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Keiji (ケイジ Keiji?) was a ranking officer in the Survey Corps fourth squad under the command of Hange Zoë.

Appearance

Keiji was a tall, tan soldier with a large build. He had a brown buzz cut and brown eyes with rather defined cheekbones. During missions, he was shown wearing the standard Survey Corps uniform.[4]

Personality

Keiji is a loyal soldier of the Survey Corps. He seems to have an impatient personality, as seen when hit Annie's crystal enclosure repeatedly while accusing her of paying for her crimes [5] and yells at Eren for leaving his position when killing a Titan.[6]

Story

The Female Titan arc

Keiji is first seen participating in the operation to capture the Female Titan inside the Titan Forest during the 57th Expedition Outside the Walls. Commander Erwin Smith calls him to prepare the explosives to to blow off the Female Titan's hands, which are protecting its nape. Keiji expresses concern that doing so would also blow up whoever is inside, causing Erwin to modify his plan, and order Keiji to set the charges farther back, so that they will only sever the Titan's wrists.[7]

He appears again after Annie encases herself in crystal during the mission in Wall Sheena. Enraged that Annie has escaped justice, he hacks her crystal with his sword until he is ordered to stop by Hange Zoë.[5]

Clash of the Titans arc

Keiji is among the soldiers that accompany Hange Zoë to rescue the 104th graduates trapped at Utgard Castle. When Eren ignores orders to stay out of sight in favor of killing his first Titan in his human form, Keiji berates him for breaking cover.[6]

After rescuing the recruits at Utgard Castle, Keiji returns to Wall Rose with the rest of Hange's squad. As the heavily injured Ymir is being lifted to the top of Rose, Keiji muses that, had she been a normal human, she would not have survived her experience at Utgard.[8] After Hannes brings word that there is no hole inside of Wall Rose, the soldier prepare to return to Trost District, but are stopped when Bertolt and Reiner reveal themselves to be the Colossus and Armored Titans.

Keiji and the other Scouts scatter to avoid the Colossus Titan's attack, but he notices that one of the soldiers does not make it and is eaten by Bertolt, along with Ymir. Hange orders her soldiers to swarm the Titan, and as they dodge around its fist, Keiji notices that the Colossus Titan is slow, just like in reports. He joins the other soldiers in diving for its nape, but before they can reach it, the Colossal Titan emits a scalding burst of steam that drives all of them back.[9]

Hange leaves three of the four squads present to watch Bertolt and takes the remaining squad, including Keiji, to face the Armored Titan, which is fighting Eren in his Titan form. As Eren gains the upper hand and traps the Armored Titan in a hold that threatens to tear its head off, Keiji hangs off the Wall with the other soldiers and shouts encouragement to Eren.[10] Helpless, the Armored Titan roars in desperation and the Colossus Titan responds to the signal. It plunges from the top of the Wall to land on Reiner and Eren, creating an explosion of steam.[11] Keiji is burned by the scalding winds and is laid out among the unconscious wounded on top of Wall Rose.[12]

The Uprising arc

Keiji is not seen again until after Eren has been rescued and Levi's squad are at their new base. He sits silently with Hange, Nifa, Moblit Berner, and another Survey Corps member, while they are being told of the plan for Eren to seal Wall Maria by hardening his Titan body like the Female Titan did.[13]

Traute kills Keiji

Keiji is shot and killed

Keiji is murdered by Traute Carven, a member of the Military Police's First Interior Squad, as part of Kenny Ackerman's plan. With a shot to the side of his head, Keiji is killed instantly along with Nifa and an unnamed Survey Corps member also from Hange's squad, leaving Hange and Moblit as the only surviving members of the fourth squad.[14]

Return to Shiganshina arc

Later in the Battle of Shiganshina, as Erwin Smith begins to lament the dwindling hopes of his dream, Keiji stands among the many fallen Survey Corps comrades in Erwin's mind, wanting to know if their deaths had meaning.[15]

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