Attack on Titan (2013–2022)

TVSeries


Attack on Titan (TV Series 2013–2022)
Shingeki no kyojin (original title)

Humans are nearly exterminated by giant creatures called Titans. Titans are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by walling themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of titans. Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a titan in over 100 years. Teenage boy Eren and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a colossal titan that appears out of thin air. As the smaller titans flood the city, the two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Eren vows that he will murder every single titan and take revenge for all of mankind.
Japan
IMDb   9 /10
TheMovieDb    8.6 /10
RottenTomatoes
FilmAffinity   7.8 /10
Creators
Creator Tetsurô Araki
Creator Masashi Koizuka
Creator Hajime Isayama
Information
Release Date2013-09-28
Runtime24min
GenreAnimation, Action, Adventure
Content RatingTV-MA (TV-MA)
AwardsTop rated TV #35 | 10 wins & 15 nominations
CompanyWit Studio, Production I.G., Mappa
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Eren Jaegeras Eren Jaeger…
Armin Arlertas Armin Arlert…
Armin Artleltas Armin Artlelt…
Mikasa Ackermannas Mikasa Ackermann…
Eren Jaegeras Eren Jaeger…
Mikasa Ackermannas Mikasa Ackermann…
Jean Kirschteinas Jean Kirschtein…
Connie Springeras Connie Springer…
Conny Springeras Conny Springer…
Jean Kirschteinas Jean Kirschtein…
Hange Zoeas Hange Zoe…
Sasha Brausas Sasha Braus…
Hange Zoeas Hange Zoe…
Erwin Smithas Erwin Smith
Reiner Braunas Reiner Braun…
Sasha Brausas Sasha Braus

Attack on Titan (TV series)

Attack on Titan (Japanese: 進撃の巨人, Hepburn: Shingeki no Kyojin) is a Japanese dark fantasy anime television series adapted from the manga of the same name by Hajime Isayama that premiered on April 7, 2013. It has aired on NHK General TV in Japan, and Aniplus Asia in various Asia-Pacific countries. In the United States and Canada, the series has streamed on Crunchyroll, Funimation, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world where the remains of humanity live behind walls protecting them from giant humanoid Titans, Attack on Titan follows protagonist Eren Jaeger, along with friends Mikasa Ackerman and Armin Arlert. When a Colossal Titan breaches the wall of their home town, Titans destroy the city and kill Eren's mother. Vowing revenge, Eren joins the elite Survey Corps, a group of soldiers who fight against Titans. Attack on Titan chronicles Eren's journey with the Survey Corps as they fight against the Titans while investigating their origin and history.

Attack on Titan has received widespread acclaim and has notably sustained a broad, active and international fan base. Critics and audiences have praised the story, characters, animation, music, voice acting, and dark themes. The second part of the final season is scheduled to begin airing on January 10, 2022.


Series overview

Season 1

In the first season, Eren trains as a soldier after his mother is killed by Titans. He discovers that he has the power to transform into a Titan, and, while the government struggles to put his power to use, a new Titan emerges within the walls to threaten humanity.

Season 2

In the second season, the Survey Corps reel from the aftermath of battle and discover treachery from within, leading them to uncover some of the mysteries of the Titans.

Season 3

In the third season, the Survey Corps are hunted by the government as they are pursued by corrupt Military Police searching for Eren and Historia, who is the true heir to the throne. Later, they defend Shiganshina when the Beast, Colossal, and Armored Titans lay siege to it, and discover the true origins of the Titans.

Season 4

In the fourth and final season, the soldiers of Paradis goes to battle with their oppressor, Marley, to end the war between Marleyans and Eldians. Eren heads down a path of annihilation in order to destroy his enemies.


Production

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
125April 7, 2013September 29, 2013
212April 1, 2017June 17, 2017
32212July 23, 2018October 15, 2018
10April 29, 2019July 1, 2019
4TBA16December 7, 2020March 29, 2021
TBAJanuary 10, 2022TBA

Season 1 and compilation films

Produced by IG Port's Wit Studio and directed by Tetsurō Araki, Attack on Titan was broadcast on MBS TV from April 7, 2013 to September 29, 2013, and later aired on Tokyo MX, FBS, TOS, HTB, TV Aichi and BS11. The anime had some production issues with needing more animators with Wit Studios' character designer, Kyoji Asano tweeting and looking for active animators to work on the anime.

