It took me a while to realize this, but did you peep how Armin was subtly cheering for Annie during the fight in stohess district? Like, seriously Armin your best friend is about to go toe to toe with the enemy again and you're showing us that you're more confident in Annie's fighting capabilities than Eren. Stuff like this just shows he had a thing for her.
tfw ur best friend is fighting for the sake of humanity but ur gf is beautiful and strong and has the most powerful legs that u wish to suffocate in
Annie Leonhardt is such a fascinating character in the universe of Shingeki no Kyojin. She is a villain…but not entirely. She commits heinous acts, but her motivations are so unclear. We get very little background on her except for a handful of flashbacks of her father and her interactions with Reiner and Eren.
However, now that we’ve advanced so far in the story, if we look back at some of the earlier scenes we can pull out a great deal more about Annie and the other two conspirators. In fact, I think they may be huge keys to unlocking many of the overarching conspiracies of the story. But first, let’s break it down to look at the characters first:
Looking back, it appears that Reiner is the definitive leader of the Shifter unit and Annie was an unwilling replacement for Marcel.
We now know for a fact that originally Reiner and Bertholt had third shifter member of their group named Marcel whom Ymir accidentally ate. At some point, Annie joined their trio. There is no reference whether or not Annie was a part of the group while Marcel was still around, though she is not depicted in the flashback of Marcel’s death.
There are three different points in which Annie, very subtly, defers to Reiner’s directive which gives credence to idea that he could be the person in charge:
This last scene in which Reiner takes it upon himself to teach Annie about being a “soldier” during basic training has the most information about Annie and Reiner’s dynamic in the entire series so far.
Reiner proves to be fairly antagonistic to Annie in this scene. And as we now know from later chapters, he has a particular “hang up” shall we say on Soldiers versus Warriors. We can glean from reading Chapter 47 that to Reiner, “Soldiers” represent the roles that the Shifters are playing in their undercover positions in the military. Given that, it would make sense that Reiner might be upset with Annie’s undercover performance.
This, plus Annie’s general reticence about even being in the military in the first place, leads me to believe that she was a replacement for Marcel that neither her, nor Reiner, were happy about. Reiner seems to expect her to live up to his standards of performance as team leader. She is only there before she seems to have been forced to. And Reiner’s last comment to her in hand-to-hand training sequence implies that he’s not thrilled with her being there either:
Next I’m going to be looking more specifically at Annie herself and how we can tell she was forced into a position she never wanted in the first place. Stay tuned…
Jeff and Annie and the “So Big” moments of S6 that the fandom refuses to see or accept
Okay, I have to finally speak out on this because I
have had ENOUGH, JA fandom. I keep seeing over and over, J/A S6 moments being
discredited, devalued, and cast aside and treated as unimportant and I’m sick
Sure, yes, there aren’t as many JA biased eps in
this season versus S5 (where 10 out of thirteen eps have at least some JA bias
or foundation) but here’s the thing. IT HAS TO BE THAT WAY.
Ever since Basic Crisis Room Decorum – which IS a JA
and Annie-centric – Jeff and Annie’s interactions have been much more public,
starting as early as Ladders and their very public held gaze there, the moment
between them at the beginning, and the stretchers scene, which is later built
upon by Jeff’s 608 admission to Abed about losing Annie.
Advanced Waxing brought about a new, subtle shift to
J/A’s moments together with Milady Milord being transformed into a genuine love
endearment and no longer something Jeff uses to win Annie over or as an olive
branch to make things right with her – it’s been confirmed as their “As You
Wish” and that is so meaningful once you see it.
Laws of Robotics and Advanced Safety Features was
all about growing Annie and giving her more dimension, but also about piling on
the Jeff/Annie foreshadowing too. Jeff’s public sort-of apology to Annie when
he mentions “misleading” the Dean is not about the Dean. It’s about his
complicated relationship with Annie. Annie extending her hand to him in that
moment was her accepting that apology. Laws of Robotics also resurrects a
prominent S1 J/A theme that was taught to both of them by Professor Whitman’s
Accounting class (teach me to number my days!) and that theme is “Live in the
Moment.” Abed’s film centres around that with “Party Like No Tomorrow” and it’s
telling how Jeff is very ho-hum when Abed makes him dance because Annie isn’t
around, which is a very subtle commentary on how Jeff and Annie both inspire
the other to live in the moment and truly live. Without the other around life shudders
to a standstill or loses its flavour.
In Advanced Safety Features, the entire plot with
Elroy is all about teaching Jeff to be vulnerable and emotionally honest so
that he can be ready when the time comes to tell Annie the truth about the door
and how he feels. Speaking of doors/a door, Britta’s “Everybody’s in such a
rush to protect themselves from each other!” is a meta reference to J/A if I ever
saw one, since hasn’t that what fandom has meta’d Jeff and Annie doing towards
each other over the years?
