It seems as if chapter 90 will be the concluding chapter of the Return to Shiganshina arc as the survey corps finish debriefing with the new government, receive awards in honour of bravery from Krista and, following a extended time skip, travel beyond Wall Maria for the first time since the opening chapters (spoilers for the manga are ahead, if you’re more interested in the second season of the anime, try here instead).
I was pleased to see that the story is progressing again as the last couple of chapters, while providing interesting backstory, left the story in a bit of rut moving forward. It was also exciting to see the sea in this chapter! Although we’ve seen it in one of the recent flash back chapters with Eren’s father, this is the first time the present cast have made it to the edge of the island that they inhabit.
There was still a lot of talking in this chapter: mainly focusing on how much people didn’t like Armin still being around and how awful Eren, Mikasa and Levi were for choosing him over Erwin. The manga continues to push humans against humans in every possible way, it’s certainly not subtle, but I think it is effective and that’s all that really matters.
It’s difficult to tell if we’re coming to the end of the manga or not. Back in Shiganshina I was convinced that there would be no more than another couple of volumes worth of material to go, but now I’m not so sure. The big pointer suggesting that we’re still looking at near finish is the lack of titans going forward: though the question of controlling the titans remains an issue and Zeke and Reiner are still unaccounted for, it’s hard to see how we’ll ever have another arc akin to the Clash of Titans or the Female Titan arcs. It’s very much geared to humans versus humans from now on, so it’ll be interesting to see what we get in the coming months.
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