The Attack on Titan anime, based on Hajime Isayama’s manga series about humans fighting for survival against a race of nearly-unstoppable giants, first aired in 2013, and fans have been waiting for the show’s second season ever since it was announced back in 2014. The new season was supposed to air in 2016, which seemed like a long time to go without some Attack on Titan goodness. It was made even worse when the news broke in May that the show’s second season was likely going to miss that 2016 premiere.
Fortunately, the season’s delay isn’t an excessive one. Instead of airing in 2016, the new season of Attack on Titan is set to air in spring 2017. Promotional materials for the new season are being released, though a specific premiere date has not been given as yet.
According to Crunchyroll, the announcement of the second season’s new release window was made during the Tokyo International Forum. Members of the Attack on Titan and Attack on Titan Junior High voice casts were present for a live-reading event, and first made the announcement there. The official Attack on Titan Twitter account later confirmed the news, and released some promotional artwork and a title card for the second season as well.
Wit Studio, the animation studio that worked on the first season of the show, will return for the second. The voice cast from the first season is working on the second, and much of the staff from the first season remains the same as well. Former episode director Masashi Koizuka has been elevated to director and season one director Tetsuro Araki is now overseeing the project as chief director. No other staffing changes were reported.
This is good news for Attack on Titan fans, especially given how disappointing other Attack on Titan projects, such as the live-action films, have been. While it might have been possible for the new season to still debut in 2016, a lack of official word meant that it could just as likely experience an even longer delay. A release next spring would just add a couple of months to what some fans were already expecting, and the timing of the announcement showed that the team behind the show wanted to give back to the fans as well. Being there for the live reading and hearing news about the new season definitely made the event one to remember.
While some might be wary because a definite premiere date wasn’t given, the release of promotional materials for the second season is encouraging. It shows that production is moving forward, and a more specific premiere date will likely be released later this year or early next year. The broad release window gives the studio a bit of leeway in the anime’s release date, so even if there are still minor delays it should still be able to make a release within that timespan.
Attack on Titan season two will debut in Spring 2017.