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Did Mikasa Love Eren In Attack On Titan? Deep Dive into their Relationship

When we talk about Attack On Titan, romance is the last thing we expect from the show. The popular anime is filled with gore, blood, and people dying left and right. Despite that people often ship Mikasa and Eren together. Even the creator of the show Hajime Isayama does not believe in happy endings for the show. He has hinted at the fact that the show is going to have a sad ending. Now that the manga has ended and the final season of the show is right around the corner, we can finally answer the question of did Mikasa loved Eren or not and do a deep dive into their relationship. But before we start, let’s get on the same page. The question itself is very controversial and many people have different opinions on Mikasa and Eren’s relationship.

Their relationship is also very complicated if you think about them being in a state of war. The ship of Mikasa x Eren was bound to sink because war and romance just don’t get along too well. So, this article will be my take on their relationship and discuss important facts about this match made in hell.

Does Mikasa confess her love?

To answer this question in one word, did Misaka love Eren? The answer is YES. She loves Eren. At the end of Attack On Titan season 2, the show gave us an amazing moment. Mikasa confesses her feelings toward Eren in her own way. You might disagree that the moment was more wholesome than a confession. But, if you see all the visual clues, that moment for Mikasa was like the final moments of her life. With no help coming their way and them being surrounded by Titans, she was blushing. Mikasa was about to go for a final kiss to confess her feelings during their final moments.

Is Mikasa and Eren’s relationship a brother/sister one?

If Mikasa actually thought of Eren as her brother, then she has no reason to blush at that moment. Or remind him of that scarf he once gave her. She still cherishes that scarf to this day. If Eren did not use his final power at that moment, every person in that fight would have been dead.

Some people might disagree with the fact that Mikasa only sees Eren as a brother. They want to protect him. But, if we do a deep dive into the manga, we know that Mikasa was adopted into the Yeager family after her parents died. But even when Eren was adopted, Mikasa never mentioned Eren’s parents like her parents. She often mentions them as Eren’s mom or aunt Carla and Dr. Yeager. It is clear that Mikasa never accepted the Yeagers as her parents. Even from Eren’s perspective, we get to see Eren referring to his parents as my parents. This portrays that Mikasa and Eren were very clear about their relationship. In no way do they see each other as step-brother and step-sister.

They were two orphans who knew what they had lost and wanted to protect each other till the very end. Maybe a little too protective if you see from Mikasa’s perspective. This often irritated Eren as he wanted to be the one to protect her.

Does Eren love Mikasa?

Eren was often shown in the anime as being protected by Mikasa on many occasions. This really hurt his self-respect at times. So, did he love Mikasa? We get to dive into this question in a past manga character interview. Eren was asked what type of girl he was into. When asked this question, Eren was confused and brought up a couple of names. The first is Annie. But he did mention that Annie was more like his rival for competition. Then came Historia, but he never had a thoughtful conversation with her so she was out of the question too. Then he was asked about Mikasa, Potato girl, and others. When asked, he simply replied that all of them had their own features that made them shine.

But, he saw none of them as a love interests. This may disappoint many fans but Eren up until this point was like many typical male Shonen protagonists. It is not like he does not like Mikasa. It is just that these feelings never crossed his mind because of his end goal. Eren was more like Hanji, who is super obsessed with Titans. But, Eren’s obsession was with eradicating all the Titans during that moment.

So, what changed?

After Mikasa confessed her feelings to Eren, we do see him slowly seeing Mikasa as a love interest but never showing those feelings. 

10 times Eren showed that he cared about Mikasa

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“10 times Eren showed that he cared about Mikasa”

Eren Protected Mikasa from the Kidnappers

Eren during his childhood protected Mikasa from the kidnappers while risking his life in the process. He stabbed one of the kidnappers and charged at the other kidnapper with a makeshift spear. This moment was the one when Mikasa thought of Eren as someone she could trust and protect. This was the moment when Mikasa’s feelings first started to flourish.

Eren gives Mikasa his scarf

A very wholesome moment that Mikasa still cherishes to this day is when Eren gave Mikasa his scarf when she was cold. This was when they were too young to even know what love is. But, this moment sowed the seed into Mikasa that Eren deeply cared about her. It also showed that he would later on become a love interest.

Eren protected Mikasa in his Titan form during his first transformation

When Eren first revealed his Attack Titan form, he could not control his powers and was attacking anyone that came close to him. He went on a rampage and killed every Titan during his rampage, eventually saving Mikasa. This was a subconscious decision and this made Mikasa care about Eren even more.

Eren took a cannon shot to save Mikasa

After Eren woke up, the military saw his powers as a threat and wanted to get rid of him. They shot a cannonball at Mikasa, Eren, and Armin.

