My roommate and I are supposed to be studying for the JLPT and thesising.
Instead we’re meowing at each other.
Anonymous asked: Yup that's the bit that had people in an uproar. (mangafox has a slightly different translation, but it's pretty much the same thing) As the original anon said, a few people interpreted Levi putting Eren into the situation he is in now (being surrounded by friends he might have to watch die) as being abusive and manipulative behavior.
gosh ok wow fandom can i just
point out how wrong u are
These guys each already have more titan kills under their belt than is normal; not even counting assists, the conditions for which are pretty vague, Jean has as many kills as Gunther. Yeah, you read that right — Gunther, who had earned a spot in the Spec Ops squad and was renowned to have one of the highest kill counts, and built those stats over the course of ~4 years — and Jean has matched his stats in three missions over a matter of weeks.
Also, the 104th has made a BIG DEAL of stating that their ability to survive is un-fucking-precedented. If you look at their performance in combat, they’ve shown outstanding ability to feed off each other’s skills, rush to each other’s defense, and keep each other alive. Their survival skills increase exponentially when they’re working together. They go from a collection of soldiers with high individual talents to a cohesive group with incredible success; they work better as a team than they do alone, and they’re already pretty damn good alone.
And on top of their survival skills, teamwork, and kill stats, all of them but Armin were in the top ten of their class. Despite not being among them in rank, Armin has demonstrated incredible deduction and manipulation skills that make him invaluable.
All of this makes them implied to be the best soldiers in the Corps at this point in time — hell, even without the losses of the latest few chapters, they were already statistically better than most soldiers.
And hey, you know who else operated like that?
Petra, Auruo, Erd, and Gunther.
The 104th as it stands is exactly like the last cast of the Spec Ops squad, but twice its size. Therefore, they are the perfect candidates to refill the ranks.
Levi’s decision to arm his squad with these kids is not a move to torture Eren or challenge him. It is, in fact, the most prudent and intelligent move he could’ve made to maintain an impervious, self-supporting, proficient team comprised of the best of the Corps.
His compliments toward Connie show that he is, in fact, attempting to build up a healthy rapport.
When he speaks of putting Eren in a suitable environment, he’s talking about the actual landscape itself. They’re isolated and safe, far from the public eye and from the walls. He’s not talking about the people he’s surrounded him with, or his motivation for doing so.
The “suitable environment” Levi is putting Eren in isn’t referring to the landscape at all.
Levi uses the phrase “死に物狂い,” as in 死に物 (shi ni mono) which is basically the equivalent of “dead thing,” “dying thing.” I’m not all too familiar with the entire phrase (shi ni mono gurui), but the rough equivalents I’ve been able to find with no context seem to be pretty close to “desperate,” as in being desperate to survive, or something along those lines.
The “environment” seems to come from the word 環境 (kankyou), which in this context isn’t meant to refer to natural surroundings (as in, “the environment is polluted” environment), but to the circumstances/surroundings (as in, “the environment in this room is not conducive to studying”). Though 環境 can refer to the natural environment, it isn’t functioning in that way in Levi’s quote.
So the “environment” or situation Levi is referring to is one in which Eren is desperate to survive or is struggling in.
So the whole quote “エレンには。。死に物狂いになれる環境が相応しい” could be translated loosely as “Eren does best in desperate situations” or “Desperate situations are most suitable for Eren” or “For Eren, desperate circumstances suit him well” etc.
I’m not going to interpret what the “desperate situation” could be, since that would just become a lot of conjecture, but it’s not referring to the physical location of Eren and the new squad.