The final episode of the second season of Attack on Titan has aired after four years of hype with another reveal of sorts and some more emotional moments to boot.
At the end of last weeks episode the titan that ate Eren’s mother appeared threatening to lead them to the same fate. This week starts with Hannes getting in the way and thanking his luck for giving him the opportunity to avenge Carla. Meanwhile, Erwin is stranded as titans close in from all sides with scouts falling fast. I won’t go through everything that happened as I usually do in this articles, but suffice to say it felt like a lot happened in this episode.
The long anticipated second season of Attack on Titan finished today with episode twelve with yet another significant reveal and no shortage of death and carnage for Eren and the Scouts. I’ll come to review this final episode and the season as a whole in the coming days, but now I want to talk about the announcement that sometime next year, we might, just might, get a season three.
As you may have seen last weekend I managed to get up to London to this Spring’s MCM Comicon. As well as being a great day in itself, I picked up a couple of Blu-Rays to add to my collection, Charlotte part 1 and Durarara!! Shou. Seeing as I quite enjoyed my last unboxing post (Your Lie in April part 1), I thought I’d show you guys the inside of the collectors edition of the second season of Durarara!!.
Starting with the outer packaging we have a rigid box to hold the contents. The box in itself is a pretty nice thing though – show artwork is on the front and back, with synopsis and blu-ray info on a removable slip fastened to the back.
Inside the outer case things can split into two – the discs and all of the extras. First let’s talk about the digipack and discs. Unlike some discs I’ve seen, the artwork is fairly lacking in imagination, however the digipack holding the two discs is a nice to thing to behold. We get some more series artwork, but rather than the typical character shots pulled from the anime the characters are coloured in monochrome for quite a stunning presentation.
This seems like a pretty apt time to be writing an article on this topic, what with episode five of season two airing last Saturday, and more sure to come in the coming weeks.
As far as the anime is concerned so far there are six titans that are actually people shifters: Eren, Annie (Female Titan), Beast, Armoured and Colossal, plus the latest reveal in the last couple of episodes. The Beast, Armoured and Colossal’s identities remain a mystery at this stage, but if I had to choose someone who could turn into a titan but couldn’t, who would it be?
You know things are going to be serious when you go straight into the opening titles.
For the first three episodes of season two we’ve had a quite a different experience to that which had in season one. These three episodes of character development of characters we’d previously learned to treat as secondary have been some of the best, but episode four gives the thrill that made Attack on Titan the hit it is in the first place.
Attack on Titan is one of the most exciting anime to air in recent years for two reasons: first, it kills important characters with unflinching brutality and secondly, it makes you think that it’s going to kill characters off at any moment without warning.
Given a plot synopsis of episode three of season two, you would be forgiven for thinking that nothing happened. A titan might speak to Connie, two teams go searching for the breach in the wall not finding one, Hange theorises that Eren could plug the hole in Wall Maria and the forward team camped at a ruined fort are put under siege by a group of overly aggressive titans while the Beast Titan makes a get away.
I appreciate the title of this episode. All too often ‘I’m home’, (tadaima, ただいま) is associated with happy slice of life moments. Something like Attack on Titan needed to take this little phrase for it’s own and turn it on it’s head, and this episode certainly manages that.
This was an interesting episode that, like episode one, shone the spotlight away from the core cast who were still preoccupied in non-flashback world making their way to join the group of the cast who first encountered the titans. Saying that, Hange does seem to be piecing things together slowly, as this we saw her briefly looking at something through a microscope. Mainly though we got focus on Sasha, who as it turns out has daddy issues.
Yes, yes, I know, I miserably failed to complete this 10 article challenge through March and now that the new season of Shingeki no Kyojin has started airing (YAY!) I need to get a move on!
Much like #6 is this challenge, I’ve really set myself up to struggle through the next two articles as they’re about things I know about from the manga, but hey – I’m going to work around it anyway.
One character I really liked, but didn’t get to see enough of was Hannes, the lazy soldier who ended up saving Eren and Mikasa in Shiganshina at the expense of Eren’s mother. If there was one criticism I would place on Attack on Titan it’s that it tends to deal with adults differently to the younger core group of the main cast. Apart from the four members of the Levi squad, the adults that we get to learn anything significant about all come across as completely fearless/mad in the face of the titans. In comparison, Hannes is clearly not fearless AND he is somewhat important to the story (unlike all those guys that run away outside of Trost towards the end of the first half of S1). In fact, he is clearly quite terrified of the prospect of having to deal with titans – a fear I put down to being a normal kind of guy.
So after three and half years of wait, several false starts and a whole lot of hype, the ball is finally rolling with Attack on Titan season 2.
Episode 1 picks up right where season 1 left off, going back to the wall in Stohess district and the titan that appears to inside it. For the most part, the episode focuses on two groups – Hange’s squad who interrogate one of the Wall Cult priests, Pastor Nick and the Scouts of the 104th Cadet Training Corps and their superiors.
What we learn quite quickly in this episode is that some people inside the walls knew about the titans protecting humanity – this Pastor Nick makes evident as he desperately tells Hange to stop the titan being hit by sunlight. This small tidbit of information isn’t enough for Hange (and quite right, too) who demands more information before almost through the priest from the top of the wall.
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.