Attack on Titan Chapter 130, Dawn for Humanity Review: The Devil Brings the Apocalypse.

5 stars
You know, it’s funny how I keep predicting how the story of Attack on Titan will go only for the next chapter to immediately prove me wrong.
In my predictions post for Chapter 130, “Dawn for Humanity”, I predicted that Historia would not be shown again until the end of the story.
So, imagine my complete surprise and happiness when I saw a spoiler that she would appear in a flashback this chapter.
As soon as I saw that spoiler, I immediately went offline so I wouldn’t accidentally get spoiled again and could experience the chapter for myself.
And boy was it an experience.
“Dawn for Humanity” is definitely in my top 10 favourite chapters of the entire manga, which is surprising considering how short it is.
This shortness is due to the final scene of the chapter that is full of constant glorious, yet horrifying double spread panels of the Rumbling arriving and laying waste to Marley.
My jaw was on the floor throughout this entire scene, with these panels being the best artwork Hajime Isayama has ever delivered.
He certainly has come a long way from his wonky artwork at the start of the manga.
Seriously, these panels just made the Rumbling so much more horrifying, with the Colossal Titans swimming under the best ships in the world’s navy and blowing them apart with steam.
Following this, is the terrifying shot of the Titan’s silhouettes as they emerge from the ocean.
Then, as the Marleyan soldiers flee, Isayama finally gifts us with the visual we have been waiting seven chapters for, a full view of Eren’s gigantic Titan.
And it. Is. Horrifying.
My first thought when I saw Eren like this was that he looked like the devil, which may have more significance later on.
The shot of his monstrous face with a soldier yelling that it’s the Attack Titan is chilling and I cannot wait for it to be animated.
I can already imagine this epic reveal with the cry of, “Shingeki No Kyojin!” when this is adapted.
Although, I do feel sorry for the poor souls who have to animate this moment because it is going to be incredibly time consuming and difficult.
Fingers crossed that Studio Mappa can pull it off.
Another interesting feature is the strings that seem to be holding up part of Eren’s Titan form from the spine.
This makes him look kind of like a marionette, which raises questions about Isayama symbolically portraying Eren as not free.
In any case, I have absolutely no clue how the alliance can even hope to stop Eren at this point.
He is the literal devil and commands millions of Colossal Titans.
He’s practically unbeatable.
Also, there’s no longer any hope of there being a Code Geass ending, not that I wanted one.
The Rumbling has reached Marley and Eren’s genocide has begun.
There is no coming back from this.
Speaking of the alliance though, we get a brief scene of them this chapter, which has some fantastic character development for Annie.
The horrified look on her face when she realizes they can’t save Liberio, and that her father is most likely dead, is striking because it is the most emotion she has ever shown.
Her tearful confession that she doesn’t want to kill the 104th or Eren anymore is just as tragic and her deciding to leave the alliance because of these things makes me wonder what Isayama has planned for her in the future.
From here, we go into Eren’s flashbacks, before the reveal of the Rumbling, and they are filled with tonnes of interesting information.
The most important of these is obviously the Historia flashback because of its implications.
The scene between her and Eren is frustratingly vague but intentionally so.
Historia is revealed to be against Eren’s decision to destroy the world but seems to reach some kind of deal with him by deciding to have a child.
A representation of Historia’s childhood story book where Christa made a deal with the devil perhaps?
Whether this is the case or not, Historia asking Eren what he would think about her having a child practically screams to me that Eren is the father of her baby.
Not only this but when Zeke confirms that Mikasa most likely loves Eren, it is revealed that Eren is thinking of Historia in this moment.
However, despite this seeming to show Eren has a stronger connection to Historia and is most likely the father of her child, there is still evidence for the Eren and Mikasa ship.
As I said, Zeke suspects that Mikasa is in love with Eren, confirming that what Eren said about Mikasa only following him because of her Ackermann instincts is a steaming pile of Titan poop.
This most likely means that everything he told Mikasa and Armin in Chapter 112 was a lie meant to protect them by distancing themselves from him.
So, Mikasa being revealed to possibly be in love with Eren for real does raise the possibility of their ship potential.
Sure, Eren does say he doesn’t have time for anything like that because he only has four years left to live but this is back when he lied to Zeke practically every sentence so we should take what he says here with a pinch of salt.
Therefore, even though I am in favor of Eren being the father of Historia’s child because of its thematic weight, especially if the child turns out to be the reincarnation of Ymir Fritz, I can admit that there are some hints to Mikasa ending up with Eren too.
I think we can all agree though that, if any ship turns out to be canon, the last thing we want is another Tokyo Ghoul situation where people whose ship didn’t become canon send death threats to the author.
No matter what happens, lets be respectful guys.
Back to the chapter, other highlights of Eren’s flashbacks include a memory shard of the fez kid being assaulted, revealing that there will be a future flashback between Eren and him, and a flashback of Floch listening in to Eren’s conversation with Yelena.
This leads to Eren tasking Floch with pretending to support Yelena and Zeke so they can start the Rumbling and destroy the world.
What is particularly interesting about this moment is Floch’s reaction to Eren’s plan.
He looks shocked and maybe even a little horrified.
I would love to know what was going through Floch’s head at this moment.
If he does turn out to be alive then I hope we get a POV moment from him where he reflects on how he got to the cruel point he is now.
However, it is with this Floch flashback that I have to take issue because Eren describes the people he intends to kill as “animals.”
This not only makes him pretty unsympathetic but also makes no sense because he confirms he knows there are innocent people to Historia in the very next scene.
And speaking of that scene, there is another problem with the dialogue because Eren says that the Military Police plan to feed Zeke to Historia now that he is on Paradis.
Yet, going by the timeline, this conversation takes place months before Zeke arrived on the island.
All of that said though, I cannot fault the chapter for these dialogue problems because they are not Hajime Isayama’s problem but the translators’.
Not only do they make a mistake with translating in relation to the timeline but also with the “animals” line because, looking into it, I found that it wasn’t quite an accurate translation and that they most likely went overboard with it.
I hope they can do a better job with the translations next chapter.
Overall though, “Dawn for Humanity” was a phenomenal Attack on Titan chapter.
It delivered some great character development for Annie, finally brought back Historia, and gifted us with one of the most gloriously horrifying moments of the entire manga.

