A new interview with two key members of Attack on Titan: The Final Season – Part 2The team provides an overview of the production of the show.
Production company Pony Canyon has released a new video interview with director Yuichiro Hayashi and CGI producer Yusuke Tannawa that delves deeper into the work that has been done to ensure the final installments of the anime series look their best. “When we did Part 1, we didn’t have much time to prepare,” Hayashi admitted. “So in my mind I was always trying to figure out what Attack of the Titans everything revolves around its creation. After completing Part 1, I continued to direct Part 2 and felt that I had become much more comfortable with it Attack of the TitansI think I was able to direct more comfortably,” the director revealed.
The two halves of Attack on Titan: The Final Season were produced by MAPPA, the animation studio behind many other hit anime series such as Jujutsu Kaisen and Yuri!! on ice. The first three seasons of the series were produced by Wit Studio (Ranking of Kings, Vivy: Fluorite Eyes’ Song,) and was well-received by both mainstream audiences and professional critics, to the point that many fans of the series were surprised when production of the series unexpectedly shifted to MAPPA for the final phase of the story. The first few episodes released by MAPPA drew criticism from die-hard fans for not looking as good as Wit Studio’s work on the series.
In the interview, Tannawa acknowledged that the MAPPA team needed time to figure out how best to present the series. “Just like you, when we started Part 1, we only knew Wit Studio Attack of the Titans‘ Tannawa said. “Of course we watched and studied a lot, but we can’t do exactly the same thing, and by the time we finished Part 1 we had an idea of what we could do with it. Attack of the Titans. So for Part 2 we thought about what preparations we should make, what we did well, what we were criticized for and how we can build on our strengths.”
Part 2 of last season received a much warmer reception, but Tannawa says the improvements to the show’s presentation are the result of better direction and not necessarily technical improvements. “The models themselves have been updated a few times, but not much has changed, and the look has remained almost the same. We just changed the way we present them,” Tannawa said, adding, “Especially underneath [Hayashi’s] We changed a few things towards the first episode that we feel could be expressed a bit better in part 2 after we did part 1.”
The director and CGI producer was stunned by the engagement of the show’s international fan base. “There are tons of reactions from around the world, and they always surprise me,” Hayashi said. “Part 1 hasn’t aired for about a year, but they’re still as excited about Part 2 as they are about Part 1,” said the director. “It cheers me up so much when people like it, and when I’m tired it heals me and makes me want to keep working hard,” Tannawa said.
Attack on Titan: The Final Season – Part 2 can be streamed on Crunchyroll, Funimation and Hulu. New episodes are simulcast every week shortly after they air in Japan. Adult Swim is also airing the show as part of its late-night weekend Toonami lineup.
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