Updated January 8, 2022
Just as with Season 3, Attack on Titan Season 4 was split into two parts. While fans are used to waiting with anticipation for the second half of a season, this release feels different. Not only is it the conclusion to the thrilling series, but the manga it’s based on ended. And not everyone was in love with the conclusion.
We don’t know how Yasuko Kobayashi, the new season’s writer, will end the saga. But here’s everything we do know so far on the release of Attack on Titan Season 4 Part 2, which will premiere January 9, 2022, at 3:45pm EST.
A Quick Summary of Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan is one of those TV shows that is a great start for those looking to get into anime. It’s an adaptation of the original manga Shingeki no Kyojin by Hajime Isayama.
Here’s a quick rundown of the show’s premise.
The series takes place in a post apocalyptic world that’s filled with Titans: large creatures that eat humans on sight. Everyone left on earth lives behind three circular walls to protect the last of humanity from these Titans.
The series begins when two new types of Titans – the Colossus Titan and the Armored Titan – breach the walls and enter Shiganshina and wreak havoc on the small town. Eren’s mother is killed when a Titan eats her. Eren barely escapes.
As he does, he swears he will avenge her and destroy all Titans.
After he enlists in the military, he discovers that he has the ability to transform himself into a sentient Titan. He plans to use this power to overthrow every last Titan.
If you want a sneak peek into the final season, here’s a brief teaser trailer on Animeify.
Attack on Titan Season 4 Trailer
Where We Left Off: Attack on Titan Season 4 Part 1
Part 1 of Attack on Titan’s final season premiered back on December 7, 2020. The 16 episodes of Part 1 were released periodically until the end of March when the half-way finale premiered.
In January 2022, Attack on Titan Season 4 Part 2 will return to wrap up the questions asked in Part 1 with its release on Crunchyroll. Make sure you’re all caught up and ready for the January 9 premiere by watching all the other episodes on Crunchyroll before then.
In addition to the regular season, MAPPA revealed that before the official launch of Part 2, there will be a special episode featuring Levi, Ani, and Mikasa. They’ll spend the animated special recapping the previous events of Attack on Titan Season 4 Part 1 while alluding to what’s to come in Part 2.
An Interesting Crossroads
The series has come to an interesting crossroads. The manga the series is based on ended back in April 2021, right after Part 1 of Season 4 released its final episode.
So how will the series move forward? Will they build beyond the source material? Will they expand on the events of the manga, staying true to the original work? Or will they go in a completely unique creative direction?
This isn’t the first series that had to expand beyond the original story it’s based on. (And it certainly won’t be the last) For example, while the first season of The Handmaid’s Tale covers the original Margaret Atwood book, the rest of the seasons have explored the world beyond the source text to great critical acclaim.
It will certainly be interesting to see the reaction of the diehard comic fans when they see Attack on Titan Season 4: Part 2. Maybe the additional episodes will give the writers a chance to make those who found the ending to the manga unsatisfying happy again.
Cast and Crew of Attack on Titan Season 4 Part 2
The Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2 introduces an almost entirely new creative crew. Many of the crew members from Part 1 stepped down and will be replaced by new faces.
Jun Shishido and Yūichirō Hayashi direct the final installment. They replace Tetsurō Araki and Masashi Koizuka.
Writer Hiroshi Seko replaces Yasuko Kobayashi. And character designer Tomohiro Kishi replaces Kyōji Asano.
Fans are waiting with bated breath to see if they stay true to the original direction of the show. With so many changes, we can’t be sure. It’s possible that with ending of the source material, the new crew might take us in a new direction.
While the fans can expect changes with the crew, the original Japanese cast is staying the same. Yuki Kaji once again voices Eren. He is joining Yui Ishikawa as Mikasa Ackerman, Marina Inoue as Armin Arlert, Yoshimasa Hosoya as Reiner Bruan, and Takehito Koyasu as Zeke Jaeger.
The English dub is voiced by Bryce Papenbrook as Eren, Trina Nishimura as Mikasa Ackerman, Josh Grelle as Armin Arlert, Robert McCollum as Reiner Braum, and Jason Liebrecht as Zeke Jaeger.
The Thrilling Conclusion to Attack on Titan Season 4
Can’t wait to see how Shishido and Hayashi will end Eren’s journey? Make sure to subscribe to Crunchyroll before January so you can watch the release of Attack on Titan Season 4 Part 2.
And if you just can’t wait to experience the drama of the Attack on Titan universe, check out the video game adaptation of the series, Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains.