What do you like about Nanaba? <3 (I love her so much I just--)
I love everything about Nanaba. That 11/10 Resolve is really interesting to think about considering what we got of her in the canon. She definitely has resolve but sometimes she needs a little reassurance! Which is nice because I love badass female characters as much as anyone, but it’s good to see that they can be written as human, too.
And for something different from me… One of her most underrated moments is this one:
I know a lot of people give “motherly” as a trait to Nanaba, but Lynne is the one who speaks gently to Connie and tries to lift his spirits/be supportive in the face of overwhelming odds. Nanaba is like this. She doesn’t mince words and she doesn’t coddle.
To be clear, I don’t think she’s trying to be an asshole here. She understands what these kids are going through because she’s been through it, too. And before you can say she hasn’t: 1) she’s been a new recruit in the SC, and 2) she was a part of the chaos when Shiganshina and Maria fell. She knows better than these kids how awful their situation is; she’s seen it before and from an adult’s perspective. But she refuses to let any of them shirk the responsibility of the choice they’ve all made freely: that of being a soldier. They chose this path. There is no going back now.
We don’t get to see much of Nanaba but I do think what we get of her is wonderful. Even though she’s generally calm and collected, she’s as human as her companions and has fears just the same as they do. Let’s not forget that she manages a leadership role with relative ease and despite her rather serious nature in most of her scenes, manages a spark of humor around Gelgar, horror and grief over her lost teammates, and desperation enough when it’s obvious Gelgar is about to die that she throws herself at his enemy in a bleak attempt to save his life.
UGh I just love her.