Attack on Titan Chapter 124 Predictions.

Eren’s motivations and goal for unleashing the Rumbling was finally revealed in Chapter 123 of Attack on Titan, with him announcing his intention to use the Wall Titans to eliminate all life outside the walls.
The Rumbling is definitely going to be the final battle of the story so the question is how will it go?
Will Eren succeed in his plot to destroy the world or does he have other intentions as one fan theory suggests?
In my first prediction for this post I will be tackling that theory, which is,

Will Eren Pull a Lelouch?

Lelouch is a character from the anime Code Geass, and in order to state how Eren’s plan might be similar to Lelouch’s I need to spoil the ending for that anime.
So, if you have not seen Code Geass just move on to the next question I pose.
At the end of Code Geass, Lelouch ends the war consuming his world by becoming the most hated dictator in that world.
He then has his best friend assassinate him so everyone can come together and establish world peace.
And now, many people are theorizing that Eren intends to do the same, propping himself up as the enemy of the world so his friends can kill him, showing the world that Eldians are not so bad and establishing peace between the two groups.
But do I think this will happen?
No, I don’t.
More than that, I am completely opposed to this happening because it would both rip off Code Geass’ ending and also make no sense given what has been established.
In Chapter 123 we get a flashback to when Eren and his friends first visited Marley and during their stay they witnessed a group of Marleyans about to kill an immigrant child because they suspected him of being an Eldian.
The hatred for Eldians is so strong in the world that even if an Eldian, like Armin, succeeded in stopping Eren it would change nothing.
If anything, Eren almost destroying the world would serve as proof to them that the Eldians need to be exterminated.
Eren would have to be incredibly stupid to believe this plan would work.
So, no, I don’t believe Eren has some kind of ulterior motive.
I fully believe he intends to destroy the world, which leads me into my next question.

Will Eren Succeed in Destroying the World?

