i feel like this is what isayama hajime is like when writing snk

let’s talk some snk focus and complaining

I’m seeing a lot of negativity and I have to say that, I think even valid feelings/opinions are being expressed and transmitted in a very wrong way that’s easy to be interpreted as simply being bitter and “uncomfortable because it’s not about me” attitude

as someone who’s a main cast stan and who have warmed up considerably to the characters on the warriors side, who now enjoys them enough to even want to make content for them, let me explain the feelings of those who are impatient for the walldians in a way that’s more understandable and easy to sympathize with than just  what looks like “bitterness”

1- first thing is, I wouldn’t have found a worst time to shift the perspective than the one Isayama chose, even I tried to!
and by worst I mean the degree of how unresolved everything was left
think about it, everything we learned after the serumbowl, all the damage that was done during the serumbowl to the characters and their relationships was left unresolved, so many threads hanging, so many insights on their feelings that we’re lacking, it’s easy to get anxious over all that, and it’s not like the story switched focus to go back and deal with this right where it left it, we have to deal with a big time skip too! which bring me to the next point

2- the 4 years time skip!
all the more reasons why people are anxious, it’s not a month, it’s not two, it’s 4 whole years! the biggest time skip we’ve had in the entire manga!
it’s naturally stressing, it was the first month and it still is 5 months later, so many things could happen in those years! and the note we left them on is anything but reassuring

3- it’s the final arc!
yeah we’re all in this together, only that doesn’t make it any better to any side, there’s always this feeling inside that “it’s now or never”, you either get what you hope for now or you’ll never get it like… ever!
tell me that’s not stressing! I have no idea why Isayama talks about deciding the end as a way of reassuring the fans because for a lot of people there’s nothing reassuring knowing the story is ending and that there’s no more second chances at focus to any of the characters

and then there’s the obvious, the hell of the monthly releases!
it’s not a new issue but it’s has always acted as a magnifying glass every time the pace slowed down a little, the content of 3 episodes in the anime can drag for more than half a year in manga form!

for all of this, I think people are getting a little bit impatient and anxious but the way it’s been expressed could easily be seen as childish bitterness over other people getting focus and enjoying content of their favs, which I doubt is the real case

we can disagree with Isayama and be upset over his choices respectfully if there are valid reasons, but for that we need to drop the childish behavior and the “if I’m not enjoying no one should” attitude, Isayama is not writing his story to cater to anyone after all

on the other hand, people who are simply expressing missing their favs and feeling impatient and worried, should be allowed to! there are valid reasons for that as I stated above, you can’t just ask people to leave when they have been invested for years in characters who haven’t gotten a closure yet.

in short, be respectful kids!

anonymous asked:

Hi! Ive been seeing some rumours saying that eren,mikasa and armin are gonna be "in opposition" soon,can you clarify what that actually means? Does it mean they'll be opposing each other or be on the opposition's side? Thanks!

Hi anon! Thank you for ask! Well..

I think it means parting with friends in a nutshell. I will answer in your question and write my predictions in my personal style.

The quotes from SNK Guidebook ANSWERS [translated by @suniuz]:

Source: http://suniuz.tumblr.com/post/148847557056/snk-guidebook-answers-isayama-hajime-interview

Isayama: Inside Eren’s mind, there is something like an emotional complex. As his existing beliefs are gradually getting destroyed, he makes “How about just conserving myself?” a new standard, and he makes decisions and acts based upon it.

Interviewer: This is a complex that only Eren experiences. Do Mikasa and Armin have other ways of thinking?

Isayama: Yes, and this is related to the upcoming chapters. With different ways of thinking, the three characters will go into different directions. The result of that, as part of my conception, is that they will sort of oppose each other. The current chapters may foreshadow this kind of development. Mikasa would have to endure the strain of being stuck between Eren and Armin. Even though she can sympathize with Armin, who considers things from a “globalism” perspective, it’s possible that she can’t just let the more self-focused Eren go. [Note: Isayama uses the katakana of “Globalism” in Japanese to describe Armin. He probably means Armin embraces the world and is curious about everything in the universe, while Eren is rather “self-focused” compared to him.]

Armin is a globalist and empathetic boy that means he always tries to understand the opposite point of view 

He has no reasons to fight with his rivals. Because

But for Eren retreat means to lose.

