Attack on Titan crashes Funimation & Crunchyroll, leaving fans outraged

Published: 6/Dec/2020 22:14 Updated: 7/Dec/2020 13:33

by Virginia Glaze


The final season of Attack on Titan is finally here, but American viewers have limited options to watch the show’s highly-anticipated fourth season after Funimation and Crunchyroll crashed amid the hype.

Attack on Titan is quite possibly one of the most popular anime series of the modern age. Based on a manga of the same name by author Hajime Isayama, the show first aired in 2013, and has cultivated an impressive legacy for itself since then.

After seven long years, the show was said to begin its final season in October 2020. This date was pushed back two months due to the ongoing health crisis, and a new date of December 6, 2020, was penned.

However, English-speaking fans excited to catch the first episode of the anime’s long-awaited final season were met with disappointment after streaming services Funimation and Crunchyroll crashed — likely due to the sheer amount of viewers attempting to tune in.

Attack on Titan Season 4 artwork.
Attack on Titan Season 4 gives new looks to some of its staple characters, as shown in new official artwork.

Needless to say, this has sparked an avalanche of both hilarious and disappointed reactions across social media, with many fans finding the humor in crashing the service’s servers over sheer hype.

While there are memes aplenty joking about the situation, it seems that Hulu has remained viable, allowing subscribers an alternative route of watching season four.

Attack on Titan’s fourth and final season will notably only feature 16 episodes — a shockingly short timeline to wrap up events from the first three seasons, as most anime feature seasons of about 24 episodes in length. The show has a history of splitting up seasons into two parts, though, but it doesn’t seem that this will be happening for season 4.

Thankfully, Crunchyroll itself has confirmed that its services are now “recovering,” as told in a statement via Twitter.

Luckily, it doesn’t look like Premium Crunchyroll subscribers will have to wait too long to catch up (although this writer has to wait until the end of her shift to watch – no spoilers here!).


Attack on Titan fans furious over anime’s “excessive” censorship

Published: 25/Nov/2020 1:42 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 7:32

by Brent Koepp


Despite releasing in 2013, some Attack on Titan fans are only now discovering the anime’s censored violence in comparison to the manga. A YouTube video went viral after showcasing the stark differences. 

Attack on Titan made its groundbreaking anime debut in 2013, and quickly exploded in popularity. Viewers around the world became captivated by its intense themes and relentlessly brutal story.

A YouTube video about the series went viral on November 15 after showing the difference between the manga and the anime adaptation’s depiction of violence – and some fans were not happy about it.

Promotional image of Attack on Titan Season 1 featuring Eren Jaegar.
Wit Studio / Funimation
The 2013 hit anime has become a worldwide phenomena.

Attack on Titan fans discover manga is darker

For decades, it has been the norm that the manga version of a story is almost always more fleshed out story-wise, and often more graphic compared to its animated counterpart. Just like traditional shows, anime aired live has to dial back elements not suited for TV.

Despite this common wisdom, some Attack on Titan fans were not aware of just how much more brutally violent the written version actually was. YouTuber ‘Zmyh’ went viral after uploading a video that showcases just that.

The upload compares iconic scenes from the anime and manga, and puts them side-by-side to demonstrate the visual differences between them. The video quickly exploded online, and has over 1.6 million viewers at the time of writing.

For some fans of the series, this was their first time seeing the changes the anime made. One viewer wrote, “Interesting how there is censorship for Attack on Titan. Like seriously?” Another user said, “And here I thought that AOT was brutal…looks like I should read the manga.” Another YouTube comment exclaimed, “WHAT MAN THEY BETTER MAKE IT UNCENSORED FOR THE FINAL SEASON.”

Screenshot of Attack on Titan fans reacting to the YouTube video.

Many hit out at the alterations made in the animated series, arguing that it takes way from the story’s original impact. “They need to stop censorship, it completely ruins the more powerful impact it can have,” one commentator replied to the video. Another fan stated, “And that’s why you absolutely need to read the manga version of the Uprising arc, because it is literally just better in every way.”

Screenshot of YouTube comments reacting to Attack on Titan anime censorship.

Not everyone was critical of the changes though. A handful of fans pointed out that Wit Studio did the best job they could given that the animated version also airs on TV. Some even argued that the changes were for the better.

The viral video is just another example of the divide that can sometimes exist between a manga and its anime adaptation. There will always be those that prefer the former to the latter. However, it is interesting to see the difference nonetheless.