Let’s Talk About Those Extra Pages – SnK 139 Discussion

The extra pages Isayama Hajime added to the final chapter of Attack on Titan (leaks) are out. And I’ve got to say – I really love them!

And let’s be clear – I only love them because they showed consequences for The Alliance’s actions. 

In the end, Floch was right – the enemies outside of Paradis Island needed to be destroyed.  

The talk-no-jutsu of Armin Uzumaki may have worked during his lifetime, but long after Paradis was bombed by outside forces. Which for the record, I don’t know why some ‘fans’ are trying to reconcile this as a civil war destroying the island.  

Last time we checked (I.e. ch 139), it seemed the island was still united under the Yeagerist faction, despite Eren’s death. He’d essentially become a martyr, and had a shrine that was still upkept at least in Mikasa and the Alliance’s lifetime. 

Mikasa, Jean, and their descendants visit Eren Yeager's shrine in the old Shiganshina district on Paradis Island. Attack on Titan ch 139
Mikasa, Jean, and their descendants visit Eren Yeager’s shrine in the old Shiganshina district on Paradis Island. Attack on Titan ch 139

So Eren Yeager’s will was still felt, even if he physically was not there. 

Speaking of which…it appears that titans still exist? 

Eren’s tree is looking very similar to Ymir’s Founding Tree that we saw back in ch 122. 

Eren Yeager and Ymir Fritz Founding Tree parallels. Ch 122 & 139 of the Shingeki no Kyojin manga, respectively.
Eren Yeager and Ymir Fritz Founding Tree parallels. Ch 122 & 139 of the Shingeki no Kyojin manga, respectively.

Paradis is in ruins, and I am guessing this kid (collectively called ‘Beren’ on Reddit and Twitter) ventured out to the ruins of the Eldian civilization with his trusty canine friend.   

The kid also appears to be wearing pants similar to the old survey corps outfit – suggesting that he might be of Eldian descent. 

Beren Kirstein, member of the 233 Survey Corps legion. Beren: Shingeki the Next Generation.
Beren Kirstein, member of the 233 Survey Corps legion. Beren: Shingeki the Next Generation.

Some have theorized that he or she may be from Mikasa and Jean’s line due to the eyes, but I honestly can’t tell due to the shading. 

Which reminds me – I am glad that out of everybody in The Alliance, Jean got a happy ending. 

He always wanted Mikasa (even if for superficial reasons), and Armin told Eren that a good guy might come and swoop up Mikasa, anyway.  

Excellent foreshadowing, Armin! You truly are the 8th wonder of the world. Shingeki no Kyojin ch 139
Excellent foreshadowing, Armin! You truly are the 8th wonder of the world. Shingeki no Kyojin ch 139

I am totally fine with this ‘ship’ being endgame, because it makes the most sense to me. 

It also, unfortunately, makes sense that Mikasa would want to be buried with that ratty scarf Eren wrapped around her as a kid.  

Because Isayama never fully developed her, (or attempted to drive her character toward independence in the allegedly cut arc) – it is completely logical that Mikasa would have an unhealthy, lifelong obsession with Eren. 

I’m just glad that she didn’t sit by his grave each and every day, and essentially “never move on” which is what Eren’s implied wishes were in Chapter 139…despite the whole ‘dream sequence’ where Eren running away with Mikasa was the wrong PATH, and Eren flat out telling Mikasa to move on and let him go… 

So...was Mikasa ever freed from the pain of her love for Eren? Despite wearing that damn scarf until the day she died? Shingeki no Kyojin ch 139
So…was Mikasa ever freed from the pain of her love for Eren? Despite wearing that damn scarf until the day she died like a slave collar? Shingeki no Kyojin ch 139

Not to mention Eren’s last canon words being “Mikasa…I’ve always hated you” which is why Mikasa had the whole hallucination/dream in the first place because she stated it “could not end like this”. 

But….let me stop speaking on logic and facts. I can already hear the deranged EM shippers tapping at my window and making bird noises for pointing out flaws in an otherwise thematically sound 11-year saga. 

Hmm let’s see…I think that was it for now. 

Beren: Shingeki the Next Generations! Coming to you in Spring 2022~
Beren: Shingeki the Next Generations! Coming to you in Spring 2022~

I am aware that I never posted a proper review of Chapter 139. Mainly because, I was cycling through the seven stages of grief and trying to meme the pain away. Then it became a waiting game for Isayama’s author statement.  

Then I heard about this extra 8 pages and decided to read them today. 

I’m really hoping Beren: Shingeki the Next Generation doesn’t happen – although it seems the author has made room for that, now.  

Notice, I keep saying author and not mangaka because I am in the camp still under the impression that Isayama received pressure to change his initial ending, and final panel for the manga series. 

I’ll go into all of this….soon. 

The dust is beginning to settle on the train wreck of the fumbling, War for Paradis arc, and the Attack on Titan manga in general.  

You’ll hear from me again soon regarding this story, even if it doesn’t make a good lot of you happy. 

But for now, I will again, leave it here. 

Was the AOT ending rushed? 

Do you think the extra 8 pages harmed or helped the Shingeki no Kyojin manga overall? 

And, Did Isayama receive pressure from publisher Kodansha to change the series ending at the last minute? 

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5 thoughts on “Let’s Talk About Those Extra Pages – SnK 139 Discussion”

  1. Please just end this series already. No more spinoffs, I don’t even want a changed anime ending. I just want aot to be forgotten at this point. Hopefully Chainsaw Man next year is where the attention is at.

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    1. Yeah, a lot of people are saying Chainsaw Man is going to be really good. Hopefully it is. Beserk is also good I hear. Shame the author just died.
      …let’s completely forget about AoT. I’m not even that excited for the part 2 adaptation anymore.

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  2. It was very funny ! I myself can gather enough thoughts about how much fucked up the ending and the last arc was. But as said by the two above…. Let’s just forget it all and move on there are tons of great stuffs waiting for us to discover amd read and cherish them so just forget about it as nothing can be done. And for the one who said something about Berserk…it is considered one of the greatest mangas of all time and that guy had the best art you will ever see in any manga till date.
    I will like to recommend you all to read some of the mangas I mention below
    The case study of Vanitas
    Claymore
    The Way of the Househusband
    Vinland Saga
    Kingdom
    Monster

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  3. Well let’s just fucking forget it. We have tons of stuffs to read apart from this. Now since its over nothing can be done about it. Well I have some recommendation for you and by the way Berserk is not just good…it is considered one of the greatest manga of all time and it has the best art you will ever see in any manga till date.
    For recommendations here it goes
    The Case Study Of Vanitas
    Claymore
    Blame
    Monster
    Vinland Saga
    Kingdom
    The way of the Househusband
    Komi Can’t Communicate
    Monthly Girl Nozaki-kun
    Oyasumi Punpun
    Neon Genesis Evangelion(the manga is also pretty good and there are some changes in it)
    Steel Ball Run

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    1. You’re right, nothing can be done. It’s just still disappointing, though. Thank you for the list of recs!
      Vinland Saga and Monster are already on my list! And I’ve seen The Way of the Househusband (but haven’t read the manga) and read Oyasumi Punpun years ago. I need to try watching Neon Genesis Evangelion again. And I keep hearing good things about Claymore!

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