Monday, July 1, 2013

The nationality of Shingeki no Kyojin characters

No one really knows, at least those of us who only watch the anime, so we can only speculate. If one thing is for sure, it is that they have what we would call a nationality since it's set in the real world. There are people that doubt this, but at this point it is definite. In episode 11 (look away if you haven't watched it) Pixis mentions wars that happened in the past over things like race and religion. Basically like us. There are a lot of references to the real world and even the existence of different races, along with explanations as to why most of the characters we see appear to be European. Apparently, people that came from the orient for some reason died out (if I remember correctly they were killed by the titans, but then again wasn't most of humanity?), and Mikasa is descended from them. So it's a given that the story is set in the real world.

It's also worth mentioning that it's set in the future. Yes, it may look old, but with the titans wiping out most of humanity, it goes without saying that the same would happen with technology. You see the damage they cause to buildings and stuff. The world as it is today would be completely destroyed within days. After that, humanity would be left with some very basic weapons. Taking into account what Pixis said about the wars and it being mentioned that humans have possessed artillery for centuries, it's obvious that we're dealing with a future real world.

That's where the nationalities come into it. They don't exist anymore because there are no countries, only human lands inside the walls. Languages would have died out too, with the most prevalent among them surviving. That won't stop us from speculating what country each character would be from had they been born 107 years earlier. We don't have much to go off other than names. We can take physical appearance into account, but that doesn't provide solid facts. The origin of a name is relatively indisputable, it's more reliable than a character's appearance at least. Here goes...


Eren Jaeger

"Eren" is a Turkish name that means "saint". "Jaeger" is clearly German and a variation for Jäger, which means "hunter". By that logic, Eren has Turkish and German roots. The German part was obvious from the beginning, everyone can tell right away just from the name. But the possibility of turkish ancestry doesn't surprise me. It's going to sound silly, but I'll say it anyway.

Way before I considered the origins of his name and thought of it as merely the japanese way of pronouncing "Helen", I thought that during the ending credits he looked Turkish. He is drawn differently than usual, of course, to the point I started referring to him as "Turkish Eren" whenever his close up came up. I found that even Mikasa gave me strong vibes for a nationality which we will discuss later. Based on their names, I turned out to be spot on about both of them! Anyway, it's just an ending sequence, doesn't say much, right? True, let's consider his appearance canonically.

To put it simply, Eren doesn't look non-Turkish. In fact, it's obvious he's not 100% Western European like other characters appear to be (*cough* Armin *cough*). The same way Mikasa looks Asian you could say, but then again a lot of us will have been affected by the japanese sounding name. He's fairly tan, and although I wouldn't call Turkish people tan the same way I wouldn't call Greek people that, it's a sort of common trait. Not as much as people would think, but then again pale-as-a-ghost me, after getting enough sun to become less white and more golden (by no means tan), I was called that in England. So, even though I wouldn't call Turkish people tan, perhaps a foreigner or a non-Mediterranean person would. So Eren's skin tone can count as evidence to support a Turkish ancestry.

I might also mention his very bright eye colour. We get a lot of Turkish shows over here now that we're too bankrupt to produce our own, and most of the actors have really light eyes. Even though they aren't uncommon for Europeans, they will be combined with fairer skin and hair. The difference with them is that they'll have dark hair and skin that isn't really light (not necessarily dark in my opinion, though it can be the case). That set of colouring, along with more Eastern rather than Western-looking features, it's possible. Of course you don't look at him and go "Turkish, no doubt about it", especially when it's likely that he's mixed with German. If we take a look at his mother, she's more like it. From the first time I saw her, I thought she must have come from the eastern side of the european scale. Hadn't necessarily thought as far as Turkey, definitely not beyond that.

Not much I can say about his father. I really can't tell. But if someone told me he's German, I'd believe them. Considering Jaeger is his last name, it's most likely the case.


Mikasa Ackerman

"Mikasa" sounds japanese and "Ackerman" sounds German. Yes, "Mikasa" it is in fact japanese, which makes sense since it's established that she has Asian ancestry. "Ackerman" is German for "fieldman", but it's also associated with Åkerman, a swedish surname. The reason I'm bringing this up is because during the ending credits I thought she looked Scandinavian (Norwegian to be more specific, but that's just what popped into my head first).

We know for sure her mother was Asian, Japanese most likely, considering Mikasa's name. Her father was not. He could have been either German or Swedish, but if hair colour is an indication, Swedish is a bigger possibility. We'll leave it at that. Pick the theory you like.


Armin Arlert



This is a toughie. For "Arlert" the best I could find is that it's a surname used in Sweden. It's meaning is unknown. As for "Armin", I had the opposite problem; too many origins.To name a few from Wikipedia, it's a Persian name, a Germanic name, even an Ancient Greek name. With the power of logic and a quick Google search, we can rule out 1 and 3 and keep that it's German, with Herman as a variant. For blond and blue-eyed Armin Scandinavian or German roots aren't surprising.










Sasha Braus



It's hard to tell from "Sasha". We're looking at Germany, Russia and many others. Her surname doesn't make things any easier since it's hard to figure out how it's actually spelled. If we take "Braus", we get German for roaring. Her appearance doesn't give many clues. She doesn't have any features that pinpoint to a certain ancestry or rule many out, so German is the most probable.





Jean Kirstein



Even though "Jean" is a french name, any spelling of "Kirstein" is german. All we get from his look is that he's Caucasian, most likely Western European. With the presence of this many german names, at this point we can start to speculate about what geographical area the walls cover. I'd say France to be honest, because we can already guess it's in Europe and because of the climate, but it could be near the south of Germany. I wouldn't place it too north (doesn't rain that much), but not that close to the Mediterranean either. But I would say more south than north of course. It looks like it's warm there.






Annie Leonhart


"Leonhart" comes up with German and Dutch, and if I had to guess I'd say it means "lion's heart". It's Annie we're talking about, it's not unlikely. Her first name is too common to be found in one or even a small bunch of countries. A lot of people go on about her being Russian, but since I've not read the manga to know if it's stated (and to be frank, I don't believe it is), I can't take it into account. I don't know whether it has anything to do with her look. Then again, sexy blonde women can be found in different parts of the world, Netherlands and Germany included. With everything we have now, they are the safest assumptions.









Connie Springer


"Connie" is a name of Latin origin, short for "Constance" and "Springer" has Middle English and Swedish origins. It shares roots with the German, Dutch and Yiddish words for "leap". His look also doesn't give many clues other than Caucasian, but from his name we can assume he is Western European, most likely German since so far all characters seem to have such an ancestry.







Reiner Braun


Not much analysis needed. He's German.







Bertolt Hoover


Same here.











Marco Bott


"Bott" is an unusual German surname and "Marco" is a name deriving from the Latin "Marcus" and used in many countries. Also most likely German.










Krista Lenz


This is an interesting case. Her first name is an eastern European form of the name "Christian" according to Wikipedia and "Lenz", which had many spelling and variants, ultimately stems from "Laurentium", literally the city of laurels. It's associated with names such as Lawrence and Laurens. It became a popular name among Christians, and here is where it gets interesting. Also according to Wikipedia, "Krista" means "follower of Christ". With a very European look and "Lenz" being a German surname, she is probably German, perhaps eastern German.




Ymir


This is the best one! "Ymir" is a Nordic name and is used in Iceland. "Ymir" is also a figure in Norse mythology. Interestingly enough, that figure is male and the name seems to be used for males exclusively.




Erwin Smith


"Erwin" is a Germanic name and "Smith" is a name that originated in England. That along with his look point towards a German and English ancestry.










