「あの日」 (Ano Hi)
Well I dare say the world of SnK will never be the same again. The history revealed this week has been several seasons (and years) in the making, and to no surprise it was as hefty as the time spent building up to it. Humans outside the walls; a struggle of ideologies and empires; the implications of a showdown yet to happen—you can see where this story is heading from here, and yet not know exactly what is in store. SnK may have finally dropped all the answers and then some, but the fun, games, and glorywhich is Mikasa bedhead is only just getting started.
There’s quite a bit to digest with the flashbacks this week, but in simple terms SnK is a battle between two peoples. The Eldians, much in the vein of GoT’s Valyrians, rode to global domination on back of special power in the form of Titans. They conquered the world, dominated its people, and established an empire that effectively lasted over a thousand years. Or, well, if the Marleyans are to be believed. The truth of is undeniably in the middle of Eldian and Marley opinion (because I seriously doubt the Eldians only set out to help the world), with the only constant being Eldians can transform into Titans and Marleyans cannot, and modern day Marleyans are determined to eradicate the Eldian remnants we are oh so familiar with behind their unbeatable walls. The purpose behind the Fritzes choosing isolation and retreating to their redoubt, Marley’s true reason for going full Nazi in its hatred of the Titan bearers? We’ll get some answers on that soon enough (if not this season), because as events have shown, the attempt at taking down the last Eldian holdout is only in its opening phase.
Where the real fun comes from these reveals (and a lot of the divisiveness of this material) is in the connections it bears to many of our friendly faces. Zeke is the obvious one of course, a man who is actually Eren’s older (half) brother, betrayer of his father—and the guy who still wound up doing the mission he told the Marleyans about his parents over. No matter the realism of a kid selling his family out of fear (you only have to look at Nazi Germany or Stalinist Russia to see how common it can be), it’s going to be one hell of a circle to square given where the kid comes from and the stuff he’s seen. Then of course comes Zeke’s mother who I’m sure no one missed the obvious for for, and probably the biggest point of them all: the Founding Titan power. Eren currently possesses it and doesn’t have the royal blood to activate it, Zeke has the royal blood needed to utilize it but doesn’t look like he knows his own heritage, and Marley apparently hasn’t begun its intended assault to seize the power for itself. For all that SnK has been a series about human survival the story is quickly becoming one of who can activate the Founding Titan power first, and with Eren still nominally free (heh) our newly minted Eldian cast are leading the pack.
There’s a lot to come in the world of SnK going forward, and with its world now fully open and ready for fleshing out, you can bet the craziness is only going to increase from here on out.