C59

59-00So there are people in the story who are just like Jean. Jean’s humanity nearly cost him his life; but that secret ops girl lost hers because of the exact same thing. Header’s back with colours, yep, horse face is safe, and has lived up once again to the title “luckiest unlucky guy”.

Timestamp:
1 month 2 weeks and 7 ? days
; probably passed a day since last chapter; at the end of this chapter, should be the night of “1 month 2 weeks and 7 days”.

(Mr. K.) Panels count: 87+ (yes, this is just like OAD2 )

Synopsis of chapter: Nile is informed by reporters of what's happened in the previous chapter.  Armin's not feeling well after shooting that girl.  Jean and Levi comes to an under-standing.  The team captured Marlo and Hitch.  Jean uses his "bad guy face" asset to test those two.  The team is able to locate the whereabouts of Eren and Historia thanks to intel from Marlo/Hitch.

the not-so-bad-after-all guy has returned

the not-so-bad-after-all guy has returned

glad to see Armin still has his humanity with him; and Mikasa being there to consul

glad to see Armin still has his humanity with him; and Mikasa being there to consul

she speaks to Jean, sort of.

she speaks to Jean, sort of.

asks about Armin, still a best friend of Armin

asks about Armin, still a best friend of Armin

special ops girl: (pauses) what a horse face... armin: (fires pistol)

special ops girl: (pauses) what a horse face…
armin: (fires pistol)

Armin's killed a "good person" to save another good person

Armin’s killed a “good person” to save another good person

+++ points for both of them this chapter ; Levi's becoming everyone's mentor (damn..flag raises..)

+++ points for both of them this chapter ; Levi’s becoming everyone’s mentor (damn..flag raises..)

an absent of nearly 25 chapters

an absent of nearly 25 chapters

why do I think he's doing this on purpose to act as bait

why do I think he’s doing this on purpose to act as bait

Armin is the trap (no pun intended)

Armin is the trap (no pun intended)

Jean shows up in so much panels during this scene that you know Isayama's gonna let him do something important

Jean shows up in so much panels during this scene that you know Isayama’s gonna let him do something important

no words needed ; I sense good leader-subordinate relationship

no words needed ; I sense good leader-subordinate relationship

"actor" Jean

“actor” Jean

reminds me of that face during the trainee days, when Eren asked him for help with 3dmg

reminds me of that face during the trainee days, when Eren asked him for help with 3dmg

lost a gun in last chapter, a knife in this chapter

lost a gun in last chapter, a knife in this chapter

he'd make a good interrogator

he’d make a good interrogator

sorry..I just have to laugh at this..

sorry..I just have to laugh at this..now the “horse face” nickname is no longer Eren-exclusive.

still ends up with a head wound

still ends up with a head wound

ok...now where's Eren this chapter?

ok…now where’s Eren this chapter?

er what….? who’s the main character?

A big ありがとうございます to Isayama of course. Not only is Jean safe, but also gets tremendous growth in this chapter. Jean’s like the star of this chapter, alongside Levi and Armin. The chapter also reminds us how important is he to the story; maybe not the plot, but…you get the idea. Unless you are hardcore fans of Eren, you wouldn’t find this chapter unnatural at all.

A lot of people thought Jean should die (in last chapter) just to show that his “shall not kill human” philosophy is incompatible in that world of SnK. Instead Isayama managed to use that assassin girl to display that. And even though Jean seems to have changed his mind about not killing people, in this chapter, I am glad Levi didn’t entirely condemn Jean’s way of thinking – which is important, as shown later when Jean tested the two MPs.
EDIT: and there are people suggesting the reason that assassin girl hesitated might be because Jean had shown mercy to her earlier (by not opening fire)…

I am also happy to see the Jean who can come up with ingenious plan, makes a return. This is above what he’s done back in the female titan story arc (well, technically, he only came up with an idea back then, and Armin completed the rest of the plan). The way he and Levi seem to able to know what other’s thinking without much words is just amazing development. Just as recently as last chapter, there’s some doubt on whether or not Marco’s evaluation of Jean’s leadership trait is valid. Here, in chapter 59, it’s safe to say, Jean definitely has the potential. On a related topic, does anyone think…there’s hint that Jean might be in Levi’s position eventually….? (not in terms of fighting role, but leading) Then the whole scene with him and Marlo and Hitch. That’s probably the funniest thing for a while. Now we know how his “thug face” can be useful. Hitch slamming a wooden branch on Jean’s face, and screaming something along the lines of “You f-king horse face!!” ( edit: so the original Japanese wording is “この馬面がぁあああ” ~ “this horse face gaaaahhh” ?? 😛 )… LOL…that made my day.

