Attack on Titan is hands-down the breakout anime hit of the last several years, spawning video games, a spin-off series and even two live-action movies. That being said, the franchise's second season still hasn't arrived more than three years later, despite the franchise's runaway popularity.
Fans expected that to change in 2016, but it looks like that's not the case after all. The second season of the show has once again been pushed back.
The reason for the delay is that director Tetsuro Araki has decided to wait for the manga to get further ahead so that the anime won't have to create original material and can instead faithfully tell the tale from the source material. According to Moviepilot, the manga is only two story arcs ahead of the anime, with the creators waiting until it is at least four ahead before finishing the show's second season.
It's a major bummer for fans who have been waiting patiently for the anime's return, but perhaps it will be worth it in the long run. Rather than having to take the story in a new direction, the anime will closely follow the manga. As a result, dreaded filler episodes won't have to be used to stretch out the story, as is oftentimes the case with anime adaptations when they run out of source material from which to pull. The delay means the anime will be as faithful as possible, even if it takes what is rapidly approaching half a decade for it to see the light of day.
However, it's not all sad news on the Attack on Titan front. An upcoming PlayStation game looks to hold promise, as it is both co-op-enabled and allows players to dish out some serious pain as a deadly titan. There are the various spin-off manga and shows that fans can enjoy in the meantime as well. There is even an impressive-looking arcade game that puts fans in the action with what just might be the coolest controller ever conceived. There's no word yet on when fans should expect the now-delayed season two, but we'll keep you posted if we hear anything.