her.

      • September 15, 2013 at 8:07 amEbisu

        Eren should have recognised her by the fighting style but well… He’s Eren. Armin had all the clues (Marco’s 3d gear in the inspection and the titan ressembled Annie :3)

    • September 15, 2013 at 12:14 amDrayen

      Honestly I felt they messed up a bit Annie’s reaction at the end when she got found out… In the manga her face is a lot more “I fucked up and i’m going for my last ditch effort”. The reaction in the anime goes completly against the image I had of her :>

      • September 15, 2013 at 6:43 pmronri

        Don’t wanna burst manga people’s bubble but Annie’s laugh is approved if not PUSHED by Isayama:
        Show Spoiler ▼

        I’ve seen manga fans call out this scene as being OOC for her character but I personally thought it matched her character very well. I felt that key moment showed a sense of irony in the situation. Annie’s outburst shows a sense of guilt, fear, sadness, and it was filled with self-irony (contrary to what many manga fans condemned as a moment of ooc sexualized fan-bait galore…. yeah I’m not even lying about this one) Notice how she laughed after Mikasa CASUALLY addressed her as the Female Titan? As if Mikasa could easily take her on like any normal person? The sheer irony that all four of them were casually talking about her with the clear assumption that she’s the Female Titan must have been both a relief and a moment of utter sadness in Annie’s mind. She’s cornered. She’s been found out. And the best these three can do is bicker with her as if she’s someone they truly know as a casual friend? Funny isn’t it?

        Two of her most respected former classmates have already accepted her role as the designated “antagonist”, and their insistence on making herself come clean makes it even worse. There’s a hilarious sense of irony that the trio are suddenly able to confront the Female Titan the moment they’re able to recognize the person behind. This sense of recognition allowed Annie to find a sense of relief in what she’s done, but also feel disappointed in the two classmates that she developed respect for (Eren and Armin).

        People claim that the laugh is problematic because it shows Annie’s subservience to a higher force………How anyone made that glaring assumption out of ONE single outburst/laughter is beyond me and it saddens that the people defending Annie’s depiction in the manga even viewed her that way so as to defend what they’ve come to interpret from the original source. What because any moment of break in composure signals a lack of sense of control? Is that truly wrong? Annie is character filled with conflicted emotions. It’s why she lets her instincts dictate her actions as she has always internalized everything she’s felt. And to let this all out and laugh at it in its face somehow makes her less of a brilliant and strong female antagonist? Wow.

        It’s interesting to note how I’ve found that many anime fans actually interpreted the exact opposite regarding this issue: Annie was in control, and her laughter is one moment of relief in her mind, showing how she felt about it all. Just as she always thought about the system, how everything has been going on in her life, how these same people she respected and admired came to condemn her while still attempting to convince her…just like how she always viewed the world as it is right now: it’s all one huge farce.

        Annie finds this sad. She feels guilty, and lonely for all of this. And most of all, Annie finds this funny. Annie realizes that she’s essentially allowed to stop hiding all those pent up emotions, at the expense of giving up that very image of being the “good” person that Armin and Eren had viewed her initially. If there’s one word to describe that feeling that Annie had felt when everyone finally knew it, when everyone understood that she is well and truly the Female Titan: Liberation.

        • September 20, 2013 at 2:06 amTanya

          In fact, that laugh was originally meant to be in the manga, but was cut, much to his regret. So he worked with the anime director to have it in the anime. He was pleased with the result.

    • September 15, 2013 at 12:24 amSyn

      Crazay blonde biatch!!!

    • September 15, 2013 at 12:28 amBlitz

      That ring Annie had…reminds me of Deadman Wonderland.

    • September 15, 2013 at 1:39 amkabayongtao

      Kind of funny that Armin thought before that the female titan could be a Human like Eren, but he didn’t go far ahead to consider the female titan as a female Human!

      Well who knows, maybe Armin can perform a magical transform, making him a female titan!

