anonymous asked:

Hi there. I have seen people saying that Levi's position in the SC was created by Erwin for Levi. Is it true? I have only seen official material saying something along the line Erwin is the reason why Levi has the motivation to become a captain. I might be wrong about these info though. Please correct me if I am :D

Hey Anon, this is a really interesting ask and one that’s got me thinking about the boundary between what is implicit and explicit in canon and how fandom fills in the blanks. I’ve had to consult with @momtaku to unravel what exactly is said in canon and to double check my facts and figures, particularly regarding the dates, which I’m hopeless with.  

So, as far as we can work out, here’s what we know from canon…

Levi joins the Survey Corps, under the command of Keith Shadis, in 844, presumably with the rank of solider. Six years later, in 850, the Battle of Trost takes place and by this time Levi is captain and the Survey Corps is under Erwin’s command.

Captain Levi’s first appearance in chapter 9.5 (Sorry Levi I can’t stop laughing at your little kitty face. Bless.)

The manga and supporting material don’t actually make it explicit when Levi became captain or who appointed him to this rank.  However Shadis stepped down as commander in 845 after the fall of Wall Maria and it seems unlikely that he would have promoted Levi to captain during his first year in the Corps, particularly given that Levi had by-passed the usual route to joining the military and was still basically regarded as a thug.  This means that Levi must have been promoted by Erwin, though we don’t know exactly when.

It’s also clear that captain is not a formal rank in the Survey Corps.  @momtaku​ pointed out that while the Garrison has captains, none of the supplementary canon information about the structure of the military lists captain amongst the Survey Corps’ ranks.  So it appears that Levi is the one and only captain of the Survey Corps and if it was Erwin who made him captain then it must also follow that Erwin created the rank specifically for him.  

(For further info on military structure @momtaku linked me to this useful post by @calorescence​  which collates all the relevant information from the Shingeki no Kyojin Outside Guidebook.)

It’s worth noting that we don’t see any of the other Veterans being appointed to their ranks either, but they are Squad Leaders rather than captains, which is a formal Survey Corps rank. 

The Special Operations Squad that Levi leads is also not part of the normal structure of the Survey Corps, so again, Levi’s first squad, which had explicit orders to protect Eren, was presumably created on Erwin’s command. Levi created his second Squad on his own initiative while Erwin was recovering from loosing his arm.

So there you have it Anon, although a lot of this isn’t made explicit in canon, if you piece the dates and events together it’s clear that it was indeed Erwin who made Levi captain and furthermore that he created this role specifically for him.
And it’s because so much of this is implicit that this period of Levi’s life has proved to be such fertile grounds for fic writers.  There are so many amazing fics set between ACWNR and canon that explore Levi’s acceptance into the Survey Corps and the development of his relationship to Erwin.  For many writers Levi’s promotion to captain is a pivotal point in his story because it is an outward sign of Erwin’s trust and faith in him and it also marks the point at which Levi really becomes Survey Corps.  There are too many amazing fics to list them all but some of my favourites that explore this period are Black Dog by @stereobone​, The Laws of Survival by pasiphile, and Audacity by shoi.  And if you want a completely different take on how Levi joined the Survey Corps, there’s Gilded by Night by revai-lution.

Thank you for your fascinating ask Anon and sorry that this turned into a bit of a ramble, I have a lot of feeeels about this.  

Thanks again to @momtaku​ for her infinite knowledge of all things canon.

SnK Meta/Analysis Recs

Updated Jan 2017

The snk meta community is a revolving door. I try to keep up as best I can. These are the active meta writers that I know and follow. I’ve decided to post information about main ships as well, since there is some fandom sensitivity about that.


@snkception - my personal favorite. Her meta is smart, thoughtful and entertaining. She avoids wild speculation and theories and instead uses a more factual approach to her analysis. Her blog is 100% snk analysis and completely ship neutral. Occasionally takes asks. No anons.

@ghostmartyr​ - Ask anyone who enjoys snk analysis who they follow, and Ghostmartyr will almost certainly be on their list. She’s a long time favorite of mine and I look forward to each of her monthly chapter writeup posts. Ships yumikuri. Occasionally takes asks

@iamthewallrose- Funny, colorful and insightful. I have major writer envy whenever she posts. Not terribly active because of a full schedule but still around. Ships eruri. Occasionally takes asks

The above bloggers answer asks but do so rather infrequently. If you have a series asks, one of the meta bloggers below might be a better choice


Plenty of well thought out meta and theories and an active inbox. The warriors and the vets are a focus and thank goodness because those poor kids need all the support they can get . Not a huge fan of EMA.

Accepting asks? Yes! But please read her ask guidelines first

Very active, very thorough, very worth following. No obvious shipping. 

Accepting asks? Yes. Any.

Ditto to everything above. I love eto’s insights on the series. She active on reddit as well. If she ships anyone, she keeps it to herself. 

Accepting asks? Yes! Prefers questions about plot mysteries, character analysis, and theories over shipping related asks.

I don’t even know how to describe Nick so I’ll just use his official blog description: Nick | SnK Addict | Meta&Theory Writer | Comedian | Aspiring Image&Video Editor. His site is the Ultimate Meme Shrine of Zeke Yeager.

