Honestly, it felt like it was taking forever for Chapter 123 of Attack on Titan, “The Devils of the Island” to be released.
After the best cliffhanger of the entire series in Chapter 122, I was desperate to see what would happen now that the Rumbling had been initiated.
However, in true Isayama fashion, he started the chapter not with the Rumbling but with a flashback to when Eren and his friends first went to survey Marley.
This surprisingly lead to some of the greatest jokes of the entire series.
There is the amazingly comedic moment where Hange, Sasha and Connie are amazed by a car, with Sasha and Connie mistaking it for a cow.
What makes this joke truly shine, though, is the following exchange between Levi and Onyankopon where Levi expresses his concern that they may try to feed the car a carrot.
Onyankopon thinks he is joking until he looks and cries out “they’re buying a carrot!”
But, by far the funniest gag of the entire chapter that left me in stitches came when a clown approaches Levi and offers him candy, thinking he is a little boy because of his height.
Levi’s expression during this moment is priceless and the fact that this random clown had just inadvertently insulted the strongest character in the manga who could tear him to pieces had me howling with laughter.
I know the chapter just came out but I already think this joke is my favourite out of the entire manga so far.
The flashback is not all sunshine and rainbows, however, as is quickly proven by a surprising character reveal when Levi notices a young boy trying to steal Sasha’s money and calls him out on it.
What is so surprising about the boy is that he is the one with the fez hat from the memory fragment in Chapter 120.
I had previously predicted that this boy would turn out to be a young Tom Xaver or a kid from the future that Eren was seeing with the Attack on Titan power but I was completely wrong about this.
No, instead the boy turned out to be an immigrant from the Mid-East Allied Forces, fleeing his country because of its war with Marley.
This leads to him being singled out by the crowd of Marleyans and it becomes clear that the country’s racism does not just extend to Eldians.
Thankfully, Levi using his quick thinking to save the boy, claiming he is Sasha’s brother before fleeing with him just as the crowd starts to turn violent.
Upon escaping, Levi notices that the boy has taken the money again.
However, I do not think he stole it because of the memory fragment in Chapter 120.
Because we now know that this fragment came from Eren’s perspective we can see there was a moment he made this boy smile.
I think the reason that the boy was seen smiling is because Eren secretly gave him the money.
If he did so it would most likely be because he sees a part of himself in the boy, as pointed out by the scene with him and Mikasa looking at the boy’s camp with his family.
Eren highlights their similarities and then makes a very ominous statement about the boy when Mikasa asks if something happened to him, stating “nothing yet.”
Given this, and the fact that Eren was crying before Mikasa found him, it points to the notion that Eren already knows he will cause this boy and his family’s deaths when he initiates the Rumbling.
Eren is clearly struggling with this knowledge as he asks Mikasa what he is to her.
Many people have interpreted this as a shipping moment but I do not think this is the case.
Rather, I think Eren’s questioning of Mikasa is both a blind hope that she can unknowingly convince him he does not have to destroy the world, a way to test if she only cares about him because of her Ackerman blood, and to see if the future memories of the Attack Titan are really destined to happen, all in one.
This last point seems to be proven by the arrival of Jean, Connie and Sasha to which Eren notes that it is “perfect timing”, as if he knew they would come at that moment.
Then we get the last happy moment of the chapter with the Scouts all getting drunk and partying with the young boy’s family.
This moment is also particularly sad in hindsight because it is the last time that Eren, Mikasa and Armin were happy together.
After this, Eren gets his proof that the subjects of Ymir on Paradis would always be persecuted by the outside world and leaves to plan his attack on Liberio.
From here, “The Devils of the Island” transitions into the present with the much anticipated Rumbling and this is where my one criticism of the chapter comes in.
During this moment we see that Mikasa, Armin, Gabi and Pieck are all safe, when they were in imminent danger at the end of the last chapter.
It was quite jarring to see they were safe without showing how they escaped the collapsing wall.
This problem aside, though, the panels of the Rumbling are both magnificent and terrifying.
The horrifying aspects of these panels are highlighted further by the absolute nightmare fuel that is Eren’s new Titan form.
I was pretty sure he would get a new form after finally utilizing the Founding Titan power last chapter but I was not at all expecting the dinosaur skeleton hybrid that we got.
What’s more is that this Titan puts Rod Reiss’ to shame, with it being at least three times times the size of his Titan, and that’s only when it’s on all all fours!
