That diagram is not exactly to scale, though — the Wall isn't ten miles high. It could just be emphasis on the capital's importance.
The walls is 50 meters tall.
The altitude of the human territory increases significantly the closer you get to the centre. The innermost Walls seem highest because of sheer height.
When Wall Maria fell, it's stated that 10,000 people or more were devoured. A year later, the government forced 250,000 refugees and soldiers to take part in an operation to reclaim lost territory. All but 100 died. All that death, because of two 11-year old children and a deluded 12-year old. This doubles as a bit of Fridge Brilliance, as all three are exactly what one might find in real life — Child Soldiers forced to commit atrocities and left to figure out how to cope with what they've done once they're old enough to understand it.
Reiner: We were just stupid kids that didn't understand anything.
Episode 9 notes that the attack on Trost was so devastating because the Survey Corps were out on an assignment at the time, leaving the most experienced soldiers elsewhere when the proverbial shit hit the fan. The timing couldn't have been worse. The infiltrators knew this, and probably used it to their advantage to maximize the death toll.
The attack in year 845 began just hours after the Survey Corps had returned from a devastating mission outside, using the very same gate.
The Titans in the Walls may or may not be sentient. If they are, that means they've been trapped for over a century and unable to do anything. Little surprise that Pastor Nick is so terrified if that's the case.
It might be slightly better in the sense that being deprived of sunlight, they were probably asleep, or whatever stasis they have instead of sleep... but slightly worse, if that one who briefly woke up somehow changes back into its human form, still inside the Wall. No one would know, and it's going to mean bad, bad things the day someone proves dumb or bold enough and lifts up that tarp to check.
Just how crazy was the Titan training that Annie went through as a child? She can remain in her Titan form for long stretches at a time, can run at high paces, take out dozens of soldiers regardless of how strategically they try to stop or kill her, maneuver herself through a horde of attack Titans without anyone noticing when her Titan body is eaten, transform a second time several minutes later while acting like she's not tired at all, focus her regenerating abilities on the part she should prioritize, crystallize her skin, etc. Compare that to Reiner and Berthold, who only had to kick or run through a Wall, and you're easily left with the impression of Annie having had much more severe training than them. Sure, her Titan strength partly stems from her human strength, but considering how masterfully she controls her Titan body, it still means she'd have had to spend a good lot of her childhood (when she was younger than 10) transforming into and learning to control it.
While it still doesn't say anything on her Titan training, Wall Sina, Goodbye does further explore the hellish training of which she went through as a child. Every day, her father would make her kick the padding on his legs, padded poles or sandbags hanging from trees from before the sun rised till it set in the evening. At one point, he scolded her for trying to take a break to which she lashed out on him as a result. And, while it may be looking too deeply into things, his reprimanding that caused her to snap is very similar to the one we hear in her dream in episode 23. It could be she woke up at that moment as she didn't want to recall her beating of him.
Thanks to the revelations from Chapter 46, the Running Gag of Reiner expressing the desire to marry Krista whenever she's nice to him gets infinitely more creepy when it turns out he thinks she likes him, but this is part of his overall delusional state concerning himself. Though it's a possibility that he's simply messing with Ymir.
In fact, just... everything concerning Reiner with the revelation that he's been completely insane the whole time.
The whole scene of Eren and Armin talking to Reiner and Bertolt about their past. When confronted about it after The Reveal, Bertolt coldly states that he thought Eren having to watch his mother being eaten was unfortunate.
This seems to be a point of contention in different translations. That line has also been translated as "I felt sorry for you." Still cold, but it implies Bertolt isn't incapable of empathy.
It seems more like Bertolt wasn't trying to be cold when he said that; he was trying to keep himself from having an emotional breakdown. When he and Reiner get cornered by the Survey Corps a few chapters later, the metaporical dam breaks and reveals that Bertolt is guilt ridden mess.
More fun: nakedness is also a sign of purity, especially when it's a kid. The Titans are transformed humans, trapped in a nightmare. They have no idea what they're really doing, and there's a good chance that, if Annie, Reiner, and Bertholdt are any indication, most of them are kids.
