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Leave Out All The Rest

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My first ever non-Chrono Trigger related fan-art *gasp* I've recently become rabidly addicted to the new series Shingeki no Kyojin aka Attack on Titan. It's by far one of the best shows, let alone anime, that I have ever watched. Seriously, it's amazing. If you haven't seen it already, check it out online. There are places to view the episodes and manga for free right now.

Anyway, so with that being said -- IF YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN THE SERIES OR ARE NOT TOO FAR INTO IT - SKIP THIS DESCRIPTION AS IT CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!

So I am a part of an under-dog ship with this series for AruAni. This features Armin Arlert and Annie Leonhardt. There have been a few instances in the series where it raises an eyebrow as to Annie's affection towards Armin. It is obvious she respects his intellect and his bravery, even though she believes he's a weakling physically. However, in the manga before she is capture, she admits to being hurt he manipulated her into being cornered and couldn't stand the way he was looking at her. She also could not explain why she didn't kill him in her Titan form, which makes me think she really has a fondness for him deep down.

Anyway, so as we all know - right now Annie is imprisoned herself in crystal. We don't know where or when she'll get out.
So me and my little brain did what any shipper does and day-dreamed of scenarios to put my adored pairing back together. This scenario is Hanji figures out a way to get Annie out of the crystal, but to ensure she can't transform again she's stripped, wrapped in cloth so not to be able to injure herself, and bound in a fashion so she can't bite her tongue or scratch herself either. She's just wrapped tightly and under surveillance. Armin comes down to where she is and is convinced he can get her to help them fight whoever the real enemy is. After some serious coaxing of Levi, Hanji, and every other official he is in contact with, he manages to sway them to at least let her hear him out because he is convinced she was acting out against some greater threat than the Titans to turn on her own team. Armin comes and talks to her and in order to gain her trust he lets her out so she can move about as she wants. Her immediate reaction is to try to transform but when she sees he's not afraid of her she calms down and asks why he came for her. Armin begins to ask her questions, which of course she doesn't answer but her expression gives him what he needs to know. Eventually, she talks a little to him about her past and her family, how her father had offered her up for experiments from the cult of the wall in exchange for security and money. However, she stops talking once she gets to why she was trying to kidnap Eren and why she killed her comrades. Armin smiles and tells her he can tell her when she's ready but not to worry because he wouldn't let anyone hurt her again. There would be no experiments and no one would ask her questions but him. Whatever else would happen, he'd take responsibility for her but he asks her to trust him because he's willing to try to trust her again. At that point, Annie starts crying and throws her arms around Armin, her bandages and restraints falling off of her. Stunned at first, Armin turns bright red from her emotional outburst, then quietly wraps his arms around her, letting her release her emotions as he cradles her close.

... Maybe I'll write a fanfic. Who knows?

Title of the piece comes from Linkin Park's "Leave Out All The Rest", which I think describes these two perfectly.
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the ship isnt going to happen, leave it before the creator sinks it in annoyance
IIAnimeGuyII's avatar
Bruh, at least gimme a little side boob haha
bubbleduckie's avatar
oh my! Thanks for the wonderful art
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blackdragonhuntressHobbyist General Artist
I always liked this particular aruani picture; I've seen both good and bad ones, but this one is always the one that brings me back. The style looks very close to the art style of the series, and it looks like something that could happen. I fuckin like it. 

Have you tried a redraw at all? This picture is fairly on the old side now, so I'd like to see a newer version of this particular drawing. Its just a suggestion, but I'd be happy to see more derivatives of this kind of scenario. You'd be great at it!

Seriously, I ship this shit so hard that its like a damned virus. I even wrote a stupid AU fic if Annie escaped her crystal but had a choice to FREELY decide if she wanted to follow up on her bet on Armin, and if she felt inclined to spare him like she did so many times already. A whole 120,000+ word fic just to sate my shipper feelz. 

Jeez I need a new hobby.

Anyway, Love it, love it, love it, love it. Just thought I'd let you know. You deserve the recognition.
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BunMelonHobbyist Digital Artist
Is there a part 2 of the story i really hope so
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sk8tergirl1516Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One more thing is Annie naked! >=|
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attackonaruaniHobbyist General Artist
I think she is...
sk8tergirl1516's avatar
sk8tergirl1516Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah in want to know.
P.S I'm not a Pervy person just solo yo know bro...... I'm a girl sooo yeah.
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attackonaruaniHobbyist General Artist
k. I didn't think you are, I've found aruani shippers to be among the most decent people.
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sk8tergirl1516Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not that decent kinda person..... Just kinda crazy cool person yo know bro
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attackonaruaniHobbyist General Artist
Oh, so you're the kind of shipper that I am. :3
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sk8tergirl1516Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yo good to know I'm no the only one bro
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attackonaruaniHobbyist General Artist
Hehe yep
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sk8tergirl1516Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yo are you kidding me the name of the drawing is a likin park song but your sketching is slick yo
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Rima345Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful ^^
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Rima345Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^^
CallMeMarle's avatar
Feel the feels... Embrace the feels... tears 
CallMeMarle's avatar
No not at all. <3 And I cannot WAIT to see what happens with Annie's character development XD <3 
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LastHappySongHobbyist Artist
You know what's worse? She hasn't gotten out in the manga yet. So i doubt she will anytime soon. However, beautiful piece friend!
CallMeMarle's avatar
We are allowed to ponder and dream. It's a part of the reason I love Annie's character. I WANT to know more about her and her back story now.

Plus I will totally ship these two - even if one of them dies. 
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LastHappySongHobbyist Artist
Yes, I would Like if Annie came out of the Crystal soon, I loved her character, and I would like to know more about her "Female Titan" side, And i'm sorry if I offended you with my first comment.
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GamziMakrHobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I think I know who'd be wearing the pants in THIS relationship. XD
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