Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 1 has released, but fans have one question that still isn’t answered. When is the English dub of Attack on Titan Season 4 going to be available? Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait at least two to three weeks before seeing the English dubs. Here’s everything we know so far. (Note: If you haven’t watched Attack on Titan yet, you can catch it on Amazon Prime Video. Season 1 is here, Season 2 is here, and Season 3 is here.)
UPDATE: English Dubs Are Releasing Late Saturday Night, January 9
Toonami finally announced on December 22 that the English dubs are releasing there on January 9. We now know this means, technically, that it’s airing on Toonami on TV at 12:30 a.m. Eastern/Pacific on January 10, 11:30 p.m. Central on January 9, and 1:30 a.m. Mountain on January 10. It’s also releasing later in the day on Funimation, though it’s not clear if it’s at 3:45 p.m. Eastern (the time that the sub for Episode 5 releases) or at a different time. Only the first dubbed episode will be released, with one a week afterward.
ORIGINAL STORY BELOW:
Although English subtitles are released just hours after Japan releases every Attack on Titan episode, the dubbed versions take longer, sadly. Although an official time hasn’t been shared, we can make a pretty educated guess based on how things have worked in previous seasons.
Funimation plans to release English dubbed versions of Attack on Titan Season 4, but it will likely be at least a couple of weeks after each episode releases, possibly longer. Funimation officially announced in September that it will be providing English dubs for each episode. In fact, Funimation’s official word about it is a little non-committal, simply noting: “Funimation will stream SimulDub™ episodes of the season at a later date.”
Note that a December 16 post did not confirm that dubs are coming out in January. Funimation made a post on December 16 about the January Season, where it talked about Attack on Titan. Unfortunately, it did NOT announce that we can expect the SimulDub to be released in January or even in Winter 2021. The post simply reads: “Simulcast is ongoing. SimulDub™ info to come.” So no, this is not confirmation that the dub is releasing in January.
According to Reddit’s television subreddit, Season 2 and 3 dubbed episodes were typically released a few weeks after the episode initially aired, but we’re running out of time for that to happen for Episode 1 and be on schedule. Some Redditors are guessing the first dub will likely be out by the end of December or early 2021.
It’s also worth noting that you’ll get to watch the dubs on Hulu too once they’re released, along with Toonami.
According to the Toonami Wiki, Season 1 of AoT first aired on April 6, 2013, and the dubs were released on Toonami on May 3, 2014. Then Season 2 Episode 1 aired April 1, 2017, with the dub releasing April 22, 2017. Season 3 Episode 1 aired on July 22, 2018, and the dub released on August 18, 2018. So aside from the really long wait in Season 1, Season 2 and 3 dubs were consistently just a few weeks to a month after the subs released.
Fans Are Divided on Subs vs Dubs
While I’ve watched the dubs and really enjoyed them, there are some fans who think the dubs are simply no substitute for the subs. Others think the dubs are fine except for some exceptions, like Eren’s voice.
Others love both the dubs and the subs and think the acting is great for both, but they don’t like the dialogue changes that show up in the dubs that we don’t see in the subs. One Redditor says the characters sound more poetic in the dubs, some release information they really shouldn’t, while at other times some foreshadowing you might see in the subs is lost in the dubs. It’s really just a matter of personal preference, in the end.
Which do you like better, dubs or subs? Feel free to let us know in the comments below.