Oh right, I appreciate that Isayama didn’t make Armin progress into a ruthless person (here); and Jean apologized to him. I think that’s more important than just thanking, because that shows he understands how his (in)action has caused pain to Armin. Just saying thanks to Armin is just too shallow in terms of their friendship.

That’s all for now. Lots of Jean praises, but hey, this is a blog focused on Jean.

What? Blog’s almost one year old? Well, chapter 59 is a big present.

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28 thoughts on “C59

    1. admin

      Welcome and thanks! Major points to Levi this chapter for extending his mentor role to beyond the EMA trio.

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  1. Detective Mask

    Thank goodness Jean is safe! And just like the theory, it’s Armin who delivers the shot. It really does pay to look closely at the details.

    Jean apologizing to Armin really is the way to go. I did imagine him doing that for something like this. You can’t help but be apologetic for being that much of a burden to someone. Hopefully, Armin can recover from this and still keep hold of his humanity.

    And wow, Marlo and Hitch are still here? They only had such a minor role in the anime, so it makes me wonder how far they’ll be used in the manga.

    Now that the concept of losing one’s humanity has circled around in this manga, does anyone get the feeling that eventually, the end of this series will heavily involve the inevitable loss of humanity? Could it be that Isayama’s planned ending was supposed to have been something with this kind of theme?

    Thanks for sharing this. I really appreciate it.

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    1. vofoj

      Haha…and the others in the team didn’t go gang up on him/casting blame, that’s a relief. And Levi managed to gain Jean’s trust, and vice versa.

      They had an even more minor role in the manga. lol.. wonder if that means death flags for some other members in the present Levi squad.

      Well I think we’ve heard his original planned ending was pretty much death for all casts, whether that equates to humanity’s doom, not so sure.

      Oh..and thanks for leaving a comment. 😛

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  2. Gabriela

    I love this chapter, It definitely was way better than I’d expected given last chapter’s agonic circumtances. First off, It was too much a bliss to me the (almost) full display of Jean’s personality, all the serius and laughable matters. Second, he didn’t die although it was only logical assumption he woun’t (hopefuly he won’t EVER). And lastly, something I’d totally forget about: Jean’s trust in Eren…… Well, and adding the new Levi- Jean trust feels it surely makes their path smoothly as it can get in a manga written by a sadist (jk)…so that’s why I’m just awaiting for next chapter blood spilling.
    Congrats for first year blog anniversary!
    ps.everybody looked exceptionally beautiful in this chapter especially Mikasa.

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    1. vofoj

      This chapter’s definitely a treat to the Jean fans. I think Isayama surprised us by giving him “double growth” in this chapter. Not only has Jean learned the obvious lesson, but after that talk with Levi, he was able to apply what he took from Levi’s words onto a situation (that testing of Marlo and Hitch).
      lol..thanks…I think it also roughly coincides with an one year anniversary of Jean’s reappearance in the manga after chapter 34.

      Lots of practice opportunities on drawing facial expressions for Isayama in this chapter.

      p.s. Jean finally knows about his horse face nickname.

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  3. jeanathan

    My intuition tells me that Jean might become the second in-command for Levi Squad, incase Levi dies, Jean takes over and Armin becomes second in-command. That would make it so awesome with Jean having his own squad. I think this is all a preparation for Levi’s finale, aka his death. He’ll probably sacrifice himself nobily.

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    1. vofoj

      I am glad the author didn’t forget about Jean’s leadership potential. The warming relation between Levi and Jean is likely a first step in establishing Jean’s role in the team – as other has mentioned, much like Eld’s role in the former Levi squad. I think Armin’s more of a big-picture guy, kind of the opposite to Jean; so I wouldn’t say he’d be second-in-command.

      Funny how you just mentioned wanting Jean to have his own squad last week, and now in this chapter, hints everywhere (maybe not that soon, but it’s likely there in the future)

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        1. vilepriestess

          I think at this point Levi is the mentor of Mikasa, Armin and Jean. I’d say that there’s more evidence that Mikasa will follow in Levi’s footsteps and inherit his “Humanity’s Strongest” position. Meanwhile, Armin gets paralleled with Erwin a lot, so he will lead/plan. I think Jean will lead, too, but in the sense that he will execute Armin’s plans on the battlefield and adjust them to the situation according to his own judegement. And he’ll probably trust and support Armin similarly as Levi does to Erwin.

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          1. jeanathan

            What makes you say that Levi is Mikasa’s mentor? Is it because they have “Ackerman” in their last name? I haven’t seen anything that proves what you are saying. The only thing that Levi has done that might have inspired Mikasa was when they were fighting the Female Titan, and that was along time ago.
            Altough correct me if I’m wrong, cause my personal feelings of Mikasa might get in the way of my straight thinking.