Both Funimation and Crunchyroll have streamed the series with subtitles on their respective websites. Funimation has also licensed the anime for home video release in 2014. Episode 1 of the English version premiered at Anime Boston, with other episodes put on Funimation's subscription services. On television of the series has broadcast weekly on Adult Swim's Toonami block on May 3, 2014, starting at 11:30 p.m. EST. In Australia, the anime aired on SBS 2 on Tuesdays, in Japanese with English subtitles, with the first episode having aired on September 30. The first season was acquired for distribution in the UK by Manga Entertainment. Madman Entertainment acquired the show for distribution in Australia and New Zealand, and streamed the series on Madman Screening Room.

The final episode was also aired in Japanese theaters. The anime was compiled into two animated theatrical films with new voice acting from the same cast. The first film Attack on Titan – Part 1: Crimson Bow and Arrow (「進撃の巨人」前編~紅蓮の弓矢~, Shingeki no Kyojin Zenpen ~Guren no Yumiya~) covers the first 13 episodes and was released on November 22, 2014, while the second film Attack on Titan – Part 2: Wings of Freedom (「進撃の巨人」後編~自由の翼~, Shingeki no Kyojin Kōhen ~Jiyū no Tsubasa~) adapts the remaining episodes and adds new opening and ending footage. It was released on June 27, 2015. A rebroadcast of the first season was aired from January 9, 2016 on NHK's BS Premium channel. The compilation films were also broadcast in January 2017 on MBS.

Season 2 and compilation film

A second season of the anime series was announced on the opening day of the first theatrical film, which was originally set to be released in 2016. It was then confirmed in the January 2017 issue of the Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine that the second season would premiere in April 2017. Masashi Koizuka directed the second season, with Araki acting as chief director. It ran for 12 episodes from April 1, 2017, to June 17, 2017, on MBS and other television networks. A third compilation film recapping the events of the anime series' second season titled Attack on Titan: The Roar of Awakening (「進撃の巨人」 ~覚醒の咆哮~, Shingeki no Kyojin ~Kakusei no Hōkō~) was released on January 13, 2018.

The season premiere was simulcast on Funimation, Crunchyroll, and the former's VRV channel at 10:30 AM EST. Funimation and Crunchyroll streamed the entire second season on their respective websites, while Adult Swim's Toonami aired a dubbed version. It was also announced that the second season of Attack on Titan would premiere on Toonami on April 29. It was subsequently announced on April 3 that the second season would premiere one week earlier, on April 22 instead. Madman Entertainment streamed the season in Australia and New Zealand on AnimeLab. Season 2 home media release was handled by Sony Pictures in the UK.

Season 3 and compilation film

On June 17, 2017, a third season was announced at the close of the second season's final episode, with a release date slated for July 23, 2018. A trailer for the third season was released on April 27, 2018. The series' third season aired in Japan on NHK General TV on July 23, 2018, with its first part running to October 15, 2018. Part 2 of the series' third season aired from April 29 to July 1, 2019. Hajime Isayama, the original manga's author and illustrator, works closely with the animators to ensure faithfulness to the story and gives suggestions, as well. In 2018, it was revealed that Isayama regretted doing a certain part of the manga in a certain way, so he personally requested the animation studio to make some changes in the anime. The studio honored this wish, resulting in the first part of Season 3 being a little different from the corresponding manga chapters. A fourth compilation film, Attack on Titan: Chronicle (「進撃の巨人」 〜クロニクル〜, Shingeki no Kyojin ~Kuronikuru~), recaps all three seasons and was released on July 17, 2020.

Funimation announced that they would air the worldwide premiere of the first episode at Anime Expo on July 8, 2018. They also announced that the first episode would air in theaters in the US and Canada alongside Attack on Titan: Roar of Awakening on July 10, 2018. Adult Swim aired the English version of the third season, starting from August 18, 2018 to July 27, 2019. On July 4, 2020, Funimation announced that they licensed the compilation film for UK, Ireland, and North America release.

The Final Season

Upon the airing of the final episode of the third season on July 1, 2019, it was announced that the fourth and final season of the anime series was scheduled for release in Fall 2020 on NHK General. Netflix Thailand and Philippines announced to start regional streaming from December 10 and 11. On September 23, 2020, NHK listed the final season on their broadcasting schedule as airing on December 7, 2020. On May 29, 2020, the final season was confirmed to have switched production studios to MAPPA. Jun Shihsido and Yūichirō Hayashi are replacing Tetsurō Araki and Masashi Koizuka as directors, scriptwriter Hiroshi Seko is taking over the series composition from Yasuko Kobayashi, and Tomohiro Kishi is replacing Kyōji Asano as character designer. Hiroyuki Sawano is being joined by Kohta Yamamoto to compose the music. The first 16 episodes aired until March 29, 2021, and a second part is scheduled to air on January 09, 2022.