Levi


Some people spell it "Rivaille" and wrongly assume he is French. He isn't since "Rivaille isn't his bloody name. Now that we've heard it in the anime enough, we know it is pronounced "Ribai". Which do you think is closer?

So, "Levi" is the Hebrew word for "joining" and in the Bible he was the founder of the Tribe of Levi. Now heicho's appearance is pretty ambiguous in my opinion and I can't really determine his nationality from that. The safest assumption is that he is Jewish, specifically from the Israelite Tribe of Levi. According to Jewish tradition (and Wikipedia) people with that surname are Levites. That might not be the case though, since it's not definite whether Levi is his first or last name.

(EDIT: It's Levi not Rivaille. Who else but the author himself on his official twitter can confirm this? If you search his blog well enough, you might also find it there, along with how he came across the name in the first place. By the way, it supports my Jewish heritage theory.)



Hanji Zoe


Couldn't find anything definite on "Hanji", as for "Zoe" it's a name used in many countries. It originates from the Greek word for life, but since "Hanji" isn't Greek, we can't conclude that she is. Also, I don't believe of all people any Greeks would have survived (then again, with so many of them living in Germany, you never know). If Mikasa is the last Asian when the Chinese population is well over a billion, I really don't think there's a great chance many would have survived out of a pool of ten million. Conclusion; nationality unknown.


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  1. It's really Rivaille. It's only in the anime which he is called, Levi. Read the manga doofus.

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    1. I have (as of now) read the manga, doofus.

      http://papermoon2.tumblr.com/post/52440928241/matsukare88-its-official-now-please-spell

      There, straight from the horse's mouth. All you Rivaille spelling fanatics can go start spelling it correctly.

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    2. Its freaking Levi but Rivaille is pronounced like Levi, Rivaille isnt even a real name baka

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    3. Okay, seriously? Of course there's a more official way of spelling his name, but he's one of like half the characters in the show whose names are spelled wrong all the damn time. So can we not shame people for using one spelling over the other? It's immature and obnoxious and people should really get the fuck over it. Spell it however you wanna spell it. Don't like someone else's spelling? Don't look at it.

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    4. its pronounced levi. now go learn to read.

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    5. Rivaille is another way to translate Levi from Japanese.

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    6. No it's not - if his name were to be put into katakana, it becomes "リヴァイ", or "Riwai/Rivai", but since ヴ is part of t he more modern Katakana alphabet, it cannot be determined as to if it is grammatically correct. I see where the "Rivai" bit in Rivaille comes from, but what about the "lle"?

      To cut a long story short, for lazy readers, it's LEVI. Clarified from the good old "Hajime Isayama", and if you don't know this legend, I suggest you think about your fandoms, and how you manage them. ESPECIALLY for Attack on Titan.

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    7. It really doesn't matter how you spell it (Although I prefer Levi, since in Korean pronunciation which can be very similar to Japanese, it is pronounced the same as Levi (리바이) not Rivaille (리바일레???) Trust me on Korean, it's my native language, yes im korean SOUTH so don't ask it's offensive) unless you're looking for origins, since different names come from different countries with different spellings. And if the author said it's spelt Levi, well then it's officially Levi, but then that doesn't mean that people who are used to spelling it Rivaille should start forcing themselves to write it to Levi (yes, it pisses me off when I see Rivaille cuz I read it all wrong instead of Le-vi I read it like Ri-va-elle but still I know it means Levi)... Unless they are trying to make a profile about him (for clarification reasons I think it's best to use the name the author of the manga set it to), or figuring out his origins (like this one). In these cases (or similar cases) I think it's better to use Levi instead of Reviaille. Hajime Isayama probably has a reason for setting it that way.

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    8. Sorry but the official name of the heicho is levi, which editor park of Godansha(publishing company of SnK) refered on twitter. so levi is right,correct

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    9. NEWSFLASH FAN TRANSALTIONS ON THE INTERNET CAN BE INCORRECT but its Levi, alright. trust me on this one, just. please.

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    10. look, Why cant we all just get along? it doesnt matter if hes Levi or Rivalle, it matters that we keep the Shingeki fan community strong, instead of arguing over Heichou's stupid name! Just call him Corporal, or Heichou, or Captain Windex, or Corporal Shorty!!! God, It doesnt matter, he has so many nicknames.Personally, I call him Levi. You can call him whatever, just dont be mean! #ShingekiNoUnity. Humanity cant win if we dont work together.

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    11. um helllooooo i have all maga and it says levi

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  2. ^I second this. Yes, it may sound "Ribai", though.. If you listen to it carefully it's actually, "Rivai" in the anime.

    Assuming he is French, his name, "Rivaille" should be pronounced as "Rivayl", more like pronouncing it similar to "Versailles". Others would read it as "Rival" or "Ree-val".

    I dunno.. Maybe there are quite a lot of mistranslated names in the manga that is why there are a lot of mispelled names more often, changed which leads to confusion of many readers.

    For example, in the manga, Sasha's surname is "Braus". And since it is widely known that Nipponggo has no "L", others changed it to "Blouse" in the english sub. Same goes with Christa's surname which is actually "Renz", again because of Nipponggo, many would mistook it for Lenz. Also with Marco's surname, "Bodt" which was changed into "Bott" because of the silent "D".

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    1. Alrighty, so, all of your points are valid there, but one thing's ticking me off. I'm french, and I can tell you that it's not how we pronnoucne "-aille" stuff.
      There are two L's, therefore, we'd pronounce Rivaille Ri-va-i.
      And we say Ver-sa-i. No Ver-sayle, or somethin'.
      (Sorry if I come off as rude)

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    2. I know it's only light, but isn't there a soft "g" heard at the end of words with that spelling? It sounds a little like the greek γ. Of course even so the pronounciation would be closer to Ver-sa-i than to Ver-sayle. In this case however, it's irrelevant how such words are pronounced because Rivaille is not his name.

      It sounds like "Livai", Rivai" and sometimes "Ribai" (I spelt it like that because there is no "v" as far as I know in katakana"), no soft "g"'s. I don't know where the 'lle ending came from, but it's wrong. According to the author, his name is spelt "Levi" when latin characters are used.

      Here:http://papermoon2.tumblr.com/post/52440928241/matsukare88-its-official-now-please-spell

      From his twitter. We've also been mispelling Eren's surname this whole time...

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    3. It is written リヴァイ in katakana which pronounced as Rivai,.
      There is no "v" in katakana but you can use ヴィ when writing "V"

      Japanese spell names out of pronunciation
      So Rivai...can be Levi or Rivaille..
      Who can say,but the author himself..

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    4. Just leave Levi's name the way it is. There's no need to argue about his name. It's just a name, the name's can call him "Rivaille" if they want, and "Levi" if they want to as well. Just leave the name alone and continue on with whatever you were doing before this argument or conversation started.

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    5. I meant fans, not name's!

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    6. In korean language, r and l are basically the same thing. When I was learning korean (because my parents immigrated to america from korea and met in the US) I asked my mom a question or two about the alphabet I was learning. She said it's supposed to be sounding more like an r, but it can be used for both 'l' and 'r'. And there is no right on how his name is spelled. Some of you may keep sounding it in your head in a wrong way because of the way you speak your language.

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  3. I am not sure, but I think there's an interesting list of people and their nationalities. It's guessed that Mikasa is more likely half japanese and american (viz her dad) Irwin and Connie are also American but I am sure that Annie is Russian. Her appearance looks very characteristic to Russian and also her name should be correctly translated as "Anya" which is usual russian name. But you had really great thoughts about it, maybe you are right :) By the way, Armin should be Brittish, but I quite doubt it. I was thinking more like Luxembourg or maybe Swiss?

