Sasha is perhaps the internet’s best girl, due to being so amazingly charming and full of quirky personality. Her introduction is straight-up amazing. As everyone was intimidated or unfazed by the unyielding head instructor, she alone stood there, eating her potato, thus earning her the nickname of “Potato Girl.” This, coupled with how comedic her character is, really makes her a delight to watch. Seriously, you can just see that scene for yourself and get an easy laugh. Her character kept on building from this point, and now she stands as one of the most popular female characters in the anime.
1. The Meaning of Sasha Braus
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 quotes. The expression “in Saus und Braus Leben” is 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.
3. Surviving Without the 3D Maneuver Gear
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. She shows us her archery skills then as she uses it to fend off a Titan.
4. A World Without Sasha
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 went to the bathroom and cried after being presented with the ending. Imagine a world without Sasha, and you’ll begin to cry as well.
2. Obsession with Food
Originally her hairstyle was going to be more different, as shown in the official guidebook. Furthering on that, her stats are as follows:
- Combat: 6/10
- Initiative: 3/10
- Intelligence: 5/10
- Teamwork: 6/10
- Hunger: 10/10
You can see that this isn’t accurate as Hunger should be 11/10 at the very least come on guys.
Adding more weight to this statement, Sasha has an incredible appetite for food and seems to relish meat a lot. This is because eating provides her relief, especially during times of high stress. She’s such a big eater that there isn’t any food that she dislikes.
Food is often the only thing on her mind, and she was even willing to steal food from the infantry stores. Regarding her love for meat, The Survey Corps hardly get to eat meat. Because of this, during a dinner before a critical operation, Sasha goes berserk after seeing a significant cooked portion of meat. When Connie and Jean tried to stop her, Sasha began to bite Jean’s hand.
5. Popularity Poll
In the Shingeki no Kyojin characters First 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 Yeager (second) and Mikasa Ackerman (third). She was 21 in the Second Popularity Poll and 16 in the Third, which is pretty sad because who doesn’t like Potato Girl. ;-;
6. Voice Actor
Sasha, in the Japanese dub, is voiced by Yuu Kobayashi. Besides being a voice actress, Kobayashi is also an actress and a singer affiliated with Holy Peak. Kobayashi has also voiced other famous 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.