Music

First season

TV Anime "Attack on Titan" (Original Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by
Hiroyuki Sawano
ReleasedJune 28, 2013
Studio
  • Studio Sound Valley (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Bunkamura Studio (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Studio Greenbird (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Onkio Haus (Tokyo, Japan)
GenreSoundtrack
Length77:27
Language
  • English
  • Japanese
LabelPony Canyon
Producer
  • Hiroyuki Sawano
  • Yasushi Horiguchi (co-producer)
Attack on Titan soundtrack albums chronology
TV Anime "Attack on Titan" (Original Soundtrack)
(2013)
TV Anime "Attack on Titan Season 2" (Original Soundtrack)
(2017)

In the first season, for the first thirteen episodes, the opening theme is "Guren no Yumiya" (紅蓮の弓矢, lit. "Crimson Bow and Arrow", styled in German as "Feuerroter Pfeil und Bogen") by Linked Horizon, and the ending theme is "Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai" (美しき残酷な世界, lit. "This Beautiful Cruel World") by Yōko Hikasa. For episodes 14–25, the opening theme is "Jiyū no Tsubasa" (自由の翼, lit. "Wings of Freedom", styled in German as "Die Flügel der Freiheit") by Linked Horizon, and the ending theme is "great escape" by Cinema Staff. Both "Guren no Yumiya" and "Jiyū no Tsubasa" were released as part of the single "Jiyū e no Shingeki" on July 10, 2013, which sold over 100 thousand copies in its first week of sales.

The series' soundtrack was composed by Hiroyuki Sawano, and the first CD was released on June 28, 2013, by Pony Canyon. The first CD contains 16 tracks, with 6 vocal tracks featuring performances by Aimee Blackschleger, CASG (Caramel Apple Sound Gadget), Cyua, Mika Kobayashi and mpi. The second CD containing the other half of the soundtrack was released on October 16, 2013, as a bonus offered with the fourth Blu-ray and DVD limited edition volumes of the anime.

Track listing

TV Anime "Attack on Titan" (Original Soundtrack)
No.TitleLyricsMusicPerformer(s)Length
1."ətˈæk 0N tάɪtn"RieHiroyuki Sawano
  • Hiroyuki Sawano
  • Mika Kobayashi (vocals)
4:16
2."The Reluctant Heroes"mpiSawano
  • Sawano
  • mpi (vocals)
4:27
3."eye-water"SawanoSawanoSawano3:01
4."立body機motion"SawanoSawanoSawano5:42
5."cóunter・attàck-mˈænkάɪnd"SawanoSawanoSawano6:06
6."army⇒G♂"SawanoSawanoSawano3:26
7."Vogel im Käfig"RieSawano
  • Sawano
  • Cyua (vocals)
6:20
8."DOA"mpiSawano
  • Sawano
  • Aimee Blackschleger (vocals)
3:26
9."凸】♀】♂】←巨人"SawanoSawanoSawano4:21
10."E・M・A"SawanoSawanoSawano5:42
11."巨♀~9地区"SawanoSawanoSawano5:15
12."Bauklötze"RieSawano
  • Sawano
  • Kobayashi (vocals)
3:56
13."2chi城"SawanoSawanoSawano6:47
14."XL-TT"SawanoSawanoSawano6:37
15."Call your name"mpiSawano
  • Sawano
  • mpi (vocals)
  • CASG (Caramel Apple Sound Gadget)
4:28
16."omake-pfadlib"SawanoSawanoSawano3:31
Total length:77:27

Second season

TV Anime "Attack on Titan Season 2" (Original Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by
Hiroyuki Sawano
ReleasedJune 7, 2017
GenreSoundtrack
Length149:00
Language
  • English
  • German
  • Japanese
LabelPony Canyon
Producer
  • Hiroyuki Sawano
  • Yasushi Horiguchi (co-producer)
Attack on Titan soundtrack albums chronology
TV Anime "Attack on Titan" (Original Soundtrack)
(2013)
TV Anime "Attack on Titan Season 2" (Original Soundtrack)
(2017)
TV Anime "Attack on Titan Season 3" (Original Soundtrack)
(2019)
Singles from TV Anime "Attack on Titan Season 2" (Original Soundtrack)
  1. "YAMANAIAME"
    Released: November 19, 2014
  2. "theDOGS"
    Released: July 1, 2015

The opening theme is "Shinzou wo Sasageyo!" (心臓を捧げよ!, lit. "Dedicate your Heart!", styled in German as "Opfert eure Herzen!") by Linked Horizon, and the ending theme is "Yuugure no Tori" (夕暮れの鳥, lit. "Bird at Dusk") by Shinsei Kamattechan.

