So i just finished up the second season of Attack on Titan. Honestly I dont know how to feel about it. Part of me was pretty impressed and happy with the overall quality of the show, but then another side of me is a little…. lets say unsatisfied.
I always enjoy the animation. I find that WIT tend to do a bang up job in this department and as an animation buff this is always something i look at first when watching anime. Its not necessarily a deal breaker but it can seriously affect my view on a series. The music was also top knotch. Coming off the back of the soundtrack we saw in the first season this was no surprise and the music stayed amazing throughout the season up to and including the final episode.
The problems I had with AoT2 stem from the serious pacing issues during the mid point of the season, we’ll get to that soon. I can easily say I thoroughly enjoyed the show. Parts of it got me so hyped and made me jump out of my seat in excitement, especially the last episode!
To start things off I’d like to point out that I haven’t read the manga and i can appreciate that those who do, know a lot more about these things I am about to discuss. That being said, I’m looking at this as “anime only” so this is how someone in my shoes may feel about the direction of the show.
So the first season ended with a big ol face appearing out of a crack in the wall. I remember it vividly as a “WHAT THE FUCK!?” moment. 4 years later I was pretty hyped to finally find out what that was all about, or at the very least a clue to finding out.
Try as she might to threaten the Church priest with all manner of insanity. He would not give her any information. He would rather die that tell her it seems. All we know is that these wall Titans need to stay out of the sunlight or its probably game over. That’s it. I waited 4 years for that!? Ok… so that’s an over exaggeration. There are plenty of other things I want to know about leading on from season one, so I can let that go.
But as we go further into season two i begin to realise that I am being drip fed awnsers to my questions like a puzzle to be completed, whilst being handed much bigger pieces to deal with. From a story telling standpoint this isn’t always a bad thing, but I cant help feeling that Attack on Titan is fooling me into thinking I want the next episode by giving me more unanswered questions. At some point I have to ask myself, am I really enjoying this? Or is my curiosity merely getting the better of me?
Pacing people, Pacing!
I might get some flack for saying this but… Attack on Titan has too many flashbacks. Don’t get me wrong, most of them add some form of value to the plot, I just feel that you could easily condense a lot of what is said into far fewer scenes. I can only speak for myself but sometimes the flashbacks take me right out of the zone during the episode.
What really ruined the flow for me though was how the pacing broke down around the middle of the season. Episodes 1 through 7 were pretty good for me in this regard. Plenty of action and back story to please me all whilst driving current events forward. The following 2 and a half episodes kind of triggered me…
Why in the name of the great animu gods did we need 2 and a half episodes of basically nothing? I’m not even talking about the action here. For 2 and a half episodes nothing happened and we learned nothing new. No new information entered my ears. It was basically just Reiner and Bertholdt dodging around any questions thrown at them whilst Ymir contemplates life and tries to decide whos side shes on.
Epic final episodes!
Even with everything I just said, holy shit did the final two episodes make me happy! I was gripped and thrilled throughout! Mikasa once again affirming to me that she is a complete badass who isn’t remotely afraid of doing what she deems necessary to save Eren. Armin shows us his dark side and this made me literally flip my shit, Armin you little demon you, I love you! The whole cast played their parts so well in these final few episodes, everyone had something to offer and I was very impressed with how this was handled. From Hannes showing us what he is made of to the 104th coming together to try to talk things through with Reiner and Bertholdt.
Finally, contradictory to what i said earlier about unanswered questions. The final seen with Eren was mind blowing! What the hell is the “coordinate”? I NEED TO KNOW NOW!
Overall I thought this season of Attack on Titan was fine. It wasn’t amazing by it was certainly an enjoyable watch and I’m definitely hyped for the next season. Bring on 2018!
What did you think of the current season? Do you have your own concerns or can offer any relief to mine? Let me know in the comments!
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