This month’s chapter, brings ache really – nope, it’s not because of the obvious scene as being revealed in early image leaks, but rather Jean’s partial mental breakdown. Poor guy… sigh…okay onto the chapter.
1 month 2 weeks and 6 days, since the start of the battle at Trost – no change from last month’s chapter
(Mr. K.) Panels count: 30+
Synopsis of chapter: Levi dodges shots from Kenny. He crashes into a pub; manages to buy sometime by temporary incapacitating Kenny. New Levi squad is ordered to retreat. During the chaos, Mikasa knocks down an enemy onto a cart. Jean, holding a rifle, gets counter-ed; the enemy holds a gun at Jean. BAN! (Historia's father goes to see her.)
one foot into the grave
You know after Levi, Jean actually gets so much page time in this chapter. When I read the spoilers discussion threads, a majority of people were commenting on Jean. Wow…even more than Levi. Sure, because Levi’s never shown to be in any much danger in it. Then with that leaked panel of (presumably) Jean’s hat and blood splats, everyone already knows/thinks/imagines something bad has happened to him. Way to go Isayama, you’ve got loads of people talking about Jean – which has probably never much happened before, right? Even in chapter 50, we knew (mostly) for sure that he would be fine, because he was just shown unconscious. Here, it’s a gun pointed point blank at his face. OMg.
[There are just so much to type about, but I think I will miss some in the initial posting…oh well]
In this chapter, we see right before our eyes how Jean’s mental state practically comes crashing down. (Isayama has done a great job with the facial expressions.) Just from the eyes….you can see the despair, trauma, fear, all sorts of shit. Jean is not ready for this , and technically, he wasn’t even given a chance to bail out either – remember this chapter occurs on the same day as chapter 57. People gets frustrated about Jean hesitating. We aren’t sure if he’s scared or actually being moral and having a kind soul, but I think that’s what normal human would do…especially when they aren’t trained to kill people. <- they were trained to kill titans (yea yea…that titans are actually people theory… -pushes that away for now-
No one know whether Jean’s dead or not – not until chapter 59 at least. Even then, we might jump onto another scene, away from the Levi squad, in next chapter. So it’s a tough long month of wait for Jean fans. What would piss me off is: chapter 59 – NOT Levi squad, volume 14’s released with extra pages, showing Jean’s really dead! 😐 …Although…as we all know, the back cover of each volume shows the 104th class top 10. So when volume 14 is released, readers, after finishing chapter 58 ( = end of volume 13), can be spoiled on Jean’s fate simply by looking at vol. 14’s back cover. Does that mean it’s not practical to kill off a 104th top 10 in the last chapter of a volume? (sure..Isayama can just write Jean being fatally injured in chapter 59… 😐 ) Jean maybe the weakest link of the team in this chapter, but I certainly don’t want this to be his goodbye.
Makes you wonder if Levi knows about each member’s thoughts. Of course not. This is a way of showing how a good leader should know their teammates’ weakness, as much as strength. That’s right, it’s a Jean quality.
If Jean does make this out alive, how will that happened? People threw out all sorts of possibilities:
– Armin has a gun, and shoots that enemy in the head
– Mikasa slices
– Levi/Sasha/Connie somehow helped
– Marlo/Hitch comes to rescue
I think all are possible, but that hat+blood panel really made fans worry about Jean’s fate.
[it’s late and night, and I am rambling…better pause here for now; might add more later, here, or on another entry. although for my own sake, it’d be better for me to take my mind off of this chapter for a while]
on a lighter note
They were commenting about this on 2ch threads.
(screencap of Music Station show in Japan, so, no, that’s not a cosplayer).
B/W header stays on until Mr. K.’s safety is confirmed! (those words are in (broken) SnK lingo btw)
Oh…officially 100th. woo…