Eren quickly transformed into his Titan form and took that shot, saving both Mikasa and Armin. This scene really showed that Eren deeply cared about Mikasa and Armin. But was unwilling to show his feelings towards his friends.

Eren’s promise to Mikasa

During Reiner and Bertolt’s attack, a massive battle took place. Reiner and Bertolt almost had them cornered when Eren unleashed his Founding Titan ability, saving Mikasa. That was the moment when Eren renewed his childhood promise. He told Mikasa that he was willing to wrap his scarf around her neck as many times as she needed. This scene was proof that Mikasa was always the person Eren cared about most in the world.

Eren was ready to sacrifice everything to protect Mikasa

After Eren was locked in a cell and brutally beat up by Levi, the military was also going to look into Mikasa and Armin as potential threats to the country. That’s when Eren was willing to sacrifice it all to become a weapon for his country and save his friends. He did not want to ruin Mikasa’s life because of him. Often time he painted himself as the villain just to save Mikasa from military repercussions.

Eren wanted to be the one to protect Mikasa

As Eren’s childhood consisted of him being protected by Mikasa, he wanted to use his powers, to protect Mikasa this time. She was obviously stronger than him in every way possible. After all, Mikasa is a fierce swordswoman. Still, he wanted to work on himself and reach Mikasa’s level. That way, they could fight side by side instead of Eren always being the one saved. This reason might seem a bit childish. But, Eren after his transformation, really showed that he had come a long way since his childhood. Now, he is no longer a damsel in distress.

Eren was disappointed when his friends interrupted their moment

During their journey across the sea to Marley, Eren, and Mikasa had a moment alone with themselves. Eren finally took the courage and asked Mikasa what she thought of him from a relationship perspective. In reply, Mikasa answered that they were family. But her full answer was cut short because their friends interrupted the conversation. This left a bad taste in Eren’s mouth. He was hoping this would be the time they confessed to each other.

This moment also signifies that Eren was never the aggressor in this relationship. He never intended to take the first move. Still, this was the moment when Eren tried to express himself. That means that Eren was starting to see Mikasa as a potential love interest.

Eren asked Mikasa to forget about him after his death

Eren at some point in the story realized that this power is slowly eating him away and he is going to vanish with his powers, leaving Mikasa alone to die old. For that exact reason, Eren wanted Mikasa to promise to forget about him after his death. He wanted her to move on and live a happy life, have her own kids and be in love with someone else. This gesture proves that Eren deep down loves Mikasa too. Hell, he is willing to let her go just to see her happy.

Eren finally Admits his feelings

While throughout the show and the manga Eren constantly pushed Mikasa away from him, during his final battle with Armin, Eren admitted to having feelings for Mikasa. Eren said he wanted to be with her.

He wanted Mikasa to only think about him and no other man. Eren broke down crying in front of Armin while confessing his love for Mikasa. This was the strongest example that Eren was definitely in love with Mikasa. He was just conflicted with his feelings about following his heart or doing what was right for the country. He lived by the rules of the military for so long that he never got to follow his heart. If his life was truly his, I would assume he would confess to Mikasa in a heartbeat. No doubt, they would live happily ever after.

But that was never going to happen. This ship was about to sink as the manga was coming towards the end of the series.

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“Eren finally Admits his feelings toward Mikasa to Armin”

Did Mikasa and Erem end up being together?

The ship was never going to sail because the mangaka never intended it to sail. But he did keep that juicy apple dangling above us fans, making us think that this series might end up with Mikasa and Eren being together. In the end, he pulled out its prank card and flushed all our hopes and dreams about the Mikasa x Eren ship down the drain. When the final chapter of the manga was released fans were speculating that the show was going to have a bitter ending. Eren was going crazy and wanted to create his own world full of Titans.

Eren made himself the villain just to end it all himself. In the end, Mikasa was the one to sever Erens head from the Founding Titan. It had to be Mikasa, that scene could not have been done by anyone else. That scene set Ymir free, that scene put the final nail in the coffin toward Mikasa moving on. That scene was the best ending the mangaka could have given in the worst way. It disappointed the majority of the fans. Humanity won and Titans lost, that was it!

Verdict

In conclusion, what is my verdict? Did Mikasa love Eren? Did Eren Love Mikasa? Both answers are yes. They both loved each other and wanted to be with each other. However, the state of war between humans and Titans never made it possible for their love to flourish. What do you guys think about this weird conclusion? Do you agree or disagree? Do give us your opinions as we would love to discuss this awkward couple even further.

If you miss AOT you might as well check out similar anime like Demon Slayer.

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