Seriously, Annie fans, if you don’t know this song you should open this RIGHT NOW. It’s part of Linked Horizon’s “Shingeki no Kiseki” album, and I swear this is far better than any of the “official” character songs.
This is a truly masterpiece. Not only has beautiful, sad and amazingly well writing and accurate lyrics, which are the best Annie’s character depiction you could ever dream of. It also features GORGEOUS vocals and the music conposition is truly over the top (as expected from REVO). Even the title is a m a z i n g. It soon became one of my fave songs ever, and still get moved every time.
Also, if you didn’t, please give a listen to the whole album, there are also themes about Ilse’s Notebook and Carla, for example, and all of them are incredible. I swear it’s really a choice with no regrets.
(And thanks to @marchen-v-friedhof for all your amazing translations, as well as the YouTube user who made the video)
I also want to write my thoughts about SnK: Scream (ep37/chap50)
This is one of the highlights and definitely a major turning point in Eren and Mikasa’s relationship. That a lot of conversations put emphasis on Mikasa’s “confession” and to Eren’s some sort of “indirect proposal” is something that I personally enjoy but what really tugged at my heart was, although there was an element of confession as an effect on Mikasa’s end, this was definitely a goodbye more than anything else.
Mikasa has feelings for Eren alright but she’s not the type to confess to him on a normal day. At least to me, confessions are not within her priorities. She may be overprotective of Eren, that’s a given, she treasures him more than anything. But she isn’t also the type to force her feelings to him. For Mikasa, Eren’s safety is the priority. But that day was not any normal day, almost everybody around them was already being eaten, they no longer have horses, her ribs were fucking broken, and it was clear as day that no help is gonna come. But above everything, what broke her heart was seeing Eren blaming himself, saying he hasn’t changed as he is unable to do anything. This was definitely the last thing Mikasa wanted to see, an Eren who feels he is useless, because for Mikasa, he is her savior, her source of strength, and reason for living. For Mikasa, Eren being unable to do anything at that point, being unable to transform into a Titan, or being unable to fight at all won’t make his value to Mikasa any lesser, even if just to her.
Spoiler alert (refer to chap 71): The same way that Eren’s mom told Keith Shadis that Eren is already great as he is for existing and for being born into the world and that he doesn’t need to be great or better than everyone else, is exactly how Mikasa sees and values Eren too. For Mikasa, if they were about to die at that time, that was the only thing she wanted him to realize, that whether he can fight or not at the moment is not something that should define him as he is already a significant existence to her and other people. It became a confession somewhere along the way (god she almost kissed him), but what she really wanted to convey, more than her own feelings, was for him not to feel useless and recognize how he changed other people already.
And Eren clearly got that, the entirety of her message, and more importantly, that that was a goodbye from Mikasa, but he’s not taking any fucking goodbye from her. So for those disappointed that the kiss didn’t happen, that wasn’t Eren rejecting any romantic advance. It was him rejecting Mikasa’s goodbye, it was him refusing to die, refusing to let Mikasa die, and promising her he won’t leave her side forever. So if Mikasa’s message to Eren became a confession along the way, then Eren’s response to it was the real blessing. When all along what he wanted was revenge for everything he lost, this was one of the moments when he wanted to fight more for the future, a future where Mikasa should be in.
we got the most beautiful response from Eren, through words and actions. He almost literally told Mikasa he’d be with her forever, and then protected
Yes we didn’t get a kiss, but we got something way better.
levi’s hunched over his computer typing furiously, fills the room with loud tapping of keys, each one falling into a beat. one, two, three clicks–pause. four, five, six… delete delete delete. one, two, five. he grunts and sighs out long from his nose, draws his hand down his face, and shakes his head.
“what is it?” erwin says softly from the couch. he’s lounged back in his seat, a book in hand, reading glasses low on his nose.
“it must be something.”
“nothing.” levi hisses over his shoulder, hunches over his computer more and presses the keys more quietly.
“hey, levi. please, tell me.”
“some asshole…” levi shakes his head. “nevermind. fuck.”
erwin shuts his book and sets it next to him. he stretches in his seat before standing up and coming up behind levi’s chair. he places gentle hands on his shoulders and rubs circles into his muscles with thumbs. he reads the message out loud: “’delete your account. you’re gross.’” erwin chuckles. “what the hell did you do this time?”
“why is it my fault!?”
“when is it not?”
“just because they were being a bunch of whiney cunts online doesn’t mean i have to stand around and take it!”
“it’s just the internet, darling.”
levi’s fingers curl into his palms and his fingers dance across the keyboard again. “even more of a reason to destroy them.”
erwin pats a hand on his shoulder and heads to the kitchen. “you go get ‘im, tiger.”
“i am getting a snack, would you like anything?”
“the blood of the innocent… and a popsicle.”
erwin hides a smile behind his hand and nods. “coming right up.”