It's been a long wait already since the first season of Attack on Titan, the anime version of the comic book of the same name that was first released in 2013. Season 2 was supposed to air in 2016, but it looks like earlier rumors have been confirmed, and fans will have to wait another year to see that big twist in the comics make its way onto the small screen.
The new release date should be set in January 2017, a change that was confirmed by the manga's publisher, Kodansha. Among the reasons cited by the producers and suggested by fans, there are two major ones to push the show back another year: the progress of the manga and the involvement of the anime's director in other projects.
There's Not Enough Manga Material Yet
Attack on Titan has always made a point of not getting ahead of the manga's storylines, and it seems like the current speed at which new tomes are being released hasn't provided enough material for a full season yet. While the first season drew on four story arcs, there are only two new ones so far that the show could use.
Another reason cited for the delaying of the new season is director Tetsuro Araki's involvement on another anime series project, Kanaberi of the Iron Fortress.
Understandably, fans weren't pleased.
What Do We Already Know About Season 2?
Warning: if you haven't read the manga, the following could contain spoilers for the anime.
While we wait for new material, two story arcs are already expected to be featured in the anime: "Clash of the Titans" and "Uprising Arcs." The "Clash of the Titans" arc starts with the ape-like Beast Giant feeding Mike Zacharias to the Titans after the latter has defeated nine of them, and it's going to be exciting to see more of the mysterious Titan with the humanlike abilities in the anime. In case you don't remember, he can talk!
According to the International Business Times, we could also get to see the death of our beloved Levi Ackerman, and the real identity of the Colossal Titan and the Armored Titan — they are shapeshifting humans! That just makes the wait for Season 2 seem so much more longer.