Probably the most popular anime title at the moment, globally, “Attack on Titan” second season continues to thrill in the same fashion as the first one, in 12 episodes this time.
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For those not familiar with the franchise, “Attack on Titan” is based on Hajime Isayama’s New York Times best-selling manga with over 2.5 million copies in print, and tells the story of humanity’s last remnants, sheltered behind large “walls” in fear of the giant humanoid “Titans” who hunt them. When the wall is breached and Eren Jaeger’s mother is killed, the young man enlists in the Scout Regiment, the military’s front line in their war to reclaim humanity’s home, angrily declaring that he’ll kill all the Titans.
In the second season, the story continues right where the first one left off, just after the fight with the female Titan, which revealed a couple of things regarding the origin of Titans, but actually created even more questions. Eren and his scout friends have no time to rest as a horde approaches Wall Rose. While a new and more dangerous Abnormal appears, Beast Titan, the scouts realize that the wall holds much more secrets than they assumed, as the revelations follow one another. While Eren and Mikasa’s relationship remains on the front, the one between Ymir and Krista also comes to the fore, as do Reiner and Bertolt.
The second season continues the great combination of thriller, mystery, fantasy, drama and impressive action in the best way, with every question answered posing two more, as we also watch the fights, and particularly the deaths of protagonists, shaping the character of the ones left behind. Both these elements retain the agony for the whole duration of the season, which moves in rapid fashion through the impressive, filled with blood and violence action scenes, a number of which are of epic proportions.
At the same time, the social comments regarding religion, authority, friendship, and love provide an additional level for the title, that stresses the dramatic element, as the focus is placed on additional characters, apart from the original trio of Eren, Mikasa and Armin. Tetsuro Araki’s direction, this time with the assistance of Masashi Koizuka continues to be thrilling, implementing all the aforementioned elements in great fashion.
Technically, the title features outstanding drawing for a TV series, with the Beast Titan coming to add himself to the impressive design of the rest of the Abnormals. The animation by Wit Studio continues to amaze, with the movement of both humans and Titans being both realistic and stunning, particularly during the action scenes.
The second season of “Attack on Titan” is at least as great as the first, with the sole flaw being that it really leaves you hungry for more, as the story’s revelations create even more questions and everybody’s fate is hanging by a thread.
“Attack on Titan Season 2” will be also available in a DVD & Blu Ray Limited Edition with the following features:
Anime Expo 2017: Interview with Trina Nishimura, Tetsuya Kinoshita & Yui Ishikawa
Interview with Original Creator Hajime Isayama
Inside the Episode
Textless Opening & Closing Songs
24-page “Notes From Beyond the Wall: Part III”
60-page Art Book
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