Blu-Ray Review: Attack on Titan – Season 3 Part 2

The scouts take the fight to the titans in the latest release of Attack on Titan; but what will this final instalment of the third season have to offer and more importantly how is it presented to viewer? Let’s take a look with our review of Attack on Titan – Season 3 Part 2.

Synopsis:

The long-awaited return to Shiganshinahas come. Once again, Eren, Mikasa, and Armin face the Titans in their hometown where the secrets of the Jaeger family cellar lie in wait.

On this do-or-die mission to take back Wall Maria, the Scouts quickly learn that Reiner and Bertholdtare the least of their worries.

Our View:

The adrenaline-fuelled-intensity of Attack on Titan, otherwise known in Japan as Shingeki no Kyojin, continues in this second half of the third season and as expected the product continues to deliver a thrilling experience from start to finish. The combination of Hajime Isayama’s original story, animation by STUDIO WIT and musical score of Hiroyuki Sawano is exceptional and in this selection of episodes it shows.

Featuring ten episodes, which is much less than previous half-season-releases, we find two differing story arcs with one exploring the important question that has plagued the franchise. Who exactly are the titans? A very important question that is finally answered within this second arc of this second half of season three; but before that we get to witness the epic battle amongst former comrades Reiner and Bertholdt with the Scouts attempting to block Wall Maria and retake the Shiganshina District from the Titans.

This set initially starts off with the remnants of the scouts, which are formed of Eren, Armin, Mikasa, Levi, Hange, Erwin and numerous rookie members, venture their way to the Shiganshina District of Wall Maria in order to use Eren’s ‘hardening’ ability to block the wall and destroy and titans around it. Unfortunately upon arriving at the wall they discover three cups, presumably be that of Reiner and Bertholdt, and soon speculate that they have entered a trap set by them. A tense search around the walls reveals this speculation to be the truth with Reiner hiding within the walls and Bertholdt, along with the beast titan, hiding on the outskirts of the wall.

A battle ensues that sees Eren and Reiner do fight in their titan forms while a small group of scouts use their new lighting rods to do destructive amounts of damage to Reiner’s titan form. Outside the walls however Erwin, along with the numerous rookie scout members, are being bombarded by the Beast Titans attacks. As such Erwin and his group of scouts make the sacrifice to charging towards the titans in order to lead them into a false sense of security; with Levi being tasked to sneak attack the beast titan. It’s a massive risk; but it pays off with huge consequences.

The split tension between these two battles keeps the momentum of the series moving along at a brisk pace, even more so when Bertholdt steps into battle and uses his own titan ability to cause even more chaos and sacrifice on the battlefield. The atmosphere, the animation, the pacing; everything about these episodes is perfection and that’s without spoiling any of the huge plot points that further explore the lengths these characters will go to to win the war on the titans.

With the battle for the Shiganshina District coming to a close the remaining episodes take a more explorative approach to the world they inhabit. In this case the remaining scout members venture into Eren’s basement in order to uncover the secrets left behind by his father and these secrets begin to reveal the truth of the world beyond the walls. In this case we get to experience Eren’s father, Grisha of growing up in a world without titans and the corruption/hatred towards people from a different background.

It is slightly confusing, as we begin to learn more about the different histories of the people within the world and the reasons behind their actions; but in simplistic terms Eldians are hated upon by the people and those that step out of line are taken to an island and turned into mindless titans by injecting titan fluid into their bodies. This island is where Eren and the rest of the humans trapped behind the walls, live.

It’s a game-changing story that sees those living within the walls of this island to venture outwards to their new enemy; but more than that it highlights that titans were not their enemies and just pawns in a larger game managed by political and corrupt agendas. The Attack on Titan story we once knew has once again changed; whether for the better or not remains to be seen; but it’s thrilling to watch from start to finish and I am enjoying where this story is heading.

Extras:

As with the previous third season instalment of Attack on Titan these disc feature the same supplementary content as the US counterpart by FUNimation and are authored to the same standards. As a result of this it means we receive quite an varied selection of content that will help extend the running time of your overall experience. Sadly the selection of content isn’t as impressive as the first part but it is still a great selection of content for fans of the series.

In this case Season 3 Part 2 of Attack on Titan features English Cast Commentaries, and an English Video Cast Commentary, along with an Eye Catch Gallery and Chibi Theater episodes. As per norm the series textless opening and closing songs are also included. Fans of the English dub will enjoy the English Cast Commentaries as it goes into some detail about what it was like working on the series from an ‘English Production’ perspective. General Attack on Titan fans will enjoy the Eye Catch Gallery, which goes into more descriptive detail about the splash-screens that appear during the middle of each episode, and the Chibi Theater, which sees an alternate take on ‘key moments’ within the episodes from a chibi perspective.

In hindsight the bonus features are catered to all aspects of the fandom; but it would have been nice to have the original Japanese promotional trailers included as well. A small loss; but I do always enjoy what that kind of content and for Attack on Titan they can be quite dramatic. It’s also worth noting that the Chibi Theater episodes are only presented in Japanese with English subtitles and the opening and closing songs, both in the bonus features and during the episodes themselves, are not translated or subtitled. Once again a small disappointment on what is a rather satisfying selection of supplementary content.

Specs:

Media:  BD 50, BD 25
Region: B
Running Time: 3:11:36 (Disc 1), 47:39 (Disc 2)
Video: MPEG-4 AVC
Audio: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (English) & Dolby TrueHD 2.0 (Japanese)
Subtitles: English (White)
Resolution: 1920×1080 (1080p)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frame Rate: 23.976 fps

Overall:

The second half into the third season of Attack on Titan continues to deliver the intensity and suspense one would expect from the franchise while expanding upon the fundamentals of the original story. The core objective of ‘defeating the titans’ remains the same; but upon closing of this season the true enemy begins to surface and it is far more invigorating than one would have imagined. The rules will change for the fourth season and the events within are just  a prelude of things to come. If the second season, and in turn first half of season three, brought disappointment the events within this instalment will surely grab your attention and peak your interest.

Continuing from the first half of the season the story focuses on the remaining scout regiment as they undertake a plan to retrieve the Shiganshina District from titan control. It is a crucial mission in restoring safe heaven beyond the walls    but in doing so trigger a fight between former comrades and human wielding titan powers. A battle ensues, which has perfect placement and presentation, that evolves into the second story arc of this series; the truth behind the titans and the upbringing of Eren Yagers father. Harsh realisations indeed; but it makes one for amazing tease of what the future may bring.

Outside of the episodic content, which as per norm from animation studio WIT and English dubbing production of FUNimation is delivered to high standards, we find a selection of supplementary content that go ‘beyond’ the elements of the story. Highlights include Chibi Theater which offer comical insight into events of the series while translated Eye Catch Galleries offer further insight into this uniquely tainted world. The only complaint I have with this release is the lack of subtitles during opening and ending credits; which is generally the norm for FUNimation produced releases but bizarrely absent with this set. Considering Attack on Titans chequered past with release it almost seems like a nostalgic reference rather than a fault; but alas I digress.

Overall this Blu-Ray release of Attack on Titan – Season 3 Part 2 retains the visual, audio and production aspect of the previous instalment that continues, and evolves, a story in a completely new direction. As a series, it is visually spectacular and has depth and as a product it has a minor flaw but overly the quality you would expect to receive from a Blu-Ray release. Fans of Attack on Titan will no doubted enjoy this release and the stories it has to tell; as I sure did.

Score: review-stars-5

Attack on Titan – Season 3 Part 2 is now available on Blu-Ray in the UK via Manga Entertainment.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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