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
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.
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
"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.
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.
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 ReinerandBertholdt'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.
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.
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
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
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)
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.