My interpretation of the fake preview for volume 23:
is basically a continuation from the last fake preview. In the last
preview Mikasa was looking for a curse/spell to repel Jean who likes her, and here
she is hiding from Jean behind the vending machine.
didn’t hide when he saw Jean, because just like in cannon, he never
runs away from the bullies. So Jean starts bulling Armin, as Eren
passes by, and at this point Armin and Mikasa still haven’t met Eren.
scene with Erwin, Hanji, and Levi is self-explanatory. Hanji
deliberately walks on the floor that Levi just cleaned, to see how
he’ll react. And Erwin finds it funny. Frankly, so do I.
the second page,Eren is looking at Armin while he’s asking a
question “Are you enjoying that?”, as “Are you
enjoying being bullied?” Similarly to cannon, he must have
witnessed this kid getting bullied many times, and he’s curious why
doesn’t he fight back.
It’s important to note that
Eren looked quite calm when he asked the question, and yet in
the next panel Jean and him are fighting. We didn’t get to see what
was Armin’s response, but we can assume that the conversation went
similarly like it did in cannon, and that it triggered a reaction
I don’t enjoy it of course.
So why don’t you ever fight back? That’s why he treats you like that.
Do you want to be on the losing side forever?
I’m not losing…I’m not running away.
the last panel, Armin is thanking Eren, which is basically a
confirmation that Eren did start a fight with Jean because of Armin.
In the last fake preview, Armin was described as someone who likes
manga and anime, so here Armin compares Eren to one of the
manga/anime characters he likes - Kick Ass.
barges in, as she thinks that Eren is actually her curse/spell that repelled Jean and stopped him from hitting on her. And Eren is confused
by what he just heard. He
could be confused by what both Mikasa and Armin just said, I guess
that’s left for reader’s interpretation.
To me this fake preview is obviously centered
between Eren and Armin, while Mikasa is kinda like the third wheel, so
very similar to what we have in cannon :P
Both Mikasa and Eren were shown without
their jackets, and it seemed like both of them could have given their
jacket to Armin. However, it’s quite obvious that Armin was wearing
Eren’s jacket, because Mikasa’s jacket was burnt, and hit by a
shrapnel in chapter 80: