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The complete sentence is this:



I can't really understand the meaning, why is it ハンジは istead of ハンジの?

Then we have 腹をかっさいた. 腹 means stomach while かっさい means to cheer, to make an ovation?

Thanks for your help.

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It needs to be ハンジは and not ハンジの because it is the subject that performed the two actions described --- 「[仲間]{なかま}を[喰]{く}った」 and 「その[巨人]{きょじん}の[腹]{はら}をかっさいた」.

「その巨人」 refers to the 「仲間」.

「かっさいた」 = 「かっ裂いた」 = "ripped open" said in the animated tough guy language using 「かっ」, a verb prefix for that purpose.

"Haiji ate his friend. He ripped open the giant's abdomen."

For your reference, other emphatic verb prefixes include 「おっ」、「つっ」、「とっ」、「ひっ」、「ぶっ」、「ぶん」, etc. Unfortunately, these are rarely interchangeable. I will not get into that here, though.

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I haven't seen/read 進撃の巨人 (which I am assuming this is from...) but is it not possible that it could be ハンジは【仲間を喰ったその巨人】の腹をかっさいた? Slicing a stomach seems like something that might be done in revenge for having your friend eaten... – Hyperworm Feb 9 '14 at 6:00
@Hyperworm That would be more than just possible. Lines from manga can be difficult to decipher without the drawings AND punctuations. – l'électeur Feb 9 '14 at 6:15
@TokyoNagoya Then maybe ハンジは仲間を喰ったその巨人の腹をかっさいた is one sentence, like "Hanji ripped open the abdomen of the giant who ate his(=Hanji's) friends", no? – user1016 Feb 9 '14 at 6:40
@Chocolate Yes! That would make more sense even though I am unfamiliar with the story. – l'électeur Feb 9 '14 at 6:44
@TokyoNagoya Yes I was considering already Hanji was the one who ripped the stomach of the titans. Anyway there wasn't any puntuaction, the sentece was written exactly like this. – bunny Feb 9 '14 at 14:20

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