It’s the end of an era as the Attack on Titan anime which premiered more than eight years ago is finally coming to an end in a few months. The anime will commence the final arc of the series with the return of its fourth season which is slated to premiere on January 9, 2022.
And while this may be the end of the road for Eren’s journey, is it truly the end of this decade-defining franchise? While Attack on Titan may not return with a Season 5, the world and the lore of Attack on Titan is so vast that fans have been wondering if they will ever see a spinoff series somewhere down the line. And now thanks to the editor of the Attack on Titan manga, we finally know that the series will be returning in some sort of capacity in the future and could even have another spinoff manga in the works.
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Attack on Titan Season 5: The editor hints at the future of the series.
While we don’t exactly know in what form Attack on Titan will be returning and whose story will it tell, the editor has confirmed that they are currently holding meetings for the future of the franchise.
— 漫画編集者・川窪 (@ShingekiKyojin) October 13, 2021
The project most likely is not going to be another live-action adaptation since an Attack on Titan live-action movie from Kodansha and Warner Bros. is already in the works. The live-action project will be directed by Andy Muschietti.
And since there haven’t been any recent announcements in regards to Attack on Titan: Junior High as well as any upcoming OVA, they can be safely ruled out too.
With the editor mentioning that they are planning works for the years to come, it is most likely going to be a spin-off manga series. So, Attack on Titan fans can rejoice since if everything works out, we would soon get a chance to revisit this humongous world of titans and its epic lore and history.
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The Attack on Titan series was one of the most defining franchises of the past decade among the global otaku community as it played a pivotal role in establishing the medium in mainstream media globally.
The anime aired its first episode back in 2013 and quickly began a global phenomenon. Attack on Titan wasn’t just a huge hit among anime fans but was also insanely popular among the general TV-viewing audience throughout the world who had never even seen an anime. It also became a gateway for many people to get into anime.
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Eight years since the anime premiered, the hype surrounding the series seems to be at its peak due to the arrival of the final season. Ever since Season 4, Attack on Titan is one of the biggest and most-talked about shows of the year on social media and was even the Most In-Demand TV Show in the United States during the first half of the year according to Parrot Analytics.
The buzz and excitement surrounding the anime and the series’ end even gave the manga a huge boost as it is currently the 4th Best-Selling Manga series of this fiscal year in Oricon with over 7.15 million copies sold. The Attack on Titan manga also held the record for Kodansha’s Best-Selling Manga within a fiscal year since Oricon first started keeping track until Tokyo Revengers surpassed it this year.
The manga by Hajime Isayama started its serialization in September 2009 with the launch of Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine and currently has over 110 million copies in circulation. The series ended its serialization in April this year. The Final Volume came out in June and sold over 819,000 copies within just three days.
The first three seasons of Attack on Titan were animated by WIT Studio before they eventually stepped down in 2019 after the end of Season 3 Part 2. MAPPA is doing the fourth and final season of this titanic anime.
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Attack on Titan Season 5 will never happen but what do you think about the upcoming potential spinoff? Comment below and let us know. Attack on Titan Season 4 will return on January 9, 2022. The series will be streaming on Funimation and Crunchyroll.