Attack on Titan (season 4)

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Attack on Titan
Season 4
Attack on Titan The Final Season Key Visual 1.jpg
The first key visual
Country of originJapan
No. of episodes6
Release
Original networkNHK General TV
Original releaseDecember 7, 2020 (2020-12-07) –
present
Season chronology
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List of Attack on Titan episodes

The fourth and final season of the Attack on Titan anime television series, titled Attack on Titan: The Final Season, is produced by MAPPA and directed by Yūichirō Hayashi, replacing Tetsurō Araki and Masashi Koizuka. Scriptwriter Hiroshi Seko took over the series composition from Yasuko Kobayashi, and Tomohiro Kishi replaced Kyōji Asano as character designer due to the series switching production studios.[1] The season covers the "Marley" (chapters 91–106) and "War for Paradis" (chapters 107 onwards) arcs from the original manga by Hajime Isayama.

On September 22, 2020, Crunchyroll and Funimation announced that the final season would be streaming "later this year".[2] The season premiered on NHK General TV on December 7, 2020 at 12:10 a.m. JST.[3] In the United States, Adult Swim's Toonami programming block began airing Funimation's English dub on January 10, 2021 at 12:30 a.m. ET.[4] Currently, 16 episodes have been listed for the home releases for the season.[5]

The score is directed by Masafumi Mima and composed by Hiroyuki Sawano and Kohta Yamamoto.[1] The opening theme song is "My War" (僕の戦争, "Boku no Sensō") performed by Shinsei Kamattechan, and the ending theme song is "Shock" (衝撃, "Shōgeki") performed by Yūko Andō.[6]

Episode list[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [7]Directed by [7]Written by [7]Original air date [3]English air date [8]
601"The Other Side of the Sea"
Transcription: "Umi no Mukōgawa" (Japanese: 海の向こう側)
Kaori MakitaHiroshi SekoDecember 7, 2020 (2020-12-07)January 10, 2021

During Marley’s expansionist phase, it is engaged in a four-year war against the Mid-East Allied Forces and is attempting to conquer Paradis Island. Eldian soldiers are being used as cannon fodder to attack Fort Slava, including Falco, one of the young Eldian warrior-candidate soldiers, along with his older brother Colt. Colt proposes to General Theo Magath that they use the power of the Warrior Titans, but he refuses due to the Allied Forces having an armored train, along with cannons capable of destroying Titans. Gabi, a promising candidate to be the Armored Titan and Reiner's younger cousin, manages to approach the train while appearing unarmed and disables it with hand grenades. This allows Pieck's Cart Titan, Galliard's Jaw Titan, and Reiner's Armored Titan to attack the fort. From an airship above Fort Slava, Eldian humans are transformed into Pure Titans by Zeke and are dropped down rashly, causing destruction and mayhem. Zeke then transforms into the Beast Titan and throws ammunition towards the ships of the Allied Forces, sinking the fleet. The Marleyans capture the fort and win the war with a heavy sacrifice by the Eldians, however the existence of weapons capable of injuring even the Warrior Titans causes Marley to realize that they need the power of the Founding Titan more than ever.


Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Funimation added a disclaimer at the beginning of the episode stating that the English dub voice actors were able to record their lines from the safety of their homes.
612"Midnight Train"
Transcription: "Yamiyo no Ressha" (Japanese: 闇夜の列車)
Daisuke TokudoHiroshi SekoDecember 14, 2020 (2020-12-14)January 17, 2021
At a Marley military strategy meeting, the generals express concern that the usefulness of the Titans is being overtaken by the armaments of the enemy nations. Zeke, who is also present, proposes to use his last year of life to attack Paradis Island and retake the Founding Titan, thus buying time for the reconstruction of Marley's military. On a train back to their homes in the city of Liberio, the surviving Eldian soldiers praise Gabi for her courage, while Reiner secretly encourages Falco to become the Armored Titan himself instead of Gabi. Cousins Gabi and Reiner arrive home and reunite with their family, while Falco supports a pair of returning Eldian soldiers traumatized by the war. Zeke believes that the independent Eldians on Paradis are preventing local Eldians from integrating with Marleyan society. The next day, Zeke informs the other Titan Warriors of his plan to use the Tybur noble family and their War Hammer Titan to announce an offensive against Paradis. The Tybur Family is influential because of their success in driving King Fritz into exile, so he proposes that the Tyburs publicly announce their involvement during a festival in Liberio where dignitaries from various other countries will be present.
623"The Door of Hope"
Transcription: "Kibō no Tobira" (Japanese: 希望の扉)
Kōki Aoshima
Hiromi Nishiyama
Hiroshi SekoDecember 21, 2020 (2020-12-21)January 24, 2021
Reclining on his bed, Reiner thinks about his past and a conversation he had with his mother on the curse of being an Eldian. He and his mother were abandoned by his Marleyan father, leading to the beginning of his quest to become an honorary Marleyan. He entered the military training program where selected trainees were chosen to become Titans; Annie Leonhart as the Female, Marcel Galliard as the Jaw, Zeke Jaeger as the Beast, Pieck Finger as the Cart and Bertolt Hoover as the Colossus. Porco Galliard was devastated when Reiner was chosen to be the Armored Titan, but Marcel had sabotaged Porco's chances for selection to spare his brother from the dangers of battle. General Magath sent Annie, Bertolt, Reiner, and Marcel on a mission to reclaim the Founding Titan on Paradis, but on arrival, Ymir, in the form of a Pure Titan, emerged from the ground and devoured Marcel. Annie and Bertolt wanted to abort the mission, but Reiner convinced them to proceed, leading to the breaching of Wall Maria. Following the mission, they reverted to their human forms and joined the Training Corps on Paradis. Emerging from recollections of his past, Reiner contemplates suicide, but reconsiders because of his role as a mentor to Falco and the other warrior cadets. Meanwhile, Falco engages in conversation with a wounded Eldian soldier who has lost a leg and an eye, but admits to faking trauma-induced amnesia to avoid being sent back home.
634"From One Hand to Another"
Transcription: "Te Kara Te e" (Japanese: 手から手へ)
Tetsuaki MatsudaHiroshi SekoDecember 28, 2020 (2020-12-28)TBA
Kruger, the wounded Eldian soldier, asks Falco to post letters for him from outside the internment zone to avoid interception. Willy, head of the Tybur family who possess the War Hammer Titan, meets with Commander Theo Magath near the statue of Helos, the renowned Marleyan who saved them from Titans. Magath is considering introducing conscription to lift the Marleyans out of their complacency and thirst for expansion and self-destructive wars. They form an alliance to stop the warmongering and restore the balance between Eldia and Marley, however the planning for an all-out offensive against Paradis continues. Back at the hospital, the patient Mr. Jaeger, Grisha's father, approaches Kruger and asks him to avoid using Falco for his schemes before he is removed for creating a disturbance. At the evening dinner party before the festival, the Eldian trainees perform duties as waiters, but are rudely disparaged by the Marley elite. Willy uses his diplomatic skills to smooth tensions and invites the international dignitaries to a theatrical play to be performed after the festival in the Libero Internment Zone. At the festival, everyone enjoys food from other nations and the trainees are in high spirits. That night, Falco takes Reiner to a secret basement location where he meets Kruger. Reiner, much to his shock, immediately recognizes him as Eren Jaeger, who coldly greets Reiner, saying that four years have passed since they last saw each other.
645"Declaration of War"
Transcription: "Sensen Fukoku" (Japanese: 宣戦布告)
Teruyuki ŌmineHiroshi SekoJanuary 11, 2021 (2021-01-11)TBA
Willy begins his theatrical presentation to the local and international audience while Eren and Reiner listen in a basement below the stage with Falco. Willy tells the well-known story of Marley's hero Helos, who formed an alliance with the Tybur family to defeat the Eldian King Fritz, however he reveals Fritz and the Tyburs fabricated the myth themselves. King Fritz actually wanted peace and willingly went to Paradis Island with the remaining Eldians, vowing to renounce war. His ideology was passed through his bloodline, which kept his successors bound to his desire for peace. Meanwhile, Pieck and Porco are trapped by a Marley soldier in a small, stone-walled cellar which effectively prevents them from transforming into Titans. Back in the basement Eren reminds Reiner of their past as adversaries, but Eren explains that since his arrival in Marley he has realized that the two of them are alike, but with contrasting beliefs due to their different upbringings. They hear Willy announce above them that Eren is a threat to world peace as he is not of the Fritz family. Just as Willy declares war on Paradis, Eren transforms into the Attack Titan and bursts out of the basement, throwing Willy into the air and positions himself to consume the figurehead of the Tybur family.
656"The War Hammer Titan"
Transcription: "Sentsui no Kyojin" (Japanese: 戦鎚の巨人)
Atsushi Tsukasa
Takahiro Kaneko
Hiroshi SekoJanuary 18, 2021 (2021-01-18)TBA
In a flashback prior to the Declaration of War, Willy farewells his family and discusses with General Magath the high probability of a deadly attack at the ceremony, but Willy is prepared to become a martyr in support of his cause. In the present, the Attack Titan devours Willy and continues its rampage, causing mass fatalities including the candidates Zofia and Udo. Willy's sister, Lara Tybur, transforms into the War Hammer Titan but is immediately assaulted by the Attack Titan. Lara overpowers him using her Titan hardening ability to create destructive weapons while Magath orders armor-piercing shells fired at the Attack Titan. Meanwhile, Pieck and Porco are rescued by the Panzer Unit just as the Survey Corps commence an assault overhead. The War Hammer Titan forces Eren from the body of his Titan, but just as War Hammer prepares to kill him, Mikasa attacks the nape of its neck with thunder spears. However, the War Hammer regenerates and Eren realizes that Lara's body is underground, connected by a long white tendril. He transforms into the Attack Titan again and severs the cord, preparing to devour her. Suddenly, Porco's Jaw Titan leaps onto the Attack Titan’s neck and attempts to eat Eren, but Levi arrives and hacks its jaw-joint, preventing it from biting. As his Titan is attacked, Porco realizes that the human Scouts are the real devils of Paradis.
667"Assault"
Transcription: "Kyōshū" (Japanese: 強襲)
Jun ShishidoHiroshi SekoJanuary 25, 2021 (2021-01-25)TBA
678"Assassin's Bullet"
Transcription: "Kyōdan" (Japanese: 凶弾)
TBATBAFebruary 1, 2021 (2021-02-01)TBA
689"Brave Volunteers"
Transcription: "Giyūhei" (Japanese: 義勇兵)
TBATBAFebruary 8, 2021 (2021-02-08)TBA
6910"A Sound Argument"
Transcription: "Seiron" (Japanese: 正論)
TBATBAFebruary 15, 2021 (2021-02-15)TBA
7011"Counterfeit"
Transcription: "Itsuwari Mono" (Japanese: 偽り者)
TBATBAFebruary 22, 2021 (2021-02-22)TBA

Home media[edit]

Japanese release[edit]

Pony Canyon (Japan, Region 2/A)
Vol. Episodes Release date Ref.
1 60–67 May 19, 2021 [9]
2 68–75 July 21, 2021 [5]

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