Over the course of 4 seasons and eight years, Assault on Titan has elicited passionate and heated debates regarding what many describe because the sequence’ fascist subtext, significantly in mild of the uncomfortable real-life historic parallels and pro-imperialist themes many have seen evidenced in closing chapters of Hajime Isayama’s manga.
Many of the debate surrounding the sequence’ questionable message revolves round one character particularly: Eren Jaeger, the sequence’ protagonist, who over the course of 4 seasons has reworked from a tragic and idealistic hero trying to defend humanity’s final metropolis from a horde of man-eating giants right into a mass-murdering extremist, apparently keen to euthanize his personal folks with a purpose to additional his personal agenda.
[Ed. note: This post contains spoilers for Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2 episode 79 “Memories of the Future.”]
Opinions of Eren’s arc are cut up amongst followers of the sequence, a lot in order that the character has been nominated as each the 12 months’s greatest protagonist and greatest antagonist on this 12 months’s Crunchyroll Anime Awards. As Rafael Motamayor wrote for Polygon within the lead as much as the premiere of Assault on Titan Ultimate Season Half 2, “By ‘either side’-ing the central battle of Assault on Titan, and asking the viewers to contemplate Eren as a monster whereas sympathizing with characters like Gabi and Zeke, the present finds itself on an much more nihilistic path than the one hinted at by its preliminary premise.”
Even Bryce Papenbrook, who for the previous eight years has voiced Eren Jaeger within the English dub of Assault on Titan, is uncertain of the place he sits on the query of Eren’s ethical alignment.
“I don’t know. I haven’t decided on how I really feel about him,” Papenbrook tells Polygon over Zoom. “I feel Assault on Titan does this very effectively. It builds this grey space, and each single episode simply drives the story ahead in a extremely significant means the place it pulls you in a single course after which instantly flips the world the opposite means as you study one thing else completely. So I’m undecided how I really feel about Eren as a viewer and a fan of the present.
“As somebody who has portrayed Eren, I do know there are moments the place he’s stated some actually horrible issues to his adopted household, to Armin and Mikasa. He’s doing this stuff that lots of people would view as horrific; killing folks and attacking folks and simply being vicious and violent, and I don’t absolutely perceive why.”
Though Papenbrook is the voice of Eren, he himself is unaware of the occasions of the manga’s finale, selecting as a substitute to look at the top of the sequence together with everybody else as he makes an attempt to outline how he feels in regards to the character. In fact, the reply to the query has confirmed to alter week to week with every new episode. The finale of final week’s episode represented the anime’s most surprising and consequential heel flip but, with Eren and his brother Zeke going again in time to the fateful second by which Eren’s father Grisha murdered the Reiss household to steal the Founding Titan, revealing for the primary time Eren’s personal direct position in influencing his father’s actions to form the long run.
“I do know in these moments form of how he’s feeling, however I don’t understand how a lot data Eren really has [of what’s going to happen],” Papenbrook says. “Is he a monster? Is he righteous in what he’s doing, and simply so persistent, that he’ll by no means hand over on what he’s deciding on, that he’ll simply hold transferring ahead it doesn’t matter what. I don’t know, I don’t know if that makes him a monster or not.”
Assault on Titan Season 4 Half 2 premieres each Sunday on Funimation and Crunchyroll. The English simuldub is ready to premiere on Sunday, Feb. 13 on Funimation and Crunchyroll.