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The Attack on Titan Challenge #7 Character who should be more important in season 2

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.

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Episode Focus: Alice and Zouroku 1, The Red Queen Escapes

I wasn’t sure whether to start Alice and Zouroku. There are lots of shows I’m looking forward to in this Spring 2017 season and I do comparatively more time to watch them compared to last season, but even so, I wasn’t sure about this.


Suffice to say I took the plunge and found myself with a double length episode one to kick things off and, well, let’s say I’m generally pleased I went for it.

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Episode Focus: Attack on Titan season 2, episode 1: The Beast Titan

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.

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Spring 2017 anime to look out for

It’s okay to say it. We’re all pleased that Winter 2017 is starting to reach it’s concluding episodes – for the majority of shows over the last two and a half months, the final three or four episodes will be not be an exhilarating, action packed, high tension, satisfying  conclusion to be savoured but instead will pass most of us by disappointingly wasting 25 minutes every week as they have done for the most of the season.

Maybe I’m being a little harsh, but when you compare what we’ve got now to what we’ve got to look forward to between April and June I wouldn’t blame you for wishing the next few weeks away. It’s still a little early to have completely decided what I’ll be watching for Spring 2017 so here is my ‘preliminary’ list of shows I’m interested in.

Is it wrong to try to pick up girls in a dungeon: Sword Oratoria

The original season of DanMachi was a lot of fun, if slightly lacking in any solid plot. I’m excited to see how they develop the world in the second season as that was one of my favourite parts first time around. I’d like to see the return of the original cast in some way as I actually thought they were really good, but if there’s a good alternative then I guess I’ll get over that.

Clockwork Planet

One of several shows we don’t know lot about next season. Based on an ongoing light novel series by Yuu Kamiya and Tsubaki Himana. It’s tagged as Sci-Fi and Fantasy which could mean anything, but I’m always interested in the artificial intelligence concept so will be checking this one out this month.

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