The fact that Britta mentions A DOOR right after is
also meaningful and laden with foreshadowing since the last time A DOOR
appeared prominently in the storyline, Jeff and Annie put their feelings out
there for each other and that’s basically the gist of that statement: you have
to be brave enough to let your walls come down – so you can let someone in.
Both Jeff and Annie are struggling with that this
season since even though their friendship has remained intact since the JB
nonsense of the S5 finale, there’s emotional walls there now (as Basic RV
Repair alluded to) that they need to break down so that they can seize the day
again – with each other .
Meanwhile, after the HUGE dynamic shift seen in the
Advanced Waxing Milady Milord we get another sign of the growth and development
of Jeff and Annie’s relationship in S6 with the Intro to Recycled Cinema’s “I
love you” improv of TRUTHFULNESS, which for some reason has been even more
discredited and treated as even more inconsequential than the dynamic shifting
Milady Milord and I can’t fathom why.
In Recycled Cinema we get Jeff allowing himself to
appreciate Annie’s beauty openly - by his gazing for a long time at her chest
during her “laser bomb” scene and also clearly checking her out in her
costume - the improvised “I love you” that indicates yes, Annie does still have
feelings of love for him (even if she
might be a bit uncertain about it right now and about herself in general) and
his ready and quick and happy reply of the same indicates that he’s no longer afraid of the
world’s reaction to him loving her anymore.
During that held gaze with her
there, it’s clear all he sees is her and her alone. The world no longer
matters, and we know that was a terrible hang-up for Jeff in regards to Annie
in S2. But he’s grown and developed beyond that, and so has Annie.
Just the fact that both are so happy that their
chemistry is remarked upon by Maury and their lack of personal space indicates
they’re still close with each other and more so, comfortable with showing affection and smiles and happiness with each
other in public.
Write about your favourite otp and their first kiss! It's not the most original of things but it's a fun way to make your own events and mould the story in your own fashion!
Oh jeez I have so many first kiss scenarios for aruani I don’t even know where to begin.
Hell, the first aruani fic I ever wrote back in 2013 (yes, I have been here THAT long) was an accidental first kiss during training. I’m still fond of that scenario!
I’ve also always loved the idea of Annie very subtly initiating it. Isolated personality aside, she’s generally socially awkward and can’t really bring herself to feel good about entering into any kind of relationship with him (or anyone) given her circumstances, but hey. She can be selfish once, right? Totally just that once (lmao). So it’s late at night when they’re all supposed to be asleep in their barracks, but she knows Armin sometimes likes to go out to stargaze. Everyone knows that. So she just pretends to be there coincidentally as well when she meets him behind the infamous stables. Or lakeside, depends on the mood I’m in when imagining it lmao.
Armin would smile and invite her to sit next to him, because it’s always nice to have company. And he feels like he hasn’t hung out with her as much as he’d like to. “If it’s okay with you of course, Annie!” She nods, trying to hold in the fact that she feels like an idiot whose stomach keeps flipping. Annie takes a deep breath and sits down, pretending to look up at the sky with him as he, being Armin, starts to ramble a bit about what’s beyond there.
It’s strange, she thinks. How the world is so unremarkable and cruel, given her knowledge, but she can’t help but get a little excited when he talks about it. The ocean? Meh, it’s nothing but the thing that separates the walls from everywhere else. It’s how she got there. Deserts? Tundra? Who would want to go to such unbearably hot and frigid places? Yet for a split second she’s thinking, maybe if she were to go with him, it wouldn’t be so bad.
Annie interjects occasionally, making him laugh more than she expected. His rather morbid sense of humor aligns well with her dry wit it seems. Before either knows it, they’ve been out there half the night, and Annie’s been staring at him for so long that it’s practically burning a hole in his head. When he notices, he’s staring right back, and their faces heat up. Please make the move, she’s repeating to herself. I’m already ignoring every bit of common sense I have just being here.
And finally, he does! Armin pushes her hair back and just. Goes for it. They’re young, inexperienced, sloppy. Armin breaks away for a moment to apologize, slightly afraid she’s gonna kill him, but instead she pulls him right back in before he can finish his sentence. If she’s gonna be selfish and give in to an urge just this once (LMAO) then she’s going to enjoy the hell out of and savor it.
….so yeah! I also have this scenario where they get trapped in during a blizzard mid-winter training, but that one ends in a bit more than a kiss if ya know what I’m saying wink wink nudge nudge.