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Sasha Braus from Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) is a member of the Survey Corps and one of the few former members of the 104th Trainees Squad. Sasha is a compulsive food hoarder with an overly polite way of speech, who has won over our hearts, mostly known by her internet nickname "Potato Girl".
She, among many other survivors from the 104th Trainees Squad, chose to fight against the Titans and joined the Survey Corps. There they were trained and lectured about the weaknesses and effective ways to kill the Titans.
In this article we will talk about Sasha's:
Personality and skills
Passion for food
Clash with a Titan without 3D Maneuver Gear
Sasha's name is short for "Alexandra", which comes from the Greek "Alexandros", meaning "defender of humankind". Her family name Blouse (Braus) comes from the German saying "in Saus und Braus leben", meaning "to live off the fat of the land" or "to live in clover", a phrase she herself quotes.
The expression "in Saus und Braus leben" is actually used to describe someone who lives like a lord or a king. It means to have enough money to live in a very comfortable way without having to do much work. The fact that she quotes this may reflect her positive personality and her hopes for a better future.
The Shingeki no Kyojin Guidebook: OUTSIDE features original character design sketches that show Sasha's design was originally quite different.
While Sasha has light brown eyes and reddish brown hair kept in a ponytail, in the original sketch, her hair was shorter, straight and a light color in the original design.
Hailing from Dauper Village, which is in the southern territory of Wall Rose, Sasha has a local accent, but actively hides it out of embarrassment by using formal speech, even when conversing with her fellow trainees. Ymir even taunts her for speaking overly politely and lady-like and ignoring her home village's dialect. Ymir asked her to remove the mask she was putting on herself and speak her original dialect. But this causes her and Krista to fight each other about it, since Krista is of the opinion that Sasha should speak those words as and when they come to her.
She is shown to be somewhat timid and prone to make mistakes when under stressful situations, but she has a very sharp intuition and makes wise judgements. Due to the unconventional practices that she followed, she is inappropriate for group activities. Her father even remarked her as cowardly because she didn't want to involve herself with the outside world.
Possibly due to her struggles to find food, Sasha has developed an incredible appetite to the point that she can be remarked as a compulsive food hoarder.
Eating provides her with relief, especially during times of great stress. Isayama also stated that there is not any food Sasha dislikes. Food is often the only thing on her mind and she was even willing to steal food from the infantry stores and/or kitchen and, thus, has earned herself the nickname "Potato Girl". As punishment for stealing the potato, Sasha had to run around for 5 hours, or until she was on the brink of death.
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The Survey Corps hardly get to eat meat. Because of this, during a dinner before an important operation, Sasha goes berserk after seeing a big cooked portion of meat. When Connie and Jean tried to stop her, Sasha began to bite Jean's hand.
Sasha loves food to the point that she seems half-dead after missing just one meal. In Attack on Titan manga chapter 15, Sasha even attacked Krista to get her bread. At that time Krista Lenz sneaked in some bread from the dining hall to help Sasha out after she passes out from exercise. And while Ymir was scolding Krista for helping her, Sasha went to the cabins, asking Mikasa for her bread as well.
While she was still a child, Sasha used to steal food meant for the winter and when her father tried to stop her she would even hit him.
Sasha seems to have lived with her father in the Dauper Village in the mountains. The Dauper Village is a low populated village, which specializes in hunting for food, hence her knowledge and skills for hunting and animal instincts.
She left the village to join the military after getting into an argument with her father when he told her they might have to give up their traditional lifestyle of hunting in favor of farming, to support the large number of refugees moving to the area after the fall of Wall Maria. She then became a member of the 104th Trainees Squad, where she was ranked 9th best overall.
Sasha decided to join the Survey Corps, seeing that Jean, Connie, Ymir, Reiner, Bertolt and Krista were doing the same. During Erwin Smith's speech about the Survey Corps' missions, Sasha became a bit afraid and started crying. However, she did not back off and remained there, facing the fear from the Titans.
A month later, Sasha is sent out with the Survey Corps on the 57th expedition. She was positioned on Line 2 and File 3 in the enemy detection formation and was on relay duty.
When she was still living with her father, Sasha thought that she would never leave the village and that she would live her whole life hunting. She wanted to live in her safe village without contact with the outside world. But, her views were destroyed after the Titans appeared.
Because of the many refugees that have come to Wall Rose's lands after the fall of Wall Maria, the number of animals, which were preys that belonged to hunter's villages, like Dauper, started to decline. That is why her father thought about giving them the forest so that they could make fields, but this idea disgusted Sasha, who thought that they should not stop living like they did just because of the newcomers. This difference in opinion was the main reason for Sasha and her father's fight.
