New part of Attack on Titan is great but please end it already

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Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 3 premiered last Saturday. Thankfully, it was a long and satisfying episode, because fans won’t get to see anymore of the anime until autumn.

Attack on your calendar

Attack on Titan is infamous for its irregular schedule. The first season released in 2013, followed by a four-year hiatus, followed by two more seasons and a studio change for the last remaining season.

Initially, the final season was supposed to be split in two parts, with the first one premiering early 2021, and the second one in early 2022.

However, MAPPA, either intentionally or not, added one more part to cover the remaining ten chapters of the manga that didn’t get animated in part two of this so-called ‘final season’.

Are you still reading? Does your head hurts? Do you need a break? Attack on Titan certainly doesn’t need a break but it’s getting one anyway.

Annie and Reiner from 'Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 3' hugging each other
Just look at them, poor guys have had enough. And so did the fans.
Image credit: MAPPA/Crunchyroll

There were speculations among fans about what will happen next. Will MAPPA release the finale as a theatrical movie? Will they make another part of the season? There certainly wasn’t enough source material for that. But, finally, we have the answer.

MAPPA decided to, once again, split the final part of the final part in two parts. Both of them are scheduled for 2023, with the first one already here.

Its runtime is 60 minutes including credits and, funnily enough, it’s also split in two parts: Chapter 1: The Rumbling and Chapter 2: Sinners. Luckily, they got released together.

Young Eren looking at the sky in 'Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 3'
Image credit: MAPPA/Crunchyroll

Truth is, fans are tired. You can find memes about how MAPPA is milking Attack on Titan and how it’s going to run longer than One Piece, an exaggeration, of course. One Piece is like a tapeworm – long and hard to get rid of.

In this writer’s humble opinion MAPPA should have just waited and released it all together, even as a film. If they want to milk the anime for money, a theatrical release would certainly be beneficial.

Hang Zoe lying on the ground in 'Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 3'
Image credit: MAPPA/Crunchyroll

The episode itself

Let’s take a moment to discuss the content. MAPPA might not be an organisational genius, especially with the number of projects they’re working on simultaneously, but one must admit – everything they’ve animated for Attack on Titan so far is stellar.

The newest part is a complete tear-jerker bringing all characters together to build-up for a long-awaited spectacular finale. The colours, the music, the voice acting… Masterpiece.

The soundtrack is certainly something deserving of separate, special praise.

There are two action scenes which need to be commended for how magnificently they have been executed, how epic they turned out to be not only due to the fantastic animation of the Three Dimensional Manoeuvre Gear, but also because of the music. It fit the scenes perfectly and made the audience really experience them as if they were part of it.

Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 3 is now streaming on Crunchyroll.

Featured Image Credit: MAPPA/Crunchyroll

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