Sawano returned to compose the soundtrack for the second season, with the 2-CD soundtrack released on June 7, 2017, by Pony Canyon. In addition to music composed for Season 2, the soundtrack also featured tracks composed used in other media in-between seasons one and two, such as compilation films and OVAs.

Vocals were provided by Benjamin, Gemie, Mica Caldito, Mika Kobayashi, mpi and yosh.

Track listing

TV Anime "Attack on Titan Season 2" (Original Soundtrack)- Disc 1
No.TitleLyricsMusicPerformer(s)Length
1."Barricades"
  • Benjamin
  • mpi
Hiroyuki Sawano
  • yosh
  • Gemie
  • mpi
3:41
2."APETITAN"SawanoSawanoSawano5:31
3."YouSeeBIGGIRL/T:T"RieSawanoGemie5:58
4."son2seaVer"SawanoSawanoSawano5:22
5."Call of Silence"cAnON.SawanoGemie2:57
6."ERENthe標"SawanoSawanoSawano6:23
7."attack音D"SawanoSawanoSawano4:44
8."YAMANAIAME"
  • Benjamin
  • mpi
Sawano
  • Mica Caldito
  • mpi
  • Mika Kobayashi
4:27
9."2Volt"SawanoSawanoSawano6:46
10."進撃st-hrn-egt20130629巨人"SawanoSawanoSawano5:00
11."So ist es immer"
  • Rie
  • Benjamin
  • mpi
SawanoBenjamin4:48
12."進撃st-hrn-gt-pf20130629巨人"SawanoSawanoSawano4:36
13."ymniam-orch"SawanoSawanoSawano3:09
14."The Reluctant Heroes <MODv>"mpiSawanoCaldito4:30
15."進撃st-hrn-gt20130629巨人"SawanoSawanoSawano4:12
16."theDOGS"
  • Benjamin
  • mpi
Sawanompi4:35
TV Anime "Attack on Titan Season 2" (Original Soundtrack)- Disc 2
No.TitleLyricsMusicPerformer(s)Length
1."進撃pf-medley20130629巨人"SawanoSawanoSawano5:06
2."EMAymniam"SawanoSawanoSawano5:31
3."進撃pf20130218巨人"SawanoSawanoSawano4:40
4."進撃gt20130218巨人"SawanoSawanoSawano2:31
5."TWO-lives"SawanoSawanoSawano4:57
6."進撃st20130629巨人"SawanoSawanoSawano5:25
7."進撃vn-pf20130524巨人"SawanoSawanoSawano3:23
8."ymniam-MKorch"
  • Benjamin
  • mpi
SawanoKobayashi2:36
9."進撃pf-adlib-c20130218巨人"SawanoSawanoSawano3:53
10."進撃pf-adlib-b20130218巨人"SawanoSawanoSawano2:50
11."進撃vc-pf20130218巨人"SawanoSawanoSawano6:11
12."TheWeightOfLives"SawanoSawanoSawano7:20
13."YAMANAIAME <FMv>"
  • Benjamin
  • mpi
SawanoCaldito4:28
14."AOTs2M他1"SawanoSawanoSawano4:10
15."AOTs2M他2"SawanoSawanoSawano2:08
16."AOTs2M他3"SawanoSawanoSawano3:25
17."AOTs2M他4"SawanoSawanoSawano4:03
Total length:149:00

Third season

TV Anime "Attack on Titan Season 3" (Original Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by
Hiroyuki Sawano
ReleasedJune 26, 2019
GenreSoundtrack
Length2:02:55
Language
  • English
  • Japanese
LabelPony Canyon
ProducerHiroyuki Sawano
Attack on Titan soundtrack albums chronology
TV Anime "Attack on Titan Season 2" (Original Soundtrack)
(2017)
TV Anime "Attack on Titan Season 3" (Original Soundtrack)
(2019)
TV Anime "Attack on Titan: The Final Season" (Original Soundtrack)
(2021)

The opening theme song is "Red Swan" by Yoshiki feat. Hyde, while the ending theme is "Akatsuki no Requiem" (暁の鎮魂歌, Akatsuki no Chinkonka, lit. "Daybreak Requiem") by Linked Horizon. The second opening theme is "Shoukei to Shikabane no Michi" (憧憬と屍の道, lit. "The Path of Longing and Corpses") by Linked Horizon, and the second ending theme is "Name of Love" by Cinema Staff.

