This article is about Ilse Langnar. For other uses of this name, see Ilse (Disambiguation).
|I don't believe it. For the first time in human history... I communicated with a Titan.|
|— Ilse as she writes in her notebook.|
Ilse Langnar (イルゼ・ラングナー Iruze Rangunā?) was a member of the Survey Corps. She was a participant of the 34th expedition beyond the Walls and was in charge of the left wing of the second brigade. She wrote very useful information about a talking Titan she encountered in a notebook that later aided Hange Zoë's research.
Ilse was noted to have resembled Ymir in appearance. She had short black hair that was parted to the right side, lightly tanned skin, and gold-colored eyes with a small patch of freckles below each one. She wore the standard Survey Corps uniform and cape with a gray shirt underneath.
Ilse appeared to be quite emotional, yet brave, trying to stand firm in moments of despair. She seemed to be a very devoted and smart soldier. She also cared about her family, seen during her last moments as she regretted not being able to give anything back to her parents. Ilse thought of herself as a proud member of the Survey Corps and was resolved to do whatever she could. Though she took what time she could to document any information she could obtain from the Talking Titan, she lost her level headedness when she brought up the subject of eating humans and began screaming at the cowering Titan before running away in fear.
Storyvertical maneuvering equipment broken, she abandons her equipment and flees afoot north to a nearby forest, trying to find a route to reach the Walls. Knowing that her chances to make it are very low, she takes out a notebook and begins writing her experiences in the hopes that they at least will be useful to humanity.
After profuse running, she inadvertently runs into a Titan, which chases her and corners her against a tree. However, instead of immediately eating her, the Titan hesitates and she questions if it is an abnormal. It then somehow starts talking, saying "a subject of Ymir" and "Lady Ymir... Well met," while bowing.
She is thoroughly confused that the Titan can form speech, and questions it about what the Titans are and where they came from, writing every question and the Titan's reactions in the notebook.
However, the Titan does not respond, and instead moans and looks increasingly frustrated. She angrily yells at it asking why Titans eat humans and what their objective is; calling them useless lumps of flesh that should disappear from the world. The frustrated Titan begins to tear off its cheeks, ripping off flesh and spraying blood.
Horrified, Ilse attempts to flee but is quickly caught by the Titan, and tries to push its mouth away from her head to no avail. The Titan bites off her head but does not eat her. After killing her, the Titan leaves her body on the ground and leaves.
One year later, Hange Zoë and Levi Ackerman find her body and notepad in the same field and identify her as Ilse due to her armband. This later enables Hange to petition Commander Erwin to allow her to capture and study Titans.
Later in the Battle of Shiganshina, as Erwin Smith begins to lament the dwindling hopes of his dream, Ilse stands among the many fallen Survey Corps comrades in Erwin's mind, wanting to know if their deaths had meaning.
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Anime and Manga Differences
- In the manga Ilse drops her note pad as soon as the Titan grabs her, however in the anime she writes notes in it even as the Titan begins to crush her skull and only drops it once she is dead. Her body is also placed in a tree rather than left on the ground.
- The circumstances of the finding of her corpse also vary. The Special Operations Squad first encounter the Titan that killed her. After chasing Hange, it turns the other direction and heads to the tree where it stored her corpse. The Titan almost eats Oluo but is soon killed by Levi, and only then the team notes Ilse's corpse and her notebook left on the ground. Hange takes the notebook, and after reading Ilse's experiences, she believes that they are significantly useful to humanity.