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Attack on Titan directors tease major theme for Season 3 Part 2

Published: 23/Mar/2019 23:52 Updated: 24/Mar/2019 0:02

by Virginia Glaze


With the second part of popular anime Attack on Titan’s third season looming on the horizon, fans are more tense than ever – and the directors may have teased something “colossal” for the show ahead of release.

[WARNING: Spoilers ahead!]

According to chief directors Tetsuro Araki and Masashi Koizuka, friendship will be a “key theme” in the latter half of Attack on Titan’s third season, as stated in Animedia’s April 2019 issue.

The directors encouraged viewers to pay special attention to the friendships between Survey Corps Commanders Levi and Erwin, as well as the bond between Eren, Mikasa, and Armin.

“When you think about it, Attack on Titan is a story that overflows with friendship,” Araki said of the show.

The directors likewise pointed out the final episode of Season 3 Part 1, noting an important conversation between the trio.

KodanshaThe long-lasting friendship between Eren, Armin, and Mikasa will play a major role in Season 3’s central theme.

“In that scene, you can see a difference in Eren and Armin’s priorities,” Araki continued, taking note of a “rift” that had grown between the two. “It makes for a thrilling story, and it hurts my heart.”

They also appeared to hint at possible romantic development between Eren and Mikasa, claiming that their relationship was different than pure “friendship” – although they declined to go into further detail on the subject.

KodanshaReiner and Bertholdt’s sudden betrayal will likely be further discussed in Season 3’s second part, according to the show’s directors.

In addition, the camaraderie between protagonists-turned-villains Reiner and Bertholdt will also play a major part in Season 3’s second part, as Koizuka hopes to bring the characters to the forefront as foils to Eren and Armin’s relationship.

While the directors didn’t go into much detail concerning Levi and Erwin’s friendship, Araki claimed to be in the middle of creating a storyboard between the two, and stated that they are “there for each other, even for trivial matters.”

KodanshaAttack on Titan’s directors urge fans to pay attention to the relationship between Erwin and Levi in the show’s final part of its third season.

The second part of Attack on Titan’s third season is expected to release on April 28, 2019, although no exact date was initially revealed.

The anime kicked off its first season in April 2013, with the second going live in April 2017.

Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan manga was originally released in September 2009, rendering the series nearly ten years old.


Attack on Titan fans furious over anime’s “excessive” censorship

Published: 25/Nov/2020 1:42 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 7:32

by Brent Koepp


Despite releasing in 2013, some Attack on Titan fans are only now discovering the anime’s censored violence in comparison to the manga. A YouTube video went viral after showcasing the stark differences. 

Attack on Titan made its groundbreaking anime debut in 2013, and quickly exploded in popularity. Viewers around the world became captivated by its intense themes and relentlessly brutal story.

A YouTube video about the series went viral on November 15 after showing the difference between the manga and the anime adaptation’s depiction of violence – and some fans were not happy about it.

Promotional image of Attack on Titan Season 1 featuring Eren Jaegar.
Wit Studio / Funimation
The 2013 hit anime has become a worldwide phenomena.

Attack on Titan fans discover manga is darker

For decades, it has been the norm that the manga version of a story is almost always more fleshed out story-wise, and often more graphic compared to its animated counterpart. Just like traditional shows, anime aired live has to dial back elements not suited for TV.

Despite this common wisdom, some Attack on Titan fans were not aware of just how much more brutally violent the written version actually was. YouTuber ‘Zmyh’ went viral after uploading a video that showcases just that.

The upload compares iconic scenes from the anime and manga, and puts them side-by-side to demonstrate the visual differences between them. The video quickly exploded online, and has over 1.6 million viewers at the time of writing.

For some fans of the series, this was their first time seeing the changes the anime made. One viewer wrote, “Interesting how there is censorship for Attack on Titan. Like seriously?” Another user said, “And here I thought that AOT was brutal…looks like I should read the manga.” Another YouTube comment exclaimed, “WHAT MAN THEY BETTER MAKE IT UNCENSORED FOR THE FINAL SEASON.”

Screenshot of Attack on Titan fans reacting to the YouTube video.

Many hit out at the alterations made in the animated series, arguing that it takes way from the story’s original impact. “They need to stop censorship, it completely ruins the more powerful impact it can have,” one commentator replied to the video. Another fan stated, “And that’s why you absolutely need to read the manga version of the Uprising arc, because it is literally just better in every way.”

Screenshot of YouTube comments reacting to Attack on Titan anime censorship.

Not everyone was critical of the changes though. A handful of fans pointed out that Wit Studio did the best job they could given that the animated version also airs on TV. Some even argued that the changes were for the better.

The viral video is just another example of the divide that can sometimes exist between a manga and its anime adaptation. There will always be those that prefer the former to the latter. However, it is interesting to see the difference nonetheless.