Attack on Titan’s fourth and final season is set to debut this Fall, and it will coincide with the end of the manga, which means that the whole story will soon be available for everyone, but will the story still be good five years from now? Some anime are great no matter what era it is, but some simply do not age well, either because of the animation style, or because the story does not resonate with audiences anymore. This list will try to explain why the series will age well, but it will also explain why it might not, and to do that, there will be some spoilers involved.
10. Why it will age will: It’s Not Your Typical Shounen Series
Shounen manga and anime have always been aimed towards young demographics, particularly young male teens, which is why most series contain PG-level violence, but it also explains why most of the protagonists are teenage boys. Attack on Titan follows this formula with Eren vowing revenge on the monsters who killed his mother, but that is where the true Shounen similarities end.
The series may be aimed at teens, but it contains a lot violence and gore, and it also touches on some pretty dark and complicated themes like torture, the horrors of war, and genocide, which gives it major appeal for adults as well.
9. Why it won’t age well: The Series’ Link To Propaganda
Propaganda is never a good thing and as good as Attack on Titan is, the series has been accused of spreading pro-Japan propaganda. In one controversial instance, mangaka Hajime Isayama admitted that Dot Pixis was based on Akiyama Yoshifuru, a Japanese general who committed war crimes on the country’s behalf.
The conflict between Marley and the Eldians is similar to the conflict between China and Japan from decades ago, while Mikasa shares her name with a battleship that led the Japanese fleet into battle against the Russian navy. Some fans have also noticed that the series promotes jingoistic and nationalistic ideas that are similar to the current Japanese Prime Minister’s ideology.
8. Why it will age will: The Music
Music is an important part of life, and it is one of the ways in which anime is able to express emotion during critical scenes, and Attack on Titan has one of the best soundtracks in all of anime. All of the anime’s music has been composed by Hiroyuki Sawano, who has also worked on The Seven Deadly Sins and several Gundam projects.
If anything, the opening themes from the first season will truly stand the test of time, as both “Crimson Bow and Arrow” and “Wings of Freedom” featured incredible instrumental and orchestral performances.
7. Why it won’t age well: Marley’s Treatment Of The Eldians
Most of the Eldian people were locked behind the walls of Paradis Island, but a large number remained on the Marleyan mainland where they were forced to live in a ghetto. They also went on to be treated like animals by the rest of the nation.
The treatment of the Eldian people is similar to what was seen in Germany over 70 years ago, and that can be a very sensitive topic that will probably not sit well with many younger viewers, especially when they learn more about that dark time in human history.
6. Why it will age will: Levi
Every anime has side characters who become insanely popular, and sometimes those side characters become more popular than the actual main protagonist. Levi Ackerman has been beloved ever since he took out multiple Titans with ease in his debut, and he has claimed the top spot on several character popularity polls over the years.
People love Levi because he is the most skilled soldier in the series aside from Mikasa, but he is more than that, as he is also an empathetic clean freak who managed to survive a very dark childhood.
5. Why it won’t age well: The Reason Behind Marley’s Attack
Marley was clearly set up to be the big bad of the series, as the nation was responsible for the devastating Titan attack in the first episode. You would think that Marley’s ultimate goal was to steal the power of the Founding Titan to take over the world, but the nation simply wants to eradicate the people of Paradis Island so they can strip the island of its resources.
These resources are needed because Marley relied too much on their Titans instead of improving their military might through technological advancement, which means that Marley set everything in motion because they wanted some metal and oil.
4. Why it will age will: There’s No Filler
Anime like Naruto and Bleach have great stories and battles, but whenever both series got too close to events in their respective manga, the studio would give us a couple of months of filler episodes to give the manga time to advance the story. Fillers may be necessaryin these scenarios, but fans do not really like them, which is yet another reason why Attack on Titan will always be popular.
So far, the anime does not have any filler episodes, which is quite refreshing because the studio could have easily added fillers in order to stretch things out and milk the franchise.
3. Why it won’t age well: Zeke’s Decisions
Zeke currently holds the power of the Beast Titan, but he also happens to be Eren’s older half-brother, and there will definitely be some family drama in the final season. In Season 3, it’s revealed that Zeke essentially sentenced his parents to death when he turned them in to Marleyan authorities. Considering everything he’s done on Paradis Island, one would think that he was on Marley’s side.
It turns out that Zeke had an epiphany shortly after his betrayal and he now wants to fulfill his parents’ dream of saving the Eldian people, but he plans on doing this by making every Eldian sterile. Yes, that plan doesn’t make much sense.
2. Why it will age will: The Female Characters
Traditional Shounen anime portrays female characters in a rather crude manner, as they usually get overly sexualized to appeal to male audiences, but Attack on Titan has never treated its female characters this way. Mikasa has suffered traumatic loss more than once, and she went on to arguably become the best fighter in the series, while Krista/Historia went from being a shy little girl to being the queen of Paradis Island.
Hange and Sasha may be eccentric in their own ways, but they are also strong women who become high-ranking members in the Survey Corps. In fact, season 4 will introduce another well written female named Gabi Braun that fans should keep an eye on.
1. Why it won’t age well:: Eren Is The Real Villain
For the past three seasons Eren has been the hero of the series, but audiences will see a very different Eren in Season 4. Those who read the manga will know that many anime fans will not like the change.
The upcoming season will include a three-year time skip, and Eren’s view of the world has drastically changed during that time. Eren’s original goal was to save humanity from the Titans, but that all changed when he learned that Marley was behind everything. Logically, Eren’s vengeance should be directed at Marley but he instead wishes to see the destruction of humanity itself, thus turning him into the main antagonist of the final arc.
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