Attack on Titan 3rd Season: Part II

TV (10 eps)
4.655 out of 5 from 11,349 votes
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The battle to retake Wall Maria begins now! With Eren’s new hardening ability, the Scouts are confident they can seal the wall and take back Shiganshina District. If they succeed, Eren can finally unlock the secrets of the basement—and the world. But danger lies in wait as Reiner, Bertholdt, and the Beast Titan have plans of their own. Could this be humanity’s final battle for survival?

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Disclaimer: spoiler free for anyone who's seen season 3, Part I The third season of Attack On Titan is undoubtedly the best so far. If we look at each of the parameters - story, animation, characters, etc - they all fit the cut and go much further. That being said, let's jump to a more thorough analysis on what makes this anime a five star show, for me. Story and Characters We finish Part I with the Scouts about to embark on their mission to take Wall Maria, and it's precisely at Shiganshina District that more than half of the episodes take place. The fight to get to the basement in Eren and Mikasa's house is brutal and merciless, and we can't help but to eagerly want to know what will happen next. The characters grow beyond what I'd expected. Each individual deals with their own struggles, many of them tearing their own essence apart. But it's at this chaotic time that choices are made, and we - who've been watching the Scouts fighting for so long - end up putting ourselves on their shoes. If that happens, then surely we are living the anime, and not just watching it. There are many questions left unanswered at the start, and we so badly wish for Reiner or Bertholdt to break, telling the truth. Truth. That's the one word, isn't it? The million dollar question relies on: "What's the truth?", and the mystery revolving around it is very well kept and, at last, unveiled as we are taken further back, to the root of the problem. Animation and Sound Well, the animators did a tremendous job with this one, not only in designing the characters, but also the scenery and action scenes, where they use the ODM. The expressions, particularly when it comes to the eyes, are spot on and transmit the pain and fear that is inherent to the battle - just take the black lines on their faces, when they're filled with dread and terror, or anger, for example. Levi kills it again, and seeing him slay in high definition feels like a blessing to be honest. I enjoyed the quietness of some moments, as it happens with Eren and Levi, or our now familiar trio (Eren, Mikasa and Armin), and how they portrayed it opposed to the restlessness going on around them. When it comes to sound, I liked both the intro and the ending, but above all the first one. They combined the three seasons into music, and that was a hell of a touch. Overall We've come a long way since season 1. Been through rocky times, where things seemed to be slipping away, but season 3 pulled through and left no trace of downfalls. If you enjoyed part I, then most certainly the same goes for this one; might even say, this is one of the best anime I've seen in a long time. It grabs us and makes us think that maybe we are not so different from the one's encaged behind the walls. After all, can't we pinpoint so many similarities between us and them.


Alright so, let's start this off. I havent reviewed AoT since 2017, and I havent made a review since 2017, but let's point something out: this will be a spoiler-heavy review, and you should understand that this is technically the 4th season in the entire series and if you are looking at reviews right now, you're more than likely seeing what other people think about the series rather than trying to get yourself interested, that's what season 1 is for, so if you havent watched this season yet and you're going to continue reading this, rip your enjoyment to the Isayama Mystery Box. A long time ago, I gave AoT a rating of 10/10, then I dropped it to 9/10, and now it sits at 8/10. The first time I watched the series I was like one of the hypeboys, and I was also not someone who could look  at a series and see its writing flaws and all that very well, Im sure that's evident in practically every other review Ive ever written. Looking back, Yasuko Kobayashi and Tetsurou Araki's adaptation of Hajime Isayama's original work was more so a thriller, an action series, and redefining moment in anime history. But that was about it, it lacked the care (passed animation) that Araki had put into his work with Kabaneri a few years later (albeit that's not very good in the second half, but whatever). So, there were three groups of people at the time: those who loved it, those who hated it, and those who understood its worth but didnt like it anyway. Come Masashi Koizuka taking over the directorial role with Tetsurou Araki in the director's chair, the second season became something new, it was character-focused rather than action-focused, and that was a big step up from the first season. Come the 3rd season, new predicaments came to light and one begins to understand that Attack on Titan was never really a series about the "titans", it was a tragedy about a group of humans who were forced into the walls and lived in constant fear, and how the boy Eren Jaeger would try to change all of this. And now we're here, at the pinnacle of the series thus far. Hiroyuki Sawano returns with an even more impressive soundtrack than the previous seasons, a soundtrack so impressive Ive actually taken time to learn one of the songs on piano (that is, Thanks:AT). It's not longer just Vogel im Kafig with its impressive choral sound that turns the song into the most hyped up track probably ever; the track Sawano made this series is beautiful and epic, as a story about a tragedy should be. And don't get me started with the voice actors: the previous series (S3 Part 1) featured some of Yuuki Kaji's best voice acting ever, and the second part to that season does not drop any lower. The final episode, with Eren staring out to the sea-- Kaji's voice is resonating depressed, and you can hear the sound of hopelessness. Hiroshi Kamiya and Daisuke Ono as Levi and Erwin make more out of their characters than just lines, just speeches, just characters that say a few words, they have power behind them. An impressive performance by all cast members, main or minor. Now let's get to the story and characters because, well, I cant talk about one without talking about the other. Levi Ackerman was always just that "hot guy that beat up Eren in s1" to the fangirls, but now he's a character with depth, a character that is shown to have a locked relationship with his superior Erwin, but no longer is Levi just... fujoshi bait, he has personality. That which is characterized by his promise to Erwin, a brutal standoff in the episode Midnight Sun that reflects this well, as well as his interactions in the previous series' Kenny Ackerman. Season 1's interpretation of the story was "little people fight big people", that is, the Titans, but now it's a political drama, a war drama, a tragedy far more tragic than Ken Kaneki; one of the most impressive characters of this series is somehow Eren Jaeger and his retarded hotheaded personality-- I KNOW RIGHT? To think some braindead idiot with a revenge boner would become one of the most interesting characters in the series is outright unfathomable at first thought, but Isayama gets the job done. Eren, in this series, becomes more and more... sad as the series goes on. The loss of his friends, the memories of Grisha, the torment he's gone through, the sparking of ideas in his head. Eren was, at one time, a very loudmouthed speaker who always spoke his mind, but he's become secretive, and at the very end of the series he looks like Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and that is, tired and longing. Then, well, I know some spoilers for the next season, and it just goes on from there. I want to talk about the rest of the cast and how their stories parallel and juxtapose other characters as well as the story as a whole, but, I dont know the word limit on these reviews and this is already a beefy-ish paragraph on its own. Now let's talk about the animation. WIT Studio is an impressive studio with about 34 or so employees (wow 34 and they still make Studio DEEN look like cow dung), but I honestly feel bad for them. With George Wada as head trying to overwork them a bit more than he should, and the fact that WIT Studio isnt on the anime's production committee, it's really sad. The more AoT they produce, the more they lose money-- because the production committee is greedy, and that's what's led to the bad animation that can be seen here and there throughout both season 3 part 1 and part 2. But even so, WIT makes it count-- they even had a key animator work on the Levi vs Beast Titan fight for like... 2-ish months, not including the storyboard. They sacrificed certain shots they could to make more important ones even better, and I respect that, so while I should give this a lower score, due to the circumstances, I have the series' animation a 10. I will, however, point out at the Colossal Titan's CG is S T U P I D. Well, that's all I got for now. I could go on forever, but, I dont want to take that time.

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