I’ll try my best to make this post spoiler free. A certain post about Shingeki no Kyojin this morning was kinda disturbing, but it’s just something petty. I need to let it out.
When I first saw the trailer of SnK, I was amazed by the animation and background music. So I decided that this is a…
I know this is a post of what you feel and you’d be upset if someone reply to it by disagreeing but I tried to stop myself and couldn’t I wanted to say few things as a fan of this manga for two years who read it probably over 5 to7 times, I never counted lol.
Marathoning this manga is good but I seriously advise you to read the manga again to know what is the biggest appeal of this manga. It simply amuses me to no extend with how SMARTLY this manga is executed every single time I reread it. I just cant put into words how much this manga is just simply SUPERB!!!!!!
Yes, there is this guy in manga fox who predicted who is the colossal and armored before the revelation…. he’s a legend in the fandom right now lol (/a/’s shingeki fandom to be exact). If you read this you’ll just realize HOW OBVIOUS Isayama gives his hints.
This manga is simply thought triggering. All the thought triggering manga I’ve read so far simply pales in comparison to this one.
Isayama gives us clues all over the series and when you simply spend nights trying to connect the dots he gives you and they turn out to be right YOU FEEL AN AMAZING SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT. It also feels like a war between the fans and the mangaka and the mangaka is doing this intentionally.
This manga IS predictable, that’s a fact, but the writter is doing this intentionally.
Also: Predictable ≠ Boring in this manga.
What I am trying to say is that making theories and predicting what will happen isn’t really that bad and it’s not like the mangaka doesn’t want us to do that. If you read the link in mangafox about the armored and colossal I am sure you’ll be just stunned coz my jaws dropped when I read it and I am sure your jaws will drop too. That deducing ability is not something everyone can have and Isayama clearly gives a lot of hints
(but I AM TOO BLIND MOST OF THE TIME). That’s why after chapter 42 I decided to simply dedicate more of my thoughts for this manga. Think more, reread more, get engrossed more and enjoy it more.
Like for example Armin is one of the most amazing characters I’ve seen in a looong time however he’s seriously underrated, you know why? because most of the readers simply doesn’t understand what are the amazing things he did. It’s probably the most painful thing I see in this young fandom that started to grow only 2 months ago. (there is also the japanese fandom
which is much older than the english one but they don’t understand shit too) Armin’s actions in chapter 23 was simply one of the most things that just sends the shiver to my spine every single time I reread it. Did I start talking about Armin instead? damn it… it’s a habit
ANYWAY I AM SORRY FOR WRITING SOMETHING THIS LONG I CONSIDERED NOT POSTING THIS BUT I THINK MY HANDS WILL SLIP I AM SORRY
Please don’t be sorry for posting this, cos it really made my day T^T. I was upset because some people are giving negative thoughts about SnK as though they’re giving up on it. Your post sounds like a “level up” from my thoughts.
Yes I plan to reread the manga, mostly for the sake of getting the FEELS all over again as I plan to make a doujinshi. And like you I was too blind most of the time, I’ll take a look at how well the author inserts the hints. As of now I’m just paying attention on how they’re executed in the anime. But I don’t think he did the hints too obviously, because unless you’re an attentive guy like the dude from mangafox you’re able to see it. Proof is the both of us didn’t put much thought until we read the guy’s prediction. Another proof is that those who has begin thinking it’s “disappointing” simply FAILS to see how amazing it is written :P
SUCKS TO BE THEM
I’ll call something incredible “predictable” if it’s something the majority can guess what happens, but SnK’s predictability? It’s way beyong commoner level!
I’m definitely gonna put a lot more thoughts for this manga (what I have in mind now is the origin of the titans and how is it connected to the wall!)
I’m not against predicting what’s going on next, I did mine too but I don’t really share it with people, and I only do it to a certain extent (cos I don’t wanna disappoint myself). But most of the time I prefer having the author surprise me. I respect those who love to do predictions, since I personally don’t like it I avoid them with respect ^^. What I do not like is when people predict well enough to the point they couldn’t appreciate the story :(
LOL I understand why you love Armin XD. I love Berthold, for the fact that he appeared to be just a ‘background’ character turns out to be THAT BIG GUY. I’m definitely looking forward to what will happen next !
The writer is intelligent and few of the readers are intelligent too. when I see stuff like this I cant help but get amused!! I am not as intelligent (the only thing I managed predict is Ymir I guess
but it was kinda obvious?)
I’ve read a lot of opinions about shingeki but seriously a lot of people say bad things about it but end up enjoying it at the end, especially people who say it’s predictable. Trust me, it’s really hard to part away from this manga. It got some kind of supernatural power to suck you in.
I even hear opinions of how poorly this manga written and also wonder if those people are reading the same manga, being in a fandom is always suffering.
And like you said not everyone can predict what will happen but I seriously love seeing some of the (smart) fans being engrossed with this manga, putting all of their heads together and trying to solve the mysteries surrounding this story (aka Annie/Bert/Reiner’s motives, the truth behind titans, Monkey
Trouble titan, Ymir, Eren’s father, the thing in Mikasa’s arm and so on). Seeing such high level discussions is an enjoinment I’ve never experienced in any of the other fandoms I was in.
Berthold is one of the characters that amuse me to no end whenever I reread this manga (yeah I am crazy with this rereading business here). I mean, unlike Annie and Reiner, he wasn’t able to open to the people inside the wall also the whole deal with Bert telling Reiner implicitly that Reiner started divert from their goal and stuff. Well there is much more to his character than meets the eye, he’s seriously one of the character that I find it purely enjoyable to follow and analyze his actions/words!! ALSO sheesh his expressions are seriously amusing throughout the series. SO YES he’s definitely one of my favorites in this series AND ABOVE ALL HE’S SIMPLY LOVABLE (his voice actor is really good too)
Although unlike Annie and Reiner, he lacks explicit compassion toward the victims but not that I blame him
I can talk forever about characters in shingeki, forgive me.