Whether Eren succeeds in his plan will determine the entire ending of the manga.
Either he succeeds in wiping out all, or at least most, of life on earth and we get a bittersweet ending with Paradis being safe but the entire world is destroyed, or he fails and we get a tragic ending where the world wipes out Paradis.
Personally, I think the former is more likely because we know Eren has seen a part of his future because of the Attack Titan.
However, a lot of people think his plan to use the Rumbling is flawed because of one key thing, the ocean.
Many seem to think that the Colossal Titans will sink into the ocean, where they will be without sunlight and unable to move.
Contradicting this is the Attack on Titan Anthology where, in one story, Colossal Titans are seen coming out of the ocean.
And even if the Colossal Titans will sink, I am sure Eren will find a way around it.
For example, Eren could use the War Hammer Titan abilities, amplified by the Founding Titans powers, to make a bridge for the Titans to cross the ocean.
The one thing that I am at a loss to explain, though, is the airships.
Marley has been shown to have quite a number of these and they could easily pack survivors in them and fly above the Wall Titans’ reach.
So, maybe Eren will not succeed in destroying all of life beyond the walls, just most of it.
Although, one interesting thing to factor in on the idea of Eren being stopped is the possibility of the Scouts and the Warriors teaming up.
They could temporarily put aside their differences to stop Eren, or could just be working together without realizing it as both sides attempt to stop him.
Either way, I am sure that Kyomi’s sea plane and the remaining airships that Marley have left for evacuation will come into play here.
Still, with the extent of Eren’s power, I don’t think anything short of a nuke can stop him but I doubt any nation is at that technological stage yet.

Will Annie, Levi, Hange, or Historia Show Up?

What prediction post for an Attack on Titan chapter would be complete without wondering when the hell Annie, Levi, Hange and Historia are going to show up?
We have been speculating for so long about when these characters will return but they still have yet to do so.
And, with so little time remaining in the story, if these characters are going to play a major role then they need to return soon.
Starting with Historia, I think I have a clear idea of what role she will play in the ending.
Since I think she will give birth to the reincarnation of Ymir Fritz, I don’t think we will see her until the epilogue, although we will probably get a flashback to Eren’s conversation with her, before he left for Marley, and see if he is the father of her child or not.
Then there is Levi and Hange who I am both pretty unsure of.
Levi is badly injured so it seems unlikely he will return until the end but both he and Hange have ongoing storylines so I figure they have to show up somehow.
And then there is Annie.
Oh, Annie, Annie, Annie.
Fans have been theorizing about when she will come back for years and those theories have only intensified with her being brought up so often in these last two arcs.
However, there is still no sign of her.
Personally, it has got to the stage that I no longer care about Annie.
However, I still want her to return so it at least seems like Isayama had an idea of what he was trying to do with her character.
Many have speculated that she will have heard Eren’s message from Chapter 123 and this will cause her to wake up and, honestly, I think this is her last chance.
If she does not return in the next two chapters then I will be convinced that she will not return until the epilogue of the story.
If this happens then she will be a wasted character would should have died in The Female Titan Arc instead of just being locked away, never to return to the story.
Fingers crossed that Isayama will find an interesting way to bring Annie back that somehow gives her an interesting role with so little time left in the manga.

Attack on Titan Chapter 121 and Ending Predictions.

After reading Chapter 120 of Attack on Titan, “A Fleeting Moment”, it became clearer than ever that the manga is nearing its conclusion.
All the signs are there, with Eren and Zeke now in the path dimension and viewing their father’s memories after meeting the very first Titan Shifter, Ymir Fritz.
What remains to be seen is where exactly this goes and how it will contribute to the ending.
Personally, I think Attack on Titan will end around Chapter 130 so that leaves 10 chapters left.
This impending feeling that the series is in its endgame has caused me to not only come up with a few predictions for Chapter 121 but also come up with an idea of how the manga could end.
And, with that, I would like to go into my predictions for Chapter 121 and the ending itself.

What memories will Eren and Zeke see next and what effect will this have on Zeke?

