Anime Review - Attack on Titan Final Season Part 1 | Blushing Geek

Anime Review – Attack on Titan Final Season Part 1

Review - Attack on Titan Final Season Part 1 | Blushing Geek

Japanese: Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season
Episodes: 16
Aired: Dec 7, 2020 to Mar 29, 2021
Studio: MAPPA
Source: Manga
Genre: Action, Military, Shounen
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
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MY RATING: 8 out of 10

Gabi Braun and Falco Grice have been training their entire lives to inherit one of the seven titans under Marley’s control and aid their nation in eradicating the Eldians on Paradis. However, just as all seems well for the two cadets, their peace is suddenly shaken by the arrival of Eren Yeager and the remaining members of the Survey Corps.

Having finally reached the Yeager family basement and learned about the dark history surrounding the titans, the Survey Corps has at long last found the answer they so desperately fought to uncover. With the truth now in their hands, the group set out for the world beyond the walls.

In Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season, two utterly different worlds collide as each party pursues its own agenda in the long-awaited conclusion to Paradis’ fight for freedom.

This is just going to be a short (and not a nice one) review, hahaha, sorry. I just find this series so hard to write a review. Not because it was bad, but following this series for this long left me a bit speechless so it’s pretty difficult to describe how this series made me feel.

I’ll try my hardest not to drop some major spoilers below. So read on your own risk, *wink.

Opening & Closing Themes

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I’m not sure if this is only me, but there’s just something about Attack on Titan’s opening themes that really excites you. The music and the animation is just so eerie that you can’t help but get excited with anticipation of what’s going to happen next. And as for this final season, you wouldn’t expect less from MAPPA.

The closing theme is just a simple one like in any other anime series, but you can easily tell that it’s from Attack on Titan just by listening to the song alone. I don’t know how to describe it, but all songs used in this series share “that” unique characteristic that its viewers can already tell that it’s from Attack on Titan.

Story

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If you are already reading this review, chances are, you have already watched the previous seasons so I’m not going to elaborate on this series’ overall plot.

Attack on Titan’s final season shows us both the Paradis Island and the Marley Empire. The first few episodes really had me confused because I was expecting that it will start on Paradis Island like the previous seasons. But instead, it showed us life in the Marley Empire. One thing that really stood out for me here is the way Marleyan treats Eldians badly because of their “devil” blood. While watching these episodes, I can’t really help but weigh in the reasoning behind these two countries’ conflict.

New settings, means new faces, so yep, we’ve got to meet some new people here and see how they will affect the story.

Just like with the other seasons, this one has some pretty shocking revelations and discoveries, especially if like me, you’re not following the manga.The adrenaline is still there, the blood, and those amazing entrances will not fail to still make you get super excited.

Same as the previous season, the final season is also divided into 2 parts. I believe the 2nd part will be airing next year. But after that cliffhanger ending, I’m pretty sure a lot of viewers have read the manga now. I’ve been seeing some spoilers accidentally in my facebook feed, so I might give in and start reading the manga too once I get available,*wink.

Characters

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Now that we are already in its final season, all the main and supporting characters have really grown (except for Levi though, wahahaha).

Eren on the other hand looks really grim. All throughout his introduction, all I could ask myself is “Where’s that annoying Eren that I know?”. It’s been so long since I’ve watched the previous season so the change in Eren’s characters (especially physical) comes as a surprise to me. I remember when the trailer of this season was first dropped, anime fans were really ecstatic.

I was spoiled before I watched this series so it’s hard to describe Eren’s sudden change of plan. It’s like meeting the old Lelouch lol.

The sudden death of one of the most liked characters in AoT really really had me worried. I got spoiled again on this one, so I was really eager to know how that happened. So yep, imagine my surprise on who did it. Grrr.

There’s this one character that I really really really as in super duper hate. She’s only just a kid, but the amount of hate you could feel from her is greater than any hateful characters you could think of. Her hypocrisy is so appalling that it even contradicts her iconic line “But did you see it happen?”. Urghh, just thinking about her makes me seething in anger.

Art

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I’m really no expert on this one, wahahaha. But overall, I think it was pretty good. I actually like the grave facial expressions of the characters whenever there’s a problem or they get eaten by a titan.

Voice Actor

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I’ve been watching this series in both English and Japanese interchangeably since season 1, and I guess you could say that it’s now hard for me to say if it’s bad at this point, hahaha.

Eventhough I prefer the Japanese dub (we always do), I still think that the English dub was done well. Although even already at the final season, I still can’t warm up with Eren’s English VA. I’m not sure if it’s just me, I just think that his voice doesn’t fit well on his character. Other than that, no complaints from me, *wink.

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After that ending, I can’t wait to see part 2. Although I’m sure I’m not the only one, *wink.

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2 Comments

  • Sophia Rose September 20, 2021 at 7:20 am

    Sounds like you are really enjoying it right down to the end. Bummer about people spoiling the good parts for you. 🙁 That’s great that you can grab up the Manga if you need to see what comes after the cliffhanger.

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    • Vanessa September 23, 2021 at 8:16 pm

      This series definitely lived up to its fame and I can’t be more happier that I could also read it on its manga counterpart 🙂 And true about the spoiler, but then again, it took me this long to watch it so I guess it cant be help, atleast I still enjoyed it overall hehehe

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