If freedom or life were taken unfairly, he demands the same in return. From now on, it’s an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.

Mikasa doesn’t need revenge for the sake

Because the only thing what she wants

So when these opposite directions will be revealed Eren will choose to escape like in Trost 

And 19-year-old Mikasa will let him go

Isayama: Mikasa’s growth probably involves separation from Eren. By separation, I mean she might be able to return to that ordinary girl that she used to be in childhood… However to Mikasa, it is a wonderful thing to be with Eren forever. Combining what I’ve said, if I were to draw the separation of Eren and Mikasa, I feel like my portrayal likely won’t be satisfactory for readers, because Mikasa would have to endure the strain of being stuck between Eren and Armin. In the movie “Star Wars,“ the protagonist Luke has an rival in antagonist Darth Vader, a counterpart of Luke’s self-image - and he must not turn into Darth Vader. After Luke overcomes many struggles, the story just ends there. In Shingeki no Kyojin, Eren also has something he needs to overcome. It used to be characters like Annie, or his own dark side as he keeps in mind to avoid.  However, in the current storyline, there is no such obstacle for him to conquer. As the manga progresses, I want to draw the process in which…

“Eren discovers the existence he needs to overcome.”

Because an eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.

But at the end

Those times will never come back.

anonymous asked:

What do you think of Isayama as a storyteller? Honestly I like some of he's ideas, but I think he can't develop none properly.

No one pays me to write obsessively about this manga. The time I invest is my way of aggressively showing my love for this story. When I say that Isayama has created some of my favorite characters of all time, I mean it. That’s his hook, that’s his talent. He creates memorable characters in a few panels. He gives just enough to make you care, and leaves enough open to make your mind wander. Filling in the blanks has been the most fun.

It’s far from perfect. My love and frustration appear in equal measure. Chapter 94 is case in point. I love it, and want to rip my hair out at the same time. Let me explain.

It’s the textbook example of everything I’ve come to love about Isayama’s writing. The chapter has hints of humor mixed with gut wrenching heartbreak, side-by-side with elements of mystery and strong parallels connecting it to earlier chapters. The closer you look, the more you see. It’s a meta writer’s dream.

Conversely, everything Isayama does wrong is on full display. I’m celebrating that we’ve finally gotten the warrior backstory but I’m furious that it came too late. We should’ve seen parts of this when it mattered. Some during the 104th trainee days. A bit more while Zeke, Reiner and Bert were on the walls of Shiganshina. 

Imagine how much more powerful Bert’s death would’ve been, for instance, if we’d known he was once a chubby faced boy with natural talents and a kind heart. I have to believe perceptions would be different and the large number of people who hate the warriors would feel more kindly towards them. I’d also like to believe some valuable members of the fandom who left in frustration would still be here.

I don’t want to change a word of the manga. I just want to chop it up and rearrange it. I’m grateful the anime is doing that. The anime is showing just how much more effective a story can be when histories are introduced and mysteries are revealed when they are relevant and not years after the fact.

Maybe Isayama knows this too. Maybe this is why the anime is veering so dramatically from the manga in this way.

Sometimes I feel like Newton’s third law applies to more than physics. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. His enthusiasm for character development is partially to blame for the pacing. His strength in setting up and building mysteries have meant reveals that can’t live up to the hype.  His love of the long con have required reader patience. Am I making sense here? I can’t tell. My rambling is also me aggressively showing my love for the story :P

Thank you for this ask anon. I want to end by saying that I have huge respect for Isayama. I’m grateful. Knowing this is his debut work makes me excited to see what comes next.

Levi’s choice (part 1 of 3)

Since a person or two basically asked me to explain what happened exactly, given the kind of metas circulating around, I thought I should say mine as well. I’ve struggled both before and while writing this post (multiple times I have to say) because first my english was unintelligible, then I expanded the topic so much I ended up talking about the whole story instead of going straight to the point. Anyway. I’m using more pictures than else as always, in order to avoid misunderstandings and to try to convey what the author is trying to say by filtering the less I can.

*DISCLAIMER*: this meta discusses the story’s crude view on subjects like death and the human nature, keep this in mind before reading!

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