Even when he was ripped off his horse rushing into battle (like the GIF above) he called to his troops, “Advance! His death proved the later, that he infact did all that just for the sake of humanity. Hence the rather unconvincing writing of Armin's 'genius' in detecting Reiner in the wall, which lacked the narrative flow of his detection of Annie as the female titan. It seemed to me that Erwin was already faltering in that arc, he said that negotiations with Pixis had fallen through and at the courtroom it seemed he had given up on everything. ( Log Out /  Don’t stop! ( Log Out /  Erwin is really the best character in the whole series. That's the point at which my love for him as a character was cemented. I know!! I’m glad you gained some insight on this not so in the spotlight character! Then, Eren Yeager came along presenting his Titan powers and revealing the key to his father’s basement. Then, he topped this off by manipulating the royal court in charge of his hearing, through their fear that their status and livelihoods could be compromised. In the Season One finale, Dexter follows the clues left for him by the Ice Truck Killer in an effort to rescue his kidnapped loved one, while Rita's ex tries to convince her that Dexter is too dangerous to be around their children. Episode killed: “The World the Girl Saw: The Struggle for Trost, Part 2” (Season 1, Episode 6) Although they didn’t die at the hands of a Titan, Mikasa Ackermann’s parents’ death is still sad. He stood tall above most members of the Scout Regiment, with his blond hair kept neatly parted on the left side.Erwin always wore a calm, collected expression on his face, his icy blue eyes being one of his most striking features. He had a very shielded but strong presence. It all had to be paid for one day. The thing I loved about Erwin is that from beginning to now he kept up the fight. The first comes right after Levi said he would make the choice for him. All of this + the soldiers he led to death had to get to him one day. I love talking about anime, crying over the ending of Banana Fish, and trying to understand why there are so many Fate Sagas. As for the abilities stuff I was more listing the things that I felt made him a compelling human character rather than giving a list of his full skillset. At least once per season, a character like Commander Erwin or Captain Levi will say something like, “Everything depends on your ability to do this, Eren. The Scouts prepare to retake Wall Maria and discover the secrets hidden in Grisha’s basement. We see all of this being confronted by Erwin during the Scouts’ big battle inside Wall Maria against Reiner, Bertholdt, and the Beast Titan. He's so vulnerable and human in that scene. Unfortunately for fans, Erwin's suicide mission was indeed fatal. I admire his valor and determination so much! his manner of death reminded me of the poem, charge of the light brigade. Another point about serum bowl is that it wasn't really about Erwin at all - Erwin's heroic death was in leading the charge. If he was my commander I would follow him to the end! Eren, I love him, but he can be whiny brat. Erwin understood their distinct values and motives and catered his rhetoric and his logic to each of their specific desires. Which is why I respected him so much! While it might not have been "genius", Armin's deduction there may very well have saved humanity right then and there. Although Erwin cared more about his goal, it wasn't as if he didn't care about humanity. However, when Season 2 Part 2 rolled around that’s when we got to see something powerful about Erwin: his drive. I don't think it's really possible to be a hero without vulnerabilty - to be heroic requires struggle and an overcoming of fear, and an invincible character has no fear. Okay, I know you have thoughts on Commander Erwin and his character development and I am so wanting to hear them! Yes. I find Erwin's guilt, and his tense friendship with Levi, who always challenges him and makes him think about what he's doing, the most interesting parts of the whole manga. Convincing Pixis and Nile was a serious task, and he managed to do it in the end. ", "What do you see? To prove his late father’s theory correct and vindicate his father. Also as above, he did care for humanity, he just cared for his dream more throughout much of his life. He was cunning, he had depth, he had drive, he was a master tactician, phenomenal with his words, and LITERALLY NOTHING could stop this man from achieving what he wanted. The first season of the Attack on Titan anime television series was produced by IG Port's Wit Studio and directed by Tetsurō Araki, and covers the "Fall of Shiganshina" (chapters 1–2), "Battle of Trost District" (chapters 3–14), "104th Training Corps" (chapters 15–18) and "Female Titan" (chapters 19–34) arcs from the original manga by Hajime Isayama. Erwin’s father stayed true to his teachings even though no one believed him however it costed him his life. His death proved the later, that he infact did all that just for the sake of humanity. His old intentions aren't retroactively undone by having good intentions at the time of his death. The blood he has spread. but Erwin really needed his credit. Which in itself was a waste of time, as we could all tell that he would bring Armin back instead, because of how well Erwin's death scene was put together (and Armin being one of the main 3). I love your line: "the mountain of corpses is too big for his conscience to handle, but too small to achieve his dream". Since he was young, his father always provided evidence and hypotheses on why there is human life on the outside of the walls. Yeah, especially as his death approached Erwin certainly began to doubt himself more. Every mission Erwin leads is against unfair odds, and the deaths of the Survey Corps soldiers demonstrates this. Elizabeth Weir is introduced as a recurring character in the Stargate SG-1 season seven two-parter, Lost City. Serum bowl was about Levi's choice, and is the culmination