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The time has come for the “Final Arc” of the Attack on Titan anime franchise with the official Twitter account for the series revealing that Attack on Titan Final Season Part 3 will begin its titanic Japanese broadcast in March. This part will be split into two halves, with the first to start on March 4 and the second half to air in 2023. To get fans hyped up, a new trailer was released featuring scenes from the upcoming part.
TVアニメ「進撃の巨人」The Final Season完結編（前編）
— アニメ「進撃の巨人」公式アカウント (@anime_shingeki) January 17, 2023
The first half of Attack on Titan Final Season Part 3 Final Arc is scheduled to air on NHK General on March 4 at 12:25 AM Japan time with Yuichiro Hayashi returning to direct the next part at MAPPA. The second part is scheduled for sometime in 2023.
The first half will air as a special one-hour episode on March 3. The second half of the season will then debut as its own separate hour-long episode sometime later this year. This decision condenses Final Season Part 3 into a feature-length runtime, though each half is likely to have its own self-contained story. This is a major departure from the more traditional episodes that previous parts of the final season have had. While many fans speculated and hoped that the show’s last few chapters would end up being adapted into something of feature length, this isn’t really what anyone was expecting.
This latest breakup of the show’s final season should (hopefully) be the last one. Attack on Titan Final Season, the series’ name for what would otherwise be season 4, started in December 2020 with Part 1. The second part debuted in 2022. Fans initially expected each of these to lead to the end of the manga, but instead, each one ended farther away than expected — and with a tease for another part.
For newcomers hoping to get into the series before the story concludes, there will also be a seven-part omnibus collection of episodes that tells the entire story of the series in a very condensed format. It’s set to begin airing on Feb. 25 and will conclude on Feb. 27.