Attack on Titan Season 3 – Anime Preview
Synopsis: Known in Japan as Shingeki no Kyojin, many years ago, the last remnants of humanity were forced to retreat behind the towering walls of a fortified city to escape the massive, man-eating Titans that roamed the land outside their fortress. Only the heroic members of the Scouting Legion dared to stray beyond the safety of the walls – but even those brave warriors seldom returned alive. Those within the city clung to the illusion of a peaceful existence until the day that dream was shattered, and their slim chance at survival was reduced to one horrifying choice: kill – or be devoured! (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: Attack on Titan enters its 3rd season much faster than it took for Season 2 to arrive. While Attack on Titan Season 2 was a moment to be excited for, Season 3 is something I’m less enthused to see. The anime has the difficult task of taking, what most fans consider, the manga’s worst arc and turning it into something not nearly so troubled. This arc is considered the low point of the series for a variety of reasons. For a series hinged on the battle between man and titan, Season 3’s material has relatively little titan action, turning the focus inward and festering in the conspiracies lurking within the walls. It’s a slow build in the manga, taking ages to get to the big reveals, for the action to pick up, and for the story to find its footing. There’s also a sudden influx of new characters and elements entirely devoid of set up, making things feel almost random at times. While some of these problems can be fixed with a faster pacing, Season 3 isn’t off to the strongest of starts, suffering from low animation quality for anything outside of the handful of big action sequences, although those are incredible and help to make up for the premiere’s weaker visuals.
Linny: Even the music picked to be the opening credits of the season seems to be aware of the lack of titan fighting as unlike previous grandiose openings, this season’s opener is more laid back and melancholic, almost as if it was the opening to a slice of life show with whimsical visuals of Eren, Mikasa and Armin running around as kids. Then we spend several of the early minutes of the episode watching Eren acting like a harangued old housewife trying to get the kids i.e his fellow cadets to be more helpful with keeping the house spic and span. It’s just so alien from the action and despair the series has become so beloved for, making for a lackluster start to this new season. The fact that the art seems to dip in quality ever so often does no favours either.
Tom: For now Season 3 seems poised to improve the manga’s worst arc by simply upping the pacing. And that might be enough, if the anime can rush through the slower parts, get to the big moments, and generally tighten up the story enough so it doesn’t feel like a slog. The animation dips are unfortunate, but the highs help to overlook that deficiency. What’s here remains one of the stronger anime titles of the last decade, and Season 3 seems off to a decent, even if not spectacular start, for long running fans of the anime.
Linny: Season 3 might turn out to be the season that weeds out the casual fans from the devoted. With the shift in focus from titan battles to conspiracy unraveling and the fact that it is based on what’s considered the weakest arc of the manga, this season has to really sell itself to keep everyone invested. Episode 1 hasn’t been off to the greatest start but with the last few minutes of the episode diving into some action heavy material and the promise of answers through conspiracy uncoverings, there’s hope that it could appease those devoted to the core theme of the Attack on Titan story.