What makes Mikasa so special?
Mikasa Ackermann — Attack on Titan
Mikasa Ackermann is the adopted sister of Eren Jaeger. She has short black hair and is often depicted as a strong woman that is very skilled in combat, often takes the initiative, and has a strong love for her family and friends. No matter the situation, Mikasa always acts calm and collected, even through the stressful and intense times of Titan attacks. She is often seen saving Eren and Armin, a mutual childhood friend, in times of danger against bullies (and later Titans).
“Only the victorious are allowed to live. A cruel world. But in this cruel world, I have a place to go home. Eren” — Mikasa Ackermann.
Later in the series, having suffered an unfortunate past, it is revealed that her cold disposition and limited emotions are due to trauma involving Mikasa witnessing her parents being murdered by human traffickers. From a young age, she is distrustful of the world around her, as her loved ones were killed. This distrustful nature changes slightly after she is saved by Eren.
However, Mikasa is still human and is still capable of showing emotion when it comes to her friends. She still holds a strong sense of judgement and will do anything to protect the two people closest to her, Eren and Armin.
Mikasa sought to spend her days peacefully collecting wood while living with her adoptive family, the Jaegers. However, that all comes to a halt on the fateful day when the Colossal Titan attacked the outer walls.
She joins the 104th Training Corps and enlists in the Survey Corps with Eren in hopes of protecting and watching over him. Mikasa provides to be the perfect counterpart to Eren, as he always finds himself in danger and making reckless decisions [Episode 6, Volume 2].
- Name: Mikasa Ackermann
- Date of Birth: February 10
- Height: 170 cm
- Weight: 68 kg
- Birthplace: Shiganshina District Outskirts
- Voice Actress: Yui Ishikawa
- Appearance: Mikasa is usually seen wearing a white blouse and a red scarf that Eren had given her in the past.
With her parents being murdered in front of her eyes, Mikasa grew up with strong beliefs that the weak cannot survive in a world ruled by the rules of Survival of the Fittest. Only those who fight stand a chance of winning.
As Mikasa does not experience human emotions quite like her other peers, she has somewhat of an advantage over then in combat, in a practical sense. Not feeling emotions through stressful situations allows Mikasa to effectively judge a situation and understand what needs to be done to accomplish the mission.
With this in mind, Mikasa graduated at the top of the 104th Training Corps as a highly skilled and prized warrior. Her combat skills and judgement allowed her to rise through the ranks and perform outstandingly compared to others. She plays an important role in preventing the Female Titan (Annie Leonhart) from escaping [Chapter 30, Volume 7].
According to the Attack on Titan Guidebook: INSIDE & OUTSIDE (p. 38), she is “unmistakably bound to lead the Corps in the future”. However, whenever Eren is in imminent danger, she goes into a rage to fight and protect him.
In Season 1, Episode 6, Mikasa’s story unfolds as she was kidnapped by those wanting to sell her for her Asian blood. Her mother was one of the last Asians living during that time.
Pretending to be guests, the three kidnappers knock on their door and kill Mikasa’s father as he answered the door. While the captors’ main goal was to only kill Mikasa’s father, they accidentally killed her mother in defense as well.
They took Mikasa and took her to an empty cabin, where they discussed selling her to “old perverts in the capital [who] really go for that sort of thing”. The kidnappers were solely after money and planned to sell the Asians in underground markets.
Eren comes in, having witnessed the crime scene with his father. Eren is told to wait as he reports the murder to the authorities. Eren, with his stubborn attitude, makes it to the cabin with a knife in hand. Posing as a lost child, Eren catches the kidnappers off-guard and kills two of them. However, Eren is taken by surprise by the last one who holds Eren in the air while choking him. Here, Eren says to Mikasa: “Fight. You must fight. If you win, you live.”
This gives Mikasa the courage to grab the knife and kill the man. From here on, Eren and Mikasa become an inseparable duo. Wherever Eren went, Mikasa followed.
Mikasa’s Asian Blood
Mikasa was one of the last Asian children within the walls. When she was a child, her mother gave her a brand on her right arm, though its meaning would go relatively unknown (Chapter 5, Volume 2) for a while. It is later revealed that this mark is the seal of the Azumabito family, a group that descends from a Shogunate from an area in Asia named Hizuru. This family originally settled on Paradis Island, the same island that Eldia was founded on.
