I liked the chapter. shows what happened after the jaw titan was eaten, how reiner became the "leader" (and how he got J A C K E D) and learned why Annie joined the military corps instead of the scouts.
This is the first time a chapter feels completely pointless to me.
Yeah, a Marley infiltration requires someone who understands Marley. That's not going to be Armin or Eren, who have the memories but not the lived experience.Not necessarily. I like the filling in of details around the first attack! It explains a lot of missing pieces pretty well(like how come there were so many titans just waiting outside that particular gate, and why we didn't see the female titan in the attack).
Also, the most substantive part of this chapter for the future of the series imo was getting to know more about Annie's position on everything before she became a soldier. It's clearly foreshadowing about finally furthering her story line after all these years, my guess is she'll help the Walldians in some way because she clearly never gave a shit about Marley in the first place. This chapter was the perfect opportunity to make Annie relevant again.
Yup, it was because of Eren's appearance, which altered their plans- Annie went ahead w/ the plan, they stayed behind. This is also the reason why Erwin organized the post-Trost scouting mission. Once he realized Colossal/Armored titans were people, the Armored titan not showing up meant that something had gone wrong. (and the obvious "something" being the Attack Titan.)God, Reiner's such a fuckup.
Also, I'm pretty sure Eren was the reason why Reiner and Bert decided not to join the Military Police, so they could keep track of him, not Reiner's insanity. We'll find out in due time I assume. I'm guessing this will be going through BRA's point of view all the way until the Reiner/Bert reveal. Good way to fill time and give characterization to the 3.
The chapter was worth it because it clarified one important point:they were not infiltrated in the Eldian society when the attack started with Colossal opening up the wall. I always thought they infiltrated much more mundanely, like entering form the doors saying they were from a remote village, they scouted the area, integrated with the rest, and months later, they started the attack.
But from what we have seen, they really didn't know what was inside the walls (normal humans, not 'demons') when they attacked, and they were in a desperate position.
It didn't make a sense to me havingReiner trying suicide now. I mean, it would make sense for him after returning from Paradis Island, but let's remember it has passed four years. It seems a scene put because we are having his flashback of guilt now.
I really love how Magath is a genuinely good guy.
Hes working to help Eldians. He cared for his troops. His whole argument was he was tired of seeing Eldians die, while Marley did nothing.It isn't he is a super 'good guy', he is... just a guy. A normal one. Like most guys, he has a job to do, and friends and family.
Which is the success of the series, the other side is mostly filled with normal people, not evil moustache-twirling villains.
Having Reiner blow his brains out would've been a good ending for him. Fuck, I want him to die so badly.
At this point it's starting to feel like Hajime Isayama wants to have a redemption arc for Reiner, though. It would've surprise me if he switched sides by the end.