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.
I can imagine for many people outside of the anime and manga community, it would be easy to assume that when adapting manga, a format that tells it’s story mainly through images, that there is little room for manipulating the content in an anime adaptation. In this article, I want to use the example of two mainstream anime that have been adapted from highly successful manga in very different ways. I’m not aiming to particularly share my views on how successful these adaptations are generally, though I will inevitably touch upon my personal opinions of the quality of each adaptation.
So what are these two ways of adapting manga into anime? And which examples will I be using. The first is the one I alluded to at the start of this article – that is that the story is taken aspect for aspect from manga into the anime. The second is where key points of the plot, including ending, character defining moments and essential events, are maintained, while other parts of the story are altered to be more effective in the anime medium.
For the first method, I’ll be looking at chapter 42/episode 31 of Attack on Titan. If you don’t mind though, I’m going to start with my second example first: Tokyo Ghoul chapter 120/episode 19.
Sorry, let me hold myself a moment.
I’ve been somewhat critical of Attack on Titan’s first 10 episodes. Sure, there have been good moments, even good episodes, but on the whole, I’ve felt largely underwhelmed by a second season of a franchise I love and expect so much from.
It’s getting to that time in the season when we are expecting all of the shows to start ramping up as they hurtle towards their finales.
This expectation presses on no show more so than it does on the second season of Attack on Titan. Four years in the making, the final three to four episodes really needed to do something. With last week’s episode nine firmly dropping the baton (one of my friends aptly described ‘Opening’ as ‘meanwhile in a tree’), episode ten had a lot to deliver – the question is, did it succeed?
Episode six gave us possibly the biggest reveal of the entire Attack on Titan franchise to date with the reveal of the identity of both the Colossal and Armoured Titans. Episode seven on the other hand took us back to some of the classic scenes of season one with an awesome titan fight!
Season two has been all about close character development, with an eye for bigger plot points building in the background. It’s hard to say that about episode seven however, as we focused solely on the first fight between Eren and Reiner, in titan forms. We got a couple of flashbacks to the cadet’s training days, but otherwise this focused very much on how Eren was trying to defeat the stronger, more experience Reiner.
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.
It seems as if chapter 90 will be the concluding chapter of the Return to Shiganshina arc as the survey corps finish debriefing with the new government, receive awards in honour of bravery from Krista and, following a extended time skip, travel beyond Wall Maria for the first time since the opening chapters (spoilers for the manga are ahead, if you’re more interested in the second season of the anime, try here instead).
You may or may not have heard that more details for Attack on Titan season 2 have been released!
Even if you haven’t read anything over the past few days, you probably have seen this new key visual:
Anime only viewers have now joined manga readers in seeing that some of the minor characters from season 1 will be stepping up in season 2; see Reiner and Bertholt on Eren’s left and Krista and Ymir on his left taking significantly more room that either Mikasa or Armin. There’s also an ominous shot of the beast titan looking down on the cast which suggests that he will be very involved in the season. Along with the trailer that landed in late December this means we can probably assume that a good chunk of this season will focus on the Clash of Titan arc that follows on immediately from the Female Titan arc of the manga.
As a big fan of the anime, I’ve gradually been making my way through the Attack on Titan manga. As those of you who read the manga will know already, there have been some frankly mind blowing revelations as the manga continues on after the end of the anime.
From this point on there will be big spoilers for chapter 77 and the manga post-season 1 anime – you have been warned.