Ymir’s death isn’t bothersome because we didn’t want our favourite to die.
(The Bury Your Gays trope IS relevant, because it always is, but I’m going to ignore that for a second in light of the “everyone dies” argument.)
“If I’m ever given a second chance in life, I want to live for only myself.”
That’s not what happened.
Ymir already “died,” her sacrificing herself is just repetition. There’s no development. Ymir giving up her life, giving up Historia goes against everything she said she wanted to do differently. Throwing herself into battle to protect Historia is also not the same as throwing herself away to appease people for something she wasn’t even aware she was doing.
Ymir dying on her knees is insulting.
I’m not upset there’s no happily ever after. I prefer bittersweet. But if anyone’s story would have fit, it’s hers – if not, then dying fighting for herself/Historia.
I’m mad because it feels rushed. It feels like bad writing. It feels like an actually important character’s death was a single panel that threw away everything we knew about her.