The trailer debut for the latest season of Attack on Titan just released, showcasing an entirely new world anime fans can get hyped about. Despite the short length, there are indeed some new revelations and plotlines that have been confirmed. 

This article contains major [SPOILERS] that discuss the main events in Attack on Titan seasons 1 to 3. It is highly recommended to watch the show before reading the article. Or, just watch the show!

The highly acclaimed anime Attack on Titan recently released a trailer for their fourth and final season. The roughly two-minute video showed a ton of new sights to behold and an environment that resembles a more modern civilization. It’s very clear from within the first few seconds that this season will be far different from what we’ve been accustomed to from the first three — and, that is certainly not a bad thing.

Let’s break down and try to speculate what is it we just saw and how it will affect our titan slaying soldiers. This article will only mention the events that have progressed in the anime version of the series so far. There are absolutely no manga spoilers and the author of this article has no knowledge of Attack on Titan beyond the events of season 3 part 2


Attack on Titan Season Three Box Set Vol 02

from: Things From Another World

New World

We know from the grand reveal of the third season that there is a civilization outside of Wall Maria. The trailer shows snippets from a battlefield of soldiers fighting it out in trench warfare. They appear to have battleships, rifles, helmets, and bandoliers for their guns. It is a no brainer that the final season will have a significant setting on Marley soil and that our heroes from the scouting legion will be fighting a good amount of human combatants. Not only do they have more enemies to worry about, but they’re also challenged against, quite possibly, a greater threat than the aimless titans.   

New Titans

A pair of new abnormal titans, or possibly titan shifters have also emerged. The first one being a bearded, stocky titan with a skeletal like face shield, and the second one being a fully white titan equipped with a long, sledge-like weapon. Although they have yet to make an appearance, it is probably best to assume that they are against the Eldian people. 

New Faces

It wouldn’t be a new season if there weren’t new characters involved! The trailer shows a handful of new faces, including a group of new soldiers dawned in white uniforms. It is probably best to assume they are not from the Eldian island and are residents of Marley. There is also a millisecond of a frame that shows three new characters, a young girl with tied up hair, a blonde-haired boy and a frail-looking girl, with two of them wearing armbands.

Time Skip

The returning cast has matured quite a great deal. It is most likely a result of a time skip. The most notable changes are indeed visible in Reiner Braun, Eren Jaeger and Mikasa Ackerman. Reiner, having lost his dear friend in Bertolt Hoover and subsequently failing his mission to retrieve the coordinate, is seen with a stern face and rocking a light patch of facial hair. His determination to end the Eldian race seems to have strengthened over the time gap period. If it wasn’t already made apparent that he is the main character, there is no shadow of a doubt now.


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Eren Jaeger

Despite being shown for a measly couple of seconds, Eren can be seen with longer hair and a sculpted set of abs. Although he was quite muscular before, the animators made it a point to showcase his broader physique. Eren can also be seen putting on a jacket with a rather poised look. His facial expression looks somewhat of Levi Ackerman’s, calm and appearing as though they are prepared for the worst.

Mikasa Ackerman

Mikasa has changed drastically, and perhaps the most so far. She is seen wearing a much shorter hairstyle, similar to a boy’s. Regardless, most viewers would probably not even recognize Mikasa during their first view of the trailer. At first glance, Mikasa looks like a completely new male character. But upon taking a closer look, it is evident that she is wearing the wings of freedom sigil belonging to the scouting legion. Mikasa debuts in the trailer looking cool and unbothered, as usual. Maybe this new androgynous look of hers has a meaningful backstory. Until then unfortunately, we can only speculate.     

Now or Never

Attack on Titan is set to end its masterpiece of a run in its fourth season. The show is already critically acclaimed and is easily in consideration of being the greatest anime of all time. The show was expected to air sometime in October of this year, but it may be at risk of being delayed due to COVID-19. Luckily, no reports of that have been confirmed. Until then, all we can do is hope for a scheduled release and pray that Attack on Titan gets a conclusive ending fitting of its historic series.  