Sawano once again returned as composer. The soundtrack was released on June 26, 2019. As with the second season's soundtrack, music featured in compilation films and OVAs released between season two and three was included in the soundtrack. Vocals were provided by David Whitaker, Eliana, Gemie, Laco, mpi, and yosh.

Track listing

All music is composed by Hiroyuki Sawano.

TV Anime "Attack on Titan Season 3" (Original Soundtrack)- Disc 1
No.TitleLyricsPerformer(s)Length
1."K2-" (Kenny)  5:46
2."Zero Eclipse"
  • Benjamin
  • mpi
Laco4:12
3."SymphonicSuitePart1-1st:0Sk" (Reiss Family)  6:08
4."SymphonicSuitePart1-2nd:一s十りA" (Historia)  3:50
5."SymphonicSuitePart1-3rd:BARRIchestra"  5:58
6."SymphonicSuitePart1-4th:$" (Nervous)  5:15
7."K21" (Kenny)David WhitakerDavid Whitaker3:21
8."AoTs3-3spens/21石" (Attack on Titan Season 3 - Suspense/Pursuit)  6:31
9."Call your name <Gv>" (Call your name <Gemie version>)mpiGemie4:17
10."SymphonicSuitePart2-1st:ətˈæk 0N tάɪtn <WMId>" (attack ON titan <WMId>)RieEliana5:09
11."SymphonicSuitePart2-2nd:ShingekiNoKyojin" (AttackOnTitan)  3:01
12."SymphonicSuitePart2-3rd:Before Lights Out"
  • Benjamin
  • mpi
Laco2:54
13."SymphonicSuitePart2-4th:2An" (Anxiety)  2:37
14."SymphonicSuitePart2-5th:Apple Seed"
  • Benjamin
  • mpi
  • mpi
  • Laco
2:45
15."SymphonicSuitePart2-6th:ThanksAT"  3:58
16."ERENthe標 <MOVIEver.>"  6:23
17."Barricades <MOVIEver.>"
  • Benjamin
  • mpi
yosh4:17
Total length:1:13:21
TV Anime "Attack on Titan Season 3" (Original Soundtrack)- Disc 2
No.TitleLength
1."AoTs3-PF1" (Attack on Titan Season 3 - Pianoforte 1)2:04
2."T-KT"2:53
3."A1Gう" (Thunder Spear)3:18
4."AoTs3-PF2" (Attack on Titan Season 3 - Pianoforte 2)3:22
5."AoTs3-1000略" (Attack on Titan Season 3 - Strategy)3:26
6."tooth-i:" (Toothed Corpse/Change of Leadership)3:02
7."LENぞ97n10火巨説MAHLE" (Serial What's It Called Novel Marley)2:12
8."K21 (Instrumental)"3:21
9."Zero Eclipse (Instrumental)"4:11
10."Barricades <MOVIEver.> (Instrumental)"4:16
11."Call your name <Gv> (Instrumental)"4:17
12."ətˈæk 0N tάɪtn <WMId> (Instrumental)"5:08
13."Before Lights Out (Instrumental)"2:53
14."Apple Seed (Instrumental)"2:46
Total length:0:41:00

Final season

TV Anime "Attack on Titan: The Final Season" (Original Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by
Kohta Yamamoto & Hiroyuki Sawano
ReleasedJune 23, 2021
GenreSoundtrack
Length1:30:56
Language
  • English
  • Japanese
LabelPony Canyon
Attack on Titan soundtrack albums chronology
TV Anime "Attack on Titan Season 3" (Original Soundtrack)
(2019)
TV Anime "Attack on Titan: The Final Season" (Original Soundtrack)
(2021)

The score is directed by Masafumi Mima and composed by Hiroyuki Sawano and Kohta Yamamoto.

The opening theme song is "My War" (僕の戦争, "Boku no Sensō") performed by Shinsei Kamattechan, and the ending theme song is "Shock" (衝撃, "Shōgeki") performed by Yūko Andō.

The soundtrack album by Yamamoto and Sawano was released digitally on June 23, 2021. Vocals were provided by Cumi and Hannah Grace.

Track listing

All music is composed by Kohta Yamamoto, except where noted.

