One of the most popular anime of all time is coming to an end. Attack on Titan—the only anime your parents can name other than Dragon Ball Z—just got a trailer for its final episode, and it looks just as wild as ever. Dubbed The Final Chapters Part 2, the Attack on Titan finale will essentially be a compilation special made up of episodes 91-94 of the series.
Attack on Titan: The Final Chapters Special 1 aired in March of this year on Crunchyroll before becoming available to stream on Hulu as well. In September, the special was aired on Toonami—Adult Swim’s anime programming block.
The final final episodes of the series have been a long time coming. The first part of Attack on Titan‘s final season premiered in December of 2020—almost three whole years ago! The second part began airing over a year later, in January 2022, with parts three and four airing this year.
The series originally began airing in 2013—first on NHK in Japan before making the jump to Crunchyroll, Funimation, Toonami, and Hulu in the United States. In the ten years since the first episodes of Attack on Titan aired, the show has become immensely popular among fans of anime. And judging by all the merch at Hot Topic, it’s probably going to stay that way for a long time.
Attack on Titan takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where what’s left of humanity lives behind giant walls built to protect them from enormous human-like Kaiju dubbed Titans. The Titans have a fairly unique look in that many of them look like they’re missing skin. The Titans’ musculature is on full display, making the giant naked humanoids that much creepier.
The series follows main characters, Eren Yeager, Mikasa Ackerman, and Armin Arlert, as they train to fight the inside-out Titans as part of the elite Survey Corps. Like most anime, Attack on Titan started out life as a manga. Written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama, Attack on Titan originally ran in Bessatusu Shonen Magazine starting on September 9. 2009. Isayama finished the manga in 2021.
The manga was so popular it spawned a chibi parody, Attack on Titan: Junior High, as well as several light novels taking place before the events of the anime. Meanwhile, the anime took Attack on Titan to a completely other level of exposure, becoming what several fans consider the best anime of all time.
Though art, in general, is subjective, Attack on Titan—which currently has a rating of 9/10 stars on IMDb based on 446,000 reviews—might be the closest an anime has ever come to being universally loved by everyone who’s ever watched it.
Unfortunately, Attack on Titan didn’t make the transition to live-action with much success. A pair of Japanese action movies were released in 2015 to poor reviews and box office, proving that some things just don’t translate well to live action.
Attack on Titan: The Final Chapters Part 2 hits NHK in Japan on November 5 at midnight. If it follows suit with Part 1, expect it to hit Crunchyroll and Hulu in the US soon after.