★Writer: Richard K. Moe
“Eren Jaeger swore to wipe out every last Titan, but in a battle for his life he wound up becoming the thing he hates most. With his new powers, he fights for humanity’s freedom facing the monsters that threaten his home. After a bittersweet victory against the Female Titan, Eren finds no time to rest—a horde of Titans is approaching Wall Rose and the battle for humanity continues”. (ANN)
Behind The Anime:
★Original Creator – Hajime Isayama (Attack on Titan Series)
★Animation Studio – Wit Studio (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, Seraph of the End, The Rolling Girls)
★Chief Director – Tetsuro Araki (High School of the Dead, Guilty Crown, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress)
★Series Composition – Yasuko Kobayashi (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Casshern Sins, Shakugan no Shana)
★Music – Hiroyuki Sawano (Kill la Kill, Guilty Crown, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress)
- The characters are all strong hearted, brave, and likable as before.
- The characters, although some very powerful, feel human and relatable when thrown in life or death situations.
- Side characters like Sasha and Conny are given much more depth than before.
- Even though some characters are show cased for just a moment, it’s hard to not care about them.
- The goals and motives of the characters feel convincing.
- The titans are frightening, horrendous, and down right creepy.
- There are many different type of new hideous and scary titans.
- Deaths are memorable and shocking.
- Hopeless and stressful moments are written very well.
- What a person would do to survive and how they react when thrown in a life or death situation is captured perfectly.
- Things like resources and the layout of the battle field is thought about when fighting titans.
- There are moments where the dialogue exchanges between the characters feel realistic.
- One specific moment that Eren and Mikasa share in Episode 11 is one of the most beautifully written scenes i’ve ever seen.
- The solutions and outcomes are unpredictably exciting.
- The twists and turns are mouth dropping.
- Every episode ends with you asking more questions and wanting answers.
- The fights and battles are exhilarating and cleverly written.
- Episode 10 delivers some of the most moving and heart attack inducing moments of the show.
- The conclusion of this season is amazing, breath taking, and emotional.
- The cinematic camera work is awe inspiring.
- Emotional moments, frightful moments, and even hopeful moments are thoroughly convincing.
- Fear and horror is felt every moment the titans appear on screen.
- You can feel the emotion of each individual character when they are faced against the titans.
- Fights and battles are gripping and spine tingling.
- The tension that is felt in battles can be also found in the explosive arguments.
- Heroic moments are moving and scream out worthy.
Animation, Illustrations, and Character Designs
- The fluidity of the titans and corp fighters is spectacular.
- Everything from the horrifying titans to the terrified townsfolk is illustrated in excellent quality most of the time.
- The characters facial expression’s are so detailed that I can feel every emotion they’re feeling.
- From the trees to the skies, the scenery looks amazing.
- The dark and bold lined character designs look wonderful.
- The opening theme, “Shinzou wo Sasageyo!”, by Link Horizon is another grand and heroic song,
- The ending theme, “Yūgure no Tori” by Shinsei Kamattechan is an eerie yet beautiful song that perfectly captures the show.
- The background music is fierce and terrific.
- The first episode of this season does not feel like a first episode nor does it feel like a welcome back instead it just picks up right after where season 1 ended off as if it was apart of the same season.
- The back tracking can throw off the fast pacing.
- Although likable, some of the characters can be a bit flat.
- There are moments that don’t feel entirely convincing due to how cliche they are or how they are executed. (E.G. Episode 4 has many moments that are meant to be intense and thrilling but come off as cliche and poor. Another example is in Episode 8, where there is a flashback of Eren, Mikasa, Armin as children that came out cliche and predictable. And even Ymir’s motive for saving a certain somebody is a bit too cliche and unconvincing.)
- There is a big reveal in episode 5 that isn’t entirely convincing due to how nonchalant the scene is.
- There are some slow and dull moments. (E.G. Episode 8 specifically felt slow and tiring due to it’s mundane story telling and flashback.)
Directing, Animation, and Illustrations
- There are moments throughout the show that have a bit too much still frame sequences to show case events.
- There are some noticeable moments where the animation isn’t at its best. Specifically the middle episodes.
- The CG colossal titan is horrendous looking and breaks the world’s immersion.
- Not only does the colossal titan look atrocious in CG but the regular titans as well.
- Character illustrations look noticeable odd in further episodes.
Even with some problems, Attack on Titan delivers another emotional, intense, and captivating thrill ride that many Anime simply cannot compete with. When I say another amazing season, I mean it.
I repeat “AMAZING”.
(Reference Source for “Behind The Anime” – Anime News Network)