of Levi's character development rather than Erwin's - but that's a whole other discussion. As he admits to Levi, as time went on he began to believe his own story, and stopped talking about his personal dream and his father's theories altogether. (Erwin's own genius in telling Levi to use the standing titans to reach the Beast Titan is another rather clunky bit of writing - Levi knows better than anyone how to use anything available as an anchor point.) Unfiltered AF Reviews, Recommendations, Rants 18+ Games, and Astrology readings! Often times, we would find the Scouts down on their luck or afraid to go and battle the titans but when Erwin hits the soapbox, there isn’t a single soldier backing down from the fight. He had a goal, he knew what he wanted, he took chances, and was willing to put his life on the line several SEVERAL times for the sake of humanity. Mikasa, Eren, probably Levi. Erwin had a commanding presence. Erwin's birthday is October 14th, which is also the date Rommel died. It was exactly what Levi said, that they should let him finally rest. He he has been pushing for humanity but mainly for his selfish desires, however, he knows cannot take back what has happened. For one there are rumors that Captain Levi Ackerman will die and that Commander Erwin Smith will lose an arm and will eventually leave the squad. View all posts by Mamma. Agreed with all you said ! Who will choose? But Erwin needs some credit and I’m gonna shine some light on him today. While he trusts his men, he is the first to realize that there is a spy interfering with the Scouting Legion and arranged for his/her capture. The 104th was slightly confused when the higher ups (which included Commander Erwin, Captain Levi, Squad Leader Hanji and Squad Leader Mike) gave them two weeks off, completely out of the blue. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SUBSCRIBE! Weir is the leader of the Atlantis expedition in Stargate Atlantis until the last episode of season three, titled "First Strike". According to Movie News Guide, director Tetsuro Araki announced that Season 2 of the show will come back in 2016. And everytime he was guessing right. Advance!”, Now, I know what you’re thinking. Nobody's really stepped up to replace him yet). Erwin is an introvert that has completely mastered many tools you'd typically see in an extrovert. Erwin, the Commander of the Survey Corps, was based on Ozymandias, also from Watchmen. Commander Erwin came off like he was hiding some demons. Or can they rest knowing their deaths were a stepping stone in the fight for human survival? That's why he could die in peace. The now one-armed Commander Erwin still proves uber capable, but as his soldiers die one after another around him, even he gets a bit shaken up. He has something that the other war leaders really don’t have: a deeply rooted drive. Here's hoping studio deen doesn't screw up chances of a season three. Erwin had a death that represented a tragic but natural end to his character arc and Isayama toyed around with the idea of bringing him back only to decide against it. 2 Erwin Likely Suspected He Would Die Soon Erwin fought harder than ever to return to the Shiganshina District and uncover the secrets hidden in the basement of Eren Yeager's childhood home. Countless soldiers have perished during this battle and he states to Levi this is all his fault. And I think you missed what I see as his most valuable ability, which is that he reads others so well that he can easily identify their motives and values, and then use this knowledge to his own ends. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. ( Log Out /  When Levi allows him to take that final gamble, his death, in narrative terms, becomes inevitable. This topic has been deleted. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. He is the character that can do anything but for some reason has a few weird quirks like his OCD with cleaning. He was going through hell pursuing his goal and dream, however at the end he abandoned it to secure a success for Survey Corps. Only users with topic management privileges can see it. You know Erwin is just that post-apocalyptic war leader who towards the end of the film before the big fight gives a very emotional speech that gets the troops hyped to fight the vikings or the Fire Nation.”, I will have to disagree with you on that one. Where one was a big picture pragmatist amenable to government shadiness, the other was a normal guy making the rounds and trying to survive with his family intact. ( Log Out /  It was emotional and sorta awesome, how they kept firing flares while rock grapeshot came flying against them, New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the ShingekiNoKyojin community. Season 3 Part 2 is when Erwin reveals to us his regrets as a Commanding Officer. Commander Erwin (also super glad they we consistent with the damn ranks this season) So the plot per where Marc left off. I get the impression that Isayama has grown up a huge amount over the years he's been writing AOT, and that he gradually became more interested in the veterans than the younger characters. When I first saw this, I immediately thought, “Shit, they are foreshadowing to us his long deserved death.” And sure enough it happened. Erwin's only motivation was to prove that his father was right is an understatement. In the end, when there was an opportunity to bring back Erwin because of the Titan serum, the serum was not given to him. Levi is awesome but that’s because he’s Levi. He was the undisputed MVP of that arc despite only showing up in a few chapters. That's his original motivation, but humanity's victory over the titans and freedom from the walls is also genuinely a key motivation, and ultimately the reason why he reveals his plan for the charge to Levi and dies. The 'creepy smile' when Annie outsmarts him, and again at the revelation that titans are human; Levi's accusation about everything he comes up with being a gamble - those are the moments when we see