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Attack on Titan Season 2 Review: Titans Are Back!

Here is “finally” the famous and long awaited Attack on Titan Season 2. When the announcement was made by the anime’s direction team that Shingeki no Kyojin Season 2 would “only” be 12 episodes, many fans expressed their disappointment. Despite that, we can say that this season was very well realized and adapted!

Why is Attack on Titan Season 2 that popular? Well, that’s simply because it’s astonishingly spectacular.

So, let’s review Attack on Titan Season 2!

Attack on Titan Season 2 Information

  •  Alternative Titles: Singeki no Kyojin, AoT, SnK
  •  Japanese Title: 進撃の巨人
  • Type: TV Anime
  • Number of Episodes: 12
  • Status: Finished Airing
  • Aired: From April 1st, 2017 to June 17th, 2017
  • Premiered: Spring 2017
  •  Studios: Wit Studio
  • Source: Manga
  • Genres: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery; Military, Super Power
  • Demographics: Shounen

The second season of the Attack on Titan anime tv series was produced by Production I.G’s Wit Studio and directed by Tetsurō Araki, with Yasuko Kobayashi handling series composition and Kyōji Asano providing character designs.

Attack on Titan Season 2 covers the story arcs (from chapters 35 to chapter 50) from the original manga series “Shingeki no Kyojin” by Hajime Isayama.

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Attack on Titan Season 2 Synopsis

Attack on Titan Season 2 Review: Titans Are Back!

The Attack on Titan series is set in a world where humanity lives inside an island, known as Paradis Island, surrounded by gigantic walls due to the Titans, monstrous humanoid beings who eat humans (See why Titans eat humans here).

The story follows the adventures of Eren Yeager and his childhood friends (Mikasa Ackerman and Armin Arlert) whose lives are changed forever after a Colossal Titan broke the wall of their homeland.

Vowing revenge and to reclaim the world from the Titans, Eren, Mikasa & Armin join the Scout Regiment (Corps Survey), an elite group of soldiers who fight Titans.

In Attack on Titan Season 2, Eren Yeager and his comrades have just begun to become full members of the Survey Corps. As they prepare themselves to face the Titans once again, their preparations are interrupted by the invasion of Wall Rose.

However, it is not as it seems as more mysteries are unraveled. As the Survey Corps aims to save the wall, they uncover more about the Titans Shifters and the dark secrets of their identities.

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Attack on Titan Season 2 Review: Story

Attack on Titan Season 2 Review: Titans Are Back!

Attack on Titan Season 2 jumps right into the meat of the show like a bullet train. It doesn’t rely on dull narratives to summarize dialogues but instead shows them through events.

Despite the engaging story, Shingeki no Kyojin Season 2’s mystery elements aren’t exactly difficult to decipher. It’s actually quite easy to assemble certain pieces together.

Every episode builds more and more into the story but some hints will be much more obvious than others. It leaves open to some predictable outcomes.

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However, it’s also arguable that Attack on Titan Season 2 succeeds at building up the suspense regardless how the outcome comes out to be. It injects psychology into the show through effective usage of narrative, dialogues, body language, and character interactions.

In some of the later episodes, we can see how certain characters show their true selves in ways that will be very memorable. It’s made even more effective through the timing of certain scenes.

Directing a show like Shingeki no Kyojin requires a creative mind to connect the script and I have to say, it did that pretty damn well. Finally, the faithfulness of the adaptation is satisfying.

In fact, some episodes are actually adapted even better than the manga thanks to the clever timings of key events.

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Attack on Titan Season 1 Review: Characters

Attack on Titan Season 2 Review: Titans Are Back!

The first few episodes of Shingeki no Kyojin Season 2 introduces the main characters again. Time hasn’t passed long either since they captured the Female Titan. However, we are introduced to new foes and challenges.

Shingeki no Kyojin fans will notice is perhaps from the trailer, a beast-like Titan covered with fur. Other conflicts in the second season include the evolving mystery of certain characters. The secrets they hold close gets more and more complicated as the story progresses and we learn their motives.