      • September 15, 2013 at 9:57 amMi-Chan

        funny enough my sister was adamant that the female titan was Armin for a while xD she always said stuff like ‘he’s actually a girl, you wait and see’ xD her conclusion was dumb, but ur post reminded me of her lmao, cheers.

    • September 15, 2013 at 1:44 amfirebrand

      You guys are going to LOVE the next 2 eps. Get ready for the massive mindfuckery to begin!

      • September 17, 2013 at 11:52 pmSyn

        Gee whiz, ya think??!

    • September 15, 2013 at 4:39 amRed HeartGold ZX

      Blame all the spoilers for not experiencing mindfuqs or ‘omg’-shocking moments when Annie’s true identity being revealed…

    • September 15, 2013 at 5:01 amMi-Chan

      So we all knew it was Annie, but like Armin and Erin, asking her to go down the basement, to ‘prove a point’, still trying to tell Annie that she can still change her path, but damm that laugh, what the hell is wrong with Annie’s laugh? I did not expect that coming, she always had strong points to add, she also says things like everyone’s life is worth something, but yet she killed and rolled innocent people whose only conviction was to advance humanity. I love Annie so much that I really want to know how and why things are what they become.

      Kudos to Armin, I had imagined many ways that Annie might be announced as the female titan, but I was caught off guard, I totally thought this was a plan to save Erin (if you watched the preview, you could be fooled as I am.) With that said, that Mikasa rage scene was so well made, that it made me love her character even more. When they said she used Marco’s gear, it made me consider if she had killed him to get it, but I have no idea. Even then, I cannot forgive Annie no matter how I look at it.

      This was a great episode, both from the insight of knowing what Military Police are like, and the Recon Corps attempt, I doubt Erin/Mikasa/Armin did it without Smith and Levi knowing, and I’m so darn excited.

      That Annie laugh is carved into my mind so badly, I really hope to know what she’s up to. Why didn’t she kill Armin? I think she should already know the answer.

      Thanks for your review, Jean looks really funny as Erin. Cheers, M.

      • September 15, 2013 at 9:34 amMou

        You should probably read the manga, or at least the corresponding chapter (Ch. 31, “Smile”). Annie’s laugh was anime-only, and I feel the manga handled the scene much better. Well, Annie is overall a better character in the manga, much more nuanced and morally gray. The anime omitted some important scenes with her too.

    • September 15, 2013 at 7:19 amPeTdo

      if Akame ka kiru is an anime , you all will agree that unhinge girl is kind of “HOT” litterary

    • September 15, 2013 at 11:24 amMagoiichi

    • September 15, 2013 at 2:06 pmHunterWulf

      This episode’s second half was one serious mind-fuck that left my lower jaw hanging during the end credits … and it’s not really because of the identity of FT getting revealed … a lot of people had doubts about Annie and many guessed she was the FT … anyone using simple deduction would have reached the same results .. the female titan is blonde .. and an important character like her has to be someone from the cast .. and there are only three blonde characters left .. Armin, Annie and that shy short girl who is always getting scolded by that brunette (forgot her name) .. you can easily focus your doubts on either Annie or it could have been a character that wasn’t revealed yet which would have been quite cheap and a disappointment.

      And if anyone had doubts before watching this episode about Annie being the FT this scene in the first minute of the episode should have melted them away .. they intentionally showed her hair loose to hint she is the FT —> http://randomc.net/image/Shingeki%20no%20Kyojin/Shingeki%20no%20Kyojin%20-%2023%20-%20Large%2001.jpg

