(I shall apologize beforehand for 2/3 of this entry being one big rant)
「あん時 俺は…人類を救うためにこの身を捧げたんだ」 という、１４巻のこのシーンのジャンがステキだったので描いてみました。 http://t.co/yDnkjNWUTk—
タケゾー (@takezoxx) August 16, 2014
Fans are hard to please. They do not want Mary Sue/Gary Stu. Fine. Give them someone who has human emotional struggles, who does mess things up – basically someone who’s not mister perfect, and they complain the someone is useless and a waste of panels space. They disliked someone for being a jerkass. Okay, now the character has toned down the jerkassery, and actually being a trustworthy friend to other characters, but they will dig up the character’s past and comment on how much of a dbag they are. When the someone who is (possibly) the only person in the story able to express their inner thoughts, they say the character talks too much crap. It’s fine to give reasons as to why one dislikes a character, but please make sure the reasons aren’t contradicting themselves.
Side note of embedded tweet: I didn’t know that (fist clenching) is a character tics of Jean. The only time I remember seeing that before was during the Trost arc at that pyre scene.
Technically it isn’t, but certainly looks like one. So there are really different camps of reactions to this act from Jean. One side sees Jean as stupid, because of his bad acting, and that he’s put himself in danger by letting Marlo gets the knife. Others see it as Isayama’s attempt of inserting some humour into the story (yes, they agree Jean’s acting was horrible) , and Jean’s the best character to carry it out. Of course there are also some who thought Jean actually lost it and have gone berserk.
I think it depends on your perception of Jean prior to the chapter to determine which side you are on. Certainly some are fed up with Jean’s choking in chapter 58, and they believe he should have no chance of redemption for that, a death sentence (which is complicated by the fact they so want a major character death; oh..they think Jean’s a major character, what a surprise. when it’s about death, Jean gets promoted to major character status on their list? Bull crap. ).
What I see though is that Jean trusted his own instincts before he put up with that act. He wasn’t taking a un-calculated risk. I think people missed the part about Jean saying how Marlo resembles Eren. That’s why it pisses me off when I see people say he was being a total fail when referring to that scene. Though I like when Jean admits to Marlo that he was also an idiot – that’s some growth right there. He’s no longer the cocky guy in the story’s beginning – that itself is debatable to some sort; remember when Marco complimented Jean, and what Jean said.
About the scene being humour from Isayama – it makes sense, as the first half of the chapter’s supposed to be emotionally heavy (not sure if that’s the right adjective of it), but regardless, it certainly lighten up the mood. Actually similar to “Reiner: marry me” scene back in the FT arc. I guess some people are just hasty little ________ and want either all answers being spilt by whatever plot-involved characters, or guts spilt out of “main” character(s).
Other than the main series?
Suddenly had the urge to check if the local library has any new SnK volumes. Yes, they have all twelve volumes so far. What was kind of surprising – they also have the spinoffs. Proofs as to the popularity the series has gotten. Now to wait for the English version of Spoofs (sungeki) to come out, and maybe they will stock it as well.
That’s all for now. Just had to get that out of the system. Slow news days. Few more weeks until chapter 61. Even if those three cloaked MPs aren’t enemies, I know for sure the same people will rant about Jean being a failure once again. Tough year for Jean, talk about this being the year of horse!
(I do like how Isayama’s written Jean’s character in recent chapters. He’s still the character in the current story that is able to provide those special kind of humanistic traits. and has taken on the role of delivering much needed humour – debatable I know, but I am buying it) Oh right, next Saturday will be the English dub’s ep. 16…