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so this is what happens when one went on break

months worth of flyers piled by the door, grasses grew to waist height, cobwebs all around, car battery went dead, forum once used to frequent disappeared, one coconut shattered, another coconut steamed.

(damn oh damn oh damn. looks like some images on this site also need changing…)

blog technically still in hibernation mode since I’m hella busy. but seeing how some page provides laughs to specific segment of the fandom, I’ll keep this blog up.

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71-bHello hello, it’s another month of late entry. The positive spin as usual is that it’s a half month closer to the next chapter. This picture here is not a before-and-after shot of someone who had gotten hair transplant, but rather it’s when someone would’ve commented, “Man, you’ve aged terribly”. Have heard some complained about how this chapter is a waste of time, and “get the heck to Shingashina for the love of ” , but I disagree, which I might elaborate later on, if and only if.

Timestamp: 3 months 2 weeks and 10 days ; hm…this is questionable, did they go find Mr. Shadis the following morning? Let’s just assume so.
(Mr. K.) Panels count: 10+ (maybe 12)

Synopsis of chapter: Eren asks Keith Shadis to tell everything he knows.  Shadis in turn gives a story of Prof. Snape and How-he-met-your-mother - and it wasn't Jean who sabotaged Eren's 3DMG (duh!)

So Jean is a dad now.

So Jean is a dad now.

they have PTSD

they have PTSD

thank you for filling us in on the details - this wasn't the a good place for Sasha back then

thank you for filling us in on the details – this wasn’t the a good place for Sasha back then

"fate", I think is part of this chapter's theme

“fate”, I think is part of this chapter’s theme

now what if they didn't come here for meal

now what if they didn’t come here for meal

Eren's mom before she was a wife

Eren’s mom before she was a wife

he's obiously a regular

he’s obiously a regular

the past-past commander?

the past-past commander?

it's really a strange mess of relations

it’s really a strange mess of relations

what can one say...

what can one say…

wait, had he even told her ?

wait, had he even told her ?

so now she has kid

so now she has kid

episode one

episode one

the day the wall fell

the day the wall fell

his title of "tool" begins here

his title of “tool” begins here

and so Eren had no memory of this jii-san

and so Eren had no memory of this jii-san

dun dun dun..

dun dun dun..

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It’s great how this chapter manages to tie in Shadis’ character into the main plot. Even though he claims how knows nothing, we did from his story, learned how Eren’s dad came into play of the whole plot for the series.
Some might compare this to a character in the HP series. There are similarities, it being he’s been looking after his past love’s child – in the absence of that child’s father. The difference though, Shadis and Grisha weren’t nemesis with each other – I think that makes it worse, because it was Shadis who “introduced” him to Carla.
Slightly surprised by the fact 10-year old Eren had no memory of Shadis when they met at the training camp. Either he has changed so much in look, or Eren was too traumatized to remember anything from that day – although one must think they have met more than a couple of times before that day (wall maria fell).
Now I wish Isayama won’t kill him off. Too tragic. Just let him live his life in peace.
Oh, I think it’s just me, but this chapter makes it feel if Grisha’s concern for Eren is not genuinely of good-will…

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News on the anime? Gotta find those pages!

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70-03If you think last chapter felt like a wrap up, then this chapter tops it. See? Even Jean is returned to his former role. Yes, it’s been two months (in-universe time) since chapter 69, so physical characteristics do change, except in this case, seems like only Jean’s got the treatment.

Timestamp: 3 months 2 weeks and 9 days ; we flipped the calendar last chapter – much more flipping in this chapter.
(Mr. K.) Panels count: 43+ ( ? )

Synopsis of chapter: Historia's opened a child care camp.  Technology advances by folds (because it's been two months, or more importantly, it's no longer prohibited).  Levi is elected to be in charge of that mysterious serum.  Eren realizes who the instructor was.  Hello Reiner, Bert, and monkey.

that's what a queen does

that’s what a queen does

so Connie's not in this group

so Connie’s not in this group

that's why Mikasa kept hers short

that’s why Mikasa kept hers short

best buds

best buds

he fixed his nose

he fixed his nose

I think it's become quite obvious...

I think it’s become quite obvious…

at least they don't need electricity for lighting

at least they don’t need electricity for lighting

long time no see

long time no see

Moblit looks like some character taken from a western comic

Moblit looks like some character taken from a western comic

should we think he will not die in a fight but rather from "natural causes"

should we think he will not die in a fight but rather from “natural causes”

they don't even have electricity, I don't think they can run anything to analyze the ingredient

they don’t even have electricity, I don’t think they can run anything to analyze the ingredient

where is Hitch?

where is Hitch?

notice how Armin didn't say a thing, just smile..

notice how Armin didn’t say a thing, just smile..

