Revo [Linked Horizon] - Guren no Yumiya [紅蓮の弓矢]
Title: Guren no Yumiya [紅蓮の弓矢]
Artist: Revo [Linked Horizon]
Album: Ost. Attack On Titans [Shingeki no Kyojin - 進撃の巨人]
Youtube - Translation via wikia
Sie sind das Essen und wir sind die Jäger！
They’re the prey and we’re the hunters!
No one remembers the names of the trampled flowers
Fallen birds await the next wind before they try again
Prayers won’t save us
Only the will to fight can change our world
Ignore those pigs who ridicule you
for having the will to step over dead bodies and move on
Our complacence as livestock strengthens this false reality
We’re as free as starving wolves!
Channel the humiliation of imprisonment into your fists and fight the oppression
Far beyond the confining walls, you’ll slay your prey!
As your body burns with an overflowing urge
pick up your burning bow and gash through the twilight!
MANGA SPOILERS UP TO CHAPTER 27.
Something I find fascinating about Armin is that he completely averts any sort of trope his character could’ve fallen into. He’s physically weak, small, depends on others to protect him, and his design is the closest Isamaya could portray as “moe”. That said, he could’ve easily been written as sympathetic for his uselessness, cutesy fanservice, and adorable yet angsty idealism. And yet, he is anything but.
Within the first ten chapters, Isamaya asserts that Armin is far from useless—hell, Armin’s first arc of development was REALIZING THAT HE WAS NEVER A BURDEN TO HIS FRIENDS. He is the brains that ties together the main group, the one that reads into characters and plot points, the one that get readers thinking. And, quite frankly, he has a terrifying philosophy, as seen in the example above (the scanlation is the best I could do). Despite his desire to see the outside world and to protect humanity from Titans, he doesn’t dream. He doesn’t dare to do so. He knows better than to be naive or optimistic (which interestingly contrasts to Eren, who is the closest a character can get to idealistic in SnK), as he fully realizes how the world works and that humanity can crumble at any given moment. It shows blatantly as he figures out Erwin’s strategy, that instead of feeling disgusted or betrayed or cheated, he immediately complies with it. He sort of upholds it, even. While his comrades solely focus on what happens in front of them and allow that to influence their actions and thought, Armin sees the big picture. He acknowledges that to get anything done and to advance to any form of victory, sacrifices must be made. Crucial sacrifices. Because, as a whole, 100 soldiers mean close to nothing if the entire population of humanity is at stake. And, in this moment, he expresses that the ends justify the means.
I wish people wouldn’t just see me as the Asian girl who beats everyone up, or the Asian girl with no emotion. People see Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock in a romantic comedy, but not me. You add race to it, and it became, ‘Well she’s too Asian’, or ‘She’s too American’. I kind of got pushed out of both categories. It’s a very strange place to be. You’re not Asian enough and then you’re not American enough.
そうだ“Once this is all over, marry me!”
How Sasuke puts on his Chuunin Exam finale outfit, a scientific illustration.
From the second Naruto Anime Profiles book.
why is he so proud of himself