Anonymous said: Bombs, something is pissing me off so hard. Chapter 51 or 52 of snk nearing the end, levi states that "eren works best in desperate situations" maybe i read this wrong. Maybe there is some deep hidden meaning in this. I am pissed beyond Fucking words. I dont understabd what the HELL he meant by that, can you enlighten me? What is he gonna do to my favorite character?? I really like levi, but these last chapter (dont even mention 56!!) something is wrong with him #bothering me long time #help me
Fear not, friend! Maybe I can help enlighten. ^_^
His statement at the end of chapter 51 was a nod at how he constructed his new team. He says that Eren is best suited to an environment that will make him desperate, meaning he wants Eren to be surrounded by people he cares about and wants to protect. A lot of people have said that Levi simply picked them as death fodder, but I personally disagree, as I feel he’s already shown that he is concerned for their well being (emotionally as well as whether they live or die). I strongly believe that this statement is also a heavy nod that he’s fully aware of what occurred in Chapter 50, when Eren tapped into a power he was not even aware of, because the situation was desperate and Eren wanted to protect his loved ones. It makes sense. He knew Eren was desperate then and it saved everyone, so if it gets to that point again, Eren will be able to tap into that power once more. I feel it was a more logical decision than a manipulative one, as some will claim it was (although I won’t deny that there is a hint of manipulative nature to his decision).
As for his behavior as of late… I’m not surprised by it. He was ruthless when he was a thug in the underground (and it’s even heavily hinted at in ACWNR that he killed someone simply for mocking one of his friends as well as aiming to kill Erwin when he was brought into the Corps). Now that we know he lived with a serial killer for a time as a child, I think it’s safe to say he’s very desensitized to such brutality (although we still don’t know his full backstory, so I can’t claim that 100%).
I personally believe that he’s been kind of coming apart a bit since he learned that Titans were likely humans at one point. The look on his face when Hanji revealed such information was extremely disheartening and hard to look at. You can tell he’s extremely bothered by this. I’d even say that he’s figured since he’s already killed so many, he’s already a murderer and has resigned himself to being one (as he says in his speech in 56, he’ll happily take the role of a murderer if it means all of humanity doesn’t have to be involved in this war). Of course, that’s just speculation on my part.
He’s reaching a bit of a boiling point, I think. On top of having to ensure that things go according to Erwin’s plans, he’s also having to deal with plans not working out at all, and now he’s desperate just to get EH back and get things back on track. Add in the fact that they’re on limited time and at risk of being executed (and not just his squad, but the SL as a whole - even those who are not actively involved in the uprising) and a very dangerous ghost of his past has resurfaced and is working for the opposing side… The way I see his actions in the last few chapters is simply, “we don’t have time for this bullshit” and he’s just trying to get shit done when the odds are working against him and his team.
We aren’t supposed to be comfortable with anything that Levi has been doing lately. The other characters aren’t comfortable with it either. His behavior (and Hanji’s to an extent, since she was also involved with the torture of Djel Sanes) is meant to leave the readers questioning who are truly the good guys in this story. So it’s fine to feel angry with what he’s doing, but I hope I’ve helped you to understand why he’s behaving so rashly lately.
As Petra once said, “He’s not the hero he’s painted out to be.”