The beginning of the end is here. The official Attack on Titan The Final Season website announced that “Part 2” of the final season will premiere on the NHK General channel in January 2022.
“Part 2” will kick things off with episode 76, “Danzai” which, roughly translated, means “Sentencing”. The second half of the season will adapt the remaining chapters of the manga, including its divisive ending.
Winter is Coming
Returning to helm the final season is animation studio MAPPA who took over the series from Wit Studio in the final season. Prior to the release of the final season, a special episode will air that recaps the events of the series up to that point to give the audience a refresher course. Levi, Annie, and Mikasa will star in that refresher episode.
The first three seasons as well as “Part 1” of “Season 4” are available for streaming on Hulu, Crunchyroll, and Funimation. These streaming services have yet to announce when they will have the show available.
Yuichiro Hayashi returns as the season’s director and the entire cast returns for, what could be, their final role as the characters.
At this point of the story, a new menace is terrorizing the world as the Titans have taken a back seat. The nations of Marley and Paradis are at war with the main cast trapped in the middle as they try to survive.
The final chapter of Attack on Titan didn’t have to do me like dat 🥺 iykyk 🐦😭
— MIICHY 🦋 (@miichyso) April 8, 2021
The manga ended back in April of this year, and it was met with divisive opinions among the fanbase. Undoubtedly, MAPPA has seen these opinions which may open a chance for the studio to alter the ending.
However, it’s much more possible that the studio will adapt the ending as it is. It’s worth noting that in an interview after the manga’s end, series author Hajime Isayama apologized to his fans for the ending and regrets not having done enough.
In the final volume, the last chapter got an extended eight pages to fix any issues.
— Crankylem9340 (@Crankylemur9340) August 23, 2021
Regardless of the controversial ending, fans are excited to see the conclusion of the epic manga series with stunning animation and fantastic music.
End of an Epic
Isayama launched the manga in Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shonen Magazine back in 2009 up until April 2021, making for a 12-year run. “Season 1” premiered back in April 2013 and instantly became a runaway success with the series becoming one of the biggest new franchises to come out of Japan in the last 20 years.
As of 2019, Attack on Titan has 100 million copies of the manga in circulation, making it one of the best-selling manga of all time.
The anime is no slouch either as analytics released earlier this year showed that Attack on Titan was the most popular show in the United States. It had over 100 times the demand of the average series. It even beat out popular series like Stranger Things and Saturday Night Live.
As for what’s next for Isayama, it is difficult to say. In a recent interview, Attack on Titan editor Shintaro Kawakubo said there will not be a sequel series and that Isayama is pretty tired from penning Attack on Titan.
Kawakubo Interview Summary pic.twitter.com/2IiTrj8hpG
— 霞 (@kasumi_kasa) June 4, 2021
Kawakubo did hint at a new manga but left the details vague. In 2020, Isayama said that he was interested in doing a black comedy.