Attack on Titan is originally a manga created by Hajime Isayama. And until recently, the manga’s writer has not been significantly involved in the anime.
Now, according to a report by ComicBook.com’s Megan Peters, Isayama has provided the show’s second season with brand-new material. In an interview with Newtype magazine, Season 2 chief director Tetsuro Araki said Isayama is “in a very comprehensive way” and “even more involved than before.”
“Though it was already like this last season, this time there is a legitimate feeling of, ‘We’re creating this together.’ There are portions he wasn’t able to include in the manga that he permitted us to incorporate into the anime adaptation.
“On top of that, there are also other new elements [Isayama] really wished to see that we could now fulfill.”
In Newtype’s most recent edition, the magazine also revealed a new image for Season 2. It features Eren Jaeger in Titan form, Mikasa Ackermann and Levi.
It’s only fitting that Levi features so prominently in the above image. Season 2 director Masashi Koezuka said the anime’s second season will focus on characters that weren’t featured prominently in Season 1.
“We will be exploring characters who didn’t have key roles in the first season,” Koezuka said, per Newtype’s interview. “Of course, we’re doing our best to not create those scenes solely with exposition. We want to incorporate dialogue seamlessly into the overall theme of the story. Our staff implemented many techniques and used plenty of film to accomplish this.”
Season 2 is set to release on April 1, 2017.