The story of “Shingeki no Kyojin” It has always been characterized by showing scenes of death and violence without reservation. This is due to the crudeness of the plot and the context in which it is based: titans that devour humans. However, this last season of the anime has taken a turn and has focused on the political conflicts between Eldia and Marleywhich has caused many characters to take undesirable actions to do their duty.
It is so the newly released “Attack on Titan” episode 85 has generated controversy among fans for how the path of the protagonists is developing. On one hand we have Eren jaeger as the new ‘villain’ of the saga and, on the other, his companions joining the enemy side to stop him.
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From heroes to villains?
In “Attack on Titan” it is difficult to pin down who the good guys and the bad guys really are, as it all depends on one’s perspective. For the people of Paradis, the Marleyans are considered the villains, since on more than one occasion they caused deaths and destruction of their homes.
In the other part we have the citizens of Marley, who see the island as demons and a great threat that must be eliminated to achieve peace in the world.
At the beginning of the anime, the support went unconditionally for Eren and his friends, but now things have changed and, with the genocide that the protagonist is planning, he questions if it really is the only way out he should have taken.
For this reason, Mikasa, Armin and their other companions decided to join the people of Marley who were on the island in order to stop Eren’s plans and thus avoid the massacre, but this choice leads them to have to face their other friends. who support the protagonist.
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The death of Daz and Samuel
One of the hardest scenes in the chapter was how Connie, in a moment of desperation, murdered her two friends Daz and Samuel. Although these characters were not essential in the plot nor did they have many appearances to connect with the viewer, the episode wanted to show what it is like to be on the other side of the coin.
In one scene, Armin remembers Bertolt’s words when he told him: “Someone has to do it”, referring to the fact that he and his other companions (Annie and Reiner) invaded the island to fulfill their mission.
history repeats itself
At this point in the plot of “Shingeki no Kyojin” we realize that there is no turning back. The ‘heroes’ are no longer heroes and the ‘villains’ are no longer as bad as initially believed. Although each side had their reasons for committing crimes, the conclusion only leads us to think that the accumulation of hatred and resentment has only generated more deaths in vain.
It is here that Armin plays a key role: dialogue as a premise to solve problems. Although he sounds naive, just think how many years of war and slaughter would have been saved if people had come to an agreement without killing others.