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    1. I'm sorry, Mina, but there are no Americans on the show. :D.

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    2. And, if it was set in America, then there'd be a higher population of people with English names, some German but as much as English, and a lot of Spanish names as well. Not to mention, African-Americans.

      The racial make up of that walled community seems to be 99.9% white, and America isn't that white. So, it makes sense that they be in Europe than in the US.

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    3. I'm not sure where you got that they're American, I don't see how there's any indications for them being American. Also, Annie's appearance is characteristic of pretty much every Nordic country, not just Russia. And since her name spelled in katakana is アニ, or Ani, which is pronouced Ah-nee so I'm not really sure what you're talking about with the Anya thing either

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  4. And also, sorry for spamming you with this, but I think Sasha is probably german/czech, because Sasha is classical czech girl name for Alexandra (from Alexander) and the last name Braus' should be probably correctly Brausová, which is quite ordinary czech lastname derived from the Braun which mean strong :)

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    1. I would be really happy for this since I'm czech myself :) And it may be even possible because Czech rep is just next to Germany and with so many (supposed) Germans in the story...

      Oh and, Czech people are often known for eating a lot and taking food from the 'sweden tables' so it would fit her personality too :)

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    2. It seems that the story is set in an area that covers a large part of modern-day Germany and most of the characters, judging by their names and taking their appearance into account, have germanic roots, yet there are some with more unusual names that aren't typically germanic (example: a character that has yet to appear in the anime has a name with Native American roots according to a baby name site). Since it's set in the future, it makes sense that even if the society is predominantly german it would include people of different cultures, such as Mikasa and Eren. Germany has a large Turkish population, and there are many Japanese people living there.

      To be honest, I don't believe the walls cover exclusively what used to be German grounds before the story began, so it's most likely lands of countries nearby are included too, along with their populations. But you must remember they have been in these walls for over a hundred years. They no longer have what we would call a nationality, more like just an ethnicity. If the predominant ethnic group was German, with populations mixing, it'll be hard to find a character that doesn't have even the slightest German roots, without meaning they don't have another ethnicity. In fact, few of them will be just German. Since Sasha is a name used- at this point in time- just for boys in Germany, she most likely does have Czech roots. I think a number of characters have multiple ethnicities, ones we don't know about and that even the writer might be undecided on!

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  6. About Leonhart,
    in German, hart means hard not heart
    and the word for lion is Löwe.
    Very nice research though..

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    1. You're making it too easy for yourself...
      Back when lastnames where invented German was different from now.
      Also there actually ARE people in Germany that have e.g. the lastname "Leonhardt"!

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    2. Ok how about this. The word leon is old greek and also latin. It means lion. The word hart is dutch. It means heart.. that way it kinda fits right?

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  7. Actually there is a visual lineup of the main characters of Attack on Titan, showing their distinctive facial features as well as listing their nationalities underneath. Looking at it I think it makes sense.

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  8. I also can offer that Shingeki no Kyojin most likely takes place in Bavaria, in southern Germany. Look closely in the second OP's beginning and notice mountains in the background. Then take note that a river flows through the walls. My best guess is the river is either the Danube or the Rhine, and the mountains are probably the Alps.

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    1. The fact that Germany is landlocked and not surrounded by any body of water at all supports the idea that the story takes place there. We know that the people are unaware of the existence of oceans, or even saltwater, which is probably something that their monarchy/government is trying to hide from them. Their location would make it very convenient to keep that secret, unless someone ventured far enough south to reach the sea, which would be very difficult.

      Anyways, we could build a strong case for the story being set in southern Germany or somewhere vaguely near it, based on climate, appearance, and population.

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    2. The fact that Germany is landlocked and not surrounded by any body of water at all supports the idea that the story takes place there. We know that the people are unaware of the existence of oceans, or even saltwater, which is probably something that their monarchy/government is trying to hide from them. Their location would make it very convenient to keep that secret, unless someone ventured far enough south to reach the sea, which would be very difficult.

      Anyways, we could build a strong case for the story being set in southern Germany or somewhere vaguely near it, based on climate, appearance, and population.

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    3. WHOOPS! Big mistake there. A simple map check would've shown me that Germany *isn't* landlocked and has beaches near the border to Denmark. Sorry!

      That said, if you consider Calculon's comments below, Wall Maria's size would restrict where what's left of humanity is located. For Wall Sina to be comfortably located in southern Germany, part of Wall Maria would have to be on or very near the Adriatic Sea. If we consider centuries of sea level changes (and since it's an alternate timeline anyway), this could still be acceptable. Wall Maria has to be far enough from the sea to keep people from knowing of its existence.

      Here's a really neat interactive map where you could drag the walls around to see where they could fit: http://davidmear.com/snk/map/ (my guess: 49.2728, 9.7055 if you lower sea levels a bit.)

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    4. Maybe its somewhere in Prussia!! *shot*

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    1. No spoilers please. People that haven't read the manga might see it.

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  10. This points strongly to the city-state we see in the show as being located either in or near continental Europe, and the climate of the place seems to support this, although it could have changed over the centuries.

    I agree with everything in this analysis, with the exception of this;

    "The world as it is today would be completely destroyed within days"

    Really? Unless they can build several THOUSAND kilometers of 50-meter high stone walls within "days", or had them already built for some other reason when the Titans first appeared, that's a ridiculous claim.

    I would speculate the titans had a single point of origin and spread outward, and it took decades for humanity to fall, not because they were so good at resisting, but because the world is simple BIG, even for 15 meter giants, with oceans and mountains and such. In a world with nuclear weaponry and aircraft, they may have been much better at resisting than humans in the setting of Shingeki-no-Kyojin now.

    Personally I like to speculate that the city-state we see in the Anime/Manga wasn't the only one built on Earth, but just the only one they are still aware of. However, we'll have to wait until the Titans are explained more in the actual show/manga to have any useful speculation on how the whole situation got started.

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    1. Also, I should add that it's established that the people living within the city-state aren't aware of any oceans or seas, and the outer wall, Maria, has an outer diameter of 1000km. This does limit the potential locations on Earth where it could be set, barring vast changes in sea level.

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    2. Excellent point there about the main characters' city not being the only walled city in existence. I've thought about that as a possible plot twist as well, that they're not quite what's left of humanity after all.

      I like to keep bringing up the subject of the sea, and how no one from inside the walls has seen it for probably hundreds of years. If my guess (here: http://davidmear.com/snk/map/ [49.2728, 9.7055], with sea levels much lower) is even remotely correct, would Wall Maria still be far enough from the sea so nobody can know it exists?

      Could the Scouting Legion possibly venture far enough to reach the sea someday? Or maybe they have at some point? Idk, but there's so much mystery the story and setting raises that it's sure not gonna run out of intrigue anytime soon.

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    3. Actually I think they explain how the walls were built in the manga, but I haven't gotten up to that yet. I'm only on the second volume but it was written in there (separate from the story) that the wall construction would be explained in another volume. :D

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  11. I don't think that most of them are Germans.

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    1. sorry but, you just took all the assumptions and throw them into junk. It is most likely that they are German mixes, maybe some of them not. Looks like that the creator has the hots for *erhm really like I mean* Germany.

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  12. ^ I second this.

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    1. You second yourself?

      There shouldn't be anonymous posting on this blog. We're likely to get trolls on this post.

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  13. When I first saw the anime (I'm Turkish) I kind of freaked out. Like, his name was Eren! It's not like you could find any other versions of that name but I was still in doubt - but later on, considering the way they pronounce it, I was assured. Eren definitely has Turkish/German roots. Same with everyone though, every one of your assumptions are spot on.

