No one can understand the intensity I’m feeling every time I finish an Attack on Titan: The Final Season episode every week. All the tension, danger, anger, and rage that the characters are feeling — I feel them too! Ever since episode 64 premiered (or episode 5 of Season 4), my desire and need to binge-watch this show only increases!
Despite my selfish wish, I hit a brick wall every time I remind myself that there are only 16 episodes in The Final Season. I cannot believe this. How can the producers, directors, and animators do this?
MAPPA Studio is better than that! I was expecting at least a two-cour season so Season 4 can cover up to the final chapter (Chapter 139). So, without going into Warhammer Titan mode, let’s discuss whether 16 episodes of The Final Season will cut it.
1. Quick Answer
Attack on Titan: The Final Season is following the manga to a tea! And to answer many fans’ questions, “Yes! MAPPA Studio will adapt up to the manga’s conclusion.” It’s not “The Final Season” for nothing!
But since The Final Season only has 16 episodes, MAPPA might have adapted only up to Chapters 119-120 (or up to half of Volume 30 of the manga). The remaining chapters (and volumes) may be adapted in the form of a second cour, a movie, or even better, two-part movies! This discussion is ubiquitous in social media as the internet itself! These are probably the announcements that will pop up by the end of episode 16.
2. Will There Be a Cour 2 for Season 4?
Anyway, Attack on Titan: The Final Season may have a cour 2. If there will be a cour 2:
- News will arrive soon – We’re at episode 10 of Season 4 (or episode 69 for the whole series). We’re already more than halfway to the finish line. Its announcement will surely come by episode 16. And it will probably be confirmed to air sometime this year if not the next. On the other hand, no news about a cour 2 is good news because this increases the probability of an “Attack on Titan: The Final Season” movie that will adapt the chapters that didn’t cut it in the TV series.
- The internet will be flooded with key visuals for the second half of Season 4 – At this point, no key visuals (or digital posters) for cour 2 of “Attack on Titan: The Final Season” have been released yet. But when it does, it will solidify the existence of the second half of Season 4.
3. What Are Chapters We Might See in Cour 2?
If there will episodes 17 to 26 for The Final Season, the chapters that will cut it into this animated TV series are Chapters 121 to 139. See table below for reference.
Considering the pacing we’re getting (which is roughly 1 to 2 chapters per episode), Chapters 119 and 120 are good stopping points of the anime. There are some cut content from the manga when they adapted chapters 91 to 108. However, MAPPA’s actions are understandable because they only need to squeeze the highlights of two 45- paged chapters in a 30-minute runtime episode.
If MAPPA will stick itself to the two-cour route (24 to 26 episodes), the anime adaptation of The Final Season will be going in the following direction:
|27||107 & 108||10|
|109 & 110||11|
|28||111 & 112||12|
|113 & 114||13|
|29||115 & 116||14|
|117 & 118||15|
|30||119 & 120||16|
|121 & 122||17|
|31||123 & 124||18|
|125 & 126||19|
|32||127 & 128||20|
|129 & 130||21|
|33||131 & 132||22|
|133 & 134||23|
|34||135 & 136||24|
|137 & 138||25|
|139 (final chapter)||26|
In the table above, I have started my count on episode 10 since that’s the latest episode release at the time of writing this blog. The table above is only an estimate. This may not be exactly the associations between chapters and episode numbers. For example, Episode 11 is titled “Counterfeit”, which is the same title for Chapter 110. But Episode 12 is titled “Guides” (as shown in IMDB), the same title for Chapter 109.
Although there are rearrangements of the chapters being adapted into the anime, one thing’s for sure: fans will certainly see the conclusion to Hajime Isayama’s legendary manga in an animated medium.
If the two-cour anime adaptation is likely, a movie or a two-part movie is also possible:
|Volumes||Chapters||Instead of Episode…||We’re Getting Movie||Runtime|
|30||121 & 122||17||Movie|
|2 to 2.50 hours|
|123 & 124||18|
|31||125 & 126||19|
|127 & 128||20|
|32||129 & 130||21|
|131 & 132||22||Movie (Part 2)||2 to 2.50 hours|
|33||133 & 134||23|
|135 & 136||24|
|34||137 & 138||25|
|139 (final chapter)||26|
Not only would it be lucrative for MAPPA to premiere two Attack on Titan movies based on the last 19 chapters of the manga. It’d also save time and money to animate, broadcast, and rerun the last 10 episodes (or Episodes 17 to 26 of the cour 2). If Attack on Titan movies are truly on the horizon, they will certainly grab the attention of many long-time fans of the franchise in Japan and across the globe!
The worst-case scenario is MAPPA adapting Chapters 121 to 139 to only a one 2-hour movie. That wouldn’t be enough to comprehensively tell the mesmerizing narrative that transpired on these last 19 chapters. No matter what MAPPA Studio’s decision is, fans certainly can’t wait to see their favourite franchise end in full animation glory!
4. About Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. Kodansha publishes it in the Bessatsu Shonen Magazine.
The manga began serialization on September 9th, 2009 and continues to date with 30 tankōbon formats.
Attack on Titan follows humanity settled within three concentric walls to protect themselves from the terrifying titans that prey on them.
Eren Yeager is a young boy that believes that a caged life is similar to that of cattle and aspires to go beyond the walls one day, just like his heroes, the Survey Corps. The emergence of a deadly Titan unleashes chaos.