We need to talk about the ending of Attack on Titan: is it really that disappointing?

Please note that this article spoils the end Titans attack!

The adventure is finally over. Last week, Hajime Isayama finally revealed chapter 139 of Titans attack, la conclusion du manga qui nous a tous tenus en haleine depuis 2009. Les réactions ne se sont pas fait attendre, et se sont montrées à la hauteur de la passion qu’ont déchaînée les aventures d’Eren et de ses de compagnons pendant Decade.

However, the conclusion Shingeki no Kyogen Not unanimously, and voices are rising questioning its quality, relevance, and even merits. For some readers, the last point Isayama gives to his work, a terrible missed date, represents a wet firework, rather than the final applause at the climax of the great story that summer Titans attack.

the “Don’t speak jutsu

There is a stubborn cliché in shōnens, well known to fans of the genre. widely popular before Naruto, consists of the following scenario: the hero finds himself in an awkward position towards the villain, but manages to persuade him to abandon his Machiavellian plans with a long and lively speech on friendship (technique “Don’t speak jutsu“).

If this writing process operates in the manga with a more boyish vibe, it seems to go against the tragic tone of SNK. However, in chapter 139, the reader realizes the dialogue between Eren and Armin, while the two companions are in the intangible and timeless dimension allowed by the hub. Eren explains to his friend his intent to save the world by becoming the biggest misadventure in the story, and this… he sincerely thanks him.

Turning happens like a hair on soup: Armin, who had so far stood fervently against the major excavation, seems to have suddenly given up his convictions, convinced by the words of the one who swore to ‘stop’. An abrupt turn, given the complexity of history Titans attack : Eren finally used a technique Don’t speak jutsuThis has proven to be effective.

problematic end?

Furthermore, in chapter 139, the reader learns that Armin is not the only one who is convinced by Eren. The latter was justified to all his former comrades in the Expeditionary Battalion who, in some way, rehabilitated his memory by ceasing to question his actions that nonetheless wiped out 80% of the world’s population.

Although Eren dies as a result of his plan, and thus finds himself deprived of the free life he has always wanted, his comrades consider his death a sacrifice. A conclusion that may seem surprising or even problematic on first reading: Titans attack It ends with the greatest genocide, and this situation seems to be accepted by the protagonists.

When viewed literally, the result Shingeki no Kyogen Naively bathes strange and dangerous. The warriors of Mehr and the Exploration Battalion find themselves in a common cause, the characters grieve for their fallen comrades, and Eren’s memory is embodied in the form of a bird, the symbol of freedom he continues to absorb. Finally, the story told by Isayama seems to lose depth at the end, and a bitter taste lingers for the reader: Is Eren, the ruthless genocide, just constructed as a heroic figure?

double reading

However, upon closer examination, a conclusion Titans attack There is more nuance than it appears. In fact, the Eren massacre did not bring lasting peace. On the contrary, Paradise Island has adopted an authoritarian regime, a kind of military dictatorship, and the country continues to nurture strong hostility towards other factions in the world. The result turned out to be deeply cynical: peace would therefore be impossible.

In this context, how do we explain Armin’s thanks to Eren? In his words, Armen does not justify the actions of his friend and does not embrace his ideology. As death is about to strike, he is in fact trying to lift the weight of guilt on the shoulders of his childhood companion. In his last dialogue, the hitherto ruthless Eren showed a childish and fickle side: his character became human again. They are no longer the hero of war and genocide, but two children who understand each other.

The Isayama manga offers an ending that can only break, but remains true to its purpose: the world will remain cruel. Humans’ thirst for power will always create wars, as well as a lasting relationship between predator and prey between different parties, whether nations, social groups or even individuals. In this context, it is up to everyone to make the right choices: if human life seems absurd, it is its incoherent and insignificant moments that give it relevance.

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