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Attack On Titan Season 4 Part 2 release date in 2021: Netflix Japan teases 2-part Shingeki no Kyojin final season

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A key visual for Attack On Titan Season 4. Pic credit: MAPPA

Netflix Japan is teasing the Attack On Titan Season 4 Part 2 anime.

The streaming platform has already listed Shingeki no Kyojoin: The Final Season Part 1, which implies that there will be a Shingeki no Kyojin Season 4 Part 2 (or a movie) rather than Attack On Titan Season 5 as the ending.

This is not the first time we’ve received hints that Attack On Titan Season 4 Part 2 will happen. In fall 2020, sound director Masafumi Mima tweeted a photo of a desk where he was apparently working on the sound work.

“I’ve received a letter from director Yuuichirou Hayashi about the song selection in the first and second episode of Attack on Titan. Based on the director’s polite response, I will have to rework, but it’s also fun work. I wonder if I will reach the director’s soul this time?” Masafumi wrote. “The sound work of Attack on Titan is in progress!”

What jumped out in the photo (besides the filthy keyboard that he apparently replaced after everyone noticed) was that Attack On Titan “Final Season Part 1” was clearly listed. Once everyone noticed this pertinent information, Masafumi deleted the tweet, but it can still be accessed via Wayback Machine.

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This photo by Studio MAPPA Sound Director Masafumi Mima clearly lists Attack On Titan Final Season Part 1. Pic credit: Masafumi Mima

Combine that evidence with the Attack On Titan Season 4 Part 1 Netflix screenshot, and it definitely seems like the final season will be split into two parts. (Or, there will be an Attack on Titan movie ending the story.)

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A screenshot of Netflix’s Attack On Titan Season 4 Part 1. Pic credit: Ranobe Sugoi

Yes, that probably also means that Attack On Titan: Final Season Part 2 is a split-cour season similar to the third season.

What’s a “cour,” you might ask? For those unfamiliar with the lingo, a “cour” is a three-month TV broadcasting block based on the physical seasons usually composed of 10 to 13 episodes.

A “split-cour” is where a single anime season takes a multi-month break before resuming TV broadcasting.

In this case, the total number of episodes will be a bit unusual since the initial Attack On Titan Season 4 release date is on December 7, 2020 (in North America, it’s December 6, 2020).

SnK Season 4 will be streaming internationally on Crunchyroll in U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, and Latin America.

FUNimation’s Attack On Titan Season 4 English dub release date is scheduled for January 10, 2021. The release dates for later dubbed episodes will be announced on FUNimation’s Dub from Home page.

Netflix’s Attack On Titan Season 4 release date is scheduled for December 11, 2020, but it will not be available on Netflix U.S., which only features the first season at this time.

Instead, the fourth season will be streaming in Japan, the Philippines, and other select Netflix territories.

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A key visual that was released a day before the Attack On Titan Season 4 release date. Pic credit: Studio MAPPA

The Blu-Ray/DVD page on the official website lists 16 episodes being released as two volumes.

The Attack On Titan Season 4 Episode 5 release date reportedly is set for January 9, 2021, not January 2, which means there will be at least one small delay in broadcasting.

Therefore, the Attack On Titan Season 4 Episode 16 release date is scheduled for March 28, 2021 (after midnight in Japan, which is March 29).

Such a stopping point lines up with a previous rumor where anime news leaker Yonkou Productions claimed there would be 16 episodes in Part 1.

The real question is the number of episodes for Attack On Titan Season 4 Part 2 and when it will come out.

  • Updated January 5, 2021: Attack On Titan Chapter 139 release date confirmed! Added titles for Episodes 5 – 8 and revised analysis.
  • Updated December 7, 2020: Part 1 number of episodes verified by Blu-Ray/DVD page.
  • Updated December 5, 2020: Added director’s quote and info from anime news leaker Alter DAC and Spytrue.

This article provides everything known about Attack On Titan Season 4 Part 2 (Shingeki no Kyojin Season 4 Part 2) and all related news. As such, this article will be updated over time with news, rumors, and analysis. Meanwhile, let’s delve down into what is known for certain.

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The new key visual for the Attack On Titan Season 4 anime that was released in September 2020. Pic credit: Studio MAPPA

Attack On Titan Season 4 Part 2 release date predictions

As of the last update, MAPPA or any company related to the anime production has not officially confirmed the Attack On Titan Season 4 Part 2 release date.