In Chapter 47, Ymir reveals that she spent 60 years wandering around as a regular (mindless) Titan. It was only five years ago that she was able to wake up and regain her human form. She describes those decades as being trapped in an "endless nightmare", but doesn't recall exactly what she did during that time.....including having devoured Reiner and Bertolt's friend, Berrik. Bertolt states it was "the same" for them as well. If this is the norm for Titans, then that means all Titans were once human. And they all have the potential to wake up, and regain their human minds and forms. That means the only difference between Shifters like Eren and regular Titans is that they were able to escape their Lotus-Eater Machine.
In the same chapter, Ymir says that "Eren doesn't remember either" which means either a) She is assuming Eren was a Titan from outside the Walls as well. Or b) Eren killed his dad after he injected him due to a partial or full transformation and reverted back into human form without remembering anything. Possibly c) both. Keep in mind, we still don't know where he has been during Eren's training.
In Episode 3, Jean says that he is from Trost. So during the Battle of Trost, on top of everything else, he's watching the Titans destroy his home town.
The Wall Cult has a lot of power and influence, and early on, Eren and company complain about what a pain it is when it comes to doing anything to improve defenses on the Walls, and how much trouble it was just to get the rail-mounted cannons put up there. The Wall Cult knows about the Titans in the Walls. They're desperate to protect the integrity of the Walls themselves because, at all costs, they must not be allowed to awaken. The cult was afraid of the noise disturbing them!
The cult leaders stress that the Walls "must never be touched". Since Titans require sunlight to function at all, they would most probably not be able to do anything, even if they were to be awoken by a hullabaloo (and it is doubtful that any ruckus, however loud, would be able to rouse them from of a century of induced catatonia in the first place).
How could they be sure? And, possibly worse: the dormancy is all that keeps the Titans in the Walls from just breaking out and presumably killing anyone, but if the Wall Cult knows they're people, having the noise wake them when they can't move adds a whole second layer to the I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream aspects of the problem, especially since those Titans are intended to never wake up.
Chapter 50 reveals the real reason why the other Titan Shifters went after Eren. He's a Coordinate, capable of controlling Titans. What about the Beast Titan? And if the abnormal Titans have seen this power before, who was the first?
Chapter 51 has several examples.
In-universe example when everyone realizes the true nature of the Titans. Hange and Erwin in particular look horrified as it sinks in that all this time they've been killing and experimenting on people.
When we see the photograph of Connie's parents, it turns out that the Titan Sasha fought at her village was Connie's father.
Combined with what Ymir said about being a Titan for 60 years, and the true nature of the Titans. How many ways can one become a Titan, and what can turn a regular Titan into a Titan Shifter?
The houses in Connie's village were all destroyed from the inside. If the position of Connie's mother is any indication, this is because the villagers were turned into Titans while still indoors. Since the Beast Titan would need to heavily damage the houses to get at the people inside, this means that either the Beast Titan is a Shifter, or it doesn't need to touch people to transform them. In the latter case, this means it was able to turn an entire village into Titans at almost the same time (otherwise people would have used the horses to get away) through a purely mental action. Imagine if it pulled that trick in a fight against human soldiers.
It's shown that on the outside Walls there are small cities that stick beyond the walls to lure Titans there in order to minimize the need of the military along the Wall. Then one of those cities was overrun and the entire outer circle was overrun by Titans. What happened to those other cities? Best case scenario sees them slowly starving to death, trapped between Titans outside the Wall, and Titans inside the Outer Wall. Imagine being in one of those cities. Stuck, unable to retreat or stay. Think about being stuck there, starving to death, knowing the only alternative is a gruesome death at the hands of a Titan... or a quick plunge off the edge of the Wall.
Actually from little we see it looks like the evacuation of Maria went pretty well after the initial attack. Lots of people from the Southern provinces got to safety including the relatively slow boats taking Eren and co. up river. The real damage was done when they promptly all got kicked out again because there wasn't room to settle them, so it's quite likely that the other three wall cities (and settlements in the provinces further North) were evacuated without too much incident (it probably took several days or even weeks for Titans to get all the way around Wall Rose since unless they're actually chasing someone — who wouldn't be going that way — they just amble aimlessly; and the government is shown to have lots of standby plans). Then they all died anyway in the reclamation.
