We’re only here to pass the time until this season doesn’t have an ending and makes us watch another movie/series. Attack On Titan Season 4 Part 2 Episode 11 was the perfect time killer, which is certainly not a good thing at this junction. Let’s get right to the review!
Attack On Titan Season 4 Part 2 Episode 11 Overview
What more is there left to be said about Attack On Titan? Even if you only consider yourself a casual anime fan, this show is probably one that you know about and watch avidly. It is an action and supernatural show based on the works of Hajime Isayama. It is known as Shingeki no Kyojin in original Japanese, and thus this half of the season is also called Shingeki no Kyojin Season 4 Part 2. You can also call it Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2 or Shingeki no Kyojin Final Season Part 2 if you’d like.
This season is being animated by Studio MAPPA, a powerhouse studio behind several immensely popular anime properties, including Jujutsu Kaisen and the future Chainsaw Man. This season is directed by Yuiichirou Hayashi, with Jun Shishido serving as the chief director of the show. The duo was also in charge of Part 1 of the final season, alongside several other acclaimed anime such as Kakegurui and Hajime no Ippo. You can find our review of the previous episode right here.
– Shingeki no Kyojin Season 4 Part 2 Episode 11 Review does not contain any spoilers –
Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 Episode 11 Review- Holding Pattern
Imagine if, during the second half of Avengers Endgame, the movie spent the entire remaining runtime trying to solve the differences between Iron Man and Captain America. Then the movie ended with Captain America taking over a planet that was “necessary and essential” to defeat Thanos. Wouldn’t you be angry that the reason you watched the movie, which was the Avengers trying to undo the damage Thanos caused and defeat him (which was promised by the executives and promos), didn’t even happen and would instead happen in a third movie later down the line?
You would have been rightfully pissed because you didn’t get what you were promised. Well, this is exactly what’s happening with the supposed “Final Season” of Attack on Titan. The showrunners never intended for this part to be the show’s finale, which would be fine if they didn’t market it as such. If there were no expectations attached to it, then it would have been crazy to expect anything but a standard season of Attack on Titan. However, now that we are getting a standard season of the show, it doesn’t feel very good because it is so obvious where all of this is headed.
Since I got several comments in the last review about how I didn’t “review the episode” despite me explaining several times why that was the case, let’s review this one with a lot more detail. Maybe that way, I’ll be able to explain why I dislike all of it so deeply. The last episode saw the Marleyans and Eldians talk for 10 minutes and then attack a harbour for the other 10. Compared to where we are at in the story, those are two extremely small objectives that didn’t feel like they needed an entire arc dedicated to them.
Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2 Episode 11 (or Shingeki no Kyojin Final Season Part 2 Episode 11) continued that same storyline right where we left it off, and exploring this arc for one episode was already too much, two is just absurd. The episode was excellent production-wise, featuring tremendous action and a phenomenal soundtrack. Any scene where humans were involved zipping around trying to kill each other or the titans looked crisp and smooth, and it was a delight to watch the gore unfold.
The titans still look very rough, and it’s funny how WIT and MAPPA both couldn’t get them right but mess up in different ways from each other. It had been quite a while since we saw the manoeuvre gears, or titans for that matter, in action, and it was a delight to see them back. As always, the production was mostly solid. However, the characters, their motivations, and the entire plotline are the opposite and feel practically delusional at times. The Eldians betray their own for people who will most certainly kill them if they accomplish their goal. If that’s not stupid, I don’t know what is.
When you write a story, you walk a tight line between necessary and sacrificable to keep your story crisp and tight all the way around. One could say this show counted as such a story before this episode. However, any capable writer would have left the last two episodes on the cutting board, let alone air them as among the final two episodes of the “Final Season” of the arc. There wouldn’t be an issue if these came at, say, episode 6 instead of 11 in a 12 episode narrative. This is a filler arc, confirmed by the fact that (mild spoiler) the show abandoned what it came to do halfway through in favour of a new plan.
Even if the events of Attack On Titan Season 4 Part 2 Episode 11 were in the manga, they still act like and are supposed to fill time before the show has to deliver the finale. There are the arguments like “they need more time to finish the show so they deserve to make another season/movie”, which are just awful because MAPPA could have just waited until they finished the show, booked a longer release window, and delivered the final product in the form that it began- an anime. The fact that this didn’t happen and that we’ll have to wait another year to see the conclusion s nothing but pure greed.
Attack On Titan Season 4 Part 2 Episode 11 was a smooth, flashy, and well-made episode that still failed to mask the unnecessary nature of this entire plotline and the holding pattern that the show is in. The entire thing is just hugely disappointing.
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