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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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C70

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.

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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.

C67

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

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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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64-00Sorry jiisan, you don’t look helpless enough for Jean to miss the kill; though one can say Jean had learned his lesson back in chapter 58…but then, the two situations are different, at least here, the old guy’s not in “venerable” position. Oh well to make things easier, let’s just say hands have been dirtied.

Timestamp:
1 month 2 weeks and 7 ? days
; the has got to be one of the longest day.

(Mr. K.) Panels count: 11 (he said.. “ah” )

Synopsis of chapter: The team carries out their plan, using smokes and such as distraction and cover; this allows them to close in on the CMP.  CMP are idiots when it comes to close combat, and so they get slaughtered left and right.  Kenny's right-mam escapes with what's left of her team by injuring Hange.  In the other room, more talks between Rod and Historia, mostly telling her some Reiss history.

you might think they are safe being on the outside

you might think they are safe being on the outside

nice chair

nice chair

Levi: Looking good.

Levi: Looking good.

pocket sized mirror

pocket sized mirror

we see in this chapter which roles Jean, Connie and Sasha plays within the team.

we see in this chapter which roles Jean, Connie and Sasha plays within the team.

compare this to the other panel on the same page

compare this to the other panel on the same page

he probably works better with knives

he probably works better with knives

he is trained to go for the neck /or nape.

he is trained to go for the neck /or nape.

this would be a "miss" if that's a titan

this would be a “miss” if that’s a titan

this would be a big "miss" if that's a titan

this would be a big “miss” if that’s a titan

more hedgehogs

more hedgehogs

you wouldn't know what this is about without looking at the full picture

you wouldn’t know what this is about without looking at the full picture

Kenny the showman

Kenny the showman

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Gotta say thank you to that CMP girl in chapter 58; because she provided the opportunity to hit some sense into Jean, without causing serious physical harm. Without that incident, Jean would probably still be hesitated in killing any humans, even lethal enemies. But as I have said earlier, maybe also that scenario in chapter 58 was the “perfect storm” to make Jean hesitate. I am interested to know what are his thoughts after this mission is over – Isayama does not need to spend half a chapter on that though (even though I personally don’t mind), wouldn’t want that becomes haters bait.
Anyways, happy that Isayama didn’t type casted Jean’s character to be a weak-link; because we know he is not, and this chapter shows that. Once he puts his dilemma aside, he’s probably one of the more capable mid-close range fighter in the group – not that there are many candidates to choose from.
Aha, I forgot Erwin was leading a team to the scene in the previous chapter. I am guessing they might appear as back up? Oh no? Why? What situation would need for a back up? Alright, back to worrying mode. lol…. (but then, maybe the backup team will be in trouble. who knows? There’s still a Kenny as the wildcard)

Tired as hell. Rest time!

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c63-06More answers this chapter – if we are to assume what we are reading is the truth, and not some lies; but, Isayama still has three chapters more in this volume to clear up some tangled mysteries. Oh, and Kenny has became a semi-comic relief.

Timestamp:
1 month 2 weeks and 7 ? days
; well at least from the looks of some panels, we can assume it’s night time of the same day…

(Mr. K.) Panels count: 6 (everyone on the team gets to say a line or two)

Synopsis of chapter: (According to Mr. Reiss,) Grisha is the big bad and murdered his family, which he stole the "power" after killing and consuming Historia's half-sister.  We learn (from Mikasa, who learned from her parents probably) that the Ackermans were being driven off to the outer settlements.  Meanwhile, Zackly seems to be enjoying being the torturer, and Erwin is leading a team to retrieve Eren and Historia.

it's now clear she's her half-sister

it’s now clear she’s her half-sister

it's unfortunate there's no one to pull her away from shitty situations

it’s unfortunate there’s no one to pull her away from shitty situations

Grisha's titan form isn't as "normal" as Eren's.

Grisha’s titan form isn’t as “normal” as Eren’s.

these titan bodies seem pretty fragile

these titan bodies seem pretty fragile

I guess a normal titan wouldn't have done this.