TV Anime "Attack on Titan: The Final Season" (Original Soundtrack)
No.TitleLyricsMusicPerformer(s)Length
1."Ashes on The Fire"   4:34
2."The Other Side of the Sea"   4:57
3."Splinter Wolf"
  • Benjamin
  • mpi
 cumi5:21
4."Nightmare"   3:41
5."Guilty Hero"   4:22
6."The Successor"   4:09
7."Memory Lane"
  • Benjamin
  • mpi
 Hannah Grace3:03
8."Liberio at Night"   2:56
9."Liberio Festival"   3:03
10."True History"   5:20
11."The Warriors"   4:06
12."The Fall of Marley"   3:18
13."Zeek's Plan"   3:47
14."Nowhere to go"   3:05
15."Atonement"   3:18
16."Cold Light"   3:34
17."The Reason"   3:26
18."Friendships"   3:44
19."Memory Lane Vln ver." ("Memory Lane Violin version")   3:03
20."Liberio at Night Pf & Vln ver." ("Liberio at Night Pianoforte & Violin version")   2:57
21."AOTF-s1" Hiroyuki Sawano 7:57
22."AOTF-s2" Hiroyuki Sawano 3:33
23."AOTF-s3" Hiroyuki Sawano 3:42
Total length:1:30:56

Anime films

For the first compilation film, Attack on Titan – Part 1: Crimson Bow and Arrow, the ending themes were "YAMANAIAME" (lit. "Unstoppable Rain") by Hiroyuki Sawano feat. Mika Kobayashi, Mica Caldito & mpi and "Guren no Zahyou" (紅蓮の座標, lit. "Crimson Coordinate") by Linked Horizon. For the second compilation film, Attack on Titan – Part 2: Wings of Freedom, the ending themes was "theDOGS" by Hiroyuki Sawano feat. mpi. The film's theme song was "Jiyuu no Daishou" (自由の代償) by Linked Horizon.


Reception

Sales and accolades

The anime series has been successful in Japan, with average sales of 52,067 across 9 volumes, with a total of 468,603 as of August 2016. It was the number one selling TV anime of 2013 in Japan and is currently the eighth best selling anime of 2010's. It has also been very successful in the U.S. with sales of at least 200,000. It was also the number one streaming anime from Funimation in 2014 and the number one fan favorite Funimation home video released of 2014. The anime adaptation won multiple prizes during the 3rd Newtype Anime Awards, including Best Director, Best Script, Best Soundtrack, Best Theme Song, Top Female Character and Title of the Year. It received the award for Best TV Animation at the 2013 Animation Kobe Awards. It received the award for Animation of the Year at the 2014 Tokyo Anime Award, along with, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Music. It won the 2013 Digital Contents of the Year Award at Japan's 19th annual Association of Media in Digital (AMD) Awards.

Critical response

The four seasons of Attack on Titan were met with wide critical acclaim with praise for the storyline, animation, action sequences, soundtrack, dub performances, and its dark tone. Carl Kimlinger from Anime News Network criticized the first two episodes of the anime adaptation, saying the director, Araki, "clearly intends it to be powerful and unsettling, but it's just crude and unpleasant." However, other critics from Anime News Network praised much of the series. Rebecca Silverman said it "is both gorgeous and appalling in its visuals", and "an excellent mix of what 18th century Gothic novelist Ann Radcliffe defined as horror versus terror: the one is physical, making you want to look away, and the other is intellectual, making you want to know what's going to happen next." Carlo Santos noted that "few get as close to perfection as Attack on Titan does". Santos described it as "a masterpiece of death and destruction" after watching only the first episode. Theron Martin of Anime News Network praised the musical score and the "intense, impactful first episode" despite his feeling that it has "limited animation". Martin also compared Attack on Titan's vibe and visual aesthetic to Claymore.

John Sinnott of DVD Talk called the series one of the best ones he has ever watched and one "that anime fans should not miss". Maya Phillips of New York magazine and Vulture praised the uniqueness of the series, stating, "In our current age of terrifying dystopian realities, it's hard to find a dystopian show with something new to deliver - and yet here it is." Phelim O'Neill of The Guardian, he praised the animation of the series as "spellbinding... It's all wonderfully acrobatic and intense". Regarding the climactic episodes of the third season's second half, Manga.Tokyo called Isayama a "genius" for using the revelations about Grisha's past to smoothly link present events to the beginning of the story.

Crunchyroll listed Attack on Titan in their "Top 25 best anime of the 2010s". IGN and Polygon also listed Attack on Titan among the best anime series of the 2010s.

