The Fall of Shiganshina
Hajime Isayama/ Kodansha Comics/ September 9, 2009/208 pgs
Mikasa Ackerman- Mikasa is Eren's adopted sister. She is the strong, but silent type and excels at almost everything. She wants to join the regiment that Eren does. She gets the best scores in the training camp and number one in the class.
Armin Arlert- Armin is Eren's childhood friend. He is short, but extremely smart. Armin can make many good, logical and smart choices.He is not good physically. Armin will follow Eren, and will join any regiment Eren does.
Titans- The Titans are the main antagonist. They are huge, hulking beasts that can't communicate and reproduce, but they keep on multiplying. The Titans eat humans although they don't need to eat. They don't eat any other life forms except humans. Their origin is unknown.
Eren, Mikasa, and Armin are sitting on some stairs leading down to a river's edge, and Armin is talking. Then, a huge explosion sounds and everyone gathers in the streets. A 50 meter Titan has broken down wall Maria. The book ends when Eren gets eaten by one of the Titans.
The quote is an explanation of why Eren wants to fight the Titans so badly. He is explaining why he is trying to fight back, and that the human race is going to fall prey to the Titans. It moves and motivates many of the people who are in the room as well to fight back and to try and reclaim all that has been lost to the Titans.