Attack on titan season first was one of the more engrossing anime that I have watched in a long time. I have been waiting for season 2 for a long time and all this while clicking away on my computer just to get hold of the teeniest bit of any teasers – and finally its here. Talk about hype.
Okay. So the first season ended with a note of a cliffhanger. Mind you that it was not a complete cliffhanger since few of the issues were actually resolved but then several new questions were also raised. Of course it was also very satisfying since we did
get the big showdown in the end.
The second season starts at the exactly the same place the first left off. The big reveal is immediately addressed and from there the story gains momentum. I have heard a few people calling the first episode a recap - it is most definitely not a recap.
Till now the story has done very well to accommodate all the characters. Most anime make mess of things as the plot gets more involved and more characters are introduced. Thankfully Attack on Titan makes sure to give enough time to the side characters without making you feel that the MC’s are being side lined. All the while making sure that intricacies of the plot are not lost to the audience
With the previous season’s mysteries still left to be solved and more questions still coming out the anime has gained a certain positive momentum. Now let’s just hope that the mysteries are resolved in this season.
The second season of AoT only confirms what we already knew. You can polish a turd as much as you want, but at the end of the day its still just a turd. Horrible characters, a complete absence of a plot, more awful pacing issues, and just all around crappy writing. Not a whole lot happens, and it honestly baffles me how anyone can take this train wreck of a series seriously. But amazingly enough, people somehow find a way to defend it. Although i think its hilarious that by far the most common defense I hear for it is "well a lot of people
like it so it must be good". You and I both know that's a terrible argument David, try harder than that. In the end all this series really turns out to be is a horribly written soap opera with bad characters in which nothing pertaining to the plot(or lack thereof) actually happens.
I know a lot of people think I'm just being ridiculous and overreacting with a score of 1/10, but lets break this down and look at it piece by piece.
First off, the characters. Honestly how could anyone think any of these central characters are good? Eren is a whiny prick who just screams for no reason the entire series, Armin is just unbearable, Mikasa was ok at first but immediately grew dull and boring, both her and Levi are Mary Sues who are inexplicably overpowered for no reason(other than being Asian... yeah that's some inexcusably shitty writing right there). You know a series has massive issues when the only semi-likeable character is known for eating potatoes.
Next lets take a look at the concept and plot. The concept by itself isn't terrible, its similar to the beginning of some very good series like Gurren Lagann and Xenoblade Chronicles, but the author doesn't really develop anything from there. Now onto the plot.... It doesn't really have one. I know that seems like an exaggeration but it really isn't. In the first season the only events that pertain even remotely to any kind of central story was that Eren can turn into a titan, and so could others. That's it, that's literally fucking it. That's unacceptable for a 25 episode season. If it had an arc-based story structure like Hunter x Hunter then that would be one thing, but it doesn't. Now in the 2nd season we're getting into all this political bullshit that still has nothing to do with any sort of central story, and even completely caught up in the manga it STILL doesn't have anything close to a central plot yet. I'm sorry but that's just terrible no matter how you look at it. A few idiots have told me that the plot is "monsters are eating people"... that's not a plot, that's a concept.
Lets take a look at the actual writing quality. Now this part is mostly subjective but I might as well at least talk about it a little. The dialogue between characters is often incredibly bland and boring, but that pretty much goes along with the before mentioned bad characters. The writing for the plot is practically nonexistent as mentioned before. So lets look at the method of combat for the series, even though there actually isn't much action throughout it. The grappling hooks and duel wielding swords, admittedly an interesting concept at first glance, but in practice as an anime it just feels so repetitive after the first one or two times its done. They just zip around and go for the neck, zip around and go for the neck again, just the same thing over and over again. Its not clever, its not well written, its just boring. Now as bad as that was, the fact that Eren has the ability to turn into a titan actually makes it much worse. Because this completely erased the significance of the only decent arc in the entire series, the training camp. This arc was the only time Eren was even a remotely good and interesting protagonist. He struggled in a way that people can relate to, and he worked hard to improve himself when it came to mastering the gear. Then the moment he turned into a titan, all that just got thrown out the window and he's been his old bitchy self ever since.
Everyone salivates about the animation quality and soundtrack of the series, but animation quality doesn't mean anything when nothing of interest ever happens during the series. The AoT OST isn't bad in the sense that it created appealing music, but the composer did a horrible job creating music that fits well with the series. I'm convinced the only reason people like this series as much as they do is because of the openings, which make it feel like its an intense action-packed series, when in reality its nothing but a poorly written drama with horrible characters. Seriously, the OST would be better suited for a video of a guy eating hotdogs than AoT itself.
And to the mods. EVERYTHING listed in this review is relevant to the second season. Even things specifically mentioned from the first season are very important to examining elements and character depths of the currently airing season. To be honest, the fact that I have to sit here and talk about how details and backstory are important to properly analyze a series or season is very concerning. This is something you all should already understand in great detail.
So, fucking 4 episode in when this review was written. Alot of shit has happen eh? I personally think AOT is a very overrated show, that can only deliver the tropes of here's an almost unbeatable group of monsters or beings, so now they fight for survival. That sorta setting isn't really all that complicated, but rather, extremely too straight forward and simple. But however, hohoho, this season so far is something else. Not only did we finally get to delve into some mystery and introduction to more characters, side character's background (the more interesting ones in the series, im bored with Eren/Armin/Mikasa sorta drama
tbh), more revelation about the titan itself, a new antagonist (that's not titans in general or titan shifter with no tangible reason as to why they wanted to go against humanity), and the even more complicated kind of setting and plot twist to this anime about the past. In addition to that, the portrayal of human psychology was too real. This is probably the most realistic aspect that the author and the director has tackle for the state of the mind of the character in certain circumstances, like the state of being shock, or crying in tears for mercy or help. There're also some other interesting theme to this as well, with the sentimental (protect your love ones, abide by your religion etc.) vs logic (soldier and humanity should priotize saving, not go against protecting humanity), deep talks on some philosophical thoughts (like priotizing your culture and community, or abandon them to save other culture and other community). All of that, I could only say that this anime, at least season 2 of AOT, is now my new favorite anime of all time. No other anime, tv series, movies and such would ever approach a story like the way the author of AOT had written this story. If you are just like me who couldn't even see the worth in season 1 of AOT, season 2 of AOT is definitely something else, the approach is so different from its previous season and I guarantee, this season is amazing.
If you've never read the manga then this is one of those few anime, or plot where the audience can actually theorize along their way of watching until the revelation has been reveal. As far as I know, you dont even have to be a hardcore fan of the series to share your conjecture.
Arguably one of the best written anime ever. The storyline begins in a civilization not too technologically advanced, where large creatures called titans that resemble humans but with no reproductive organs, attempt to eat humans who have trapped themselves in walls for protection. Humans fight back with the used of 3-D maneuver gear which allows them to grapple from buildings and use a gas system to travel at speeds high enough to use swords that cut the back of titans necks (their only weak point). That is simply the jist, but there are so many good literary elements used in this show the foreshadowing of
episodes leaves heavy anticipation, the multiple points of view in season 2 are a refreshing way to tell a story, not to take away from the flashbacks and keeping the watcher in the dark that makes season 1 so intense. The battles and animation are magnificent and the reveals are crazy a must watch for all anime viewers.