Although when you think of Attack the titans the first images are associated with action, one of the main values of this anime is the intrigue and the narrative power that it has developed through its four seasons. If something is suggested in one chapter, even “truths”, something can happen in the other that upsets the idea. That’s a lot of what happened in “memories of the future”, the 79th chapter of the manga adaptation of Hajime Isayama.
After “Brothers”, perhaps one of the most dramatic and moving chapters of the entire adaptation, “Memories of the future” provides key data to understand the reason for many events presented before. Shingeki no Kyojin, from the beginning and up to the present, is a story in which different doors are opened for the viewer to peek through. Sometimes there may be the feeling that it was not necessary, that there is nothing in that place that the anime invites. But it turns out that, some time later, the answers appear: nothing is done by chance within this story.
To this factor is added a complex narrative framework, with nods to other stories of time jumps, family dramas, misunderstandings and particular agendas that enrich what is seen. It is no coincidence that it is, in terms of anime, one of the most important phenomena of recent years. Next, we share some keys about “Memories of the future”, chapter 79 of Attack the titans.
The other side of the Grisha Jaegar story
in Shingeki no Kyojin
Until this chapter, the story of Attack the titans had introduced Grisha Jaegar as one of the villains of the story. The one who, moved by a family tragedy, stole the Founding Titan. The one who approached the Power to find out details, left his previous relative and murdered children, among other sins that had been revealed previously.
However, in this chapter part of the internal pulses of this character are told, how his decisions marked a good part of his life and what was the pulse he developed with them, from accepting responsibility as an Attack Titan to regretting having treated Zeke the way he did. Thus, an episode directed towards another direction, served to tell another focus of one of the pending stories of the story.
The end of “Brothers” invited to think that Zeke had the pulse of the situation. The older brother was able to use the Founder Titan’s powers to his heart’s content after being in contact with his brother, who has no royal blood. Thus, he would convince Eren to use those powers to apply autonasia. When the younger brother refuses this, Zeke uses The Coordinate to go through the memories and show him how his dad, Grisha, has influenced his memories.
During that trip, already in chapter 79, Eren is indifferent to what is being revealed, as if he were aware of each issue before it happens. Conversely, it is Zeke who is discovering aspects and understanding issues that he did not understand in that way before. Whoever wanted to do a brainwashing was disrupted by his own end, from a key moment: when he notices that his father is not at peace with the way he treated him.
Although the journey was transformative for Zeke, it had not yet been revealed that Eren, through the powers of the Attack Titan and coming into contact with a Titan of royal blood (Zeke), can come into contact with his father and manipulate your behavior. That is why their father performs different actions, not because he was a bad person to begin with or understood the full extent of his powers, as Zeke suspected. Who has been behind everything in Attack the titans It was Eren.
The Attack Titan and the future of Shingeki no Kyojin
The chapter revealed that Eren, as a user of the Attack Titan, has a unique ability: being able to see the memories of all users and even future memories, those that will happen in time. Through his memories, Eren knows what is going to happen. This opens various scenarios. Before going into them, it is necessary to recognize one of the starting points of this ability: his contact with Historia, someone of royal blood, in the third season.
When Eren understands that he has access to the entire story, he begins to understand the different events that will happen and the decisions he must face. That’s whyThis moment marks a before and after in the character. If the viewers wondered why Eren mutated into a much more mysterious, dark character, as opposed to that excited and warm boy, beyond his interest in revenge, the answer is in that database to which he has access. Eren is aware of what is going to happen and that he is the key to open those scenarios, forced to manifest.
It remains to be seen, in the following chapters, how this pulse between brothers continues in La Coordenada to continue adding pieces to the puzzle of Shingeki no Kyojin.