Well, it’s finally happened. Attack on Titan’s second season was confirmed and dated. Well, mostly confirmed, anyway.
The first Attack on Titan anime compilation movie, Guren no Yumiya, made its debut in Japanese theaters yesterday. Shortly after the first screening, Japanese fans began tweeting that the Attack on Titan anime is set to return in 2016.
— ソロル村長 (@soror1096) November 21, 2014
Translation: I was told Attack on Titan Season 2 starts in 2016.
Translation: Breaking? 6/7/2014, Attack on Titan 2 movie releases. It’s been decided that broadcast of season 2 is in 2016.
Later in the day, we received our first official confirmation of this. Japanese site Mantanweb reported that voice actors Yūki Kaji (Eren), Yui Ishikawa (Mikasa), Marina Inoue (Armin), and director Tetsuro Araki took to the stage during the first screening of the film at Shinjuku Wald 9 to announce that the second season would hit Japanese TV in 2016. The announcement was captured on video by Mantanweb’s MAiDiGiTV.
It’s finally happening. The rumors and speculation are over, and fans can begin to really look forward to the 2016 première of Attack on Titan season 2. Granted, we don’t know when in 2016 the show will début, nor how many episodes it’s slated to run. The information so far is a bit scarce, to be honest.
In Japan, this hasn’t been a major issue. On top of the new films, the spinoffs, and the original manga, the series has been kept alive through a series of OVAs that delved into side-stories. These include tales of soldiers long lost, or even just major cast members during their most vulnerable moments. The title’s been managed well, and continues to remain fresh in fans’ minds. In the west, it will be interesting to see if the hype can be maintained until the air date.
Regardless of how things turn out, more Attack on Titan is coming, and that’s a good thing.