Attack on Titan: Part 2 [4 Discs] [Blu-ray/DVD]

  • SKU: 7595108
  • Release Date: 09/23/2014
$29.99
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Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (142 out of 147)

Special Features


  • Episode 14 commentary, attack on titan at anime expo, episode 25 commentary "Chibi Theatre: Fly, cadets, fly! Days 14-25," eyecatch gallery, textless opening & closing songs, trailers


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4.8
97%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Still on Wall Maria About Attack on Titan

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    BasilioBoy777
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    The anime Attack on Titan is clearly a huge phenomenon, and has been from some time now. Arguably one of the biggest animes of recent memory, everybody seems to be talking about it. There is a live-action movie about to come out in Japan, it was featured in a car commercial, there’s an exhibit of it at Universal Studios Japan, and you can’t go to any comic/anime/nerd convention without seeing whole squads of fans in cosplay of the series’ characters. There was even a recent crossover with Marvel Comics. This series, the anime and the manga, and its fandom are as massive as the Colossal Titan. I myself have seen the dubbed version of every episode of the anime thus far, and have even read a great deal of translated scans of the manga. I’ve also frequently browsed the Wiki for the series and taken a look at several articles about the series on various anime websites, blogs, and videos on review channels. However, even after all of that, in spite of it, or perhaps because of it, I’m still not sure whether or not I even like Attack on Titan. I would think this rather odd. Usually a person can decide whether or not they like a particular show after a few or so episodes, or a book after a couple of chapters. But I’ve seen or read most everything official about Attack on Titan and I still don’t know if I like it, or even if it’s a good series. There is a lot about this series that I find frustrating and sometimes even repugnant, but I still find myself watching new episodes or reading new chapters when I find them. Perhaps it’s that macabre sense of interest like staring at a freeway accident or something, but this series keeps drawing me back in. There are some things about this series that I do objectively like. I absolutely love the art design of the human characters in the anime. It is far and away some of the most aesthetically pleasing art of people that I have seen in an anime in a long time. It’s realistic in the sense that there’s little to no exaggerated appearances, and none of that stereotypical anime colored hair. The shadows and shading highlight the features beautifully and expressions are believable without being too cartoony. I also really like some of the main characters. Mikasa is good strong female character for a new generation, and her steadfastness and loyalty are admirable. I also like Eren’s determination and resolve. Sasha is a good comedic foil for a lot of the dark and harsh things going on in this world. I also like how the characters are actively trying to fight back against the monsters hunting them, rather than simply always flee in terror. But there are a lot more things about this series that I don’t like, and that’s not just for the sake of loving to hate something. Aside from what I just said, the art design of the manga is just ugly to my eyes. Too many streaks and it takes shadows to the extreme to the point that human expressions are hideous. Furthermore, I really can’t stand the designs of the titular Titans. They just look too bizarre. Giant naked people with no junk seems like a lazy design blueprint to me, with only exaggerated proportions to differentiate them, although the Titan Shifter designs seem much more varied but still grotesque. They cross over the uncanny valley in my opinion, but I relent that was probably the intent of the creator, to make them close to humans but still monstrous and ugly enough to be very disturbing. Another thing about this series is its very dark themes and gory content. I have heard this series referred to as “Japan’s own Walking Dead,” and I can certainly see why. Death, betrayal, cowardice, selfishness, and basically all the negative aspects of the human condition are out in full force. Most of the time, it’s a very hopeless and dreary-toned story, with hardly any light moments to help balance out that magnitude of despair the characters face. I prefer fiction to be a vehicle for good, showcasing and promoting the better aspects of the human condition and condemning evil rather than have it as a main focus. As with the comparison to the Walking Dead, don’t get too attached to most characters, as the death toll is high and the death knoll rings often. Some were predictable and some were surprising, but just about every person you see practically has a countdown clock above their heads until they’re Titan chow. It’s almost as if the story is more intent on snuffing out every pleasant aspect of the story even more so than the Titans themselves. I believe that character deaths shouldn’t happen so frivolously, unless it would mean something to the story or another character’s growth. That is not the case here, as one of the central themes of the story is that human suffering and these characters’ sacrifices are ultimately meaningless. However, far and away this series’ greatest weakness is the mystery, but it’s probably also its greatest draw. Right from the get-go, this series asks a ton of questions, as most successful fiction would. What are the Titans? Where did they come from? How do they function? Why do they do what they do? What exactly are the Walls? Who built them and when? What is in Dr. Yeager cellar? What happened to humanity before the appearance of the Titans? Further down the road, the story asks more questions. What happened to Eren and how? What exactly is the Beast Titan? Where do the Titan Shifters come from? What are they after and why? How do they function differently from other Titans? What is the secret of the Royal Family? What does it have to do with Eren? A lot of questions. And 60-something large manga chapters, 26 anime episodes, and few short OVAs later, we as readers/viewers still know the answers to hardly any of those questions. We have been told little to nothing about what the devil is going on. If anything, we know even less as more scenarios and characters are introduced without clarifying what and who we’ve already seen. Even basic concepts like exactly when and where this story takes place go unaddressed. This story has been around for nearly six years, and is nearly ¾ of the way done according to the creator, and I am just as confused as I first was when I saw the first episode. Other stories do not treat their mysteries this way. For example, in Harry Potter, we knew more or less what was going on and how the world worked by the end of Book 1; the characters and setting were established and the immediate conflict resolved with the foundation of the overall plot laid down. Other questions would prop up and be answered with respective time and the plot progressed at a speed to keep readers informed but still interested. If Harry Potter were like Attack on Titan in its structure, then we still wouldn’t have known how magic works or who and what the villains were even after Book 5. Attack on Titan plays out, in my opinion, more like Lost. Big questions are asked right at the start, still aren’t answered well into the series’ run, and the plot just gets more and more confusing and convoluted as time goes on, with even more unanswered questions being presented. Still, perhaps that is the point. I realize that this is the reason I still read/watch the series even though I am not a fan of a lot of its elements. I am very frustrated with this series’ structure, and it’s the desire to alleviate that very frustration that keeps me coming back to it. I hate that I don’t know what’s going on, but darn it all, I want to know what the heck is going on! I suppose that also makes it like Lost. So, despite my dislike for much of the tone, themes, and structure of Attack on Titan, I am still enthralled enough to keep buying into it. I guess it’s sort of a macabre cautious interest that I have with it. It can be a very interesting puzzle to solve, but it certainly not for everyone, especially the queasy or faint- or sensitive-of-heart, as the darkness and gore are pushed to the nth degree here. If you’re a fan of enigmas, secrets, or intrigue, then check it out. If you prefer stories of heroism, clear morality, or those that champion the goodness of the human spirit, or if you wouldn’t like seeing more blood than every entry in the Friday the 13th and Saw series combined, then avoid this series like a Titan. In the end, these are not the kind of Titans I would want to Remember, but they do make for a good Clash though.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazingly good.

