Spoilers ahead for chapter 101 and the Attack on Titan manga more generally.
In case anyone needs prompting to not read this – this post contains spoilers (images and analysis) of the story post season two of the anime.
The final arc of Attack on Titan continued this week, staying in Marley with Reiner and co. we get to see more of the potential future that awaits Eldians on the continent and Paradis. We also get a flashback of Reiner’s group of warriors first arrive on Paradis with some fairly shocking revelations.
Last month we learnt Reiner’s view of Marley and the ‘honour’ of gaining the power of the titans isn’t as great as it perhaps should be. It’s only fitting then that chapter 95 opens with Gabi showing off just why a concerned older brother like figure would be concerned that she might be just a little too keen to gain the power of turning into a world breaking giant humanoid.
Chronologically in the chapter we also learn about the 9th titan – the Hammer Titan – held by the mysterious Tybur family. It’ll be interesting to see how this new titan and group fits into the story going forward, but hopefully Isayama will plan for enough chapters not to rush this. We also found out that Zeke is going to attempt to conquer Paradis within a year – which seems to put a finite cap on the chronological end for the manga.
It’s a rare thing in the UK to be able to go to an ‘anime event’. If you don’t count the increasing amount of cinema screenings, you wouldn’t need more than the fingers on one hand to list off the events you go to where you’ll find a congregation of anime fans doing anime things.
Today though I got to go to MCM Comicon in London’s Excel Exhibition Centre a convention I described to one person before going as ‘a massive geek fest’. I’ll come to the anime in a minute, but MCM was full of all things nerdy from esports and games through to comic books and Japanese sweets. These are all things I enjoy but I was pleasantly surprised with just how many anime and manga stands there were ranging from memorabilia, t-shirts and hoodies, posters, DVD’s and Blu-Ray and, oh, so much manga.
If you’ve never been to a convention like this before (like me) the first thing that you’ll notice most obviously is the amount of people cosplaying. Going through the underground it took just one change to see the switch from people going about their normal Sunday mornings to an abundance of Harley Quinns, Harry Potters and Survey Corps Scouts. I didn’t cosplay and didn’t particularly feel out of place, but if you’ve ever had the urge to dress up as your favourite character, this would certainly have been the time to do it. For some people it was a simple costume to simply signify that they were visiting the event while for others it is serious competition with huge amounts of effort and time put into an outfit.
It’s been a little while since I’ve done an Attack on Titan chapter review and thought it would make a nice variation from all the other Attack on Titan content that’s been appearing on this blog. Of course, past this point are colossal (see what I did there, eh?) for the series including, possibly, the rest of season two of the anime.
I was so excited when I saw that Isayama Hajime, the manga-ka for Attack on Titan gave an interview as part of Aniplus Asia’s series of interviews in the run up to this weekends premier of season 2 of the anime.
I’m not going to lie everyone, I really enjoyed this interview. Isayma-san seems like a really nice guy who is looking forward to seeing the anime as a viewer as well as making sure it lives up to his creation at the same time. Okay, man crushing over.
What did we learn from this interview then? Ymir is definitely the character to watch, like the two directors, Isayama seems really excited about the development of her character going forward in this season. There are some key manga points that he also spoke about as well including a flash back to Marco’s death – this was a really dark event in season 1 that was all the worse for it’s lack of context. I’m not sure if the reveal Isayama was talking about will make things better for people, but it will certainly be an exciting scene to watch.
Season one of Attack on Titan gave us a largely fleshed out world within the walls of humanities existence, a cast of dynamic and generally interesting characters. That means, going forward to season two, there’s a lot that could happen, and a lot that we might want to happen. I’ve kinda ruined this challenge article for myself as I’m actually up to date with the manga which has gone past the end of what anyone is expecting for the conclusion of the second season. So, with that in mind, I’m going to do my best to pretend I don’t know what’s going on and I’ll be attempting to be quite vague in the specifics of things.
There are loads of things a person might want to happen in season two. As I mentioned, we’ve got lots of interesting characters and the world has been nicely developed for lots to happen going forward, that said the thing I’m looking forward to seeing in the next twenty-five episodes or so is to do with the titans.
