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I've avoided catching up with AoT for weeks, mainly because I was afraid of how the idea with Armin would play out. It seemed like bad writing, and I didn't want that staining my precious AoT.

So let's deal with 84 first:
If not for one small detail, it would be fucking fine. Making a choice between a younger talent, brilliant and intelligent, or an accomplished, seasoned commander who is more ruthless? It's not a bad setup. The execution is good, too. The eventual rationale of why Armin is chosen is actually not that bad, and softens the blow somewhat- it's not logical, but humans aren't inherently rational creatures, especially in stressful, emotional situations.
There is just the one glaring problem:
ARMIN IS EXTREMELY MEDIOCRE.

Armin is not a genius. Not by any stretch of the imagination. The narrative tries to sell him as one, but his actions tell a different story.
www.mangareader.net/shingeki-n…
"LOOK, HE CAN COME UP WITH EXTREMELY BASIC STRATEGIES! WE WON'T WIN THE BATTLE FOR HUMANITY WITHOUT HIM!"

BULL-SHITTT. Nothing listed was especially clever or intelligent. Is it smarter than your average rank-and-file trooper? Yes. Is it in any way especially brilliant? FUCK NO it isn't. Let's check with some real geniuses.

:iconlelouchplz::iconsaysplz:You know what genius is? Destroying an entire army by using their overconfidence to lure them into a trap, using the terrain against them.
:iconbatmanplz::iconsaysplz:Preparing for every eventuality, defeating far stronger opponents by doing your research and playing to their weaknesses.
:iconuraharaplz::iconsaysplz:Or manipulating a monumental battle from behind the scenes, waiting until your target has been worn out to spring a trap on him, this all as a result of decades of planning.
:iconaizenplz::iconsaysplz:Personally I think it's brilliant, although it could use more illusions. And smugness.

So yeah. It's not as bad as I thought, but I still don't like it. If Isayama had just bothered to do better work than *insert mediocre move here, call it genial*, it would be perfectly fine. As is... the first major stain on AoT's writing I can think of.

So.

NUMBER 85.

ADSFFGGHFFGGJSSFGGFFFFFFFF

Ahem. 

So yeah, that was a twist. So- SPOILERS- there's now evidence of humans outside the wall. A photograph of people in what looks like 19th century English upper class garb. 

This raises so many questions. Is AoT set in the actual real life world after all? Is it some sort of experimental zone where the nations of the world look in on their suffering continuously? There are so many questions- which, of course, is Isayama's intention. If the above did turn out to be true...
I'd be fine with that. It'd be a hell of a twist, with appropriate buildup. Hiccups like ch 84 aside, Isayama still knows how to spin an amazing, suspenseful story. 
  • Listening to: Green Day
  • Reading: Lords and Ladies
  • Watching: Miniwargaming batreps
  • Playing: Starcraft 2
  • Eating: Hot sand
  • Drinking: Saft
Frak this! by Greatkingrat88
Frak this!
My commissar conversion, using the laspistol and chainsword from the standard guardsman kit. Inspired by Ciaphas Cain, HERO OF THE IMPERIUM, who don't need no plasma pistol or power sword to kill daemons and ork warbosses. 

(Not an imperial guard player myself, I just think the commissar model is awesome)
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I've avoided catching up with AoT for weeks, mainly because I was afraid of how the idea with Armin would play out. It seemed like bad writing, and I didn't want that staining my precious AoT.

So let's deal with 84 first:
If not for one small detail, it would be fucking fine. Making a choice between a younger talent, brilliant and intelligent, or an accomplished, seasoned commander who is more ruthless? It's not a bad setup. The execution is good, too. The eventual rationale of why Armin is chosen is actually not that bad, and softens the blow somewhat- it's not logical, but humans aren't inherently rational creatures, especially in stressful, emotional situations.
There is just the one glaring problem:
ARMIN IS EXTREMELY MEDIOCRE.

Armin is not a genius. Not by any stretch of the imagination. The narrative tries to sell him as one, but his actions tell a different story.
www.mangareader.net/shingeki-n…
"LOOK, HE CAN COME UP WITH EXTREMELY BASIC STRATEGIES! WE WON'T WIN THE BATTLE FOR HUMANITY WITHOUT HIM!"

