I was fortunate enough to have picked up and watched FUNimation’s Blu-ray release of the complete first season of Attack on Titan right before Season 2 started, so the story was still rather fresh in my mind. Fortunately, for viewers who jumped into Attack on Titan Season 2 without re-watching the first season, there was a recap given right before the opening credits to help jog the viewer’s memory. After the opening credits, the series jumped right back in where it had left off at the end of the first season.
Roughly the first half of the season was interesting to watch, because there was a good mixture of action and exposition taking place. There were at least four major reveals that happened over the course of the second season, and many of them change how the viewer perceives certain characters.
Unfortunately, not too long after the halfway point, the action slows down immensely. There’s one episode in there where, literally, all that happens is that four characters are talking up in the trees. Their dialogue is full of exposition, so it’s not all wasted chatter. However, there’s no real action to speak of during that episode. At the time I was watching it, it didn’t really hit me that it was just four people talking up in some trees… but after I finished the episode and thought about it, it hit me that that was what I had just seen.
Fortunately, there’s plenty of action in the final episode of Attack on Titan Season 2, but it’s a shame that there were a few episodes leading up to it that weren’t as strong as they could have been. That was going to be a problem with adapting this portion of the manga, though.
Overall, Attack on Titan Season 2 started out with a lot of promise early on, but that promise sputters out about halfway through. While the last episode picks the action back up, it almost felt like it was “too little, too late.” One of the best things to come out of this second season, though, is its opening theme song.
I was happy to see an announcement for a third season of Attack on Titan in 2018. I have read further ahead in the manga, so I know that a third season will be much more exciting. Expect more in the way of action in a third season, as well as some political intrigue. Depending on how far a third season gets, there could also be some major game-changing revelations that could come out as well.
Even though I was a little disappointed in Attack on Titan Season 2, I would still want to add it to my anime home video library at such a point that FUNimation releases it.
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The second half was definitely not great but that final episode at least gave us enough. I’m left with kind of mixed feelings about the season. I could pick away at so many of its faults but mostly I still enjoyed watching it.