Every ‘Attack on Titan’ Season Ranked from Worst to Best

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Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan is an absolute modern hit, and no anime fan can actually claim to be a true fan if they’re not acquainted with the story of Attack on Titan, regardless of whether they are fans of Isayama’s series or not. Attack on Titan is a true modern-day classic, and that is actually what inspired us to write this article, in which we are going to talk about the manga’s equally popular anime adaptation, which is going to be reaching its end very soon, as the final part of the final season is going to premiere on November 4, 2023.

So, while we’re waiting for the premiere of the season’s finale, we have decided to give you a retrospective overview of all four seasons of Attack on Titan and rank them based on their quality and overall importance. The seasons will be ranked from fourth to first place, as we will explain each season and tell you why we put it in the place we did, so you will know exactly why we liked or disliked a season. Having said this, we can actually start with the list in question, so get ready.

4. Season 1

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The anime adaptation was announced in December 2012 and was produced by the Wit Studio. The season premiered on April 7, 2013, while the last episode was previewed at Marunouchi Picadilly 1 in Tokyo on September 28, 2013, during a special event broadcast in streaming in more than fifteen Japanese cinemas. It premiered globally on September 29, 2013.

The first season was a pretty shaky start for the series, but while it did a fairly good job, and we’d still rate it with a solid 8/10, the season was simply subpar in every aspect – plot, animation, narrative – compared to the other seasons. This is why we had to place it in this place, as it simply did not offer the same level of quality compared to the other season.

Still, don’t be fooled; the first season is a great introduction, and it will get you hooked to the series, without a doubt, but you can also expect much better content in the later season, which is, from a certain standpoint, a very good thing as well, as it shows that the series has progressed significantly with later seasons.

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3. Season 4

attack on titan season 4

A fourth and final season was announced during the broadcast of the last episode of the third season. In May 2020, a teaser revealed that Wit Studio was giving way to MAPPA. The broadcast of this last season began on December 7, 2020. The first part of the season, composed of 16 episodes covering chapters 91 to 116, was broadcast until March 29, 2021. A second part was then announced for winter 2021-20221.

Composed of twelve episodes, it was broadcast from January 10 to April 4, 2022. A third and final part was announced shortly after the broadcast of the last episode of the second part. The first hour-long special episode aired on March 3, 2023, following the broadcast of a seven-part anime compilation, while the second episode was released on November 4, 2023.

Season 4 is somewhere in line with Season 2, and we’d give it a solid 8.5/10 so far. Still, since the big finale is yet to air, we decided to give the two finished seasons an advantage here, although it is very much possible that the fourth season will rise on this list once the final par finally airs. But, until that happens, we’ve decided to still give it room to evolve.

2. Season 2

Season 2

In August 2014, George Wada, president of Wit Studio, announced that the second season was in pre-production. In November 2014, this season was initially announced for broadcast in 2016. In July 2016, the broadcast was finally announced for spring 2017. The first episode aired on April 1, 2017, on 21 Japanese channels, including Tokyo MX and MBS. The season comprises twelve episodes and adapts chapters 35 to 50.

Despite all the drawbacks and setbacks, the second season was very well executed, and with a firm 9/10, it is – currently – our second-best season of Attack on Titan. The season showed just how much the production has evolved and how the story was becoming more and more compelling with each new episode, which is why fans liked it so much.

In our opinion, it is not as good as the third season, and it might get surpassed by the fourth season soon, but it is nevertheless a great season that you will definitely enjoy in every way possible.

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1. Season 3

Season 3

The third season was announced during the broadcast of the last episode of the second season. It is made up of 22 episodes broadcast in two parts. The first part, broadcast between July and October 2018, adapted the Royal Government Arc, corresponding to chapters 51 to 70 of the manga. The second half, broadcast between April and July 2019, adapts the Return to Shiganshina arc, corresponding to chapters 71 to 90 of the original work. For the first part, author Hajime Isayama reworked the story’s script because he was unsatisfied with his work on the manga.

Ultimately, when it comes to Attack on Titan, the third season is, in our opinion, a perfect 10/10 and is a true masterpiece, especially since even Isayama put in some effort to make the anime story better when compared to the original.

The third season was a true masterpiece in every way imaginable, with the season providing us with some amazing thrills as it adapted one of the manga’s best arcs. The animation was also on an exceptionally high level, and overall, there really isn’t much we can say about it that isn’t direct praise. This is why the third season is the best one of the lot, in our opinion.

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