The fourth, and final, season of hit animé adaptation of – equally successful – manga series, Attack On Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin), is set to premiere on December 7th, 2020. Slated to air on Japanese television channel NHK, the iconic Shonin animé will also be made available for streaming on animé consumption sites, Funimation and Crunchyroll.
Attack on Titan, which follows the exploits of main protagonist, Eden Jäeger, as he – and his compatriots – battle, and search their way to the answer behind a mysterious and powerful enemy, which has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. The enemy – giant, seemingly mindless, humanoid beasts – eats it’s way through the land, scoffing down humans by the handful (you can see the problem here). Jäeger, and team, who have grown up in this reality, take it upon themselves to try and put an end to humanity’s plight, using the skills they have available to them. It also helps to discover that one of you has the ability to turn into a sentient Titan.
In fact it is on this discovery, that the story is based. With the discovery that humans can turn into Titans, begins a long tale that leads to the unearthing of the origin of these voracious monsters. It spans 3 whole seasons, its exciting, bone chilling, sad, and insightful, all at the same time. The fourth season seems intent on settling the numerous cliffhangers viewers have had to contend with since season 1 first aired back in 2013.
The fourth season of Attack on Titan marks, not only the end of the animé series, but the discontinuation of the manga series as well, with publication of both mediums having been set up to expire simultaneously. The anime will be available with English subtitles for international fans, with a full English dubbed version set to be made available shortly afterwards.
Being the final season, season four’s trailer promises new terrain, the team was off to Paradis Island at the close of the third season. Along with new terrain, new characters, a more developed cast (Eren flashes a chiselled frame, complete with washboard abs,) and as if the revelations made in season 3 regarding Titans wasn’t enough, it seems we’re about to discover more – weaponized Titans? Not like how Eren fights for the human side, I mean actual ballistic devices fitted onto Titans.
Online distribution portals, will handle initial global broadcasts of the series through streaming. Funimation will make sure fans in the United States, Canada, Ireland, and The UK miss none of the action. While Crunchyroll will make the series available for fans in, Latin America, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland. This release strategy is, likely, in response to the number of leaked episodes being made available internationally while the show ran in Japan, when the third season first aired.
The series brings Yuichiro Hayashi (Also directed Dorohedoro) back as script overseer, Tomohiro Kishi returns as lead character designer and, Hiroyuki Sawano still composes the series music, so we can expect the fourth season to carry a similar look, and feel, to the last few seasons. Which is great, cause having to adjust to a new animation style or story deviation, this late in the game would, most likely, ruin the series. Voice actors,
Yuuki Kaji, Yui Ishikawa, and Marina Inoue return to the series as Eren Jäeger, Mikasa Ackerman, and Armin Arlelt, respectively. Not many changes have been made to the original team working on the series, thankfully.