Anime

Attack on Titan Season 4 trailer gives first look at humanity’s final battle

Published: 29/May/2020 13:05 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 15:33

by Matt Porter

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MAPPA have finally dropped the official trailer for Attack on Titan Season 4, as fans of the series prepare themselves for the final chapters in the legendary anime’s tale.

Attack on Titan’s anime adaption first launched in 2013, and since then it has become one of the most popular and revered shows, following the story of Eren Yeager and his friends Mikasa Ackerman and Armin Arlert, whose lives were changed forever when Titans breached the walls of their hometown and wreaked havoc, eventually devouring Erin’s mother in one of the most harrowing moments.

Since then, fans have followed the story of the trio as they joined the Scout Regiment, determined to take down these monsters once and for all, and explore the world beyond the walls which they have been unable to explore for centuries. With the final portion of the epic story set to launch this year, new animators MAPPA have dropped the Season 4 trailer, but be warned, the video and the remainder of this article does include spoilers for Season 3 and 4.

The end of Season 3 saw the lives of the main characters flipped upside, as they learned that those who lived within the walls were not the last of the human race who had survived the onslaught of Titans, but instead were exiled to the island on which they live by the Nation of Marley, who were afraid of the Subjects of Ymir, born with the ability to transform into Titans.

The Season 4 trailer shows the aftermath of their discovery, as the Scout Regiment and the Subjects of Ymir apparently wage war on those who had forced their kind to retreat behind the walls centuries earlier in what is likely to be their final battle to learn the truth and finally escape the confinement they have lived in for generations. Alongside the trailer, MAPPA also released a new image, showing Eren in his Titan form towering over Reiner Braun, the Armored Titan who breached the gate of Wall Maria.

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Eren in Titan form can be seen towering of Reiner, reminiscent of the Colossal Titan in Season 1.

Attack on Titan author Hajime Isayama confirmed that Attack on Titan would be animated until the end, and thanked former animator WIT Studio for all their work over the last 20 years, and hoped that the final season would help fans and the team at MAPPA make “wonderful memories” with him again.

Despite concerns that Attack on Titan Season 4 could be delayed due to the ongoing situation that is affecting the world, the final chapter of the epic story is still set to launch in Fall 2020, meaning fans don’t have too long to wait.

Pokemon

Bizarre Pokemon Journeys episode goes viral for “cruel” Blaziken scene

Published: 2/Dec/2020 0:57

by Brent Koepp

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A November episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime went viral after fans discovered it included a bizarre scene featuring Blaziken. The strange sequences force the Gen III ‘mon into a “cruel” situation that has left some viewers disturbed.

Pokemon Journeys made its debut in Japan in November 2019. The latest anime in the long-running series follows protagonist Ash Ketchum and new character Goh as they travel across the game’s eight regions.

An episode that aired in November 2020 has made waves online after a scene featuring a bizarre food contest went viral. Fans of the Nintendo property were left unsettled after a Blaziken is forced to eat his own species – well, sort of.

Screenshot from Pokemon Journeys anime.
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The Pokemon Journeys episode featured unusual food in it.

Bizarre Pokemon Journeys scene goes viral

In the November 27 episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime, Ash and Goh both participate in an eating contest. The competition has Trainers seeing whose ‘mon can consume the most food in the shortest time possible.

However, things took a cruel turn when the final dish served was a cuisine in the shape of Torchic. Blaziken’s appetite quickly turned sour at the thought of eating something shaped like his own species.

The Gen III character then stood up and quit the contest after shedding a tear. The incredibly strange cannibalism-like dilemma went viral after being uploaded to Reddit on November 30.

Blaziken was dominating the food eating contest but then.. from pokemon

While the Torchic are technically a dessert item, the scene left some fans feeling disturbed or sympathetic towards the Pokemon’s plight. “I feel you Blaziken, being forced to eat your kind is cruel,” one fan wrote. Another user exclaimed “Who’s the sick b****rd that decided to try to make a Blaziken eat Torchics?”

Pokemon fans react to the disturbing anime scene on Reddit.

Despite only having aired in Japan, the scene quickly spread online as the community found it both be hilarious and creepy. Popular artist ‘popemadara‘ made a comedic drawing that went viral on Twitter that depicts other Pokemon in the same dilemma as Blaziken.

While it’s true that people eat human-shaped edibles called gingerbread men, the Torchic food item was disturbingly detailed. If nothing else, the situation showed that the Fire-type monster has a softer side.

Pokemon Journeys is currently still airing in Japan, however North American viewers can catch the first half of the series now on Netflix which is broken up into Part 1 and 2.