Attack On Titan Author Finally Answers The Burning Question Fans Had Regarding Levi’s Love For Tea

Levi was narrating this story to Gabi and Falco. Gabi was reduced to tears, vowing she would also hold the cup that way.

©Hajime Isayama/Kodansha/“Attack on Titan” The Final Season Production Committee

Hajime Isayama’s one-shot manga on Levi’s backstory called “Bad Boy” is finally out on April 30, 2024, and it sheds light on three different mysteries surrounding the fan favorite character:

  • How did Levi awaken his Ackerman powers?
  • The reason why he likes tea so much
  • The reason why he holds his cup in his peculiar way

But in this post, we focus on the 2nd and third questions, as the answer will touch the fans deeply in their hearts.

For those who don’t remember, Levi doesn’t hold the handle of the cup like normal people but rather holds the entire brim of the cup and drinks tea in the most unfashionable way. Like, bro completely ignores the handle, telling it to go fuck itself, and cares ONLY about the cup cup. And people wondered for ages”why the hell does he drink tea like that?”

Why does Levi like tea so much in Attack on Titan?

Well thankfully, we have the answer from none other than Hajime Isayama himself, who revealed in Bad Boy that Levi’s love for tea comes from the fond memories he had with his mother, Kuchel Ackerman. Unfortunately, she died from an unknown illness when Levi was just a young boy.

The anime did not show Levi’s time with his mother but in the one-shot, we see adult Levi looking at a cup of tea and recollecting the time he had tea with his mother.

He loved his mother so much that he still lived in her house even after his uncle Kenny took him under his care.

In fact, in the flashback shown in the anime, Kenny saw his sister’s dead body on the bed with a malnourished Levi sitting beside the bed, showing us fans that Levi loved his mom so much he was ready to starve for her sake.

Why did Levi drink tea in a very odd manner?

At that time, he held the tea cup normally by holding the handle. But that changed when he had tea on his own after his mother died.

Back when Levi lived in the underground, he was able to save up enough money to buy himself some tea since it was pretty expensive in the underground. And as he was reaching forward to take a sip, the handle broke, and the tea cup shattered on the ground.

Some speculate it was his mother’s cup but the fact that drinking tea reminded him so much of his mother shows he doesn’t want to lose them.

To cherish those memories he had with his mother and never lose another one of her tea cups again, he changed his way of drinking tea and held the cup by the brim completely with his hand so that it wouldn’t fall and break again.

Levi Needs A Hug — Levi's POV: The little tea shop always relaxes me....

(Levi drinking tea while holding the brin of the cup instead of the handle)

Levi was narrating this story to Gabi and Falco after the whole fight with Eren and the Rumbling and Gabi was reduced to tears, vowing she would also hold the cup that way.

The one-shot manga “Bad Boy” was something Isayama wanted to draw during Attack on Titan’s original run but was unsure whether he would be able to draw the story at that time. But now, it is available in the artbook “Shingeki Fly,”  which hit Japanese bookstores on April 30, 2024.

As of writing this article, the official English translation and international release for Bad Boy haven’t been announced yet by Viz Media. So stay tuned for that announcement!

On Oct 3, we got information that a new artbook for Attack on Titan will feature an 18-page manga written by Hajime Isayama. The artbook is scheduled to release on April 30, 2024.

Earlier this year, the Attack on Titan Final Season THE FINAL CHAPTERS Special 1, got premiered in Japan and was streamed on Crunchyroll.

Attack on Titan: Final Season Part 3 Part 2 will be released on November 4, 2023.

Crunchyroll describes the Attack on Titan anime series as follows:

“Known in Japan as Shingeki no Kyojin, many years ago, the last remnants of humanity were forced to retreat behind the towering walls of a fortified city to escape the massive, man-eating Titans that roamed the land outside their fortress. Only the heroic members of the Scouting Legion dared to stray beyond the safety of the walls – but even those brave warriors seldom returned alive.

Those within the city clung to the illusion of a peaceful existence until the day that dream was shattered, and their slim chance at survival was reduced to one horrifying choice: kill – or be devoured!”

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