If Attack on Titan was in the style of “The Office”
Eren: *gets to work two hours before everyone else*
“HAHA those cowards. If they were real soldiers then they would be here early like me!”
*wakes up as everyone is going home and realizes he slept through the entire work day*
*explains to Mikasa and Armin that it was the fault of the titans”
Mikasa: *glares angrily at Eren flirting with Levi*
“There’s no one here that I hate. However, if a certain individual in the survey corps were to suddenly catch fire and I was the only one who had a bucket of water…I’d drink the water.”
*smiles evilly at Levi*
Armin: *chaos erupting behind him*
“In my opinion, do I think I am smarter than everyone else?”
*turns around to see everyone being dumb and building on fire*
“I would say it’s more of a fact.”
Jean: *staring at Marco*
“Who do I think is the hottest in the trainee corps?”
*shot of Marco doing something so unbelievably adorable and Jean blushing*
“Yeah…I’d have to say me.”
Marco: *smiling into the camera looking all cute*
“I know I said I’d wait till marriage but Jean told me that God can’t see in the dark.”
Reiner: *looking at Connie doing something stupid*
“Connie is the Survey Corps idiot. No one really knows how he is still alive.”
Bert: *looks anxiously into the camera*
“So umm….do you guys like….always record us…..even when we are having private conversations?”
*shot of Bert and Reiner and Annie talking about being Titans*
“Because ummm…..if you do…..that’s not cool bro.”
Annie: *rolling her eyes*
“Look I’m here for two reasons and two reasons only. One, to get me a piece of that blonde booty over there
*shot of Armin holding back Eren from punching Jean*
and two, to murder everyone in their sleep.”
Sasha: *looking blankly into the camera and smiling*
“Every once in a while they make me murder a giant naked person. At first I was opposed to it but then I started noticing that every time I kill one they feed me. So here I am.”
Connie: *wearing a pink toupee*
“Reiner said pink really brings out my eyes”
*Reiner laughing his ass off in the back*
“I think he’s right cause everyone in the trainee corps won’t stop staring at me.”
*everyone in the back rolling on the floor crying of laughter*
Erwin: *on the topic of Levi*
“I’m not really sure what Levi does around here. He kind of just showed up and started killing Titans. I remember that day very clearly because my eyebrows were the fleekiest they have ever been. Did I say that right? Fleekiest? Fleeky? Fleek? I’m not sure, I heard a child say it once so I thought I’d sprinkle it into my vocabulary to make me sound hipper.”
Levi: *sleeping in a chair* *talking in his sleep*
“Yeah……oh yeah….you’re so dirty. You’re a dirty little cabinet aren’t you?”
*wakes up and sees camera*
“Do you really have to record me while I sleep? Don’t you guys ever have to take a shit?”
Hanji: *takes off her glasses*
“Oh these things? They’re fake. I wear them to make myself look smarter. They actually impair my vision quite severely. But you have to pick and choose your battles, am I right?”
*points finger guns at camera and winks*
Moblit: *Hanji causes a science experiment to explode causing Moblit to lose his eyebrows*
“Honestly, at this point, I’m not even mad at her. I’m just mad at myself.”
Squad Levi: *Gunther, Eld, and Oluo wrapping each other in scotch tape* *Petra shaking her head in disapproval*
Petra- “I used to partake in their shenanigans until one day I realized I wasn’t 6 years old.”
(I wish I could draw these but I cannot draw) *cries*
So I’ve gotten quite a few asks concerning this topic and decided to put my thoughts down here.
In short, this looks like Bert reacting to Reiner reacting to Marco reactionception. We see the walls of Trost in the background, even the weather fits, this basically confirms that the rather tragic flashback plays next Saturday.
I have mixed feelings about the decision. On one hand, Marco’s demise serves as a parallel to Bert’s fate a few chapters later, and also helps kickstart his more determined persona we can see during the Shiganshina arc. Since his death, despite its presentation, remains an important even in the story, giving him this flashback to contextualize it all a bit more worked really well in 77. So I am slightly worried about what’ll happen once we get Shiganshina animated…but that’s a question for 2000 years from now.
There are many aspect of this I enjoy a lot though. First of all, it brings Reiner’s mental issues full circle right away. Ch 46 does a great job at introducing his split personality issue to the viewers, so seeing its origin gives the whole thing more weight, and adds to the humanization of “humanities enemy”. Furhtermore, I was personally quote bugged by the reminder of the existence of Reiner’s issues in 77, I felt that there was a possibility they might return in some shape or form, and that Isa reminded us of them on purpose (in retrospective maybe dumb, but Reiner’s brain was literally blown to bits at one point…is it too far fetched to make a connection between those events?). So not having that reminder in Shiganshina works wonders for me.
Another thing is that we actually get to see RBA in action once. Though its implied numerous times at that point in the story, 77 is the only time we actually get to see them acting towards their goal, and not overly professional at that. It’s great because A) all three of them are once more humanized, a major theme of the clash arc anyway, and B) gives more context to Bert’s crush on Annie, which becomes an actual plot point in ch 49. Since we actually see them all doing shit together, it feels more organic in my opinion.
Additionally, both Annie and Marco have appeared in flashbacks this season—gotta pour in the salt while the wounds are still open. The clash arc already is overflowing with tragedy, lets throw in the horrible demise of the fan fav character in there too. Thanks Attack on Titan.
And for what its worth, this isn’t really a disrespect from the anime team concerning the placement of the scene in ch 77. In fact, the anime team went to Isayama requesting storyboards for Marco’s death, bc they were planning on including it there, yet Isayama hadn’t even though about introducing it to the story yet. Only after creating the scene for the anime team did he decide to introduce it in the manga, and it happened to fit in really well. (x)
Funny thing I realized earlier: remember the titan that ate Marco’s half? He had an eerie resemblance with series director Tetsurou Araki, didn’t he?
It’s because Araki was the one to ask for the scene. Araki was the one who initiated the creation of the death of Marco. Araki was the one to kill Marco.