After four years of waiting, season two of Attack on Titan was released on April 1st, 2017.
I am incredibly thankful that I only got into Attack on Titan recently because I do not think I could have waited four years for season two to come along.
But if I had would the wait had been worth it?
Season two of Attack on Titan is absolutely incredible and easily tops the first season.
This is pretty surprising, considering season two is only 12 episodes when the previous one had 25 but somehow they did it.
I loved every minute of this season, from the first to last episode.
It takes place immediately after the season one finale, with Titans supposedly breaking through Wall Rose, lead by a Titan labelled The Beast Titan, with the characters having to figure out how to stop them.
This season had me sad, shocked and even disgusted at what I was seeing on multiple occasions.
The gruesome imagery is seriously expanded upon this season, which left me actually feeling sick after watching some of it.
There were also many shocking reveals that left my jaw on the floor.
Probably the best one was a twist that was revealed very offhandedly and made me wonder if I had heard it correctly.
I also came close to crying when watching this season, especially during the season finale.
These three things combined with the more streamlined pacing made for an incredibly gripping season two that had me on the edge of my seat, most of all with episode six, which was mind blowing.
Another thing I really liked was how season two flat out removed all of the problems I had with season one, that being with its characters.
In the first season I thought some of the characters like Ymir, Krista and Bertholdt were pretty forgettable and if they died I would not have cared much.
Not this season however, because all of the characters who were forgettable last season were given plenty of depth and stuff to do this season, especially Ymir.
I loved what they did with Ymir this season, with us getting to know her through her borderline romantic friendship with Krista and her backstory, which opens up some enthralling questions for the show to answer next season.
She was easily my favourite character this season, which surprised me because of how forgettable she was in the first.
Then there is Eren.
If you read my season one review, you know I thought Eren was a terrible main character.
He was a massive jerk to everyone and had almost no character development but here I was shocked to find they really turned his character around.
Eren was not only likeable this season but relatable as well and I hope they keep this up with him in the following seasons.
However, just because they fixed the issues the show had this season does not mean a new one did not open up.
There was one thing about this season I took issue with and that is how characters, who were important last season, did not get much screen time this season.
Jean, who was my favourite character last season, and Levi, who is a fan favourite, both found themselves shoved into the background.
They still do things, though their involvement in the story is lessened.
Besides, I do not think this issue is great enough to deduct any points from this season because of how fantastic it still was.
Season two of Attack on Titan was incredible.
It was a step up from the first season that left me wanting more.
Thankfully, we will not have to wait four years for the next season because it comes out this July and I cannot wait to see it.
If season three is anything like season two it is sure to be a blast.