**Disclaimer: Spoiler alert for the first two episodes of season two.**
The opening to the twelve episode Attack on Titan sequel is exactly what you expect of Production I.G.’s adaptation of Hajime Isayama’s popular human suffering drama: loud, dramatic and intensely graphic.
The composer behind the soundtrack to Kill la Kill, Seven Deadly Sins and the original Attack on Titan season, Hiroyuki Sawano, returns with fantastically emotional and atmospheric music making every scene captivating. Season two’s opening “Shinzou wo Sasageyo” by Linked Horizon suggests a lot of Titan vs Titan action and blockbuster set pieces. The ending theme by Shinsei Kamattechan “Yuugure no Tori” is haunting, hinting at the early signs of Titans in the series’ canonical history.
The first two episodes have excellently delivered character development and engaging moments without flaunting its main trio: Eren, Mikasa and Armin. Episode One introduces the conflict of the season quite declaratively: Wall Rose has been breached and Titans are roaming around the once protected city. It's a storyline that reminds us of the impending threat Titans have on humanity. Episode Two poignantly reflects the effect Titans have on two of the more minor characters' lives in the show, Sasha and Connie.
The writing in season two is clever and self-aware; dealing with themes of xenophobia, family and classism. From what I’ve seen so far, Isayama resolves my biggest complaint about the original series with a tight well-paced plot, multiple well-written storylines and more spotlight on the lesser known members of the Survey Corps.
Even though we’re only two episodes in, Attack on Titan Season Two is off to a good start. It’s a promising high stake drama, with mystery and world building. Fans of the manga can vouch for how exciting the upcoming arc is, and the short one-cour season could actually result in more consistently crisper and cleaner animation than what we saw four years ago.
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