Word of God has said to base the story off his experiences as a victim of bullying. With that some characters and plot points have a more scarier interpretation.
So the early, seemingly insignificant scene of our main trio dealing with a group of bullies was in fact symbolic for the entire series.
Eren's been able to control Titans the entire time. He just didn't know it. If the Titan Shifters were right about him all along, and he was somehow the Coordinate before Grisha made him a Titan Shifter? Eren would have been fully capable of saving his mother.
Oh, but it gets worse: There is the very real possibility that he could have been controlling the Titans the entire time. He might have been subconsciously controlling Bertolt and Reiner and calling them toward the town. This would explain why they attacked his village in particular. I know they might have been after him, but it would explain how they found him. Point being, everything that's happened since episode one, might very well be Eren's fault. Remember that he was the one complaining about the Wall defenders. It's not a stretch to imagine that he would want them to know how incompetent they were and wish for something to happen at a subconscious level.
Not very likely. When Eren used his power to control the Titans against Bertolt and Reiner, he has the same marks on his face as his Titan transformation, which he didn't have before using the it. So, he probably hasn't been using it this whole time.
Those lines were there since he was pulled out of his Titan body by Reiner. It seems that part was just recovering since that's where the Titan tissue attaches to the face. But now I actually prefer the idea of Eren actually being the cause of everything that happened in the last 5 years; not only will it give him a HUGE emotional crisis if he realizes it, but it will be enough of a slap in the face to tell him to stop thinking in black-and-white.
It might be a mistake with the art, but Eren didn't have those lines in his face before he controlled the Titans. Also Eren hasn't been seeing things in black and white for a while now.
Explain how Eren choose not to believe that Reiner was actually capable of feeling remorse. He immediately dismissed the psychological damage Reiner's guilt had done as 'playing the victim'. Besides, it never even occurred to Eren, who realized he'd have to behave to find anything out, to even ask *why* Reiner and Bertholdt had even attacked the humans.
That's part of Eren's problem with his Black and White Morality and his own hypocrisy. Eren coldly killed the men who killed Mikasa's parents [and got Mikasa to kill the last one], considering them nothing but dogs. He holds firm in his belief that anybody who preys on other humans is not worth calling human. The hypocrisy kicks in when you remember his desire to kill the titans amounts to genocide. In order to kill every last titan, he has to kill every last human by default. Plus, he's more willing to accept Annie as redeemable, given that he does have a soft spot for her.
When Levi and Hange begin their interrogation of Sanes, he is completely uninjured, but Levi is already covered in blood. He was not the first captured MP they'd tortured.
Eren's transformation into a Titan during the Battle of Trost did much more good than anyone realizes. The only reason the Armored Titan didn't destroy the inner gate like before, which would lead to the loss of Wall Rose, was because Reiner, Bertolt, and Annie held off the next stage of their attack to find out more about the Rogue Titan.
Possible, but it's equally likely that Reiner was suffering from a dissociative episode at this point. Would make sense, given that his fellow Shifters look pissed off, and he seems oblivious to their looks.
Based on Ymir experiences, she became a Titan Shifter by eating another Titan Shifter, if we go by that point, I think we know why the Titans are eating people. They are eating people in the chance of eating a Titan Shifter and returning back to normal. The eat everyone as they have no clue who is a Shifter and vomit their stomach so continue looking for a Titan Shifter. That just makes all Titan even more sad.
The antipersonnel 3D maneuvering gear is the perfect weapon to fight any human inside the Walls. Since firearms had no effect against the Titans, they're barely used and they haven't been improved in over a century. So, no one is prepared to counter or fight against the guns the Humanity Suppression task force uses. The Survey Corps are at an especially bad disadvantage because they're used to fighting giant opponents with swords and not dodging tiny projectiles fired at them by humans that they're fighting for and trying to protect. It was only because of Levi's sheer skill that he was able to dodge both of Captain Ackerman's shots while the rest of Hange's squad were taken out and killed via Boom Head Shot.