    It was just surprising to find that in an anime or in any pop culture reference anyway - a hint of some roots without having to make Turkish people sound bad. (Doesn't happen very often, even though it's just a name and nobody's roots or nationalities were mentioned - don't think they will mention them, ever - it's still flattering.)

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    1. Bir Türk'ün buraya yazmış olmasını beklemezdim :D

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  14. What about the people in the Special Ops squad? The one guy who imitates Levi's name is spelled "Oruo" in Japanese, but I've seen it "Auruo" and "Oluo." I've done some research and can't seem to find any origin or records at all. Can someone shed some light on this?

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  15. it's only a manga.. a great manga and anime!
    you can only make allegations :)
    i dont think the producer had as many thoughts as you in "where they're rly from" :)
    however. they use german names (with funny japanese-pronouncation).

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  16. A lot of Germans were offended by this.

    Lol jk, try for the nationality.

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    1. Offended?
      I am german and I think it's kind of cute. I really love this anime.

      Didn't they mention Mikasa was the last (half) oriantal?

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  17. And thus, in conclusion, evryone was German

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  18. I love how all black people in the SNK universe is extinct, and you only have Asians or Whites

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    1. Asians are extinct too, Mikasa's being one of the last people with Asian's blood in her veins.
      and is this irony or are you being serious?

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    2. I thought there was one... Keith Shadis, the chief instructor. I'm not sure if he's black though. His skin is darker compared to other people's, but then again, so is Eren's.

      If we accept that the area enclosed in the walls is mostly Germany, is makes sense that most people would be white. It doesn't appear that the walls... happened and anyone who could fled over there into safety. The population that was already there was saved. Assuming Eren is of Turkish ancestry and Mikasa of Japanese, it makes sense that these ethnicities would be found there because in Germany nowadays there are a lot of Turkish and Japanese people. I don't know how many blacks they are, if it's like America, or even France, but I would assume it's not. I don't think there's as much ethnic diversity in Europe as there is in the US, though that of course differs depending on the country. I don't know about Germany or the surrounding areas. Maybe have a look into that, and if there is a considerable population, you'll know whether Isayama is racist or not.

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    3. Anon, he's clearly making a joke.
      The thing about anime is its rare to see an anime with black characters in it, unless if its for a specific audience, or its made by Shinichiro Watanabe.
      Here, make a list: One where an anime has a black or white or american person, and one where there's a cluster of homogeneous Japanese people.

      Which one is bigger?
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wsodomr-JjM

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    4. I wouldn't say that Hajime Isayama was making a joke. He's Japanese and doesn't really think about things like that because Europe isn't his culture. Isayama probably knows more about Western culture than most Japanese people.

      If you ever talk to Asians about Western history, you'll be amazed by how little they actually know about our history and culture. And, if you ask them about their country's origins, you'll be amazed by how little that they know about their history as well.

      But, it's like how one of the Czech posters here named Mina thought that everyone on the show were "Americans". A lot of people still look at America like how we might look at Australia. Most people aren't aware that in Australia, there's a lot of Asians, and that white people are no longer the majority there.

      A lot of that has to do with the fact that Australian movies or American movies about Australia don't show this fact. So, a lot of people outside of Australia think that it's 99% white there when in fact whites are in the 40's.

      Another thing, if you're going to attack this Eastern anime for not showing black people on it, you might as well attack American movies as well. Especially any movies about the South Eastern states.

      I used to live in North Carolina, and North Carolina has A LOT of black people. Especially in the RURAL areas. Most people aren't aware of this. Most people, especially if they come from New England area or New York, or California, when they think black people they think cities.

      By population, North Carolina is predominantly Republican because of the white Republican voters tend to live in the urban areas. Yet, by district, it's mostly Democrat because of the hard to get to rural areas composed mostly by black people.

      No movie, or TV show in the US shows this. But, the political make up of North Carolina and the studies done on their ethnic make up can be found on the internet.

      I think that it's fair to say that Western media don't show black people all that often either. I think that, however, being that they live in Germany that it's okay for them to all be white.

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  19. Ok sorry if this a spoiler... but what about Krista's REAL name? Historia Reiss. Reiss is a surname of old German origin, too.

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  20. Couldn't find anything definite on "Hanji", as for "Zoe" it's a name used in many countries. It originates from the Greek word for life, but since "Hanji" isn't Greek, we can't conclude that she is. Also, I don't believe of all people any Greeks would have survived (then again, with so many of them living in Germany, you never know). If Mikasa is the last Asian when the Chinese population is well over a billion, I really don't think there's a great chance many would have survived out of a pool of ten million. Conclusion; nationality unknown.//
    I actually think hanji would be greek or at least be half greek.
    she has slightly tanned skin which most greeks have and dark hair, so shes probably from an island. One of her parents could have been from another nationality, or she could be 1/4 greek or 1/3 since greeks take their grandmother's or grandfather's name on the fathers side, with exceptions such as mine
    Or she could be cyprian though chances are extremely low since zoe is a female's name.
    Also considering Ancient Greece is most likely the oldest country that still is alive or whatever i highly doubt there would be no greeks
    as mentioned before the walls are probably in germany which explains why not many asians are there.
    Plus greeks are tough as nails so it doesn't make sense that no greeks would survive.
    Also there are greeks everywhere. I have cousins in south africa who are part greek. I'm pretty sure there would be at least one greek person out of everyone. (maybe mina carolina would be greek)

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    1. It could be possible now that I think about it. There are a lot of Greeks living in Germany.

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    2. But the year in the anime is 850 I dont think there were many Greeks there at that time

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  21. I dont think just because they have a name belonging to a certain country means they are from it. Like my name is Leilani - it's 100% Hawaiian - and I'm not even hawaiian.

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  22. it's weird because the anime points out that the titans came from the south (they need sunlight for energy) but at the same time, this surviving human city can't be too far north either since they would at least moderate climates for farming to support such large populations. Plus, I haven't seen any signs of excessive rain, storms or snowing (usually associated with being near large bodies of water).

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  23. On the subject of the geographical location of the walls, 49, 9 seems plausible for the centre of Sina in some ways...but in others, hm.
    1) It is established in canon that there are mountains within the Walls. But I'm not entirely sure that they're Alp-scale mountains. According to the map, the Alps would be almost entirely contained within Maria, and they'd kind of interfere with Rose as well. I can't imagine the edge of Maria being built on mountains, particularly as I think that, given the right slope, a Titan of sufficient size could probably get into the wall that way.
    2) The perimeters of Maria are very, very close to the coast in several places. Of course, it could just be Shiganshina which is inland, and other outlying districts from Maria are along the coast, but given how books of the Outside are illegal and salt is apparently a highly valuable commodity, I sincerely doubt this. I doubt people would risk going outside the walls to get salt, but they'd at least smell the sea, maybe hear it sometimes, and there would be coastal wildlife. And, as mentioned by someone else, the weather patterns don't seem consistent with coastal types. However, we don't exactly see a large amount of weathers to sample from, nor seasons, so that's pure conjecture as well. Moreover, Shiganshina could again be more inland than other districts. Trost, by virtue of being on Rose, is going to be further inland anyway, so we can't trust its weathers either.

    However, the high number of characters with apparent Germanic descent does suggest the area. If we consider Jean as French, well, France is reasonably close to Germany. Maybe one of his ancestors was lucky enough to flee all the way to the walls and survive to pass on their genes.

