Hajime Isayama has had years to mull over an ending for Attack on Titan, but it looks like the artist is just now pinning down how he'd like the series to bow out. The Kodansha manga is still an ongoing series at the moment, but the Survey Corps will one day be asked to disband. And, now, Isayama is teasing just how he plans to wrap the series.
Recently, the Attack on Titan creator sat down with Bessatsu Shonen to talk about his manga. It was during Isayama's interview that he revealed he's moving towards Attack on Titan's end.
"Although I'm progressing towards the ending that had been set before, my approach towards the ending itself has changed from the original plans," Isayama said. "I feel responsible towards the reader. I originally wanted to illustrate something similar to the film The Mist."
Expanding on his comment about The Mist, the artist said he was intrigued by how the film ultimately turns on its lead character's beliefs.
"By the middle of the film, the story of The Mist is at the typical level of a B-list movie. But at its conclusion, it used the main character's deep, intrinsic beliefs of what's right to corrupt the main character himself, leading him to act in contrary ways. What the audience believed to be correct is also flipped upside-down. In the beginning, I spent a while analyzing how to imitate this style for Shingeki no Kyojin."
However, as time has passed, Isayama is now looking to a new movie to help him approach Attack on Titan's end. Instead of The Mist, the artist wants to mirror a Marvel movie instead.
"At first I explored emulating The Mist, but now you could say that I'm moving in a more peaceful direction, similar to Guardians of the Galaxy," Isayama explained.
"I'm not talking about whether Shingeki no Kyojin will have a good or bad ending - I only speak of my own attitude as the creator, as well as differences in my methods of ensuring that the readers enjoy the series."
In the past, Isayama has talked about how he plans to Attack on Titan. The artist already has one ending in mind which his editor has previously admitted to knowing, but the creator's mind can be changed. After all, Isayama has been persuaded to keep characters such as Sasha alive when asked to. So, who knows? Attack on Titan may very well end with Eren Jeager challenging his Titan foes to a dance-off in some final climatic skirmish.
You can read the synopsis for Attack on Titan season two below:
Eren Jaeger swore to wipe out every last Titan, but in a battle for his life he wound up becoming the thing he hates most. With his new powers, he fights for humanity's freedom facing the monsters that threaten his home. After a bittersweet victory against the Female Titan, Eren finds no time to rest—a horde of Titans is approaching Wall Rose and the battle for humanity continues!
If you are not familiar with Attack on Titan, then you should know the popular anime is renowned for its intense action and gritty story lines. The anime follows a boy named Eren Yeager in an alternate world overrun by massive creatures known as Titans.
These mindless beasts have all but wiped out humanity, and mankind is left to cower in fear behind massive walls. When their sanctum is infiltrated by a slew of Titans, Eren and his friends Armin and Mikasa join the military to help eradicate the blood-thirty monsters. But, as they grow older, they learn that the beasts are not what they appear as long-held government conspiracies make themselves known.