Shingeki no Kyojin #87

Scenes of torture, mutilation, and oppression seems pretty apropos to this devastated American today.  I felt, weirdly, reading this chapter, that I might as well be looking at the future.

…if only I could turn into a Titan.

I may come back to this and try to do a proper review, because at the moment I’ve got nothing.  I’ll leave this up as a placeholder and try to come back to it or possibly fold it into the next chapter’s review.

Feel free to let me know what you thought of it though.



6 thoughts on “Shingeki no Kyojin #87

  1. Yeah. Not interested any more. If i was, I’d watch actual news about the philippines (‘extrajudicial’ sentencing = death squads) or korea (huge national protests against corrupt derailed leaders) or HK suspending elected officials to placate China (blatant abuse of democratic process). Governments/Titans/the people. Too grim even in badly drawn dystopian fantasy for me. I’m always interested in your take though. Deep breaths today. Maybe stay off the twitter.

  2. I… heck, this chapter was… something.
    Stepping away from the distinct possibility of it being our future, it’s… befuddlement, that the events of this chapter has left me with. For about twenty minutes early yesterday I was part-groaning, part-grinning that I called that the Bowie Titan was formerly Grisha’s first wife. There’s an air of deeply gothic, deeply tragic romance in that, given her final words to Grisha. That we spent five whole pages getting that this general guy was despicable left me wondering why include that. We already know the Marleyans in charge are evil, this had no point to it but to heap more evil atop the evil.
    I still doubt very much that the Eldians were a benevolent leadership, since our only view into what life in that empire must’ve been like has been the past… 76 chapters? Up until Historia took the throne, at least. The point being, here, that after all that time spent doubting the information in the history books with Erwin, why are we, the readers, supposed to take these ancient history books at face value? The Reiss family hid themselves behind the false Fritz even before fleeing to Paradise Island, and we have to admit that they didn’t “happen upon” that memory altering ability. They had it in the past, and clearly used it (the only reason to hide who the real royals are is so nobody recognizes the current holder of the titan powers when they come a-calling to re-educate your memories).
    And this chapter we learn who the owl is. He’s the guy from Grisha’s childhood, who appears to have aged VERY gracefully in the about twenty years between then and this flashback. A supporter, I suppose, of the Eldians — but not enough of one, it appears, to spare Grisha of the torture. It could be that he’s discontent with his government, really, but I doubt we’ll get much on his backstory.
    Because, it appears, we have (or had) a tenth titan shifter. I thought last month explained that there were only nine, and had completely forgotten that Grisha was a shifter BEFORE killing the reiss family (as we learned in the flashback way back during that arc). Still, I can see where next month’s chapter is going: half of it will be spent on Grisha being convinced to take the titan power and go to the walls for safety, and the other half will be Grisha’s take on acclimating to life inside the walls. I’d also guess that the month after will follow with Eren remembering, fully, Grisha’s mindset during the breach of wall Maria. Either that or we jump back to present for Eren and Mikasa’s court martial, interspersed with a prolonged flashback to the basement, deciding whether to tell anyone the truth of these books or to hide parts of them.
    In any event, this chapter was… something. About the only thing we should take away from it is that Grisha apparently has regrets over “the sin of enforcing your views upon your child”, and not seeing Zeke for the kid he was and not as some kind of symbol of hope for his people.
    …again I ask, when did this series stop being about humans versus titans and become humans versus humans?

  3. Hiya, want to try watching ‘Fune wo Amu’ with me if you can find it? It’s a new one that is running right now.
    ‘The publication of a new dictionary titled The Great Passage progresses. Mitsuya Majime, originally from publisher Genbu Shobo’s sales department, has been recruited by Kouhei Araki, a veteran editor of the dictionary department who is looking to retire soon. The dictionary department is known internally as the “money-eating insect,” but Mitsuya uses his perseverance and attachment to the words in order to become a great editor. Mitsuya, who has poor social skills, finds himself working with another man named Masashi Nishioka, who is able to express himself better.’
    There was a movie in 2013 that I am avoiding for the moment but may come back to. Come on, I love dictionaries! Super fun right?

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