    I agree that Hanji could be Greek. Her colouring matches, and although she's a little pale, that could just mean they don't get very strong sun, or (quite likely) she spends half her time indoors working on experiments. Greece is a fairly damn long way away from Germany (Titan swarms considered), but not impossibly far. It stands to reason that if you're in the midst of a Titan-apocalypse and you know there's a giant walled region which is safe, everyone is going to flee to it. Everyone. And sure, most of them will die. The vast, vast, terrible majority will die. But there are billions of people in this world, and unless they're separated by the Atlantic/Pacific/Whatever, I think there's a good chance that people from all over could reach sanctuary. Just look at Mikasa. Her ancestor either evacuated from Japan and miraculously survived, or was miraculously on holiday/staying in Europe and could reach the walls in time.

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  24. So, given that people would be stockpiling into the walls as fast as they possibly could from all over, I might suggest that the walls are past Germany, maybe in the Czech/Poland/Hungary/Romania/Ukraine sort of area. It's close enough to Germany to justify all the apparent Germanic descendants, and names tend to bleed in countries with close borders anyway. It also has mountains, but nothing so ridiculously large as the Alps. Eren was thrilled at the idea of vast amounts of snow, after all. That suggests he's never heard of the Alps at the right time of year. So maybe 49,19. It's quite a way from Germany, yes, but since we still don't know entirely how the walls were built - I theorise that a hell of a lot of the natives died while they were being constructed. So the countries the Walls encompassed were mostly depopulated and those from the surrounding nations filled in. Just a thought.

    Of course, it's canon that there are humans alive outside the walls. So far, all confirmed people (e.g. Annie, Bertlolt, Reiner) are all of a particular titanic nature. So it could be that these external settlements (allegedly in the mountains) are completely composed of shifters. Or shifters are prevalent, or a majority, allowing them to defend against Titans. They could also be in league with the Beast Titan. However, I think it's possible that there are Walls elsewhere, perhaps on another continent....although, to be honest, what we know about the Walls screams 'mysterious' at me. We know they extend very, very far beneath the ground, all the way to bedrock. It has been said that at least part of it is composed of the bodies of titans. Just kind of gives me 'freak chance' vibes, really. The sort of thing that desperate or secretive people manage, against all odds, while everyone else perishes.

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  25. I think their names have nothing to do with their nationality. I think the author is just making a theme to make the names consistent.

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  26. Are you fucking kidding me? Levi looks everything but Jew. OMG.

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    1. Besides Levi is actually a modern French surname.

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    2. Levi is also still one of the most common Jewish surnames. Maybe he's partly Jewish, which explains the look, but the look doesn't matter too much since for Japanese people all Caucasoids look almost the same.

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  27. Most surnames that end with 'man' are Ashkenazi Jewish, including Ackerman, you can check that yourself. They did came from Germany and Sweden, and in some ways look like them, but they're Semites, with Semite blood (and noses, hair...). Mikasa's father is Jewish or at least partly Jew partly Swedish/German.

    I'm sure the author didn't really thought of specific nationality for any of them since for Asians we all look the same, just like we can barely tell the difference between Japanese or Koreans.

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    1. Not all the surnames that ends with "man" are jewish. In Sweden they changed the suffix "mann" with "man" because it's the way the swedes write it.

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    2. This is bullshit!! :D
      Lastnames that end with "mann" are Germanic!!
      The variations with single "n" derive from that...
      Plus: We just don't know whether Mikasa is written with one or two "n" as there is no need for it in Japanese...

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  28. Since the Scouting Legion is constantly on the front line, fighting Titans, its high fatality, low success rate (if at all) discourages most people from joining the legion. Thus, the legion suffers an all-time personnel shortage and the only soldiers who enter the Scouting Legion are dedicated to the cause of humanity usually at the cost of their own lives! This is the Eren Jaeger cosplay costume for Recon Corps (Scouting Legion) in Attack on Titan! And Hanji Zoe is a Squad Leader from the Scouting Legion. Hanji conducts research on Titans and, as such, is deeply interested in Eren Jaeger, who can turn into a Titan. Hanji is very passionate and driven in pursuit of new knowledge. And Hanji Zoe cosplay costume from www.cosplayfield.com also pretty popular in Attack on Titan cosplay field!

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  29. btw I don't think Eren is of Turkish decent....
    The author just picked it because it sounds like the German word "Ehre" (honor)
    Why do I think that? His parents names are Grisha (nickname in Russia for someone named Gregori) and Carla (a common Spanish or Italian name)
    Where do you read Turkish from that?
    It's more plausible the name was chosen because of the meaning.... Ehren-Jäger...
    hunter [for] honor [ofmankind]... makes sense, right? :P

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    2. Andreas, your theory makes a lot of sense. ( b^_^)b

      I don't think that making Eren Jaeger partly Turkish was what Isayama had intended. The Christian names of his parents only strengthens your argument.

      A name like Ehren Jäger would make more literary sense, because a name like "Hunger with honor" does seem to describe the protagonist pretty well.

      I think that the ONLY reason why we spell his name in Eren in Western countries is because of the limitations of Japanese language in capturing the original name. Japanese letters have far smaller range of phonemes than Latin does, so you're bound to lose a lot going from Latin to Japanese and then back to Latin.

      For instance, there is no sound for "Ehre" in Japanese. The closest that you can get to Ehre is "Ere", which in Katakana is spelled "エレ".

      So, if you were to try to spell "Ehren" in Katakana, you'll only get "エレン" which, when translated BACK to Latin letters, becomes "Eren".

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  30. Eren is a 100% Turkish name. There is no other option. Its a name thats is also not a derivative from Arabic or Persian. Which many traditional Turkish names do. Eren is tanned for a reason. Its very plausibel that the Titans emerged from south which means they almost certanly marched trough the Ottoman/Turkish territories and the people there fled towards north-west to Middle-Europe and seeked shelter inside the wall.

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    1. There's a lot of Turks throughout Europe, right? So, it would make sense that some Turkish people might have made it to this Walled community before they became Titan food.

      Eren's mom looks alot like him. She has the same eyebrows and every thing. So, I think that it's very plausible that he has Turkish roots through his mother. His dad just looks like a white guy, so I think that it's likely that he has just mostly German roots through his father's side.

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    2. Cenkolino, I only commented earlier because I didn't see Andreas' comment. I think that it's more likely that Isayama meant to name him "Ehren" because naming him "Ehren Jäger", meaning "hunter with honor" makes more literary sense. It's just better story-telling.

      My comment about the phonetical limitations of Japanese language is more evidence in support of Adreas' claim.

      Yet, we can't entirely forget about Eren's tanned complexion. Eren doesn't really look German, and neither does his mom. So, it COULD be that you're right.

      But, if they never talk about Eren's ethnicity (which I'm guessing is what is likely to happen), then I think that it's more likely that Isayama did mean to name him "Ehren", but couldn't capture that name using Katakana.

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    3. Adding to my earlier comment, if that is the case, then considering that Ehren looks a lot like his mom, but his mom's name is Carla (Italian origin), then the tanned complexion was only because his mom's Italian.

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    4. It is interesting to note that Karla (spelt with a 'k') is actually also a Turkish name that means 'snow'. I know this because it's also my name and I'm half-Turkish.

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  31. There are blacks the in EU. I'm a black German born, and raised. I think the reason for no blacks in the anime. Is because it just never crossed the creators mind. In fact I think in most animes this is the case.
    I do find it funny that there will be an Asian character. That does not look Asian at all, but yet you know they're Asian because the anime its self tells you. (example)(BLEACH).
    I have seen some animes where there actually is a black character, and he looks! black to the core...normally they aren't attractive...What I'm saying is get creative when making us. Last I checked Asians, and Whites do not have pink, blue, and green hair. Screw it just add more dark skinned characters in general. SORRY FOR BAD ENGLISH

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  32. It's Levi. (for the ones arguing over it). I've never called him Rivaille. It only sounds slightly like that in the anime because Japanese people pronounce their "L's" as "R's" in most cases, and because the name isn't Japanese, the accent plays with the normal pronunciation of the word.