Furthermore, Attack on Titan Season 2 builds more into the character relationships outside of the main cast. To say the least, Season 2 isn’t just about the war against Titans, but how certain characters’ roles can impact the entire world.

Attack on Titan Season 2 attempts to do many things. At times, it feels like a fantasy war-drama while other times, it feels like a mystery thriller story. When you mix a lot of genres together, the show can be interpreted from many angles.

Mystery will no doubt be one of the key factors that keeps the story engaging for the viewers. From Shingeki no Kyojin Season 2, we’ll discover revelations about certain characters and what influences them to become what they are.

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These are often told through flashbacks and are done effectively through perspicacious storytelling. It shows rather than tells about events.

In addition, it makes us understand the characters better. Now for some fans, this could be a sign that the show will fall victim to “slow pacing”. It’s slightly true as I do wish some episodes would pick up the pace more. It can hold the show back for fans especially if it’s a character that they don’t care about.

However, it’s also important since Shingeki no Kyojin doesn’t toss away characters in favor of just the main cast. Major supporting characters such as Sasha, Ymir, and Krista get more characterization that was not seen from the first season.

Furthermore, the series still spends time to get viewers to understand more about the trio of our main cast: Eren, Mikasa & Armin.

Unfortunately with just 12 episodes, don’t expect the second season to give all the characters their chance to shine. If you’re a fan of Levi, then I’m afraid I got some bad news.

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Attack on Titan Season 2 Review: Music

Known for its high level production quality, Attack on Titan Season 2’s soundtrack doesn’t come far off either. Theme songs sound familiar compared to the previous season but have more symbolism and scenes poured into showcase its story.

Like most fans of the show, expectations for the OST should be high as Hiroyuki Sawano returns with his craft. It lives up to those expectations especially in some of the key moments that will leave you in awe.

Linked Horizon returns to perform the opening theme song for Attack on Titan Season 2. I initially wasn’t all that impressed with the piece, however as I continued to listen to it, the song really started to grow on me.

Finally, character voice mannerism just works wonderfully as the cast fits right into the shoes of their roles especially for characters like Reiner and Ymir.

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Attack on Titan Season 2 Review:  Animation

The animation was produced by Wit Studio, a new studio that serves as a surrogate of Production I.G. Regardless of its heritage, for a new studio to create such a massively impressive project is beyond incredible.

It’s pretty easy to say that Shingeki no Kyojin Season 2 is a firm example of how dark fantasy should look like. I actually had some complaints regarding the first season’s quality but those are pretty much nonexistent in this sequel.

Every episode looks fluid ranging from the intense action, character expressions, and choreography. To an extent, even the CG is done well and that’s no easy accomplishment for many shows.

Character expressions highlight characters’ personality as it gets the fans more excited about them. Singeki no Kyojin Season 2 pulls that off flawlessly with characters such as Eren, Mikasa, Reiner & Ymir.

I can also safely say that the Titans in Attack on Titan Season 2 look just as intimidating as fans can remember, if not more.

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Attack on Titan Season 2 Review:  Conclusion

Of course Attack on Titan Season 2 is “only” 12 episodes long, but it does not lack any action, beauty and twists! The spectator, throughout the episodes, discovers more about the Titans, who they are, what they are looking for…

We have a real character development, and we start to feel a little more the stakes which weigh on the shoulders of this poor Eren Yeager! Some emotional scenes quite touching are also present.

And of course, what would be Attack on Titan without dazzling scenes of fights & Titan transformations! We feel that Studio Wit really gave itself the means to succeed in the adaptation of this season, which I think we can qualify as “decisive” within the series.

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Mannou-Sama

A self-proclaimed otaku who have watched more than 1300 anime and aim to watch more than 2000. Japan and its culture intrigue me. I will be recommending you anime that will add both value and entertainment.
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