During the defense of Frost Distict, Sasha faced off against a Titan, but failed to kill it. Even though Titans don't understand words, Sasha apologized to it, half in tears, which can be seen in chapter 9 of the Attack on Titan manga.
Sasha apologizing to the Titan after failing to kill him.
Sasha was almost killed by the same Titan that killed Mina Carolina during their operation of freeing the supply building from Titans after a failed assassination attempt. She messed up because she didn't cut deeply enough through the Titan's neck. As the Titan turned to eat her, Mikasa killed it and saved her.
Sasha later returned that favor when she saved Mikasa from the leader of the gang, Dimo Reeves, who was about to shoot her, by attaching his gun to the ground with an arrow. She then remarked how it was Mikasa's fault for taking her eyes off the target.
Sasha is one of the few characters to survive an encounter with a Titan without using her 3D Maneuver Gear. This happens in chapter 36 of the Attack on Titan manga. While she was stationed close to her and Connie's villages, Sasha heard multiple heavy footsteps coming from a distance and they soon learn that Wall Rose had been breached and that they must act quickly. She then joins the North Squad to help evacuate the villagers in the northern part.
After worriedly returning to her own village, Sasha noticed that a certain Titan had headed straight for it. She entered a house, wherein a 3 meter tall Titan was biting away at a lady's leg while her child was sitting nearby, paralyzed out of fear. Sasha took the child away and grabbed a bow and four arrows. She didn't have her 3D Maneuver Gear and, thus, was unable to fight the Titan. But, because of her great hunting skills, she was able to hold the Titan off with a bow and arrows, just enough for her and the child to escape.
Sasha, upon realizing that the 3 meter tall Titan was following them, told the little girl to find help right away. Once she was gone, Sasha tries to hold the Titan off with the bow and arrows. The only way she could buy some time is if she takes out the Titan's eyes, which she succeeded in by jamming the last arrow in the Titan's other eye. That way she was able to slip away from its grasp and save herself.
An interview with Hajime Isayama's editor in Otomedia's October 2013 issue revealed that Isayama originally intended to kill Sasha in Volume 9.
However, he was persuaded to change his mind by the editor, who apparently went to the bathroom and cried after being presented with the ending.
In the Shingeki no Kyojin characters Popularity Poll, which was published in the Shingeki no Kyojin Guidebook: INSIDE, Sasha was ranked 4th with a total of 818 votes. The first three places being Levi (first), Eren Yegaer (second) and Mikasa Ackerman (third) .
The Shingeki no Kyojin Guidebook: INSIDE featured Sasha's stats, which rate her skills. Her initiative was rated 3/10, her wits 5/10, her teamwork 6/10, her combat skills 6/10 and her hunger 10/10. Also, this Guidebook featured Dot Pixis' grade for Sasha, which is a B+ .
Sasha, in the Japanese dub, is voiced by Yuu Kobayashi. Beside being a voice actress, Kobayashi is also an actress and a singer affiliated with Holy Peak.
Kobayashi has also voiced other popular characters such as Shuuhei Hisagi from Bleach, Sarutobi Ayame from Gintama, Eucliwood Hellscythe from Kore wa Zombie Desu ka, Chain Sumeragi from Kekkai Sensen and many more.
Even though Sasha's nickname is "Potato Girl", she is seen eating bread more often than potatoes. But, she was caught eating a potato during her character introduction. Her debut was in the manga chapter 2 and in the anime episode 2, and ever since then, the nickname stayed the same.
She was eating a potato she stole during the first training and has been questioned by Keith Shadis, the head instructor, during the "Rite of Passage" ritual. Sasha told Shadis that it's normal for humans to eat potatoes and offered him a small piece of it, but she was punished by Shadis for doing all of that.
About the Shingeki no Kyojin Series
Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) is an anime based on the manga by Hajime Isayama under the same name, that broke all records in 2013.
The story is set in a world where humanity lives inside cities protected by huge walls. Their purpose is to keep Titans away from them, since they feed on humans. This was all interrupted when a Titan appeared, who is bigger than those walls. He crashes them and attacks the city.
Years later, Eren Yaeger, Mikasa Ackerman and Armin Arlert, survivors from that attack, join the Survey Corpse to fight against Titans. During one fight, it is revealed that Eren can transform into a Titan himself, which causes many complications in a world where Titans are despised.
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