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  33. I just have to add something in the whole "Levi/Rivaille" thing.
    The only language (as far as I could find) where "Levi" is pronounced as "Leev-eye" (like "Ribai/Rivai) is English. In all the other languages (that I could find a sample, like German, French, Hebrew, Swedish, Turkish, Finnish etc.) it's pronounced as "Le-vi" or "Le-vii". This would be "Rebi/Revi" in Japanese.
    This is where all the confusion is coming from. Only English speaking people can correctly pronounce his name, Levi, whereas others will say it as Le-vi (Revi), and this sounds totally wrong compared to the Japanese "Ribai/Rivai". Rivaille on the other hand sounds a lot like "Rivai", and many people (at least European) will assume that this is his name since the manga seems to take place in Germany/Western Europe, where a French last name wouldn't be uncommon.
    Now, the mangaka himself has stated that Levi is named after a boy from Jesus Camp. This happens to be an American documentary film, where the pronunciation of the name is "Leev-eye". This is also where the mangaka based the pronunciation of "Levi" on.
    Only problem is, his manga takes place in an area where the name would be pronounced as "Le-vi(i)", Rebi(i)/Revi(i).
    So you (meaning many people in here) shouldn't be calling each other stupid or telling them to learn how to read, because in other languages "Levi" is pronounced differently from the English way.
    The only one to blame is the mangaka, who didn't take into consideration that the pronunciation of the name differs in languages and will cause a conflict compared to the setting of the manga.

    And to conclude this: his name is officially Levi, pronounced in the English way "Leev-eye", "Ribai/Rivai" (and not like "Le-vi", "Rebi/Revi").

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  34. Referring to Annie and her nationality, I'm getting really strong Dutch vibes from her.
    Not only from her name but also because her looks are strikingly similar to a friend of mine who is Dutch.

    But that's just my thoughts *shrug*

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  35. On the topic of the location of the walls, I doubt they would be in Germany or, feasibly, anywhere in Europe.
    Simple reason: they're just too large.
    The area Wall Maria encloses comes to over 720,000^2 km. Germany is only 357,000^2 km. It would engulf Germany and a fair bit of the surrounding countries.
    I would put it more in the direction of the Russia/Ukraine sort of area. Maybe even slightly more towards Kazakhstan? I'm not entirely sure about climates and all that, but Ukraine has a lot of farmland (I think?) and so would need an appropriate climate.
    Also, something anyone's neglected to mention on the issue, is that it would need to be near a large-ish river or lake/sea which could have been diverted to create the rivers through the Walls, since they're far to straight to be natural.
    If the theory mentioned above about the natives going extinct while building the wall is to be believed, then that would explain the lack of Russian names (if Annie is indeed Russian).
    As for the prevalence of German names...
    Maybe Germany just got on the evacuation bandwagon the quickest. Or maybe there was some sort of deal between the two nations, a la 'I'll help you build the wall Russia, on the condition you let my people inside' or something similar. If there was some room left after, then others would have been let in, as long as they could get there themselves.
    Western Russia is far enough away from the orient that it would be unlikely that very many would make the journey unless they lived somewhere relatively nearby. Europeans would be more likely to make it (though they would be greatly outnumbered by the lucky Germans) due to it being so much closer. It would be the same with blacks as with east-asian nations.
    As for anyone living in the Americas, considering there's this massive thing called the Atlantic ocean in the way, I would think it's highly unlikely that any found their way there in time.
    Western-Asians and those living in the middle east would be in the same boat as the rest of Europe and, something I've noticed, is a lot of the characters seem to have Olive skin, something that is prominent in the middle east. People like Eren and Sasha have have noticeably darker skin than others and even some people with fair hair (like Jean) have dark skin when compared to Annie or Armin or even Levi.
    And, I could just be imagining this, but Eren appears to have darker skin than Mikasa - this could support the Turkish heritage claim.
    Though I think 'heritage' or 'ethnicity' would suit the situation better then 'nationality' since nationality implies that you claim to be from there, and I doubt any of the characters would identify as German, Russian, Japanese or whatever, since the concept of race has become fairly moot.

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    2. We don't even know when this happens and if our countries still existed when the walls got up. And when it comes to climate, it changes over time. If this is set some thousands year in the future we can't possible know what countries will exist or how the climate will be (and shouldn't there be a new ice age..?)

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  36. Even though the anime has finished, I'm not sure whether I should be posting spoilers... Well, what I'm gonna say might count as one, so consider yourselves warned!

    It's not possible that something like that happened. We are given a hint about the creation of the walls and... it probably wasn't people who built them.

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  38. Thanks for the info. I wanna thank you instead for your effort, for your research, etc rather than being a dick like some people here, can't give opinions without being a dick? mean and shit

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  39. Ah, this is really helpful. I've actually been trying to figure out the characters' nationalities, but out of lack of knowledge (and not thinking of searching up their names), was not able to do so. So, thanks for that.
    As I was reading your analysis, I had a tab open of a world map so I could see the distances of countries, therefore seeing if there were a greater of smaller chance of a character having ancestors there. On the case of Hanji, I believe that there's a great chance of her being Greece as you suggested, even if that country's population is only counted to be approximately ten million, and Mikasa being Japanese--the last of the Asians, I think--while China's so much closer to Europe and having a population of over a billion. You see, Greece isn't so far away from where I feel that the rest of humanity resides in (which would be the place connecting Germany to Austria and the Czech Republic), bringing me to the conclusion that the Greek could have escaped to the safety of the walls and survive for 107, albeit not much.
    Forgive me if my theory doesn't quite make sense. I'm not very wise concerning subjects like these.

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  40. On the topic of wall location I saw a few things on it being based off similar walls surrounding a city in France. I can’t come up with much more evidence for this other than that already mentioned.

    Secondly, Levi and Mikasa have quite strikingly similar features and after the theory of them being from the same clan (based off of the “844” carved into mikasa’s arm before her parents were killed and the bandage around Levi’s wrist from the cover of the side manga on how he joined the survey corps) I want to suggest a common heritage somewhere in there. It is still a possibility that even the clan is multi-racial and the theory is reading too much into the story anyway

    I want to throw back in the English possibility for Armin, though. England is predominantly other country’s influence - battles with the French, settlers with roman and Saxon descents. I also see the small vikingeque vibe which you did get from the Scandinavian idea. I suppose since we’re not talking nationality, the roots will go back further.

    I’m going to agree with the American comment, too. I see this as being a pre-discovery of America period before the titans appeared - look at the houses for more proof on that where the houses were typical for middle-aged France and Germany

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  41. im jewish and both Ackerman and levi are jewish commun last names and both have similar features as Anonymous said. and i just came here to see if i was right and why will the mangake will name them like that.

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  42. I was surprised to see that you wrote that Arlert was a common swedish surname because this is wrong. I live in scandinavia and I know for a fact that Arlert is not a common scandinavian name, I have never heard of it before snk.
    So I looked it up on google and I found this site (http://en.geneanet.org/surnames/ARLERT) that says it's more common in Germany.
    But overall Arlert is not a common name anywhere. It can be that Isayama meant for him to be named Harlert/Harlet or Arlet because those names are pretty common, mostly from England/France/Germany.

    Ackerman is most likely a german name or Mikasa's dad could be american bc it's a "common" american surname too. But more likely he is german. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ackermann_(surname)).

