Well, I did say that it wouldn’t be long before I polished off the second season. Here we are less than a week later and I pretty much binged most of Attack on Titan Season 2 thanks to my back pain altering my sleeping habits.
To put this into context, this second season in the Attack on Titan aired four years after the first one. At one cour long, where the episodes serve to introduce three other special titans and the ensuing battles, it does feel like this is more of a series fragment than a full blown season.
In terms of quality nothing has changed, but it feels like this set of episodes was released to keep Attack on Titan in the public consciousness whilst enough material was gathered to produced further larger seasons. It’s the same thing that Gintama does, but for them it works as that series has always been a mix of standalone and short arcs.
Watching this straight after the first season really helped this to feel in better context. I can only imagine what fans of the franchise felt when they waited so long for more story and were given such a brief season. Luckily I haven’t had that with a show I loved yet (as I am always playing catch-up), but I bet many fans were left unsatisfied by the non-conclusion at the end of the 12 episodes.
Having binged the first two seasons, it is going to be weird to an incredibly different dynamic to watch the third season week-by-week. Especially as this third season will be the first time that I am watching Attack on Titan where I haven’t read the manga. Given that it is two cours long and they have enough material to have a fully fleshed out season, I am really pumped that this third one could be the best season yet.