Attack on Titan had its season two premiere this weekend, and with plenty of moments to take away from the return of the Survey Corps, one of the biggest aspects that has stirred up conversation is the new, creepy and morbid ending credits.
The sequence is full of hand-drawn, Renaissance-style drawings of Titans walking through the village and consuming the villagers. There are references to war, and to lives sacrificed as part of the ongoing battle between the Titans and the military forces. There are gruesome scenes featuring Titans chewing on some of the Survey Corps members they’ve managed to capture, and scenes of what appears to be funeral processions through the town. It can be seen in full below.
In comparison to the ending from the show’s first season, the second season feels more macabre. It better reflects the theme of the season, as the Survey Corps prepares for one of its toughest battles yet, but people are having a positive reaction to both the song used — performed by Shinsei Kamattechan — and the visuals that have been paired with it.
“This ending song is clever,” one fan wrote. “Not knowing any reference to the manga is one thing (thank God I didn't read it). The melody of the song being creepily uplifting and at the same time, plus the symbolistic yet disturbing Old-European animation/art style, makes the premise of this season much more horrifying than ever. I love it!”
For example, the painting by Francisco Goya, “Saturn Devouring His Son” shares quite a few similarities with the end credits from Attack on Titan’s second season. That hasn’t gone unnoticed by fans, who have noted their appreciation for the distinct art style. The painting in question can be seen below.
For all the praise the ending credits are getting, there are several who are worried it’s full of spoilers. Much like other anime series, or television series like The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones, those who read the Attack on Titan manga diligently are aware of what’s coming. Those who choose to stick strictly to the anime have started asking questions about what it could mean for the story’s plot, and have been told by those far ahead of the show that it’s foreshadowing what’s to come.
“It just spoiled the whole show,” another fan wrote. “But probably one of the best endings.”
It’s not unusual for an anime to change its opening and end credit sequences every season, and Attack on Titan is no exception. The show’s second season will only have 12 episodes, however, unlike the previous season’s 25, those who aren’t as taken with it won’t have to put up with it for as long.
Attack on Titan is streaming on Hulu and Crunchyroll now.