With the Coronavirus leaving many of us isolated in our homes for days on end, it’s fairly easy to slip into a state of constant lax. Home workouts may not trigger the same intensity levels as a traditional gym would, but we’ve compiled a list of soundtracks from Attack on Titan that are sure to get you motivated. Just a reminder, however, that the songs are guaranteed to have more of an impact if you watch the show, all the way to part 2 of season 3. From the mind of Hiroyuki Sawano, we give you five songs that will help blast through any workout, or titan. Please note, there will be some mild spoilers below, so do read at your own risk.


Attack on Titan

Cover art for “Attack on Titan” Original Soundtrack, 2013

To start off the list, we have ətˈæk 0N tάɪtn (Attack on Titan) from season one. It is the first soundtrack of season one and produced by Hiroyuki Sawano and sung by Mika Kobayashi. Don’t let the name distract you, though. Sawano is known for titling his songs in cryptic and oftentimes mysterious fashion. This song starts off with a slow beat but gradually works its way to an epic climax. The heavy drums mixed with Kobayashi’s powerful voice delivers one absolutely menacing soundtrack that leaves your heart racing by the end of it. Perhaps one of the more popular songs from the show, ətˈæk 0N tάɪtn can usually be heard when the cast is met with an immediate danger of mass proportions. Kobayashi was also the vocalist behind Kill La Kill’s iconic song, Before my body is dry. 


Counter Attack Mankind

Members of the Survey Corps raise their fists before their expedition

Cóunter・attàck-m’ænkάɪnd (Counter Attack Mankind), a fitting name that embodies humanity’s best efforts against the relentless rampage of the titans. The only song on this list with no audible vocals, Counter Attack Mankind can unoffically be labeled as the Survey Corps’ anthem of victory, as it usually plays after the dust has settled and the titan bones dissipate. It is a song that echoes the successful progression of humanity’s path to freedom outside of the walls. Whether it’s helping you pull off a big lift or fending off a titan invasion, the triumphant echoes from this song incite a feeling of courage and strength that could be used to overcome any obstacle. Sasha Blouse’s unofficial theme is a variation of Counter Attack Mankind. Another soundtrack from the second season, ERENthe標 (Eren the Coordinate) also contains a leitmotif of Counter Attack Mankind. 


Call your name

104th training corps graduate, Mikasa Ackerman

Although the original version is sung by mpi, the alternate version by Gemie is the one we are referring to. It can be heard as the main ending song for the Attack on Titan OVA Lost Girls, featuring Annie Leonhart and Mikasa Ackerman as the focus characters. The song is about losing a loved one and dealing with the hardships of being separated thereafter. It is a rather bleak song that will definitely stir up a wide range of emotions for any listener. It is a reminder that although the main characters are trained soldiers, they are nevertheless humans who experience grief. Call your name works best when working out with exercises that involve high endurance (planking, running, isometric holds).    


Zero Eclipse

Cover art for “Attack on Titan” Season 3 Original Soundtrack, 2019

Zero Eclipse, a song that gets the blood rushing within a few seconds. The lyrics tell the story and eventual break out of Historia Reiss, one of the central characters of Attack on Titan. The song is an inspiring message to never hold back nor cower in fear. The vocalist, Laco, compliments the song perfectly with her rockstar-like singing. Despite the song being loved by many fans, it only plays once in the show and for roughly a little less than two minutes. It is included in Attack on Titan’s season 3 original soundtrack.  


YouSeeBIGGIRL/T:T 

A titan ready to unleash a devastating right hand punch

Perhaps Attack on Titan’s most recognizable song across all three seasons, YouseeBIGGIRL is a masterpiece song that delivers a rollercoaster of emotions for all six minutes of its duration. Sung entirely in German by Gemie, the song is played when the characters are in no position to flee and must dive headfirst into the battle. YouSeeBIGGIRL is also used during the most climactic turn of events in the story and further fuels the hype and atmosphere of the show. It is a memorable song that captures the horrific struggles that humanity within the walls must withstand. When your back is against the ropes, and you need to summon every ounce of energy left within your body, there’s a good chance YouSeeBIGGIRL can give you the well-needed empowerment to edge out any exercise. This song can be found within Attack on Titan’s season 2 soundtrack and is a leitmotif of Vogel im Kafig, another fan favourite. 


