Hajime Isayama made this blog post today so here’s a translation…
There seems to be many questions about this so I will answer.
“Annie’s reaction” in episode 23 of the anime was planned by me.
In the scene where Annie confesses her true self, even after it released in book format, I thought I wanted to do something more like this. I had some pretty strong regrets about it, so I planned it like this (for the anime) ↓
“I like the feel of the original scene, but…”
I spoke to the director and ended up sending him this rough sketch.
Though… when I looked at it again, I felt like the plan I made was a little much.
An expression that conveys “sadness,” “shyness,” “openness,” mixed with “guilt,” “lonesomeness,” and “fear”… No, it’s excessive…
(Translator’s Note: The sketch has some notes like “A: Laughing. B: Crying. C: Mischievous.
(Arrow pointing from A to C, another note saying “the character she’s built for herself, sadly opening up, laughing shyly”)
"Now there’s no need to tell lies anymore.. Like a normal 16 year old girl, Guilty, lonely, fearful.")
In short, I thought Annie should show herself completely bare, as she really is.
After everything she did in her monster form, I didn’t want her to be seen as just a bad guy. I wanted to give the sense that she is an “average person.”
And I thought the anime’s art, production, and performance was
The scene, with its gradual tension, fit my image for it so well that my stomach was churning.
I also like the first half of the original scene. And the script. Marlo’s experiences became part of the script. They were more than just simple words in the original. I think they were more persuasive and quite wonderful.
Also when Marlo got help from Annie and Hitch, who he looks down on, and his increased frustration. I liked that part too.
(Translator’s Note: I haven’t caught up this far so apologies if I got something wrong about the episode)
By the way, if there was a Marlo character song I think “The Choice is Yours” by Rhymester would be fitting. This song was playing on Jounetsu Tairiku (music show), which I watched before Shingeki started. This made me unusually happy.