      What really surprised me and left my jaw hanging is the sudden drastic shift in her personality … was she always hiding this side of her or what !!? .. this sadistic maniacal side i guess is a reflection of all her feelings that she keeps suppressed (like steam in a boiler) .. it’s as if being given the Titan power makes her go loose, go all out and show her true-self .. it’s not that the other Annie (the calm composed one) is just a lie .. but rather Annie is simply schizophrenic to a very big degree … she kept all her emotions and expressions suppressed (and probably something happened to her that caused her to be like that) and all this backfired once she had a chance to finally express herself in the most extreme way possible (again with the steam-filled boiler example .. the FT transformation to Annie was like suddenly opening a valve in that steam-filled boiler .. you can imagine the violent results) .. and she clearly enjoys this power a lot (remember how she as the FT was playing with one of the recon corps dead body as a yo-yo .. and the maniacal laugh this episode coupled with her crazy smile and blushing .. she is so excited about her power like a little child getting an expensive toy) .. i do think i understand Annie’s character because i’m like her in some aspects … or so i think (you guys are lucky i can’t transform into a titan .. that would have been messy XD).

      The other reason this episode was a mind-fuck is the plan Armin made to capture her .. it was really misleading and confusing in a good way (probably had to do with the misleading way they chose to show it to us) .. at first i thought Armin was working alone and sounded like he is a revolution leader or something (i was like “when did he become Loluche XD”) … then Eren and Mikasa showed up .. (and i was like “wasn’t this a plan to save Eren !!!! when did they sneak him out like that and what are they really up to !!!?” … then the whole going down to the underground old city part .. Annie pretending to be afraid of the dark … Armin trying to confront her (it was a very surreal scene really .. i even thought the people hiding were working with Annie and that she betrayed Armin and the others and reported them to the MP .. silly me !!!!).

      Now that i think about it this plan is surely made or at least approved by the Recon corps leadership .. and the “citizens” are surely members of the Recon corps disguised as citizens .. it seems we are in for a coup or something similar (Recon corps working against MP and the nobles to reach the truth of what’s going on .. remember the excellent scene with Eren and Erwin.. “who do you think is the real enemy ?” .. that foreshadows everything that is happening now).

      Point is … the role of the nobles and the monarchy is still pretty much in the shadows as we don’t know anything about them at all .. we don’t even know who is the King of humanity or who are the nobles around him (we only saw one fat noble guy who was playing chess with Pixis) … also .. and like many others have realized that all the unique titans from the start are like Annie and Eren.. and not just that .. i remember when the giant titan appeared there was that giant orange lightning bolt .. then it appears out of thin air .. at first i thought that was some sort of teleportation magic .. but we now know this happens during the human-titan transformation .. which means the giant titan was a human standing infront of the city gate or even on top of it with Eren (so maybe he jumped off and activated his transformation in mid air) .. he then broke the gate open as the giant titan .. then Eren tried to attack him and then he just vanished !!!! .. this tells us that there are titan-humans who can de-activate their transformation at will and even decompose their titan body instantly (which is something neither Annie nor Eren could do) .. the armored titan is similar too .. he came out of nowhere .. broke the second gate then vanished … these guys are surely among the humans in the city .. they could be from the army (like Annie), or from the nobles or even royalty .. but that’s just mere speculation (specially we don’t know who built the walls yet .. it surely wasn’t normal humans who did it .. possibly human-titans built it .. why and what for we surely don’t know now .. speculating beyond that at this point is pointless really).

      Anyways … I must add that i like the Paranoia in the air now .. anyone could be a hidden titan and there will be a lot of tension, backstabbings, coups and conspiracy theories going on specially with the mysterious nobility and royal family that rules the humans .. i surely like where this is going .. it has some serious “The Thing” vibe .. love that.

      The wait for the next episode and season two will be hellish XD

    • September 15, 2013 at 2:11 pmSnk

      Interesting to note: Annie’s laugh isn’t actually anime original! The mangaka Isayama had Annie laughing similarly in one of his drafts for the manga, he just didn’t include it in the final outcome of the chapter. It’s posted on his blog and here is a link to it: draft.