It goes without saying that Hiroyuki Sawano has gifted anime fans with yet another legendary list of soundtracks befitting to one of the greatest shows of recent history. When it comes to Attack on Titan, there is no shortage of beautifully composed music. Sawano has been enhancing anime with his talent for more than a decade now, with one of his more recent works being featured in the 2019 movie, Promare. His discography for anime titles can be found here.

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Sword Art Online

I wrote quite a bit more about this anime on my post the Top 5 Anime Shows on Netflix, however if you don’t have the time to read that post, I hope you still make the time to watch this Anime.  It’s not ground breaking or earth shattering in its artwork, but it is definitely enjoyable and it has a really good story that you will enjoy watching.  Not only does the story offer everything from adventure to romance, it’s full of nods to RPGs that gamers will love. Plus the music and action sequences are absolutely sick.

Great if you like: World of Warcraft, Dungeons & Dragons, RPGs

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Another one that I covered in significantly more detail on the Top 5 post mentioned earlier.  In a nutshell, though – people live in walled cities hiding from giants that eat humans. Legions of knights who fly around like Spiderman with grappling hooks, hoping to stop the giants from eating people. A lot of people get eaten.  With a recently released live action version of this Anime, you know that it’s hot.

Recommended if you like: Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, very sad things constantly happening

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Blood+

If you thought vampire mythology couldn’t get any darker, think again. Blood+ offers a creative twist on the creation and destruction of bloodsucking demons, along with badass fight scenes starring one of the most engaging and sympathetic heroines in anime.

Great if you like: Vampire mythology, dark fantasy, horror

9067Fate/Zero

Every 60 years a bunch of mages summon a great hero from the past, like Gilgamesh, or Alexander The Great, and make them fight each other. To tell you anymore would probably ruin it. Has some of the best fight choreography you’re bound to come across. Plus, it has a slew of insanely cool female characters!

Recommended if you like: Alias, Merlin, magic, and fantasy, coming-of-age stories

18872Aldnoah Zero

I just watched this one and the one thing I have to state without ruining anything is the ending is a complete shock.  My jaw literally hit the floor!  Aldnoah Zero is a bit confusing in its overall mythology – basically, in the 70’s a hyper gate to Mars was found on the surface of the moon.  Those early astronauts also found a mysterious property (power?) called Aldnoah that gave them the ability to enhance normal mechanical tools and weapons and gave them a devastating advantage over the rest of humanity.  After a short war that saw the Moon destroyed in an event later referred to as Heaven’s Fall (not shown in the series), an uneasy truce exists between the Terran’s and Martians.  However when Princess Asseylum is seemingly assassinated while on a diplomatic mission to Earth, the truce fractures and all out war ensues between the two planets.

Great if you like: Giant Robots, Aliens, Mech Combat

 

Saturday morning cartoons were all the rage when I was growing up as I’m sure they were (or are) for you too.  However what many people are now watching aren’t just cartoons that we were used to, where Bugs managed to defeat Daffy or the Coyote continually chased but lost out to the Road Runner.

With multi-episodic story arcs, these new “cartoons” are significantly more intricate, artistic and detailed.  In addition, many of the really good ones are surprisingly violent and sometimes quite erotic also!  They definitely aren’t suitable for your typical preteen (& in some cases post-teen!) that’s for sure!!

I’ve written a previous post already on the top 5 Anime episodes on Netflix which you can find here. However, I wouldn’t want you to simply restrict yourself to these titles as there are many more both on and off Netflix that are absolutely worth looking at.

The ones I previously mentioned are – Sword Art Online (now with 2 seasons), The Irregular at Magic High School, Attack on Titan (now also released in Live Action!), Highschool of the Dead & Knights of Siddonia (also up to Season 2).

Some new ones that I think you should consider for your viewing pleasure are:

aldnoahAldnoah Zero

I just watched this one and the one thing I have to state without ruining anything is the ending is a complete shock.  My jaw literally hit the floor!

Aldnoah Zero is a bit confusing in its overall mythology – basically in the 70’s a hypergate to Mars was found on the surface of the moon.  Those early astronauts also found a mysterious property (power?) called Aldnoah that gave them the ability to enhance normal mechanical tools and weapons and gave them a devastating advantage over the rest of humanity.

