The second season of Attack on Titan just aired earlier today, and yet its creators have wasted no time in assuring fans that more of the acclaimed franchise is to come.

Both Kodansha Comics and Wit Studio, the official manga publisher and anime producer respectively, have announced that the anime will return for a third season sometime in 2018. Not only did this announcement appear as a title card after the season 2 finale this morning, but FUNimaton additionally released a teaser trailer this afternoon to compliment the announcement.

The teaser is an image heavy collage of the manga’s book covers from volumes 13 to 22, with a tagline that reads “And then, they see the ocean…”

Despite its brevity, this teaser trailer provides fans of the manga with exciting hints on what to expect for the next season, which Comic Book suggests may include important main character backstories.

This sudden announcement is a pleasant surprise for fans considering the four-year hiatus between this latest season and season 1, which originally aired in 2013. Fans also seem hopeful that season 3 will be long, given how many manga volume covers are included in the teaser. As GOC previously reported, fans were disappointed that the anime significantly reduced its episode count from 25 episodes in season 1 to 12 episodes in season 2.

Created by Hajime Isayama in 2009, Attack on Titan has taken the manga and anime world by storm thanks to its thoughtful ruminations on war and human nature against a dystopian backdrop of brutal supernatural violence.

For those unfamiliar with this awesome series, the official plot summary is as follows:

“Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by giants. Giants are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by enclosing themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of giants. Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a giant in over 100 years. Teenage boy Eren and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a super giant that appears out of thin air. As the smaller giants flood the city, the two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Eren vows that he will murder every single giant and take revenge for all of mankind.”

How do y’all feel about the quick turnaround with season 3? Were you already feeling anxious about waiting for the next season, or would you have preferred a longer hiatus to ensure the continuation of the show’s high production quality? Let us know what you think!

Source: Comic Book

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