There's also the fact that Captain, or Kaney, Ackerman was a serial killer who took out over a hundred MPs over the course of a few decades and is considered a legend in the inner district. He was also the the man who Levi lived with when he was younger. It's no wonder Levi says he's an aberrant human; whatever Kaney Ackerman taught him when they lived together must have really messed him up one way or another.
Titans have no reproductive organs and yet they seem to be numberless. Now that we know that they are transformed humans, two horrifying possibilities can be considered: either the story of the rest of the human race being devoured is inaccurate and the Titans are the vanished humans. The second might be even worse—somewhere beyond the Walls, humans are still being actively hunted down and turned into Titans.
Of course, they want women in the military; the last thing the Walls need is a bigger population!
But there is an obvious paradox, as the population needs to be maintained in order to supply labour and replace the hordes of soldiers who are continually devoured by Titans.
And , you know, soldiers being scarce enough as they are, without any need of refusing to accept 50% of the population.
Bertolt almost always has an awkward look about him. He's probably not used to infiltrating the ranks of humans as opposed to Reiner and Annie.
In the side story about Ilse Langner, why does the Aberrant react that way towards her?
Because she looks like Ymir, with the same black hair and freckles.
And when it finally does kill her?
It's because she's gotten frustrated with it and lashed out at it. Ymir is usually very calm and snarky. That's how it realized that Ilse wasn't Ymir.
It is implied that the Ape Titan and Titan Shifters possess an ability to control the behaviour of regular Titans. It is also implied that Ymir "stole" this ability, and may have used it to exert her will upon lesser Titans. The Talking Titan may have initially mistaken Ilse for Ymir, but eventually realised it was not her either due to the difference in their demeanours or the fact that she could not use Ymir's ability, and perhaps even both of these reasons. It is interesting to note that the Titan appeared to be restraining itself from eating Ilse, but since she could not control it as Ymir herself may have been able to, it soon succumbed to instinct and devoured her.
Reiner and Bertolt look younger than they should have, in Reiner's flashback to when he witnessed a Titan devour his friend. It's because it happened prior to them breaching the Wall and infiltrating the human ranks.
Why does the Colossal Titan appear on the exact day that Eren graduates from his training, five years after it's first appearance? Because the Colossal Titan is Bertolt, another of the Trainees graduating and being inducted into the military. It's the first time he's had the freedom to access the Wall without arousing suspicion.
When Connie brings up what his group saw in his Doomed Hometown, Reiner tells him to be quiet, and Ymir jokes around to take his mind off of it, something Reiner asks her to keep doing so he won't worry. Since Reiner is the Team Dad, we can understand why. When The Reveal about him and Bertolt comes around, however, it becomes clear that his main concern was keeping Connie from thinking about the Titan on his house that resembled his mother and even greeted him like a mother would. Note how he only tells Connie to stop talking about it when that part of the story comes up.
Whose idea is it to save the rogue Titan, and who pipes up in favor? Reiner and Annie, respectively. Annie even appears to be addressing Bertolt behind her when she says that the Titan could prove to be an ally.
The Titan forms of all the known Titan Shifters bear at least some resemblance to their human form. The Dancing Titan has Ymir's black hair. The Female Titan shares Annie's Cleopatra Nose and (anime only)blonde hair. The Armored Titan shares not only Reiner's hairstyle, but even his Heroic Build. The Colossal Titan is able to peek over the Wall and Bertolt is 6'3. Finally, the Rogue Titan has the same wild-eyed look as Eren.
Interestingly, the Colossal Titan is the closest of them to having the Uncanny Valley disproportionate appearance typical of Titans. This may hint towards Bertolt's claims that he has "no will of his own" and therefore has less of a sense of self than the others.
When Reiner is grabbed by the Female Titan, pay close attention and he turns his head and winks towards the direction where Eren is, plus he somehow survived being squashed, and there's steam briefly coming from his head while carrying Armin.
Wrong on both accounts. We later learn he communicated Eren's real location by cutting letters into her palm, which is why she stared at her palm for several moments before running off. Besides that, the reason Reiner is steaming afterwards is because he was covered in Titan blood — the same thing happens to Hange, Levi, and Erwin when they get splashed with Titan blood.
