Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) is a 2013-2021 television anime series based on the manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. The anime was adapted by WIT Studio and published by Kodansha. This is the third anime season that aired during the Summer 2018 anime season in July. To recap, the first season aired in April 2013 and the second season in April 2017, also from the same animation studio.
As mentioned before, Attack on Titan is rather popular with both anime fans and those who do not watch anime in general. Over-time due to the lack of new anime content, the hype has toned down but with the recent seasons in the past few years plus a final season scheduled for 2020, the hype is slowly coming back, despite the controversies that the story takes which has divided the fanbase.
Season 3 of Attack on Titan follows on from the events of the second season with a unique adaptation approach. The author wasn’t very happy with how he handled this particular story arc, so he got WIT Studio to revamp it for the anime. By that, the pacing is different and story events are swapped around. This season, in particular mostly Part 1, does not actually focus that much on titans but rather the humans instead. Think of this as the calm before the storm type of arc.
Note: This blog post will contain photos that feature massive spoilers for the events of the third season. Just a heads up!
Funimation has the rights to the anime franchise for the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Ireland. They have streamed the series on their service Funimation Now, offered an English dub through Toonami, and also brought it out on Blu-ray. As mentioned with my unboxing for Season 2, the series has had it pretty rough for the UK & Ireland in terms of home video licensing. Season 1 was covered by Manga Entertainment but controversy ensued, then Season 2 was handled by Sony Pictures on behalf of Funimation, and now Season 3 is back with Manga Entertainment now that Funimation has acquired the distributor.
Like Season 2, Manga Entertainment and Funimation provided an exact replica of the US limited edition version, with the main difference being that the BBFC ratings are on the disc. Unlike Season 2, the DVDs are in NTSC format so there’s really nothing different at all and will match with the US Ender Box release of Season 1 and both UK & US versions of Season 2’s Limited Edition release.
Released in August 2019, Attack on Titan Season 3 from Manga Entertainment contains the first half of the third season (12 episodes total) across two Blu-ray discs and two DVD discs, using the Funimation master. The audio options available include the Funimation English dub and the original Japanese audio with English subtitles. The white subtitles are locked during playback, and the discs are locked to Region B Blu-ray players and Region 2 DVD players.
The UK limited edition release for Attack on Titan Season 3 was made available across multiple retailers, however stock has mostly sold out. If you are lucky you can get it on Amazon UK but the standard edition Blu-ray and DVD are also available.
Languages: English, Japanese
Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0
Video: 1080p High Definition Native format with 16:9 ratio
Locked Subtitles: Yes
Languages: English, Japanese
Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0
Video: Standard Definition in NTSC format with 16:9 ratio
Locked Subtitles: No
Plot Synopsis (via Manga Entertainment):
“The truth about the Titans begins to come to light. Political secrets, a false king, and the reality that will shake the foundation of the world—all falls on the shoulders of Eren and his friends, as they fight to survive. With Historia set to be the rightful Queen, the Levi Squad must act. But a figure from Levi’s past, the deadly Kenny, could turn this into a losing battle. Are Eren and his friends prepared to face the true monsters that lie within the walls?”
Blu-ray On-Disc Extra Features:
Episode 3 (40) English Dub Episode Commentary
Episode 6 (47) English Dub Episode Commentary
Attack on Titan at Anime Expo 2018: Interview with Yuki Kaji
Attack on Titan at Anime Expo 2018: Interview with Bryce Papenbrook
Inside The Episode: Interview with Director & Voice of Kenny
Inside The Episode: Interview with Voice of Flegel and Voice of Erwin
Inside The Episode: Interview with Voice of Mikasa and Voice of Historia
Inside The Episode: Interview with Voice of Armin and Voice of Carla
The Directors Break Down Episode 46
Chibi Theater: “Go Get ‘Em, New Levi Squad!”
Textless Opening Song “Red Swan”
Textless Closing Song “Akatsuki no Requiem”
DVD On-Disc Extra Features:
Limited Edition Extras:
Rigid Ender Box with Clean Artwork & Title on Spine
Digibook featuring the discs and 24-page Booklet “Notes from Beyond the Wall: Part IV”
Attack on Titan Season 3 is available on Blu-ray and DVD from Manga Entertainment.