      • September 15, 2013 at 2:18 pmHunterWulf

        He doesn’t really need to show her laughing manically .. the moment you realize it was her back then as the Female Titan and remember the scene where she played with the corpse of a dead Recon guy as if it was a yo-yo you will surely realize she has a couple (if not more) of screws loose .. in short .. she is cuckoo XD

      • September 15, 2013 at 2:35 pmVagrant

        I wouldn’t say all out cuckoo, or at least not that far cuckoo… the way I saw the laugh was she couldn’t believe how the one time she took pity and spared someone, that same someone was able to corner her.

        Everyone else she’s come across so far, Mikasa included hasn’t been match for her (with the exception maybe of Levi). Which probably explains why she treats some of her opponents as merely toys.

        So the laugh was probably a mixture of frustration, impressed/suprised at Armin’s abilities(?), and maybe the irony of it all… and maybe a dash of crazy for seasoning.

        • September 15, 2013 at 2:54 pmHunterWulf

          True, she surely isn’t all out crazy, but she definitely has few screws loose.

      • September 15, 2013 at 3:05 pmJel

        Well, the term ‘anime-original’ just means it wasn’t in the manga, not that Isayama wasn’t involved. I think we all know that last episode’s tossing of Petra’s body was an Isayama idea, but we still have been calling it an anime-original scene considering that when reading the manga it was not included. The maniacal laugh wasn’t even in the printed volume, which I think is allowed to have some additional pages/panels.

        But it is an interesting to hear that Isayama meant for that to be how the scene was. It sorta changes my perspective because I saw it more as a creepy smile scene than a crazy/maniacal laugh one. Oh well.

      • September 16, 2013 at 3:55 amSyokhan

        It was Isayama’s idea, but if you look at his notes (translation here) the vibe he wanted to convey wasn’t really apparent in the anime. In my opinion it just made her look unhinged, not relieved that she didn’t have to keep lying anymore. Plus he had her crying at the end, which she didn’t do in the anime, which again gives a very different vibe.

        He had a good idea there, but I think neither the manga nor the anime managed to convey it, which is sad because now people agree even less on how to interpret Annie, and she was already a polarizing character before :(

    • September 15, 2013 at 4:03 pmNyteMyre

      Anime-original footage in the preview… i really hope it is just filler for the episode and that we aren’t heading towards an anmie-original ending of the series!

      • September 15, 2013 at 4:17 pmHunterWulf

        There is no ending just yet .. there are already news about a second season .. the anime-original materiel so far had only enhanced the show and supplemented the original material not detracted from it like most filler does .. i don’t think there is any reason to worry about an anime original ending here and now .. there will probably be a break and then a 2nd season.

    • September 15, 2013 at 6:51 pmvladrin

      Thinking about it, seems the message of this episode that Annie isn’t a bad person (as it’s shown both in her inner thoughts and actions including helping Armin to rescue Eren).

      If that’s the case, then the plot will head in the speculated direction that the battle on the Titan is not a survival battle as much as a political one. Always thought strange that the king, to which soldiers swear their lives, is never shown.

      Kinda funny that I wanted Annie’s head 2-3 episodes ago. But now I believe that her demise, which seems inevitable, will be as frustrating as her existence. And will just add up to the doomed picture painted by SnK.

      If this is a political war indeed, then looking at it objectively, she is no better or worse than people who send others to their death to achieve higher goals (e.g., Pixis, Erwin).

      • September 15, 2013 at 9:34 pmzandy

        I think it too early to say that she is no worse than Pixis. We have no idea what her intentions were in turning into a titan. Why did she go after Eren?

    • September 15, 2013 at 7:47 pmDream~Master

      The manga version of Annie smiling was a lot more scarier. but this made it more sexy, lol, don’t have a problem with that.

    • September 15, 2013 at 9:09 pmMagoiichi

      Rivaille, where art thou?

