Firstly, this is just my opinion. Secondly, I’d like to say that I haven’t been watching the anime although I did read the manga some time ago (so watching it is no fun– i’ll marathon the manga once it’s completed)! Pardon me if i’m being obvious but I just needed to rant about something.
Especially during the first two episodes (including a scene where Mikasa punched Eren), people started hating on Mikasa. Here’s some reasons why.
Eren is our male protagonist, the impassioned boy who vehemently speaks of defeating the titans, righteously driven by anger. He is the main character that everyone looks forth to; so seeing someone physically and mentally stronger than him, especially his older sister who treats him as someone to babysit, is frustrating. In addition, Mikasa is generally emotionless and her tolerant nature in contrast to Eren’s hotblooded and frequent outbursts make her seem reluctant to help out– her only purpose is to protect Eren, not to defeat the titans.
That makes people angry. We feel the same way as him. We want to see Eren stand up on his own, channelling his rage into strength. Yet the fact that Mikasa can so easily control Eren, the fact that she’s always looking after him and the fact that she punched sense into him, makes us vexed because we see Eren’s weakness but also because we realize that she does make a good point. From another perspective, Mikasa is brilliant– she is levelheaded, intelligent, and cares deeply for Eren– yet it is Eren that we want to see succeed, and thus watching Mikasa being superior is unacceptable. We have accepted Eren Jaeger as the main character and his personality is naturally more likeable than Mikasa’s with his raw emotions and strength constantly burning bright, so justifiably right.
If you win, you live. If you lose, you die. If you don’t fight, you can’t win!
If you think reality is just living comfortably and following your own whims, can you seriously dare to call yourself a soldier?
Yeah, Mikasa is a great heroine in every right too though her cold nature makes her harder to warm up to. Eren is easily humanized and appreciated because of his tenacious core. Right now though Eren has toughened up and Mikasa also has some backstory that makes her more individualized so I guess people are able to understand and value her rightfully. I don’t know, I don’t follow the anime but I think that she’s great (wait great is an understatement) plus she wants to be the Eren’s shadow, always backing him up.
For me I guess I was annoyed with Mikasa selfishly; it’s fairly easy to put yourself in Eren’s shoes and to feel like he did, so being put down and controlled by Mikasa could make one feel indignant. Mikasa makes perfect sense when she harshly tells Eren not to get ahead of himself and get killed. Criticism is really hard to swallow. Plus having a protector, though fortunate, can make one feel pathetic. I guess you really have to understand someone to love them.