I have no words..

I have no words..

readers knew this long ago

readers knew this long ago

at least Eren could've played along. lol

at least Eren could’ve played along. lol

when was the last time

when was the last time

everyone does gym ?

everyone does gym ?

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Nothing much revealed this chapter. It’s more like a “what they’ve been up to” kind of a chapter. In two months, they’ve made such technological progress. Does that mean by the time this series’ over, we’ll see skyscrapers and such? (Yeah, that’s a bit far fetched. lol… it’s more of a reference to how the Naruto series ended with laptops and other modern items available)
So now that syringe of serum is no longer just a secret to Levi, but to other officials as well. It certainly will be brought back into the story in the future – maybe not so distant, as we see at the end of this chapter. Monkey man is waiting for the team at Shiganshina. Don’t forget Connie. He will also be on his own journey to find out the truth ? So which storyline will we follow when 71 arrives…
While they seem to be very optimistic about reclaiming list territory due to the invention of new defence measure, as audience, we do know the monkey titan will have no trouble knocking over some walls again. Good luck to them.

the 9th fell on a Tuesday

Convenient timing right, because it means it’s a Monday release date to me. A nice present for a beginning of a new week.
Something to note:
1) time skip
2) Isayama knows that hair does grow with time. Bravo.

(the usual summary entry comes weekend)

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69-03Part of the fandom went “aw” when this picture surfaced as leak of the chapter. This chapter though is more about Kenny than this kid. I think we all knew he’s not gonna make it past this season, I mean, this story arc. But as an Ackerman, and the -beep- of Levi, I think he do deserve a send off chapter now does he?

Timestamp: 1 month 2 weeks and 9 days ; finally! even though, I would think there had been more than few days passed since Historia slaying of some super colossal titan.
(Mr. K.) Panels count: 6

Synopsis of chapter: From that encounter with Uri, Kenny had found an unlikely friend who respects a lot.  Kenny picked up Levi when his sister died - Levi being her son.  He taught him the skills to live in the harsh underground world.  Historia is crowned as the new queen.

there's always the other side of the story

there’s always the other side of the story

thought as a bad drawing at first, but then, it's actually intentional

thought as a bad drawing at first, but then, it’s actually intentional

we get it!  he and Mikasa are from the same family

we get it! he and Mikasa are from the same family

but then he morphed into Eren

but then he morphed into Eren

all started with normal MPs

all started with normal MPs

probably saving this for future plot lines

probably saving this for future plot lines

oh there's the not Annie, and the girl who tried to shoot Jean

oh there’s the not Annie, and the girl who tried to shoot Jean

Kenny looks significantly older in this chapter (for present time)

Kenny looks significantly older in this chapter (for present time)

...and so has Historia in this scene

…and so has Historia in this scene

back to his role (playing the devil)

back to his role (playing the devil)

see you next month as when the next arc begins

see you next month as when the next arc begins

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Already knew Kenny has his own agenda. This chapter suggests he isn’t really the “bad” guy. He saw that Uri (Reiss) is what a ruler should be. Those CMPs were probably only on the wrong side just so happened. If what Kenny said was true, could it mean the scouts and other fatalities from the good side be just collateral damages? Was he also planning to overturn the previous king? Well, too bad he died in this chapter, and I guess we can just take his word for it.
Satisfying end to an arc. Probably will see shifters or maybe the start of another expedition in next chapter.

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68-00So that’s how he’d look if he’s an old man. Putting that aside, I wonder if we will see a non-red shirt death by the end of this arc – just like the many season finales I’ve been watching.
Realise it’s almost time for chapter 69, but, this is the entry for chapter 68. Whaaa…? Few more weeks, then I hope to get back on schedule with these entries.

Timestamp: 1 month 2 weeks and 8 days ; long day
(Mr. K.) Panels count: 11+

Synopsis of chapter: Team effort; but mostly with Eren shoving explosives into big titan's mouth (that would be Rod), culminates with Historia doing something that's been obscured by lines, and then proclaiming herself to be the rightful ruler of the walls.

if that's a chicken, it's a really bony one

if that’s a chicken, it’s a really bony one

I think we are missing some new recruits

I think we are missing some new recruits

have we seen this similar thing in the anime?

have we seen this similar thing in the anime?

haven't explored this sort of relationship, but, Rod's not dead, yet.

haven’t explored this sort of relationship, but, Rod’s not dead, yet.

seems a bit too big of a coat for Eren

seems a bit too big of a coat for Eren

a look-alike

a look-alike

looks more like an alien

looks more like an alien

in the dead of summer, not.

in the dead of summer, not.

poor Eren.  at the end of the chapter, I almost forgot what's he done..

poor Eren. at the end of the chapter, I almost forgot what’s he done..

what a placeholder of a face

what a placeholder of a face

someone went nuclear

someone went nuclear

he's speaking to air ( ? )

he’s speaking to air ( ? )

conveniently landed

conveniently landed

and then, Queen Historia she is.

and then, Queen Historia she is.