            And I still cannot see Armin as the main commander as long as he doesn’t get rid of the “boy” stamp he has gotten. And the Survey Corps doesn’t have to have the command structure it currently had with Levi as second in command and Erwin as Commander. I can see a new command structure with Jean as Commander and Armin as his second in command coming up with the plans.

            I guess it all has to do with what your personal preferences are but I still think Jean has a big potential that needs to be used, soon.

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            1. vilepriestess

              He constantly works together with her in battle and relies on her, she has come to respect him and trust him a lot despite her misgivings about him beating up Eren, they are fairly alike in personality and are both super-strong, she has imitated one of his techniques before, she feels responsible for his injury and has learned a more responsible attitude thanks to this incident etc. etc.

              What do you mean by “boy” stamp?
              Armin looks young, but he is incredibly mature, smart, determinded and has repeatedly tried to emulate Erwin’s ruthlessness and Erwin has been generally and inspiration to him. I love Jean, but being the leader of the SL requires a certain level or ruthlessness. Jean admits in this very chapter that he can’t be like that, even if his overall attitude has changed a great deal. Also, I can’t say that I want Jean to be commander anymore – being in that position would make him unhappy 24/7. That being said, again I’m not sure that either of them will ever be commander – they’ll be and equal leadership duo that won’t be formally installed anywhere.

              I wouldn’t want Jean to live up to his full potential so soon because that would make him ripe for being killed off. Better spread out his development throughout the whole manga and let him have his big climatic moment in the finale of the series.

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              1. jeanathan

                Thanks for telling me about Mikasa, though I cannot see Jean’s part anywhere, If Mikasa takes Levi’s spot, Armin takes Erwin’s spot. Then what spot does Jean get in your way of thinking?
                I know we still haven’t seen anything yet, but we can still speculate to as what will be Jean’s future.

  4. Ifurita

    I don’t know if Levi will die any time soon given that he is so popular, but I do think that the second half of the chapter was definitely an instance of Jean, let’s say, collecting EXP to level up and become a good leader one day. And I really loved it, it’s cool to see him be so cunning. (Armin’s reaction was great, too, though really heartbreaking. But I’m happy that he is able to have that sort of reaction – it means that he isn’t becoming cold (yet/any time soon).)

    As for his relationship with Armin, nowadays I wonder if it will even be a commander/subordinate thing since the SL has been disbanded and we don’t know if it will ever be reinstalled. But I do think that Armin protecting Jean as much as he does and Jean being so affected by him is probably a case of their bond being strengthened for this future role.

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    1. jeanathan

      Great input, About the Levi thing, Sure he is popular, but I think this has all been a build up for Levi’s death. Just looking at the previous chapters and the latest one just makes me think that.
      Sure, alot of fangirls (and fanguys, lol) Will be pissed off but it just feels like Levi’s time has passed and a new generation is emerging.

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      1. jeanathan

        Plus, I never heard of the Survey Corps being officially disbanded. I mean, it’s like Levi says, Only the victor will decide the outcome.

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        1. vilepriestess

          Didn’t chapter 57 mention that the SL was disbanded? I mean, they’re pretty much killing or imprisoning any member they can find but I think the word disbanded was also thrown around.

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          1. vofoj

            I don’t think it’s been “officially” disbanded…that was Jean and Armin’s conclusion to the wanted notice with Levi’s sketch on it. I believe it’s more along the lines of , “I guess it means the SL is pretty much disbanded, isn’t it? “

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    2. vofoj

      @Ifurita
      Not soon, but I think even Levi fans will agree that he may not last til the end of the story; and this chapter reminds us how can can fit into the role perfectly. Jean found/earned his role in the team in the chapter. Even at the end, Levi actually complimented Jean (for the getting those two MPs on their side thing). I am also curious as to what Connie and Sasha thoughts are in regards to the past chapters’ events – they’ve been muted for the whole chapter.

      I’m not sure “cunning” is the right word for that – since Jean actually trusted Marlo during the tests. It’s probably more along the lines of “quick-witted”. He didn’t discard his trust on the goodness of people – partially due to what Levi has said earlier about there being times when Jean’s “moral thinking” can be the correct way. (on another note, I wonder if Marlo (or Hitch) realise Jean faked that tripping)

      There’s Jean holding off his words so to not make Armin think worse of himself for pulling the trigger. Contrast that to Jean’s known personality of speaking his mind without any sort of filtering. Subtle, but another character development; or maybe that’s only exclusive towards Armin.

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      1. jeanathan

        Great stuff @vofoj

        I agree to you, I think Isayama is right now focusing on a part of the Squad. TBH, Sasha is just there for comic relief and I don’t think Isayama can fit Sasha in to the spirit of the team as easy as he could before. Connie needs revenge for the Ragako Village but he can only do that against the titans so I bet Sasha and Connie will only be there for Moral Support and Combat Support in the next couple of chapters, they will probably be further developed later when the battle against the MP is done.