He writes in her palm, yes. The winking was added to it.
Marco looked remarkably relaxed and peaceful for someone bitten in half by a Titan during battle. The other corpses were all twisted into unnatural positions, or had frozen looks of horror on their faces. It's likely he was already dead when the Titan ate him, and Annie murdered him when she stole his gear.
Except Titans only eat the living and ignore corpses, see Episode 22.
The fundamentals of their biology is all the same, but there's a lot of room for aberrant Titan behavior. The only other way Marco could have been bitten and left in that position is if Annie had bitten him to obfuscate the cause of death. And she couldn't have done that in the middle of a city street.
A Titan may also have picked him up as baggage. Another soldier could have found his body during the Titan attack, and a Titan picked them up and just happened to grab Marco in the same handful. It would be easy to eat the squirming soldier and casually take a bite out of Marco, only to drop him once it realized Marco tasted too corpsey to be any good.
You know that one image of the history of humanity, with the people fleeing the Titans? With what looks like runes? Turns out they're a Genius Bonus for anyone willing to decipher them.
So what does it say? "People fleeing their homes due to the appearance of the Titans. Unable to match the overwhelming force of the Titans, humanity was forced to sail to a new world. At this time, most of humanity had been annihilated, but the majority of this was at the hands of their fellow humans. Those who gained passage aboard the ships were only a small fraction composed of the rich and powerful. The voyage was rough; about half [of the ships?] vanished without reaching the other shore. In the new world, great Walls had originally been prepared. This new continent, we shall revere as sacred. Within these Walls are the ideals of humanity. Within these Walls, let us create a world eternally without strife." Suddenly, so many things either make horrible sense or leave even more horrifying questions in their place.
Why didn't the Armored Titan ever show up at the Battle of Trost? Because Reiner decides to follow Jean's order to run to HQ rather than stick to the original plan — just look at Annie and Bert's hesitancy when he bolts. Also, they found out who's inside the Rogue Titan making them to reconsider their decision.
The Walled City seems to have a serious problem with institutionalized classism, with the wealthiest and most talented being given the best and safest places to live, while everyone else is more or less expected to die to maintain the city. The people who originally found the Walls and founded the City inside it were the wealthiest people in the world at the time. When they had to set up a system of government, naturally they would build it around the idea of preserving their own status.
Bertolt makes a big deal about having wanted to join the Military Police Brigade, stating he would probably quit if he failed to rank. However, he ends up being one of several people to enlist in the Recon Corps, a decision he doesn't look too happy about. This was a result of Eren's powers derailing their original plan, which would have required him to be one of those given access to the Interior. Dot Pixis points out that the loss of Wall Rose would result in an even greater purge of the surviving population, and only those with influence or a position within the Military Police would be safe from it. It also would have given him access to Wall Sina without arousing suspicion. But since Reiner joins the Recon Corps in order to remain close to Eren and aid their eventual plan to kidnap him, Bertolt has little choice but to follow him.
If kidnapping Eren was the primary goal of Annie, Reiner, and Bertolt, then why didn't the others help Annie accomplish that mission? Simple. Because their mission also required them to locate the Beast Titan, which had not yet shown himself and if Eren turned out to not be the "Coordinate", still having some of them undercover would help their search efforts.
Reiner did directly help her during the mission. First, he told her where he had been told Eren would be in the formation. When that turned out to be disinformation, he coaxed Armin into deducing Eren's real position, and relayed it to Annie by swinging into her grasp and carving it into her hand.
More of a 'heh, double meaning' observation, but during the trial, Eren basically tells the court to leave Mikasa out of it (with their panicked suspicions that she might be a Titan, too) and that he might be a monster, but she's got nothing to do with it. While he obviously means 'monster' in the literal Titan sense, he's probably also acknowledging his (brought up at the trial as well) pitiless killing of Mikasa's kidnappers as a child.
