‘Attack on Titan’ is a highly acclaimed Japanese manga and anime series created by Hajime Isayama. The story is set in a world where humanity resides within enormous walled cities to protect themselves from gigantic humanoid creatures known as Titans, who devour humans seemingly without reason. The narrative follows Eren Yeager, his adoptive sister Mikasa Ackerman, and their friend Armin Arlert as they join the military to fight against the Titans after their hometown is devastated.
Due to the success of the original manga, numerous anime & live-action adaptations have been created, and the franchise currently consists of 4 seasons with 89 episodes, 8 ODAs, three animated recap movies, and two live-action movies with a companion live-action series. Today, we’re going to tell you how to watch the ‘Attack on Titan’ franchise in order.
Editor’s Note: This watch order was updated in November 2023 with the last episode of the anime titled The Final Chapters (Part 2), which was released on November 4, 2023.
All ‘Attack on Titan’ seasons, OVAs & movies in release date order
‘Attack on Titan’ anime run started in 2013 and so far has four seasons; the first three seasons have their own corresponding anime movie and ODAs (original DVD animation). There are also two live-action movies and series and a couple of animated spinoffs. As you can see, the franchise is gigantic, and here’s what the release date order looks like so far.
- ‘Attack on Titan’ Season 1 (2013)
- ‘Since that Day’ – Recap Special (2013)
- ‘Ilse’s Notebook: Memoirs of a Scout Regiment Member’ – OAD (2013)
- ‘Attack on Titan – Part 1: Crimson Bow and Arrow’ animated movie (2014)
- ‘The Sudden Visitor: The Torturous Curse of Youth’ – OAD(2014)
- ‘Distress’ – OAD (2014)
- ‘Attack on Titan – Part 2: Wings of Freedom’ animated movie (2015)
- ‘Attack on Titan’ Season 2 (2017)
- ‘Attack on Titan: The Roar of Awakening’ animated movie (2018)
- ‘Attack on Titan’ Season 3 Part 1 (2018)
- ‘Attack on Titan’ Season 3 Part 2 (2019)
- ‘Attack on Titan: Chronicle’ animated movie (2020)
- ‘Attack on Titan’ Season 4 Part 1 (2020)
- ‘Attack on Titan’ Season 4 Part 2 (2022)
- ‘Attack on Titan’ Season 4 Part 3 (March, 2023)
- ‘Attack on Titan’ Season 4 Part 4 (November 2023)
Live-action adaptations of ‘Attack on Titan’:
- ‘Attack on Titan: Part 1’ – live-action movie (July, 2015)
- ‘Attack on Titan: Part 2’ – live-action movie (September, 2015)
- ‘Attack on Titan: Counter Rockets’ – live-action series, three episodes (2015)
‘Attack on Titan’ spinoff series:
- ‘Attack on Titan: No Regrets’ (2 episodes – 2014-2015)
- ‘Attack on Titan: Junior High’ (12 Episodes -2015)
- ‘Attack on Titan: Lost Girls’ (3 episodes – 2022)
Are all ‘Attack on Titan’ anime series & movies connected?
All the “Attack on Titan” anime series and movies are part of the same overarching story. The anime series follows the narrative of the manga closely, and the movies are typically compilations or recaps of the TV series rather than standalone stories. The main anime series includes multiple seasons, each continuing the story and building upon the events of the previous ones.
The movies often serve as a condensed version of the TV series, providing a way for fans to revisit key moments without watching the entire series again. The best way to watch ‘Attack on Titan’ is in release date order, however, because if you are new to the anime series, you will eventually get lost in all the additional material. If you’re familiar with the world and setting in general, in that case chronological order might better suit you.
‘Attack on Titan’ all seasons, movies and spinoffs in chronological order
As you can see ‘Attack on Titan’ franchise has several installments that basically recap what happened in the anime series. Several spinoff series add additional value to the story when it comes to narrative elements and can serve as prequel series. If you take into account all of this additional content, the chronology is fairly complicated and looks something like this:
- ‘Attack on Titan’ Season 1 Episode 1-13
- ‘Since That Day’ Episode 13.5 – Recap -can be skipped
- ‘Attack on Titan’ Season 1 Episode 14-25
- ‘Wings of Freedom’ Recap -can be skipped
- ‘Distress’ OAD
- ‘The Sudden Visitor: The Torturous Curse of Youth’ OAD
- ‘Ilse’s Notebook: Memoirs of a Recon Corps Member’ OAD
- ‘Attack on Titan: No Regrets Pt 1’
- ‘Attack on Titan: No Regrets Pt 2’
- ‘Attack on Titan’ Season 2 Episode 1-12
- ‘The Roar of Awakening’ Recap -can be skipped
- ‘Attack on Titan: Lost Girls’ Part 1
- ‘Attack on Titan: Lost Girls’ Part 2
- ‘Attack on Titan’ Season 3 Episode 1 -3
- ‘Attack on Titan: Lost Girls’ Part 3
- ‘Attack on Titan’ Season 3 Episode 4-12
- ‘Attack on Titan’ Season 3 Episode 13-22
- ‘Awakening’ Recap -can be skipped
- ‘Attack on Titan’ Season 4 Episode 1-16
- ‘Attack on Titan’ Season 4 Episode 17-28
- ‘Attack on Titan’ Season 4 SP 1
- ‘Attack on Titan’ Season 4 SP 2
To delve into the chronology in more detail, begin with ‘Attack on Titan’ Season 1, setting the stage for the entire series and introducing you to the world. ‘Since that Day’ serves as a recap episode summarizing the initial 13 episodes; it’s optional.
