The Dogs of Marley – Shingeki no Kyojin Chapter 138 Review

This is a review of the Shingeki no Kyojin monthly manga, Chapter 138: A Long Dream.

Check out my review of SnK Chapter 137 here. 

I’m calling it now. The final chapter for the Attack on Titan series will either be called “waking up” or “a return to reality”.  

Something along those lines.

Hmm I don’t know how I feel about this. But I do know that I strongly believe that none of this is real. 

No way in hell Ymir just shows up after Mikasa defeats the final boss and smiles like she’s ready to give her the final prize: a trip back home.  

To her REAL home. 

Eren legit either unlocked one of Mikasa’s memories, or used the PATHs power (without the founder) to take Mikasa to what seems to be a parallel universe. It was a different option – where Mikasa answered honestly when Eren asked her about her feelings in Marley. 

I guess she told him that they should run away together, and they did. Then two months passed, and Armin was looking for them. Marley had just defeated the Mid-Eastern forces, and episodes 1 and 2 of the season 4 anime would have happened with the Warrior Canidates returning home to Liberio. 

Only, Eren doesn’t ambush them, and Historia is just bred out by the military and their influences. 

In an alternate timeline, Eren and Mikasa just decided to run away and live in the woods....like Hange wanted to with Levi. Shingeki no Kyojin manga ch 138
In an alternate timeline, Eren and Mikasa just decided to run away and live in the woods….like Hange wanted to with Levi. Shingeki no Kyojin manga ch 138

Eren is guilty, and then tells Mikasa to please let go of the scarf (and him) to move on with her life after he’s gone. Mikasa refuses, and snaps back into reality.  

Making a plan with Levi, the two go for Eren. 

Mikasa sees Eren again with the titan marks on his face, which could literally symbolize that he told Mikasa where his body was so that she could end it. Or, on the flip side…Ymir messed with Mikasa’s memories and Eren already knew this would happen because of his dream way back in chapter 1.  

Eren and Mikasa both wake up from dreams (alternate universes) crying, while the other is gathering or storing firewood. Shingeki no Kyojin manga chapters 01 and 138, respectively.
Eren and Mikasa both wake up from ‘dreams’ (alternate universes) crying, while the other is gathering or storing firewood. Shingeki no Kyojin manga chapters 01 and 138, respectively.

That’s why he gave her such a sad smile, like “you found me”. 

Mikasa refuses to let go of him, and in her own way ‘saves’ this current Eren from his harsh reality.  

Then Ymir shows up because they did what she wanted, and Ymir goes to teleport them back to their real world. Their home together outside of all of this nonsense. 

I don’t know.  

Ymir looks so pleased with herself over these scene... plus - she is drawn with clear eyes. Shingeki no Kyojin manga chapter 138
Ymir looks so pleased with herself over these scene… plus – she is drawn with clear eyes. Shingeki no Kyojin manga chapter 138

I mean, I’m still referencing the AnR theory and Parallel Universe theory

Especially the latter – since in the extras Jean, Connie, Historia and Mikasa were all shown to be transformed into titans

Mikasa, Jean, Connie, Historia and Armin transform into titans in a Shingeki no Kyojin fake manga volume preview - foreshadowing?
Mikasa, Jean, Connie, Historia and Armin transform into titans in a Shingeki no Kyojin fake manga volume preview – foreshadowing?

Plus, Jean and Connie looked like zombies in their transformed titan form here in the manga. The same as in the Attack on School Castes shorts and fake volume previews, where Eren wishes for a zombie apocalypse because he was board.  

Combined panels from the Shingeki no Kyojin manga and fake preview volumes - don't Connie and Jean's titans kind of look like zombies? Also interestingly enough, almost everyone who is a zombie in this panel is dead in the manga - except Sasha is normal, and Annie is turned.
Combined panels from the Shingeki no Kyojin manga and fake preview volumes – don’t Connie and Jean’s titans kind of look like zombies? Also interestingly enough, almost everyone who is a zombie in this preview panel is dead in the manga – except Sasha is normal, and Annie is turned.

“Attack of the Zombie Caste” 

Then when shit is hitting the proverbial fan Ymir shows up and lends a hand. 