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Why are Mikasa and Levi Ackerman so strong in ‘Attack on Titan?’ The Ackerman clan’s unique abilities, explained
Attack on Titan is a story full of powerful characters. Granted, most of them are titan shifters with characteristics and abilities that far surpass human biology, but we can’t totally discredit the humans in this universe. There are plenty of strong non-titan characters both in and outside the Survey Corps Regiment. They are highly skilled in combat and capable of posing a serious threat to their enemies. Without question, Mikasa and Levi Ackerman are at the top of that list.
While the blood relation between these two characters has not always been evident, when the dots connected, it all made sense. Levi had long been known within the Walls of Eldia as humanity’s strongest soldier, and Mikasa, despite being younger and thus less experienced, quickly made a name for herself after she joined the 104th Cadet Corps.
Later, when they started working together as members of the Survey Corps, the similarities between the characters became more noticeable, especially when it came to their unique strength and fighting abilities. However, it’s worth mentioning that Levi and Mikasa showed impressive skill in hand-to-hand combat before even beginning their military training. This was due to their Ackerman blood, which gives them special abilities.
The Ackerman family’s abilities
Much like other Eldians, the Ackerman family members are Subjects of Ymir. However, it’s impossible for them to be turned into pure titans, and they have the ability to resist the Founding Titan’s power to erase and alter memories. It’s worth noting that there are other clans and families within the Walls of Eldia who share the same immunity, the best examples being the Asian clan — which Mikasa is also part of, on her mother’s side — and the noble families of the Kingdom.
Furthermore, it’s said that an even greater special power is passed down through the Ackerman blood. This is a power that initially lies dormant but can be triggered by a survival instinct, awakening enhanced physical abilities in the clan members and granting them the combat experience of all their Ackerman ancestors. This is why all the clan members in the series — namely Mikasa, Levi, and Kenny — are excellent fighters.
What makes the Ackerman clan different?
The Ackerman lineage dates back to a time before the Walls. Back then, the Eldian Empire ran experiments with titan science on the Subjects of Ymir, which resulted in the creation of the Ackermans. They were specifically designed to protect the monarchy at all costs, acquiring a great sense of loyalty along with their special abilities.
After the rising of the Walls, however, the Ackerman clan rejected King Fritz’s vow to renounce war, which led to its members being hunted and persecuted. To protect their children, the survivors opted to not tell them about the outside world, which explains why neither Levi nor Mikasa had any knowledge of it at the start of the series.
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Mikasa Ackerman is one of the protagonists in the anime and manga. Her parents were killed by robbers at a very early age, and they kidnapped her. Eren found where she was being kept, and killed two of the robbers in an attempt to rescue her. When the third robber came, however, he grabbed Eren by his neck and began choking him, leaving Mikasa to kill him and save Eren. After this point, Mikasa was adopted by Kalura and Grisha Yeager since she was left orphaned, and she became the adoptive sister of Eren. She develops a strong friendship with Eren and Armin. Her current and only known love interest in both manga and anime is Eren.
Mikasa graduated in the top of her class in the 104th Trainees Squad, and she went on to be in the Survey Corps rather than join the Military Police, just so she could keep an eye on Eren and make sure he stays safe. Her skill and talent has gotten Eren out of trouble on multiple occasions. Her personality means that she will not hesitate to kill anyone who threatens Eren as shown multiple times in the anime and manga. Mikasa’s willingness to protect Eren has also meant that Levi sustained an injury and could not be on duty in Season 2.
Mikasa is very fit and in good physical condition. At the beginning of the series, Mikasa has long black hair, but after joining the military in the 104th Trainee Squad, Eren suggested that she cut it, and despite Jean’s protests, she cut it to about chin length. Mikasa has black eyes in the eyes in the manga, however in the anime her eyes are gray and they vary in shade depending on the lighting. Mikasa is slightly above average in height, and she has pale, white skin.
Since she is in the military, Mikasa’s main outfit that she is seen wearing is the Survey Corps uniform. This uniform consists of a very short brown jacket that reaches halfway down the stomach area with two pockets on the front,a white shirt underneath, a darker brown sash around the waist covering the hips, white pants, and a tall pair of boots that reach the knees. The Survey Corps emblem is on each shoulder of the jacket, the front left pocket, and across the back. The Survey Corps emblem is also on the back of the green cape that Mikasa often wears for certain missions with the Survey Corps, such as expeditions. In addition to the required attire of members of the Survey Corps, Mikasa also wears a dark red scarf around her neck. Eren gave her this scarf after he managed to save her from the people that killed her parents and were trying to sell her into slavery. After that day, the scarf has been extremely important to Mikasa due to its sentimental value, and she never goes anywhere without it.
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