Eren is practically unstoppable at this point and the full force of the Rumbling is shown through how Armin and Mikasa have to shout to hear one another because of the noise.
Armin quickly realizes that Eren is using way more Titans than would be necessary to crush the Allied Forces in Marley and this leads to Eren’s announcement of what his true intentions are.
He uses the Founding Titan power to communicate with all Subjects of Ymir, seemingly temporarily transporting them to the Path Dimension.
Curiously, Mikasa is also transported there, which is strange because I though she had no Eldian blood, having an Asian mother and an Ackerman father.
However, I think the reason she is there is not because she can be turned into a Titan but because as an Ackerman the past battle experience of her predecessors was given to her through a Path.
So, even if Mikasa is not an Eldian, she is still connected to the Paths so she can hear Eren.
More important, though, is Eren announcing his intentions.
He declares that he plans to use the Rumbling, “until all life existing there has been exterminated from this world.”
And there we have it.
As many of us thought, Eren intends to enact a worldwide genocide to protect his friends.
Anyone who still thinks Eren is a hero after this really should take a good look at their morality because, although Eren is doing this for the right reasons, what he intends to do is still monstrous.
And this monstrous intent is perfectly portrayed by the final panel of the chapter where Eren announces he will kill everyone outside Paradis.
He looks absolutely demonic in this panel, only further implying that he may turn out to be the devil in Ymir’s story.
Devil or not, though, the question is if he will succeed in destroying the world or not?
He could just be trying to make himself the enemy to unite the world against him but this seems a little too similar to Code Geass’ ending.
Isayama has said that he wants to hurt the readers so I see Eren’s plan of worldwide genocide succeeding with him achieving freedom for his people, but at the worst possible cost with many beloved characters dying.
“The Devils of the Island” makes it even clearer that the story of the manga is drawing to a close.
And from the events of the chapter, that ending looks to be on such an epic scale to the extent that we have not seen in this series before.
Attack on Titan Chapter 122 had the best cliffhanger of the entire series so far.
With the Rumbling having been initiated, the endgame of the story has truly begun.
I can only see the series go on for at least eight more chapters before it ends but, before that, there is going to plenty of bloodshed and plenty of reveals.
So, now I will predict what will happen.
Crazy theories incoming!
Now that Eren has activated the Rumbling how will he use it?
Eren’s goal has been one of the biggest mysteries of Attack on Titan‘s final arc.
It was clear right from the moment Zeke’s euthanasia plan was revealed that Eren would not go along with it because he is all about freedom.
So, now that Eren has successfully activated the Rumbling by appealing to Ymir, the question is how will he free his people with it?
The most obvious, and most sinister, theory is that he will use it to devastate the rest of the world, leaving only those on Paradis alive to begin anew.
This theory seems particularly likely considering Eren’s comments in Chapter 90.
Another big sign that he will do this is his statement that he might end up destroying the world in Chapter 100.
And, given that Chapter 121 revealed Eren knows what is going to happen, him saying this seems to support that he will use the Rumbling to crush Marley and the other nations.
However, one point I have heard that contradicts this idea is the fact the all of the Wall Titans are facing inwards, towards Paradis, rather than outwards.
Some have speculated that Karl Fritz built in a safety precaution where anyone who activates the Rumbling will cause the Wall Titans to crush Paradis instead of the world.
But, given that Eren has apparently been given complete control of the Founding Titan, he would easily be able to stop this from happening.
Another thing to consider, though, is that we do not know if this is a full scale Rumbling yet.
We have only seen the Wall Titans in Shiganshina being freed, we have yet to see the millions of other ones being released.
Still, I think Eren initiating a complete Rumbling to destroy the world is the most likely outcome of him gaining control of the Founding Titan.
Will Eren have Ymir’s Founding Titan form?
When Chapter 122 ends, Eren is in the process of transforming into his Titan form and is currently at the skeleton stage of that transformation.
Because of this, we do not know what Eren will look like when his Titan is fully formed.
From the perspective we get, he looks pretty big, which makes me wonder if he could have obtained Ymir’s Titan form when she gave him control of the Founding Titan.
One thing that supports this idea is that when Eren initiates the Rumbling, the source of all living matter, which gave Ymir her powers, is the thing that attaches Eren’s head back to his body, showing that Ymir may have passed it on to him.
Eren now having the Founding Titan power would make him the size of the Colossal Titan, bringing his destructive capabilities up another level.
It could also add a lot to the final battle as well, with a potential fight between Armin’s Colossal Titan and Eren’s new Titan form.
