Wit Studio is quickly becoming one of the most acclaimed anime studios in Japan, creating near-perfect adaptations such as the critically-acclaimed Shingeki no Kyojin series. With Attack on Titan Season 2 well on its way towards its final arc, the next project of the studio has become a notable topic among anime fans. After all, such an upstart studio could only work on one project at a time. After Attack on Titan Season 2, what project would Wit Studio begin?
This Fall, Wit Studio would be airing Mahoutsukai no Yome, a 24-episode anime series that tells the story of a young girl who eventually becomes the apprentice and bride of a magus. The anime’s OVAs has so far garnered warm praise from the anime community, with many praising the series’ visuals and storytelling. Needless to say, Mahoutsukai no Yome is a classic product of Wit Studio, with near-perfect direction, attractive art and a great soundtrack to boot.
Next up in Wit Studio’s plan, however, is the second season of Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress. Kabaneri is a pretty interesting anime due to the fact that it was created not from a manga but from the creative minds of Wit Studio itself. Needless to say, the anime is visually stunning, with amazing fight sequences and music that is comparable with the best in the industry. There is only one particular problem with the Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress.
It is, for all intents and purposes, an Attack on Titan clone.
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is set in Feudal Japan, where a horde of man-eating monsters are keeping the people emancipated, to the point where humanity is forced to live within the confines of walled cities. The civilians’ only hope lies in the efforts of soldiers and the Kabaneri, half-humans who possess the abilities of the monsters while keeping their humanity intact. If that premise sounds familiar, it is because it is the exact same premise as Attack on Titan. Even the Kabaneri themselves are practically reflections of AoT‘s Titan Shifters, people who are also part man, part monster.
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress started off strong when it aired last year. However, as the story progressed, numerous plot holes emerged that ultimately compromised the quality of the anime. While the visuals, the music and the fight scenes remained consistently excellent, the inconsistencies in its plot managed to disenchant anime viewers from the series. This could easily be seen in the reviews from anime fans in MyAnimeList, where many have pointed out the series’ initial potential and subsequent failure.
Instead of Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Season 2, it seems to be a far better idea for Wit Studio to devote its resources to its biggest franchise to date, Attack on Titan and its upcoming third season. Numerous anime fans have always expected AoT Season 2 to run for at least 24 episodes, but ultimately, it was revealed that the anime would only have a 12-episode run. The manga, where the anime is based on, has progressed significantly, and it has more than enough material for another 12-episode run.
Thus, for all intents and purposes, the pieces are all set for an Attack on Titan Season 3 project. Considering the critical acclaim that AoT Season 2 has received among avid anime fans so far, it appears to be a gross miscalculation for Wit Studio to neglect its biggest franchise in favor of a series which has received mixed reviews at best. Simply put, it seems that Wit Studio’s efforts and resources would be better spent on something tried and tested over something that has tried and, at some point, failed.
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