Jean is extremely negative about humanity's chances against the Titans, and is very vocal about wanting to join the Military Police Brigade so that he can live a safe, comfortable life. Now remember that he's from the Trost District, which was safely within the interior until Wall Maria fell. Afterwards, it was flooded with refugees and became the new front line with everyone fully expecting it to be attacked by the Colossal Titan at any point. He went from being completely safe, to living with the constant fear of the Titans and probably witnessed the brutal toll fighting took on the Survey Corps. Little surprise he became desperate to escape that, and return to the safe life he once knew.
Why was Jean automatically trusted and included within the group carrying out the operating within Wall Sina? Because he'd already been cleared of suspicion due to being in the group told that Eren was on the left flank. Since the attack came from the right flank, he couldn't have been the guilty party.
It's a little weird that the regular Titans walk around, some of them with surprisingly well-kept haircuts and groomed facial hair. They don't age, at all, including hair and nail growth. It's also why they don't need to eat; their bodies don't consume resources to grow.
The Female Titan often kills in a highly sadistic manner. It could be that Annie is employing psychological warfare against the Survey Corps. She does not seem interested in killing for its own sake and apparently fights only when attacked. Her mission to find Eren is much more important to her; the flashy kills might serve as encouragement for the Survey Corps to leave her alone. Also, hopefully fewer of her classmates would force Annie to do something she would regret; certainly, some of them like Sasha and Connie could have their morale broken by hearing of or witnessing such a display.
Horrifyingly, the Female Titan's kills are comparatively merciful as compared to being Eaten Alive. Or dismemberment followed by Eaten Alive.
Ymir comments that she lived 60 years as a normal Titan, with her conscioussness trapped in a state of constant nightmare, unable to control her actions. ZoŽ was right! There ARE human beings inside of Titans and most of them probably aren't malicious and would stop eating humans if they could. Of course, whether or not she can contact them is another story, but now her treatment of Sonny and Bean is completely spot-on, if still futile.
Almost all the people that fight Titans are short and very slim. It is outright stated that a lot of people are unimpressed at Levi being The Ace and being so scrawny and short. But when you fight by flinging yourself through the air, swinging on ropes, and aiming at a very precise weak point with All-Or-Nothing attacks, being small and light is much better than outright physical strength per se. So it is veryJustified.
Also Truth in Television, as any activity that focuses on speed and precision will result in a lean appearance. Gymnasts in particular are on the shorter side, as it's much easier to control their bodies and avoid injury while in close proximity to equipment.
Since Levi is a near-legendary figure, people probably have unrealistic expectations of him. Plus, he is much shorter than most of the cast; this probably surprises people more than his scrawniness.
This theme is very much emphasised by the way quite a few characters, most notably Levi, are depicted to have sparer proportions in the anime than they do in the manga. Many of the cast are not as scrawny as they appear, sporting ripped, athletic figures when de-clothed. As soldiers who utilise gymanastic warfare, they will naturally develop less bulky, but no less powerful, dense, lean muscle, and being shorter makes for a more stable centre of gravity; a bonus when keeping one's balance in mid-air.
Eren tells Levi that he's much more talkative now in the aftermath of his team's death. Levi says he's always talks this this much. Cue a panel showing that they're the only two in a large mess hall. This could imply that yeah, Levi isn't very talkative to Eren. They've only just met. When he's around his now annihilated team, he probably speaks much more, thus accenting how much more alone he's suddenly become.
The other members of his team are much, much more chatty than what we've seen of Levi. It could just be him filling the space left behind.
While this may be too reliant on a specific translation and may not have this double meaning in its original Japanese the fact that the Titan spies always refer to their target as the "Coordinate" is rather fitting since the proof that Eren is one of the ones they were looking for is his ability to coordinate packs of lesser Titans which in turn means what they are really looking for are "Coordinator" class Titans (like the ape) instead of being like a location based set of "Coordinates".
It comes across as being too risky for Annie to kill the captured Titans. It wasn't likely that the new experiments were going to reveal anything. However I realize that Eren was suppose to be involved in the experiments. Eren who they already suspected of being the coordinate. In other words had the power to control Titans.
Jean disguised himself as Eren in order to decieve the Military Police and help lure out the Female Titan Shifter Annie. He swore never to cover for Eren again. Chapter 53 arrives, Jean does exactly that.
