Attack on Titan season 2: Tetsuro Araki interview

I don’t usually like to share things that were actually released a while ago as if they’re new, but that’s kind of what I’m doing here, but if you haven’t seen this (much like I hadn’t until 15 minutes ago) then I think you might appreciate it!

Chief Director of the upcoming second season of Attack on Titan, Tetsuro Araki gave an interview earlier this month to Aniplus Asia about working on and what we can expect from the new season.

There was a lot in the interview, but if you haven’t got time to watch it at the moment, I’ll give you a quick run down on some of the things he said.

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The Attack on Titan Challenge #6 Hoped for moment in season 2

Season one of Attack on Titan gave us a largely fleshed out world within the walls of humanities existence, a cast of dynamic and generally interesting characters. That means, going forward to season two, there’s a lot that could happen, and a lot that we might want to happen. I’ve kinda ruined this challenge article for myself as I’m actually up to date with the manga which has gone past the end of what anyone is expecting for the conclusion of the second season. So, with that in mind, I’m going to do my best to pretend I don’t know what’s going on and I’ll be attempting to be quite vague in the specifics of things.

There are loads of things a person might want to happen in season two. As I mentioned, we’ve got lots of interesting characters and the world has been nicely developed for lots to happen going forward, that said the thing I’m looking forward to seeing in the next twenty-five episodes or so is to do with the titans.

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From the bookshelf: Smokin’ Parade Volume 1

Youkou Kakujou is used to looking after his disabled sister who for all of her life has been restricted to a wheelchair. Everything changes though when the medical organisation, Amenotori develop a way to transplant any part of the human body – including legs. With his sister Mirai able to walk, all seems to have improved in Kakujou’s world. Little did anyone know that a tiny proportion of Amenotori patients suffer from an awkward set of side effects: a desire for grotesque violence, loss/gain of limbs and a creepy animal head – becoming what is simply known as a spider.

It doesn’t take long for Smokin’ Parade to give us all of this information in chapter 1 as the innocent, if haphazard, Mirai Kakujou transforms from bubbly party organiser into demon, limb chopping rabbit.

First though, let’s go back a bit and talk about the protagonist of this sorry affair. Youkou Kakujou enters as a bit of an oddball – jumping from a bridge onto a car only to provide the driver with the trash he dropped moments earlier. This is part of Youkou’s ‘family rules’, of which there appear to be many.

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The Attack on Titan challenge #5 Favourite Titan

I’m not actually one of the people that think Titans are the most important aspect of Attack on Titan. I’ve always thought that the relationships between the characters and the fear they feel by being trapped is much more interesting than the humanoid, man eating giants themselves. That said: they’re still pretty cool.

When I came up with the one I wasn’t entirely sure if I wanted to choose a mindless titan or a human titan. After all, just because of the two, possibly four human titans we’ve met so far in the show are the most intelligent it doesn’t mean they would have to be the ones I like the most. I mean look at Hange’s favourites: Sonny and Bean!

As usual though, I’m just go to ignore my explanatory speel and go for one of the human titans anyway. In season 1, for me at least, the best titan has to be the main antagonist of the second half, the Female Titan.

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Sugoi Japan Awards 2017 Announced

The annual Sugoi Japan Award winners have been announced for 2017!

Voting for the annual awards took place between November 16 and January 3 across four categories: Manga, Anime, Ranobe (Light Novels) and Novels.

The top five anime is a pretty standard list with no real surprises – Joker Game comes in at number 3 above above One-Punch Man and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure which might seem a little odd, but for some reason Japanese anime fans have been loving Joker Game since it aired in Winter 2016.

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The Attack on Titan challenge #4 Hardest-to-deal-with death

This is an interesting one because after reading the later parts of the manga I can’t help but feel some of the later deaths are far worse than those we’ve seen in the anime so far. That said, I’m going to use some later manga context to decide my decision – though I won’t say what that is to prevent spoilers.

There are of course loads of deaths to choose from – in the first couple of arcs when the walls fall soldiers and family members die a lot, I mean Eren’s mother, Armin’s whole family, most of the soldiers in Shiganshina, 200 soldiers in Trost. In the second half when the Scout’s go beyond Wall Rose and encounter the Female Titan a lot of people – most notably the majority of the members of the Levi squad.

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I didn’t go for any of those though. In episode 13 after the smoke has cleared following the reclamation of Trost, just when the writers allow us to think the death by Titans has finished for an episode or two, we find one final death: Marco. It’s testament to the show that most of the cadets in the opening half that they all have very distinct traits and Marco is one that manages to hold everything together. Unashamedly afraid of fighting the titans and happy to be reliant on people that aren’t particularly strong themselves, he was a pillar of stability in a group of highly strung and frightened people.

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A quick update

Hey guys, just a quick one from me this evening and I’m afraid it isn’t very exciting.

I wanted to let you know about you things that I’ve been thinking about for a little while that I will either be thinking about harder or will be starting on the blog soon.

Firstly, as you may remember if you were around at the New Year, I talked about changing the name of the blog. It was meant to happen in January, I mentally told myself it would happen in February and now we’re in March and sad to say I’m no closer. Here’s hoping for a lightning bolt of inspiration. In all seriousness though, I would still like to change the name, The Tiny World of an Anime Amateur is fine, but I should face up to facts: it’s a bit of mouthful and it sounds a bit naff.

You may have also noticed in the last few weeks I’ve been having a bit of identity crisis – no not IRL, just with my display name! I moved away from showing my real name before coming back to it again. Like the site name, if I can think of good one I will change it, but my name is my name and I see no harm in having my name on this site for you guys to see.

I’ve also been thinking about spending some money on my site – you know, removing the .wordpress bit and getting some more storage as I quickly start to run out. As a result, I’m going to start using affiliate links: these will only be related to the things I write (so for example on my review of the Your Lie in April Blu-Ray, I would put a link to that product and so on) – I don’t want it to be intrusive, but if it could help towards future upkeep, even a little, that would be great.

Finally, I want to start writing more about manga. At the moment I sporadically review each chapter release of Attack on Titan, but apart from that, I do very little. This is pretty strange really as I actually read quite a lot more manga and work in a bookshop… so expect more manga goodness soon.

Thanks for reading as always! 🙂