With this chapter, volume 12 (C47,48,49,50) becomes a must buy for fans of Mr. K – because, it will be the first volume in which he appears in every chapter (he’d most definitely be there in chapter 50 given what happens here in chapter 49)
Panels count: 26+
Synopsis of chapter: The 104ths escaped from titan Reiner just in time. Amidst the chaos, Erwin's grabbed by a. titan and loses his arm, but that doesn't stop him from helping to recapture Eren. Mikasa, gets distracted , and nearly gets killed by a titan. Jean stabs the titan in the eye, freeing Mikasa. Reiner uses some titans as projectiles. Mikasa and Eren are both down, and now the titan from 5 years ago appears before them.
Is this to show Armin still being clumsy physically-wise? There’s been a lot of talk about Armin being the possible future commander, or even, the next “Erwin”.
Though he’s been called hotheaded, so far in battle, he’s shown to always having a clear mind of the immediate situation – although, we haven’t seen if he’d become reckless when Mikasa’s involved. It is dangerous to charge at a titan’s face, because we all know what can happen (see E21? ). Either he calculated the risk, or this being one of those rare moments.
This is a Jean K. related blog, and so there’s bound to be some sort of bias.
My dream team for the next “commander” has always been the Armin-Jean duo. They need each other, simple as that. Neither of them can function well as commander solo. Armin has the brain, and Jean is the swiss-army knife. (in terms of social skills, the current Jean is probably 180degrees from his trainee days) Armin is an A.I. with a “handle with care” sticker, and Jean doesn’t really plan out strategy to the extent of what Armin does. Someone has commented on how Armin has loss most of his innocence ever since he joined the military. I am also concern of him becoming more radical. Sure, people calls this character development, but it still pains to see him becoming colder (not cooler).
I think Jean’s words of “unpopular commander getting stabbed from behind and dies” (back in chapter 2x), might be some sort of …. (..and I don’t want that to happen, whether literally, or figure of speech)
rough idea translation:
“So in this month’s chapter, Bu-san did not flee without Jean.
It’s a miracle!!
Thank you, Bu-san
Please take good care of Jean from here on.”
It seems Bu-san has grown up – not abandoning its master in the face of danger. (Buchwald is name of Jean’s horse. Fans shortened the name to “Bu-san” on some boards)