In retrospect, it's pretty obvious that humans didn't actually build the Walls. So, humans built these three massive Walls a hundred years ago before the Titans could eat them all, but when the Colossal Titan creates a hole, they have no way of sealing it? You do the math.
Why does the otherwise aloof Annie seem so savvy about the contradictions of the society inside the Walls? Because she comes from somewhere outside the Walls, and wasn't brought up to consider it "normal".
If it was Reiner who mistakenly told Annie that Eren was at the right flank, was her harsh treatment of him when he tried to approach her Titan form a "punishment"?
After titan!Eren manages to land a good punch against the Female Titan, she starts looking exhausted and slightly afraid of him, and we get a close up of her eyes (both manga and anime) as if she's thinking. Following that, is it possible that she intentionally tried to make Eren recognize who she was in order to distract him?
Wall Sina, Goodbye gives us the revelation that Annie have nothing against humanity and considers her mission stupid/meaningless, but ruthlessly follows through with it none the less. It would likely explain why she refers to herself as a "weak girl" wishing "people who go with the flow to be considered human too", when that's exactly what she's doing; following a mission despite not believing in it, considering herself too mentally weak to defy it.
With the revelation that Levi and Mikasa are possibly related, it might explain the scene where they're chasing after the Female Titan and Levi suddenly turns his attention to Mikasa and gives her a semi-shocked stare when he finds out "who" she is, meaning he might know about it.
In a Meta sense, there is a reason Eren is the protagonist, besides his inspiring levels of determination, which is not lost on too many characters. Look back to when he met Mikasa, especially the aftermath when his father chews him out. Eren argues that 'rabid animals need to be put down, even if they happen to look human'. Besides the most obvious applications of this, the oddly humanoid Titans, this sentiment becomes more important the more we learn about the Titans and just why they look human in the first place. Then, it becomes even more important when humans that aren't even Titan Shifters become enemies. At Chapter 57, Jean speaks up, saying he probably wouldn't be able to kill a fellow human being, having pledged to fight for humanity. The next panel is Armin and Mikasa looking somewhat dumbfounded. Eren, Mikasa, and Armin, the Power Trio, have been looking out for each other and their friends, but when it comes to mankind, they have always been more about ending the threats and gaining foot holds than defending the cause.
Titans eating humans as an attempt to regain their human form arguably adds another layer to their Our Zombies Are Different status, given the original myth of zombies "eating human brains" was due to the need of replacing their missing one.
Said revelation also explains why Titans don't eat other creatures.
Why do Titans respond to the call of Titan Shifters? Because they realize it isn't a normal titan and want to eat the shifter in an attempt to become human again
There's a lot of discussion in the early part of the series about how the system is broken and places the most technically-skilled soldiers away from the front line where they won't get any experience or do anything useful; this is sadly dismissed as the result of corruption and stagnation. Or more likely it's entirely intentional, to provide a pool of expert operators for the more complex and probably much more difficult Anti-Human Gear, since the government is apparently far more interested in assassinating its own people than in fighting titans. Building on this, the reason most of the military police are allowed to become so incompetent is because these are the candidates who aren't quite corrupt enough to be willing to act as the government's pet killers. Their incompetence makes them that much less of a potential spanner for the real military police.
If you look closely, some of the less deformed Titans have facial features belonging to races that are not seen within the Walls. For example, the Titan that ate the soldier talking to Erwin during the Clash of the Titans arc is clearly Asian, and the Deviant Titan pulling on Historia and Nanaba's tree during the Female Titan arc is most likely Hispanic. Now that they are revealed to be transformed humans, it's possible that the majority of humanity wasn't eaten during the Titan-apocalypse...it was transformed.
"Ackerman" seems to be the odd man out as far as meaningful names in the series, but think about it. It means "farmer". As in "one who harvests". In other words: a reaper.
In Levi's story A Choice With No Regrets, he had a little sister figure in Isabel who ended up killed by Titans, upon which he found her severed head in the aftermath. It might explain why he seems to take Petra's death the hardest when his second group is killed; she reminded him of her.