She even looks like she was drawn the same way as back then. 

If it’s not though, and I’m just spouting bullshit it’s pretty sad the way Connie went out. 

He experienced the same things his family did in Ragako Village just before they died.  

Also, I’m not going to lie – I found it delicious that Annie’s father was transformed into a titan or died right in front of her eyes as they went to embrace. 

Same as Pieck’s beloved father, and Reiner’s useless mother. 

Finally, some consequences for those in Marley. 

Absolutely beautiful.  

Didn’t think we’d get to see Annie suffer any consequences with the series ending next chapter. 

But then again, maybe this is all a dream.  

A really long…long…dream. Like, 139 chapters worth. Haha. 

Mikasa and Eren both wake up from really long dreams. Eren can't remember his, and Mikasa isn't sure if she should be in hers. Shingeki no Kyojin manga chapters 01 and 138, respectively.
Mikasa and Eren both wake up from really long dreams. Eren can’t remember his, and Mikasa isn’t sure if she should be in hers. Shingeki no Kyojin manga chapters 01 and 138, respectively.

Anyway, I’m wrapping up this chapter review. 

Before I go – there was this one panel of Mikasa and Eren and he had the hood on like he did when he went to see Historia in the stables.  

Mikasa tells Eren "let's live peacefully...just the two of us" before they run away together. Shingeki no Kyojin manga ch 138
Mikasa tells Eren “let’s live peacefully…just the two of us” before they run away together. Shingeki no Kyojin manga ch 138

Was it implied that Mikasa stopped Eren from impregnating Historia? His hair is short and seems to be around the right height for during that time period.  

Or, was this just them running away together at the stables? Or…did they even go back to Paradis or stay somewhere in the forests of Marley? 

Anyway, tell me your thoughts as we near the ending of Attack on Titan

Eren wakes up from a really long dream just in time for Mikasa to yell at him. It's time to go back to high school. Attack on Titan fake manga volume preview.
Eren wakes up from a really long dream just in time for Mikasa to yell at him. It’s time to go back to high school. Attack on Titan fake manga volume preview.

(Look up the official cover art for the “My War” 僕の戦争 – Boku no Sensō season 4 opening with Ymir in a helmet)

Did Eren Yeager really pull a Lelouch at the last second? Are Eren and Mikasa together in an alternate reality? Why did Eren and Mikasa kiss if they always denied their feelings for one another? 

(Do you feel anything for Gabi’s death? Because I feel absolutely nothing. Just kept scrolling, honestly…) 

Leave your thoughts in the comment section below, I’d love to hear from you! Also be sure to follow us for weekly Attack on Titan the Final Season anime episode reviews! 

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Extra: I didn’t know where to put this but still wanted to add it into the chapter review.

In chapter 1, Erwin slashes at a titan and it immediately cuts to Mikasa in the next panel telling Eren "see you later" before he wakes up. In chapter 138, Mikasa slashes at Eren's head and then says "See you later". A direct parallel between the start of the series, and basically the end tying in nicely.
In chapter 1, Erwin slashes at a titan and it immediately cuts to Mikasa in the next panel telling Eren “see you later” before he wakes up. In chapter 138, Mikasa slashes at Eren’s head and then says “See you later” in the very next panel. A direct parallel between the start of the series, and basically the end tying in nicely.
Eren's memories from chapter 130 show the above scene of Mikasa 'killing him' and then saying "see you later Eren".
Eren’s memories from chapter 130 show the above scene of Mikasa ‘killing him’ and then saying “see you later Eren”.
Also...We're totally being trolled with this Eren and Mikasa kiss scene. lol - Shingeki no Kyojin manga chapter 138
Also…We’re totally being trolled by Isayama with this Eren and Mikasa kiss scene. lol – Shingeki no Kyojin manga chapter 138

Author: In Asian Spaces

I write in my personal time and I haven't published much at all. I don't know if that qualifies me as a writer or not, but I'd like to change that. I have a deep passion for travel, cinema and (mainly) East Asian things, but I plan on writing various things to keep it spicy. Let's prosper together ~ よろしくおねがいします。

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