Manga Entertainment’s second Attack on Titan collection contains the remaining twelve episodes of anime’s hottest property. The series continues to tell the tale of the last vestiges of humanity who are struggling to survive against a constant onslaught from gigantic man eating Titans. When part one concluded protagonist Eren Jaeger discovered that he has the power to transform into a Titan (a parting gift from his father who had previously injected him with a mysterious concoction.) The shape shifting power allowed Eren to repel a Titan invasion by augmenting his strength sufficiently to plug up a breach in his homeland’s protective wall. Being able to enlarge one’s body is a handy skill to have; although Titans don’t possess genitals so Eren is unable to grow where it really matters.
Following on from the events chronicled in part one, Eren’s fate hangs in the balance. Rather than being appreciative of his efforts, the army’s higher ups have decided to lock Eren in a cell and deliberate on what is to be done with him. Representatives from the military police want Eren executed out of concerns that he may go out of control and turn into a rampaging monster (much like your average shopper during Black Friday sales.) The army’s Scout division however sees potential in Eren, as having an friendly Titan could aid them in launching a counteroffensive on the gluttonous humanoids, which until now have left mankind cowering helplessly behind oversized walls.
After much deliberation the Scouts’ petition to conscript Eren is accepted, under the condition that the young recruit is able to demonstrate his worth out on the field. With this in mind the Scouts set off for Eren’s old stomping grounds to investigate his father’s cellar, which may house clues on the Titans’ origins. Eren’s transfer gives viewers the opportunity to become better acquainted with some of the supporting cast who were introduced at the latter end of part one. From the Scout’s ranks the enthusiastic Zoe Hange would have to be my favourite character. Her eccentric approach to Titan biology research gives this otherwise dark show some much-needed levity. Scout commander Erwin Smith is also an interesting chap. His tactical acumen lets him deduce story twists faster than his comrades or even the viewer. I bet he wasn’t surprised at all by how the Sixth Sense panned out.
Season one’s remaining episodes cement in place why Attack on Titan has become such a smash hit. A lesser show would have blown its interesting premise by turning the franchise into a gory Ultraman, were Eren protects his city from colossal invaders by transforming into a heroic Titan. Thankfully the ambitious plot keeps things interesting by continually upping the ante, which is no small task when you consider that the opening episodes had more drama than some animes have throughout their entire duration. The decision to shift the present story arc from the confines of a city to the surrounding woods was also wise, as the new setting keeps the action sequences feeling fresh.
The highlight of this set without a doubt is the appearance of a big boobed female Titan (she really puts the tit in Titan.) Unlike the other Titans, who are mindless zombies who act on instinct, this new adversary possesses intelligence and is able to crystalize her skin (thereby rendering the use of conventional weapons against her ineffective.) Given her cognitive reasoning it’s speculated that this new threat could be a shape shifter not unlike Eren. The ensuing hunt for a Titan spy masquerading as a human ends up being the focus of part two. Although her identity is eventually revealed the same cannot be said for other unresolved mysteries. Waiting for Studio Wit to animate more of the on-going manga is going to be most excruciating. Don’t blame me if I succumb to impatience and end up seeking out the source material in the interim.
FINAL RATING: FIVE STARS