Youkou Kakujou is used to looking after his disabled sister who for all of her life has been restricted to a wheelchair. Everything changes though when the medical organisation, Amenotori develop a way to transplant any part of the human body – including legs. With his sister Mirai able to walk, all seems to have improved in Kakujou’s world. Little did anyone know that a tiny proportion of Amenotori patients suffer from an awkward set of side effects: a desire for grotesque violence, loss/gain of limbs and a creepy animal head – becoming what is simply known as a spider.
It doesn’t take long for Smokin’ Parade to give us all of this information in chapter 1 as the innocent, if haphazard, Mirai Kakujou transforms from bubbly party organiser into demon, limb chopping rabbit.
First though, let’s go back a bit and talk about the protagonist of this sorry affair. Youkou Kakujou enters as a bit of an oddball – jumping from a bridge onto a car only to provide the driver with the trash he dropped moments earlier. This is part of Youkou’s ‘family rules’, of which there appear to be many.
For the most part we all amble through the world of anime choosing to watch various shows ranging from niche to divisive. There are a couple of shows out there though that seem to be requirements of being an anime fan, shows that are universally accepted (pretty much, I’m sure there are people out there that do disagree) as fantastic. Apart from the show I’m going to review in this article the only example I can really think of is Clannad: After Story. That aside the focus of this article is the number 1 rated anime on both MAL and Hummingbird (check out my profiles in the links!), Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood is the definition of universally loved. Through the last two weeks, I’ve been on the journey that so many have loved and now I’m going to let you know what I thought of it. Given how many people have watched this and how much I would have to miss to avoid spoilers, in this review I won’t be holding back.
At the beginning of our story Ed and Alphonse Elric tragically lose their mother to an illness, after their mysterious father had disappeared, not to have been heard from for several years. The two boys are alchemists, following the principal of equivalent exchange and decide to dedicate themselves to finding the secrets of human transmutation (a taboo of alchemists), in order to bring their mother back to life. After several years of research and training, the two boys attempt the alchemic exchange to bring back their mother. [Spoiler] The experiment fails. Not only do the boys not revive their mother, creating instead a hideous, dying humanoid, but Ed loses his leg while Al loses his whole body, only for Ed to give up his arm to attach his brother’s soul to a suit of a armour.
So I’ve just started watching Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood, so this will be the last review for the next couple of weeks or so, but rest assured there will be plenty of content around such a big show when I’m done! I’m also trying out a new idea for my reviews by recommending the best track- fitting seeing as Deadman Wonderland has a couple of great ones and hopefully we’ll be able to keep it going. It’s worth saying before we get started that Deadman Wonderland got cancelled half way through and as a result won’t have a second season which my review does reflect. Let me know what you think of the review and feel free to dispute it through whatever social media you like!
Deadman Wonderland starts as it means to go on. Our hero, Ganta, sees his entire middle school class brutally murdered by a mysterious red man. As if that’s not bad enough, he is then accused and found guilty of this massacre and sent to Japan’s one and only privately owned prison, Deadman Wonderland. From the outside the prison is designed to seem like an amusement park where the inmates are made to complete gruesome events to entertain the masses. As Ganta soon finds out however, the prison has an even darker side, where ‘Deadmen’ are kept, these are people that have been infected with the branch of sin virus and can use their blood as a weapon. The Deadmen are forced to fight each other for a select group of researchers and other questionable people. Ganta, after two of these battles, joins up with a rebel group of Deadmen who are trying to escape the prison and tell the world it’s dark secret. If you’re looking for a positive here, you’ll struggle, but Ganta’s childhood friend, Shiro, a bubbly, over-excited, sweet loving girl, unexpectedly turns up (no really, we never find out the explanation, but there is an answer) to provide comic relief and generally help Ganta out.
The plot of Deadman Wonderland focuses almost solely on the main character and protagonist, Ganta, though there are moments where we get an insight into the story behind Shiro’s background. After the oh so gruesome beginning in the classroom, Ganta is questioned and promptly arrested by police before being stitched up in court by his own lawyer who happens to be the promoter of Deadman Wonderland.