Eren is the best protagonist for a series like Attack on Titan.
A lot of people get frustrated that Eren is slow to jump into fights, like when he couldn’t transform to fight the female titan and when he froze up last episode during one of the Top 10 Anime Betrayals of all time. I think this misses out on a crucial point. Eren is actually very quick to join the action - but only when the situation fits the narrative of a sterotypical shounen. He’s the first one to go after killing the colossal titan when it appeared in episode 5. He saves Armin from being eaten alive while bleeding and missing a leg. Getting revenge for his mother and saving his childhood friend - classic shounen plotlines.
Eren is, essentially, a sterotypical shounen protagonist trapped in a storyline that subverts shounen tropes. He’s in the wrong genre. He views the world as very clear-cut good vs. evil. Humans are good, titans are bad, and humans will eventually succeed because they are on the good side. He believes it, so we believe it too. This is what makes it so shocking when the story deviates from shounen norms. (see: Levi’s squad and how the power of friendship failed to save them)
This is also the real reason why Eren hesitates when it is revealed that his friends were his enemies all along. It’s not because he’s a wimp or because he’s the new Shinji, it’s because his character isn’t prepared for a morally ambiguous world. However, this is what makes him a such a great protagonist for us. While we come to terms with the fact that the world of Attack on Titan isn’t as black and white as it first appeared, so does Eren, right alongside us.
Taken from the light novels written by Nagomu Torii, with illustrations by Tomoyo Kamoi. Adapted for the small screen by Kyoto Animation and directed by Taichi Ishidate (Lucky Star), they bring us a beautiful story of love, perversion, daemons, loyalty, betrayal and curses.
Indeed I allow myself a lot of things and I go in all directions. But there is one thing I always keep in mind when I draw my stories: children must also be able to read them. There are young readers who read Soul Eater and from there we can not do anything either. Indeed I sometimes go in very dark or grotesque ways. But I still limit myself to the fact that the readership a little young is never shocked by what I will show.
The wish to create a vampire story existed for over 10 years. About 16 years ago I submitted the suggestion for Seraph of the End for the first time, but it wasn’t taken. In Seraph of the End are also other elements than vampires included, jujustu, the japanese fighting art, for example. The manga is a compressed image of all my inspiration and interests. So I’m very grateful for its success.