    I find it very interesting that Isayama have named one character Ymir and what makes this even more interesting is that Ymir is really a icelandic MALE name not a female name (http://www.nordicnames.de/wiki/Ymir), just wanted to put that out there.

    Hanji sound very asian (read japanese) to me, according to this site (http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?rank=1&new=1&MSAV=0&msT=1&gss=angs-g&gsfn=Hanji&uidh=000&gl=ROOT_CATEGORY&gst=) it's most common in Japan but if you spell it as Hange instead it can be traced to Germany (http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?gl=ROOT_CATEGORY&rank=1&new=1&so=3&MSAV=0&msT=1&gss=ms_r_f-2_s&gsfn=Hange&uidh=000).

    Just wanted to share this info, cheers!

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  43. As for the location of the walls it may be located in western Europe, covering (not the whole countries, but big parts of) Germany,France, Belgium, Switzerland and maybe even a part of Neatherland. I have no evidence of this being so but as seeing that most characters have names that are most common in these locations and the look of the surrounding areas and villages I'd say this could be possible. But then again there are not many mountains inside the walls and as we know the Alps lay in this area but ofc it is possible that the walls does not reach all the way to the mountains

    But as seeing that the walls doesn't have coast lines (?) it is maybe more possible for the walls to be located more to eastcentral europe, that is to say (not the whole countries, but big parts of)Germany, Poland, Austria, Slovakia (whole of)Czech Republic and maybe even a part of Hungar. This seems very possible if you think about the landscape.

    But it may also be that Isayama haven't looked at any maps while creating the walls and doesn't even have a specific place for them and the use of a lot of european names is just simply because he likes them. :)

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  44. lenz is a old german word for spring ^^

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  45. Ackerman is a Jewish surname. Mikasa is japanese name, so I think she is Half-japanese half-jewish.
    Eren does seem like a Turk-German.
    Armin is German for me and Arlert sounds English.
    Same goes for Annie. I thought she was Russian or German but due to her nose and surname, I really go for her being English, since there was a historic Richard the Lionheart from England.
    I think Reiner is German
    Berthold I'm not sure since I don't like him.
    Levi looks for me a Jew too.
    Erwin an English.
    Hanji sounds to me like Chinese.

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  46. I think Hanji is has Scottish heritage, at least some.
    Why?
    She tells a story about sawney bean. This is Scottish folklore that mostly only Scots lije myself would recognise straight away.
    Imagine you are trapped in the walls without books internet etc, how could she seem to be the only pne to know this? My guess is she has Scottish family pass it down as in many parts of Scotland sawney bean is the boogeyman.

    As for her second name Hanji? Possibly asian, or perhaps uralic/finnish.

    The name Eren btw, if spelt that way would be Turkish, if spelt with an I Scottish. I wouldnt put much basic on first names tbh. Hes probably just german.

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  47. Connie, for me, is of Irish descent. 'Connie' is heard in Ireland (I have two Irish uncles with the name!) Sometimes it's short for Connor or Conlan, but it's also a name in of itself: http://www.meaning-of-names.com/irish-names/connie.asp

    He also looks quite Irish to me - my family are 'black Irish', which means dark hair and skin but light eyes (and Connie's eyes look green to me) Plus, he's short, and we're not known for our height ;)

    So yeah. For me, Connie's Irish-German.

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  48. I like how Hanji is just the unknown mysterious weird person. If the walls were set about in the European region, no wonder Asians didn't survive as much... Probably after the Titans destroyed everything, the American people I think at least few of them came over (left over boats, etc. idk some emergency stuff), and obviously, European people mostly get to live, because it's closest to them.

    Then its Caucasian people who were the 2nd closest with the New York side of America (since it's just across the sea... but the it's still really far that's why there's not a lot of American people in SNK)

    Now the asians near the east side (Japan, Korea, Chinese), and Australians (including New Zealand and other countries somewhere in that zone) are probably the farthest away, and they had to walk or travel some way on land.

    BUT REMEMBER: Titans can't go inside water and swim, but they can walk around on the ground.

    So the people traveling by water (Americans, Canadians etc.) lived cuz titans basically cool themselves to death (according to Hanji, titans are super super hot, and there's a possible chance that if they touch a big amount of something cool, or at least cooler than them, they would "cool itself" to death).

    Some of them died off maybe in the water, because titans are non-intellegent beings, and they don't really realise that they die when they go in water (if my theory is true). So they must've at least tired to go in the water to catch the escaping people. So, the titans should've gotten to some of them before they died, and the reason people still survived is that there was still people left on shore, and there was much more there, so most of the titans took interest in the people on the shore instead of the people on the ships. I think this happened thus the continued "people are cruel, the world is cruel, and people sacrifice other people so they can live (the female titan capturing plan that Erwin planned at the end)" ideology of the characters.

    But then they face another trouble when they come on shore. They didn't expect titans to have spread to the Europe area, and when they see them there, they are TERRIFIED. Thus, more people get eaten, and only a few of them make it into the wall.

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    1. Now back to the poor east Asian people... Since titans can roam the earth (not the sea) as freely as they want to without dying (cuz at that point there was no 3DMG), so they ended up eating all the free food walking around (the eastern Asian people).

      So the Asian people had to be extra-careful when they made the big travel across, and other means of transportation only had a few amount left for important people.

      I think Mikasa's mom might've been in one of the transportation methods, thus why she lived. Maybe it was a horse, because closed in transportation methods are not good cuz titans can just pick it up and eat it, and the people inside have no way of escaping. Thus, the reasoning that the Survey Corps got the idea of using horses.

      And I think Mikasa's mom was very little then - possibly 5 or 8-- and as she saw people die as she lived on her possible horse, she thought that the world was cruel. Thus, Mikasa thinking the world is cruel. (ik that it's because her mom and dad got murdered, but I think her root thinking is from her mom's stories about the crossing)

      And then there's the problem of the news spreading. Since all means of communications were dropped all at once for a probably long period of time, the titans OR the news didn't get to the East Asians early enough for them to evacuate in time. (It's not like the European people who are dealing with the titan trouble will send out messengers to the East Asian people in THAT chaos)

      So all the people were just living like they usually did (probably in the morning so a lot of people out side or crowded into one room-- classrooms, company buildings etc.-- because titan are active in the sunlight) and then BOOYA titans! So they were completely unaware, and they might've been too paralysed to move. It's not like SNK was one of the TV shows back then...

      So a lot of people got eaten in the first place before they could move, then it was the night and titans went to sleep, so people started to move. They figured out that cars won't do (the thing about closed in stuff, and the fuel for the cars) so they figured horses were good. Then they had to issue a warning, and then order the people who are in complete CHAOS to evacuate. Not easy.

      The first day, probably a lot of people got eaten, because they didn't know the whole titans-active-during-the-day-thing. But then after a few days, they probably figured it out, and now they are restricted into moving only in the night, where it's dark, and predators start to come out. So some people might have died cuz some lone hungry animal ate them, or from natrual causes like sickness, or no food (cuz they can't hog a bunch of food with them).

      So a lot of people die from that. Now they finally reach the gates-- and they are almost late. Because they were so late in the data-recieving part, they couldn't act fast enough, plus they had the whole move-only-in-the-night thing, and they probably had to search for food for some nights, so that took them even LONGER. So the people with the horses are fast enough to gallop through the gates-- but then the people walking probably didn't stand a chance -- plus someone might've gotten crushed by the horses hooves as they rushed past them in a hurry.

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    2. Those people all get eaten by titans. Now about the horse people who made it alive, are probably very sick, and tired. They would be more tired after telling the Survey Corps (or whatever people who researched titans back then) about the whole titans only act in the night, and horses work best thing, they will be completely tired.