    Posted
    Mhino1456
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    This is the 2nd part of season 1 of Attack on Titan. It contains episodes 14-25. This show got me so hooked on the series I could not stop there and picked up the Manga to continue reading the story. Even if you do not enjoy Anime and think it's just a bunch of cartoons I highly recommend you to reconsider for this one. This show is a dark amazing drama that depicts the end of mankind struggling against defeating Giants known as Titans. This show is axing and some of the best work I've seen in an amazing anime itself.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An interesting and fairly unique series

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    tmntman
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    No spoilers. But if you haven't already watched the first 13 episodes, do that first. The second set ends out the first season. It pretty quickly takes the series is a very different direction. It also seems to slow down the series a lot. Most of the second set covers the events of just one incident. Drawing things out like that will likely make watching week to week fairly dull. But it means the marathon feature (all the episodes in order with the titles, reviews and end credits removed) it a very welcome feature.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    great show

    Posted
    attackontitan
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    I mistakenly purchased this product thinking it was the 2nd season which was my fault. The packaging was misleading. Obviously I can't return the product so now I am stuck with multiple versions of the same thing. now just waiting for the 2nd season to come out for I enjoy the show a lot

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Must-have for fans of the series

    Posted
    SeaSalt
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    If you liked the series, you'll probably want to buy this set. This contains the second half of the show, so no worries about having to buy yet another volume to complete the current episode count. Both DVD and blu-ray versions look great, and the voice cast does a great job (Japanese audio is available for those who don't like dubs).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Twas everything and more!

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    Delmarty
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    This was an awesome dvd at an awesome price with awesome features. I love the fact that it has "episode" mode where episodes play one after the other. No having to click fast-forward or next to skip outros or intros. Loved the special features. The chibi episodes are hilarious and there's plenty of them. A must pickup for any AoT fan!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Part 2 is here!!!

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    Sockobird
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    If you like Attack On Titan then you must get this second part of the first season. I won't go into depth about what the show is about being that this is a review for the part two of the show. But I will say the picture quality and sound on blu-Ray is phenomenal!! And I think the English dubs are quite nice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Attack on Titan Part 2

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    SweetCheeks
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    Once again Best Buy has what I need! Any movie, series, show and any genre. I was looking for Attack on Titan Part 2. I found it on Amazon, but didn't want to wait for it to arrive. I took in the amazon ad and Best Buy price matched the series.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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