      • September 15, 2013 at 10:50 pmVagrant

        Who is this Rivaille character of which you speak of? Wrong anime/manga dude.

        inb4 people start correcting the name, and a debate triggers “again”

    • September 15, 2013 at 9:16 pmScarletNyx

      finally now that thing i spoiled myself on a month ago is gone, no more spoilers for me wooot, but geez that laugh has everyone’s panties in a bunch. “They didnt do it in the manga” “so out of character for Annie” “she’s all sadastic now” It all boils down to her reasons and her convictions, the entire time was she putting a farce for every single person, then yes her laugh is the 1st of her showing her true self, if not then shes conlicted as hell and her laugh shows her onflicting emotions of relief, fear, liberation, and humor. Time will only tell what is annie’s true nature and motives. Again she cried as a female titan, despite all the killings she’s done that only shows something different from just a “bad person”. I think thats the reason why even now armin and eren wanted to give her a chance to explain her actions rather than just kill her outright.

      That being said mikasa is wayyyy to unhinged, armin grew huge amounts of balls and bravado, and the recon corps is definitely in on it, were going to be left with a shit ton of questions when next 2 eps are over and done with, i only hope that the next season isnt too far away although i know they have to let the manga get more breathing room or well catch up.

      I’m glad i only spoiled myself on the FT and nothing else, this trap came out of nowhere, and all the reacttions with it as well, this anime is pretty damn good hehehe, annie was really sexy in that laugh, her actual feelings aside lol.

    • September 15, 2013 at 9:35 pmlove_in_foo

      A few things that has been confirmed or revealed, strongly implied in this episode.

      1. The FT is really Annie (not surprising at all).
      2. Annie is the open who killed the captured 2 titans in episode 15,16. (not surprising either).
      3. Armin had already suspected that Annie might have been the culprit, since episode 16! (oh~! moment)
      4. Annie killed Marco! At least, strongly implied.(Oh~~~!!! moment)

      Now, It somehow made sense why Annie said “I’m so sorry” in her monologue after cleaning-up operation of episode 13, and why the mangaka(and the animator) didn’t show how Marco got to be killed…

      surprised, surprised…

      • September 16, 2013 at 7:15 amvladrin

        Wrote it above in another reply, will write it again just in case. Marco’s corpse shows that he had third of his body bitten off by a titan. That said it’s obvious that Annie didn’t kill him, since to leave such marks she should have been in titan form, which was impossible in Trost.

        She used Marco’s gear the same way a criminal will use a stolen car/weapon to commit a crime. They don’t need to kill the owner of the car in order to do that. What Marco’s of everyone else? Plot necessity it seems. How otherwise Armin would suspect Annie in the first place if she happened to steal some unknown person’s gear?

    • September 15, 2013 at 9:39 pmlove_in_foo

      And notice that when Marco’s dead body was found (by Jean), he was not in the stomach of a titan. This is yet another clue or evidence suggesting that Marco was not killed by a titan, but killed in another way.

      • September 16, 2013 at 12:43 amronri

        People saying that Annie killed Marco or those wondering who the corpse was the she was apologizing to:

        I don’t think that she killed Marco. Highly possible that she wasn’t lying and that she really just found it to use it for inspection so as to avoid detection. This is especially true when you consider that Annie never transformed into the Female Titan (lightning transformation was not heard) and that she was present for most of the time during the battle of Trost. As for her apologizing to a certain corpse in Trost, while it was censored in the anime, it’s heavily implied that Annie was apologizing to the corpse of Mina Carolina (implied by the body’s long black hair, and feminine features). Mina, who by visual deduction, seemed to be Annie’s roommate during her days in the Training Corps. She was one of Eren’s teammates that had been killed early on when the whole team was ambushed by multiple Titans, with the heavy implication that she died from a Titan biting her head. In that regard, you can easily say that the same corpse, which had its head bitten, could very well be hers, and Annie’s apology is more to do with her awareness/involvement of the Titan invasion than her directly causing her death (or anyone else’s for that matter).

