Shingeki no Kyojin 88 is out… and:
I think I said that I was giving up on this story before, but I really, really mean it this time. Really.
I probably won’t stick to this resolution any more than I did the last time I made it. I’ll probably read the next one and think, “Why? Why did I do that to myself?”
Because, okay, now we have MAGIC??!! Or, maybe we don’t, because, as usual, Isayama-sensei hedges, like he thinks maybe if he says “…or not! MAY-be everything is a lie…?” he’s being clever or something.
No. Actually, NO.
A friend of mine pointed out, too, that this sudden veer into “maybe there’s a magical thread that binds all the Shifters together” (or whatever the f*ck it was about) feels like a betrayal of the ONE REMAINING COOL PART OF SnK, which is to say its science fictional feel.
Seriously, I was legitimately kind of excited to see that the picture found in Eren’s basement looked like it had come from our past, making their now into a distant future of our world. I love that kind of sh*t. I seriously do.
But, now, the science edge has been blunted by a handwave-y explanation of “I dunno: MAGIC??” and has kind of wrecked what little faith I had left in Isayama-sensei’s storytelling abilities.
But, you know, I guess SnK is still relevant and edgy because this sh*t is still happening:
Thanks, that’s just LOVELY. I needed that.
Actually, no. No, I didn’t at ALL.
I read the whole chapter and I had a sense that something we learned here was important, but the mental energy that it would take for me to connect the dots has gone the way of the f*cks I had to give. Thing is, I no longer care what happens to Eren and crew. I really DON’T.
BY FAR, I found Berholdt and Reiner and Annie and the Shifters much, much more interesting, even as Isayama-sensei hacked them down into cardboard villains. Even THEN, I still cared more about their storyline than I did Eren’s.
I still don’t really understand why this is even Eren’s story at this point. He’s clearly the one who inherited the 9-Titan power, but what the f*ck is even up with the Shifters then? How did they get their power? Are they just the random descendants of the people tossed over the wall? And, if so, why do they want to destroy humanity? Is it just boring revenge for the centuries of mistreatment (which is WIERD, if only because no one has even discussed the idea of another ethnic group being discriminated against currently in anything we’ve read up to this point. I mean, maybe I’d buy that motive, IF THEY WERE STILL BEING MISTREATED.)
So, I dunno.
If I keep reading? It’s because: MAGIC.