Eren Yeager and others of the 104th Training Corps have just begun to become full members of the Survey Corps. As they ready themselves to face the Titans once again, their preparations are interrupted by the invasion of Wall Rose—but all is not as it seems as more mysteries are unraveled. As the Survey Corps races to save the wall, they uncover more about the invading Titans and the dark secrets of their own members.
Anime Review: Shingeki no Kyojin Season 2 Movie: Kakusei no Houkou
Shingeki no Kyojin Season 2 Movie: Kakusei no Houkou, also known as Attack on Titan: The Roar of Awakening, is essentially a condensed rewatch of the season two TV anime series. It allows fans to relive the shocking and thrilling moments of humanity’s struggle against the terrifying Titans. The story continues the revelation of the enigmatic Titans, the discovery of startling secrets and the epic battles that challenge the survivors’ resolves.
In this season, we see our main characters, Eren, Mikasa, and Armin not only struggling with revelations about the Titans but also being entrapped in a complex web of mysteries surrounding their own existence and the world outside the walls they once thought to be their ultimate protectors. Amidst the turmoil, the Survey Corps’ fight for humanity’s survival deepens and becomes more brutal as they face new terrifying Titans and deadly human adversaries.
Review: The Anime Experience
Shingeki no Kyojin Season 2 Movie: Kakusei no Houkou does a fantastic job of capturing the essence of the series’ second season in a compact form. For those who are new to the series, it might feel a bit rushed, but for the fans, it definitely creates an environment for an intense trip down the memory lane.
The animation remains as stunning as it was in the series. The battle scenes are intricately choreographed, with the fluidity in the animation making the Titans feel truly monstrous and terrifying. The muted colors add to the grim and despair-filled world the characters inhabit, perfectly encapsulating the dread that is ever-present.
Review: The Audio
Audio-wise, the movie is an absolute delight. The stellar voice acting brings the characters to life in an incredibly believable way, conveying the intense emotions and desperation of the characters spot on. The iconic theme song “Guren no Yumiya” adds to the riveting atmosphere of the movie. As per usual with Attack on Titan, the sound effects, especially during the battle scenes, are tremendously immersive, capturing each roar, crash, and explosive discharge with great intensity.
Verdict: Rent, Buy, or Stream?
In conclusion, Shingeki no Kyojin Season 2 Movie: Kakusei no Houkou is an intense and thrilling ride which fans of the series would enjoy revisiting. If you’re a newcomer, it might all seem a bit fast-paced, but rest assured, the roller-coaster of emotions will have you on the edge of your seat throughout.
If you’re already a dedicated fan of the franchise, this movie is definitely worth adding to your collection and buying a Blu-ray/DVD copy. However, if you’re a casual viewer who just wants to quickly recap the second season or if you’re trying the series for the first time, streaming or renting it would be a more suitable option. This energetic and gripping retelling of season two makes for an amazing one-time watch and in every likelihood, will keep you longing for more!
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