Will Attack on Titan’s Upcoming Anime Finale Have an Original Ending?

Will Attack on Titan's Upcoming Anime Finale Have an Original Ending?

Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan manga ended on April 9, 2021, after 139 chapters, which were collected in 34 volumes. The first part of the anime’s final season (Season 4) began on December 7, 2020, and the final season is still ongoing, although it has entered its third and final phase (we hope). The third part of Season 4 is going to wrap up the anime. Due to the manga’s controversial ending, there have been speculations that the anime producers might give us a so-called Anime Original Ending (AOE), a move that would definitely not be unheard of. In this article, we will tell you what the chances are of that happening.

With the leak of some scenes from Part 3 of Season 4 of Attack on Titan, fans’ hopes of an Anime Original Ending (AOE) have practically been completely extinguished, as the panels are exact replicas of the manga panels. This means, as we have speculated earlier, that the producers are going to remain true to the original material, as they have been doing so far, and that is probably going to happen here as well.

The rest of this article will simply elaborate further on the answer we have given you. We will dig deeper into the known and unknown facts related to the anime’s planned ending while comparing it to the manga’s controversial ending. You’re also going to find out why the original ending caused so much stir and why some fans want the anime to change the original ending.

Will Attack on Titan get an Anime Original Ending (AOE)?

As we have said, Attack on Titan is slowly approaching the end of its anime run, with Part 3 of Season 4 ending relatively soon (yes, yes, we know that we’ve said the same thing about Part 2, but we honestly hope that they won’t be dragging this along anymore and that Part 3 is really going to finish the story, i.e., that they won’t be milking it anymore). Now, while the show has mostly been praised for its direction, tone, and story, as the ending is slowly coming closer, fans have been wondering whether the producers will stick to the original ending of the manga, which proved to be quite controversial (as we are going to see in our analysis below), or changes something and creates a more satisfactory ending (which would be a notable example of fanservice).

Part Two of Season 4 was initially slated to have 12 episodes in total, thus ending the story. This information came directly from MAPPA, who confirmed that Season 4 would have 28 episodes in total, with 16 having already aired during Part One. And this was not a lie. The second part really ended with Episode 28, as far as the fourth season is concerned. Still, while it was thought that that would be the end, it was then revealed that the fourth season would also have a third part, which started in March 2023 with an hour-long special, while the remainder of the season is scheduled for fall 2023 released.


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Many fans would like to see a different ending because of the controversies surrounding the original ending (see below), most notably Eren’s death in the final chapters of the manga. Could that happen? It wouldn’t be a first, as many anime series had different endings than the original manga, but it definitely isn’t a rule and is more seldom than not. Anime Original Endings (AOE) are nothing out of the ordinary, whether they’re completely different or just slightly different, which means that Attack on Titan going in that direction wouldn’t really be something revolutionary, but still, it is not very likely.

Is there any basis for this? Honestly – no. Aside from angry fanboys who demand justice for Eren, no one really cares about the ending of Attack on Titan, i.e., people don’t mind if the producers pick the original ending over a new one. So far, the producers have been true to Isayama’s story, and there is nothing besides Internet talk that suggests that this will change. A new ending would certainly be a good example of fanservice, but we don’t have any official information on whether that is going to happen, although we do have some leaks.

Namely, some scenes from the final part of Attack on Titan have leaked online, and we managed to see what look like scenes that have been taken directly from the manga. And while this did not completely kill off some of the fans’ hopes of an Anime Original Ending (AOE), it more or less extinguished them. Namely, these leaks are quite important and imply that the producers will stick to Isayama’s original ending, which is what everyone should have expected, seeing how the producers did stick to the manga throughout the series’ run.

How did the Attack on Titan manga end?

After activating the Rumbling, Eren, as the Founding Titan, became the series’ prime villain. The remaining heroes, led by Armin and Mikasa, decided to stop him and slowly began making their way toward the center, where Eren was. After she finally found him, Mikasa realized what she had to do, and Eren also know what was about to happen. Mikasa then cut off Eren’s head, effectively killing him and ending the Rumbling and the Titans once and for all. It was a heartbreaking moment for Mikasa, who was thus forced to kill the only person she swore she would protect with her own life, but it was the only thing that she could do under the circumstances.

Not long after that, Armin recalls a discussion he had with him in the Path the day before their final fight. During this one, Eren and Armin first have the appearance they had when they were little before the fall of the wall Maria, and find themselves in Shiganshina, more precisely, where Armin had made him discover his great-grandfather’s book for the first time.

Eren27s tree is rediscovered

Gradually, thanks to Ymir the great ancestor, they discover there, with memories, the landscapes that they dreamed so much of discovering, such as volcanoes and the sea. Their discussion ends facing the sea. The two friends then have their appearance current, and Eren, just like Mikasa in the previous chapter, is slowly getting transformation features on his face. Back in the present, everything seems to be back to normal.

Upon the passing of Eren Yeager, the survivors swiftly realize that they can no longer transform into a titan, that the titans have once again become human, and that the power of the titans has, as a result, vanished. Mikasa is seated on the island next to Eren’s tomb, beneath the tree where he once slept, next to Shiganshina. She tells him that their guests will arrive shortly and inquires about his happiness.


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The young lady recalls her romantic partner’s presence and wants to see him again. When a bird approaches her and appropriately re-wraps her scarf around her neck, Mikasa gives him another round of gratitude.

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