The publisher Pika offers this Friday April 9 the last chapter of the manga “Attack on Titan”. How the adventures of Eren Jäger end. Beware, SPOILERS!
Attention, what follows returns in detail on the last chapter of the manga Attack on the Titans, proposed in simultrad legal by the editor Pika. If you have not read it yet and do not want to know anything about its content, then it is strongly recommended that you stop reading this article now.
The manga Attack on Titan has therefore delivered its long-awaited epilogue.
A major work of the 2010s, the series designed by Hajime Isayama will have transported its readers for twelve years in a universe populated by charismatic and complex characters, where it will not have been so much a question of a simple fight of good against evil but of good. consequences brought about by the choices made by each of the protagonists.
It will surely take time for the work to be digested. But faced with the expectations it aroused, the ending seems to have been able to answer the main questions left unanswered, while ensuring script consistency with the entire series.
Because the great strength of Isayama’s manga has been to succeed in maintaining a sustained rate of narration, while keeping for the final chapter the keys necessary to identify the more than complex personality of its main protagonist: Eren Jäger.
“This is how the world ends. Not on a boom, on a whisper.”
When he wrote his poem Hollow Men in 1925, the American author TS Elliott obviously did not have in mind The attack of the Titans. But these famous lines apply wonderfully at the end of the manga. Of “boom” it was question with an extraordinary battle at the end of the work, but it is finally in a context of appeasement that the series ended.
Since the ellipse, Eren has appeared to us as an extremist willing to make any sacrifice to implement his large-scale eradication plan aimed at wiping out over 80% of the world’s population. But the intentions of the assailant titan’s power holder have always eluded us. A misunderstanding that also won over his childhood friends: Armin and Mikasa.
Like Ozymandias in Watchmen, Eren therefore carried on his shoulders the responsibility of a genocide, a necessity in his eyes to put an end for good to the infernal cycle of titanic powers, he who had sworn from the beginning of the manga to do everything possible to eliminate the Titans.
It is therefore as a martyr guilty of a crime against humanity that Eren presented himself in the final chapter, while he was perishing under Mikasa’s sword.
Did Eren’s plan work? The ending is intentionally left open although the young man’s primary intention – to wipe the Titans off the face of the Earth – has been successful. But peace has not yet returned, stubborn grudges between the peoples continuing to rage, while the pro-Jäger continue to wage their fight, in defiance of the real intentions of their ex-leader.
An open ending, but coherent
It is a deep feeling of nostalgia that emerges from reading this long-awaited ending of The attack of the Titans. As Eren predicted, it was Armin – the new Colossal Titan – who took on the features of the savior of humanity. The opportunity to prove the choice to have saved him instead of Major Erwin Smith, mortally wounded by Sieg Jäger during the reconquest of the Maria Wall.
One of the main themes of this chapter 139 is that of mourning. Forced to murder the loved one for the salvation of humanity, Mikasa then shows tenderness by burying Eren’s remains under the tree of their childhood. Previously in a discussion with Armin, the alter-ego of the Assailant Titan half-heartedly confessed his feelings for his friend, even hoping that she would remake her life without ever forgetting it.
Despite all his detached demeanor and harsh words against Mikasa (“I always hated you”), Eren therefore shows his vulnerability shortly before his inevitable death. The opportunity to understand that it was not without a certain heartbreak that he applied his eradication plan, an attitude which also recalls the moods of his half-brother Sieg shortly before his own death a few more chapters early.
Character oh so much loved by fans, Levi was also spared by this breathtaking final. Seriously injured by the explosion caused by Sieg Jäger, the Master Corporal of the Exploration Battalion bravely fought to stop the advance of the Great Earthworks and the Ancestral Titans summoned by Eren.
Showing an uncharacteristic sensitivity, he salutes the “ghosts” of his missing teammates, a passage which will certainly remain as one of the most poignant of the whole series. Reduced to the state of “broken mouth”, another reference to the post-war context of Elliott’s poem, Levi will therefore participate in the work of memory to promote peace between peoples.
If we start from the postulate that no end will be able to fully satisfy the entire public, let us note all the same that the conclusion of The attack of the Titans will have been able to remain coherent and interpretative. Now that it presents itself to us in its completed form, only the future will tell us what place will now occupy the work of Hajime Isayama in the history of pop-culture …
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