The world is waiting for Attack on Titan season 4 part 2, but thankfully the official release date for global streaming has now been confirmed!

In Q1 2021, there was one series that stood on the pinnacle of global entertainment, the final season of Attack on Titan.

Following the release of episode 75 on March 29th, 2021, the official Attack on Titan Twitter page confirmed that the anime would return for another cour.

Whilst fans around the world were ecstatic by this news, not many of us were too surprised. This, for the simple reason that the series has not yet adapted the entirety of the manga, leaving plenty of source material left to cover.

So, what date will Attack on Titan: Season 4 Part 2 release worldwide and has an official preview been shared?

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Attack on Titan: Season 4 Part 2 release date confirmed…

Attack on Titan season 4 part 2 will premiere with the release of episode 76 ‘Judgement’ on Sunday, January 9th, 2022, at 12:45 PM PST.

The AOT Twitter page stated that the series would return “This Winter” after the conclusion of episode 75 back in May of last year. The page would then confirm that the colossal anime series would enter its final stage in January 2022.

On October 13th, it was officially confirmed that the mega-series would return to our screens on January 9th, alongside the release of a new teaser trailer – see below.

“I’m really looking forward to the start of the second final season. Even in the original, it was a really difficult drawing and I am very sorry that MAPPA will have a hard time again for many scenes…but the difficult scenes I’m looking forward to the most. I hope that people who see it for the first time in anime will also enjoy it.” – Hajime Isayama, via Twitter.

At the time of writing, the number of episodes in season 4 part 2 has not been publicly confirmed. However, popular and typically-reliable Twitter leakers ‘SPY‘ and ‘SugoiLITE‘ have both reported a 12-episode run.

You can find a full breakdown of the international release time here.

Where to stream Attack on Titan season 4 part 2…

The second part of Attack on Titan’s fourth season will be broadcast in Japan on the NHK General TV channel.

New episodes will be available internationally through the Crunchyroll, Funimation and Hulu streaming services.

At the time of writing, no other major platform has confirmed the acquisition of streaming rights, including Netflix, Amazon Prime or Disney Plus.

The anime is also expected to be available to watch in North America on Adult Swim’s Toonami programming block.

Eight new OAD episodes are now available…

As part of the promotional campaign for Attack on Titan season 4 part 2, eight special original anime episodes were released for international streaming.

These episodes were previously only available on the DVD boxset for the series, but were made available to watch on Crunchyroll and Funimation on Sunday, December 19th.

Three episodes focused on Hange’s attempt to capture a live titan and the first training camp for the cadets.

Two episodes then focused on backstories for Commander Erwin and Captain Levi.

The final two episodes are adaptations of the Lost Girls spin-off novel series featuring Annie and Mikasa.

What happens if season 4 doesn’t adapt the entire manga?

Whilst the final television broadcast of Attack on Titan is expected to completely adapt the remaining manga chapters, what happens if it doesn’t?

Throughout the promotional campaign for the upcoming broadcast, season 4 has been consistently labelled as “The Final Season.”

This indicates that another television season is not on the cards, meaning that (as a hypothetical) the only other option would be one massive final anime movie.

Whilst most fans won’t like the idea of Attack on Titan not concluding with the television series, there are two reasons why a final movie could be Plan B.

Firstly, the ending to the manga series, which was released in June, wasn’t particularly well-received by fans. Even with the extra pages that Isayama added, the concluding chapters left a lot to be desired – something that MAPPA studios will need to address in the anime.

Concluding season 4 of the anime with enough remaining chapters for a movie would be advantageous to MAPPA either fleshing out the original ending or giving the studio enough time to create their own.

This would also be thanks to the incredible success of anime movies over the past two years, notably Demon Slayer: Mugen Train which broke countless box office records in Japan and was the highest-grossing movie of 2020.

Considering the revenue generated from Demon Slayer: Mugen Train and other films such as Jujutsu Kaisen 0, it would be safe to assume that the temptation of breaking those records (as Attack on Titan surely would) could be too much.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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