Post Reply Should Eren have died in ep.5?
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Posted 8/3/14
I personally think the show is fantastic. But it would have been a much more awesome plot twist if Eren had died when he was eaten by the bearded titan.

The show has a running theme of risking your life; how life is short and it can end at any moment so I wonder if anyone else thought that the plot should have gone on in a totally different direction to what it did.

Having Eren as a titan shifter is awesome, no denying that. But should it have been just a survival anime instead with the humans as humans?
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Posted 8/3/14 , edited 4/1/16
No. If eren would have died, the story would have fallen short in my opinion. Eren is the main character, and is set up in the previous episodes as the main character. It would have been a massive **** you, from a directorial standpoint if you suddenly killed off your main character.

In my opinion i believe they should have in fact killed Armin, by making Eren just a few seconds to slow to reach him. That would have left a lasting impact on Eren, as he would blame himself for the death of a close friend. It in fact would instill and even greater desire to pursue and hunt down every titan that he could physically manage. It would also allow us, the audience to sympathize with Eren more.

While all the characters in SNK are well done, none of them have the same personal drive and ambition that Eren has. We sympathize with Eren after the death of his mother right before his eyes. We want him to survive and kill the titans.

The other characters dont have as much reason to kill the titans. I mean, of-course they want to survive, but we have not seen the brutality of the Titan attack through their eyes, like we saw it through Eren.

I think their should have been an element added to the transformation in which his body is destroyed from the inside out, shortening his life span each time he uses it, which would make each and every transformation that much more meaningful, as he is risking his life every-time he uses it.

Its already a survival situation, as any character can die. Eren could die in the matter of a second if his transformation is even a second to slow. All the other characters are also in that situation.

SNK is better as an Survival action anime, rather than a survival horror. As a survival horror it would be impossible to keep the plot moving at some point, as humans would stand no chance what so ever therefor they would just be eradicated. But Eren gives them a chance at survival, and that gives hope, and every single time when something goes wrong, it makes the tension greater, knowing that their is only one way they can save themselves.


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Posted 8/3/14 , edited 8/29/14
HELL NAW!!


He's awesome!
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*grin* lololol
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how could the main character die within the first 10 episodes thats insane and no its great he didn't because his titan abilities are a great advantage
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Posted 8/5/14
Hell no it would have messed the whole thing up.
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Posted 8/7/14 , edited 8/24/14
I watched the anime before reading the manga.

Prior to watching I was under the impression that it was just a survival anime (i.e.) Titans vs humans.

The ability for humans to actually become titans as well is not what I was expecting.
It was kind of disappointing that the only way for the humans to actually combat the titans was to get on their level.

However, after continuing the season and seeing where the plot was taking this twist with Eren's ability it was refreshing and intriguing because we see that he is not the only one who can transform and from that realization we can see it is not just Titans vs humans it is humans vs humans for the sake of some undisclosed motive.

I am still in the process of reading the manga to further understand the developments of the plot. I am just really hoping the story can stay intriguing but also still be coherent.

Back to the main question if Eren had died... I don't think the story would have become a survival anime but an extinction anime. With the technology that the humans have I can't see them winning against titans that were not humans originally. Also the whole theme is not just risking your life but not living in a cage and aspiring to attain more than what you are given.

Without Eren, who not only expresses that desire but also acts on it...the other characters would only have carried that torch so far.

Deciphering other possible plot trails with the various characters is a task I'm not willing to uptake. I wouldn't be surprised if there are some fanfiction authors out there who could take that on though.
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Posted 9/10/14 , edited 4/1/16
I have not read the manga, so this is just my opinion based on the anime.

It might have been a good plot twist, but no, I don't think they should have killed off the main character. I just wish they have done something MORE with him. With all the screen time he's getting, he's still less interesting than most of the supporting characters. It would have been nice if they had given him a crazy streak in his personality or used the talk with Captain Levi in episode 13 (I think) to result in some sort of character development. As it is, Eren's personality hasn't changed at all since episode 1.

Even with all the things happening to Yeager I can't relate or even feel sorry for him. He's just a third wheel to the rest of the characters and is rather boring at that. The only thing going for him is his blind and unfocused desire to kill titans which keeps the plot going. I still think he's a necessary character and shouldn't be killed without a good reason. However, if they killed him to develop another character then I would totally say yes.

Again, that's only my opinion.
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