Attack On Titan Season 4 Episode 1 Review: The Other Side Of The Sea

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A darker & more ruthless Attachồng on Tichảy returns for its final season with a very different look and point of view.

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By Daniel Kurland | December 6, 20đôi mươi | | Comments count:0
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This Attaông chồng on Titan Review contains spoilers.

Attaông xã on Tichảy Season 4 Episode 1

“Isn’t war a terrible thing?”

The third season of Attaông xã on Titan ends with a lengthy jump forward in time where Eren and company are seemingly more ready than ever khổng lồ realize their goal. The group has taken on some difficult opponents over the past three seasons, but as they prepare to lớn invade Paradis Islvà and dethrone a corrupt king they begin to understand that the over lớn all of this warfare is finally within grasp. The final moments of last season posed the question, “If we kill all of our enemies over there, will we finally be free?” Attack on Titan’s fourth & final season is ready lớn dig into lớn the complex nature of that question as it sets the stage for an ending year that’s big và rewarding both in terms of the chaotic action sequences & as an introspective character study.

In many ways it feels lượt thích this final arc is really what Attaông xã on Titung has been all about và that the series has just finally reached the point in its story where it can fully realize itself. The anime has always reflected random pieces of this larger generational story, whether it’s through the Jaeger family, the Reiss lineage, or the more recent developments revolving around the war between the Eldians and Marleyans. Attaông chồng on Titung hasn’t made these allusions to lớn the past very subtle, especially when some characters cốt truyện the memories of their ancestors. It’s explicit because this is supposed lớn be one big story that’s been hundreds of years in the making. It doesn’t matter who is the one that ends the cycle because it becomes a victory that ripples through past and future generations.


Attachồng on Titan’s final season immediately differentiates itself from the previous years and it’d be easy lớn confuse its new opening theme with one that belongs khổng lồ a completely different anime if it didn’t advertise Attachồng on Titan’s name. The title sequence is full of aggressive explosions & depressing imagery that immerses the audience in persistent conflict và offers no familiar reference points to lớn latch onto lớn for help. One would assume that Eren, Mikasa, Armin, và Levi are still the series’ main characters, but there’s nothing in the opening credits to lớn assure viewers of this, which turns out lớn be representative of the episode itself. Audiences knew that these final episodes would signal unprecedented change, but it’s amazing just how much this new story arc reinterprets everything that’s come before it. It helps this season begin on a note that’s both exciting và destabilizing in a way that Attaông chồng on Tirã has never been before.

What’s beautiful about this premiere is that it feels lượt thích Attachồng on Titung is getting pleasure out of how much it’s messing with its audience. The episode features the Eldian army engaged in a war that they’ve sầu been fighting for four years và the central character, Falteo, appears khổng lồ be just as confused as the audience. This premiere even plays with the idea that this war-torn world is reality và that everything that’s previously happened with Eren & company is just some dream that Falteo was lost in—as if this has been The Matrix or the anime equivalent of the Newhart series finale.

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It’s not unusual for a series khổng lồ spkết thúc time with new characters, but it’s usually understood that it will get back to the original cast at some point. Attachồng on Titan’s newest twist in many ways feels like a move sầu from Lost, but what makes it uniquely different is that it’s established how characters experience the memories of their ancestors—from both the past và the future. This premiere plays with the idea that Falco is in fact the real main character & that he’s just flashed through Eren’s life in the same way that Eren experienced Grisha’s past.


The appearance of Zeke and Reiner are the only major clues offered here, but their existence indicates that these events still take place in the reality that the audience knows. This probably occurs concurrently with the journey that Eren và his group mix out on at the over of season three. These storylines will presumably intersect at some point, but it looks lượt thích it may not be for a while. Attaông chồng on Titan increasingly throws expectations out the window và “The Other Side of the Sea” deserves respect for acting like the main narrative sầu is just lore for these new characters. Even the end credits push the idea that this is now Falco’s show and khổng lồ forget everything in the past that’s been held sacred.

The challenge then that “The Other Side of the Sea” faces is that these new characters need to stand out as well as the old characters that the audience has had years to grow invested in. These characters face a tall task with this bait and switch maneuver, yet they don’t come across as annoying or feel like a chore. Their story begins in its climax and it’s easy khổng lồ get lost in it và not just think about whether Eren is going khổng lồ show up or not. Many of these new faces feel like approximations of previous characters và while Falteo is the nhân vật, it’s the Hange-lượt thích Gabi who makes the best impression in this episode.

“The Other Side of the Sea” doesn’t feel overcrowded và its lachồng of exposition is one of its biggest assets. The episode does fit in some Titung action by the kết thúc and there are a few sequences that are especially powerful, lượt thích when it rains Titans or the Beast Titan’s assault on the naval unit. All of this is complemented by the score, which is the surprise winner of the episode. Every piece is fantastic and there are some unexpected choices where the music becomes evocative of the wartime setting or becomes more electronic in nature lớn compliment the chaos at hvà.


WIT Studio’s impeccable work on Attaông xã on Titan’s animation for its first three seasons is absolutely a factor in the anime’s success, so it’s understandable that some people have been apprehensive sầu over MAPPA’s takeover for these final episodes. A transition like this is naturally awkward and one episode in is still far too early khổng lồ tell how much the studio change has affected the chất lượng of the show’s look & action. There are admittedly some growing pains in this premiere, but MAPPA is talented & they rise khổng lồ the occasion và understvà the expectations that are associated with this project. There’s an increase in the use of CG that’s likely to make some viewers flinch, but “The Other Side of the Sea” still looks gorgeous và it’s not the kind of drop in unique that crippled season two of One-Punch Man. The switch over khổng lồ MAPPA will hopefully be imperceptible after the season is a few episodes in.

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“The Other Side of the Sea” is a phenomenal start to lớn Attack on Titan’s final run of episodes. This premiere is so atypical khổng lồ everything that’s come before it that it’s likely to be a controversial entry, but one that will gain greater appreciation after more of this season’s story comes to lớn light. The new season succeeds by drawing in the audience lớn what in many ways isn’t the show that people signed up for, but one that still feels satisfying and important. It doesn’t matter if it’s Falteo or Eren who leads the charge, but here’s hoping that this is, in fact, the last war.