When Attack on Titan's anime adaptation began in 2013, it was nothing short of a cultural phenomenon. The series had exploded into popularity following a massive marketing campaign and word of mouth from author Hajime Isayama's terrific manga source material. Now, almost a decade and several seasons later, we've finally arrived at the climax of this complex story of man versus titans, titans versus man, and fellow man versus man. Does The Final Season live up to this long-building hype, despite changes in production studios? Absolutely.
NOTE: This review will be spoiler-free, though will make references to past events in the series.
The story picks up after a time-skip following the game-changing revelations of the third season. Paradis, the island where the Eldians were confined to as a hellish outcasting by the Marley race, is seeing big changes. The forces of Paradis, consisting of all main characters including Eren, Mikasa, Levi and Armin, now mobilize to Marley for reasons which I will not spoil. This is as far as I'll go in terms of plot, because there's a lot more happening beneath its surface.
...MAPPA knew exactly what they were doing - dare I say, even outshining Wit Studio in the animation department...
...exchanges over-the-top revelations for quieter moments of character building and careful information drip-feeding...
The anime is known for its addictive, catchy openings, but "My War" might actually take the crown.
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17 December 2020
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