The creators behind Attack on Titan revealed at the “Shingeki Matsuri” event on Sunday, July 4th that the latest installment of the show will return in the spring of 2017. The announcement also revealed a new poster for the upcoming season originally slated for 2016. The first season aired from April-September 2013. Both Funimation and Crunchyroll streamed the season as it aired in Japan and Funimation released the series to home media in 2014.
The story is about a trio of teenagers named Eren, Misaka, and Armin who join the Survey Corps in order to battle man-eating Titans. The series takes place in a post-apocalyptic era in which these Titans dominate the planet while mankind has been driven into a single three-walled city. Later Eren finds out that he has the power to turn into a Titan and uses that power to battle Titans for the future of humanity. The group eventually comes across other humans with the same ability but not all of them are allies. Attack on Titan also explores issues like corruption, poverty, civil rights, religion and freedom of speech and it’s balanced with plentiful amounts of visceral imagery.
The first season inspired two compilation anime films in 2014 and 2015. The manga has also inspired numerous spinoff manga books, novels, a two-part live-action film adaptation, a live-action web series, and an OVA. Two of the spinoff manga Attack on Titan: No Regrets and Attack on Titan: Junior High received anime adaptations of their own. Author Hajime Isayama launched the manga in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in 2009, and Kodansha published the 19th volume in Japan on April 8. Kodansha will publish the 20th volume on August 9. Kodansha publishes the manga in print in English, and it published the 18th volume on April 5. Crunchyroll also publishes the manga in English digitally as new chapters are published in Japan.