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Volume 1 Analysis, Part 3

It’s the titan invasion all over again. The newbie soldiers are running around in a panic. We get a little glimpse of the resident mushy couple, Franz and Hanna, as they deal with this. Franz reassures Hanna he’ll protect her. Mikasa witnesses this and seeks out Eren, wanting to say the same.

…Only she gets cut off by Eren, who is diverting all his attention to a trembling Armin, asking if he’s alright. Before Armin’s panic can worsen, Eren is quickly able to calm and reassure him.

Yep. I’m sure there’s no significant meaning there whatsoever. 

This is doubly fun when you consider that just last chapter, Eren was scolding the couple over their relationship blinding them from the harsh realities of the world. Seriously, what was the point of showing Eren randomly hanging out with them and implementing that scene?

It’s not unusual for Eren to be annoyed over people acting complacent regarding the titans, but he’s particularly agitated over their relationship being a major factor in that sentiment. He’s sees it as a dangerous distraction when there’s a bigger picture to be concerned about. 

He isn’t totally wrong about that. 

Eren is able to calm Armin’s nerves again when they’re prepping to go into battle for the first time. His way of doing so isn’t to claim he’ll protect Armin, because he knows Armin wants to prove he’s capable of fighting and protecting himself. 

That’s why this panel is shown right before Eren reassures Armin in his own way – by talking about how this battle is an opportunity for a quick promotion. A way to prove themselves. It’s another way of showcasing how well they understand each other. 

Naturally, things go very bad, very fast. A comrade is quickly killed by a titan, but that’s not the sight that causes Armin to be paralyzed in place. It’s only when Eren sets chase and gets his leg chomped off that causes him to collapse to his knees in disbelief. 

He’s unable to move even though another titan is heading straight towards him, prompting everyone else to flee. 

Eren is incapacitated as his fellow comrades get devoured…until a titan swallows Armin. It’s only then that Eren stirs, making an attempt to do something. Come to think of it, the anime didn’t show Eren’s first struggling attempt to move upon hearing Armin’s screams. 

What ultimately gives Eren the strength he needs to rescue his best friend?

It’s the memory of Armin introducing him to the outside world, to the very idea of them both seeing it all together.

One other thing I noticed:

Talking about the outside world is taboo, and Eren outright reminds Armin it’s dangerous to talk about that kind thing. The Military Police would be on his case if word got out. But Armin doesn’t remotely care about that at the moment. All that matters is talking to his one and only friend about something he’s passionate about.

…You know, Eren is usually credited as the one who is prone to being rebellious and a troublemaker, but you’ve got Mr. Fuck-The-Police over here unabashedly carrying around an illegal book and not caring one bit about getting caught. 

One thing is for certain: when Eren is determined to do something, he gives it everything he has. Keep in mind he just got his leg bitten off and slammed into a rooftop at full speed. But here he is, able to jump into the mouth of a titan, grab Armin with only one of his arms while the other keeps the mouth open, and then throws Armin out of there. Never gets old.

But Eren isn’t ready to die yet. In his apparent final moments, he reaches out to Armin, asserting his desire to see the outside world. The very thing Armin has been dreaming of doing since he was little. 

It’s the last thing Eren says before the titan clamps its mouth down, apparently killing Eren right before Armin’s eyes. He’s even still reaching out, as if Eren was still there.

Chapter 4 was one wild ride, and serves well as a thrilling conclusion to volume 1. 

Armin's Last Night Working in the E.R.

This request, and script, comes from @itsthechickwiththehair. Seriously amazing job with the script, I barely had to edit anything.

Also, this is the first time I’ve really gone into detail with sound effects, so let me know what you think!

Itsthechickwiththehair submitted: Hey Shawn, So I wrote up a little something after you issued out your challenge. I hope you like it. :)


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Day 1 – College

Pairings: Eren/Mikasa, Shingeki no Kyojin

Rating: T

Words: 3681

Inspired by: Shut up and Dance (Walk the Moon), Bad Romance (Lady Gaga), We Are Young (Fun)

Notes: HAPPY EREMIKA AU WEEK. I’ve been waiting for months now to share some of these fics with you guys! I had a complete blast working on them and this set will continue up to 30 chapters as part of the 30 day AU challenge but the first 14 are for the au week. I worked really hard to make these much longer than my usual fics with a 5k word goal for all of them. As you can see not all of them make it (and some make it double) but the muse goes where it wants to go. Also I added a new aspect to my fics where I picked three songs for every fic that either fit the theme or the feel of the fic. If music helps you like it helps me you’re more than welcome to take a listen before or after you read, if not that’s fine it was just a little aesthetic I wanted to add in ^^

The one to kick it off came from a conversation I had with eremikadefensesquad  where we talked about Armin being the unwilling wingman who is so sick of his oblivious best friends. I love my brot3 so much and I think Armin loves the both of them so much, so much that he is tired of them not giving each other the love he knows they have for each other. The title is from “Alcohol” by Brad Paisley.