After a short war that saw the Moon destroyed in an event later referred to as Heaven’s Fall (not shown in the series), an uneasy truce exists between the Terran’s and Martians.  However when Princess Asseylum is seemingly assassinated while on a diplomatic mission to Earth, the truce fractures and all out war ensues between the two planets.

Freezing

Another of those slightly erotic (lots of female nudity) titles, this one still had a really interesting story and was fun to watch.  When Earth is the target of an alien invasion by beings called Nova’s the only defence is genetically altered girls (Pandora’s) and their male partners (Limiters).  Freezing tells the story of Bridget and Kazuya Aoi who together combine to be the best and strongest.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Back in 2013, Fullmetal Alchemist made the list of top anime series on Netflix. That’s still available via streaming, but, now, we’re suggesting that you add Brotherhood to your queue as well. This is a reboot rather than a sequel and it’s one that aims closer to the manga source material. The essence of the story is that two boys attempt to bring their mother back from the dead and, in the process, lose huge chunks of their physical selves. That leads them on the road in search of The Philosopher’s Stone.

Gurren Lagann

At times controversial and often deceptively raunchy, this smart, fast-paced anime is beloved for its wide-ranging plot, its gorgeous animation, its take-no-prisoners plot twists, and its character development.

While many anime series in the mecha genre tend to turn off newcomers because of all the talk about giant robots, Gurren knows how to plunge you into the middle of the action while getting you emotionally invested before you know what’s happening. Even if you’re not up on your Japanese sci-fi tropes, this is an excellent, accessible series. Don’t miss it.

Stay tuned however as Netflix is now also launching another title called the Seven Deadly Sins.  Similar to Knights of Sidonnia this series also exclusive to Netflix & while Knights was definitely SciFi in scope and tone, this one is more of a western.

Japanese Anime can be quite weird in someways, I mean you never really know what you’re going to get it and while the graphics and art is almost always exceptional the stories and interaction between some of the characters is sometimes not at all what you would expect.

One of my major gripes with Japanese Anime is the incest taboo that they seem to keep skirting – quite often this is between siblings – as well as the sometimes gratuitous nudity. However with that being said, because of the medium and format, the stories that are sometimes presented could not have been presented in any other way.

In this article I will try to cover the top five best (in my opinion) Anime currently available on Netflix.

Number one – Sword Art Online (SAO)

In this show there are almost two different stories at work. In the first half thousands of players are trapped inside a virtual reality environment very similar to Guild wars or World of Warcraft where they need to continually gain experience points to advance from dungeon to dungeon.  However the one major difference is that if they die inside the game they also die in real life too!

In SAO however vs. the current crop of MMO’s available is that in this game, you can only use your sword and while you might get “special” combination attacks and moves, magic is not a factor of the game.

As the story progresses over the course of a dozen or so episodes the characters either band together to try and help each other in guilds or they try to settle in the lands and areas of the dungeons which are all quite distinct and unique and make a life for themselves.

However one player – in fact one of the early beta testers – does not want to play as part of the guild and and prefers to play as a single player.  He becomes increasingly powerful as the episodes progress and his experience points continue to build up.  Over the course of the episodes he eventually falls in love and marries another player within the game.

After a climatic boss fight realizes that the champion of one of the guilds is actually the creator of the game and is the person that has trapped them all within the game. After challenging him to a duel he manages to free all of the remaining players and they all leave the game . Now in all honesty this is very much where the show could’ve ended and it actually would’ve been really good just by itself however they have another half-dozen episodes and as I mentioned earlier this is a somewhat different story and type.

In the second half of SAO the spouse of the character that I mentioned in the first half of the game has been trapped in another game – this time it’s one with Fairies so includes another dimension namely flight in the game mechanics. However in addition to our primary character we also have his sister and again this is kind of where the whole Anime thing goes a little bit weird because she is in love with him in the real world or at least infatuated with him and over time comes to love the character he is playing in the game world also! However he is always focused on his spouse and eventually after many struggles and continuous battles they are eventually reunited and his sister also realizes that there are other fish in the sea.

Number two – the Irregular at Magic High School

This is one I’ve only recently watched and overall its a really good one.  It has some of the weirdness mentioned earlier – namely the relationship between the main character and his sister – but if you are able to put that aside its actually quite good.