Nor has Studio MAPPA officially confirmed that the Final Season would have a Part 2 or be a split-cour anime season.

Once the news is officially confirmed, this article will be updated with the relevant information. In the meantime, it’s possible to speculate about when, or if, the Shingeki no Kyojin Season 4 Part 2 premiere date will occur in the future.

The 800-pound titan in the room is that creator Hajime Isayama still had not quite finished the Attack On Titan manga’s ending by the time the anime’s Part 1 first began streaming online. In fact, the crazy part is that the manga’s final chapter will release several weeks before the anime’s “final episode”.

The Attack On Titan Chapter 139 release date is set for April 9, 2021. The Attack On Titan Volume 34 release date is scheduled for June 9, 2021. It will contain the final chapter.

Originally, Isayama intended to finish the final chapter by the end of 2020, but in early November 2020, he announced that he was about 1 to 2 percent away from completion.

When the Attack On Titan 139 release date was announced, Isayama provided a comment on the Attack On Titan manga’s ending.

“I’ve been saying for the last eight years that I’d finish [Attack on Titan] in three years, and finally, it seems like it will be completed. It’s been a very long time coming, but I hope you’ll stick with me until the end,” he wrote. “The editorial team never rushed me to finish the series, but I’ve been continually asked, “When will it end?“ Thank you for waiting for me. I will do my best until the last page so you will feel satisfied with what you’ve read.”

Isayama already knows how the story ends since he showed the world a rough layout draft for the manga’s final panel in November 2018.

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An Attack On Titan Season 4 poster that was released weeks before the anime’s premiere. Pic credit: Studio MAPPA

You would assume that Isayama would communicate to Studio MAPPA an outline for the final chapters of the manga, but an official MAPPA exhibit includes a quote from director Yuuichirou Hayashi which indicates that even he doesn’t know exactly how the story ends.

“Finally, Attack on Titan: The Final Season begins. The tremendous response to the first in May made me feel the grandeur of this content to understand from experience,” says Hayashi as translated by Twitter user Kasumi Kasa. “Right now, we don’t even know how this story will end. We’re just going to face this epic climax head-on. Although I say ‘final’, we still have a long way to go, but I hope you enjoy it to the end.”

To put the director’s quote in context, it was printed for the exhibit and it was noticed in late November 2020. Thus, we don’t know when exactly the director said these words, and when the situation changed.

In an interview published shortly before the fourth season’s first episode aired, the director also made it clear that they intend on staying true to the manga’s story.

“The biggest point was that I wanted to reproduce the drawings of the manga as much as possible. In the previous seasons, there was really a strong contrast in the drawings, and also a ‘pressure’ to it, even in the cinematography, as if the anime was heading toward us. So I tried to keep this ‘pressure’, the atmosphere and the appearance of the old seasons as much as possible. I really didn’t want the fans to think I was doing something ‘plain. So my goal was to keep this strength that emanated from the anime while bringing it as close as possible to the manga and emphasizing its rough side.”

Some anime news leakers have previously claimed that the final season won’t be a split-cour. For the sake of argument, let’s assume that’s the case, which means the Attack On Titan Season 4 Part 2 release date will be in April 2021, the spring 2021 anime season.

However, it should be noted that the Kingdom Season 3 anime rebroadcast is also starting in spring 2021. That TV show previously occupied the Japanese TV broadcast schedule time-slot occupied by Attack On Titan.

Therefore, assuming the second half of Attack On Titan 4 is a split-cour with an unusual number of episodes (around 8 episodes), Part 2 could come out in July 2021 in the best-case scenario.

However, assuming that the fourth season also takes a six-month broadcasting break like the third season, that would mean the Attack On Titan Season 4 Part 2 release date would be scheduled for October 2021, the fall 2021 anime season.

(Or, the final story arc will be a movie.)

How many episodes will Shingeki no Kyojin Season 4 Part 2 have? Or will it be a two-part movie ending?

What’s unknown is the total number of episodes for the final season. While it’s been officially confirmed that Part 1 of The Final Season will have 16 episodes in total, The main issue is the pacing of Attack On Titan: Final Season Part 2.

The first cour of Season 1 adapted 20 chapters, while the second cour adapted 16 chapters with 12 episodes. Similarly, the Clash of the Titans story arc of Season 2 was a ratio of 16 chapters to 12 episodes.