Now College That Was a Ball

Armin didn’t know why he agreed to go to parties with his best friends. Sure he liked seeing people and yeah, sometimes they were fun cause they were some college rite or ritual or something but even as he walked up to the house blasting the loud music with Eren and Mikasa walking in front of him Armin already knew what kinda danger zone he was walking into. He saw it a thousand times before.

It was the same story every single time they came to whatever weekend party they were invited to. Armin would trail along just to watch the familiar scene play out in front of him. Mikasa would try desperately to get Eren’s attention, to get some kinda response from him that he was as in love with her as she was in love with him. When that didn’t happen, and it never did because Eren’s forte wasn’t exactly understanding that the girl he knew since he was nine years old had been in love with him for years even when everyone else around them knew, she’d get upset and hurt and leave. She’d go and find someone who did want to talk to her, and there was normally a line because Mikasa was gorgeous. Of course, since Eren was actually in love with Mikasa as much as she was smitten with him he’d get jealous she was hanging out with other guys and sulk the entire night. When it was time to go Mikasa would always go home with Armin and Eren, because as much as she tried, Armin was sure there was no one else she’d ever go home with but Eren. Repeat again next Friday night.

It was more than a little annoying.  

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hiroyume  asked:

I think a lot of people forget that it's really hard to show anything that could be processed as more romantic than platonic between Eren and Armin because it's a shonen manga. Isayama obviously has to make the manga for the general shonen crowd. If you ask me, Isayama has basically done everything he can to show the intimacy between Eren and Armin without trespassing the "dangerous" territory of romance that normal shonen audiences would raise eyebrows about. (I’d love to see it go there tho!)

You are totally right, my dear.

We also have to remember that Kodanasha HAS given Isayama LOTS of leeway, especially compared to other Japanese publishing companies. They have allowed this loving, pretty physical relationship between two young men be released to typically homophobic Japanese audiences. The J-Pop Hell Arc would not been able to be published in many other public forums because of its implications.

Additionally, Isayama has already stated that he is not one to do tired cliches. Eren, the main character, is not in a rivalry with Armin, like many other shounen manga male characters tend to engage in. Yes, Armin does often feel inadequate to Eren and their colleagues but Eren does not pressure Armin to “be better” or “get stronger.” Rather, he supports Armin and offers him words of encouragement when he lacks confidence. They are NOT “frienimies” or “rivals.” They are truly BEST FRIENDS. They have a sweet relationship and no one should be demonized for interpreting that the bond as such - or its potential to be romantic - because many great romances start as amazing friendships.

do you remember when eren and armin looked at each other when they thought they were going to die

do you remember when eren told armin he gave him the dream to explore the world outside the walls

do you remember when armin held eren in his arms. twice.

do you remember when they held hands

do you remember when armin sat on eren’s bed because he was worried sick about him

do you remember when eren saved armin’s life when two seconds before he was bleeding out on a roof

do you remember when armin made him snap out of his trance because he made him remember their dream

do you remember when eren trusted armin with his life and made him realize his worth 

do you remember when armin screamed eren’s name. a lot.

do you remember when when armin (and mikasa)  decided to risk their lives to fight annie and then eren found the motivation to turn into a titan 

do  you remember when armin took eren’s hand and cried

do you remember that eren and armin used to sleep together during training

do you remember all the looks they’ve exchanged

do you remember when armin basically saved eren and mikasa’s lives in the first ep

do you remember that armin used to be bullied and eren saved him every time even if he couldn’t fight like mikasa

do you remember when eren and armin said fuck the police and looked at a book about the world outside the walls

do you remember when armin stood on eren’s giant!hand

do you remember when eren said to historia to think about the danger armin put himself into


anonymous asked:

can we just let it sink in that eren killed for mikasa, but he DIED for armin...

I just saw this buried in my ask so I’m very sorry for the lateness anon.

Eren’s sacrificing himself for Armin is still one of my favorite moment, anon. But it’s not so much the fact that he died for Armin that I focus on with these two. Honestly, Armin and Mikasa are both important to Eren and I’m sure he would sacrifice himself to save them both.

It’s the way Isayama made the whole thing play out and established not only Armin and  Eren’s importance to each other but also the importance of the dream they shared, for Eren especially. I mean the way everything happened and Eren and Armin’s reactions to something happening with the other the whole time through?

How we saw Eren worrying over Armin and paying attention to his state of mind. How he tried to be reassuring in his own way. How Armin was panicking but was able to calm down some thanks to Eren words and actions.

How Armin became so paralyzed after he saw Eren lose a leg and fall that he could no longer stand up and fell to his knees. How he couldn’t move from that position and saw the massacre and the titan closing in on him.

How Eren was legit bleeding and seemed unconscious yet focused after he heard Armin’s scream. There’s just something about the way he tried to get up the moment he heard that scream, whereas we never saw anything for his other teammates. It’s almost like he regained consciousness for Armin.

How in his “last moments”, while he’s fighting to keep the titan mouth opened, Eren reminded Armin again that he was the reason he wanted to see the world outside. How he told Armin he wouldn’t die because he had to see it.

