The final season of Attack on Titan has finally aired, marking the end of a long journey many anime fans have been on for a decade. Let’s take a (99% spoiler-free) look at how the story ended and reflect on what Attack on Titan has meant to all of us!
How Did I Like the End of Attack on Titan?
The final season of Attack on Titan — not The Final Season: Part 1 Part A, or The Final Season: Part 2 Part C, but the actual end of the series — began streaming as two mega-episodes on November 5th. After so many years, we finally get to see the final destinies of Eren, Mikasa, Armin, Reiner, Hange, and all the other characters we’ve followed for so long.
Attack on Titan began airing in April 2013, exploding onto the scene with that horrific moment when Eren’s mother was devoured before our eyes. At the time, I remember wondering how the creators could possibly come up with a convincing story about how these sad people were all entombed inside a city with horrific Titans breaking through the walls to eat them. How could they possibly explain this bizarre situation properly?
Looking back, Attack on Titan was a lot like Lost, the ridiculously complex TV series by J.J. Abrams. That show told a similarly layered story, with so many plot threads it seemed it would be impossible to pull together in the end. All things considered, I believe Attack on Titan managed to land the plane pretty well.
How Attack on Titan Ends
In the previous season, we see the massive crisis that is the Rumbling, in which thousands of Wall Titans were summoned and called on to destroy the entire world outside of Paradis Island. It was the perfect dramatic setup for our heroes to fight against.
Watching the story unfold, I could only stare with my mouth agape, barely able to take the non-stop action in. I was awed by the ten-year commitment the animation studios (WIT Studio and MAPPA) had made to this bold project, as well as the amazing seiyu who brought the characters to life for us. A big otsukare-sama deshita (“thank you for your hard work”) to all of them!
Why I Love Anime: It’s the Big Stories
I received my calling as an anime fan when I encountered Space Battleship Yamato. It told the dramatic story of a spaceship that must make a 186,000-light-year journey to fetch technology that can heal the radiation that’s destroying the Earth, with a time limit of just one year. I followed this up with Macross/Robotech, which featured an interstellar war resulting in the on-screen destruction of every city on our planet. Clearly, anime was really good at telling big, dramatic stories!
My love of these high-drama stories has remained ever since. I still love a relaxing slice-of-life anime or a story about members of a high school club who need to find a fourth member or their club will be disbanded. But in the end, the best stories involve high-stakes situations in which millions of lives hang in the balance.
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