Chapter 120 ended with Eren telling Zeke it was time to see “the next memory” so, given that this is the cliffhanger of the chapter, I have to believe that this memory is going to be something huge.
But what could it be?
Another one of Grisha’s memories?
Honestly, I am not so sure about that.
Yes, Zeke seeing Grisha’s thought process in giving the Founding and Attack Titans to Eren could contribute to his realization that his father had changed, but I think it would be more powerful for Zeke to see someone else’s memories.
This being Eren Kruger, the Attack Titan before Grisha, who Eren is named after.
We know from the flashes of memories that came when Zeke fulfilled the meme of catching Eren’s decapitated head at the beginning of “A Fleeting Moment” that both brothers now have access to Kruger’s memories.
But what could these memories add to Zeke’s development?
Well, I think this is where Zeke’s father figure, Tom Xaver, comes into play.
In previous prediction posts, I have stated my belief that Kruger and Xaver were working together, based on what Kruger says in Chapter 88.
Zeke learning that the man he thought of as a father was working with someone planning to restore Eldia could be the key to bringing him over to Eren’s side.
Another reason I think we will see Xaver in the memories is because of the mysterious boy seen in the flashes of memories
We know this memory is important because it is the second largest, next to Mikasa from the first chapter, and this has caused many to speculate about who the boy could be.
Some say a young Rod Reiss, or someone from the Warhammer Titan’s memories, but, given what I just said about Xaver and Kruger’s possible connection, I think it is most likely Xaver and that this is pointing to him and Kruger being childhood friends.
There is one thing that does not add up, though, and that is the mysterious hat the boy is wearing, which I can’t remember the name of.
We have never seen any character wear this kind of hat before so it may very well turn our to be someone we have never seen before instead of Xaver.
If it is, though, then I think Zeke will definitely be joining Eren’s side soon.
And, when this happens, the impact will be enormous.

What will happen if Zeke decides to work with Eren?

For starters, we saw in Chapter 120 that Zeke now has control of the Founding Titan power because he arrived in the path dimension without being affected by the first king’s ideology.
This power includes the one to control the Wall Titans, which could flatten the earth if ordered to.
My belief is that Eren currently plans to use these Titans to completely destroy the world so he can protect his friends.
This would explain why he has alienated them, because he does not want them involved in such a horrific plan.
So, if Zeke were to come over to Eren’s way of thinking, then Eren could convince him to initiate the Rumbling, unleashing it on the world.
I think this is probably what will happen in the next chapter or two, when Eren and Zeke stop looking at previous Titan user memories.
As for what will happen after the Rumbling starts, I believe we will get the final, epic battle of the series, with the Scouts and Warriors potentially working together to stop Eren and Zeke from obliterating the world.
Whether or not the brothers will succeed in their attempt at worldwide genocide I am unsure of.
Although, if this is what happens, I certainly hope they are stopped.
Another thing I am interested about is what role Yelena will play in this.
She has been shown to think of Zeke and Eren as gods but is also heavily in favor of the Euthanasia Plan.
So, if she sees Zeke abandoning the plan in favor of world destruction, she will almost certainly not be happy.
And, given that she has more than a few screws loose, this will definitely not be a good thing.
One thing I am anxious about, though, is if Eren and Zeke do activate the rumbling, where does this leave the characters who are not in Shiganshina yet?

Is there any chance of Levi, Hange, Historia and Annie showing up before a series epilogue?

I wish I could say that I can see any of these characters playing a big role in the final battle but, at this stage, I honestly can’t.
Levi is still horribly injured, and probably needs a few days to heal, by which time the fight will be over.
Hange is also with him so this leaves her unable to return as well.
Then there is Annie who is still stuck in that crystal, miles away from Shiganshina.
Finally there is Historia who is pregnant, which does not make her suitable for battle at all.
So, as much as I hate to say it, I doubt that any of these characters will return in a big way, until some kind of epilogue that explains their fates.
If this is the case, then it will be incredibly disappointing because I would like to see every important character play a role in the manga’s ending.
Also it would just be sad to see them left out of the finale, especially characters who have not been relevant in ages like Annie.
However, the series’ writer, Hajime Isayama, is known for surprising us so he may find a way to bring them into the story.
At this stage, though, I doubt it.
But, I will say that I think there is a high chance we could see these characters in flashbacks, primarily Historia.
The reason I think we will see her is because we got an image of her we have never seen before when Zeke caught Eren’s head.
In the image, she is wearing the clothes from when she was talking to the supposed father of her child, with a mysterious figure watching them, and is crying.
I think the mysterious figure was Eren and this is him talking to her about getting pregnant so she can survive.
This means Eren could be the father or it could mean that Historia decided that the father of her child would be her childhood bully (god forbid).
As for when the story behind her pregnancy will be revealed, it could be when Eren and Zeke are in the path dimension but I think this time is reserved for previous Titan user memories so I do not think we will see it for a while.
However, this said, even though I believe Historia will not play a big role in the final battle I think she is pivotal to the conclusion of the story.
The reason I think this is due to a theory about the ending of the story.