I guess a normal titan wouldn’t have done this.

so this is another torture device of their time

so this is another torture device of their time

Isayama likes to create danger for some charcaters

Isayama likes to create danger for some charcaters

still sort of getting paired up

still sort of getting paired up

the "me too" moment

the “me too” moment

one big frown

one big frown

now where he got this from?

now where he got this from?

this face tells us he's not telling the whole truth

this face tells us he’s not telling the whole truth

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Eren doesn’t do anything in this chapter – maybe aside from whatever he’s doing in that last panel. Historia has shown to be as easily manipulate-able as people had expected. Well yea, she has her own reason of course, being in such fragile mental state. Too bad they did not do a through background check of the cadet candidates huh. Although it’s true they have considered her special status and was planning to utilise that to their (SL’s ) advantage in the “war”. Maybe they shouldn’t have let her join the military in the first place? But who knew, right?
As with every chapters, discussion is on for who might die in upcoming chapters; I think, base on this chapter alone, Historia and Erwin are probable, and maybe some kids in the squad other than Mikasa and Armin. Oh please Isayama don’t use Jean to do the “I just couldn’t do it (killing someone)” thing again.
If Historia is to be turned into a titan, someone will have to stop her.c63-c52Interesting how this was mentioned back in chapter 52. Back when I read that, I would’ve thought it will be something that involves the Beast titan turning into mindless titans. That’s right, where is he by the way?
There might/can be a reason to believe that neither the Reiss or Yeager are the bad guys? After all, it’s pretty certain there are more than two factions in the story.

C62

62-00This chapter gave answers, and it’s being delivered in ways I’d have preferred. 1/3 of a chapter is all it needs. This here. with Eren and some an arm and a shoe and him yelling “aaaaaa” is him after consuming his daddy, (we are to assume)

Timestamp:
1 month 2 weeks and 7 ? days
; it’s been jumping back and forth, I think we are still on the same day!
(Mr. K.) Panels count: 5 (no complains, really)

Synopsis of chapter: The new leaders go before the public to give an announcement.  Erwin gives some thoughts which might surprise some of us.  Hange tells Levi's squad about her research findings on the Reiss family.  Papa Reiss and Historia together unlock some memories for/from Eren.

let's not waste the labour put in to build this

let’s not waste the labour put in to build this

"damn I sure changed my mind fast" ...

“damn I sure changed my mind fast” …

show's over, time to dismantle

show’s over, time to dismantle

we don't often see this side

we don’t often see this side

code name or some sort?

code name or some sort?

to tie tighter or release

to tie tighter or release

only Levi looks the same

only Levi looks the same

one big family

one big family

wall cult or some other religion?

wall cult or some other religion?

I don't think these panels are giving any hints

I don’t think these panels are giving any hints

what have they been feeding her

what have they been feeding her

be safe 104ths

be safe 104ths

how convenient, just by touch

how convenient, just by touch

in a chapel, down the basement...

in a chapel, down the basement…

surprised by unexpected visitor

surprised by unexpected visitor

children killed by unexpected visitor?

children killed by unexpected visitor?

crude form titan

crude form titan

"son has eaten the father."

“kid has eaten the father.” ; well that’s pretty straight forward

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Some had complained about the lack of Eren and Historia’s side of the story for the past few chapters – because it is believed questions will be answered if the focus are over there. Now this chapter we have (more than one) pages devoted to that side of the story, and a sudden burst of mysterious images flashed through in a matter of pages. A half and half deal I guess, a lot seems to have been answered, but some identities will have to be identified. Who was that female titan in the flashback? I would’ve thought it’s one of the Reiss who turned in defences from the intruder.
From, what’s been told from Hange, and a guess from those images, and that last page. Seems like Papa Yeager killed Reiss’ family – or else why’d Rod say something about “(Eren) Your father’s sin”.
I have to say again how I liked they didn’t use the whole chapter for the EreHisRod scene and still manage to answer some (literally) age old questions.
Jean said nothing? Oh yes he did, he said “understood!”. I am fine with him being okay and be with the group. (at least the haters can be shut up for a while) It is obvious now 57-58-59 was a mini-arc focusing on the humanistic aspect of the story – which has always been a sub-plot and/or underlying theme of the story anyways. It just happened Jean, along with Armin and Levi, were the ones chosen by Isayama to deliver that. Similar to chapter 18…

62-aSo he mentions “heichou”, “Armin”, and “SL”. Interesting choices, and the ordering… No, please not let this be fuel to anything.