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Quote1 Frieda's memories live on. Do you want to meet your sister? Quote2
— Rod Reiss offers Historia a new power

Chains ( Kusari?) is the 1st chapter of the 16th volume and the 63rd chapter overall of the Attack on Titan manga, written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama.

Overview

With Eren still held captive below the Reiss family chapel, Rod Reiss explains the history of Historia's half-sister, Frieda, and her eventual fate after the family's encounter with Grisha Yeager during the fall of Wall Maria five years ago. Rod reveals that Grisha, in his Titan form, fought and defeated Frieda and stole her Titan powers, with the intent on ending the Reiss family bloodline forever. Meanwhile, with the success of the revolution fresh out of its core, an uncertain tension arises between Erwin Smith, Pixis and Darius Zackly. With Rod in the final stage of his plans, Erwin, the entire Military and Levi's squad prepare to lay siege against the chapel to rescue Eren and stop Reiss once and for all.

Summary

Historia's memories of the dark-haired girl Frieda Reiss come flooding back when she and Rod touch Eren. Historia wonders how she forgot someone so important to her, since Frieda taught a young Historia to read, write, and was overall very kind to her. Rod confirms that not only is Frieda her half-sister, but that she also erased Historia's memories of her to possibly protect her. Historia then asks Rod where Frieda is now to thank her for being there for her. Rod reveals that Frieda is no longer alive, and that Grisha Yeager killed Rod's family five years prior.

Rod tells that Grisha Yeager, appearing rather distressed, meets with the Reiss family in the cave below the chapel. Rod claims that Grisha came to steal Frieda's the power of the Reiss family. After killing and eating Frieda, Grisha then went on to kill other Reiss family members. Rod's wife, 10-year-old Florian, 12-year-old Abel, 14-year-old Dirk, and the eldest son Urklyn, were all killed by Grisha. Rod is fled the scene above ground, with Grisha's Titan breaking out of the chapel. After hearing this story, Historia wonders how Grisha could do such things, while looking at a wide-eyed Eren. Kenny appears and reminds Rod and company that the Survey Corps' coup has succeeded and could be coming at any moment now. After complaining that he needs to use the restroom, Rod pardons him. Kenny walks away courteously before scowling out of sight.

Elsewhere, Zackly is humiliating an upside-down assemblyman, commanding him to digest his food in reverse. This noble insinuates that "noble blood" like his is unaffected by Reiss mind wipes, while "slave blood" is susceptible. This proves to Pixis that said mind wipes are real and can undermine the revolutionary efforts taken thus far with the obtainment of Eren's "scream". Pixis also admits he knew of Zackly's torturous ambitions, and laments how humanity has turned against once another so soon after the successful coup. Erwin asserts that such interpersonal abuse will occur as long as there is more than one person alive in the world. Moblit arrives on the scene, informing Erwin that the soldiers are ready to depart. They begin the rescue mission for Eren and Historia with Erwin leading his forces to the chapel on the Reiss family grounds.

Squad Levi continues on their own route to the chapel. Levi makes it clear that Kenny Ackerman is too formidable of a foe, thanks to the anti-personnel vertical maneuvering equipment. Hange is hopeful that Levi and company have a chance against him since Kenny had started using said equipment the day prior. Hange also wonders why Levi knows so little about Kenny considering their apparent history together. Levi says he did not even know Kenny was an Ackerman until yesterday, and then asks Mikasa if they are related at all. Mikasa says that her father's bloodline had apparently been persecuted in the cities, forcing him unto the mountains near the Wall. Mr. Ackerman found companionship in Mikasa's mother, who was also persecuted due to her race. Levi asks Mikasa if she ever felt a moment where her body was imbued with power. Mikasa recalls the kidnapping event where she wielded a knife to save a young Eren. Levi says both Kenny and he experienced a similar moment.

Back in the cavern, Historia looks at Eren with a disdainful expression. Once left alone with Eren and Historia, Rod comes back with a black handbag. Rod retrieves a case with a serum that Eren instantly recognizes from the night Grisha injected him. Rod tells Historia that Frieda is not exactly "dead" and still lives on as memories. Rod asks Historia if she wants to meet Frieda, paralleled to Grisha entrusting a young Eren with the task of avenging Carla Yeager prior to his injection. Aware that Historia is poised to experience the same event he did, Eren struggles to break free from his chains.

Characters in Order of Appearance

Trivia

  • In the official Kodansha English translation of the chapter, Abel Reiss and Florian Reiss are mistakenly referred to as males.[1][2]
  • While the label of the Titan serum that Rod Reiss prepares for Historia is not read by any of the characters, the serum vial bears the kanji for "Strongest Titan" (サイキョウノキョジン Saikyounokyojin?).[3]

References

  1. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 63 (p. 21)
  2. "He crushed Dirk, who was fourteen, and his brother Abel, who was twelve. He stomped Florian, still only ten, along with his mother, as they held onto each other." - Rod Reiss
  3. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 63 (p. 42)

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