This chapter has an odd taste to it. Maybe it's because it's the same type as Ch 11 (ie the "interlude" of the Defense of Trost), in which it's again about the cast trying to deal with the immediate predicament, then collect themselves before getting back to dealing with the greater predicament. Except, said greater predicament this time is on a far greater scale.
Or maybe it's because "cause and effect" seems to be a theme this month, played on so many levels, as the series endgame kicks off in earnest.
Not that it's a problem, I liked it. We needed this setup chapter in order to reorganise the pieces in play.
Mikasa, Armin, Jean and Connie
Given how shellshocked the former two are, I'm glad that Jean is there to lay Eren's intentions out there to think about. At least, a "plausible" explanation, since we still don't have any solid proof on anything.
He's also right that the current predicament is something that Marley had brought onto themselves. Cause and effect folks.
Them kidnapping Falco makes for an interesting turn of events, along with the decisions before them
- Jean wants to feed him to somebody like Pixis to bolster their strength
- Connie wants to feed him to his mother to save her
- Armin thinks they can use him to form a truce with the Warriors
Not that it matters now, seeing as Connie has separated and took Falco with him. I can see the following scenarios happen:
- His mother is already crushed by the Colossal Titans
- His mother is released from her imprisonment, and is about to eat someone. Connie will then have to make a life and death choice
Whatever the case, I can't see him succeeding at all, so I'll be curious where his decision will actually take us
(more to come)
The Overlapping Chains of Causality
I know Reiner is exhausted and needs rest, but is this really the safest spot to put him in? Looks like an easy target
So, as mentioned above, "cause and effect" seems to be a theme for this chapter, starring Gabi. Regardless of how one feels about her, actually analysing the events surrounding her this chapter makes for true intellectual morsel.
Gabi and Nile
I am quite certain that the Titan who was about to devour Kaya was Niles. This here is one tragic chain of causality.
- Not wanting to see kids on the battlefield, Nile decided to take Falco back to his people
- Colt was going to kill Nile, but Gabi stopped him
- As a result of sparing Nile, Falco was able to be returned with no casualties and without alerting the other Paradis soldiers
- Conversely, him being alive resulted in another Titan being turned
- And because he went after Kaya's group, Gabi had no choice but to put him down anyway, with the very weapon that Colt would've used to boot
One way to interpret this is that from the moment that he drank Zeke's spiked wine, he was destined to die no matter what
Another way is that if he's going to die no matter what, he wants to go out doing something good just like with Pixis. In his case, reuniting a lost child with his family, since he himself can no longer return to his own.
Goodbye Nile. You were a prick when the series started, but you turned out to be a decent guy after all.
Gabi and Kaya
Here we have Gabi saving Kaya. I still don't know what to feel or make of the Sasha comparison, so I'll put it aside for now.
Instead, something else is a lot more interesting about this: Gabi being here to save her today is cause and effect of her own actions
- If she hadn't taken in Gabi and Falco on that fateful day, or if she exposed them as Marleyans, she wouldn't be here with her today
- If nobody had stopped her from killing Gabi, she wouldn't have been alive to save her
- If she and Nicolo didn't pour out their grief and sorrow over Sasha's loss, she wouldn't have had a change of heart
And as a result of her karma, Gabi is here to perform her first truly heroic deed: saving an innocent with her first Titan kill (and becoming the youngest person ever in history to do so).
What's more, her decision to again cover for her ultimately allowed Gabi to pass on the vital intel about the deactivated Hardenings to Mikasa and Armin, alerting them to Annie's awakening
There's no way to say if she'll ever be able to atone for all her misdeeds, but I'm intrigued by what role Isayama-sensei has arranged for her
(more to come)
Edited by gamria, 12 December 2019 - 07:45 AM.