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How perfect’s the timing. Seems like this arc can finally be wrapped up by chapter 70 (alright, I am typing this while chapter 69’s on the horizon). I guess it’s season finale time for all. This chapter is one of those where a lot seem to happened, but really there isn’t. I could have put up an even shorter synopsis than the one I have here: “Historia did a cut on Rod titan. All characters that we might/should care about are safe.” Poor Eren got neglected totally, at least that’s what I felt after reading the chapter. Now of course we should get some closure on Kenny and maybe the after math of Historia’s ascension to royalty. This of course is guessing upon spoilers pictures I have seen thus far for ch. 69.
So some of use were very worry about casualties of our beloved characters during the conclusion to this uprising arc. Turns out (90% probability) that will not happen, unless Isayama pulls something in 69 and 70. (70 should very likely be the end of the 17th volume btw)

and now that the digital media of the 1st summary movie’s been released, I can finally update the “latest anime appearance” listing on the sidebar.

4 is his number, apparently

First of all, tomorrow (or today, depends where you are) is April 7. The horse dude has survived for yet another year! What better present would it be than the new pop. poll results? He’s made the top 10, he’s also made the top 5, he’s….not top 3. That is fine really, because he was #9 last time. This however continues his trend of being “just outside”. Let see, within 104th, he was 6th, so, not making the top 5. In a group scenario, there’s the main trio + him. In the DVD/BD discs set, he was the 4th to be featured on the cover.
Gonna speak more about the results when the image comes out; and I am sure chapter 68 will be here soon enough.
[title is not a reference of some movie’s title]

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67-00That will certainly solves a lot of masonry problems – such as plugging a hole in the wall.
And congrats on finally flipping the calendar! – and of course Eren for finally doing what he’s been trying to do for almost a year (our time).

Timestamp: 1 month 2 weeks and 8 days ; daybreak, or morning
(Mr. K.) Panels count: 29+

Synopsis of chapter: Eren can harden - created some form of rock structure that protected his friends.  Mr. Reiss' titan form is like that of Connie's mom, only hundred times larger.  A rendez-vous with Erwin.  We see Mr. Reiss crawling towards a town at Wall Sina because...?

where's Armin?  He's with Hange.

where’s Armin? He’s with Hange.

Know I've seen this elsewhere - probably from Hitch

Know I’ve seen this elsewhere – probably from Hitch

with so much action going on, it's easy to overlook these strangely drawn anatomy

with so much action going on, it’s easy to overlook these strangely drawn anatomy

not gesumin yet

not gesumin yet

how long did that take to build

how long did that take to build

those moments of hearing shocking thoughts from Armin

those moments of hearing shocking thoughts from Armin

first time we see without glasses?

first time we see without glasses?

you know they are background when almost everyone else got a line

you know they are background when almost everyone else got a line

good skills

good skills

looks like a fool - a job seems to be reserved for Eren in this story over and over again

looks like a fool – a job seems to be reserved for Eren in this story over and over again

it's the north ?

it’s the north ?

not the perfect size / proportion

not the perfect size / proportion

let this not be the final group shot

let this not be the final group shot

be careful, lives are at stake..especially for these normal ones

be careful, lives are at stake..especially for these normal ones

remember when he was threatening

remember when he was threatening

. At the end of arc, Historia might actually comes out as the “winner” – by that I mean gaining the most development; and fortunately for her, those developments are types which makes her character more likeable – Oh, of course for that to happen, she will have to survive this upcoming battle.
We also see in this chapter how fatigue sets for our “normal” 104s. Interesting to note however is Jean seems to be dealing with it quite well. Do those strange panels with Sasha seems ominous – especially when it’s on the eve of a supposedly big fight.
I think we will also find out next chapter why Mr. Reiss is going for the town – I hear some say a certain shifter might be locked up there – or maybe he just goes for concentration/quantity vs. distance.
I don’t know why, but that panel with Armin reaching out his hand for Eren seems unusual…
Poll results did NOT come this month; next month it is then!

