Japanese public broadcaster NHK has revealed that the upcoming anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season is set to premiere this December.
The announcement, which was made on the broadcaster’s “Changes in Domestic Programs in the Second Half of 2020” document released on Wednesday, states that the final season of the popular anime series will premiere on Monday, December 7 at 12:10am JST.
The popular anime’s official website previously announced in May that the fourth and final season of the series was scheduled to premiere in Autumn of this year.
North American anime distributor Funimation, which confirms its simulcast streaming in North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand, also revealed a new key visual.
Attack on Titan is an anime adaptation of the popular post-apocalyptic manga series by Hajime Isayama, which is being serialized in Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shonen Magazine since September 2009 and currently has 32 volumes.
The popular manga can also be read in English language through Crunchyroll’s digital manga service and BookWalker.
The final season of the anime series will now be produced by anime studio MAPPA, which will be directed by Yuichiro Hayashi, who previously worked on Garo The Animation and Kakegurui, with Banana Fish chief animation director Tomohiro Kishi will handle character designs.
Hiroshi Seko, who handled the scripts of previous seasons, will return to handle the same role in the final season. Music composer Hiroyuki Sawano will also return, where he will be joined by Kohta Yamamoto, who previously worked in anime shows like DIVE!! and Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight.
The main voice cast from previous seasons, including Yuuki Kaji (as Eren Jaeger), Yui Ishikawa (as Mikasa Ackerman) and Marina Inoue (as Armin Arlelt), will return to portray their respective roles.
Southeast Asian anime channel ANIPLUS Asia has aired the first season of Attack on Titan when the channel was launched in November 2013.
The anime channel has since aired the subsequent seasons on a simulcast basis, starting with the second season in Spring 2017, then the third season’s first part in Autumn 2018 and followed by the second part in Spring 2019.