      So even if they made it to the wall, a lot of them died off from sickness. The people who got over the tiredness were probably old by now, and couldn't (or didn't want to) produce ya noe babies. And how can little kids survive the titans?

      Maybe Mikasa's mom was a very important child (idk the president's daughter or something, or maybe she was precious just as herself to everyone, and maybe was a hope to everyone else), and that's why she managed to live, cuz everyone took care of her.

      So Mikasa's mom grows up, finds a husband, and TA-DA Miksasa here!
      SO that's my long THEORY of how this happened. THEORY. not official THEORY. So don't liek start tackling things that doesn't seem right. THEORY. and dont think it's offical THEORY. And don't start saying things like "hey, this isn't true dummy cuz i read themanga blah blah blah" so what if u read the manga? i read it too. like i said, T.H.E.O.R.Y

      * hut * (SNK salute)
      bye-bye people idk what this had to do with nationality of the characters, but since the writer of this article mentioned something about the asians couldn't move in and the wall was somwere nera Europe I'd thought I'd share a.... few thoughts about it.
      (sorry for the comment spam but it was way too long to fit it into one comment) And if there was titans, i should be on a lookout -- I live in South Korean, and am a Korea... WOOPS!

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    3. woops mistake in the last comment... was hurrying * korean not korea

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  50. Zacharias is a Greek name so Mike maybe is the Greek guy in the series :)

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  51. Krista's real name is Historia Reiss

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  52. I would say Hanji Zoe is greek.

    Hanji = Hange -> Is an old greek name

    Zoe is also and old greek name

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    1. finallly some said it...hey what about Mike?

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  53. I think Levi is his first name.

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  54. It's actually Levi Ackerman according to chapter 56.

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  55. Hi I hate to cause trouble but there's something I have to say about Marco. He's probably of Belgian descent because he actually has some pretty Belgian features. Now, I'm not saying that it's not possible for him to have German blood too, but let's be honest, the area in the walls is small and the likelihood of someone being purely one thing and nothing else is very slim. That is all

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  56. You might wanna update a part about Krista because her real name is Historia Reiss. You might wanna say that the name Historia is of Spanish origins, but her last name is also of German origins, so you can say that her parents are both German or that one parent is German and the other is Spanish maybe.

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  57. I think Mikasa's last name "Ackerman" is more Dutch, since it's got only one 'n' in it..

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  58. you people do realize that europe looked whole different in the 8th century, when this series takes place, right? The "Germany" or "France" we know today didn't exist back then.. you had countries like the Frankish kingdom, Saxons, etc.
    I think this series is just supposed to be set in the European mainland in general, no specific countries or nationalities. And still, does it matter that much?

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  59. A little tip from someone who speaks French and Japanese about the whole Rivaille/Levi thing.
    Firstly, they are spelled the same way in katakana, because they are pronounced the same way.
    Rivaille is pronounced reev-eye (but you have to kind of purr the r, because it's French. It's a really pretty name, actually)

    I really like the name Rivaille and I kind of just think of Levi as an English version of Rivaille. So I see both as his name.

    The creator stated that his name is Levi, so that's obviously the correct one. But that doesn't take into consideration that some names are different in different languages. My Danish friend Julie says her name joo-lee in America, but in Denmark it's actually more like yoo-lee-eh.

    Their races aren't confirmed anywhere and Levi isn't a name I've really heard much in Europe, so I tend to just imagine that Levi is from around where France would be, and that Rivaille is the French version of his name.

    As for the question of where they are geographically, I think it's obvious that they're around where Germany would be. The clothing and buildings match up pretty well, most of the characters seem like they're either German or from somewhere nearby, and the opening songs have German in them.

    Although like someone else said, I don't think country borders are really a thing for them.

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  60. Sasha is not a German name. It is a Slavic name. And Blouse is a French Surname. Sasha is possible Polish and French, which would make sense as she is from the far outskirts of civilization, hinted by her coming from a hunter's village.

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  61. Leonhart is English. The actual German/Dutch version is Leonhardt. Leonhart is the anglicized version and Annie is purely English. So she is English.

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  62. Levi Ackerman is a Jewish name. Levi is Jewish. Ackerman is Ashkenazim. You know as a Jew, I thought you would had known that. I guess it took a half-Ashkenazim like myself to correct you.

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  63. It is not Hanji. It is Hanje, which is Persian. She is probably half Greek and half Persian. You also have Petra Ral, who is dead by the way. But Petra is Greek/Arabic.

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  64. "It's hard to tell from "Sasha". We're looking at Germany, Russia and many others." Like seriously? Sasha is actually a russian short name for Alexandra or Alexander. Germany has absolutely nothing to do with that. Fact is, in Germany many russian names are used, for example Sasha, Vera, Katya, Nadya etc.

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  65. I think it's entirely possible that 'Hansi' is the correct name in lieu of Hanji, Hanje, or Hange (though I can confirm nothing). The name Hansi is German I believe. Just a thought.

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  66. Its German guys..... its so obvious...MAJORITY OF THEN ARE GERMAN NAMES some may sound jewish because there are German jews!!! I focus on the last names since they are more likely to hint at origin (Anything containing the sufix "mann" is german, I would know) Ironically the anime hints at many WWII things. Such as assassination of all the oriental people. In WWII it was jews and non "aryian" looking people, but in the anime its orientals, I guess orientals fall into non "aryian". Some orientals had made it into the wall but were then assassinated. and ton of government conspiracy. awesome anime OH and the songs are german too *HINT HINT*

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  67. This is NOT set in America and the characters aren't American. There would be more blacks, Asians, and Hispanic people if it were. The population is nearly entirely white. And Eren does look Turkish and possibly Middle Eastern to me as well.

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  68. Marco is definitely designed to be the Italian guy of the team, in terms of appearance and name. While the name "Marco" is used in various countries, it's not nearly as prevalent (with that spelling, without the final "s" as in Marcos) as it is in Italy. And to a Japanese audience, I'd guess it is associated with Italy (as in Marco Polo). "Bott" is an actual surname in north-eastern Italy apparently, with 50 families bearing it in the area closest to the border with Austria (which may explain the German resemblance).

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  69. Well,first i had thought eren was turkish too but when i saw that his mother's name was carla i thought not. But eren's mother's name was actually Karla which is actually turkish and means 'with snow' so that is a possibility. Also Germany has a lot of turkish immigrants so its likely he has german-turkish ancestors.

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  70. actually, Mikasa is a Vietnamese name. ^.^ just because it SOUNDS Japanese, doesn't mean that it is. There are far more Asian nationalities than just Japanese and Chinese after all.

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  71. Where are the hispanic people? Or the italians or spanish. I mean the wall has a spanish name "maria" and eren's mother is named "carla". So there has to be other surviving ethnicities. Right?

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    2. I actually meant "which means snow in turkish". Sorry for my bad english.

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  72. Ciel PhantomhiveJuly 19, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    It's definitely Levi because despite the Japanese pronunciation and romanization etc, Hajime Isayama confirmed the name was from an American documentary called Jesus Camp where the character was called Levi. Case solved.

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  73. I don't think it is set in the future real world. Even if humanity is devastated, I think some form of our modern technology would survive. But in the show it's horseback traveling, candlelight, and no sign of electricity. Not even a light bulb. I'm sure some of the original survivors would know enough information to make a working lightbulb. So I think it's set more in modern time, with titans first appearing way back in our history. To the point that we never got as technologically advanced as we are today. Idk, this might be bs but saying the show is set in future real world bothers me (・_・;

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