How even while in the titan stomach Eren thinks about the titans are taking everything from him. How at that moment we see Armin still in danger. How he thinks about his life and dream and we see his mom get eaten, his house destroyed again and Armin animatedly talking about the dream.
How Armin completely blacks out after Eren is swallowed, to the point where he completely misses the fact that Eren becomes a titan right in front of him and saves him a second time.

Let me stop here before this becomes another extra long post. See the above is what I can’t get over with when it comes to Eren “dying” for Armin. Eren’s sacrifice was major and important. But more than that for me, it was the emphasis put on what Armin and Eren means to each other from that moment on. Back then we saw through no uncertain terms that Armin meant the world to Eren, literally. Same for Armin towards Eren.

And it doesn’t help that when we finally revisit Eren’s sacrifice for Armin in recent chapters, Eren basically tells Armin that he saved him because he’s important to him. Because looking in his dreaming eyes made him realize what freedom is. That thinking about that always fills him with a certain strength.

That’s literally a big part of what makes me so weak with Eren and Armin in Trost, anon. Every single time.

anonymous asked:

So what you're saying is, in a shounen context, that hug makes Eremin canon? I saw a post where it explained that hugs signify a something more intimate in japanese culture.

Um… Can I say that? I want to say that.

Instead of saying that. I’m going to throw up some thoughts here.

I constantly have conflicts with the manga (internally of course) because the works are written by a Japanese man but the characters (for the most part) don’t share/are not influenced by Japanese culture at all. So, while I want to say that to the Japanese hugging is significant and is intimate, commonly considered PDA - this may not apply to the characters because the characters themselves are NOT Japanese.

They are presumably in an area of Europe, most likely Germany. So that’s more influential to their character, more so, if Isayama does not interject his own culture into the story. I tend to argue with myself about how much is from European traditions/culture and how much is Isayama pushing the envelope.

Now, the optics, from outside the story, to us the readers, especially those of Asian, typically Japanese decent, is extremely forward. Eren was feeling emotional so he hugged Armin. Armin didn’t rebuke the hug or freak out. He quietly blushed and hugged Eren back. So I want to say that for a shounen, this is very bold move but at the same time, given Eren and Armin’s relationship and their culture, hugging in public, etc is not as frowned upon as it is compared to other cultures.

But I also feel that there has been a consistent build up between these two that makes this moment so special. They share a dream. Holding hands when they were younger. Eren rubbing Armin’s back when he’s out of breath. Armin threading his fingers through Eren’s, and Eren unconsciously squeezing back. Armin holding Eren in his lap and coddling him. Eren being quick to respond to Armin in danger. THEN there’s IT. The hug. And it’s like a slamdunk, like a touchdown, like a goal? Like the confirmation that they love each other and the truth that they can’t live without each other.

I would say you would really just need a few words out of either Eren or Armin’s mouth… Or the always solid word of Isayama… And we’re officially canon.

For now, I’ll settle comfortably on the fence for semi-canon.

I think Armin is the only guy who could beat someone up and STILL maintain that innocent look.
Just imagine it. That blondie beating the shit out of someone and his eyes are sparkling and his hair flutters and flows with every violent movement.
Armin is dangerous holy fuck.
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“So Armin is still in danger. They know about him.”

“That’s why I’m meeting with Erwin.”

Eren looked horrified before, now he looked betrayed.

“You’re going to tell the Emperor about him?”

anonymous asked:

so armin really is dead? o.o

I am not sure, there are few possibilities those crossed my mind:

1. He’ll survive but he’ll be paralyzed with burn mark covering his bodies. 

2. He’ll live with severe injuries and might need life support.

3. He’ll recover but all of his skin and hair are damaged, he might need to be covered with bandage all over his body.

4. He’ll die.

5. He’ll recover fully.

My heart is still in pain for chapter 82. I knew Armin would be in danger but I never expected that he would have received such a terrifying injury. Let’s hope for the best for him and Sasha. T____T

May 6th - Bubble Bath

Pairing: Eren/Mikasa, Shingeki no Kyojin

Setting: Sometime when Levi’s squad is still in a house together. You know I’ll milk that for all eternity.

Rating: T (For sexual situations and language)

Words: 2852

Notes: I originally was gonna make it an AU but then I thought it would be cute for them to get some bubble bath in canon. Idk how in canon this would be lol but hey, bubble baths are always cute and with two teenagers not always innocent for long lol

Eren stared at the box sitting in front of them on the table. It was still unopened, though Connie already tried to pry it open.

“We need to wait for Levi. God knows what knows what kinda mail we’d be getting,” Jean snorted from his chair.

“Maybe it’s something useful,” Sasha shrugged. “It has no return address though so it could be dangerous.”

Armin shook his head on the matter. “It probably has no return address because whoever sent it didn’t want the town to know who they were. I mean, it doesn’t even have a name for us, just the town.  My guess is it’s something to help us.”

“Then let’s just open it already.”

Jean kicked the leg of Connie’s chair nearly knocking him out of it. “Hanji went to go get Levi. Do you really want to clean this damn place for the fifth time this week?”

Eren looked over at Mikasa who was sitting quietly next to him in her chair. She was watching the others but not really saying all that much; she didn’t look upset, just content. He nudged her leg with his.

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