‘My Situation Overlaps With Eren’: Isayama Reveals Post Attack On Titan Anime Ending

Isayama and Eren

In a recent interview with New York Times, Attack On Titan mangaka Hajime Isayama revealed that Eren’s situation overlaps with that of his own when it came to writing the manga.

When asked if Eren was really free during the interview, Isayama responded with a parallel between Eren’s situation and his own journey.

Isayama and Eren

Explaining the statement further, Isayama admitted his initial concerns when he first started out the series, with just an ending in mind. He believed that it might get cancelled, as it was relatively unknown in the beginning.

But over time, the series gained an immense following, reaching a wide audience, putting Isayama in a position of great influence and responsibility, a situation he was not entirely comfortable with.

Isayama then expressed the desire to potentially alter the ending, emphasizing that the process of creating manga should be liberating.

However, he acknowledged that true freedom would have meant the ability to change the course of the story, a choice he found himself unable to make. Much like Eren, who couldn’t break free from the powers he acquired, Isayama found himself bound to the narrative he had originally conceived when he was young.

Checkout Isayama’s complete statement below:

So the truth is the situation with Eren actually overlaps in a certain sense with my own story with this manga. When I first started this series, I was worried that it would probably be canceled. It was a work that no one knew about. But I had already started the story with the ending in mind. And the story ended up being read and watched by an incredible number of people, and it led to me being given a huge power that I didn’t quite feel comfortable with.

It would have been nice if I could have changed the ending. Writing manga is supposed to be freeing. But if I was completely free, then I should have been able to change the ending. I could have changed it and said I wanted to go in a different direction. But the fact is that I was tied down to what I had originally envisioned when I was young. And so, manga became a very restrictive art form for me, similar to how the massive powers that Eren acquired ended up restricting him.

Attack On Titan Final Season Part 3 Part 2 released on Nov 4, 2023.

Linked Horizon performed the theme song for the final part. The song is titled “To You in 2,000… or… 20,000 Years From Now” (Nisen-nen… Moshiku wa…. Niman-nen ato no Kimi e).

Linked Horizon also performed the opening theme song “Saigo no Kyojin,” while Ai Higuchi performed the ending theme song “Itte rasshai”.

Attack On Titan Final Season part 1 of the final edition of the anime aired as a one-hour special, and released on March 3, 2023.

The staff from the previous editions of Attack on TitanFinal Season have returned this time too. The staff working on the anime includes:

  • Director: Yuichiro Hayashi
  • Series Composition: Hiroshi Seko
  • Character Designs: Tomohiro Kishi
  • Chief Anime Director: Manabu Akita
  • Production Chief: Jun Shishido
  • Animation Effects Director: Satoshi Sakai, Taichi Furumata
  • Director of Photography: Shigeki Asakawa
  • 3D Director: Motoi Okuno, Subaru Ikeda

MAPPA is in charge of animating Attack on Titan Final Season. The cast from the previous seasons will be reprising their roles in the anime.

Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2 had ended leaving just 9 chapters of the manga left to be adapted in Attack on Titan Final Season Part 3.

The Final Season’s Part 2 premiered on Jan 9, 2022 in Japan. Crunchyroll and Funimation were streaming the episodes simultaneously as they aired. The dubbed version of Attack on Titan: Final Season part 2 began airing on Toonami on Feb 12, 2022.

Season 1-3 of the anime was produced by Wit Studio and season 4 by MAPPA.

Attack on Titan is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. The manga was serialized in Kodansha’s monthly shonen manga magazine Bessatsu Shonen Magazine from September 2009 to April 2021, with its chapters collected in 34 tankōbon volumes.

Attack on Titan has become a critical and commercial success. As of September 2022, the manga has over 110 million tankōbon copies in print worldwide, making it one of the best-selling manga series of all time. It has won several awards, including the Kodansha Manga Award, the Attilio Micheluzzi Award, and the Harvey Award.

In North America, the series was published in English by Kodansha USA.

Source: NY Times

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