Attack on Titan Season 4 is underway, but when are the English dubs of Attack on Titan Season 4 episodes available? Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait about a month to see the English dubs for each episode after the subs have released. (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.)
English Dubs Release About a Month After the Sub Episodes
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Toonami announced on December 22 that the first English dub was releasing on January 9. We now know this means, technically, that each new dub airs on Toonami on TV at 12:30 a.m. Eastern/Pacific early Sunday mornings, 11:30 p.m. Central on Saturday nights, and 1:30 a.m. Mountain early Sunday mornings. It also releases later in the day on Sundays 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.
So in summary, Season 4 Episode 5 (aka Episode 64, Declaration of War)’s dub version is releasing on Funimation HERE on Sunday, February 7, after the sub originally premiered on January 10. (We’re guessing that they’re not taking a week off like they did for the sub.) Expect the dub episodes to release each week on a pretty consistent schedule from now on.
Although English subtitles always release just hours after Japan releases every Attack on Titan episode, the dubbed versions take longer.
Funimation’s English dub versions of Attack on Titan Season 4 release almost a month after each episode sub premieres. In September Funimation confirmed that it would be providing English dubs for each episode. At first, Funimation’s official word was a little non-committal, simply noting: “Funimation will stream SimulDub™ episodes of the season at a later date.” But now we know the release date is about a month later for each episode.
This is pretty much on par with past seasons. According to Reddit’s television subreddit, Season 2 and 3 dubbed episodes were typically released a few weeks after the episode initially aired. Some Redditors originally guessed that the first dub would likely be out by the end of December or early 2021, and they were right about the early 2021 part.
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.