The basic storyline is that in the not too distant future, magic has had a resurgence and with the resources of the land becoming more and more scarce, magic users are now enrolled in a variety of different magic schools around the land.  Our story takes us to one particular school where Tatsuya Shiba and his sister Miyuki Shiba are enrolled.  Students here get segregated into two classes – blooms and weeds – based on their level of ability and while Tatsuya has scored a perfect score in his theoretical results, his practical abilities relegate him to the weeds.  However Tatsuya has a secret that no one but his sister knows and while he might seem weak, his abilities are far stronger than anyone could possibly credit as he demonstrates.

Number three– Attack on Titan

Okay this one is not what you’d actually expect from a cartoon it is extremely violent and extremely graphic.  I actually had to send my kids out of the room when they wandered in a couple of times!

Attack on Titan explores a dystopian world dominated by ruthless Titans that appeared out of nowhere.  These titans feed on humans and it is only by building massive walled cities that the survivors manage to eke out a living.  However when even these city walls are breached by new armored and it seems intelligent titans humanity looks to be on the edge of extinction.

There is actually some question about a possible Attack on Titan live action movie & if this does come to pass – well, lets just say that an “R” rating is the least it could expect.  There are plenty of action set pieces to make a blockbuster and enough intelligent commentary to please critics in this Anime and it is definitely one that you should watch if you have the stomach for it!

Number four – Highschool of the Dead

In some ways this would almost be how you’d expect a zombie apocalypse would come to pass and while this show has significant elements of my other major gripe with Anime (i.e. gratitious nudity), its actually really scary and you can feel the horror that they are going through.

They’re the students at a prestigious school and they band together to help each other survive after something starts to create zombies in their in their city and gradually over the whole country and world as well – there is significant death and destruction – and the characters each fit into a niche in their little party.

The issues that I have already mentioned I guess would probably be the gratuitous nudity I mean it’s really not necessary to the story (I guess that’s the definition of gratuitous) at all, but it’s not as I said something that needs to be shown – I mean I guess you could say that teenage high school students have raging hormones and that’s why it’s there but the point of the story is the zombies and the way that part of it at least is covered is really good.

The fight scenes with them the way that they attack there speed and mindless ferocity are all really well covered and you can very much understand the horror that the students are trying to survive.

Number five – Knights of Siddonia

I actually really enjoyed this one and its a Netflix exclusive! The whole space battle with the spacesuit and the monsters in general just overall really good. The whole fact that humans at that time can photosynthesize their own food… excellent really cool idea and something I had not seen in any other shows.

The battle scenes are also really well done and while there is some nudity you don’t really see anything and it actually makes sense to the story and character, in fact the girl who is nude in that scene was basically photosynthesizing food for herself and it completely makes sense which is why I liked it.

Battles with the aliens and why humanity is in space are somewhat explained but there are obviously still quite a few mystery’s remaining to be answered even after the first season concludes as the aliens have somehow created a clone of a human or something like that from a human they’ve captured and there is a lot of other stuff happening in the story too.

Knights of Sidonia, based on the popular manga series of the same name, follows Nagate, a low-born youth in a society of genetically engineered refugees who escaped the destruction of Earth one thousand years earlier and now occupy the massive ship Sidonia. When Nagate’s talent as a pilot is revealed he becomes one of Sidonia’s elite defenders against the Guana, shapeshifting aliens bent on eliminating humans from existence.

 

While I think I mentioned in my previous post on the top 5 Anime on Netflix that they were evaluating a live-action version of Attack on Titan, I didn’t expect to see the advertisement for it already!  Now, this could be a complete mishmash of different video’s and some very clever CGI and photoshop, but it definitely looks real and if it does indeed prove to be so, well its definitely something I’m interested in seeing!

If you’ve not seen the Anime version of Attack on Titan its definitely something I would recommend that you review immediately … however I would absolutely state that this is not something for the faint of heart as there is significant blood, death, destruction and gore in this show.

Attack on Titan explores a dystopian world dominated by ruthless Titans that appeared out of nowhere.  These titans feed on humans and it is only by building massive walled cities that the survivors manage to eke out a living.  However when even these city walls are breached by new armored and it seems intelligent titans humanity looks to be on the edge of extinction.