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Chapter 9: Volunteers
3 years ago something could be done when they captured the ship that Jelena was on with other Zeke supporters who were providing information about Marley to the Eldians of Paradis. They brought news and a proposal from Zeke that would serve to free all Eldians. Cooperation is accepted given the concerns of some and the distrust of others. After two more ships were captured and the weapons improved, the dialogue receded from day to day and the discrimination against the captured Marleyenses was still felt today. The streets within the walls celebrate victory while Zeke is taken to his luxurious hotel and Jelena and her companions are captured because the Eldians do not trust their leader. With all of this one thing is clear: there is no longer a peaceful solution.
I found the chapter very short and even with little information some details are revealed, but nothing unexpected. I would say the most surprising thing was the amicable relationship established between certain Eldians from Paradis and Marleyenses, particularly Nicolo, which is the most paradigmatic case. I feel like everything they showed could have been done in less time, and I imagine that some things were not asked. We must see it as a transitional chapter, even though there have been better ones. And that brings me to: there are only 7 chapters left, can it be accomplished well? I'm worried about it.
3 years ago
Armin says that if things had been different three years ago, everything could have changed. Though it's a bit ambiguous to say that, what things must have been different? The meeting with Jelena? It's shown, so it must have probably been different. But you shouldn't regret it any longer, all you should do now is look to the future.
Much of the chapter takes place during this time three years ago when we can see Sasha alive again and see whoever was interested in her, Nicolo, a captured Marleyense who felt good in Paradis because he was treated better or so to be understood. Hange is always excited about new things and Levi is just as curious.
Jelena and the Marleyenses
Jelena is the great soldier who introduced herself to us a few chapters ago without knowing her. Now we know how he got to Paradis. It seems that Zeke managed to bring together a group of discontented people who felt despised and did not want to fight for Marley, but forced her. It really happened. An example that some might remember: in the film The soldier James Ryan"German" soldiers surrendered at the landing site, but were killed by American soldiers. What happens? These soldiers turned out to be Poles and said something like: Don't shoot, we're not Germans, they made us fight. And obviously any plan that can give them freedom will embrace them, for one of the abstractions man has fought for most is freedom.
It cannot be said that Jelena's group are all from Marleyenses, some of them, and that they could really sympathize with Paradis, although others may just be hoping to return home. What is clear, however, is that this small group was critical to the plan's success.
This remains a mystery. We know the goal: to free Eldia. How much we know is what has already happened with the founding titanium and a real blood titanium. But the whole medium is missing. What is Zeke really planning? This character raises more questions than answers as he apparently went to Paradis Island to get the Founding Titan, but for Marley or his own purposes? Zeke was introduced to us as the Marleyense to admire and pointed to his father as a traitor. If the Isayama's intention was to arouse doubt, then he managed to grow the gray levels without turning too black or white. What are you hiding from us, Titan Beast?
The last part of the chapter contained points of no return. The first is Paradis' declaration of victory, which Zeke says that ignorance is terrifying. This is a good example of mass manipulation as it cannot seem like a victory. The other thing is what Commander Pixis does with Jelena and what happens to Zeke because distrust is well deserved and they can't leave him alone because they don't know what he's really planning. And the last thing Armin Annie says is that there is no more peaceful solution. These are not storage points, but points where no backtracking is possible or no other solution. Whoever puts it best is Armin, who thought there was another way, but who has recognized that violence no longer has to solve this.
To see something else we have to wait for the next chapter. What is Eren planning against it? He's a mystery too. May everyone win who should win.