Thursday, May 4, 2017

Attack on Titan: A Sincere Apology (Warning, Sarcasm)

The first season of Attack on Titan first aired in 2013. It's 2017 now. We have all literally waited for 4 years for Season Two. The question is, has it been worth the wait? Was it lived up to our expectations? And why were the creator sending out apology letters???
Ha, made you click. I have been called the master of click bait. The creators of the Attack on Titan anime paid to have a full, first-page ad with a sincere apology. In it, they basically say that they're sorry about the disruption they're going to cause in everyone's lives when the first episode of Season Two comes out. Everyone will be skipping out on social activities, work, family, and other basic human things in order to watch the premiere. In a nutshell, they're saying that Season Two is going to be so awesome that people are going to drop everything just to watch it. Pretty bold move, and they really raised the bar for themselves, making people have pretty high expectations for what is going to come.

But while it seemed like they couldn't possibly live up to the standards that they have set for themselves at this point, and all of the hype that has been building up for four years... They somehow did it. They managed to serve up an amazing second season that was everything viewers were hoping for and much more.

So far the art and key frames have all been consistent with the previous season, sporting the same deep lines and vivid expressions that really amplify the depth of the characters struggles. We have seen more titan designs as of late, and I'm bold enough to say that there may have even been improvements on new designs. The titans have gotten even more spine-tingling, the horror of their existence bleeding through the screen. The movement patterns for the Titans have always been sporadic, but now it seems like there's a certain aura to them, like a toddler taking its first steps with boundless confidence. A lot of effort usually goes into character movements, as that's what helps distinguish them, make them more realistic, and that has definitely shown through with the Titan movements.

The characters and plot are also on point, there's a lot of foreshadowing and plot twists that make it incredible. There's a lot more background story, which everyone is so happy about. While a lot of this is already adressed in the manga, which is incredible, it's just an entirely different perspective when seeing it in the anime, which brings the manga to justice. There's something about seeing a series made to its full potential that makes the story even more enjoyable.

So far, Attack on Titan has been worth the wait. All of our frustration have been blown out of the water, and we eagerly await each new episode.