BULL-SHITTT. Nothing listed was especially clever or intelligent. Is it smarter than your average rank-and-file trooper? Yes. Is it in any way especially brilliant? FUCK NO it isn't. Let's check with some real geniuses.

:iconlelouchplz::iconsaysplz:You know what genius is? Destroying an entire army by using their overconfidence to lure them into a trap, using the terrain against them.
:iconbatmanplz::iconsaysplz:Preparing for every eventuality, defeating far stronger opponents by doing your research and playing to their weaknesses.
:iconuraharaplz::iconsaysplz:Or manipulating a monumental battle from behind the scenes, waiting until your target has been worn out to spring a trap on him, this all as a result of decades of planning.
:iconaizenplz::iconsaysplz:Personally I think it's brilliant, although it could use more illusions. And smugness.

So yeah. It's not as bad as I thought, but I still don't like it. If Isayama had just bothered to do better work than *insert mediocre move here, call it genial*, it would be perfectly fine. As is... the first major stain on AoT's writing I can think of.

So.

NUMBER 85.

ADSFFGGHFFGGJSSFGGFFFFFFFF

Ahem. 

So yeah, that was a twist. So- SPOILERS- there's now evidence of humans outside the wall. A photograph of people in what looks like 19th century English upper class garb. 

This raises so many questions. Is AoT set in the actual real life world after all? Is it some sort of experimental zone where the nations of the world look in on their suffering continuously? There are so many questions- which, of course, is Isayama's intention. If the above did turn out to be true...
I'd be fine with that. It'd be a hell of a twist, with appropriate buildup. Hiccups like ch 84 aside, Isayama still knows how to spin an amazing, suspenseful story. 
  • Listening to: Green Day
  • Reading: Lords and Ladies
  • Watching: Miniwargaming batreps
  • Playing: Starcraft 2
  • Eating: Hot sand
  • Drinking: Saft

There is a crossover TV show, about Alucard, Kenpachi, Raikage, Olivier Armstrong, and Guts the berserker, in a sci fi universe, fighting evil nazi mutant monsters. What is the theme song? 

44%
7 deviants said LIVING IN THE SUNLIGHT, HAVING A WONDERFUL TIME! www.youtube.com/watch?v=qF4RCO…
25%
4 deviants said THROUGH THE GATES OF HELL! AS WE MAKE OUR WAY TO HEAVEN! www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZm4zs…
25%
4 deviants said THROUGH THE FIRE AND FLAMES! www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jgrCK…
6%
1 deviant said URAAAAH-AAAAH-AAAAH-AAAAAH-AAAH! www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2AC41…
0%
No deviants said HERE COME THE LAW, GONNA BREAK DOWN THE DOOR, GONNA CARRY ME AWAY ONCE MO-OORE! www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-oVDl…

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:iconrektmachine:
RektMachine Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016
What do you think about #freerektmachine movement?
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:icongreatkingrat88:
Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016
I have no idea what that is.
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:icontyrannuss555:
Tyrannuss555 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
could you say something positive please?
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:icongreatkingrat88:
Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016
I don't think I really said anything negative. I've given my opinion on how I think your fights would go, but I always assumed you weren't interested in what I had to say. If I caused you any distress, I apologize- but I don't think I was being particularly negative. "This is how I think it would go" is not the same as "your art is bad, your idea is bad, and you should feel bad".
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Tyrannuss555 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Okay apology accepted. Just I don't want to split hairs.
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:icongreatkingrat88:
Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016
Very well then. Me, I'm only out to discuss things, not hate on people.
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AsatruPride Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016  New Deviant
i should note: I don't care if species from millions of years ago went extinct without our help, i'm saying as human beings it is NOT our right to kill and destroy whatever we see for whatever reason whenever we want. THOUSANDS of species are gone because of us and it didn't have to be that way for them, and i refuse to say it is ok for humans to continue to destroy and kill needlessly and selfishly. 
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Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016
I don't disagree. All I'm saying is, let's not act like nature isn't a horrible place to begin with.
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:iconasatrupride:
AsatruPride Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016  New Deviant
yeah and nature should be kept to itself, if a species is meant to go extinct let nature be the reason why not humans when all we do it out of is greed and arrogance. 
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Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016
Nothing is "meant" to happen. There is no greater purpose or design to anything.
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