Attack on Titan season 2 has at last broken through with a return date, and it’s proving to be a whole season of returns, since the theme performers have been announced too. When it airs on April 1st it will be with an opening from Linked Horizon, now famed for their first season theme ‘Guren no Yumiya’.
Yesterday, FUNimation topped the news with a confirmation that they will begin their simulcast of season 2 on April 1st. They describe the new season’s story as follows:
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!
Tetsuro Araki returns from the first season as chief director at WIT Studio, alongside Masashi Koizuka as director, stepping up from storyboarding and episode direction. Scriptwriter Yasuko Kobayashi also returns, with character designer and chief animation director Kyoji Asano, and composer Hiroyuki Asano.
The whole main cast was billed to return too, so it’s Yuki Kaji back as Eren, Yui Ishikawa as Mikasa, Marina Inoue as Armin, and Kishou Taniyama as Jean, alongside all their Titan-slaying comrades. However, it’s yet to be certified whether Keiji Fujiwara will return as Hannes. Fujiwara announced in August that he would take a break from voice acting “for a while”, as he undergoes medical treatment for an unspecified illness.
In December, the 21st volume of Hajime Isayama’s manga announced the return of the anime, as well as a stage play planned for summer 2017. The announcement teased that the Titans, soldiers, and “that battle” will appear in a way no one has seen before. But now the production’s official website has opened, giving us a more detailed description of the play titled LIVE IMPACT Shingeki no Kyojin:
Roaring sound. Blast waves. Steam. Blood splashes.
The expression nobody has ever seen before. The scale nobody has ever tasted.
Titans, Corps, that battles, and that nightmare… appear in front of you.
Those who are not been eaten enough by the papers and visuals, now it’s time to gather.
Shintaro Kawakubo, Isayama’s editor at Kodansha, stated after the reveal that the stage play was his idea, not the author’s. He said he has a particular direction in mind, and so launched this project with Isayama’s permission. He added that he will take full responsibility in making the play a good one, with a major difference to other stage plays based on manga that have come before. This will be Attack on Titan‘s first stage play adaptation. Really, it’s more of a surprise that we haven’t seen one sooner.
Attack on Titan season one aired from April-September 2013, and the second was announced in November 2014 with a projected premiere in 2016. However, distributors later notified fans that we shouldn’t expect it that year at all, saying that there was hope for early 2017.