Audience response

Attack on Titan has received near universal acclaim from audiences, with 8 episodes scoring a 9.9 or above on IMDB. Two episodes, Season 3's Hero and Season 4's Assault for a time had perfect scores of 10/10 on the site. In total, 64 out of 84 episodes have received scores of 9 or above, an unprecedented number for any TV series on the site.

Censorship

Two member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization has the series subjected to restrictions:

  • : In 2015 the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China forbade distribution of Attack on Titan, along with 38 other anime and manga titles, which were deemed to feature scenes of violence, pornography, terrorism and crimes against public morality, in an effort to "protect the healthy development of youth".
  • : In July 2021, the government of the Russian Federation banned the distribution of Attack on Titan and among various titles citing “out of concern for the welfare of youth.”

Viewership

In 2021, during the first part of the anime adaptation's final season, Attack on Titan was the most viewed television program in the United States, before it was overtaken by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier shortly before the mid-season finale. Attack on Titan broke the Guinness World Record for the "most in-demand anime TV show". The show is also the only anime series to be in TV Time's top 50 most followed TV series ever, currently at number 49, making it the only Japanese series in this list.


Awards and nominations

PublicationYearWorld recordRecord holderRef.
Guinness World Records2021Most in-demand anime TV showAttack on Titan
YearAwardCategoryRecipientResultRef.
20133rd Newtype Anime AwardsBest Work (TV)Attack on TitanWon
Best DirectorTetsurō ArakiWon
Best ScriptYasuko KobayashiWon
Best CommercialAttack on TitanWon
Best SoundtrackWon
Best Theme Song"Guren no Yumiya" by Linked HorizonWon
Best Male CharacterLevi Ackerman5th place
Eren Yeager8th place
Best Female CharacterMikasa AckermanWon
Best Voice ActorHiroshi Kamiya2nd place
Yuki Kaji6th place
Best Voice ActressMarina Inoue6th place
Best StudioWit StudioWon
18th Animation Kobe AwardsBest TV AnimationAttack on TitanWon
Best Theme Song"Guren no Yumiya" by Linked HorizonWon
Animedia Character AwardsHotEren YeagerWon
Most Valuable Player2nd place
Levi Ackerman3rd place
StrongWon
FunnySasha Braus3rd place
Connie Springer4th place
7th Internet Buzzwords AwardsInternet Buzzword Award"I'll destroy"17th place
Anime Buzzword AwardWon
Silver Award
"I didn't get any results!"6th place
"Yeager!"7th place
Billboard Japan Music AwardsHot Animation of the Year"Guren no Yumiya" by Linked HorizonWon
Animation Artist of the YearLinked HorizonWon
2014Anime Awards Selecta VisiónBest TV seriesAttack on TitanWon
Best Director TV seriesTetsurō ArakiWon
Best Male Lead CharacterEren Yeager3rd place
Best Female Lead CharacterMikasa AckermanWon
Best Spanish Edition of a TV SeriesAttack on Titan (Blu-ray+DVD Combo Edition)3rd place
Chibi Japan Weekend MadridSpecial AwardAttack on TitanWon
8th Seiyu AwardsBest Lead ActorYuki Kaji as Eren YeagerWon
Best Supporting ActressYui Ishikawa as Mikasa AckermanWon
19th Association of Media in Digital AwardsGrand PrizeAttack on TitanWon
Excellence AwardWon
21st Anime & Manga Grand PrixBest Japanese AnimeWon
Best Theme Song"Guren no Yumiya" by Linked HorizonWon
13th Tokyo Anime AwardAnimation of the Year (TV)Attack on TitanWon
Best DirectorTetsurō ArakiWon
Best ScreenplayYasuko KobayashiWon
Best MusicHiroyuki SawanoWon
36th Anime Grand PrixGrand PrixAttack on TitanWon
Best Voice ActorYuki KajiWon
Best Male CharacterLevi AckermanWon
Eren Yeager4th place
Best Female CharacterMikasa Ackerman2nd place
Best Theme Song"Guren no Yumiya" by Linked HorizonWon
