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Shingeki no Kyojin chapter 90 review (+ theories)

This is it. 

We’re finally concluding the arc beginning with Grisha’s flashback at chapter 71 and ending with the basement’s discovery and the amount of deal-breaking contents, leading us to the last phase of the manga, with this month’s chapter as being the ultimate wrap-up.

Lasting 5 volumes, it would be wise to write an arc review in a separate post, since it covered the unfinished business left from the first volumes: taking back that portion of the territory surrounded by titans, the mystery between Grisha Yeager and the contents of the basement and eventually the truth behind this world. Too bad I wasn’t around when the first chapters have been published because it would’ve been fun to pick every theory around and check which ones were actually closer to the facts; remember people trying to guess the Beast Titan’s identity? Eren using the coordinate to invoke the wall titans during the battle?

But anyway, the point of this post is more about commenting the chapter in an itself and guess what happens next, as always. 

I’ll start by a general commentary: I had… mitigated views about this chapter overall. Not because it felt like a huge letdown for my birthday (because let’s face it, nothing can top Edgetolt) but because it just shows it’s a rather quick wrap-up when we’re preparing the final phase.

I’ll use the MangaStream translation while waiting for the CR scans. It’s not top-quality but the translations are usually on-point (and they seldom mess up bubble order or in this month’s case… PAGE ORDER).

This chapter can be decomposed into 4 phases:

  1. The truth about the titans
  2. Flocke
  3. The ceremony
  4. The timeskip
  5. The ocean and Eren’s resolve

I’ll detail my review under the cut:

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Entry 41: Carolina Parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis)

Once the only native parrot of the modern United States, the Carolina Parakeet was found as far west as modern Colorado and as far north as New York state.  The wetland forests along swamps and rivers were it’s favored habitat, creating roosts and nests in the hollows of large trees like the sycamore.

Flocks were as large as 300 birds as fed on the seeds of shrubs and trees, as well as fruits like figs and apples.  The Carolina Parakeet also consumed the invasive cockleburs, which contains glucoside, a toxic substance, and might have been poisonous to consume. Anecdotal evidence suggests domestic cats and other invasive species may have died due to hunting the bird.

Early colonial accounts suggest, like the Passenger Pigeon, the Carolina Parakeet was extremely prevalent throughout it’s range.  However, the clearing and settlement of deciduous forests of the south and east saw a sharp decline in their population.  Hunting of the bird, for use of it’s feathers and body in adorning women’s hats, put further pressure on their retreating flocks.  The final nail in the coffin is unknown, but some evidence suggests that poultry disease may have pressed them into extinction, despite no New World parrot ever being afflicted by the scourge.

The last known Carolina Parakeet died in the Cincinnati Zoo on February 21, 1918.  Unconfirmed sightings continued throughout southern marshlands into the mid-1900s.

Extinction Date According to the IUCN Red List: 1918