    • September 15, 2013 at 9:54 pmJason Isenberg

      Kinda knew right off the bat it was Annie, a lot of people were like “NO SPOILERS!” I just thought to myself how? The Female Titan looked exactly like her! xD

    • September 15, 2013 at 11:33 pmWalter White

      I loved it when Annie got all sexy voiced my favorite moment. Don’t worry I left Holly in the Fire Truck.

    • September 16, 2013 at 12:44 amwinters

      So here is some thought for people that haven’t been spoiled. Now we know Annie is the FT, and there is some possibility that there are more. Did the anime/manga show hints as to who the others are? They might be so small you wouldn’t even notice or even think about it. Great for people that plan to re-watch everything again.

      Also I hate/love human curiosity at the same time.

      • September 16, 2013 at 2:33 amPgod

        Annie was the only one they gave “easy” hints to. They may have hinted to others, they may not of, the idea is there because of Annie, There may be others in the current cast, there might not be. I hope that helps.

        • September 16, 2013 at 4:40 pmwinters

          Show Spoiler ▼

    • September 16, 2013 at 2:28 amPgod

      And let the real shiz show begin, it only gets crazier from here. Although they’ll probably save the rest of the craziness for next season.

      • September 17, 2013 at 12:46 amVagrant

        So I hear episode 25 will be showing in theater’s… hope it’s not a theater only release.

    • September 17, 2013 at 7:31 amHana

      nice episode… but no matter what kind of reason the author Isayama explained about Annie’s laugh in this episode, I believe it’s so out of her character to laugh this way..because her character is calm and cool even if she was acting and adding blushing is so off in my opinion.. am afraid that in the future I’ll be shocked with other characters like Mikasa for example (since am an anime watcher only).. that she will act in a weird way too..

      • September 17, 2013 at 11:04 amHunterWulf

        It’s not out of characters at all … it’s clear now that Annie has some serious psychological issues .. whether it’s due to gaining the titan powers or something else we don’t know isn’t clear yet … but surely there are people like her in real life who seem cool and calm until something ticks them off or they come across something that they have serious issues with.

        As for Mikasa … in case you haven’t noticed .. whenever something has to do with Eren she acts completely different from her usual self (not as weird as Annie’s reaction but close) .. it’s pretty much the same case.

        • September 17, 2013 at 12:22 pmHana

          still it doesn’t change the fact that adding blushing is so unneeded.. laughing in a creepy way is more closer to her character and it can show at the same time that she has some serious psychological issues without a need of making her acting all cute and blushing…sorry it’s not like she is hentai or something .. at least that’s what I hoping for XD

        • September 18, 2013 at 6:06 amronri

          The very expression of blushing isn’t always sexual in nature, as other factors can also come into play (such as shyness and overwhelming relief, as is the case with this one). Contrary to what some people might think, I’ve found that some anime-only fans actually took her character more seriously BECAUSE of the laugh, almost to the point that they felt sad and conflicted about her reaction (since they expected her to be more smug about it) because they interpreted the scene as a form of relief combined with desperation on her part (which is also what I thought, and seems to be what Isayama was actually going for with the scene).

          The idea that blushing instantly correlates with sexualized imagery is nothing but a stereotype that has sadly become rampant among anime circles.

    • September 17, 2013 at 11:38 amStarFang

      Zephyr will turn into a masochist at the end ot the season.

      • September 21, 2013 at 9:48 amZephyr

        Theoretically I already am one. Lol. Most of the writers are essentially M at this point actually. Comes as a writer req. P

    • September 21, 2013 at 9:11 amLawliet’s Lover

      I knew it was her!
      The thing about her was appearance, I thought of a girl with blonde hair and blue eyes, but the thing that convinced me most was her eyes, the fact she didn’t sign up for the same thing as everyone else, also she’s so strong, to top it off she let Armin live, I remember them talking, then 23d episode started with her, so I was like IT’S HER!

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