Attack on Titan fans are praising MAPPA Studio (“Mappa” for the remainder of this story) for all the “glow-ups” as the animation studio revealed favorite characters’ new looks on Season 4 Episodes 6 and 7. The new season takes place about four years after Season 3, and the characters have grown up a lot. Mappa has also taken care to draw the characters closer to their anime counterparts, and fans are loving the changes.
This article will have spoilers for Season 4 Episode 7, but the article itself is manga-spoiler-free. Please don’t add spoilers from the manga in the comments. Thanks. 🙂
Levi’s Glow Up
— deity (@sohmaszn) January 17, 2021
Most fans are thrilled with the evolved Levi Ackerman.
— 𝐙𝐉☾ (@zypher_c) January 24, 2021
Eren’s Glow Up
— Maritza Sánchez ✨ (@Mrsan96) January 24, 2021
Eren is rugged and grown-up now, fully reflecting the battles of war in his appearance. He’s a “Jesus like” character with age far beyond his years.
Armin’s Glow Up
Next to Eren’s change, Armin’s glow up may be the one that impressed fans the most. We saw him for the first time in Episode 7, and he’s grown a lot, but he still has that innocent look that made fans want to protect him.
Mappa has greatly improved upon Armin’s look.
— Gianna✨ (@127TAEDOROKI) January 24, 2021
He now shows his years. He’s seen a lot in the last four years, and he hates the deaths he must inflict upon others in his Colossal form. But he’s also a battle-proven military advisor now, so he does what must be done.
— Hitomi (@HaiHitomi) January 24, 2021
It’s Armin who may have stolen fans’ hearts the most.
— Pialisha (@riivamika) January 24, 2021
And he looks just so sad as Colossal.
— lani ♡ (@hisokaslqver) January 25, 2021
And let’s be honest, this meme is kind of true:
— Emmanouela (@emma_error) January 24, 2021
Mikasa’s Glow Up
Mikasa has changed quite a bit.
aight aight it's about damn time we thank mappa cause they literally picked aot up when no other studio was willing to so #ThankYouMappa for animating mikasa fucking ackerman pic.twitter.com/FAT1M5YDY9
— tishna/rené is getting cancelled again sighs. (@omgshutuptishna) January 17, 2021
Mikasa’s glow up works for her. She’s a badass Ackerman, following in Levi’s footsteps, able to take out even the most formidable of Titans.
Mikasa is still attached to Eren, but she’s far more of her own person now too.
Sasha & Connie’s Glow Up
Sasha is probably the character who looks the most like her “old” self from last season. But she has a hardness to her that she didn’t have before.
— Skinner50 (@blue_boi141) January 24, 2021
She’s now a competent professional who knows how to take Titans out in battle and isn’t scared of them anymore.
Connie looks quite a bit different, but most fans are happy with his new look.
— Mikasa Ackerman (@Mikasathedevil) January 18, 2021
Jean’s Glow Up
And let’s not forget Jean. He is in command now and is comfortable with the unexpectedness of war. He’s no longer afraid.