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Mike Zacharias 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.
Fan ships are a hot topic in the anime community, and everyone forms their own opinion about the ones that become mainstream or even when it becomes canon.
Mike Zacharias was the squad leader of Squad Mike, a major division of the Survey Corps. A trusted soldier, he was considered humanity's second strongest soldier after Captain Levi. Mike had a remarkably good sense of smell, which allowed him to detect Titans from great distances.
MikeNana- The Fanship
MikeNana is the fanship between Mike Zacharias and Nanaba. At some point, Nanaba was chosen to be in Mike's squad.
After alerting the 104th about the breach in the Wall, Nanaba goes to meet up with Mike. As she asks where the Titans are, Mike informs her that they're ahead of them. As Nanaba assesses the situation, she starts getting bleaker and bleaker. She reaches the conclusion that their worst-case scenario is happening at that exact moment. As she crouches, she states that humanity has lost.
Mike turns his gaze back at her and says "not yet". He reassures her that humanity's first defeat will come when they stop fighting. And reiterates that as long as they keep fighting, they haven't lost. Nanaba quickly looks at the 104th and says she can't let them see her defeated. So Mike offers her: "come... Now we fight."
Later on, when the Beast Titan finds Mike, one of the last words he remembers before dying, and that gives him the strength to keep fighting, are the ones he said to Nanaba earlier that day.
After Nanaba and Mike's death, Erwin Smith contemplates the deaths of his comrades and soldiers. In his mind, Nanaba lies with Mike at the top of the corpse mountain, staring back at him.
Attack on Junior High
In Attack on Junior High, it seems that Nanaba has some sort of connection to Mike. They both are members of the Cooking Club. When Nanaba enrolled in the club, Mike took her under his wing. In an attempt to show her skills, Nanaba makes a rice ball and asks Mike to eat it, however, he says he won't eat anything made by the member of the cooking club.
Nanaba took it to heart, thinking that Mike's opinion on their cooking skills must be below, but it turns out that Mike only eats food made by his parents. Apparently, Nanaba was carrying the discarded rice ball with her, Mike makes an exception for her and promptly eats it. It is so delicious that he collapses on the grass. He asks her to teach him how to make such tasty rice balls, and Nanaba happily agrees. Another time, both Nanaba and Mike slept together in one blanket inside the cabin. There was an occasional blush from Nanaba while Mike didn't seem to notice.
Why Is MikeNana one of the most popular fanships?
It is the most popular ship for both Nanaba and Mike. Fans of the ship seem to enjoy their comradery, and some see their devotion as a manifestation of romance between the two. Despite their overall lack of interaction compared to other known pairs, MikeNana quickly became a popular ship among those who love these characters, and fans started showing their appreciation for the couple ever since season two. While some fans prefer to explore the dynamics in detail, in fanfiction their relationship is more often presented as a side pairing.
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