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It wouldn’t be 12 Days of Anime at swabulous dot wordpress dot com without highlighting the most loathsome moment I saw this year! And  this timethat dubious honour goes to Attack on Titan S2 for not one, but two moments of gratuitous, mean-spirited, empty torture porn. I covered this before in my review, but I think the problems bare repeating.

As a reminder, in the first instance we have a heroic dude reduced to a terrified, quivering mess before being slowly and painfully eaten alive and torn to bits, with the camera lingering over the violence all the while. He had of course been given the prerequisite episode or two of characterisation to make us care about him as the show vainly attempts to shock us with yet another unexpected death (zzz, we’ve seen it all before at this point). Now failing to elicit any semblance of surprise, the show resorts to elongating his agony and making his fear as explicit as possible as he babbles “I don’t want to die!” over and over while his arms get bitten off. In the second instance, we have a heroic gal, reduced to etc. etc. etc. It’s more or less exactly the same, except we get a last minute insight into some prior child abuse as she screams “daddy, I won’t do it again!” while she goes crazy from the pain and terror. Lovely!

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Wrapping up the spring season with part 2 of my (shorter) reviews! In part 1, I covered Uchouten Kazoku 2, Anonymous Noise, and Tsuki ga Kirei, which were fantastic if unfocused, forgettable with some good moments, and surprisingly beautiful in turn. This time I’ll be looking at arguably the two biggest series of the season, one of which had started in the winter – Little Witch Academia and Attack on Titan 2.

These will be a little longer than last time as there’s more to talk about – especially in Attack on Titan 2’s case – but they still don’t come anywhere close to my 3000+ word review of the original Attack on Titan!

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Attack on Titan. Shingeki no Kyojin, if you’d prefer. Kind of a big deal. The manga was obscenely popular, and this anime adaptation was hotly anticipated. It was also obscenely popular, attracting over 150,000 watchers during its run on MyAnimeList alone (basically the only metric I can be bothered to look up). Odds are that if you’re reading this blog, you’ve at least heard of it before.

But let’s pretend that you’ve had your head buried in the sand for the past half a year (and then some) and have no idea what Attack on Titan is about. Well, the short of it is that humanity has been pushed to the brink of extinction thanks to the eponymous Titans, which are huge, inscrutable, humanoid giants that like eating people. Their origin is a mystery. Their goal is a mystery. The reason they only target humans is a mystery. And before humanity knew it, it was pushed back to a single, fortified city, the three layers of gargantuan walls preventing the Titans from proceeding any further. Humanity and Titan are kept in a stalemate. Until one fateful day, when shit hits the fan. Hard.

On that day, mankind received a grim reminder...

On that day, mankind received a grim reminder…

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