the cracks in Erwin's own, almost-believed self-myth, appear. EP 20 Erwin Smith: The 57th Exterior Scouting Mission, Part 4. With his death a lot of the heart went out of the story. Unfortunately, Erwin doesn't survive the battle to retake the Shiganshina District, and he never gets to enter the basement or see the Titans defeated. Both are natural-born leaders with powerful stature and mature tones about them. Although Erwin died for humankind, that doesn't mean he spent his life living for it. Original person behind his name was also sharp-minded person and one of my favorite generals of WW2. Knowing there is no way out, he tells Captain Levi that he wants to spend his last moments trying to find the Yaeger home to see if Dr. Yeager really hid the secrets of humanity in his basement. Humanity still has hope! Serum bowl was necessary for Isayama imo because he'd made such a convincing and interesting character in Erwin that Armin rather fades in comparison - and yet I think Armin was always supposed to 'take over' from Erwin. On reflection though it wasn't really his death that upset me, but serum-gate. Erwin Goldbloom, who moved from his longtime West Hills home to Camarillo in 2019, recalled the painful experience during a Wednesday videoconference as part of a campaign to pressure baseball to expand safety netting at major league, minor league and spring-training stadiums throughout the country for the 2021 season. During the battle with the Beast Titan, Erwin becomes trapped with his recruits between the Beast Titan and the outer wall. The blood he has spread. He saw through Levi's coldness and used his bonds with others to extort him into service, led the charge that killed his friends, yet he still managed to gain his loyalty and friendship. Survey Corps, Levi, Hanji etc. And who was the one who took the fall for that? However, he reclaimed the names of the Scouts and came one step closer venturing out to the basement. So much truth in this. His eyebrows were also quite noticeable, being very thick and bushy.Erwin typically dressed in the standard military uniform, donning the Survey Corps' signature green cape when on missions. (Still is, honestly. When he gave up on his dream, when he fought for the people who died for him without a care for whether or not he saw the basement, that's when he was free. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. I agree with everything you say about the complexity of Erwin's character and his heroism. However, he suffered the Galileo Effect (where one has valid scientific records on theory that could be true however people isolate, persecute, or demonize that person because they are going against the textbooks or what the officials say). His ability to take hopeless soldiers who are ready to throw in the towel and give them the courage to put their lives on the line for humanity. So, sis, sit back relax because Mamma is taking care of your anime needs! He had the chance to run away along with Eren but he sacrificed his childhood dream along with himself so that humanity can survive and thus justifying the deaths of all the people who died on his order. Commander Erwin charges forth in a desperate strategy to topple the Armored Titan. Who is the real enemy? Eren Jaeger swore to wipe out every last Titan, but in a battle for his life he wound up becoming the thing he hates most. He accepts all news, good or bad, mockery or praise… At that point I think Erwin genuinely managed to convince himself that he was working purely for the good of humanity. A new character is introduced(his older brother) who takes his place. Season 3 Part 2 is when Erwin reveals to us his regrets as a Commanding Officer. But the thing I like the most about Erwin is the questions he asks: "Hope..or despair? This whole scene reveals a lot to us about Erwin that we have never seen before, and it shows imagery of Erwin standing on top of hundreds of corpses who were all his soldiers. Cookies help us deliver our Services. Probably we … Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. I think Hange is the one that carried through that arc. Fair Warning: There will be major spoilers. Erwin had a commanding presence, standing tall above most members of the Survey Corps, with his blond hair kept neatly parted on the left side.Erwin always wore a calm and collected expression on his face, with his icy blue eyes being one of his most striking features. Good news for all the fans of the hit Japanese manga series "Attack on Titan." Learn how your comment data is processed. Also as above, he did care for humanity, he just cared for his dream more throughout much of his life. For his plan to succeed (with his life on the line), he first had to appeal to two separate people with separate values and goals: Pixis and Nile. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. He had always felt guilt over the soldiers he sent out to die, but when he could believe it was all for the good of humanity, then he could just about live with it. His eyebrows were also quite noticeable, being very thick and bushy.Erwin typically dressed in the standard military uniform, donning the Scout Regiment's signature green … Of course, Erwin was the responsible for putting Hange in command and no doubt that she learned a lot with him. Hange saw the revolution through, gathering the support of the people and coming up with a plan with Pixis to reveal to the Supreme Commander the true nature of the nobles. I'd never thought about him being an introvert who has mastered the tools of an extrovert before. With Levi's help, Erwin was able to let go of his long-held dream and become in reality the version of himself he'd always tried to present to the world - that's why he was so grateful to Levi when Levi told him to lead the charge and took the rest of the burden on himself. He convinced soldiers to take on numerous dubious and even suicidal ventures, like retaking wall Maria and attacking Zeke. 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