It hasn’t even been four years since the last episode of Attack on Titan’s first season aired in Japan, but it’s felt like forever. Thankfully, the long-awaited second season launches April 1, so soon we’ll finally have more than just 25 episodes to watch. And for a popular anime series with such crossover appeal to people who wouldn’t necessarily call themselves “anime fans,” it’s about time. Who could have guessed a show about a walled city under siege by naked giants would set the world on fire?
We haven’t heard all that much about Attack on Titan season two, but what’s been released definitely sounds intriguing. Here’s everything you need to know about the further adventures of Eren and company.
Where Can I Watch It?
If you’d like to start watching Attack on Titan season two as soon as it starts airing in Japan, the streaming network Funimation will be simulcasting the series weekly starting on April 1—meaning it’ll be available in America as soon as it airs in Japan. Plus, you can watch this new season dubbed or with its original Japanese language track (plus English subtitles). While you can watch Funimation’s library for free with ads, the network also allows users to sign up for a free 14-day trail. After that, it’s $5.99 a month to access a surprising amount of ad-free content.
How Will It Follow Up the First Season?
To start, we have the official blurb for season two, which provides a pretty broad overview of what to expect:
Eren Jaeger swore to wipe out every last Titan, but in a battle for his life he wound up becoming the thing he hates most. With his new powers, he fights for humanity’s freedom facing the monsters that threaten his home. After a bittersweet victory against the Female Titan, Eren finds no time to rest—a horde of Titans is approaching Wall Rose and the battle for humanity continues!
Seeing as the first season held some pretty big mysteries, it’s likely the creative forces behind Attack on Titan season two are being intentionally vague. That said, an interview with Yuki Kaji, who provides protagonist Eren’s voice in the Japanese-language version, revealed a few more bits of information.
A new Titan, the Beast Titan, will serve as one of the major focuses of season two. Readers of the Attack on Titan manga know the Beast Titan is a human with Titan-shifting powers similar to Eren, but intelligent, covered in hair, and possessing the ability to speak. It’s important to note that season two won’t be sticking to the plot of the manga, though some characterizations and events should remain the same between both versions of the story.
Who is the Creative Team on Season 2?
While nothing has been directly stated about the English-language dub, we at least know the Japanese cast will be assuming their former roles for this new Attack on Titan season, with one exception. Keiji Fujiwara, who played Hannes in season one, is currently taking a break from voice acting for health reasons.
The biggest change comes in the form of Attack on Titan’s new director, Koizuka Masashi—and it’s his first time in this particular role. Season one director Tetsuro Araki will still be around, though in more of a supervisor role as the chief director. And while Masashi hasn’t held this position before, he’s already had a long career in the anime industry dating all the way back to 2002.
Thankfully, the key figures from Attack on Titan’s production staff will be back for season two. What we don’t know is whether or not the entire cast of the first-season English dub will be returning for this newest season. As we get closer to its premiere date, though, we should start hearing more from Funimation.
The Wait’s Almost Over
While Attack on Titan fans have been able to subsist off of the currently-running manga series of the same name, nothing beats seeing those amazing Titan battles brought to life with the power of great animation. And, from the information we have so far, Attack on Titan season two seems like it’ll be just as action-packed as season one. In any case, we’ll find out when it premieres on Funimation this April 1.