Accepting asks? Yes. According to him, anything and everything :D 

Meta, speculation and theories, some of which are admittedly rather wild. Plenty of humor as well. An acker-focused blog 

Accepting asks? Yes! Prefers stuff about the Ackermans and the East Sea Clan plus thoughts regarding the world outsides the Walls and possible plots in the future

My adopted tumblr son is doing very well in the meta world :) I’m especially proud of how he handles challenging asks. He’s totally hyped about season two, so go scream at him.

Accepting asks? Yes. 

@egrigore (meta blog of @enochmandus​ )
Focuses on the mythos of the snk world and the religious themes as well as general series thoughts. Answers meta related asks on both the meta and personal blog.

Accepting asks? Asks are always open! Any series related asks are good. Be sure to send Grisha asks this way - he’s her favorite character to discuss

@kyojinofbraveos - My brand new baby meta writer who’s currently doing an insightful readthrough of the series!

Accepting asks? Yes! Theories, predictions, general series and character asks are preferred. 

@erensjaegerbombs​ - Not currently writing but plans to return to the meta community with season 2. Multi shipper.

Accepting asks? Yes! Will entertain general series, snk season two, and asks relating to shipping. 

Inactive Meta Writers but might answer an ask if you’re lucky …

@teetanjaeger - Amazing meta. Her background in theatre, psychology and communication analysis gives her a definite edge. She doesn’t blog snk anymore but I still use her old posts as reference. I believe she’s still current with the series

@julystorms - Wonderful analysis with a focus on the more obscure characters. Her blog is no longer snk focused but she’s still current with the series and entertains asks. Fair warning - she can be critical of the series as a whole.

@gnipswanderlust​ - Mostly inactive but tends to pop up once a month to share chapter thoughts. I appreciate that she speaks several languages and compares translation. She also reblogs meta she’s enjoyed and add useful commentary and thoughts.

Helpful resources

@fuku-shuu  - doesn’t write meta or theories, but she gets a special place on the list because of her immeasurably assistance to the fandom. Many of us rely on her fast and accurate translations and snk news.

@suniuz - another of our wonderful translators, current maintaining the monthly Q&A from Bessatsu Shonen

@yusenki​ - Wonderful and helpful translator but possible inactive. 

The Dearly Departed

These folks have left the fandom but their blogs contain posts, thoughts and translations that are still useful as resources.


@leviskinnyjeans​ (I’m still crying about this)



anonymous asked:

About that levihan sharing clothing post actually Isayama said in an autograph session that the blazer was left there, it was usually worn by someone else. So it might be hange’s blazer. Here is the source : calorescence(.)tumblr(.)com/post/60174319464/q-a-with-isayama-as-tweeted-from-the-recent


Fun with Name Meanings!

So in the middle of a search to find out how to pronounce Mikasa’s name (my midwestern voice cannot grasp it and I keep saying Mee-khasa…), I ran into several name meanings for each of the characters and I ran into some interesting.  I think it’s a given that most of the names have intentional meanings.

For example, Eren is a Turkish name meaning “saint”- his role as humanity’s hope, and Yeager (or Jäger for that matter) meaning ‘hunter’- for obvious reasons; but someone also mentioned a notable reference to Chuck Yeager, a pilot who first broke the sound barrier in 1947, thus “breaking a barrier” aka “breaching a (metaphorical and physical) wall.”

Anyway, of course I ran into Ackerman, the fieldman/farmer, and it’s a fairly common last name that refers to Mikasa’s father’s occupation, as well as the area where she grew up (according to Sasha there are specific farming areas in the mountains).  But then we move to first names:

Mikasa, of course, is a Japanese name and refers to the Japanese battleship built in 1902, most likely a reference to her strength and lethality, an infamous war machine.  The battleship is named after Mount Mikasa (alt. Mount Wakakusa) in Nara which literally translates to “three bamboo hats."  Think about that for a moment.

Onto Levi, Isayama said that he referenced Levi off a character in Jesus Camp, which is a movie based on children who go to a christian summer camp to learn they are protegees who can "take back America for Christ”- which is a very direct implication of Levi’s expertise combat skills and goals as a soldier in the Corps.  Additionally, Levi is a Hebrew name meaning “joined” and “attached,” and in the Biblical sense “associated.”

Kaney, Cainey, and Kainey apparently aren’t names, so the next best things I have are Caine and Kaine until the official translations.  So we’ll have to work with those for now, but nonetheless it’s still potentially interesting-

Going with Caine, we have Irish for “Son of The Fighter.”  Implies Caine as a skilled combatant.  And then there’s Kaine with multiple meanings.  Relevant ones are the Celtic name for “little battle” or another Hebrew name meaning “spear or lance."  and Kanye is Igbo for tribute lol

From the start, there’s been a lot of speculation about Levi’s name foreshadowing a connection of some sort, and then we have Mikasa’s literal reference to "three bamboo hats."  Putting them together at first implicated a joining of three people.  You can also go as far as to say the bamboo itself is a symbol of virtue and dignity- thus a moral-related meeting.  And with the introduction of Kaine(y), you have this meeting changing into a battle.

So if these names are any indication of foreshadowing, I’m definitely seeing a clash involving all three Ackermans in the near future, most likely next chapter!!!  Anyway, just a little fun fact!

[Sources including the SnK Wikia, Wikipedia’s summary of Jesus Camp, multiple baby name websites, and an Isayama twitter Q&A translated by calorescence.]