The super popular manga and anime Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama has become a big deal. When the original manga ended in April 2021 after 11 years, fans had very different opinions on the ending. Many were unhappy with how some character stories finished and felt the ending did not match the epic build-up. However, some liked the bittersweet ending and felt it gave closure.
No matter what people think of the finale, Attack on Titan clearly grabbed a ton of readers and viewers. Now, after leaving fans waiting for over two years, Isayama wants to revisit this famous world. A surprise new chapter is coming soon, bringing back the beloved series. What will happen in these new pages is a mystery.
Will this extra story make disappointed fans happier or divide opinions more? One thing is sure – any return to the walls, titans, and complex characters of Attack on Titan will get huge interest and speculation. Isayama is taking a bold step, reopening the story many thought was over. Fans all over anxiously await where this extra chapter will go.
Why Fans Believe the Ending of Attack On Titan Is Disappointing?
Levi is severely injured but somehow survives to the end, even though realistically he should have died earlier.
It turns out Eren’s plan all along was to make himself seem like the enemy of the entire world, similar to what Lelouch did in Code Geass. Mikasa is the one who ultimately kills Eren, but Armin gets credit as the hero who saved the world.
There are some narrative issues here. The original Ymir has Stockholm syndrome and strangely loves King Fritz, her oppressor.
When Mikasa shows she still loves Eren despite everything, this finally frees Ymir from her warped attachment to King Fritz. So because of Mikasa’s love for Eren, the power of the Titans is gone from the world forever.
It doesn’t fully make sense that a kiss from Mikasa would be what suddenly ends the era of the Titans after all this time. It seems like the author was going for an emotional conclusion without thinking through all the logical implications.
In a surprising twist, it’s revealed that Eren erased the Eldians’ memories of a key conversation he had with Armin about the Rumbling plan. The truth comes out that Eren has actually loved Mikasa all along. He childishly wants her to devote herself only to him, and for them to have an idealized happy future together. This feels like pointless fan service inserted into the climax of the story.
When Eren dies, the Eldians mysteriously regain their erased memories of Eren’s conversation with Armin. Despite Eren being responsible for killing 80% of the world’s population, the Eldians inexplicably now praise him as a hero.
The selective memory manipulation makes the plot overly convenient. And it’s hard to believe the Eldians could forget such atrocities and suddenly see Eren as heroic.
The story contradicts itself by trying to redeem a genocidal antagonist in service of a forced romantic subplot between Eren and Mikasa. Their love coming to the forefront at the very end does not mesh well with the gravity of events that have transpired.
The final scene takes place 3 years later, with Mikasa speaking to Eren at his grave. Suddenly a bird lands by her, fixes her scarf, and flies off. Mikasa takes this as a sign that Eren has been reincarnated as the bird, and the story ends on that note.
In the end, the Rumbling, despite wiping out 80% of humanity, does not seem to have any lasting impact on the world. Eren’s characterization regresses, as he is shown to be immature and obsessive in his motivations regarding Mikasa. Armin comes across as naive, and Mikasa is still unable to move on from Eren after 3 years.
There is no satisfying payoff or resolution to the themes and plotlines that were built up over the course of the story. The ending rings hollow, focusing on a forced romantic subplot while failing to provide meaningful closure or purpose to the apocalyptic events that preceded it.
The character arcs and worldbuilding break down in order to rush to a final panel that more resembles fan fiction than a well-thought-out conclusion.
Attack On Titan Final Chapter Part 2 Release Date & Where to Read
Coming soon is an extra 35th volume titled “Attack on Titan Volume 35,” containing a brand new 18-page chapter. Accompanying this surprise installment will be an illustration artbook called “Attack on Titan Fly.”. This extra chapter will be titled “Bad Boys” and span 18 pages.
But rather than being a standalone release, it will be bundled inside a larger project – the franchise’s first official art book called “The Fly.” This art book is set for launch on April 30, 2024, in Japan, as per Comic Natalie.
The new chapter is expected to be available to read within the below time.
- Japanese Standard Time: 10:00 PM on April 30, 2024
- Central European Time: 03:00 PM on April 30, 2024
- New York: 09:00 AM on April 30, 2024
- Australian Capital Territory: 12:00 AM on April 30, 2024
- Pacific Time: 06:00 AM on April 30, 2024
- Eastern European Time: 03:00 PM on April 30, 2024
You will be able to read the upcoming Attack On Titan New Chapter when it releases in 2024 on the official site of Kodansha.