Although, I should say that when we see Eren at the end of Chapter 122 it is from Gabi’s point of view so he may just look bigger than he actually is.
Personally, though, I think the stakes would be risen by a considerable margin if Eren took on Ymir’s Founding Titan form.
How will the other characters react to the Rumbling?
One thing I am certain of is that Chapter 123 will be absolute chaos.
The Rumbling will create a lot of confusion among the surviving characters as they struggle to deal with this new colossal threat (pun intended).
A theory I have had for a few chapters now is that Eren activating the Rumbling to destroy the world will motivate those of Paradis island to team up with the Marleyeans and Warriors to stop him.
This could be a great way to end the cycle of hatred between the two groups as they find a common enemy to defeat in Eren.
I can just picture Armin and Jean negotiating with Magath and Pieck for a temporary alliance to deal with the threat of the Rumbling.
And, if Eren eventually makes it so that Eldians can no longer turn into Titans, like I think he will, then this could turn this temporary peace into something more long term.
Although, given that this idea of peace is too happy for Attack on Titan‘s dark tone, I expect that in order to compensate for such a happy ending, Isayama would have Eren succeed in his plan to destroy the world first.
As for specific characters, It is almost certain that Yelena and the rest of Zeke’s followers will try to stop Eren as well because they want to save the world not destroy it.
Honestly, the only characters who will probably be on Eren’s side during the Rumbling is Floch and the other Yeagerists.
Sure, Mikasa and Armin may be conflicted fighting against Eren but I still believe they will do so in the end.
Speaking of Mikasa, I think we will get a reveal of what Eren was thinking when he said he hated her soon, which will most likely be because he wanted to free her from being enslaved to him as an Ackerman.
Another character that I think will contribute to Mikasa’s arc is Louise, who may have taken her scarf when Mikasa left it behind and whose death may motivate Mikasa to take some drastic measures.
Then there is Armin, who will have to go Colossal Titan now, which could lead to some great fight moments.
Even if Eren does not gain Ymir’s Founding Titan form, Armin will still have a fight on his hands as he will have the Wall Titans to face.
It would be amazing to see some Colossal Titan vs Colossal Titan combat.
This is a very tricky thing to consider because it is hard to predict which character will live and die at this stage.
Honestly, I see every single one of them as capable of biting the dust before the story ends.
Does that mean I think all of the characters will die?
No, but we are certainly in for a high body count.
The only characters I am pretty sure will die before the story ends are Zeke, Yelena and Floch.
I just honestly do not see them surviving to the end of the story.
I see more than just them dying but they are the only ones I am currently sure will not make it.
As for the other characters, it is all 50/50 for me.
Personally, though, I just hope that, no matter which characters die, they will do so with a fitting conclusion to their arc.
Is Kyomi the one saying, “see you later Eren” in the first chapter?
We are going to end this prediction post with a pretty wild theory.
Before I get into it, though, I have to say this theory is not mine.
I heard it from the YouTube channel Manga Horse in his video, “The Mysterious Hidden Memory.”
In the video, Manga Horse states his belief that the person who says “see you later Eren” in the very first chapter of Attack on Titan is actually not Mikasa but a younger version of Kyomi.
As evidence he points out that this scene was not included in the anime, possibly so audiences would not notice the change in Mikasa’s voice actor, and that Kyomi herself wears a scarf.
But if this is a young Kyomi how can she be talking to Eren who would not have even been born yet?
Well, that is because she is actually talking to Eren Kruger, Eren Jaeger’s namesake and previous Attack Titan holder.
Manga Horse provides more evidence but it is too much detail to get into here so I will include the link to his video and suggest you watch it because it is a really good theory video; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1Hi2wcQ0ME&t=818s.
Now, if Manga Horse’s theory is correct, then Kyomi knowing Kruger could have big ramifications for the story as the “see you later” moment is in the very first chapter, which sets it up as important.
Not only this, but when you factor in the hints that Kruger knew Tom Xaver as well it seems to point that he would know Kyomi as well.
So, Kruger, Kyomi and Xaver could have been involved in some super secret conspiracy the entire time!
Or maybe I just need to take off my tin foil hat and reconsider my life.
In any case, I am excited to see what the “see you later” moment could really mean and hope it will be explained later.
And, whether or not any of my predictions about Attack on Titan Chapter 123 turn out to be correct or not, I know that the chapter will be just as insane as the previous ones, if not more so.