As mentioned in my review of Attack on Titan: Part 1I got to see both of these films back to back, on the big screen. After enjoying the first film (even if I had some issues with it), I was quite looking forward to Part 2. I had heard that this half was much less action orientated, and since the fighting was the highlight of the first film, that worried me a little. Even so, I wanted to see some more crazy horror/action/adventure, and I had no idea what was in store for me.

Attack on Titan: Part 2 Review
Take note Hollywood – make your films look like this

Very slight spoiler warning ahead for Attack on Titan: Part 1After discovering a secret about the genetics of the Titans, the remaining humans continue their mission to repair the damaged wall that used to protect them from the giant humanoid monsters. That’s as much as I can say about the plot of this film without ruining any of the surprises.

The first thing I have to say is that as this film went on, it became more and more obvious that Attack on Titan should have been one film. Like The Hobbit and The Hunger Games before it, there were some clear sections and characters that didn’t need to be in this film, and, at less than ninety minutes long (including credits and a recap of the first film), it seemed obvious that this was simply the second half of a film, and not a standalone feature. Either that, or it should’ve gone the other way, and much like the anime been a lot longer, with each of the characters and the lore explored more thoroughly.

Attack on Titan: Part 2 Review
And my axe

Part 2 is a lot more plot heavy, but that’s not a bad thing. There were plenty of shocking developments, twists and revelations, and pretty much all of them got me just as they were meant to. There was also one story thread that was mentioned once, and then never brought up again, but that was one of the first things the people I saw this film with wanted to talk about, so I have to believe it was intentional.

My criticisms of this film are pretty similar to those of the first film, so I won’t go into them in great detail, but there is one thing about this film that I want to mention. The action here goes to some extreme, very anime places, and while I was ok with everything I saw, I can imagine some more traditional western audiences simply laughing at what they see here.