        Jean is my favorite character (if you can’t tell), but he has to take a grip as he did with Marlo and Hitch and prove to the rest that he can stand on his own legs as well.

        Btw, I myself am a Eren Hater so, I hope Marlow replaces Eren as the main character but that would be a huge leap from such a minor role though.

        P.S I love spreading JeanLove 🙂

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        1. vofoj Post author

          I agree it’s hard to fit Sasha (and to some extent Connie) into the team’s dynamics; because they do not have the luxury that Jean has – of having special bonds to almost each of EMA. Will be interested to know how Isayama will tie them back into the story – unless bad things happen to them.

          It’s about time there’s another “thinker” within the team. Jean’s ability’s been overlooked either because of his own misfortunes, or Armin’s over-the-top brilliance overshadowing it.

          😛 …I don’t really hate Eren, more of being indifferent. I think Eren isn’t the typical main character, he’s more like …well that “drill” anime’s character. It’s his ideals that’s the “main character” of the story (or one of the main characters). I think we saw how that worked in this chapter (59).

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      2. vilepriestess

        I definitely think that dying would fit Levi’s story. I can see him sacrificing himself for the kids, both as a sort of redemption for using them as a “trigger” for Eren and because he has already lost two squads (his own and Hange’s) so I could see him not wanting that to happen again. But I’m not quite sure yet, since I don’t think there’s any definite proof that he feels emotional attachment to any of the kids. He might – he basically forgave Mikasa for disobeying his orders even though he injured his leg due to it, he kind of forgave Jean and even encouraged him despite his mistake and he praised Armin and calmed him down a bit.
        Levi’s hard to read, though, so he might be just like that with them because he feels that this is the best way to nudge them into growing into good soldiers.

        I also wish that Isayama showed more insight into Connie’s and Sasha’s feelings, but so far the main focus was on Mikasa, Armin and Jean.

        Cunning doesn’t mean a lack of trust, or evilness though – just being clever, and Jean’s manipulation was exactly that. He basically found a way to “give” Marlo the knife without it being obvious that this is what he wanted, he used his old hand-to-hand combat lessons well and he tricked Marlo into thinking that he really had a gun with him and got him to believe that he really intends to kill him. Jean still put himself at risk and gambled high, but he won and got a great proof of Marlo’s sincerity. I think he even won Marlo’s friendship, since his choice to not have a real gun showed Marlo that Jean actually put his life in his hands even though it seemed to be the other way around at first.
        I agree that this scene was both a show of Jean’s character development but also him trying to incorporate his old views into his new approach.

        Yeah, I noticed that, too. With Eren in 51, Jean didn’t hold back. Granted, in this case, Jean was directly responsible for Armin’s suffering, so it wasn’t quite the same. That being said, I think what also “broke” Jean a bit was the fact that Armin’s expression was still… trusting when he asked Jean why he was the one to shoot first. Armin expected Jean not to lie to him, and Jean couldn’t bring himself to lie to Armin but he also couldn’t bring himself to tell him the truth. Jean didn’t want to hurt Armin even more, and he felt even more guilty when he realized that Armin didnt even resent him or blame him. On top of feeling guilty for causing him pain, Jean probably also thought that he didn’t deserve Armin’s trust or friendship anymore.
        Hard to say if Jean would have held back if he hadn’t been guilty, but maybe he would have, since he has always treated Armin differently from his other friends.

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        1. vofoj Post author

          Read (pt) somewhere …people are comparing Levi to Jean (not the “strongest soldier” trait). Both are soft on the inside, but put up with a bad guy face and doesn’t have the best choice of words when speaking (there are exceptions, such as in this chapter).

          Ah…I always though “cunning” has a negative connotation to it; such that while we might call Armin cunning for lying to Bertholt about Annie’s whereabouts, the same wouldn’t apply to Jean here. The difference being Jean acted on good-will: seems to me he already kind of trusted Marlo. The test’s just to serve as proof. As for possible new friendship with Marlo, I find it ironic that while Jean sees the similarity between Eren and Marlo, they got off to very different start.

          Just to show the strength of the bond in their friendship, and how it’s matured through the story, and especially here.

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          1. jeanathan

            It would be strange if Marlo would replace Marco’s spot as Jean’s friend. Altough it would certainly be nice to see something like that happening.

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            1. vofoj

              When his character was initially introduced, I thought Marlo’s character was some sort of Marco-alike in another part of the SnK world (in this case, another town), and that Jean will meet him someday and so on. But here we see Jean comparing him to Eren.
              Actually we would never know if Marco would have similar goals as Marlo, once he witnessed the rottenness of the MP.

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