If you’ve been following Attack on Titan’s English dub rather than the subtitled episodes, then you’ve no doubt been excited about seeing Season 4 Episode 9 (aka Episode 68), called “Brave Volunteers.” Considering the cliffhanger that ended Episode 8, you definitely won’t want to wait any longer than you have to. Unfortunately, the Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 9 (aka 68) English dub has been delayed due to a “mini apocalypse” of sorts.
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A Winter Storm that Took Out Texas’ Infrastructure Delayed the Next English Dub
Each new English dub episode releases every Sunday afternoon on Funimation, after an early morning release on TV via Adult Swim’s Toonami. (You can check out all the English dubs on this link.) Well, on March 7, unfortunately, the new dub didn’t appear on Toonami or Funimation. That’s because the snowpocalypse in Texas delayed production by a week, so the episode will be airing on March 14 instead.
The official Attack on Titan Facebook page made the announcement on Wednesday, March 3.
They wrote: “Attack on Titan Final Season dub viewers, heads up! As a result of the severe weather we experienced down here in Texas a few weeks ago, episode 68 will be delayed until March 14. Thanks for your understanding! “
The English Dub of Season 4 Episode 9 will premiere on Toonami on TV at 12:30 a.m. Eastern/Pacific on March 14 (11:30 p.m. Central on March 13/1:30 a.m. Mountain on March 13.) Then it will premiere on Funimation around 10 p.m. Eastern on March 14/9 p.m. Central on March 14.
Funimation, who creates the English dubs, is headquartered in Texas. (They’re looking into moving to Cypress Waters, which is a development in nearby Dallas, Texas.)
As someone who lives in Texas and dealt with the snowpocalypse, I can tell you that this is a legitimate development. Pretty much all of us here in Texas found our business production delayed at least a week, not to mention our personal lives. You’ve got to understand what happened here. The infrastructure in Texas collapsed. Probably 50% of the state at least was without power, and many of those were also without running water for days and days. My mom, for example, didn’t have running water or power for several days. Temperatures dipped into the single digits in many areas (including where Funimation is headquartered) and some people were struggling just to survive. The ones who got off easy only had a boil water notice for several days.
Many, many people in Texas found themselves thrust unexpectedly into a post-apocalyptic world for days (at least.) This is because the roads were also undrivable due to the ice storm, so people couldn’t go anywhere for help. A lot of folks had to figure out a way to survive on their own. Oh, and the pandemic was still going on too. Some people were talking on Reddit about how they suffered some mini-PTSD episodes after the whole thing was over.
Anyway, all that to say, it’s totally understandable that Funimation’s new dub is delayed. So please understand that and don’t go hard on them. They’re headquartered in Flower Mound, Texas, which is just north of Dallas, so temperatures got really cold there. And like I said, Texas’ infrastructure collapsed everywhere. And it wasn’t a simple matter of just getting a generator either. There was also a national gas shortage caused by the storm, so even people with generators had issues.
So, in conclusion, I know it’s going to be really difficult to wait a week after how the episode ended, but please be patient with Funimation.
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