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 dosomething. 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?
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.
Less than a week to go until episode one of season two fellow Attack on Titan fans! Today I managed to watch the second in a series of interviews conducted by Aniplus Asia with key members of the staff from the new season, this time with new director Masashi Koizuka.
There was some… mild discomfort, shall we say, among fans when it was announced that Tetsuro Araki wouldn’t be holding onto his position of director for season two of Shingeki no Kyojin: although he does have an overseeing role as Chief Director, the director role is going to be taken by former assistant director Masashi Koizuka. I was really happy to hear about the relationship between the two directors for the new season – it sounds like Araki will be managing the seiyuu’s as well as storyboarding, while Koizuka will be in charge of animation.
I don’t usually like to share things that were actually released a while ago as if they’re new, but that’s kind of what I’m doing here, but if you haven’t seen this (much like I hadn’t until 15 minutes ago) then I think you might appreciate it!
Chief Director of the upcoming second season of Attack on Titan, Tetsuro Araki gave an interview earlier this month to Aniplus Asia about working on and what we can expect from the new season.
There was a lot in the interview, but if you haven’t got time to watch it at the moment, I’ll give you a quick run down on some of the things he said.