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Asking For A Smaller Heart [SPOILERS] by Ansemaru Asking For A Smaller Heart [SPOILERS] by Ansemaru
Three kids who had no choice to become weapons, held back by their very human hearts.
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MinerWolf9000 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*Heavy breathing* This is fabulous! I love the meaning behind it and the detail! So far this is defiantly one of my favorite Snk pieces!
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Sup-Gurl Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
My heart just got ripped to shreds right now ;-;
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applefanfic Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE THESE THREE XD

SO SAD THOUGH :(
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Jadified Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I almost teared up, seeing this. 
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Fireymoonlight Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
This art just breaks my heart T__T so true so true 
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blackdragonhuntress Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Anyone else notice the subtle nearly invisible marks on their faces that look like their titan forms?
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TakataCheroki Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy sh- YOU'RE RIGHT! :iconshockplz:
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SoraLove Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Great style and idea!
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slick1993 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
I can't wait to read their story. I know they did a lot of horrible things, but I can't hate them, especially Annie...This  symbolism is simply perfect
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TrueOkamiAmaterasu Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Student Writer
I uh...no...they had a choice they were BORN titan shifters, they also can CONTROL when they shift, it's not like: oh doo doo wait what? *randomally shift* no it's not like that they've ALWAYS been bad guys, they CAN control when they shift, they are CONSCIOUS of their decisions in titan form, they merely infiltrated the military...they know what they're doing, beautiful picture but the concept just makes no sense :P
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Ansemaru Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Okay, look. I know they are in control of their shifting. Believe me. I'd have to be blind to miss that fact. And I know that they know exactly what they're doing. Which is WHY THEY EXPERIENCE GUILT ABOUT IT. And I'd dispute your argument that they were necessarily born titan shifters. They were born outside of the wall culture, but it is still ambiguous whether they were given the shifting factor like Eren or if it is an inborn trait of theirs. But that's beside the point.

The area where the titan trio had no choice was in terms of the orders they were given. Because they are not, in fact, the ones who sent themselves to destroy the wall and wipe out humanity. There are repeated insinuations that someone above them is the one who gave them the orders to infiltrate the military and bring down the walls. There are also implications that the leverage used to keep them sticking to this mission, regardless of their guilt and internal conflict, is the promise of being allowed to return home. As in /they literally cannot return home without completing this mission/. If that isn't an emotional factor that's compromising their ability to choose not to carry out the mission, I don't know what is.

