The anime adaptation of Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan manga returns after a four year absence with the second season. The director for this season of the anime was Masashi Koizuka, and the music was composed by Hiroyuki Sawano. The studios that produced it were Wit Studio and Production I.G.
Attack on Titan‘s second season aired as part of the spring 2017 season of anime. The first and second seasons are both available to watch on Crunchyroll.
The second season of Attack on Titan picks immediately from where the first season left off. At the beginning of the second season, the focus is on the church and their connection to the walls. However, as the season progresses, all that is pretty much swept aside in favour of other plot points.
An improvement that the second season has over the first is a greater focus on the supporting cast.
So for those who don’t particularly enjoy hearing Eren’s shouting, season 2 provides some relief. Eren is still present, however, and his personality remains the same as it ever was. At least that’s consistent. Eren also continues to play a key role in the story, so there’s no total escape from him.
The Titan’s designs are just as varied as ever, with a mix of weird and wonderful – well, maybe not so much wonderful. The Beast Titan appears early on, and proves to be quite a formidable being. Unfortunately, this is another thing that really doesn’t go anywhere; the Beast Titan turns up and does its thing, then disappears.
Wit Studio has created some amazing animation for this season of Attack on Titan, but there are some times when they use CG – large groups of horses seems to be the favourite for that. It does stand out a fair bit, but it’s not enough to have any effect on how much one might enjoy this season.
Part of that might come from being far too distracted from some of the crazy bombshells that get dropped during the story. Manga readers will already be aware, but those who choose to only watch the anime are in for a rollercoaster ride.
Going back to the amazing animation, action scenes look great in motion. Whether it’s Titan vs. Titan fights, or seeing the humans zoom around with their 3D manoeuvre gear, Wit Studio does these scenes justice.
It’s not all about the thrill of a fight, though, and there’s plenty of despair as Titans chomp down on those unlucky humans. Of course, there’s plenty of blood splattering around to go with that as well.
Much like in the first season, Hiroyuki Sawano’s soundtrack is brilliant. There’s plenty of pieces that stand out, though identifying specific scenes that they go with will only result in spoilers. If you enjoyed the soundtrack for the first season, then you’ll most likely enjoy the second as well.
There’s more than a handful of flashbacks throughout season 2. Whilst they do help to divulge more information about certain characters, some might see them as ways to fill an episode’s runtime. When it comes down to it, they do build upon certain characters and relationships, so they aren’t all bad.
There are also times when it just seems like characters sit around talking; however, dialogue can advance a plot. It’s not necessary to have a character go somewhere to have the story move forward. Whether that’s the case for the exposition-heavy scenes here is up to the viewer to decide.
With it’s greater focus on its supporting cast, Attack on Titan‘s second season is a slight improvement over the first. Perhaps having less episodes means less chances for its flaws to show.
A worthy follow-up to the first season, particularly for those who enjoyed it. Seeing more from secondary characters is great, but it is still in essence more Attack on Titan. Whether that is a good thing or a bad thing is entirely subjective.
Attack on Titan will get a 3rd season in 2018, so there’ s still hope for plot points brought up in this season that didn’t go anywhere.