There are a lot of wonderful posts in the YumiKuri tag now about how Ymir was basically the first person who truly loved Historia. With the revelation of the latest chapter and her absolutely terrible upbringing, this is an extremely heart warming thought, and the impact Ymir has had on Historia’s life has been the best thing that ever happened to her. I am loving all of these comments about how Ymir changed her life, made her feel loved, made her accept herself and become a stronger person who doesn’t try to live just for the sake of others. She made Historia feel like someone who wanted to be alive.
With the insistence of chapter 51 as well in making sure everyone calls her Historia from now on, this was not a spur of the moment thing; it has been gradually building because of Ymir. She is staying true to who she is.
And all of this is great, really wonderful, amazing shippy and overall made of mushy feelings. But let’s not act like Ymir walked in all perfect and turned Historia’s life around. Historia made quite the impact on her as well.
Ymir, a character mostly viewed as selfish and opportunistic, whose firsts scenes included helping Sasha because she wanted to be owed a favour, might have been the one to make Historia want to live for herself. But Historia made Ymir want to live for someone else’s sake. And this is just as important.
In chapter 41, Ymir is desperate fighting to protect Historia. She rather throws herself into the fray then cling onto the tower, which could crumble. An act which absolutely confuses Historia.
Historia wants Ymir to be true to herself as well, and she knows Ymir, She knows how much Ymir values herself, and leading life as she wants it. And when Ymir starts to tear down the tower, Historia is happy to see her fight for herself; but Ymir saves them all, as is also fighting for someone else. Because of how important Historia is to her.
Both these girls changed each other. A selfish character who learnt how to be healthily selfless, a selfless character who learnt how to be healthily selfish. A character who learnt to value herself, and a character who learnt to value others. Their impacts on each others lives are just as big, just as important, just as valid.
Ymir didn’t just change Historia, and Historia didn’t just change Ymir; they changed each other for the better. And if that’s not the sign of a perfect, healthy, mutual ship I don’t know what is.