Ending Prediction. (WARNING!!! This contains a theory about Attack on Titan‘s ending that I think is highly likely so proceed at your own risk.)

After Chapter 120 came out, one theory began to float around about how Attack on Titan will end that has a lot of evidence behind it.
I heavily buy into this theory and like to call it the Ymir Rebirth Theory.
In “A Fleeting Moment”, Eren finally met Ymir Fritz but, rather than her being this all powerful being, she is actually a slave who has to create and rebuild Titans for all of eternity.
This is shown to impact Eren a lot, with him asking, “you’ve been here all this time, alone?”
Given this, and the fact that Eren values freedom above all else, it seems likely that he will try to free Ymir from her enslavement at some point.
Another part of this theory is that the Attack Titan itself was created to free Ymir.
In any case, If Eren succeeds in doing this then it will change the world of Attack on Titan. 
In order to justify this mindset I will ask you a question: who is the one who creates the Titans?
You guessed it, Ymir Fritz.
She creates them by building them over time in the path dimension, which takes a split second in the outside world.
But, if she is freed from the path dimension then who is there to make these Titans?
That’s right, No one.
Therefore, without Ymir in the Path dimension, Eldians will not be able to turn into Titans anymore.
This will end the threat the Titans pose to the world, that is if Eren has not already destroyed it by that point.
Although, with Ymir now free, the question is what will happen to her?
Will she just fade away?
I don’t think so.
Rather, I think what happens to her is the centerpiece of one of the final panels teased by Isayama a while ago.
In this panel, we see an unknown person holding a baby and telling them they are free.
Many people have speculated this is Eren holding Historia’s child, and if you consider that Ymir Fritz has been reborn as that child it all starts falling into place.
Why would Eren be telling this baby they are free?
Because he has freed them from the Path dimension.
What will Historia name her child?
Who better than to name them after than Freckled Ymir, who saved her life, thus creating this cool time loop where the girl our Ymir is named after is also named after her.
Furthermore, many have speculated that the line “you are free” will be a continuation of the first chapter’s title, “to you in 2,000 years.”
So, in the final chapter of Attack on Titan, Eren will be holding a baby Ymir and, assuming he still has some connection to the paths, will talk to Ymir when she first gets her powers 2000 years in the past, telling her “to you in 2000 years you are free.”
At this stage, considering Eren still has these powers, I also believe he may be dying of Ymir’s curse.
So, in conclusion, here is a summary of my overall theory of how Attack on Titan will end:

Through exploring his father and other Titan Shifters’ memories with Eren, Zeke will come over to his brother’s way of thinking and agree to abandon his Euthanasia Plan in favor of saving the Eldians.
The two will then use the Founding Titan to initiate the Rumbling, sending the Wall Titans to destroy the rest of the world.
Seeing this, the Scouts and Warriors will decide to work together to stop Eren and Zeke, and save the world from this cataclysmic threat.
A lot of characters will die in this big final battle.
Whether Eren succeeds or fails in destroying the world, he will figure out a way to free Ymir Fritz from the Path dimension.
With her now free, Eldians can no longer turn into Titans.
Given this, and the fact that they worked together to try and stop the Rumbling, the Marley government, lead by Magath if he is still alive, will give full rights to all Eldians, ending the cycle of hatred.
A few months later, Historia gives birth to her child and names her Ymir, potentially unaware that her child is the reincarnation of the first Titan Shifter.
Many years later, Eren is dying of Ymir’s Curse and is holding the girl in his arms.
As he does so, he uses the remnants of the Paths to connect with Ymir when she first got her powers and tells her, “to you in 2000 years, you are free.”
And, with that line, Attack on Titan will come to an end.

So that is my big prediction for Attack on Titan‘s ending.
Knowing how unpredictable Isayama is, though, the next chapter will probably crush this theory entirely.
Either way, I am excited to read Chapter 121, and to see how this amazing manga will conclude in the next year or two.