Attack on Titan The Final Season - Reviews

Alt title: Shingeki no Kyojin The Final Season

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vudujuju's avatar
Mar 31, 2021

N.B. I’m gonna assume you watched seasons 1-3 so please do that if you don’t want to be spoiled. Onto the review!

Have you ever been perplexed about a question as a kid and then when you asked an adult never got a straight answer? That’s how I feel about AoT S4. The first arc establishes a new setting, new characters, even arguably a new protagonist in Reiner… And then re-introduces our protagonist whose personality has completely changed with no explanation. Am I expected to take this complete transformation and accept it as “development”? Now I’m newly perplexed about the missing pieces that formed Eren that way. This show loves to divert for as long as possible, and then slap on new material when they need to answer questions. If you’re wondering about anything in the show, just expect a new titan mechanic to pop up, because the twists are impossible to predict based on the presented material.

The magnitude of this cast is insane. You cannot tell a story about a fictional military drama with nontrivial politics AND have slice-of-life moments between the corps members AND try to build a strong shounen-esque trio opposing some “villainous” characters… and expect me to care about all of them. The show seems to require motivations for every character… but it becomes so dragged out. The simplistic message of “There’s another side to the story” is established very quickly and repeated ad nauseum. Reiner is the tortured character who has lived on both sides of the war. Gabi's personality and motivations are identical to season 1 Eren…. Just seen from the other side. But Falco is entirely useless. He’s merely another generic “hero” who has nothing to add to the already simplistic message.

I’ve seen a lot of people complain about MAPPA’s adaptation, but personally it made little difference since I never liked the art in the first place. In terms of the animation, sure there was some janky rotoscoping and uncanny CGI, but those were only brief moments that broke immersion for me. The soundtrack was also a slight drop from the previous seasons. I love Sawano, and his specialty seems to be building up instrumental tracks towards an epic moment with a vocal song. But there weren’t any show-stopping tracks like that this season.

Top tier animations by MAPPA

Actually I wish this was rotoscoped...

I understand that this series will be concluded in a few months. So while I understand some of my questions may be answered in the Final Part (hopefully) of this Final Season...I can’t say I care.

2/10 story
5/10 animation
5/10 sound
2/10 characters
2/10 overall
ErisAdrestia's avatar
Feb 1, 2021

The story is brilliant. Although it starts from a time skip to the future from season 3, the story is still easy to catch up  on and understand and it compensates for the missing parts of the storyline (I would prefer that the missing parts stayed since they are also relevant. But doing this timeskip allowed us to have so many surprises.) 

The animation is great! I almost did not notice that the titan transformations were CGI until I looked at it the second time. It doesn't really matter if it's CGI as long as you enjoy the anime and the story itself. Don't listen to hate comments. The animation here might be different compared to the previous seasons, but MAPPA did a great job doing it on their own style! 

The sound is just chef's kiss. The opening song and the ending song is stuck in my head these days on replay. Not to mention, the sound effects are on point, the voice acting is as great as it was in last season. The emotions you can have just by listening to the emotional or suspenseful music is amazing! 

The characters are portrayed so well. We are given a glimpse, or if not, episodes about the side of the Marleyans. I love how we are still able to have fun even if we didn't know these new characters in previous seasons. I love the dope new designs and the way MAPPA made our favorite boys and girls look amazing! Don't listen to hate posts or comments in the internet. Nothing is bad about MAPPA's animation for this season unless you believe the haters' usual hating shenanigans. 

10/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
10/10 overall
moonIiqht's avatar
Mar 28, 2021

I really love this final season, although I'm not looking forward to the wait until part 2. I just want to warn everyone that there will be a TON of spoilers everywhere so just avoid anything that involves aot in general.

10/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
10/10 overall
clubtropicana's avatar
Feb 11, 2021

It definitely is my favorite season, and I could go on for days explaining why this anime is in my top 10 but I want to focus on one aspect of this season : Eren character's development.

I've always loved AOT but one thing - character - that made it difficult for me to truly adore it and consider it my favorite was Eren. He was one of the oh so many male mc that I could not stand. I hated him, but not in the way you love to hate certain characters, not in the way you hate Shogo Makishima or Johan Liebert. I just wanted him to disappear. He was annoying, loud, unimportant, bland, naive, infuriating, ungrateful and so on. However in this season, while I still hate him, I love the way his character is built. I love how interesting he got. I might deeply disagree with his choices and actions but I can understand and empathize with them. It overall improved the quality of the anime, made it much more enjoyable. I'm delighted I finally can say it's one of my favs without clenching my jaw thinking about the main character.

Obviously, there are many other things I could say about this season and overall anime but I think other reviews can do it much better than me. It's a masterpiece and i definitely recommand watching it or reading the manga.

10/10 story
9/10 animation
9/10 sound
10/10 characters
9.5/10 overall
zhentic's avatar
Mar 22, 2021

This review may be over reacted, but nothing could be better than seeing what we thought was going to be an "another shounen" convert into a I hate this character simulator. I just dont know how to say my opinion on the last season, but its worth the watch.

---ANIMATION---This new season MAPPA added a think that I dont usually like, the rotoscope animation, wich uses real movement to recreate it animated. And even thought I said I dont like the rotoscope animation, in this season it hitteded like nothing.

10/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
10/10 overall