Mikasa Ackerman is a fictional character of the anime Attack On Titan. The plot of Attack on Titan centres on a civilization inside three walls, the last location where humans still live. Over one hundred years ago, humanity was driven to the brink of extinction after the emergence of humanoid giants called Titans, who attack and eat humans on sight.
The last remnants of humanity retreated behind three concentric walls and enjoyed nearly a century of peace. To combat Titans, the country's military employs Vertical Maneuvering Equipment, a set of waist-mounted grappling hooks and gas-powered propulsion enabling immense mobility in three dimensions.
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Mikasa Ackerman is one of the two deuteragonists of the series, along with Armin Arlert. After her parents were murdered by human traffickers, Mikasa was rescued by Eren Yeager and lived with him and his parents, Grisha and Carla, before the fall of Wall Maria. She is the last descendant of the Shogun clan that stayed on Paradis Island, thereby related to the Azumabito family, and holds significant political power in Hizuru.
Though she desires only to live a peaceful life, Mikasa entered into the military not for herself but for Eren Jeager.
When did Mikasa and Eren First Meet?
Eren and Mikasa are childhood friends and former comrades. The two were exceptionally close and arguably the closest person in each other’s lives. Mikasa in particular is exceptionally fond of Eren and overtly protective of him to the point of being willing to attack or kill others if they were to harm him, even including her friends and superiors.
The two first met after Mikasa’s family were massacred by slave traders when she was only 9 years old and was about to be sent off into slavery. Fortunately, Eren arrived at her family’s home with his father, who was the doctor for Mikasa’s family and found her parents’ dead bodies. Eren’s father went to get help and told Eren to wait.
However, Eren, by himself, tracked down where Mikasa was and attempted to save her. The two of them ultimately succeeded in killing the slavers and in turn, Mikasa was taken in by Eren's family. Many years later, their town was attacked and overrun by Titans which killed Eren's mother and left them both orphaned alongside Armin. All three of them then decided to join the military for revenge, especially Eren, whilst Mikasa joined to stay by his side.
Is Mikasa Protective Of Eren?
Mikasa sees Eren as the sole entity she wishes to dedicate herself to, joining the Scouts simply to stay by his side despite wanting to live a peaceful life with him, and it was Eren who allowed her to unlock her powers as a member of the Ackerman clan, which grants her superior physical abilities.
Allegedly, this also comes with forming a bond with someone, and in the case of Mikasa, that someone is Eren. As such, she is fiercely protective of him and will not hesitate to attack anyone who tries to hurt him, this has included Bertholdt, Reiner, Levi and even Armin.
When Levi assaulted him, whilst he was on trial, Mikasa became furious and had to be held back by Armin to stop her from doing anything in front of their superiors. Later, she would pin Levi down after he punched Eren and had to be stopped by Hange. Mikasa, if allowed to, can become ruthless in her quest to save Eren if he has been taken away from her.
Without hesitation, she tried to kill both Reiner and Bertholdt immediately after it became apparent that they were threatening Eren, and at one point, terrified Bertholdt as she demanded he gives Eren back to her.
Such is her emotional attachment to him, that the scarf she wears, that was given to her by Eren when they first met, has become her only treasure. Eren wrapping the scarf around her helped her cope with the trauma of losing her parents to slave traders.
Eren treats Mikasa as one of his closest friends and sees her as one of the people he has the most cherished memories with, the other being Armin. However, he is often irritated by her excessive protective nature and can often be seen getting annoyed at her. On top of this, he develops an inferiority complex because Mikasa is physically superior to him.
He loathes that he has to be saved or protected by her and tries to discourage her from effectively babysitting him, both on and off missions. Despite all this, however, Eren does care for Mikasa and will protect her whenever he can.
When he transformed into the Attack Titan for the first time he arrived just in time to save her from being attacked by another Titan. Subsequently, when he was cornered by members of the military, as they feared his Titan ability, he protected her, as well as Armin, when they fired at them.
As he and Mikasa were surrounded by Titans, her emotional words motivated him to fight back against the Smiling Titan by meeting its punch, despite its much greater size, just to protect her. It is here that he unlocks The Coordinate and briefly starts controlling Titans.
He then carries her on his back as they flee from Reiner and Bertholdt. Even after his betrayal and joining Zeke’s side, he admitted to his older brother that he only broke off his relationship with both Mikasa and Armin so he could protect them from what was to come.
Why EreMika is one of the most famous ships?
The major reason Eren and Mikasa are a perfect match for each other is the way to care for each other. Eren may not show it but he really cares for Mikasa. He sometimes may get annoyed by her protective behaviour but he even knows it well.
Above all else, Mikasa values Eren’s well-being, often making sure he has eaten and tells him to rest when he has been hurt or become exhausted. When she believed he had died she was prepared to let herself be killed until she starts to remember him, and resolves never to give up again because if she dies so would her memories of him.
Later, upon seeing that he is actually alive as he emerged from his Titan’s corpse, unconscious, she holds onto him tightly and openly cries. This concern for his well-being led to her scolding her own superior, Levi, for failing to protect him after he had been captured by the Female Titan, as was his job, and ultimately works with him to save Eren.
After Eren is successfully retrieved from both Reiner and Bertolt she can be seen clutching onto him tightly as they ride away on a horse, relieved to have him back again.
Eren is very much aware of how much Mikasa thinks of him, which is partly what annoys him. Nonetheless, he is sympathetic to her feelings and even asked Mikasa what he is to her and is seemingly disappointed when a flustered Mikasa says “family”. When she thanked him for always wrapping her scarf he stands up to protect her and promises that he will always wrap her scarf, as many times as she needs, forever.
Following his betrayal, he cruelly insults Mikasa, claiming that her Ackerman blood is why she is protective of him and calls her a “slave” because of this. His words anger Armin who goes to attack him but Mikasa instinctively protects Eren, which proves his point. Eren then officially breaks his relationship with her.
However, it's later revealed that Eren may not have truly believed what he had said, as he explained to Zeke that he needed to break his relationship with his friends and conceded to his older brother that Mikasa’s devotion to him comes out of genuine love, not because of her Ackerman blood.
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