After years of waiting, fans of Attack on Titan will get to see the anime off before long. The show will bring out its fourth and final season this month under the helm of MAPPA Studio. Of course, fans are used to WIT Studio overseeing the series, and this studio swap has made fans wary of what's to come. To reassure fans, director Yuichiro Hayashi did an in-depth interview about season four, and it was there the lead discussed the big payoff of Attack on Titan's finale.
First Hayashi opened up about the studio's reaction to fan response to the initial trailer for Attack on Titan's final season that first announced MAPPA would be taking over (h/t @AttackOnFans on Twitter), "With the start of the final season just around the corner, we were surprised by the overwhelming response to the [trailer] released in May."
Elaborating further, Hayashi remarked on how MAPPA is up to the challenge, "It seems that we have taken on a big project...," Hayashi stated, "But there is no turning back now, so this year we have been working on it with the new team and recreating it through animation." But the most interesting aspect of Hayashi's statement is what the director for the season teases about the final moments of the anime overall.
"Nobody knows how the manga will end," Hayashi teased, "but we will be able to reach the climax of this great story. It may be the 'end,' but we still have a long way to go. So I hope we can enjoy it to the end." Interestingly enough is that Hayashi seems to indicate that the anime team does not know how the manga will end, and that could be a good indication that the anime might be running for longer than expected or at least until long after the manga does come to an end.
Either that or Hayashi is being glib about the situation because it would be odd for series creator Hajime Isayama not to communicate how the finale will play out in the manga to the anime team. Then again, that's not the oddest idea either as the manga will be ending in a few months anyway. But what do you think? Ready for Attack on Titan's final season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or you can even reach out to me directly about all things animated and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!