What changes happened during ep 28? I binged read the manga so ..
I would be so grateful if you tell which chapter is the episode 28?
@lumicuous said: I fully agree and I hope so much they’ll animate it the way it is in the manga! Though, I have a question… what changes in Episode 28 do you mean?
I’m putting all of these together again since they are about the same thing ^^.
Like I said in my other post, I didn’t like those changes. The one who got it worse was Mikasa, but the changes weren’t really good for Eren and Levi either, in my opinion.
But well, to make some sense of what I’m saying I need to explain myself a bit more, so let’s start from the beginning!
The scene I’m talking about is from Chapter 37 of the manga, and was animated on episode 28 with some changes.
During this scene, Levi talks to Eren, Armin, and Mikasa and gives them instructions about what to do next, since they’re going to go separate ways. This scene occurs during the cart ride.
Levi first tells Eren he has to succeed no matter what. And just after that he addresses Armin and Mikasa. We got the first part in the anime quite well, so I can’t complain about that.
But in the anime, they moved the other part of the conversation to a scene later on. Levi then talks to Armin in a similar way as in the manga, but when he talks to Mikasa, is when the issues start. This is what originally Levi said to Mikasa:
This dialogue did happen in the anime scene more or less accurately. But in the manga, he continued and told her this:
This part was changed in the anime, and Levi told this to Eren instead.
“And finally… Eren. Learn how to restrain yourself. Don’t succumb to rage and lose sight of the goal. We can’t afford another mistake”.
This… changes a lot of things.
The reason Levi said this to Mikasa in the first place is because how she acted in the encounter with the female titan in the forest. She tried to attack her even if Levi told her not to. For Levi, saving Eren was the priority. He let this very clear to Mikasa during that time, and he is doing it again now. Because of Mikasa’s actions, Levi got injured. What Levi meant with these words was that her attachment to Eren is precisely what can backfire for her and put him at risk. She has to make protecting Eren her priority no matter what, and for that she has to keep a clear head and avoid getting carried out by her rage.
Mikasa is not going to forget about this conversation, and this exchange is going to be very important to her development. Many people did not like this change, and have explained the reasons extensively since then, so I won’t go much into it, since I’m trying to focus on Eren and Levi here.
Because for me, this scene in the manga was also very important for Eren and Levi’s relationship because it showed how Levi always put Eren first, and how he made sure to let clear his safety was the most important thing, just before they separated. He wanted to make sure Eren was protected properly now that he couldn’t do it himself. It doesn’t matter if you see Levi’s intentions as caused by duty, or by personal feelings; it’s a fact that he puts Eren’s safety as the most important thing.
Also, the way Levi’s face changes in the anime when talking to Eren compared with Armin and Mikasa didn’t help either. He speaks to them very calmly, but when it’s time to talk to Eren, suddenly his face gets… (I’m not going to discuss the animation because, lol) I don’t know what’s that, but he’s not happy! Here’s a comparison:
Of course to anyone who enjoys Eren and Levi’s relationship, these changes will be already a sad thing on itself. But what it personally bothered me by this change, (and the whole reason of this post lol) was the fandom reaction, especially by people who haven’t read the manga and get their vision of Eren and Levi’s relationship from the anime only.
And the reason is simple: Why would Levi say this to Eren? The conclussion many people reached was that this was caused by Eren’s decision in the forest, and the death of Levi’s squad.
I completely disagree with this.
Levi gave Eren the choice to do what he thought was best. He has repeated again and again how no one can know the outcome of that choice. Levi would never blame Eren for the death of his squad this way, he would not refer to it as a mistake, or something that happened because of Eren’s rage. I repeat,
Levi would never blame Eren for the death of his squad!
Even more when this has been already discussed between them. Remember this scene from Chapter 32?
So why then, the anime makes Levi talk to Eren like that? The most likely reason and the theory I agree with the most, is that this is because the anime also changed the final battle with the female titan in Stohess, and made Eren lose control, go into berserker mode, etc. So then, it makes sense for Levi to say this to Eren in the anime. In the context on the anime alone, this change is justified, even if this never happened in the manga.
So in my opinion, if I’m going to judge the changes just by that, they really aren’t a big deal in regards of Eren and Levi.
I understand that the anime has to make changes from the manga to be able to adapt it, and it’s not going to be an exact copy of it. But, like I said before, the way some part of the fandom reacted to this is what upset me and why I wished they had never made this change.