The third season increased the pacing by adapting the 40 chapters of two story arcs with 22 episodes. Part 2 of the third season adapted the ending of Chapter 90 of Volume 22.

Some rumors have suggested that the fourth season’s pacing will be faster than usual. One thing that can be said for certain is that the idea that over 45 manga chapters would be condensed down into only 16 episodes is absurd, which makes Part 2 a necessity if the rumors about the number of episodes are true.

For example, Alter DAC correctly claimed, “Attack on Titan The Final Season is slated for 16 episodes,” and “Attack on Titan The Final Season means exactly what it says. IT’S THE FINAL SEASON!”

Alter DAC also claimed a day later that “the Final Season will be pretty steady pacing wise, averaging around 2 chapters per episode!” and “Attack on Titan The Final Season will cover EXACTLY what has been teased in the trailer.” These claims seemingly contradict each other since there are already more than 32 manga chapters left to adapt… unless he means Part 1 won’t be split and there is going to be a Part 2.

The other possibility is that a final movie will finish off the remaining chapters. While that option seems unlikely since it would be over two hours long, the anime production committee has to be considering the success of the Demon Slayer movie and whether a final Attack On Titan movie could share some of the financial success.

Alter DAC also points out that “[p]ublic broadcasters have some strict regulations in Japan. And considering how explicitly violent the last arc is, it’s not very likely that the anime sequel will be in TV format.” It should be kept in mind that certain scenes of extreme violence can be censored for the TV broadcast and then shown in the Blu-Ray release.

In response to Alter DAC’s claim about the pacing, anime news leaker Spytrue claimed, “More than 1, sometimes less than 2.”

For the sake of argument, we’ll assume that the format for the anime’s ending will still be a TV show. We’ll also consider multiple stopping points.

Since Part 1 is definitely 16 episodes long, the best stopping point is Chapter 110. Without getting into major spoilers, such an ending for Part 1 would offer a dramatic moment where Eren assembles with his Survey Corps followers following a major confrontation.

Chapter 113 also included a surprising battle, but such an ending would leave several recently started plot threads unresolved. Chapter 116 is slightly better since it resolves those short-term conflicts, offers a gut-punch for a major character development moment, and it happens right before a major action sequence.

None of these stopping points are optimal from a storytelling perspective, but at least MAPPA isn’t making us wait for Attack On Titan Season 5. They’re also unlikely since Japanese broadcaster NHK had already announced the titles for the first 8 episodes:

  • Attack On Titan Season 4 Episode 5: Declaration of War
  • Attack On Titan Season 4 Episode 6: The War Hammer Titan
  • Attack On Titan Season 4 Episode 7: Assault
  • Attack On Titan Season 4 Episode 8: Assassin’s Bullet

Notably, these episodes’ titles are named after manga Chapters 100, 101, 103, and 105, respectively. That means the first 8 episodes will adapt roughly 15 chapters.

Alter DAC specifically claims that the pacing will average two chapters per episode. On December 5, 2020, Alter DAC also offered his own estimate on where Part 1 will end.

“The anime is still in production, so a lot of things are still up in the air. But closing off with ch 122 seems like a safe bet,” he tweeted.

Chapter 122 offers a break in the action while also showing the history of Ymir and how titans first came to be. The problem with ending exactly on Chapter 122 is that it shows the history without explaining Eren’s choice and the motivation for his recent actions.

The final panel of Chapter 123 is a better stopping point from a storytelling perspective. This chapter also contains much more dialogue so it’ll consume the majority of Episode 16.

If MAPPA chooses Chapter 123 for the Episode 16 finale, it sets up anime audiences for an epic rumbler of a cliffhanger. While this stopping point would make Part 1 feel rushed, it’d line up perfectly with the rumors since it’d be 33 chapters adapted by 16 episodes.

With 33 chapters adapted, that leaves 16 more chapters before reaching Attack On Titan 139. Assuming the pacing remains similar, Attack On Titan Season 4 Part 2 will have around 8 to 9 episodes, which would mean the fourth season would be around 24 to 25 episodes in total.

Of course, the other option is that Studio MAPPA will adapt the final chapters as an Attack On Titan: Final Movie. If that’s the case, it will likely be a two-part movie since there is enough source material left for a three-hour movie runtime.

Whatever the case may be, let’s hope Studio MAPPA finishes Attack On Titan: Final Season with a rumbling bang. Stay tuned!

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