Exactly when is Attack on Titan ending? With Season 4 Episode 28 airing on April 3, you might be wondering just how many episodes are left. Well, we have bad news and potentially good news in this story. Here are the details.
There Are Expected to be 12 Episodes in Season 4 Part 2
Attack on Titan kicked off Season 4 Part 2 on January 9 with Season 4 Episode 17 (aka Episode 76, “Judgment.”) On April 3, Episode 87 is releasing. This means we’ve watched 11 episodes so far as of March 20 and Sunday’s episode will be the twelfth. If rumors that there were only going to be 12 episodes in Season 4 Part 2 are correct (which everything points to being the case at this point), then that means Sunday is the last episode, and Season 4 Part 2 will end the season on Episode 87.
On Twitter, @_Dominating, who is known for sharing accurate leaks and inside information, tweeted that Attack on Titan Season 4 Part 2 is listed for 12 episodes.
Attack On Titan Final Season Part 02 is listed for 12 episodes.
— SPY (@_Dominating) December 16, 2021
Inverse has also reported that Season 4 Part 2 will consist of 12 episodes.
This Likely Is Not the End
The finale is airing a week later than expected, but most fans are already figuring out that even when it airs, it won’t be the official end of the series.
The official Attack on Titan website shared that Episode 87 is airing on Sunday, April 3, in Japan on NHK rather than on March 27, when it was supposed to air. They noted: “Broadcasting will be suspended on March 27 due to special organization…”
That “special organization” was Anime Japan, which took place on March 27. Attack on Titan had a special stage there, according to the official website, and their event took place from 17:25-18:25 (Japanese time). Special guests included “Yuki Kaji, Yui Ishikawa, Marina Inoue, Hiro Shimono, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Ayane Sakura, Chiaki Matsuzawa (MC).”
Fans quickly deduced that there was little chance Attack on Titan could finish the manga by Episode 87.
The episode “Night of the End,” for example, corresponded with Chapter 127 of the manga. But the manga itself ends on Chapter 139. It just does not seem likely that they could wrap up that many chapters in so few episodes. In fact, some people have said that leakers indicated Season 4 Part 2 will end at Chapter 130.
On Reddit, u/silvaeagles calculated that they had been illustrating approximately 1.25 chapters per episode in Season 4 Part 2 (and about 1.6 to 1.8 chapters per episode in Season 4 Part 1.) This was written more than 12 days ago, and at that point they estimated the anime would need to illustrate 3.25 chapters per episode to finish the manga, and they haven’t been doing that.
After a more recent episode aired, one Redditor commented that the last three episodes had been one manga chapter for every one episode, so there was no way they’d be wrapping up at the end of Season 4 Part 2.
Keep in mind that the producers of the Attack on Titan anime have said that they plan to adapt the manga all the way to the end, CBR reported, and won’t conclude just halfway through. This was announced back in October 2020. Anime producers Kensuke Tateishi, Toshihiro Maeda and Tetsuya Kinoshita said that Hajime Isayama’s store will be produced all the way to its end.
With that in mind, it looks like we are going to be looking at either a Season 4 Part 3 that is much shorter to wrap up the series, or perhaps a movie. Many fans are hoping they don’t go the movie route, since movies are typically released first in Japan and then there’s a three- to six-month time gap before they’re released in the U.S.