It's missing the point of the picture and the quote to say that it's about how they ~aren't in control~ when they're titans. The fact that they had no choice but to be weapons is thanks to the orders they're operating under and the coercion related to their home village being withheld by whoever gave these orders.
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TrueOkamiAmaterasu Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Student Writer
Oh...that makes sense...I suppose? I don't know I might've not read the manga indepth enough or watched the anime deeply enough but it just seemed like they were being assholes for the purpose of being assholes
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aSheepyTrip Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
"Who do you think actually wants to kill people ? Who likes doing something like this ? Who do you think wants to do this ? [...] The time that we were acting like soldiers was enjoyable. It's true that we deceive everyone but not everything was a lie [...] but somebody has to do it. Somebody will have to stain their hands with blood." These are the words of Bertholdt in scan 48. I don't think that's what a dude "being asshole for the purpose of being asshole" would say.
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TrueOkamiAmaterasu Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student Writer
yeah I realized this after awhile, it's their village who are assholes, not them, they're just soldiers being used as pawns
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Ansemaru Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That's a really shallow interpretation of their motives. I recommend reading the manga again and paying close attention to Annie, Reiner, and Bertolt.
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TrueOkamiAmaterasu Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Student Writer
my confusion is this, their village was destroyed when they were young, Ymir ate Bertholdt and Reiner's parents...what does ANYONE have to threaten them with?
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Ansemaru Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
There's nothing indicating Ymir attacked their village, or that she ate their parents! All we know is that she attacked and ate Berik while Reiner and Bertolt were present- and keep in mind that the three of them were dressed in traveling clothes, with backpacks, and did not appear to be near any buildings at the time. It's much more probable that they were attacked by her en route to the wall, rather than in their village.
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TrueOkamiAmaterasu Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Student Writer
actually yes there is an indicator, Reiner and Bertholdt recognize her in her titan form, she ate their parents in front of them which may have triggered their transformations, the official site says it and so does the wiki, here's what it says straight from both sites. It appears that as a titan, she devoured Reiner and Bertholdt's family members right in front of them during their childhood. It was a fact they only realized when they saw her titan form again several years later at Castle Utgard.
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Ansemaru Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The wiki is not a trustworthy source. In canon, there is literally no indication of anything about Reiner and Bertolt's parents, and the only human we see her eating on-screen is Berik, who is not related to either Reiner or Bertolt. They recognize her as the titan that ate their friend, not anybody who attacked their family. I'd recommend re-reading chapters 40-50 and not relying on outside sources for information, because you seem to be very misinformed about key canon details regarding these characters.
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RainbowMarimo Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god, the heart symbols...wow that actually makes so much sense. That's a really creative idea
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Ansemaru Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm glad you think so!
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Crimson-Hybrid Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Also, I'm sorry for commenting twice, but I just noticed that there are little, thin lines that actually outline their titan forms! Great job there! :D
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Ansemaru Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I am glad you noticed that detail. It's something I'm quite proud of, myself...
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Crimson-Hybrid Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
*Nod nod* You should be! This is a great piece of art, and those subtle details make it much better! 8D
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Crimson-Hybrid Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
The symbolism is fantastic! I like this idea very much. :)
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10Tabris01 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Absolute faved. Great picture
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theGANstudios Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how their hearts rappresents how they deal with their predicment. Annie's heart growing smaller trying not to care for other people. Reiner's becoming divided in two different selves. And Bert closing in himself to not let his emotions shine through
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Ansemaru Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yup!
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sonicandsora25 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
it's so beautiful QuQ
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Xoraan Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Love the symbolism in these hearts, they ring so true...
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Ansemaru Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ah, I'm glad you caught that detail.
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nightambre Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow, a friend and I were /just talking about this/ earlier.  A definite fav.  
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Bubucita Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
AHH THE CONCEPT ;~; It's a beautiful and really heartbreaking idea, I love how you managed to represent their conflicts in such a simple and direct way... with the subtle yet effective titandetails on their skin and everything agsdf I love it <3
It's so nice to see these guys are getting more love than hate, too, it just shows they're actually pretty relatable... THE POOR BABIES HNNNG
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Ansemaru Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I've spent a lot of time thinking and writing about these poor kids, so I'm glad I could condense what's going on with each of them into a single image. Of course, it's very heartbreaking... (also dang I'm glad you noticed the subtle markings, those were a favorite part of mine working on this)
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Bubucita Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
You sure did! I just adore the interpretation and every little detail ypu put into it :heart: It's things like these that make me love these guys even more!
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Aurora8911 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
.Their history is tragic ._. Bertholdt's reactions always make me sad....He seems to suffer the most idk
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Ansemaru Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It's not easy being Bert.
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Aurora8911 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It's not easy being any of them v_v
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andoberry Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Aw. I love these 3. Their stories are so sad and I can't wait to find out more about them all.
This is really pretty! I really like your shading and color choices. And the style you drew them in is SUPER CUTE! <3
Great job! :)
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Ansemaru Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Goodness, thank you! I had a great (read: heartbreaking) time drawing this... Reiner, Bertolt, and Annie are my favorite characters in this series, and I get the feeling they're going to keep hurting me right in the feelings. But, you know, in a good way.
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andoberry Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh man, I totally feel you! Everything about those three are so conflicting.
I think that because they cause that feeling of happiness mixed with sadness is why they are such great characters.
So much emotional pain is caused by them, but it is always in a good way. :)
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UsagiNoYume Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 Aaaaah I saw this on tumblr earlier and fell in love with it ; A ; *hugs all three of them* poor babies _
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Ansemaru Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ah, I'm really glad you like this... you go ahead and give those poor kids a hug, they need it. Badly.
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UsagiNoYume Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
T________T they break my heart
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Ansemaru Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Mine too...
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