After the recap, proceed with the remainder of Season 1. ‘Wings of Freedom’ is another recap “movie” summarizing the final 11 episodes of the season without adding new content.
Now, turning to the OVAs, start with ‘Distress,’ chronologically set in the year 848, followed by ‘The Sudden Visitor: The Torturous Curse of Youth’ in 849. Conclude the OVAs with ‘Ilse’s Notebook: Memoirs of a Scout Regiment Member’ set in the year 850.
After the OVAs, watch the first spinoff series, ‘Attack on Titan: No Regrets,’ exploring Levi Ackerman’s life before joining the Survey Corps.
Continuing from ‘No Regrets,’ move on to the 12 episodes of ‘Attack on Titan Season 2,’ followed by the spinoff series ‘Attack on Titan: Lost Girls.’ Only the first two parts are essential, delving into the lives of Mikasa and Annie during training and an espionage mission. Skip ‘The Roar of Awakening’ as it adds nothing new.
After the second spinoff, watch the initial three episodes of Season 3. Then, view part 3 of ‘Lost Girls,’ detailing Mikasa’s experiences just before her mission to arrest Eren. Proceed uninterrupted with the rest of Season 3.
Following Season 3, the option to watch ‘Awakening,’ a recap movie summarizing all three seasons, becomes available. From there, it’s smooth sailing, and the entirety of season 4 is uninterrupted. ‘Attack on Titan: Junior High’ is also a spinoff series told in chibi style, but since it’s a parody and non-canon, it doesn’t have a proper place in the timeline.
‘Attack on Titan’ live-action movies and series in chronological order
The ‘Attack on Titan’ live-action movies are part of a two-part film series that adapts the popular manga and anime into a live-action format. The movies aim to capture the essence of the original story but may deviate in certain aspects due to the challenges of adapting animated titans to live-action.
The first movie, ‘Attack on Titan: Part 1,’ and its sequel, ‘Attack on Titan: End of the World’ (Part 2), were both released in 2015. The films cover key elements of the anime’s first season, introducing characters such as Eren Yeager, Mikasa Ackerman, and Armin Arlert, as well as the monstrous Titans. ‘Attack on Titan: Counter Rockets’ is a live-action series based on the live-action movies, and it’s not all that much connected to the anime series. It also doesn’t have any special place in the chronology. The watch order should look like this:
- ‘Attack on Titan: Part 1’
- ‘Attack on Titan: Part 2’
- ‘Attack on Titan: Counter Rockets – The Strike Back Begins’
- ‘Attack on Titan: Counter Rockets – The Arrow of Hope’
- ‘Attack on Titan: Counter Rockets – The Departure to Freedom’
Where to watch all the above-mentioned installments?
All seasons of ‘Attack on Titan’ can be streamed on Crunchyroll, Hulu, and Adult Swim, including all recap movies. OVAs can only be streamed on Crunchyroll currently. Attack on Titan: No Regrets and ‘Lost Girls’ are also available on Crunchyroll, while Attack on Titan: Junior High can be streamed on both Hulu and Crunchyroll.
The live-action movies are currently available for rent on Amazon, while the ‘Counter Rockets’ is not available anywhere in the West as far as legitimate streaming services and digital marketplaces go.
Will there be more seasons of ‘Attack on Titan’?
After the release of the final episode, it looks like this is the end as far as the main franchise goes. The franchise should be over, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that there won’t be any spinoff projects or reboot projects in the future. Currently, there is no information, but we will update this as soon as we have them!
As far as the live-action franchise goes, In January 2017, reports surfaced that Warner Bros. was in talks to acquire the film rights for the ‘Attack on Titan’ franchise. David Heyman, known for producing the ‘Harry Potter’ film series, ‘Death Note,’ and’ Downfall,’ was set to produce a potential two-film project, aiming to remake the 2015 Japanese live-action adaptations.
Despite initial denials by a Kodansha representative, negotiations continued. In October of the same year, Warner Bros. officially secured a deal with Kodansha, and Andy Muschietti was announced as the director, with Heyman, Masi Oka, and Barbara Muschietti (the director’s sister) attached as producers.
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