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66-00“Oh **** this I’ll do it myself”
And with that, death flags just got redistributed.
Just to be clear, this chapter’s actually a mini-rewind – it explains who’s that titan at the end of previous chapter (65).

Timestamp: 1 month 2 weeks and 7 ? days ; is this longer than Trost battle yet?

(Mr. K.) Panels count: 14 (everyone in the 104th gets to say something )

Synopsis of chapter: Call her rebellious, or wised up.  Historia proves she can make her own decision after reflecting on her memories of her sister and what Ymir had said to her.  Rod decides to take up the role himself.  The gang arrives just in good time to help Eren escape.  Eren faces a deja-vu of "forest of big trees".

but technically she did not appear in the chapter

but technically she did not appear in the chapter

titan eyes

titan eyes

he wasn't chosen

he wasn’t chosen

just when we thought she titanified in chapter 65

just when we thought she titanified in chapter 65

this doesn't stop the serum from working

this doesn’t stop the serum from working

training pays off

training pays off

"cry baby" ...or lit.  "cry bug"

“cry baby” …or lit. “cry bug”

so it can also be absorbed for those who does not like needles

so it can also be absorbed for those who does not like needles

who saved Eren?

who saved Eren?

makes you wonder who might die

makes you wonder who might die

toy story 3 (ending)

toy story 3 (ending)

what they do best

what they do best

do not imitate

do not imitate

. One of those slower chapters – considering this being the last chapter of a volume (16) – unless they decide to squeeze five into one. Oh hey Ymir, long time no see, even though this seems more like an imagery from Historia. The princess has been portrayed as easily manipulated and possibly naïve, which turned off a lot of readers. Sort of a surprise Isayama decided to change that in this chapter. On the other hand, what’s with Eren back to being pep-talked by his normal peers (horseface, girl on fire, and monkey)?
The flip side to Mr. Reiss using himself as the vessel is that he might become just another villain of the arc character. Perhaps he will take a few along with him to the graveyard. Sounds familiar. Now add to that the gang might gain new ally – though I am not sure how the reconciliation will be done. I think we can sort of guessed how each would respond to that.
Poll results come next chapter / month. Even though we all expect some to be in the top 3 – don’t think there will be much surprise.
Let me add frequent snowfall is perfect excuse for updating (blog) less.

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65-01This entry’s gonna be short, because, I think the chapter can be better summed up with few sentences rather than images. Lots of talk, quite a bit of clarification. Let’s see what we shall learn from Kenny’s words.

Timestamp:
1 month 2 weeks and 7 ? days
; still going strong.

(Mr. K.) Panels count: 2 ; (his) quote of the chapter – “titan…”

Synopsis of chapter: According to Kenny's grandpa, the majority of the population within walls are from one lineage.  The Ackermans are of another bloodline.  The way the monarch controls people's mind, only effects the "majority".  Kenny tells Historia the ugly "truth" about her father.  Then somehow Eren would like Historia to consume him to save humanity, because "oh it's all my dad's fault!"

so he's always been this way; though I wonder how old is he now

so he’s always been this way; though I wonder how old is he now

basically tells her she's a tool

basically tells her she’s a tool

why so serious

why so serious

I never thought Eren resembles Levi, til now.

I never thought Eren resembles Levi, til now.

she liked the talk (with Eren)

she liked the talk (with Eren)

now two more titans to come

now two more titans to come

I think the guy at the back will die

I think the guy at the back will die

at least she's calmer

at least she’s calmer

oh but does he know who that titan is

oh but does he know who that titan is

.

What we can gather from this chapter. The Ackermans are special. So are the “Asians”. Nothing mentioned about the Yeagers (Jaeger). Maybe they are just part of the big majority population. Now we have heard the Ackerman’s side of the story, hopefully we will hear Eren’s dad’s soon ; ’cause I thought his mind would’ve been effected by the memory-alteration thing.
Mikasa becomes super special, because well, she’s both Asian and Ackermans. What comes next, I think it’s time for Erwin and co. to arrive at the scene in next chapter. Then maybe another chapter like 50. Yep, just in time to end this story arc. (casualties, casualties…) I wonder if the memory-altering technique will be used again; would be interesting to see the effect/aftermath of it. Aha, Mikasa will be unaffected because she’s double-immune from that; but Eren will be, although…
What are the next steps for Kenny? No idea what his followers (CMP) will do. Surely Kenny is no longer on the Reiss’ side. Doesn’t make sense for him to join up with SL either. Is that an auto-deathflag?

did Armin just take a sick leave for this chapter..?
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