Although 2020 has been a year struck with tragedy, there are some highlights to this highly unconventional year. Among the few sweet things is a win for the anime community with the release of the fourth and final season of Attack On Titan. The series is expected to be released mid-December 2020.
The series itself, according to Fandom.com, is set in a world where humanity lives in cities surrounded by big walls that protect them from gigantic humanoid creatures that eat humans without reason. The main character, Eren, is set on a mission to avenge his mother’s death and destroy all titans after his mother was eaten by one. The anime is actually the motion picture adaptation of the manga series that started in September of 2009. However, over the years, the fandom for the manga grew which allowed the anime version to be made with the first season airing on April 7, 2013. With the top five fan-favorite characters being Levi, Mikasa, Eren, Erwin, and Armin, many fans feel that the final season has been long-awaited.
The series is not only about giant creatures eating humans, it also divulges into topics like racism and fascism. In the show, humanity hates the Eldian race who are portrayed as the “enemy” of society. Most of them are living as second class citizens that wear armbands and are forced into internment zones. In an interview with Ms. Florida, our very own media resource specialist at OMHS, she said, “I think that’s why I’m drawn to some of these stories, I read a lot of these comics in general and I prefer the stories that lean more heavily on the humanity side of things.” She also added, “If you think about Fullmetal Alchemist and Attack on Titan, they’re both about a society where they have the power but the question is: should they use it?” Although set in a world very different from our own, Attack on Titan poses questions that are still applicable to our own society.
Rumors have spread that the final season may be split up into two parts with the second part airing in January. Streaming platforms showing the last season include Hulu, Crunchyroll, and Funimation. To all the AOT fans out there that have been anxiously waiting for this release, have a great time watching!