“The dimming prayers have been heard as they finally decided to “Release the Kraken”.
It’s been four exhausting years since WIT Studio has presented us with its worldwide phenomenal that shattered our brains with horror and thrill, and then ran away with a cliffhanger and never came back as promised. No wonder so many people bailed, hoping for a sequel and just read the manga, including me. Though my love for the manga will not affect my judgment. So with that been said, let’s get into the sequence to be blessed with a colossal series with amazing fighting scenes, a shit ton of crying cowards and gargantuan steamy hen dolls. Attach on Titan Season 2.
I don’t need to mention spoiler alert cause you will not be here if you haven’t completed the prequel.
Now, Mankind was slaughtered near extinction by monstrous humanoid creatures called Titan. To ensure their survival, the remnants of humanity began living with defensive barriers, three circles of gigantic walls. However, that fragile calm is soon shattered when a colossal titan manages to breach the supposedly impregnable outer wall, reigniting the fight for survival against the man-eating abominations. After witnessing a horrific personal loss at the hands of the invading creatures, Eren Yeager dedicates his life to their eradication by enlisting into the Survey Corps, an elite military unit that combats the merciless humanoids outside the protection of the walls. In his second encounter with colossal titan we find out that Eren himself is a titan, that his father somehow turned him into one. As people got scared and was at the point of extermination, Captain Levi managed to convince them to use this power to save humanity. After a long night of discussion they decided to go and find out what is in the basement of the Yeagar’s household. On their way they’ve encountered a female titan. Things got scarier when they find out that female titan was Annie Leonhart, a member of Military Police. After a steamy clash with Eren, Annie got defeated and covered her body in an unbreakable crystal. This fight led to a crack on the wall and we find out there is a titan in it. To be continued.
Season 1 Overview
Many anime properties explore death but few ruminate on the visceral reality of it. In a way Titans are the physical personification of death. A walking reminder of human mortality. Sort of existential confrontation with the inevitability of demise. It’s pretty horrifying. However, the darkest element of the series isn’t the eerily introspective congratulations with death nor the fact that Titans have no genitals. It’s the construction of society itself. With German people living in German mansions on Nazi Cart Schmitt’s philosophy as a contrast. So, with such vivid construction, how come something went so wrong? It’s because they raised the bar too high. Expectations grows along with time doesn’t drops. For that lets loose the gentle writing style and be more critic to it.
1. Tetsurō Araki : Araki was the series director of Attack on Titan season 1, movie part 1 and 2. But for some reason he is now the Cheif Director of the second season. Araki’s talent lied in making mundane situations feel dramatic. No-one can denies his talent for letting his characters eat chips. Season 1 had that dramatic atmosphere where death was a constant threat. Every person had to survive every minute of their existence. Those who don’t, fall into the list of tragedies. Araki directed these aspects beautifully. He can even turn a quiet dining into a room of despair. Something season 2 has failed to capture. Sometimes it felt like the characters are shouting way too much to make it up for it. And few times it just pure loose cannons.
How people do it
How Araki do it
2. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress and Owari no Seraph : When AOT first released, it felt something new and original. But then came these two series by the same studio with the same type story and background. In Kabaneri, we see humans live within walls in fear of Kabane, virus infected humans with a hunger for human flesh. Seems familiar? That’s not all. The main character is half human half Kabane.
In Seraph, the main character is also half human half “something else”, living in a world where humans are nearly extinction and also in a constant fear of vampires. When you made something original, it’s best to leave it original. Diving into same type of project increases arrogance, which can leads to catastrophe, not only for the rip-offs but the original story itself.
3. Long 4 years : Like I said, many people fade-up and read the manga, which I think was their intention all along, cause the artstyle of the manga is quite repelling. The story is excellent with foreshadowing, where a mere hint or a simple conversation can lead to a severe development in far distant future. Like a simple steam on Eren’s head lead to the biggest plot twist of the entire Arc. It hides the facts long before anyone can even be suspicious. But these long awaiting screwed these gems for those who haven’t read it. They don’t have friends anymore who they can discuss about their thoughts and predictions and not get spoiled.
4. lack of Gore : Though it looks like a miner issue but it’s not. When you want to make a horrifying situation, it needs to be bloody and messy to channel the horror psychologically.
5. Plot Armor : Another disappointment I find is the lack of plot Armor for the entire supporting cast. The anime always tend to show actions of a fight in tandem with the musical score which was very entreating. Was, because now it’s very lackey here and there.
6. Only 12 Episodes : That’s it, that itself is the reason. After so long that’s what they came up with. The intentions were clear. They wanted to hype us back up for the latest season. But we’re talking about this season, so the package is no longer important. A OVA would’ve been nice.
What went right:
No matter the validation of these points there are things that still astonished us in time to time.
- The Opening: Attack on Titan is known for its patriotic presentations. Which make Guren No Yumiya phenomenol. The opening from season 2 managed to capture such realism.
- Fighting Scenes: The fighting scenes are what defines AOT, a gore presentation of a person’s ferocious struggle and a win with some unexpected elements. Considering how strong the source material really is, it’s something expected. But it’s the execution where they crafted. The 2D animation with 3D frames felt refreshing as always with AOT.
- Execution of Plot Twist: if I may give some insights, the plot twist of Reinar and Burhtold being the Collosal and Armor Titan was executed with just the same casualty in the manga too. Makes you doubt your own eyes. And the anime did the same, being honest with its source material.
Attack on Titan is a worldwide phenomenon that demands attention. The Anime that spread the name Wit Studio over sea and introduced to western cultures, it felt shamefully disappointing.