There are people who think Levi hates Eren because of the death of his squad. Who think of Eren as just a bundle of rage who can’t control himself, it’s always yelling/crying, etc. The anime exagerates this a lot in many occasions. Levi telling him this, with that expression, did not help at all on that regard. I saw comments saying how Eren “is always messing everything up” and “it’s obvious Levi is fed up with him”. And usually those comments are followed by some remark like “how can people still ship ereri omg”.
So yeah… this is why this change is annoying to me, haha.
In the original scene, when everyone is asking Eren if he’s going to be able to seal the hole, Levi realizes he is uncomfortable, pressured, and he speaks to reassure him, he gives him encouragement and motivation, and he does this calmly, without getting angry at him. He never blames him for any mistakes or talks about his rage. That’s how Levi and Eren’s relationship actually is for me, and I hope more people saw it that way, too.
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Merging the mecha genre with Miyazaki-inspired fantasy and imagery, Escaflowne is something of a forgotten gem from the mid-90s. Although it fared much better overseas (in Korea and Canada specifically), Escaflowne was overshadowed in Japan due to some of the worst timing of an anime premiere ever; it was released the week after the finale of Neon Genesis Evangelion, so people were considerably too pissed off and confused to really give a shit about anything besides sending Anno death threats. (Also quick reminder that it’s not cool to send death threats ever.) Its overseas popularity, however, was enough to give it a notably darker feature film adaption in 2000, which, while visually appealing, just doesn’t have the same magic to it that the original 26 episode anime possesses. Escaflowne became something of a gateway anime when its first half was aired on 4Kids predecessor Fox Kids—cancelled only because nobody at Fox Kids thought it necessary to watch the series all the way through and figure out that this isn’t a family-friendly cartoon. On that note, the English dub (which I watched) is actually pretty good aside from a couple of those typical overzealous voice acting jobs that come with any 90s anime.
Escaflowne is everything I want in an anime: dynamic and diverse female characters, fluid animation, color-popping visuals, a squeaky-voiced teenage tyrant with Beavis-inspired pyromania, a gorgeous soundtrack, a dude named Van Fanel who has a seemingly endless supply of red shirts on hand at all times, gender role critique, lesbian cat-women (Lesbian. Cat-Women.), mechas, and a romantic subplot that’s neither forced nor tiresome.
The basic premise follows high school student Hitomi, a track star with latent psychic powers and a crystal pendant necklace I really damn want, who is suddenly transported away in a pillar of light to the world of Gaea with Prince of Fanelia, Van Fanel. (By the way, this occurs after a fucking dragon Van Fanel had been chasing in a right-of-passage quest suddenly just showed up in the middle of the track field to tear shit up.) But after Van’s home country is destroyed in a brutal blitzkrieg by a neighboring empire, Hitomi embarks on a quest with Van to turn the tide of the oncoming war, their sole hope being the Guymelef mecha Escaflowne.
I won’t give away any spoilers, but one of the things Escaflowne does impeccably well is provide us with a female protagonist whose passivity in the action doesn’t deprive her of agency as a character. We so often are under the assumption that in order for a female character to be “good” or “strong” they need to be physically engaged in the action—be an undefeated warrior, have 16-pack abs, or punch a fucking eldritch horror in the face or whatever. While there’s nothing wrong with such female characters, the fact that we so often measure how valuable a female character is according to how physically “active” they are is just so limiting.
In many ways, Hitomi reminds me of Sophie Hatter from Howl’s Moving Castle, whose strength as a character comes from an inner compassion, her pacifist values, and an emerging self-confidence that ends up saving everyone around her from the destruction of war. Hitomi neither pilots any mechas nor wields any swords. Her psychic abilities are not impervious to her own faults and teenage selfishness. She cries and yearns for romance like any other 15 year-old girl.
But in no way is she floating throughout the narrative without aim or purpose.
The honesty given to Escaflowne’s female cast is a refreshing one to the shounen genre. Not only does it stand out for being a shounen anime focused on a female protagonist (a trait shared with works such as Soul Eater and Claymore), but it manages to do so without giving into the demand for sexualizing fanservice that tends to plague female characters in shounen. (Well, except for the cat-women, but even then they’re given a backstory treatment that rescues them from the heap of physics defying boobs and upskirt shots.)
Did I mention that in one episode there’s a guy with pink hair and a fucking snake? If that isn’t gonna sell you on this then I dunno what to tell you.