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Was it necessary for Marco to die?
27th October 2022 • attack on opinion • Hopewell Valley Student Publications Network
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Episode 1: Was it necessary for Marco to die? 

You are listening to Attack on Opinion with your hosts Jenny and Amy.

In this episode, we will discuss whether or not it was necessary for Marco to die.

Segment 1: Context of the Anime

To give some professional background, I will be reciting a short summary about this anime from wikipedia. 

Attack on Titan (Japanese: 進撃の巨人, Shingeki no Kyojin) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. It is set in a world where humanity is forced to live in cities surrounded by three enormous walls that protect them from gigantic man-eating humanoids referred to as Titans; the story follows Eren Yeager, who vows to exterminate the Titans after they bring about the destruction of his hometown and the death of his mother. 

  • Introducing characters (i.e. Marco, Reiner, Bertholdt, Annie)
  • Reiner, Bertholdt, and Annie’s background
  • They are “traitors”
  • Talk about how Marco died
  • Who the culprit was and why he died

Segment 2: Introducing the controversy behind his death (audience opinions) and its dynamic 

Now were going to get into the controversy, dynamics, and the widely-renowned opinions behind Marco’s death.

  • At first, Marco’s death was just something people grieved over, people didn’t think it would lead them to one of the biggest plot twists in the show
  • People wish his friendship with Jean could’ve lasted longer, some feel as if it should’ve developed into something romantic…
  • People believe that Marco also had just an exceptionally terrible death
  • Were Reiner, Annie and Bertholdt justified? 
  • How this affected Reiner’s growth as a character
  • What was revealed to the audience

Segment 3: Our Opinions

Finally, for the part that is the most interesting for us, we’re going to give our takes on his death. 

  • Was necessary for the plot, could’ve lived without the pain 
  • Death was definitely out of pocket
  • Him being cut in half symbolizing Reiner’s split personality?
  • We loved Marco for being so kind
  • Being kind is hard in this setting

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