Disclaimer: This article is for those who have not read ahead in the manga and are solely following along with the anime.
Season one of Attack on Titan feels like a lifetime ago. It has been 5 years since the original season premiered in the US, and now, this Saturday, April 1, Attack on Titan Season 2 returns to us and here’s what you need to know.
*Spoilers from season 1 ahead
Season one left off with Eren and the scouts defeating Annie in her titan form, but not before she was able to encase herself in crystals. Erwin has been taken to the government inquiry where he must defend the plan that ultimately captured Annie, but at the cost of hundreds of civilian lives. The most intense part of his inquiry defense was not that he was willing to sacrifice so many lives, but that there was undoubtedly proof that there were humans that could change into titans living within the walls of the city, and that he plans to use them to fight the titans on the outside.
Previously, we reported that season 2 would dive into a bit more of Eren’s past and his father’s work. This hopefully will reveal how/why Eren can turn into a titan and even perhaps why Annie could as well. However, in the final episode of season one we see a flashback of Annie’s father telling her to hold hate in her heart and to return home. Perhaps her origin story differs from Eren’s as she is from a country village, far from where Eren was born.
In December, a teaser trailer was released that gave us some insight as to what season 2 was all about. There was definitely more to the titans than initially thought by those within the wall as it seems there are some titans that are protecting the people from OTHER titans. Who those titans are it is hard to say. Of course, there is Eren who wants nothing more than to kill every last titan, but as Erwin said, there are more titans within the walls and who knows what their motives are.
Finally, last week the official trailer for season 2 was released and it really showcases the variety of titans…
(Excuse all the watermarks, the original trailer does not have them, but it also doesn’t have subtitles)
Not only are there new titans, but there is a titan that can talk, and one that is awoken by the sunlight(?). Which side these titans are on it is hard to say, but while war rages between the humans and the titans, and now the titans and the titans, we cannot forget that humans also have warred against each other throughout time. Part of what makes this story so captivating is the extremely human element in a world where you’d think humanity would be the least of their concerns.
Attack on Titan season 2 will release on Saturday, April 1 on Funimation Now with a simulcast from the airing in Japan. Crunchyroll will also be streaming season 2.
Image Source: Wit Studio, Funimation