Editor's Choice Grand PrixAttack on TitanWon
ExpoManga AwardsFavorite Video SeriesWon
6th Japan Character AwardsCharacter License AwardWon
20th Saló del Manga de BarcelonaBest Anime Series (TV)Won
NEO AwardsBest AnimeWon
20151st Sugoi Japan AwardsBest Anime Series7th place
3rd BTVA Anime Dub AwardsBest Male LeadJosh Grelle as Armin ArlertNominated
Best Female LeadTrina Nishimura as Mikasa AckermanNominated
Best Female Lead - People's ChoiceWon
Best Supporting MaleMatthew Mercer as Levi AckermanNominated
Best Supporting Male - People's ChoiceWon
Best Supporting FemaleLauren Landa as Annie LeonheartNominated
Best Vocal EnsembleAttack on TitanNominated
Best Vocal Ensemble - People's ChoiceWon
14th Tokyo Anime AwardBest MusicHiroyuki SawanoWon
33rd JASRAC AwardsDomestic Works"Attack on Titan Background Music" by Hiroyuki SawanoWon
Silver Award
21st Saló del Manga de BarcelonaBest Anime DVD/Blu-rayAttack on TitanWon
2016Japan Expo AwardsDaruma d’Or AnimeNominated
Best DirectorTetsurō ArakiNominated
Best Character DesignKyoji AsanoWon
Best SoundtrackHiroyuki SawanoNominated
Best Adapted SeriesAttack on TitanWon
201712th AnimaniA AwardsBest TV SeriesWon
Best DirectorTetsurō ArakiWon
Best Character DesignKyoji Asano2nd place
Best StudioWit Studio2nd place
Heroes Manga Madrid AwardsBest Anime in Spain 2016Attack on TitanWon
7th Newtype Anime AwardsBest Work (TV)Attack on Titan Season 28th place
Best Male CharacterLevi Ackerman5th place
Best Female CharacterMikasa Ackerman4th place
Best Theme Song"Shinzou wo Sasage yo!" by Linked Horizon8th place
Best SoundtrackAttack on Titan Season 25th place
ComicBook Golden Issue AwardsBest Anime Fight SceneEren vs ReinerNominated
23rd Saló del Manga de BarcelonaBest Anime Series Broadcast in SpainAttack on Titan Season 2Nominated
IGN AwardsAnime of the YearRunner-up
201825th Anime & Manga Grand PrixBest Theme Song"Shinzou wo Sasage yo!" by Linked HorizonWon
2nd Crunchyroll Anime AwardsBest ActionAttack on Titan Season 2Nominated
Best CGINominated
Best Opening"Shinzou wo Sasage yo!" by Linked HorizonNominated
17th Tokyo Anime AwardAnime Fan AwardAttack on Titan Season 23th place
Japan Expo AwardsDaruma d’Or AnimeNominated
Best ScenarioHajime IsayamaNominated
Best SoundtrackHiroyuki SawanoWon
Best SimulcastAttack on Titan Season 2Nominated
6th BTVA Anime Dub AwardsBest Supporting FemaleLydia Mackay as NanabaNominated
AnimeClick AwardsBest SequelAttack on Titan Season 2Won
Best Anime Title in StreamingNominated
ComicBook Golden Issue AwardsBest Anime Fight SceneLevi vs Kenny and his squadNominated
Best Continuing Anime SeriesAttack on Titan Season 3Nominated
24th Saló del Manga de BarcelonaBest Anime SeriesWon
TVstation Drama & Anime AwardsBest Anime ProductionWon
Best Voice ActorYuki Kaji as Eren Yeager2nd place
201918th Tokyo Anime AwardAnime Fan AwardAttack on Titan Season 38th place
3rd Crunchyroll Anime AwardsBest Ending"Akatsuki no Requiem" by Linked HorizonWon
30th International Pop Poll AwardsTop Japanese Gold Song"Red Swan" by Yoshiki feat. HYDEWon
9th Newtype Anime AwardsBest Work (TV)Attack on Titan Season 38th place
Best ScreenplayYasuko Kobayashi8th place
Best SoundtrackHiroyuki Sawano7th place
IGN AwardsBest Anime SeriesAttack on Titan Season 3Nominated
Best Anime Series - People's ChoiceWon
20204th Crunchyroll Anime AwardsBest DirectorTetsurō Araki and Masashi KoizukaWon
Best AnimationAttack on Titan Season 3Nominated
Best FantasyNominated
Best ScoreHiroyuki SawanoNominated
Best Fight SceneLevi vs Beast TitanNominated
Best CoupleYmir and HistoriaNominated
ComicBook Golden Issue AwardsBest Anime Fight SceneArmored, Jaw, and Beast Titan vs. Mid-East AllianceNominated
20215th Crunchyroll Anime AwardsBest VA Performance (PT)Lucas Almeida as Eren YeagerWon