The Attack on Titan season 4 finale (Episode 87, The Dawn of Humanity) is set to be pushed back for online streaming both in Japan and internationally, but why?
Talking about the very last episode of Attack on Titan is quite a depressing moment for any fan of the amazing anime series.
The good news is that Attack on Titan Season 4 will run a week longer than we anticipated…
The bad news is that this is because the planned premiere of the final episode, number 87 in the series, has been postponed in Japan.
So why will the Attack on Titan Season 4 finale be delayed and how will this affect the release of Episode 87 for international streaming services like Crunchyroll and Funimation?
Attack on Titan’s Japanese website announces the postponement of season 4 finale
Attack on Titan Season 4 Part 2 premiered on Sunday February 13, 2022 with the airing of Episode 76, Judgment. The series would then release new episodes every Sunday until yesterday’s airing of Episode 86, Retrospective.
Originally, the final episode of Attack on Titan and the fourth season finale was scheduled to follow the regular schedule and premiere on Sunday, March 27th.
Unfortunately, Attack on Titan Episode 87 “The Dawn of Humanity” (Season 4 Episode 28) will be delayed from when it originally aired on Japanese TV network NHK General.
The official Japanese of the series websiteshineki.tv, shared the news of the delay in mid-February and confirmed that broadcasts would be suspended on March 27.
Some anime fans might be immediately skeptical that the episode will still be released on international streaming platforms. However, this delay will affect viewers watching Attack on Titan on domestic TV in Japan as well as those streaming the anime around the world.
Why was Attack on Titan Episode 87 pushed back for streaming too?
According to the official Japanese website of Attack on Titan, episode 87 will be broadcast in Japan exposed because of a “special organizational event”.
The original news post did not provide specifics as to what this “special organizational event” is about. However, this was likely reference to the AnimeJapan event that took place in the early hours of March 27th.
At the AnimeJapan event, there was an Attack on Titan stage panel where various members of the Japanese cast spoke about their experiences being part of the biggest anime in the world.
Regrettably, Attack on Titan Episode 87 will also be moved to Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu as the series is a simulcast title, meaning a title that will air semi-simultaneously between Japanese television and international streaming.
This means that Attack on Titan must complete its national degree in Japan before international streaming partners are allowed to launch the episode online.
With the next episode airing suspended in Japan, it means that fans from all corners of the world will be in the same boat and patiently awaiting the fourth season finale.
Now that we know why Episode 12 of Attack on Titan Season 4 Part 2 has been delayed, when will it premiere for online streaming now?
Attack on Titan Season 4 now ends a week later
Luckily, the wait for the final episode of Attack on Titan with the Japanese won’t be long website confirms that Episode 87 (S4 Episode 28) will be released a week later than originally planned on Sunday April 3rdapprox2022.
Another piece of good news for fans is that the release time for the Season 4 Part 2 finale will not be impacted by the planned start date change.
This means that the premiere of Episode 87 will not be changed for fans outside of Japan as the episode will be available for online streaming from normal times.
However, fans should note that Daylight Saving Time went into effect for European territories on March 27th, changing the “normal” release time for episode 87.
For a full breakdown of the Attack on Titan Episode 87 international release, click here.
S4 maintains some exceptional ratings on MyAnimeList
As the vast majority of Attack on Titan fans would agree, the final season was nothing short of extraordinary. However, fans are taking to the internet to really cement Season 4 as the biggest chapter in Attack on Titan’s anime adaptation.
Accordingly MyAnimeListWith 200,000 ratings on 07/09/10, season 4, part 2 is indeed classified as the most successful airing in the history of the series!
- First Season – 8.52/10 with 2.3 million reviews
- Season Two – 8.5/10 with 1.5 million ratings
- Third Season Part One – 8.62/10 with 1.2 million ratings
- Third season part 2 – 9.08/10 with 1.2 million ratings
- Fourth Season 4 Part One – 8.87/10 with 996,000 reviews
The Attack on Titan cafe is a must
If you’re ever lucky enough to visit Singapore, Attack on Titan fans can now enjoy a delicious meal at a new anime cafe.
Located Located in the Esplanade Mall, Aniplus Cafe is adorned with merchandise, artwork, and various themed dishes.
Main dishes include The Colossal Burger, Potato and Meat (RIP Sasha), omelet rice called Welcome to Paradis Island, and an all-day breakfast called Titan Grub.
Craving for dessert? Try Through the Broken Wall French Toast, Devils of Paradis Sundae or The Dessert Cart!
Weirdly, there’s also an Apple Crumble called Revenge for Liberio… based on Eren coming off the stage eating Willy Tybur.
MAPPA under fire for production staff workload
Attack on Titan Season 4 was exceptional, not only from a narrative standpoint but also from a visual standpoint.
The final broadcast benefited from the extraordinarily talented artists and animators at MAPPA, making Attack on Titan one of the best looking anime around the world. However, fans began to worry that some of the production staff might have been overworked a few episodes ago.
In a now-deleted tweet from episode director Teuyuki Omine, shared by comic bookhe said he “went home for the first time in 3 days” in early February after recently working on an Attack on Titan episode.
The tweet was divided from fans online, stating that they “feel bad for the animators” and that “MAPPA needs to chill out a bit”.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time in this anime season that the work of the production teams has been questioned. In January there were concerns that the staff at Ufotable, the production team behind Demon Slayer, might be overhauled.
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]
In other news, Golden Kamuy Season 4 will be released in October as a new trailer shared at AnimeJapan
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