Check out my review of SnK Chapter 127 here.
Okay I’m sorry, but I simply cannot support the alliance of good.
I was weary about Marleyan and Eldian soldiers teaming up to begin with, but at this point I simply cannot not root for Eren. As you may have duly noted in my previous manga chapter reviews, I like him. I sympathize with his goal, understand it, and fully support it.
Does mass genocide sound bad? Yes.
But, have we been shown just how hard Eren struggled to prevent this outcome? Yes times a million.
- The peace talks meeting where the Marleyans who didn’t even know the Islanders decided that they were evil and beyond reproach.
- Then, Willy Tybur made his speech declaring world war on Paradis and Eren understood that it was time to act.
Those were the central catalyst to his feelings, not even factoring in the Attack Titan/PATHS memories.
No more time for peace talks. No more time for politics. No more trading of precious resources in exchange for flimsy promises and ‘friendships’. (Looking at you, Kiyomi and Hizuru.)
The Yeagerists, no matter how unbalanced, in essence retain the same goal the Survey Corps once had: freedom. The Wings of Freedom being prominently shown on Hange’s back as she looked out to the sea and saw the destruction of Marley said it all. They were now free from impending tyranny, and…the Squad Levi & Hange faction still wasn’t happy?
I had to google who Daz and Samuel were and even then after remembering I sympathized with them more in this chapter than I did Armin and Connie. I don’t know if this was intentionally done, but Armin popping up like a daisy after being shot in the mouth further cemented my feelings. In the Yeagerists eyes, especially two comrades who served with them in the 104th regiment, Armin and his crew are complete monsters.
They are the pride of Eldia, the star cadets who have survived numerous battles. Armin, Sasha, Connie, Eren, Jean, Mikasa, Hange and Levi were the sole survivors of the retaking of Wall Maria/ Shiganshina. They were the golden heroes who found what lied in Eren Yeager’s basement. Their accomplishments spurred Eldia as a society forward, opened them up to the world, and lead them to see what was beyond the sea.
What was beyond the walls, even. The Survey Corp’s fundamental goal from the start.
Years ago, (sans Levi and Hange) they were all just kids, (some) orphans left without homes. Wounded children who were scared shitless and hungry, but wanted to fight and preserve what was left. They stole meat, went on dangerous adventures, and lost a lot of comrades.
Just to see this day.
Sure – none of them could have imagined how it turned out in the end. That Eren would essentially become God. Or, a dangerous Warlord, depending on your faction.
Either way, the Eldians wanted the same things. They were all on the same page – survive to see another day. Just as they had been doing for one hundred years prior.
Just when victory is in their grasp, here comes your star heroes, the shinning gems of the nation to…side with the enemy nations? Uphold the status quo? Sacrifice the reborn Eldian Empire because…Gabi’s mom and dad might die? Annie wants to see her adopted father once more? Because Reiner is suffering again?
Did anyone give a damn about your parents dying? Your homes? Your villages you grew up in?
How can I root for the alliance of good?
Who shows up to a military coup with no strategy?
With no desire to enact wartime efforts?
I mean hell, Erwin Smith was crazy but at least he always had a plan. Say what you will, but sooner or later he did always accomplish his goals. Whether that meant sacrificing his people, or even his self.
Armin’s terrible lie? Connie’s badly placed outburst? Jean looking stoically like a horse into the distance? Mikasa just charging into the building without reading the situation first?
Talk no Jutsu does not work in this world, Armin! When are you going to get that?
The fact that Annie was the only one talking sense in this chapter infuriates me! I’m not even an Annie fan.
Let’s not even get started on Magath.
Time and time again he has shown his true colors. Magath believes in his country, their ideals, and continues the cycle of indoctrinating the youth so that it never ends.
After flipping out, showing his true colors in front of the Alliance of Good Eldians once more, and breaking Chaos Goddess Yelena’s arm…he then decides to have a conscience. And apologize for being an absolute animal because Gabi looked surprised and he felt bad.
Magath then proceeds to pretend the Talk no Jutsu was effective the night before because they are really bad, and didn’t want to see it. But in the same breath says regardless, they have to save Marley.
So, the known surviving top brass of Marley’s military, Magath, basically admits that he knows that his nation of Marley is in the wrong, but despite that he will disregard Eldian lives to save it?
The cycle needs to be broken another way, not by mass genocide?
Despite the world declaring to collectively put aside their differences to ENACT and COMMIT mass genocide on Eldia?
And Hange and the Alliance of Good Eldians are signing off on this?
Honestly, everyone…I’m with Yelena on this one. I just want to see the end of this…because wow are the Alliance of Good more and more disappointing with each chapter since their formation.
This is not to knock Isayama’s writing, I absolutely adore it. I adore where Shingeki no Kyojin is taking us, but man these characters are acting dumb.
Daz and Samuel hadn’t even seen the gang in years (presumably) and still knew how they would react to something of this magnitude.
Excellent writing. Excellent manga. Going to be an excellent anime adaptation in the fall.
But, tell me your thoughts.
How did you feel about this chapter? Do you think the Alliance of Good will succeed? What was up with Levi’s facial expression towards the end of the chapter?
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