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The midseason premiere of Attack on Titan’s fourth and final season began airing on NHK General TV in Japan on January 10th, 2022, with a simulcast on Crunchyroll and FunimationNow. With Attack on Titan continuing to excite fans and create social media buzz among those who are watching the sub, Toonami viewers and dub fans have been wondering when they will get their chance to witness the final chapters of this critically acclaimed franchise.
On Friday morning, Toonami revealed the schedule for the February 12th edition of Toonami, formally announcing that Attack on Titan: The Final Season’s mid-season premiere, Episode 76, titled “Judgement“, will be airing on that night at 12:30 a.m. Eastern/Pacific. The episode will be available for streaming on adultswim.com following the broadcast, as well as FunimationNow the following day.
The first half of The Final Season premiered on Toonami on January 10th, 2021 (and FunimationNow a day later), over a month after its Japanese premiere on December 7th, 2020. The premiere of the second half on Toonami is consistent with the release pattern of the first half, in which the dub airs on Toonami a month following the Japanese premiere, something that has reigned true since season 2.
Shenmue: The Animation, which made its world premiere last night, February 6th at 12:30 a.m, will move up the schedule by 30 minutes to lead off the block at midnight. Blade Runner: Black Lotus, which will also had its season finale last night at midnight, will be vacating the lineup following this week’s airing. It is unknown if there will be an encore run in the near future, either on Toonami or somewhere else on the Adult Swim lineup.
Naruto Shippuden will lose the doubleheader it had for several weeks now, leaving One Piece as the sole remaining show with an hour-long airing since Toonami began “refilling” its schedule after the block faced acquisition issues during the last quarter of 2021. As previously mentioned, such acquisition issues have included Toonami presently unable to renew Demon Slayer for season 2. Jason DeMarco most recently added that thanks to the theatrical success of Mugen Train, Aniplex’s asking price to renew the series on Toonami far exceeded what Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, and WarnerMedia was willing to pay.
SPIRAL CURSE DEMARCO on Twitter: “Not Netflix this time. The movie doing so well has made the price… uh… higher than we can afford, let’s say. https://t.co/TU6M6TccB3 / Twitter”
Not Netflix this time. The movie doing so well has made the price… uh… higher than we can afford, let’s say. https://t.co/TU6M6TccB3
If you missed it, check out my interview with Bryce Papenbrook back at San Diego Comic-Con: Special Edition, which includes a short discussion on Eren Jaeger’s development and how he has voiced him to this point.
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